Town clerk receives certification

Our town clerk, Ann Dean, has fulfilled certification requirements of the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association or MMTCTA. Ann completed the required hours of training and educational seminars and was awarded her certificate May 9. The association exists to provide leadership, education and resources to help town treasurers achieve uniformity of processes, networking opportunities and professional development. Many thanks to Ann for the numerous hours of hard work and dedication to complete the certification process enabling her to serve the town even better. Congratulations, Ann!!

Science Olympiad

At this writing, the students of the Medomak Middle School Science Olympiad team and adults who went with them to Dayton, Ohio for the national tournament are just getting back to Maine. After a whirlwind three days of activities and competition and two full months of preparation, the team’s scholarly journey is complete for this year.

Our young scholastic whiz kids did not place at all against exceedingly stiff competition. The top winner overall at Dayton was Solon, Ohio, middle school which sent about 15 teams. Numerous schools sent several teams which totaled nearly 2,000 students in 120 teams. A lot more information is available at these websites: soinc.org/2013_national_tournament and wright.edu/scienceolympiad/tournament.html . Undeterred by the overwhelming rivalry, our students enjoyed the whole experience and according to coach, Maddy Kelly, are already thinking of ways to improve their projects. We want to congratulate this special group which has brought so much pride to their school and home towns for their scholastic achievement.

Labor intensity makes for successes

We hope everyone took the opportunity to attend one or more of the events in the village or at the VFW last Saturday. The overflowing Giant Yard, Plant, and Book Sales were very, very busy and clearly were a big success. From morning when the Grange provided a breakfast menu unequaled anywhere, through the giant sale, the farmers market, and VFW tag sale to evening as the Masons grilled up melt-in-your-mouth steaks, it was an everybody wins day in our little town. The giant yard sale is the library’s biggest fundraiser and it takes a small army of volunteers to get things ready and pull it off year after year. Many thanks to Liane Chapman, Beth Connor, Rhonda Hamilton, Amy Micklich, Peg Hobbs and all the volunteers whose hundreds of hours made it possible. VFWers Howie Good and Scott Whittier (and their wives Judy and Cheryl) along with Roland Luce organized their do-your-own-tables at the VFW. Live music by Jim Stark and Gene Kirkpatrick was a popular addition. Thanks to everyone who helped create a lively and festive atmosphere. Lots of fun, too.