Springtime Vidalia onions now on sale in Palermo

PALERMO: Sweet, crisp Vidalia onions, fresh from the fields of Georgia, will be coming to the Palermo Community Center on May 5. These large beauties come in 25 pound boxes for only $27. Go in with your neighbors and relatives, and you can get four boxes for only $100! They keep in a well-ventilated cool place for up to six months, especially if they are not allowed to touch one another.

Orders must be placed by April 28. To order, e-mail pwhitehawk@fairpoint.net or call Connie at 993-2294, and be sure to leave your phone number. You will be called as soon as the boxes are unloaded in the late afternoon of May 5. You may pick up the onions during the weekend, as well. Payment is accepted at the time of the order, or in cash at the time of pickup. Checks may be mailed to the Living Communities Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Palermo, ME 04354.

Your support of the Living Communities Foundation is highly appreciated. Proceeds from the sale will go toward roof repairs of the Community Center, the Community Garden, and the Palermo Food Pantry. Stay tuned for upcoming spring and summer events at the Community Center.

PALERMO NEWS: Maine’s Champion Trees topic of Palermo talk

PALERMO — Maine’s Champion Trees will be the focus of Duane Prugh’s talk at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 8, at the Palermo Community Library, 2789 Route 3. The free event is co-sponsored by the library and the Palermo Historical Society.

Prugh will speak about the most magnificent of trees in Maine, including two national champions, the largest of a particular species in the United States. Maine, the most heavily forested in the nation, has more than 160 different types of trees, many of which have been standing for more than a century.

For more information, contact Palermo Historical Society at 873-4143, palermohistorical@gmail.com, www.palermohistorical.org or Palermo Library at 993-6088, palermo@palermo.lib.me.us, www.palermo.lib.me.us.


PALERMO NEWS: “Merchants of Doubt” exposed on Friday

PALERMO — On Friday, March 31, the Palermo Community Center will host another monthly potluck Dinner-and-a-Movie event, starting at 6 p.m. This one comes from the director of Food, Inc. Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic , yet illuminating, ride into the heart of the conjuring world of spin doctors. Filmmaker Robert Kenner reveals a secretive group of highly-charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats from toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Bring a dish to share with friends and neighbors, or a donation to the Food Pantry. The event is free and open to all. The Community Center is just off Turner Ridge Rd., across from the ball field. For more information, please contact Connie at 993-2294.

Local student named spelling bee semifinalist

Cody Devaney

Cody Devaney, an eighth grader from Palermo Consolidated School, part of RSU#12, recently qualified, for the second year in a row, as one of the top 100 fourth-eighth graders to compete in the Maine National Geography Bee, held at the University of Maine at Farmington. He won the school bee three years in a row and his twin brother won the year before that (who also placed in top three for the last three years.)

Cracking Your Genetic Code in Palermo

Many of us have journeyed into our pasts through the study of genealogy, but now we can have the information in our DNA – all three billion chemical letters of it – read, stored, and available for analysis. What will this mean? We stand on the verge of a medical revolution that enables scientists to pinpoint and neutralize the genetic abnormalities that underlie a number of medical conditions. Who has access to this information? (Insurance companies, prospective mates, employers?) One thing is certain: the era of personalized, gene-based medicine is relevant to everyone.

Join them at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 27, at the Palermo Community Center for a delicious potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share or contribute to the Food Pantry. After dinner, they’ll show “Cracking Your Genetic Code,” in the downstairs screening room. All are welcome, and it’s free. For more information, please call Connie at 993-2294.

Palermo Consolidated School first trimester honors


High honors: Jacob Devaney and Jackson Tirrell. Honors: Eric Cochran, Cody Devaney, Moira MacDowell, Jessica Giguere and Samuel York.


High honors: Riley Reitchel. Honors: Lily Bray, Isabella DeRose, Rachel Huntoon, Lilly Potter and Timothy Weymouth.


High honors: Nickolas Christiansen, Kaden Porter and Paige Sutter. Honors: Grady Hotham, Bo Johnson, Angelyn Paradis, Sophia Pilotte, Karen Potter, Kiley Stevens and Aidan Tirrell.


Honors: Timothy Christiansen, Robert Conlogue, Hallee Huff, Richard Mahoney, Holden McKenney, Kinsey Stevens, Savannah Weymouth and Melanie York.

Give Us Your Best Shot! Week of December 21, 2016

LAST WESTERN TRIP: During their last run out west in their camper, Pat Clark and husband, of Palermo, snapped these spectacular photographs. From top to bottom, a glacier, Mesa Verde, and Monument Valley.

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Clarks to observe 50th anniversary

Chief and Pat Clark

Chief and Pat Clark, of Palermo, invite everyone to attend the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary, on Saturday, December 3, from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Sheepscot Fish & Game Club, on Rte. 3, in Palermo.

