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       Town of Greenbush Newsletter       February 2017         Volume 120
                  P.O. BOX 230 GREENBUSH ME 04418                               HOURS: MON & THUR 12:00 – 6:30
                  PHONE: 826-2050 FAX: 826-2190                                                        TUES WED FRI 8:30 – 4:30
                                    TOWN MANAGER: JERRY DAVIS EMAIL:


   The Boston Post Cane originated in 1909 in hopes of increasing readership of the Boston Post newspaper. Town officials were given the task of searching out the oldest resident to receive the cane as a sign of respect. Many towns lost their canes through the years. Greenbush is fortunate to still have the original cane that is displayed in the conference room. A new cane was made a few years ago to carry on this time-honored tradition and to celebrate the longevity of our oldest citizens.
    Please assist us in our current search for the oldest living citizen in Greenbush. If you or someone you know was born prior to 1928 please contact the Town Office by February 10, 2017.

The Town will be mailing the annual foreclosure notices for the 2015 tax liens that are still outstanding on January 24, 2017. The notices state the 2015 tax liens will need to be paid before March 7, 2017 to avoid losing your property to the Town for non-payment of taxes. Taxpayers should take heed and respond immediately to these notices. Mortgage holders and other lien holders will also be given notice that they could lose their rights of redemption as the Town’s tax lien, by law, supercedes any other lien including the mortgage holder’s lien. Questions can be directed to Gilberte Mayo, Deputy Treasurer regarding these notices by calling the Town Office at 207-826-2050.

The Town Broadband team has had its first meeting. We met on January 9, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Our committee members are: Mike Williams, Ethan Grant, Allen Brownewell, Pamela Carmichael, Danielle Cook, Burnette and Evelyn Bax. The first meeting was to get everyone up-to-date on the grant award, goals and objectives of the grant, and what the next steps will be. The team determined that the best time for the committee meetings would be Monday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. This meeting time will be accommodated as much as possible. Committee members were enthusiastic about receiving the grant and what it could mean for Greenbush going forward. Our next meeting will be scheduled so committee members can meet with current Internet providers and determine where their service currently reaches and what the potential is for future expansion. The committee approved the wording for two surveys for mailing to residents and business owners to determine the current usage of Internet and what people might be interested in the future. Anyone interested in receiving the agenda or minutes or to attend any of our meetings, please contact Gilberte Mayo at the Town Office – 826-2050. Surveys will also be available at area convenience stores for pickup. Please return completed surveys to the Town Office.

Fire Department News
   The Fire Department ended last year with 130 emergency responses. This was the busiest year on record for us. The call breakdown was 81 medical calls, and 49 fire calls. 2017 has also started off very busy, including our first Carbon Monoxide call. A home detector alerted the homeowner that there was a problem; this once again proved that detectors save lives. The fire department has also started a Facebook page to share information and fire prevention tips. Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly, and change your batteries when you change your clocks.
    Shovel Your Doorways and Walkways
As snow finally arrives just a little reminder please shovel your walkways and steps. We tend to find that some residences only shovel the walkway they use and leave the others covered in snow. It has been especially bad this year with the ice buildup. In home fire safety it is always good to have two ways out of your house just in case the first is blocked by fire. That second entrance may also be the preferred entrance for an ambulance stretcher in time of a medical emergency. Help us help you by keeping all entrances clear of snow and ice.
Fire Safety
    Unfortunately this is the time of year we see a lot of fires due to the heating season. We encourage prevention with all of your heating sources, however that does not always prevent a fire from happening. Have and practice a home escape plan, especially if you have children. Also check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change your batteries regularly

Nomination papers will be available starting March 20, 2017 for anyone interested in running for one of the following board seats:
Board of Selectmen – 1 seat 3-year term
School Committee – 1 seat for 2-year term 2 seats for 3-year terms
You must obtain signatures of at least 25 but not more than 100 people who are registered to vote in Greenbush to be put on the June ballot.
All nomination papers must be turned in no later then 4:30 PM April 28, 2017.

Elections will be held in the Town Hall June 13, 2017 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

     Town officials have worked with railroad company officials recently to fix the problems at both crossings on the Military Road. What needs to be stressed here is that the railroad company is ultimately responsible for any work that happens inside the railroad crossing and any work that is located within 18 inches on either side of the entire railroad line.
      Town officials were able to schedule the most recent repair work with the railroad officials based on the railroad officials’ schedule. The railroad company officials must complete the work and the scheduling. Town officials can only assist when called upon and when approved by the railroad. The most recent work was a joint effort with the Town providing the materials and some of the labor, while the railroad officials supervised and directed the work on site.
      Your patience and consideration are greatly appreciated and Town officials will continue to work with railroad officials to schedule any work needed to bring the railroad crossings up to a good standard in the future.
If you have specific questions, please contact the Town Office at 826-2050.

