New faces

Kathleen Butler was recently appointed town clerk. She has worked as the registrar at Camden Hills Regional High School, as a victim witness advocate for the district attorney and as an intern for Sen. Susan Collins at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Maine with a major in political science. She has been an election worker at local elections for many years and is chairman of the Appleton School Committee. Katie lives in Appleton with her husband and two children.

The town of Hope has a new town attorney. She is Sally Daggett of Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry whose main office is located in Portland.

Cemetery Committee

The Hope Cemetery Committee will hold its next meeting Monday, April 5 at the Hope Town Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. It will be reported that a person has been hired to fix several stones and mend the fence in the front of the Hope Grove Cemetery on Hatchet Mountain. If you have questions call Marie at 763-3631 or me at 763-3751.

Planning board

The Hope Planning Board’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, April 6 at the Hope Town Hall at 7 p.m. If you have questions or wish to be on the agenda call Chairman Bill Pearse at 763-4322 after 7 p.m.

Auxiliary meeting

The newly formed Auxiliary of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department will hold its next meeting Monday, April 12 at the new fire station located at Hope Corner at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have questions contact Nancy Keller at 763-4118 or Peggy Ludwig at 763-3347.

Ladies Club

Remember it’s time again for another meeting of the Midcoast Ladies Club. This meeting will be held Tuesday, April 13 at the Camden First Aid Station on John Street in Camden. The event will start at 10 a.m. Jean Sharratt of Bulldog Interiors, based in Appleton, will give a talk on her approach to adaptive reuse of older homes in Maine, which by necessity include modern amenities for custom kitchens and bathrooms. She helps homeowners maintain the character of the original home through appropriate space planning, historic color selection, lighting and cabinetry design. Jean is currently working on a local project that embodies all these attributes, with completion scheduled for midsummer.

Subway sandwiches will be ordered for lunch with Juanita and Beverly furnishing dessert. All people are to bring their own beverages. During the business meeting the name for the scholarship will be drawn.

Community calendar

Hope Community Calendar renewal forms are available on the blue desk in the Hope Library (located in the town office). The early bird discount is $7 and good until April 15. Please make checks out to Hope School Volunteers and send to the library at 443 Camden Road, Hope, ME 04847. Calendars will cost $8 after April 15.

New project

Andrew East of Hope has started a new project. He wants to help out the animals in the town of Hope. He is gathering food for these animals. Now he needs some people to help him with the project. If you would like to assist him in any way, give him a call at 763-4291. He would be glad to receive any donations.

Nomination papers

Have you been thinking about how you want to help in the town of Hope? Have you seen any of the people whose turns are up? I know of one fellow who has taken out papers to be on the Budget Committee. But the following is a list of the positions: two selectmen, assessor and oversee of the poor for three years; five Budget Committee members — three for three years, one for two years and one for one year; and two school committee members. The election will be June 8, with town meeting on June 14. If you have questions contact the town office at 763-4199.

Hope residents

From the Hope Recreation Department they would like to remind all residents that to preserve the basketball court, no wheels are allowed on that surface at True Park. This includes bicycles, skateboards and roller blades.

Class of 1958

As school vacation is the week of April 19 the class lunch will be held Thursday, April 22. The place will be announced later.

Camden Senior Citizens

The first meeting of the year of the Camden Senior citizens was held last Thursday at the Masonic Lodge at Simonton Corner. Forty-one members attended. During the business meeting a moment of silence was held in memory of Stephen Lawton. Gerry Simonton sent word that she will be collecting items at the next meeting to be sent to our troops who are in the war. She will be sending these items in May. Suggests for these items are toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, and soap, plus white stockings, small religious items, note pads, pens and pencils, hard candy and cards, writing paper and envelopes.

It was reported that the picnic at Camden Hills State Park will be held August 19, not the date in the program books.

Nick Cokinis won the 50/50.

All people enjoyed playing beano. Each person went home with two prizes and as there were several prizes left over, they were drawn off. A wonderful lunch of potato, carrots, roast pork and biscuits plus a super dessert was enjoyed by all. Thank you Eastern Star Ladies. Next meeting will be April 22 and Pat will be in charge of the program, which will be speakers from local fire and police departments. Guests are welcome to attend.