Fish/Corn Chowder Dinner

Aldermere Achievers will host a fish/corn chowder dinner May 3 to help raise money for to attend a Show Cattle Camp in June. The camp is in West Springfield at the Eastern States Exposition and will cost $325 per person. This fundraiser will be at Hope Elementary school from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include an auction. Homemade yeast rolls, salad, desserts, and beverages round out the menu. Please help support our hardworking 4-H members.

Annual Pen Pal Tea

Come and meet your pen pal Thursday, May 23, (please note this is the correct date – previous information included the wrong day) at Hope Elementary School at 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served for your enjoyment. Please call as soon as possible if you are not able to make it (785-4081). Please, no individual gifts the day of the tea.

Nomination Papers

Nomination papers are now available at Hope Town Office for the following positions:

Two selectman, assessor and overseer of the poor (3-year positions)

Three budget committee members (3-year positions)

One school committee member (3-year position)

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 30. As of April 3, Jim Annis and Chris Pinchbeck have taken out nomination papers for selectman and Bill Pearse, Jr. and John Jenson have taken out nomination papers for the budget committee. No papers have been taken out for the school committee at this time.

The town of Hope election will be Tuesday, June 11. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On the ballot there will be two positions for selectman, assessor and overseer of poor, three positions of the budget committee and one position for school board member. All positions are 3-year terms. The open town meeting will be June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hope Elementary School gymnasium.

Hope School News

Dates to remember – April 12 Early Release (11:30 a.m.) and April 15 to 19 is vacation week.

The University of Maine is offering Summer Youth Music Camps for grades 5 – 8. Offerings include Musical Theater, Concert Band, Chorus and Jazz Ensemble. These camps are a wonderful way to improve your child's musical skills, make friends and just have a great time. For more information please contact Mrs. Burcalow at

STAR is back!! Yes, it's true. Five Town Communities That Care is reinstating its award-winning after school program for students in grades 5 – 8. The new cycle will start on Tuesday, April 23. Registration forms were mailed the first week of April. Classes are assigned on a first come first served bases, so watch your mailboxes and return forms quickly.

Lacrosse – No experience or equipment necessary. Boys and girls in grades 3 – 6 are welcome. Practices will be Mondays and Fridays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. behind the Union School and started April 8. Games played on Saturdays. Come check out this fast, exciting game. Call Washington Area Youth Lacrosse – Sue Frank at 845-2709 or 592-4759.

Half-Time Evening Custodian – Qualifications: ability to lift 45 pounds and current criminal history and background check may be completed at time of hire. Position description: Maintains and cares for the interior of the school. Evening hours 2 to 6:30 p.m. This position runs from two weeks prior to the first day of school until two weeks after the last day of school. Salary is based on experience. Start date is Aug. 19. Applications accepted until a suitable candidate is found.

Interested applicants should send completed application, resume and three current letters of reference to: Superintendent of Schools, School Union 69, 431 Camden Road, Suite 2, Hope, ME 04847.

Applications also are available by calling 763-3818 or emailing