Dog Licenses were due for renewal as of January 31st. All dogs need to be licensed upon reaching the age of 6 months in the town where it resides, or after the dog has been with the family for 10 days, if adopted. Licenses cost: $6 for dogs that have been spayed/neutered if not the cost is $11 whether this is the first time to be licensed or a license renewal. Late fees scheduled to begin February 1st by the State are an additional $25, which will be waived here until February 10th. Please be sure to bring in proof of current rabies vaccine as well as spay/neuter certificate at time of licensing.
HELP FIX ME Maine’s Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program. 1-800-367-1317 or (207) 287-7621
The Town Office only accepts payment in the form of cash, check or money order.


TOWN OF GREENBUSH NEWSLETTER          NOV. 2016               VOL. 119

             P.O. BOX 230 GREENBUSH ME 04418                 HOURS: MON & THUR 12:00 – 6:30
       PHONE: 826-2050 FAX: 826-2190                                    TUES WED FRI 8:30 – 4:30


Congratulations Albert Weatherbee, 2016 recipient of Greenbush Hometown Hero award.
         Al Weatherbee was born and raised in Lincoln. He married his high school sweetheart Mary Dunn. After raising their family in Connecticut, they decided to spend their retirement years back in Maine. They found what they were looking for and purchased property in the northern end of town along Olamon Stream.
      Greenbush has often benefited from Al’s commitment to his community, attention to detail and wealth of knowledge when serving on various committee’s and boards. He quietly goes about privately assisting others when and where he can. We deeply appreciate you, Al, for all you have done and continue to do for your community, friends and neighbors.
           ELECTIONS: NOVEMBER 8, 2016 POLLS OPEN 8 AM – 8PM in the TOWN HALL
                        NOVEMBER 3, 2016 IS THE LAST DAY FOR ABSENTEE VOTING.

The 2016-2017 tax bills will be late this year. The Tax Assessor wants to make sure that the new distribution center for the wind power plant is assessed accurately so that the value can be supported. This delay will cause the tax bills to be mailed some time in November this year. The tax due date is still December 31st. If you mail your tax payment, any tax payments that are postmarked December 31, 2016 will be accepted as on time with no interest charged. All taxpayers are encouraged to pay their taxes before the due date to avoid costly interest from accruing.
Tax Liens have been filed for last year’s taxes. For those of you who didn’t pay last year’s tax, please know that the lien costs added are upwards of $50.00 for each account. This can certainly add up. Take the time now to start paying your taxes monthly to avoid those costs.
If you have any questions please contact: Gilberte Mayo, Deputy Tax Collector.

     Curbside pickup is scheduled on Friday. The rubbish service requests that you have your household trash put out by 7 AM to ensure pick up. Please do your best to make sure you have animal-proof containers to avoid having critters whether wild or domestic strewing trash around the neighborhood. The rubbish service workers are not responsible for cleaning up any scattered trash.
     The landfill closed for the winter in October. It will reopen in May. Universal Waste (TV’s, computers & components, florescent & energy saving bulbs & like electrical items) may be disposed of through the town office during regular business hours.

​​CARDVILLE REDEMPTION CENTER                                     SMART DOGS
          646 Cardville RoadDog                                Boarding, Walking, Transport and 
​          Greenbush, ME  04418                                        At Home Feeding & Care
                     827-9806                                                         1147 Cardville Road​
    Open Wed. -- Sat. 8AM to 4PM                                   Greenbush, Maine 04418

                                    ANNUAL GREENBUSH CRAFT FAIR
                                  December 3, 2016 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
                                    Helen S. Dunn School Gymnasium

         Stop by to visit and shop the variety of goods made by local crafters!
                     Door Prize                         Gingerbread House Contest
                 Silent Auction Table                 8th Grade Concessions

                       Santa & Mrs. Claus will arrive at 10:30 AM!
    Santa is looking forward to having his picture taken with the kids! ($1 donation)

Crafters contact the Town Office 826-2050 to request a space for your table!
First come-first serve basis. One space per crafter! You provide your own table.

While making your shopping list, keep in mind the many local businesses where you may find those unique gifts or gift cards for people on your lists!

