The Lincolnville Fire Department is inviting the public to join its members at the official Fire Hose Cutting Ceremony, Saturday, Nov. 13, at the town’s new fire station on Route 52, just near the intersection of Route 173 and Drake Corner Store.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m., with tours of the new building and light refreshments served. The event will commemorate the opening of the spacious new Lincolnville Fire Station, which has been under construction since last spring.

The celebration will also include a meet and greet with firefighters, and a chance to see emergency response vehicles up close. Children will receive their own red fire hats.

For more information, call Dave Kinney or Jodi Hanson at the town office, 763-3555.

On April 12, the selectmen signed a $745,727 fire station construction contract with Catalano’s Construction of Thomaston. The fire station project is funded almost entirely through a bequest made years ago to the Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department.

In November 2008, Lincolnville voters approved accepting funds from the volunteer fire department organization to build the fire station, a project estimated at $1.1 million, a price that included the cost of land acquisition. Earlier that year, the nonprofit Lincolnville Volunteer Fire Department Inc., many of whose members are volunteer firefighters with the Lincolnville Fire Department, learned it could use funds from the sale of old Lincolnville Telephone Co. securities bequeathed in 1985 by Hazel Heald to attain its longtime goal of building a new fire station.

The nonprofit, which formed in the 1950s, agreed to direct the cash from the liquidated stock to the town to purchase the land near the intersection of routes 52 and 173 and build a new fire station there, making it a municipal project. The entire project was funded by the original Heald gift and no taxpayer money was used for the acquisition of land, or the construction of the new fire station.