Palermo: Election returns from Nov. 8

Results of the 2016 general election from the town of Palermo are:


Hillary Clinton: 308
Jill Stein: 18
Gary Johnson: 60
Donald Trump: 467


Question 1 (marijuana) Yes: 353 No: 510
Question 2 (tax for education) Yes: 377 No: 487
Question 3 (gun background checks) Yes: 258 No: 609
Question 4 (minimum wage) Yes: 392 No: 473
Question 5 (ranked choice voting) Yes: 380 No: 472
Question 6 (bond issue) Yes: 456 No: 399

CONGRESS – 2nd District

Emily Cain: 361
Bruce Poliquin: 491
State senator: District 11
Jonathan S. Fulford: 345
Michael D. Thibodeau: 512
Rep. to Legislature: District 96
R. Ryan Harmon: 544
Stanley Paige Zeigler Jr.: 292
County commissioner(District 3)
Amy Fowler: 750
Probate Judge
Susan W. Longley: 512
Susan C. Thiem: 284
Register of Probate
Sharon W. Peavey

Town of Palermo: 2016 Shoreland Zoning Ordinance

Yes: 410
No: 407
Total Ballots Cast: 890

Palermo Community Center celebrates 20 years

Submitted by Connie Bellet

It’s not too often that a small, “kitchen table” foundation manages to make it to age 20, much less serve a broad area encompassing four counties. Moreover, the original founders, the late John Potter, Ted Bigos, Jim Osier, Dennis Sturgis, and Herb Flint, had different ideas about which community needs the Palermo Community Foundation would address. For a brief time, it was the Palermo Community Health Center and later housed Palermo Online, a community internet provider run by Mike and Sheila McCarty. Feelers were put out to house a library, but the building proved inadequate for the weight of that many books.

The bounty of the community garden in full bloom. Photo by Connie Bellet

The bounty of the community garden in full bloom.
Photo by Connie Bellet

Nonetheless, the original idea of providing a community meeting space for social bonding, education, art, and music was written into the bylaws and continues today. To date, the foundation, which is now known as the Living Communities Foundation, has never accepted any tax money and is totally supported by the people it serves. All of the people who help make up the board of directors and “staff” are volunteers. That situation is also unique, considering how much work it takes to manage and maintain a building constructed of donated materials and built largely by very talented volunteers. This is why there are no “business hours,” as such. The Community Center, which is located on Turner Ridge Road across from the ball field, is open by appointment (call Connie at 993-2294 or e-mail pwhitehawk@fairpoint.net) or for various meetings and events.


Volunteers Peter Nerber Jr., right, and Marina Grant, sorting vegetables for the food pantry. Below, members of the Great ThunderChicken Drum. The drum meets every Tuesday evening from 7 - 9 p.m. and is open to all. Photo by Connie Bellet

Volunteers Peter Nerber Jr., right, and Marina Grant, sorting vegetables for the food pantry. Below, members of the Great ThunderChicken Drum. The drum meets every Tuesday evening from 7 – 9 p.m. and is open to all.
Photo by Connie Bellet

For the last five years, the Community Center has hosted the Palermo Food Pantry every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. For nine years, the center has sponsored a potluck dinner-and-a-movie on the last Friday of the month. This month’s feature is “Cracking Your Genetic Code ” on October 28. The Great ThunderChicken Drum meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m., for a rousing, yet soothing, practice session and welcomes newcomers. On October 26 at 6 p.m., Jock Robie will join the Waldo Organic Growers to harvest worm castings and maintain worm bins. The Community Center has also been used for classes in biblical scripture and American sign language, as well as for weddings, Thanksgiving dinners, musical concerts, and computer classes. The foundation gave away some 300 refurbished computers to disabled seniors and students, and sponsored four Palermo World’s Fairs, with exotic foods and entertainment from many cultures. There is also a large community garden with 32 raised beds that helps to supply the food pantry.

All told, there are many reasons to help support the Living Communities Foundation. The building does need a new roof, and any amount would be received with great appreciation. Donations may be sent to LCF, care of Connie Bellet, P.O. Box 151, Palermo ME 04354. Food may be dropped off on Tuesday mornings before 10:30 a.m. Many thanks go to Joel and Annalisa Miller of Wild Miller Farm, to Good Shepherd Food Bank and to Hannafords for their support.

Phil White Hawk, Cindy Keller, Tom Thornton III, and Laura Sullivan. Standing, Mike Dunn and Judy Thornton

Front row, from left to right, Phil White Hawk, Cindy Keller, Tom Thornton III, and Laura Sullivan. Standing, Mike Dunn and Judy Thornton. Absent from photo is Connie Bellet.