From the historical society

April in Searsmont, May in Union! The May meeting of the Appleton Historical Society will be held Monday, May 2 at the barn of Dave and Suzy Shaub at 523 Common Road in Union. The Shaubs’ barn, and the original Ebenezer Alden General Store beside it, are fine examples of their type, are in wonderful condition, and maintain their early New England character. We have been asked to arrive at 7 p.m., so that we may be able to peruse the barn and the Alden store. At 7:30 p.m., Dave Shaub will speak on the old barns of Union and show slides and a 10 minute video. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about old barns in general, and the barns of Union in particular. Please park at the eastern end of the Shaub’s barn, between it and the Union Fire Station. (The ground there is believed to be firm.)

It may be chilly in the barn where Dave will speak, so dress accordingly. No plumbing facilities will be available. We will not have refreshments this month.

Remind a friend, bring a neighbor!

Town deadlines this week

For anyone who has yet to take out nomination papers or who has yet to return them, the deadline is this Friday, April 29 by 1:30 p.m.

Nomination papers are available for the following positions:

Two Planning Board associate members for one year

Two Planning Board members for three years

One Planning Board member for one year

One Road Commissioner for three years

One Appleton Village School Board member for three years

One Appleton Village School Board member for two years

One selectman for three years

April 29 is also the deadline to pay your taxes if you would not like to have your name included in the town report.

From the town office

The Town of Appleton has openings for two Appleton citizens to serve as representatives to the Midcoast Economic Development District (MCEDD) General Assembly. The General Assembly will meet twice a year and the first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24. For more information please contact the town office at 785-4722 or in person during normal business hours.

PTO meeting

Just a reminder that the PTO meets on the first Wednesday at the month (May 4) at 7 p.m. in the staff room of the school.

Senior lunch at the school

Senior lunch at the school is the first Monday of the month, which would be May 2 this month. Please call ahead to confirm the date and help the school get a lunch head count. What a great way to see the school! For more information call 785-4504.

Meet your neighbors

A few weeks ago, I mentioned how shocked and amazed I was at the number of small businesses in town that I had no idea existed. Lower Ridge Heating is one of them. Lower Ridge Heating, owned by Appleton’s Chris and Corrie Collins. I first became acquainted with Lower Ridge Heating by reading their Facebook page. I was looking for information about rebate programs for switching our furnace and there was the link, right on their Facebook. In their words: “Lower Ridge Heating is a new business in Appleton, and we provide sales, service, and installation of all oil and propane heating systems. We also do tune-ups of existing systems, as well as free estimates, and 24/7 emergency service. Monitors and Rinnai’s and on demand water heaters! There are a lot of incentives out there to replace your system with a new energy efficient one. Call us at 975-2003 or visit us at One of our first 100 fans to like us on Facebook will receive a free tune-up of their heating system.”

CMP Smart Meters are coming to Appleton

In anticipation of switching Appleton over to smart meters, CMP will be hosting a smart meter briefing at the Appleton Town Hall on May 19 at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend. A CMP representative will be available to answer questions. CMP has a FAQ section on its website about Smart Meters at

National prescription drug take back day

The second annual national prescription drug take-back day will be Saturday, April 30 from 10 to 2 p.m. There are many collection sites in our area including the Union Fire Department, Camden Police Department and the Lincolnville Town Office.

Free electronic waste recycling program

The West Bay Rotary will be sponsoring (again) a free electronic waste recycling program on Saturday, April 30 at the former Rockport Elementary School on West Street. They will be accepting electronics from 9 to 3 p.m. It is free for individuals to utilize this program though donations will be accepted.

The baseball field

If you haven’t taken a drive along Appleton Ridge toward the baseball field you should. Every year a dedicated group has been improving the ball field and most recently finished the second (visitors) dugout. The baseball field really looks fantastic! In weeks to come I will post the game schedule. Watching a game would be great activity for a nice spring afternoon. One of my most favorite parts of spring is being able to hear the sounds of a baseball game down the road.

Looking to get the word out?

Let me know if your organization has an event or meeting- I’d love to include it! Please give me a call at 342-2329 or email me at