More than 100 people gathered recently at the Hope Town Hall to wish Florance Merrifield well upon her retirement from her job as town clerk and tax collector, a post she held for 32 years. Elizabeth O’Haverty designed and painted a special good luck card.

Merrifield was given a plaque from the state of Maine recognizing her service to the people of Hope, a guest book that people signed with good wishes for her retirement and a few other special gifts. Everyone also enjoyed eating cake.