If every resident spent $5-$10 locally ea. month we could help our community thrive.

                                                         ANGEL TREE
     The Greenbush Recreation Board will be displaying an Angel Tree at the Greenbush Town Office. If your family is in need and you would like to register your child (age 15 and under) to receive a holiday gift, stop by the town office for an application by November 23rd. Forms will NOT be accepted after Nov. 23rd.
     If you are receiving help with gifts thru other organizations, please do NOT submit an application to the Town also. Thank You.
     If you would like to donate a gift, please pick up information at the town office. All information will be kept confidential. 
          If you have any questions, please contact the town office at 826-2050.
                                                       Thank you,
        To all the local small businesses  that help to support the town newsletter.
As a result of a grant awarded by Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Bangor to the Town of Greenbush, we have an opportunity to work on expanding our Internet capabilities in our town to include broadband capabilities. The first step in the process is to create a Community Broadband Team that will consist of community members. Those members would include a member of the Board of Selectmen, School Department member, Planning Board member and other interested residents with a maximum of seven total on the committee. Anyone interested in developing broadband services in Greenbush should call the Town Office and sign up to be a member. The team, once chosen, will set up the schedule for meeting the goals of the grant. This would be a great opportunity if you own a business and could benefit from faster Internet speed

VOLUNTEERS:Old Home Weekend Committee and the Planning Board are two areas that are in need of volunteers. A vacancy can occur at any time for other boards or committees. If you are interested in participating in town events or how you may be able to make a difference in your town, contact the Town Office. Many hands make light work. You can make a difference.

                                       RYAN MADDEN CONSTRUCTION
                        Gravel       Sand         Driveway Repair       Drainage
                        Loam        Stone          Land Clearing      Excavation
                        Lawn Mowing      Culvert Replacement        Logging
​                        Septic Systems                           Spring/Fall Cleanup
                      We do it all no job too big or small. 827-2434 745-7385
                   ART CLASSES with Katie Bosse Tue in Town Hall 6 – 8 PM
                   FOOD CUPBOARD in Town Hall Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00 AM
                                         Local contact person: Ann Greenlaw 631-1780
                                         Donations are always welcome.
                     ZUMBA EXERCISE CLASSES with Jessica in the Town Hall
                         Monday and Wednesday's 6-7pm! First time is FREE!
                              Email: or Call: 631-8132

Winter is full of fun things like winter sports, evenings by the fire and holidays. It also is notorious for snowstorms, icy roads and possible power outages. Please make an attempt to ready yourself for these events. 1. Ready your vehicles with emergency items such as: blankets, flashlight, hats & mittens, sand or kitty litter as well as a shovel, spare tire & working jack. In case you are stranded for any length of time energy bars and water are a good idea to keep on hand.
2. During severe winter storms please if at all possible stay off the roads. Observe Town parking bans within all maintained limits of any street, municipal parking lot or public way 10 PM – 6 AM Dec. 1st – Mar 31st.
3. Every year there are complaints of snow and ice left in the road by people plowing driveways. If plowing into or across the road is a necessity, please clean up anything that may be left in the roadway causing a driving hazard.
4. At home, keep easy to prepare foods in your cupboards as well as jugs of drinking water, battery operated flashlights and radios available for use during possible power outages.

                                 T SMITH & SONS PLUMBING & HEATING CO
                                       P.O. Box 135 Greenbush, ME 04418
                                          Phone: 827-5919 Fax: 827-2900
                                     Plumbing & heating installs or repairs
​                            with fast, friendly service, at reasonable prices.
​             Fully licensed & insured, We accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard.
                                        ​ SMALL TOWN FARM AND FEED
​                                          583 Main Road Greenbush ME
                                                Hours: M-F 9-5 Sat 9-1
                                                Closed Sun & Holidays
                                              Blue Seal & Poulin Products
                                             Hay Straw Soils & much more
                                                   Fresh Produce coming!
                                          Friendly service and smiles are free! ​
                            If you would like to place an ad in the town newsletter,
                                             please contact the Town Office.

