Town meeting

The Hope town meeting will be held Monday, June 20 at the Hope school starting at 7 p.m. Be sure and come and see what is happening in your town. Your comments are always welcome. The Hope Library will be selling refreshments. Plan to bring some money so to help them.

Sign language for toddlers

Hope Library is sponsoring a four-week sign language class for children in kindergarten to second grade and a caregiver. The program will focus on American Sign Language vocabulary relevant to everyday life and children’s interests through songs, stories and activities. Cost is $40 for a four-week session. Siblings welcome. Come and have fun with your child while helping them increase their vocabulary and literacy skills.

Classes tentatively scheduled for Wednesday June 15 (yes I know that has gone by), Saturday, June 18, Monday, June 20 and Saturday, July 2.

For more information, call Marcie Howard at 975-2368 or e-mail her at

Hazardous waste

Remember hazardous waste drop off day is Saturday, June 18 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Midcoast Solid Waste. Residents of Camden, Hope, Lincolnville and Rockport may take advantage of this. If you have quesitons call Syd Leach at 236-7958.

Historical society

Will Keene has discovered another 1930s movie, mostly of Hope while going through his father Irving Keene photographic collection in Belmont, Mass. You can see it (and his earliest discovery if you missed it) at Hope Historical Society’s next meeting Tuesday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Hope Historical Home right next to the Hope Corner Fire Station on Route 105. Will Keene’s earlier discovery covered Hope in all seasons, as well as the inauguration of the Camden Snow Bowl and the old Bath Bridge. His 2010 discovery-10 minutes of 8mm movie- is summer only showing Uncle Howard Coose capturing a wild honey-bee swarm, loading yoked cattle into a truck, clearing brush on Loon Lane, Uncle Howard admiring Mae West, as well as Ripogenus Dam and trout fishing in Penobscot West Branch. As with his earlier finds, Will has generously given this one to Hope Historical which has conserved it following Library of Congress recommendations. Tuesday, June 21 will be a world premiere. Will Keene will identify the people and places.

Like all meetings of Hope Historical Society, this one will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The program will start at 7 p.m. following a very brief business meeting.

Camden Senior Citizens

Attention all Camden Senior Citizens. Your next meeting will be Thursday, June 23 at noon at the Lobster Pound at Lincolnville Beach. If you have questions call me 763-3751. See you there.

School lunch

Effective July 1, schools participation in the National School Lunch program are required to adjust lunch prices to the current average price (or more) in the continental U.S. This would bring the price of Hope School lunches to $2.50. The school board will discuss the issue at its next meeting and make a decision at that time. The outcome will be on the school website.

Fire department officers

On Monday, June 6 the Hope Volunteer Fire Department held their election of officers. The following were elected. Fire Chief-Clarence Keller, Deputy Chief-Mike Eaton, Hope Corner Assistatnt Chief-Alex Ludwig, South Hope Assistant Chief-Ray Sisk, Secretary/Treasurer-Dana Winchenbach and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer-Ginny Ryan.

Captain Engine 1-Leonard Ames, Captain Tanker 2-Fred Holbrook, Captain Utility 3-David Peabody, Captain Engine 4- Dana Winchenbach and Captain Tanker5-Chris Wilson.

Maintenance, Hope Corner-Ron Wright and Maintenance South Hope-Chris Wilson and Jake Underhill.

Board of Directors, Chris Pearse, Scott Nelson, David Peabody and Ginny Ryan.

Training Officer, Elliott Mitchell and Safety Officer, Fred Holbrook.

Teacher retires

First-grade teacher, Mrs. Cook is planning to retire this year. She has been teaching for a total of 29 years and now plans to spend more time with her husband, who is also a retired teacher. The Cooks plan to travel and visit family. Good luck Mrs. Cook.


Iris Jones is announcing the birth of a sister Hazel, who was born Friday, March 13. Parents are Gwyneth (Jones) and Matt Eckelman of New Haven, Mass. At birth Hazel weighed 7 pounds and 14.5 ounces and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Judith and Bill Jones.

Dr. Alison Jones

On May 26, Bill and Judith Jones’ daughter Alison crossed the stage in full regalia with her daughter to get her doctorate at Harvard. Her dissertation was on socially-engaged Chinese Buddhism.

Ron Smith hits the trail

Many of people followed Ron Smith’s cross-country solo bike ride, then his attempt to do the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail through hike in 2009. He started in Georgia, ran into incredibly wet conditions, including waist-deep snow in North Carolina, sending messages on his progress and misery. As July 4th approached, Bill Gagne picked him up in Hanover N.H. so he could celebrate the holiday with the family. The doctors wouldn’t let him continue.

Last year Bill Jones took him back to the spot in Hanover where he’d left off. Ron hiked across the White Mountains to the Maine border at Grafton Notch before his medical problems forced him to stop.

Not one to quit, Ron is back on the trail. On Wednesday, June 8, Bill Gagne drove him to the spot where he stopped last year. He’s wearing surgical stockings and has taped his legs. Will the phenomenal neighbor, now in his mid-60s be able to make the last 250 miles, the most difficult 150 across the western Maine mountains and then the 100-mile wilderness to Mount Katahdin, carrying an 80-pound pack? All hope he will make it somehow getting news to Naomi Gagne and Loraine Smith who will pass it along.