Community Senior Lunch

The next senior lunch will be May 2 at 11 a.m. at Hope Elementary School. The luncheon will cost $4 per person. The menu will include oven-fried chicken, mashed potato, steamed peas, salad bar featuring coleslaw, wheat bread stick and ice cream cup. Please call the school at 785-4081 before the first of May to reserve your spot.

Important Dates from the School

May 23 is the Pen Pal Tea at 1 p.m.

Eighth-grade graduation will be June 14 at 6 p.m.

Cemetery Meeting

The next meeting will be Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Town Office. The Cemetery Committee has expanded the cemetery — Hope Grove — to include additional grave sites. If you are interested in purchasing sites you should contact town sexton Jan Campbell at 763-3777.

Ladies Club

The Ladies Club of Hope met last Tuesday and the following ladies were elected until the regular meeting in October: Vice-Charman Darlene Barrows, Treasurer Ann Leadbetter, Assistant Treasurer Margaret Morse and Mystery Ride Person Linda Mank, assisting Francina.

Gianina reported on the sick list – Betty Shaw is now in Knox Center. It was reported the Margaret has the quilt all made and several members volunteered to sell chances on the quilt at the elections. Also it was reported that Gail Spear's husband had passed away.

Discussion was about the upcoming May 14 meeting took place, it was decided that there would be a Mystery Ride but only touring two places. Everyone should bring their lunch but beverages will be provided. If you wish to know the two places we will be touring please call Francina at 236-3376.

After the business meeting everyone enjoyed playing beano; everyone won two prizes. Darlene made chicken and broccoli soups for lunch and Arleigh provided many many cookies. Ice cream was also provided for dessert.

The time for the Mystery Ride will be in a future column, please keep watch.

Class of 1958

Work meeting for the class reunion will be Tuesday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Windward Gardens.

Class lunch for the Class of 1958 will take place Thursday, May 9, at noon at The Helm restaurant.

Nomination Papers

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

Two-Selectmen, Assessor and Overseer of the Poor (3-year positions)

Three-Budget Committee Members (3-year positions)

Two School Committee Member (3-year position)

One-Five Town CSD Committee Member (3-year position)

The nomination papers must have no less that 25 and no more than 100 signatures of registered Hope voters. The papers will need to be returned by 4:30 p.m. and 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 three year terms. The Open Town Meeting will be June 17 at 7 p.m. in the Hope Elementary School gymnasium.

Property Taxes

The second half of Hope's property taxes are due April 30. There are several payment options: by mail, in person or online at The town accepts credit cards (online and in the office), however there is a 2.5 percent processing fee. If you choose to pay online by electronic check there is a flat $2 fee per transaction. If you have any questions about your payment amount or payment options, feel free to call the town office at 763-4199.


We extend our sympathy to Gail Spear and the family of Don Spear who passed away recently.

Have You Wondered

Have you wondered what has been going on across Church Street from the Hope Corner Store for the last couple of years? Chris Pinchbeck gave a talk at the Hope Historical Society about his project and supplied copies of dozens of pictures. Both the audio copy of his talk and the pictures are on our website at under the title “Pinchbeck Project”. Check out some of the pictures of the inside building methods used by the builder of the old building that was torn down.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who sent cards to William for his birthday on Friday. He was very happy to hear from so many people.


Aldermere Achievers will host a fish/corn chowder dinner May 3 to help raise money for them 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.

Hope Library

Hope Library presents Maine Author Lea Wait reading selections from her award-winning adult and young adult books Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Wait writes the five-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series featuring antique print dealer Maggie Summers. "Shadows at the Fair," the first in the series, was a finalist for a "best first mystery" Agatha award.

"Shadows of a Down East Summer" is the most recent of the five.

Wait was a fourth-generation antique dealer and now writes full-time. She also writes historical fiction for ages 8 to 14, set in 19th century Maine.

The Hope library is in Hope Town Office at the intersection of routes 105 and 235.

To Reach Francina

If you have any news, I can be reached by telephone at 236-3376 or by fax at 236-0345.