Don't forget about Jerry Knirk's program “Greenhouse Growing for the Home Gardener." on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the town hall. He will discuss basics of greenhouse design and demonstrate the relatively simple construction of his current double-wall polyethylene greenhouse. Management of temperature, irrigation, pests and other unique problems of greenhouse growing will be illustrated. With five years of greenhouse growing experience, he has had plenty of time to make mistakes and solve problems. He is happy to share this accumulated knowledge so that you can enjoy the benefits of having a greenhouse. This program is offered free to the public by the Friends of the Library. For more information, (603) 539-5176.

Something different at Freedom Gallery this Friday, April 27, from 6-8. “It’s Your Turn: Poetry Night” is turning the presentation over to the audience. Many may have a favorite poem, or a favorite poet, or have written a poem or two over the years. This is the night to share or to come and discover what someone else has to share. Think about your favorites, or go to that old notebook or shoebox and find something you’ve written. There will be more poetry nights if there’s an interest. To learn more call Barbara or leave a message (610) 762-2493 or email and we’ll reserve a seat. If you’re reading one of your own poems, leave your name and the title so we can put you on the program.

It’s not too late to join the yoga classes held in the Freedom Gallery, 3:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. This is for all levels. Call Barbara at (610) 762-2493 for more information.

The sixth-grade annual spaghetti dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the town hall. Come enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner and bid on a variety of auction items. Proceeds will benefit the annual sixth-grade trip to Nature's Classroom.

Parsonsfield Seminary's next event on Sunday, May 6, is its 11th annual Chocolate Sunday. Many local businesses as well as many from their board of directors fill a 16-plus-foot buffet line with irresistible delights. A separate sundae bar manned by Bill Taylor personalizes your sundae with/without a brownie and an assortment of many toppings. Beverages are included. The cost is $10; $5 (10 and under). Come between 2 to 4 p.m to enjoy this fantastic treat. For more information call Freedom's Jan Smith at (603) 539-5233.

Thanks to Bob Smart for the following Smart Report: "Per our seven observers the Ossipee Lake ice all melted by 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. This is almost the latest date in recorded history. The date was April 28 in 2002; April 27 in 2001; April 23 in 1997 and 2008. Earliest was March 28, 2016. I talked with several property owners along the west shore of Broad Bay and some reported card table size chunks going south, pushed by light wind out of the north. That ice did not last long. There was a loon spotted on Berry Bay on Thursday. It was calling so a second one must be nearby."

Mother's Day is just around the corner and the Freedom Village Store has a gift that your mother, wife, or significant other would just love...a massage done by Beth Day, a nationally certified massage therapist, who is located just above the store. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Included in the massage is some aroma therapy. Stop in the Freedom Village Store to pick up your tickets or to browse for a special gift for your mom.

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