Benefit Supper For Steven Billiat

Appleton Volunteer Fire Department will host a benefit supper and silent auction for fire department member Steven Billiat on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Appleton Village School.

Steve Billiat has been diagnosed with advanced cancer. Chef Randy Rickards of Appleton Baptist Church will prepare a spaghetti supper with all the fixings, and all desserts will be homemade by community members. Minimum donation requested is $8 per adult, $5 for child younger than 12, or $25 per family. The silent auction will feature a wide range of interesting and beautiful items and gift certificates. The event is supported by Appleton Volunteer Fire Department, Appleton Baptist Church, Union's Boy Scout Troop 207 and many local businesses. Snow date is March 2.

Voice Recital by Richard Fiske

Richard Fiske of Appleton will perform Schubert's Winterreise on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Nativity Lutheran Church at 179 Old County Road in Rockport. Fiske will be accompanied by pianist Bill Smith of Owls Head.

Schubert's Winterreise is a well-respected musical work by Schubert, which tells a dark tale of lost love, notable both for its beauty and its compelling drama.

Fiske writes "we have been working on this piece for over a year and we are most eager to present this music to as many people as we can squeeze into the church. I do hope that my Appleton neighbors will come."

The church can be reached from Route 17 eastbound (toward Rockland) by turning left onto Old County Road. Nativity Lutheran Church is about one mile down on the left.

Almost 80 New Classes

Five Town CSD Adult and Community Education has a wide range of classes beginning in the weeks between February and April school vacation. Get a break from winter and mud season when you sign up for something fun and educational with adult ed. Classes available include:

PhotoShop, Cake Decorating, Permaculture, Acting, Homeopathy, Furniture Refinishing, Magic, Origami, Hooping, Post-oil Economy, Bead Stitching, Self-publishing, Knitting, College 101, Cooking (four different classes), Sustainability, Painting and Dance (three different classes).

Contact Five Town CSD Adult Ed at 236-7800, ext. 5, or to register or get more information. Most classes are at Camden Hills Regional High School, 25 Keelson Drive, Rockport.

Appleton Library news

As we begin to count down the days until the first day of spring, Appleton Library will host a 4-week series of demonstrations on Saturday mornings, beginning Saturday, Feb. 23, and winding down with a simple celebration of the first day of spring on Wednesday, March 20. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, weather permitting.

Please plan to attend these great upcoming programs!

Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — The Appleton Ridge Rug Hookers will demonstrate their timeless craft of hooking rugs in the meeting room. A large collection of their beautiful work is presently on display in the main library.

March 2, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Learn how to use your Kindle faster and smarter, and find out how to download free e-books from the Maine Infonet! Bring along your own Kindle or stop by to learn more about this great reading device!

March 9, 10:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m. — With the generous support from the Maine Cancer Consortium, Food for Life instructor Mimi McGee will provide valuable, life-saving nutrition information with a cooking demonstration and tips on how to gain control of your health through simple tips in the kitchen. Please call the library to register, 785-5656; space is limited.

March 16, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. — Appleton teen Ben McKenna will provide a visual presentation and demonstration which will highlight his passion for Longboarding.

March 20, 5 to 6 p.m. — Happy First Day of Spring!! Stop by for some light pre-dinner refreshments, visit with your neighbors, and enjoy our beautiful Appleton Library.

Town Office News

The town of Appleton is seeking to contract with an individual or firm as Assessor’s Agent through a bid procedure for a three year contract beginning April 1. For more information, please contact Appleton Town Office at 785-4722.The deadline for bids is March 5 at 7 p.m.

Knox County Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Lexi Smith from Appleton Village School for winning the Knox County Spelling Bee! She will go to the state spelling bee on Saturday, March 30, at University of Southern Maine's Hannaford Hall. Great job Lexi!

Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop

There will be an informational meeting of the new Daisy/Brownie Girls Scout Troop on Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at Appleton Village School. For more information, please call Amanda Gurney at 322-2554. The group is for girls in kindergarten through third-grade.

Whitney Bog and Pettengill Marsh Walk

On Saturday Feb. 23, you are invited to join a guided walk into Whitney Bog and Pettengill Marsh in Appleton from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The walk/snowshoe hike is hosted by local nonprofits which share an interest in this extensive and valuable marsh — Georges River Land Trust (GRLT) and Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT). The event is free but pre-registration is required, as parking is limited. Snowshoes are advised, depending upon conditions. Bring water and snacks.

This hike follows the presentation “Two Rivers, One Community” made by Annette Naegel of GRLT and Joan Ray of MVLT to Appleton Historical Society on the natural history of these two relatively pristine Midcoast watersheds, Georges River and Medomak River, which converge in Appleton at Whitney Bog/Pettengill Marsh. The marsh complex is unique for the region and hosts classic examples of unpatterened fen, spruce-larch wooded bog and Atlantic white cedar bog. These headwater wetlands are important to both rivers as they ensure high water quality and protection downstream from floodwaters. A perfect site for inland wading bird and waterfowl as well as rare plants and animals, Whitney Bog/Pettengill Marsh wetland complex is easily accessible to people during the frozen winter months to experience the extensive wetland system.

Again, registration is required. Please call Phelps Brown for directions and to register for this event at 785-2040.

Appleton Historical Society News

The March meeting of Appleton Historical Society will be Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m., at Appleton Library. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 7 p.m, and the evening's program by 7:30 p.m.

The evening's program will be a talk by Thomaston author Blaikie Hines: Appleton at the Battle of First Bull Run, July 21, 1861. Volunteers from Appleton and the other towns of Knox County fought at the first great land battle of the Civil War at Manassas, Va., 30 miles west of Washington, D.C. Hines will speak of the Knox County soldiers who were there and their fate. Hines' newest book is "The Battle of First Bull Run – Manassas Campaign July 16-22, 1861 –  An Illustrated Atlas and Battlefield Guide." It is the only illustrated atlas and battlefield guide book for the first battle of the American Civil War.  Hines will be available to sign books before and after his talk.

Light refreshment will be served after the evening's program. Remind a friend, bring a neighbor!