WILTON – The Wilton Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at historical house. Shannon Smith will speak about the upcoming Wilton Bicentennial Celebration.

Disaster relief

FARMINGTON – Franklin County farmers now have the opportunity to apply for the Livestock Compensation Program at the Franklin County Farm Service Agency.

The disaster program is intended to help livestock farmers overcome loss of feedstocks caused by last year’s drought. LCP is available to all farmers in any county that received a presidential or secretarial disaster declaration during the past two years.

Every county in Maine has received a designation, making all livestock producers eligible for the program. Producers are paid for each eligible head of livestock owned as of June 1, 2002, as long as the animals were owned for a 90-day period that included the June 1 date.

Eligible livestock includes beef and dairy cattle and buffalo weighing more than 500 pounds as well as goats and sheep regardless of their size. Animals used for recreation or recreational businesses do not qualify for the program.

Orginally Franklin County was the only county in the state not designated as a presidential declared disaster area. LCP is scheduled to end in early June.

For information contact the Franklin County FSA office at 778-2788.

Weld history

FARMINGTON – The Sandy River Valley Chapter of the Maine Genealogy Society will meet at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 12, in the Farmington Public Library. The program will be a presentation of information and history about the town of Weld, by Sean Minear, president of the Weld Historical Society. Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome to attend.

Square dance

WILTON – Friendship Squares will host a square dance from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Cushing School. Marty Van Wart will call mainstream and plus tips; Carol Stewart will cue the rounds. There will also be early A-1. All people are welcome to join in. Refreshments will be offered midway through the evening, along with a pot of gold and door prize. Friendship Squares members are being reminded to bring refreshments.

Film from Iraq

FARMINGTON – A film showing families in Basra, Iraq welcoming American visitors into their home in 2001 will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Ricker Addition, Room 217, at the University of Maine at Farmington. The addition is located behind Mantor Library. The film, “Greetings from Missile Street,” is a 40-minute video that portrays human suffering caused by U.S. bombings and sanctions between 1991 and 2001. Three members of Voices in the Wilderness committed civil disobedience by going to Iraq to live with families in the city of Basra. Through their eyes, the impact of U.S. policy on ordinary Iraqis is shown. The film’s unique feature is the personal relationships between the Americans and their host families on a street where U.S. missiles had fallen. Although released two years ago the film may carry implications for fashioning a new peace at the conclusion of the current war. A discussion will follow the film. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Bake sale

FARMINGTON – The Franklin County Elder Rides Program is planning a bake sale on April 18 and 19. People who would like to donate baked goods can either deliver them to the sale location – the Farmington Wal-Mart between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m – or call the organizers to arrange to have the goods picked up. The program provides rides for needy elderly in the Franklin County and Livermore areas for appointments such as kidney dialysis, chemotherapy and radiation. For more information, people can call Community Concepts Transportation at 779-0594 or 1-877-603-0594.

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