Pitchers and catchers practices begin Monday, Tuesday and Thursday — March 25, 26 and 28 — in the Hope Elementary School gym starting at 3:15 p.m. and lasting until 4:30 p.m.; bring your glove and sneakers. Full team practice starts Monday, April 1, at Lincolnville Central School, times to be determined. Hope players can ride the Y bus from Hope to Lincolnville for practice – permission slip needed. Any questions contact Mark Lafleche at buzzkutz@yahoo.com.

Ladies Club

Eleven members of the Ladies Club met at Hope Fire Station on March 12, they had a very busy meeting. First thing on the discussion was the quilt Margaret Morse made that they will be selling chances on June 11 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Hope Town Hall.

On voting day, selling chances on the quilt will be: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Francina; 2 to 4 p.m. Darlene; 4 to 6 p.m. Juanita; and 6 to 8 p.m. Janet Pease.

The craft fair will be Oct. 19 in the Hope school gym; chances on the quilt will also be sold then.

The group received an invitation to William and Francina's 50th wedding anniversary party Sunday, April 21, at the Hope fire station — everyone is invited.

It was reported that several get well cards had be sent to members and their spouses. Betty Shaw passed out St. Patrick's Day homemade favors in green.

It later was voted we discontinue Betty Shaw making favors after the next meeting; also it was voted that when out-to-eat at restaurants we will discontinue the group donation for paying for each meal.

It was sad to learn that due to illness Arleigh Huntley will no longer be vice-president. Gayle Spear, secretary, has had to take a leave of absence due to her husband's illness. A new treasurer and assistant treasurer are being appointed.

Before lunch Darlene spoke about a book she really enjoyed which was "The Marvelous Beginnings of the Moose Path League." This book is based in the Portland area and written by Cordelia Underwood.

The next meeting of the Ladies Club will be Tuesday, April 9, at Hope Fire Station. The group will be playing beano, prizes will be furnished, each member should bring their own sandwich; dessert and beverage will be furnished.

Town of Hope

Nomination papers for the following positions will be available March 19 at Hope Town Office: two selectmen, assessors and overseers of the poor (3-year terms), three budget committee members (3-year terms), one school committee member (3-year term). The nomination papers must have no less than 25 and no more than 100 signatures of registered Hope voters. The papers will need to be returned by 4:30 p.m. April 29.

Also, there are two openings on the Board of Appeals (5-year positions). These are non-elected positions and committee service applications are available at the town office. You may call 763-4199 or stop in for more information.

Selectman's Meeting

At the last selectman's meeting Feb. 26 several items were reported.

Roads – Roads budget is down 6 percent compared to last year and includes paving Harts Mill Road and Folger Road also included is prep for paving (culvert replacement, ditching, etc.) in the FY15 budget on Church Street, edging on the newly paved Harts Mill and Fogler roads, and resurfacing and grading a number of dirt roads in town.

Animal Control – Jon shared information gathered about alternatives to the arrangement with Appleton and Union. The cost of similar sized towns are significantly lower than the proposed $10,000 of Hope. Terry Miller noted that she had had positive experiences with the animal control officers, it was noted that Camden pays $2,500 for the stipend for animal control office.

The next category of street lights there were no comments.

Sanitation – The budget in this department is relatively flat, however selectman will be approached in May about raising the per bag fee to $2.

Municipal Building – The primary reason for the deduction in this category is because the mowing costs have been broken out to the cemetery, fire departments and recreation departments. Also the towns electricity provider has been switched to an alternative to CMP.

Professional Services – This department is relativity unchanged. Mark Diercker asked about per hour for legal and Jon responded that we are charged $150 per hour for services. When put out for bids three years ago this was the lowest option.

Revenue – The major change in this department is the removal of all municipal revenue sharing in response to Governor LePage's budget proposal. The current Undesignated Fund Balance the town has is less that $10,000 but it could potentially be used to offset the loss of revenue sharing funds. However, the selectmen could alter the policy if they choose.

Committee Appointment – Jim Owen, Planing Board – motion made by Eric Campbell seconded by Jason Hall passed 4-0.

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Class of 1958

The class of 1958 are in the process of making big plans for their class reunion Sept. 7 at MicMac Campground. All classmates should have received a postcard with this information, if you have not received one please contact Janan at 236-9611. It starts at 1 p.m. but be sure to arrive by 2:30 p.m. to be in the class photo.