                                                 Greenbush Fire Department

                                                Smoke Detectors Save Lives
     It is now being recommended to replace your smoke detectors every ten years. National statistics indicate that three in five fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Fire officials estimate that 60 percent of Maine homes don’t have operational detectors. Please check your smoke detectors monthly, change the batteries when you change your clocks, and if you can’t afford a smoke detector the fire department keeps a limited supply on hand. Contact the Town Office or us and we will make arrangements to get one for you.
                                             Keep Your Doors and Steps Clear
     As winter fast approaches please remember to shovel your doors and walkways. All too often we find homes that only shovel the door regularly used. We encourage people to have at least two ways out of your home. That way if your first exit is blocked you have another way to escape. Also that door you use all the time may not be the best door to bring an ambulance stretcher in, or to attack a fire. Critical time can be lost when entrances are blocked.
                                                       Heating Season
     With heating season comes an increase in carbon monoxide calls in the state. Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas created by improper combustion. You can reduce the chances of it by having your heating appliances serviced regularly. Also every home should have a carbon monoxide detector; and as with smoke detectors they should be tested monthly and have batteries replaced regularly.
                                   IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
                                         FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911
                           FIRE WARDENS:   Edward Haverlock    826-2202
                                                          Dana McLaughlin     735-6647
                           FIRE CHIEF:           Donald Burr              356-1541
                           ANIMAL CONTROL: Ann Greenlaw         631-1780
                           CODE ENFORCEMENT: Jerry Davis       826-2050
                           HELEN S. DUNN SCHOOL:                      826-2000
                           SELECTMEN:      THURSDAYS Bi-Weekly   7:00 PM
                           PLANNING BRD: 2ND MON. of the month (as needed)
                           REC. BRD:          4TH MON. of the month  (as needed)
                           SCHOOL BRD:    1ST WED. EA. MO.           7:00 PM
FIREMEN: due to conflicting work schedules meeting times vary. Please contact Don Burr 356-1541 for info on scheduled meetings.      New members welcome.
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   Please submit contributions for the Feb. edition of Town Newsletter by Jan. 20th.


TOWN OF GREENBUSH NEWSLETTER                   AUGUST 2016          Volume 118

              P.O. BOX 230 GREENBUSH ME 04418                                            HOURS: MON & THUR 12:00 – 6:30
                      PHONE: 826-2050 FAX: 826-2190                                                           TUES WED FRI 8:30 – 4:30

OLD HOME WEEKEND             SEPT. 16, 17 & 18, 2016               at SCOTT-SMART FARM
                                                            Rain or Shine
                                   Tentative schedule of events being planned.
The concession stand will be available at family friendly prices Friday & Saturday only.

Dance 6-9 PM

5K Road Race starts 9 AM
Parade starts 10:00 AM (line up 9:00 AM)
Car Show in HSD School parking lot – Immediately following parade
FREE COFFEE & DONUTS at this event.

Later at the Scott-Smart Farm
Kids Games
Adult Games
Family Game Show

Hot dogs, bean-hole-beans, watermelon, chips while supplies last!
Cribbage tournament
Horseshoe tournament
Pie Eating Contest

                                            DON’T MISS THIS FUN FAMILY EVENT!!

Watch for more information on the upcoming annual events sponsored by the Recreation Board.
Oct. 22nd – Hunter’s Breakfast at the Town Hall on Youth Deer Hunting Day
Dec. 3rd 9-1 – Annual Craft Fair held at Helen S. Dunn School

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                      ​​Smart Dogs                                                          CARDVILLE REDEMPTION CENTER
Dog Boarding, Walking, Transport and                                                    646 Cardville Road 
           ​At Home Feeding & Care                                                           Greenbush, ME 04418 
               1147 Cardville Road​                                                                          827-9806 
                 Greenbush, Maine                                                            Open Wed. – Sat 8AM to 4PM

                                                       “O’ LONG MAY IT WAVE”
Thanks to some very devoted citizens the Greenbush Flag Project is one of the annual events that many look forward to seeing each spring through fall. A very special thank you goes out to Veda Madden for her generous donation towards new flags to replace those that had to be retired. Thank you also to Cody Smith for his energy and time devoted to hanging the flags.
                 Thank you to the local businesses that faithfully sponsor the Town Newsletter.
​                       Your dedication and support of this project are very much appreciated.
                   Please submit contributions for the next Town Newsletter by Oct. 21, 2016.
                              The newsletter is scheduled go out the 1st week in November.

                               BOATING SAFETY CLASS SAT. AUGUST 13, 2016
                                   GREENBUSH TOWN HALL 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
                                               INSTRUCTOR: CLINT GASKILL
                                           There is NO CHARGE for this class!
                                        There will be a 30-minute break for lunch.
Please be sure to bring: Lunch & beverage with you as well as pens/pencils (workbooks are provided).

