News from the Town Office
Pamela Smith would like to thank all the people who came out to support Scott Wiley at the benefit supper and auction Sept. 21, at Appleton Village School. She would also like to thank all that helped out by donating their time and efforts, as well, as those that donated baked goods.
All of your support and help is greatly appreciated.
Selectman Donald Burke was awarded this past week with the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award from the Maine Municipal Award Conference. The award is Maine Municipal’s most prestigious award. Burke has been a selectman since the 1970s. In order to be considered, a nomination and five letters of recommendation must be submitted to the selection committee. Burke was the guest of honor at the luncheon where other awards were presented as well. He was joined by Pamela Smith, Becky Hughes and her husband, Hannah Burke, Katie Butler, Ethan and Abby Butler.
The criteria to be considered for the award, a person must exhibit dedication to the cause of good local government; have conscientiously served local government and made this a lifetime achievement for 20 years or more; have demonstrated the capability and willingness to “Hold the Community Together;” have a selfless concern for others in their community and have not received full recognition for their service in local government.
On Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at Appleton Village School, voters will be asked to act upon one warrant article. This article, if approved, will allow the Appleton School Department to use additional state subsidy money made available by the legislature last spring. This money will be used to meet the costs of the current school year budget, which included state-mandated teacher retirement costs.
Some residents have asked that, if they vote ‘yes’ to this article, will it cost the local taxpayers more money? The answer to this question is no, it will not cost taxpayers more money to approve the use of these funds. Very simply, this money will be used to pay the bills of the current school year.
We encourage all voters to come to the Oct. 21 meeting, and to validate the vote Nov. 5.
Basketball sign-ups at AVS have already begun. Anybody in sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade who has not yet signed up is encouraged to seriously consider participating this winter on the boys’ or girls’ team. Mark Lafleche is returning as the girls’ coach and Jared Todd will be coaching the boys’ team. All levels of experience and ability are welcome to sign up. In addition to learning skills specific to basketball, participation on a team provides lifelong skills, including those associated with work ethic, teamwork and leadership.
Windjammer Youth Basketball Registration Opens
Registration opened Oct. 1 for Windjammer Youth Basketball.
This program is for girls and boys in grades 1 to 6 who want to learn skills and play games at an age-appropriate level. Registration is online at pbymca.sportsoffice.com. Grades 1 and 2 run Nov. 9 to Jan. 18, and the cost is $20. Grades 3 to 6 runs Oct. 26 to Jan. 18, and the cost is $30. Volunteer coaches are needed, and you can sign up for that online as well. For more info contact Jasen Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pancake Breakfast & Chairlift Rides
The Ragged Mountain Ski Club and Camden Snow Bowl are planning fall foliage pancake breakfasts and chairlift rides on Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. Breakfast is 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and chairlift rides are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast donations are welcome; chairlift rides are $5 per person or unlimited rides for $15 per person. For more information call 236-3438. All breakfast proceeds benefit the fourth-grade ski and snowboard programs.
Appleton Community Chest
The Appleton Community Chest on Facebook is now up and running. This site is free clothing and shoes for students at AVS or any family in need in Appleton. Students are encouraged to join this site with permission from their parents. There are a lot of students that don't have coats, snow pants, snow boots, etc. This is a good way to recycle our clothes and help kids at the same time!
ME Water Buffalo Company
Open farm day will be Sunday, Oct. 13, from 10a.m. to 1 p.m. Come out and see our herd (we even have little ones in the barn for close-up views), sample some of our cheeses and yogurt and enjoy the fall foliage that Maine has to offer. This event is weather permitting, so let's hope for some sunshine!