December 18, 2012

Litchfield seeks editor for town newsletter

Stipend of $300 for new Sodalite chief; town manager seeks applicants

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

LITCHFIELD -- The town is seeking an editor for its monthly newsletter, The Litchfield Sodalite.

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The front page of the December 2012 issue of The Litchfield Sodalite, the town's newsletter.

The need for a new editor will be discussed at a board of selectmen/assessors meeting, which begins at 6:30 tonight in the Town Office.

The Sodalite is mailed each month to all the households in town and is also available on the town's website, www.litchfieldmaine.org.

It offers date of public meetings, news from town committees and clubs, including recreation and other notes of interest to townspeople. It carries no advertising.

"That 1,500 -1,600-unit issue is read every month and it's terrific," said Town Manager Michael Byron. "The publication deadline is the 22nd of every month in order to have it copied on time and mailed by first of the following month."

Sodalite is to "a mineral consisting of black and white granite, sodalite and cancrinite, which was named Litchfieldite because our town is one of only two places in the world where it is found," Teague Morris wrote in his first issue as editor in October 2011.

Morris and Delmar Small revived the name after a 40-year hiatus. It had been the name of the Litchfield Academy yearbook.

Today most people refer to it as simply The Sodalite.

Morris edited the publication for about a decade, and LaMarr Clannon has been editor for about 18 months. Byron said Clannon's job situation has changed, so she is seeking a replacement.

The job carries a stipend of $300 a year, and Byron said anyone interested can contact him at m.byron@litchfield.org or at 268-4721.

Byron said Tuesday he has not received any letters of interest.

In other business at tonight's meeting, the board will go into executive session to discuss selecting a new assessor's agent. Jim Murphy, who served as assessor's agent for the town since 2005, is retiring.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631
badams@centralmaine.com

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