Memorial Day

The Memorial Day service in Appleton was fantastic! The weather was perfect, the bugs seemed to temporarily disappear and what a showing! The processional from Gushee Corner to the cemetery grows every year, always led by bagpipes of course. There were songs and a service by Pastor Mark Adolphsen. Herbert Butler, who passed away recently, was honored. It was great to see those currently serving our country and those who already have, being honored in our beautiful little town.

Amon Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Dinner

On Saturday, June 4 at 5 p.m. there will be a benefit dinner for the Amon Vaughan Memorial Scholarship.

As you all probably remember, Amon died tragically in a car accident in 2009. The Amon Vaughan Memorial Scholarship was set up in his memory. The scholarship is available to graduates and post graduates of Camden Hills Regional High School and Mid-Coast School of Technology who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in a continuing education program, university, vocational or technical school in the field of Emergency Medical Services or Firefighter Services. The first scholarship was given out last year to a Camden Hills graduate furthering his education in Fire Sciences.

The menu for the evening includes barbecue chicken, salads, coleslaw, and pies for dessert! There will be door prizes as well.

In addition to the dinner there will be cookbooks available to purchase for $14 containing more than 300 recipes!

Planning Board public hearing

The Appleton Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 13 in the Appleton Library at 7:15 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to explain a proposed change to the Shoreland Zoning Map and to hear from the public. The only section involved is located on the west side of the wetland at the head of Sennebec Pond. The change is from limited residential to resource protection, to meet state guidelines, as directed by the Department of Environmental Protection. This change is a continuation of the town wide changes made in June 2009. There are maps at the town office showing the area. An article for the town meeting on June 15, addresses this issue. The public is invited to attend.

Reminder from the town office

Town Reports should be available by the end of this week. Town Reports will be available for pick up at the town office, library, school and Burkettville General Store. Like last year, Town Reports will not be delivered but will be made available at the above locations or at town meeting.

Historical Society meeting

The June meeting of the Appleton Historical Society will be held Monday, June 6 at 7 p.m., at The Mildred Stevens Williams Library at 2916 Sennebec Road in Appleton. The business portion of the meeting will commence at 7 p.m., and the evening’s presentation will begin before 7:30 p.m.

Tony Oppersdorff and co-author Kyrill Schabert will speak on their recent book, “Best Nature Sites: Midcoast Maine.” The book reveals 40 “public preserves along U.S. Route 1 from Brunswick to Belfast, all a few minutes drive from the highway”. “Destinations include mountaintops, upland woods, lowland bogs, and salt marshes” which afford wonderful opportunities for locals and travelers to observe birds and nature. This is an exciting chance to learn of these places from the authors, to ask questions, purchase a copy of the book, and perhaps even to have it autographed by the authors. It’s going to be a great evening. Admission, as always, is free, and annual AHS dues are only $5.– please join us!

To go to the authors’ website for the book, please click on:

Light refreshments will be served after the evening’s presentation.

Upcoming Historical Society events: July 11- Carolyn Brown will speak on Appleton history at Appleton Historical Society’s Union Meeting House. (Note that the meeting has been postponed one week due to the July 4 holiday weekend.) Aug. 1- Royce Miller will speak once again at the Miller Homestead on Sennebec Road.

School budget town meeting

Thank you to all who attended the School Budget Town Meeting. Now that that is over, the budget needs to be approved at the polls on Election Day. This is a very important step down the road of supporting our schools. I hope everyone makes it to vote on Election Day!

Election Day

Tuesday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Annual Municipal Election, Appleton Village School final budget vote, Five Town Community School District 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.

Library news

Mark your calendar to join Jess Day of Midcoast Music Together at the Appleton library on Thursday, June 2 at 9 a.m., and experience 40 minutes of family musical fun with your child! A community of families sharing songs, instrument play, creative movement and more! This class is for newborns through 5-year-olds and their parents/caregivers. Registration is recommended by calling the library at 785-5656. This program is free of charge, but donations will be accepted to benefit future library programming. Children’s Story Time will immediately follow this event. The Appleton Library is located at 2916 Sennebec Road in Appleton, across from the town office.

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