                To sign up for this one-day class, please call Greenbush Town Office 826-2050

                                              RYAN MADDEN CONSTRUCTION
                                      Gravel     Sand     Driveway Repair     Drainage
                                       Loam      Stone     Land Clearing      Excavation
                                     Lawn Mowing     Culvert Replacement     Logging
​                                       Septic Systems                   Spring/Fall Cleanup
                             We do it all no job too big or small.    827-2434 745-7385
​NOTICE OF IMPENDING TAX LIENS for the unpaid amount of 2015-16 property taxes will be sent out soon. To avoid a lien being put on your property, you will have until end of August to bring your account up to date.
You can expect the 2016-17 tax bills to arrive in your mailbox in October! Interest is charged on tax bills not paid in full by December 31, 2016. If you mail your tax payment AFTER December 31st you will need to contact the town office for the interest amounts that have accrued. Partial payments on all tax accounts are accepted. This should help taxpayers keep accounts up to date. Please include a self-addressed-stamped envelope to have your receipt mailed to you.
                                     T SMITH & SONS PLUMBING & HEATING CO
                                             P.O. Box 135 Greenbush, ME 04418
                                               Phone: 827-5919 Fax: 827-2900
                                           Plumbing & heating installs or repairs
​                                  with fast, friendly service, at reasonable prices.
​                Fully licensed & insured, We accept Visa, Discover, and MasterCard.
                                               GREENBUSH FIRE DEPARTMENT
Emergency Dial 911: Remember seconds may count in an emergency, dial 911 for Fire, Ambulance, or Police.
Dangers of Carbon Monoxide: It may seem early to be talking about home heating equipment but fall is not far away and the summer months are a great time to have you heating appliances serviced. However with generators and gas appliances carbon monoxide is a concern year round.
Test CO alarms at least once a month and replace them if they fail to respond correctly when tested. The sensors in CO alarms have a limited life. Be sure to replace the CO alarm according to manufacturer’s instructions or when the end-of-life signal sounds. The date of manufacture and signals are usually listed on the back of the detectors.
Smoke Detectors Save Lives test your smoke detectors monthly and change you batteries at least once a year. If you cannot afford a smoke detector, contact the fire department; we will supply a free detector while our supplies last.
​                                              SMALL TOWN FARM AND FEED
​                                                 583 Main Road Greenbush ME
                                                       Hours: M-F 9-5 Sat 9-1
                                                       Closed Sun & Holidays
                                Blue Seal & Poulin Products Hay Straw Soils & much more
                                                        Fresh Produce coming!
                                               Friendly service and smiles are free! ​

CEMETERY POLICY requires lot owners to contact either the Town office 826-2050 or the Sexton 826-2281 to coordinate efforts for all burials, setting of head or foot stones or any work to be done other than the traditional placing or removal of floral arrangements. It is imperative to keep all lots in compliance for maintenance purposes as well as prevent possible infringement on adjoining lots.  
Trash disposal
     Curbside Pick-up: Fridays, please have it out by 7 AM to ensure pickup of household trash.
Transfer station/landfill facility is open Saturday’s 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM through October. Landfill stickers are required and may be purchased at a cost of $2 each at either the Town Office or the Landfill. Household trash/garbage cannot be disposed of at the landfill. Please separate your items to discard: metals; burnable wood; demolition debris; etc.
     E-waste can now be disposed of M-F thru the Town Office and Saturdays 7:30-4:30 at the landfill-transfer station while that is open. When leaving E-waste at the Town Office you must first come into the office to fill out a form with your name, address, phone number and the number of items you are discarding. The town is charged to dispose of disassembled TV’s, for that reason the Town will not longer accept disassembled TV’s.

                                          IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION
                                                 FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 911
                                    FIRE WARDENS: Edward Haverlock 826-2202
                                                                  Dana McLaughlin  735-6647
                                    FIRE CHIEF:         Donald Burr           356-1541
                                    ANIMAL CONTROL: Ann Greenlaw   631-1780
                                    CODE ENFORCEMENT: Jerry Davis 826-2050
                                    HELEN S. DUNN SCHOOL:               826-2000


                              SELECTMEN: THURSDAYS Bi-Weekly 7:00 PM
                              PLANNING BRD: 2ND MON. EA. MO. (as needed)
                              REC. BRD: 4TH MONDAY EA. MO (as needed)
                              SCHOOL BRD: 1ST WED. EA. MO. 7:00 PM
                             FIREMEN: due to conflicting work schedules meeting times vary.                               Please contact Don Burr 356-1541 for info on scheduled meetings.
                                                New members welcome.