Mark your calendars

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

Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. Central Maine Power Smart Meter meeting at town office

Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. School Budget Town Meeting at AVS

Tuesday, May 31 CSD Budget Meeting at Camden Hills Regional High School

Tuesday, June 14 Election Day at the town office

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

Memorial Day services

The Memorial Day service in Burkettville will be held at the Miller Cemetery on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at 10 a.m.

The Memorial Day service in Appleton will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day. The service begins at 11 a.m. If you would like to join the processional in please meet at Gushee’s Corner at 10:45 a.m. “Show Community Pride! Honor those who served in the Armed Forces!”

If you haven’t attended one of Appleton’s Memorial Day services you are really missing out! Our Memorial Day services aren’t flashy or loud- they are honest and sincere. The turn out is wonderful and it is a chance to celebrate Memorial Day and thank our local veterans and those still in the Armed Services. I can’t wait to see you there!

Town office news

The Appleton Town Office will be closed on Thursday, May 19 so that Pam and Becky can attend the annual Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association Annual Conference.

In anticipation of switching Appleton over to smart meters, CMP will be hosting a smart meter briefing at the Appleton Town Hall on Thursday, 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 cmpco.com/smartmeter.

The Appleton Planning Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, May 23 at 7:15 p.m. in the Appleton Town Hall. The agenda for the meeting includes setting a date for a hearing on an amendment to the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance Map which proposes to change the designation of one area from limited residential to resource protection.

Upcoming town meetings and elections

Thursday, May 26, 7 p.m., K-8 School Budget Meeting and vote (to set the budget to be voted on June 14, by secret ballot) at the Appleton Village School.

Tuesday, May 31, 8 p.m., Five Town C.S.D. (9-12) Budget Meeting and vote (to set the budget to be voted on June 14, by secret ballot) at the Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport.

Tuesday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Annual Municipal Election, Appleton Village School Final Budget vote, Five Town C.S.D. Final Budget vote, by secret ballot at Appleton Town Hall.

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. – Annual Town Meeting at the Appleton Village School to vote on the municipal budget.

School news

We wish to invite all Busline League athletes and their parents to our Sports Recognition Night at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at AVS. Students who participated in Busline League XC, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, and Baseball will receive certificates from their coaches. We will also have an ice cream buffet. Please mark your calendars to help us recognize the time, energy, and good sportsmanship displayed by our athletes.

News From The Art Department – Ms. Cook

My congratulations go out to the following winners of the 2011 Agricultural Poster Contest sponsored by Aldermere Farm. The following students were the recipients of five of the six available prizes in their divisions. What an accomplishment!

3-4th Grade Division:

1st Place – Colin Stewart – Poster of Appleton Creamery

5-6th Grade Division:

1st Place – Quinn Kelley – Poster of Sewall Orchard

2nd Place – Tucker Patten – Poster of Hope Orchard

7-8th Grade Division:

1st Place – Makayla Maxwell – Poster of Avena Botanicals

2nd Place – Carly Berke – Poster of Sweet Season Farm

All of our third through eighth-graders participated in this project, and everyone did a fantastic job helping to support our local farms and farmers. Congratulations, once again, to all of the winners! You should be very proud of yourselves.

Battle of the Books results

First of all, we would like to thank all the families, staff, and students for their support in this year’s Battle of the Books. In particular, we would like to thank Mrs. McFarland, Mr. Bosk, Ms. Grindle, Mrs. Doherty, Mrs. Rose, and Ms. Vitelli for assisting us during the actual battles. Through all six grade levels (3-8), we celebrated about 80 percent participation!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

At the third grade level we would like to congratulate the “The Awesome Reason to Read” team members: Hugh Costigan, Lizette Luce, McKenna Maxwell, Cody Pascal, and Colin Stewart. For the grades 4-6 competition, the winning team is the “Sonic Readers;” team members are: Alyson Glasier, Abbie Harrington, Maggie Maxwell, Nadie King, and Taylor Tremblay. At the grades 6-8 level (Remember, Grade 6 has a choice of levels in which to compete), the team who earned the top spot is the “Q.U.A.C.K.” team, whose roster includes Kabien Gardner, Morgan Ford, Quinn Kelley, Jack Moody, and Makyna Thomas. These winning teams will participate in the H.A.L. battle at Lincolnville Central School on Wednesday, May 18th, starting at 9 a.m.

Seventh-grade fundraiser

Seventh graders are still hopeful that we will complete the reading and be supported by sponsors so that we can purchase the gift of animals for families in need. READ TO FEED is an incentive with Heifer International. If you think you could sponsor us, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 785-4504! We hope to finish this effort by May 30 so that we still have time to research and choose our animal gifts.

Library news

The Appleton library is looking for new team members to join our volunteer staff! There are current openings in the circulation desk staff, collections committee, programming (coordinate programs and events for the library), fundraising and grant writing, maintenance and class, performance or lecture.

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