Mark the calendars

Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. – Appleton Village School Committee meeting.

Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. – CMP Smart Meter meeting at town office.

Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. – School Budget town meeting at AVS.

Tuesday, May 31 at 8 p.m. – CSD School Budget meeting at Camden Hills.

Tuesday, June 14 – Election Day at the town office.

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Town Meeting at AVS.

Library news

Do you have books in your possession that are overdue to the Appleton Library? During the week of May 9 through 14, the Appleton library, in conjunction with the Maine State Library, will accept non-perishable food items as payment for overdue fees! The library will deliver these food donations to the Come Spring Food Pantry in Union. The library appreciates getting back overdue books and welcomes your participation in Food Not Fines Week; patrons without overdue fees who would like to donate to the cause may also drop off items during open library hours. Please call the library for more information or visit our website at appleton.lib.me.us.

The Adult Reading Group will meet to discuss Elizabeth Strout’s books “Amy and Isabelle” and “Olive Kittredge” on Monday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Appleton library. Anyone who has read one or both of these books and would like to share in the discussion is welcome to join in.

Cribbage Night is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Appleton Library. If you enjoy playing cribbage come join in the fun. All levels of skill are welcome from beginner to expert. For more information, call Jon Kreps at 785-2210 or email Elaine Tracy at elaines_site@hotmail.com.

Little League bottle drive

The Appleton Little League Baseball and Softball teams will be having a bottle drive starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. If you would like to contribute, but aren’t going to be around on Saturday, you can drop your bottles and cans off at Burkettville General Store and let them know that they are for the Little League. Call Jeff Hilt with any questions at 785-2760.

Currently, the Little League Baseball Team is 4-0. There are home games on May 16 (against Washington), May 23 (against Hope), June 2 (against St. George) and June 6 (against Thomaston). All games begin at 5:30 p.m.

School news

Partners For Enrichment Mad Science Assembly (K-5) – May 17

On May 17, Partners for Enrichment has scheduled a Mad Science Assembly for grades K-5, 10:35 to 11:35 a.m. The scheduled program is “Up, Up and Away”, which will illustrate the principles of air pressure. Children will be astonished as a soda bottle is crushed by the atmosphere, and will learn how the forces at work affect the world around us. Mad Scientists will make a hot air balloon out of a dry-cleaning bag and have a volunteer demonstrate the science behind a parachute, watch a vortex generator at work, ride a hovercraft, and see how pressure can be used to create cinematic special effects. Parents are certainly welcome to attend.

School Committee Meeting

May’s School Committee meeting will be held on Monday, May 16 at 6 p.m. in the AVS library.

On a personal note

Last Wednesday was kindergarten registration. What a fantastic show of teamwork at the school! As the children went from station to station meeting some of the people that will be such a large part of their lives next year, I noticed two things: 1) some of the parents were more nervous than the children (us included) and 2) it really does take a village to raise a child. My son has adamantly refused the idea that he will be going to kindergarten next year. As we were driving away I heard the words coming from the backseat, “I can’t wait for kindergarten. When is fall?”

Spaghetti supper/ silent auction

Jane van der Schaaf (eighth grade) was nominated last year to be a student ambassador in the People to People program to Australia this coming summer. She will travel there in a group of 40 People to People student ambassadors in July, and visit Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane and The Great Barrier Reef, representing the United States. To raise money for this journey, she and Chelcie Luce from Union, who will be on the same trip, will hold a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction fundraiser on Sunday, May 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Union Masonic Hall.

Special thanks

For the last two Friday afternoons, my children and I were guests of the Pearse Farm in Hope. My children had the most wonderful time: they learned all about milking cows (and even milked one themselves) and saw the new calves. Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality!

There’s so much happening in town – but I know there’s more!

If you or your organization, team, family, class, group, or friends have anything going on, please do not hesitate to give me call! I’d love to include it!

Please give me a call at 342-2329 or email me at kfbutler2003@yahoo.com.