Day of Giving

On Saturday, March 6, Camden Hills Regional High School students and staff will host the second annual Day of Giving from 3 to 6 p.m. During the Day of Giving they will provide free turkey dinners to the citizens of Appleton, Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport, which is their way of saying thank you to the communities for their support. Specific invitations will go out to folks who are in assisted living environments and families that rely on food subsidies, but this is a true community event; they want people from all walks of life to attend. Their goal is to provide a meal for more than 400 people.

In addition to serving dinner, they anticipate that they will have an open gym for younger folks, musical entertainment in the Wave Cafe and a Disney movie in the Strom Auditorium. The staff is doing the cooking and students from a variety of organizations are helping. While the event itself is free, they will be accepting donations on behalf of the relief effort in earthquake devastated Haiti. Please join them, bring your friends and celebrate the spirit of community.

Sap to syrup

Aldermere Farm, a working farm in Rockport operated by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, invites the community to come and assist with its maple sugaring operation this March. On Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m., farm staff and volunteers will be tapping trees. Participants will have the chance to walk around the property and assist in identifying sugar maple trees and then participate in the tapping process. On Thursday, March 11 at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m. and Friday, March 19 at 4 p.m., they will be collecting sap from the buckets and possibly boiling sap into maple syrup. There will be more collecting and boiling dates in late March as well. The size of the groups will be limited in order to ensure that everyone has a chance to participate fully, so please call 236-2739 or e-mail to register. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Come on, you are invited to attend the auxiliary meeting at the new Hope Fire Station on Monday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Each person is asked to bring ideas about projects for the coming year. If you have questions call Nancy at 763-4116 or Peggy at 763-3347.

Midcoast Ladies Club

Did you remember the Midcoast Ladies Club meeting will be held Tuesday, March 9 at 10 a.m. at the Camden First Aid Station on John Street? Christy Adams will be the speaker on Indian artifacts and the Georges River. At noon lunch will be ordered from Subway with a committee furnishing dessert. Please bring your own beverage. If you have questions call Charlotte Pease at 785-4124 or Arleigh Huntley at 236-8691.

Budget meeting

The Hope Budget Committee will hold its next meeting Wednesday, March 10 at the Hope Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. If you have questions contact President Lewis Merrifield at 785-5268.

Class lunch

The class of 1958 will hold its class lunch Thursday, March 11 at noon at the Village Restaurant in Camden. Plan to attend. If you have questions call Brenda at 236-8659 or me at 763-3751.

Auction and dinner

On Friday, March 12, Hope Elementary School’s eighth-grade class will host its annual dinner and auction. This year’s theme is “Cabin Fever Reliever.” The community is invited to celebrate almost the end of winter with a spectacular spaghetti dinner, complete with fresh green salad, warm bread and beverages topped off with a homemade brownie sundae. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and a silent auction. There will also be a live auction. The students will serve as greeters and servers for this fundraiser for their class trip to Boston in June.

Live and silent auction items include: lobster, firewood (cut, split and delivered), gift certificates for myriad services from Midcoast businesses including tennis lessons, ice time at the Midcoast Recreation Center, housecleaning, ski-turning services, handmade jewelry and fly fishing ties, personal training and much more. Donations are welcome through March 5. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. Dinner is $7 per person, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 or $20 per family. For more information, contact Jonathan Davis at 785-4081 or e-mail

Snowmobile meeting

As I write this (Saturday morning) the ground is covered with snow. Plan to attend the Hatchet Mt. Sno-Riders snowmobile club meeting, which will be held Saturday, March 13 at the Hope Town Hall. The snow will be discussed at the business meeting, which will be after the potluck supper at 6 p.m. If you have questions, call President Rodney at 763-3353.

Cemetery meeting

It is time again to start planning what projects the Hope Cemetery will have for this year. The first meeting of the season will be Monday, March 15 at the Hope Town Hall at 6:45 p.m. Remember, if anyone would like to see what will be planned contact Marie Berry at 763-3631.

Fill belly, shake leg

The public is invited to a pasta dinner and contra dance Friday, March 19 at Lincolnville Central School. Ti’ Acadie, a well-known Maine dance and folk trio, will provide the music and calling. The event is a benefit for Partners for Enrichment, the volunteer nonprofit organization that brings arts and science enrichment programs to the kindergarten to eighth-grade students of Appleton, Hope and Lincolnville. The snow date for the event is April 2. Dinner, featuring pasta, salad, bread, and homemade desserts, begins at 6 p.m. Dancing begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family. Tickets are available at Appleton Village School, Hope Elementary School and Lincolnville Central School. For more information about Partners for Enrichment and the March 19 contra dance, please call Jane Cummons at 763-4471.


Sympathy is extended to Jessie and Todd Snyder and family on the loss of Jessie’s dad, Ken Lavois.

Hope Chronicle

Come on let’s help the Hope Historical Society. They so need your help. They are putting together a new Hope Chronicle. Needed are helpers to get the information about who lives on which roads, their birthdays and what they do. Now that you are going to help them call Gwen at 785-4433 or Faith at 763-3108 to get information as to where you can help.

Community calendar

It’s time again to sign up for the community calendar. The forms are available on the blue desk in the library. Checks for $7 for the early bird discount should be made out to the Hope School Volunteers and mailed to the library at 443 Camden Road, Hope, ME 04847. Calendars will be $8 each after April 15.

News at school

It may still be winter but lice are alive and well and unfortunately making an appearance here at Hope School. Please be sure to check your children’s heads. Carol Hathorne, the principal at the Hope School, wishes for people to know the following: Please visit the school Web site to see current updates. All teachers update their individual class pages each quarter, so if you haven’t visited recently, it’s time to check back. You may access these class pages by clicking the line on the left side of the school Web page. Please note that many teachers have added requests under their wish lists because their current school budget has been frozen for this year due to curtailments from the state subsidy, and teachers may need some supplies for projects or just day-to-day needs that you could assist them with. As always, they appreciate your support and hope this technological communication will help to keep you connected.

Need a temporary job?

U.S Census 2010 workers are needed. Call to schedule your test time at 207-203-1020 or 866-861-2010. Tests are scheduled in Hope, Warren and Lincolnville during March.