Hope news

By Francina Pearse | Jan 23, 2014

Open House - Hope Library

The Hope Library is re-opened after extensive renovations to Hope Town Office. There are new books, a new patron computer, and plans for increased services. What is needed now is more volunteers, and to that end the library is hosting an event for all Friends of the Hope Library, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. (snow date Jan. 30).

Friends that come to the Open House will see the new equipment and books, hear a short presentation about improvements, books, and electronic services and devices to be offered at the Library, and have refreshments and an opportunity to ask question as well as find ways to join in. Hope Library is also very interested in hearing from residents and patrons about what they would like to find at the library.

The library, which is completely run with volunteers, is staffed three days a week, Tuesday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday noon to 4 p.m., and Thursday 2 to 5 p.m. As well, the library is open without staff for taking out or returning books and WiFi use whenever Hope Town Office is open.

Dog Licenses

Don't forget to license your dog(s) for 2014. The deadline for licensing is Jan. 31. After that there will be an automatic $25 late fee in addition to the licensing fee. The licensing fees are $6 for spayed or neutered dogs and $11 for non-altered dogs. You can license your dog at the Town Office, by mail, by phone or online. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Town Office at 763-4199.

Class of 1958 - Correction of Date

The next luncheon will be Thursday, Feb. 13, at noon at The Waterfront.

Ladies Club

The Ladies Club last meeting was on Tuesday, Jan. 14, everyone won two prizes at Beano (prized were provided by the Ladies Club). At the business meeting a program list for the coming year was developed and it was voted to give a $200 scholarship to a Hope Student graduating from Camden Hills Regional High School. Also at the business meeting fundraising ideas were considered (everyone should bring more ideas to the next meeting). A silent auction was also held at this meeting. Dessert was provided (ice cream and three different bars/cookies). Several members of the club were reported as sick and cards have been sent. The membership roster lists 22 members (several who are older than 90 years old) representing more than five towns.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. at Hope Fire Station. Pizza will be served (Linda Mank and Darleen) and the program will be Valentine's Day.

Activities Night at Hope Elementary School

The Student Council is sponsoring an Activity Night for Hope Elementary School students in grades 5 through 8 Friday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $4. Wii! Jail Ball! Games! Food for sale!

Five Town Communities That Care

Looking for an opportunity to help promote healthy youth in our community? Five Town CTC has many volunteer opportunities available. Commitments can be as little as one hour a month, and we can match your skills/interests to the volunteer activity. For more information please contact Mariah Smith at 236-9800.

Sweet Tree Arts

Sweet Tree Arts offers after school programming in Martial Arts 7-12s, Film, 7+, Art and Science 5-8s, Community Arts 8+ and a unique Color theory program for middle school students this winter. Sweet Tree Arts also offers preschool and adult programs, Date Night drop offs and Elephant life drawing.

Visit sweettreearts.org for a full winter schedule. Scholarships and transportation from Hope School are available. For inquires email sweettreearts@gmail.com or call 207-763-2770.

Kids Clay at Hope Spinnery (first floor)

Avery Larned is offering a 5-week introduction to ceramics for children ages 5 to 11. For more information or to register online, search Hope Clay or call 236-4798.

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