Nomination papers

Time is running out. Friday, April 23, is when candidates must have nomination papers submitted to the town office. Open positions include: two selectmen, assessor and overseer ofpoor for three years. Five budget members — remember there are only nine people on the budget committee — three people for three years, one for two years and one for one year. Two school committee members for three years and one CSD representative for three years.

The following have returned papers for the positions: school board, Jud Pearse; selectman, Tim Pearse; and budget committee, Brian Powers Jr. Elections will be held Tuesday, June 8, and Town meeting will be held Tuesday, June 14. Note; this year’s town meeting is on a Tuesday. If you have any questions call the Town Office at 763-4199 and talk to Katie or Mary.

How many know the office hours and days that the town office is open? Town hours are Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Website is hopemaine.org.

Auxiliary meeting

The Hope Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary Committee met last week and the project for the evening was taking an inventory of the kitchen. Several items are needed. If one would like to donate one of the following items be very sure that it is a new item, not something found in the back closet. This is a new station so let’s have new items. Needed: 9-inch by 13-inch pans; extra-large stainless steel bowls (not plastic); large knives, such as bread or chopping knives; paring knives; electric hand mixer; stock pots (16 quart or bigger); medium and large spatulas, the kind with which to scrape a mixing bowl ) and two coolers with with wheels. Yes, they need wheels. Do you know how far the workers have to walk with drinks sometimes? The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be Monday, May 10. To donate a few dollars for something, give to Nancy Keller. For more information, call her at 763-4118.

Winner was

Citizens for a Green Camden recently sponsored an art contest entitled “Bugs Make Good Buds” to get out the message that humans should be kind to good bugs this spring by limiting unnecessary exposure to cosmetic lawn chemicals. The grand prize winner was Hope’s own second grade student Haileigh Luce. All entries will be on display at Bagel Cafe through the end of April. Congratulations, Haileigh. Her poster may be viewed at knox.villagesoup.com/place/story/best-bugs/318330 or in the school lobby.

Maine Parent Federation

The Maine Parent Federation has designed a workshop to provide parents with ideas and tools to keep children learning after the school year ends. Local attractions and inexpensive or free alternatives to costly toys and games will be among the topics discussed. This workshop is free but you must call to pre-register by April 28. It will be held Wednesday, May 5 at Camden Hills Regional High School, room 214. Call 236-7800 or adulted@fivetowns.net.

Music Program

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 28, for the annual area fourth grade Music Festival. Students from the Hope, Appleton, Lincolnville, Rockport and Camden have been learning music over the past few months which they will rehearse and sing to together at 6:30 p.m. That day, students will get together for morning of music-making and an evening concert at Strom Auditorium at CHRHS. Students will need to take a bag lunch that day. After returning home as usual at the end of the school day, students are due back at Strom auditorium at 6:15 p.m., dressed in comfortable shoes, dark pants or skirt and a white or light top. The concert will last about 45 minutes. Music teachers from five towns are excited that through music, students will get their first chance to work collaboratively as the future graduating class of CHRHS 2018.

Free electronic waste removal

On Saturdays, April 24 and May 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Rockport Elementary School East on West Street at the Route 1 and Route 90, one may take any electronic waste to be collected. These items will be accepted free of charge. For information, call Gary Walker at 236-9477 or 975-0123.

Midcoast Ladies Club

Jean Sharratt, of Bulldog Interiors, of Appleton, was the guest speaker at the last Midcoast Ladies Club. She comes from England from the area where “All Creatures Great and Small” was written. She spoke on the houses that she has been working on and on some that she had worked on in Hope, Edgecomb, Tenants Harbor and Camden. She had photos of homes, plus sample of wall paper and other items. Lunch was from Subway with Beverly and Juanita providing applesauce cake with topping. During the business meeting the $300 scholarship was drawn.

It was announced that there are several of the “1990 Hope Chronicles” still around and if one would like to have one of them, stop by the Hope Library.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 11, and will include the secret tour. People should gather at the Hope Community Church and be ready to leave at 9 a.m. There will be three places that they will stop that day. For information, give me a call at 763-3751. Margaret Morse again has made and donated a quilt. Chances on this quilt will be sold voting day, June 8. The money raised from these sales will go toward a scholarship in June 2011. Thank you, Margaret ,we all appreciate you very much.

Snowmobile gathering

Several members of the Hatchet Mt. Sno-Riders Snowmobile Club met last Saturday night at the town hall. To begin the evening, all enjoyed a potluck supper. President Rodney called the business meeting to order with the drawing of the scholarship for a student from Hope. This will be awarded in June.

If one has not submitted papers where one worked on the trail last fall/winter please call Wayne and maybe he can fit them in. A discussion was held about a memorandum of understanding between Knox County and the Hatchet Mt. Sno-Riders Club. This would mean that the members of this club would be available if there was an emergency or disaster relief situation.The club voted for this. Saturday, July 10, will be the annual picnic and will be held at the Morse home. The club will be selling refreshment at the Town meeting which will be held Tuesday, June 14. The next meeting will be held Oct. 9.