News from the Town Office
There will be a public hearing at the town office Jan. 21 from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Planning Board wants public input on possible amendments to the Site Plan Review Ordinance. During the past several years, the Planning Board has received many queries from people starting a business in their home. They have all fit the current criteria for the home occupation exemption in the Site Plan Review Ordinance. Other towns have separate guidelines for home occupations instead of a flat exemption. With this in mind, the board placed Article 40 on the June 2012 Town Meeting warrant. The article passed. Therefore, Appleton Planning Board is exploring possible changes and/or additions to the town’s Site Plan Review Ordinance. The changes would affect Home Occupation and Change of Use. It is the intention of the board to bring supported amendments before the Town at the June 2013 Town Meeting. In recent years we have noted several small business starting anew (or developing further) which may adversely affect the rural and residential character of the areas in which they are located. Current ordinances do not allow the town legal recourse to prevent, or to address after the fact, these adverse effects. Such effects already noticed include excessive noise and disruption of traffic flow. We in no way wish to restrict townspeople’s ability to generate personal income from business ventures operated out of their homes. However, we do hope to ensure that such businesses do not unduly impact other residents and town functions.
Appleton Library News
For the first time the 2012 Maine State Income Tax form CP (Voluntary Contributions) includes a check-off for the Maine Public Library Fund. By law all contributions received must be used to help Maine public libraries. This fund, administered by Maine State Library, has the potential to help public libraries like your local Appleton Library with new eBook content, interlibrary loan support, continuing education, and many other service. Interested taxpayers can check No. 8 Maine Public Library Fund on Schedule CP to make a donation which will mean so much to Maine’s public libraries!!
Do you like to do jigsaw puzzles or play chess? Bring a friend and stop in any day to enjoy these two favorite activities at the Appleton Library!
Don’t forget to come and check out the Library’s story time for children on Thursdays from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.!
Appleton Library's annual Souper Supper and Cake Auction
Appleton Library's annual Souper Supper and Cake Auction has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Appleton Village School, 737 Union Road in Appleton. This annual event is a great way to support the yearly operating expenses of the library and to catch up with neighbors and friends! Delicious soups, bread and dessert will be served for $8 per adult, $5 for children, and free to children younger than 5. The Lively Cake Auction hosted by Rosey Gerry, will begin at 6 p.m. The library is currently seeking confirmation of soup and cake donations; please call Debby Keiran at 785-2418 or email email@example.com to confirm your participation in this important annual fundraiser.
Benefit Supper at AVS
There will be a benefit baked bean supper and silent auction will be at Appleton Village School on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. The silent auction closes at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the supper is adults $8, children $3 and children younger than 5 eat free. There will be baked beans, casseroles, salads, breads, desserts and drinks. This event is sponsored by the community and Medomac Valley Grange. Proceeds to benefit Dale Taylor, who has cancer.
There will be no school Jan. 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there will be no school Jan. 22, as the teachers have a workshop that day.
Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Denis L. Howard, who is the Interim Superintendent for School Union 69 (Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville). He may be reached at 763-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org. And congratulations to former Superintendent Tom Marx on his recent retirement. We would like to thank him for his hard work and support over the years and wish him well in the future.
Congratulations to our Busline League Basketball teams. The regular season ended for the boys with 7 wins and 3 losses; the girls with 3 wins and 7 losses. Playoffs begin this week.
The boys game will be Thursday at AVS, at 3:45 p.m. We are very proud of all of our athletes and the good sportsmanship they exhibited this season.
Thank you to all those who attended our 2013 Appleton Geography Bee on Friday, Jan. 4. It was a wonderful and supportive crowd. If you weren't able to attend, we were lucky to have our former middle school teacher, Mrs. Hyland, as our Bee Master.
Congratulations to our winner Audrey Heriz-Smith. and runner-up Hugh Costigan! Audrey will be taking a placement test this month in hopes of qualifying for the State Geography Bee. Good luck Audrey!