There will be a special town meeting Monday, Oct. 28 at Hope School, at 7 p.m. For further information please contact the town office at 763-4199.
We still need items for the basket that the firefighters will raffle off on Saturday at the craft fair. Please bring items to Juanita Hunt (at the junction of Hatchet Mountain Road and Buzzell Hill Road) or to the craft fair (earlier is better).
Hatchet Mountain Sno-Riders
The next meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Hope Fire Station. It will start at 6 p.m. and be a potluck dinner.
Voting will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5 at the town office, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The deadline for requesting an absentee ballot is Oct. 31. For further information, please contact the town office at 763-4199.
Hope Fire Department
Active members include: Leonard Ames, Isaiah Backiel, Morgan Campbell, Mike Eaton, Dan Ford, Fred Holbrook, Mary Holmes, Clarence Keller, Alex Ludwig, Brandon Melalson, Scott Nelson, Brian Payson, David Peabody, Chris Pearse, Ginny Ryan, Ray Sisk, Chris Wilson, Dana Winchenbach, Ron Wright, Zipparo Joe, Adam Holbrook and Casey Rouleau. Honorary Members are William Pearse Sr., Sydney Mank, Thomas Peabody and Wayne Berry.
The craft fair will be held at Hope School Gym Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are sorry to say that flu shots will not be available this year. The eighth grade will be hosting a fundraiser lunch at this event. We have mittens, homemade items, quilted goods, raffle tables, wooden ornaments, handmade textiles and jewelry from Guatemala so far. Also the Lady’s Club will be selling chances on their beautiful floral design quilt and the fire department will have a basket of goodies to raffle off. If you wish to rent a table please contact Wendy Eaton at 785-5770.
The Lady’s Club went on a mystery ride on Oct. 8. This included a talk from Brien Davis (of Hope Orchards) about the many different kinds of apples available in his orchard. He also provided some slices of different kinds of apples for the ladies to try. In addition to fresh apples Brien also brought some dried apples covered with sugar and cinnamon, which were very good. He brought eight different kinds with him (although his orchard has more kinds). He passed out brochures listing the different types he has as well as when each kind will be ready to pick. This was very educational and interesting we thank Brien for all his efforts.
The second place the ladies went was to Broadview Farm. Where we saw an amazing arena and barn for abused horses. The owners take in horses from all over the United States (currently some from South Dakota). This building has many features including using rocks from Matinicus Island in the design. We want to thank Mike and Tinetta and their assistants for the tour and snacks they provided (Dunkin' Donut muffins, holes, coffee, etc.). While we were there we also saw three sheep and 10 donkeys. This was especially interesting for Margaret Morse and Darlene Barrow who had previously lived at this property earlier in their lives. The last stop on the tour was the South Hope Church where lunch was provided. Thanks to everyone who helped on the lunch it was delicious. The business meeting was held at the the church and included discussion of the craft fair (coming up this Saturday) and the scholarship from last June (Courtney Deparquale). The next meeting will be held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. at the Hope Fire Station. It will be the birthday party — everyone is to bring a nickel and potluck lunch — dessert will be provided (birthday cake and ice cream). Any questions should be directed to Linda Mank at 763-4174.
Ongoing eighth-grade bottle drive
Please consider supporting the eighth-grade class by donating your returnable bottles and cans at the following locations: Drop-off bin located at All Directions on Route 17 in South Hope, Coastal Redemption Center, Camden (a program of Coastal Opportunities), 3 Dogs Redemption on Route 1 in Rockport. Please be sure to mention the bottles are for Hope Elementary School’s eighth-grade class. All proceeds will be used to help fund our end of the year class trip, graduation, and to leave a gift to the school.