Appleton Library to host Titanic speaker

Mac Smith, author of "Mainers on the Titanic," will speak at Appleton Library Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m.

A Navy veteran of the First Gulf War and former news reporter for Bar Harbor Times, Mac Smith lives in Stockton Springs, in the village of Sandy Point, where he is restoring the family homestead.

"Mainers on the Titanic" traces the stories of passengers on that fateful ship who had ties to Maine. Many of them were wealthy summer visitors to Mount Desert Island, but there were many other residents of the state aboard as well. Their tales are retold in a lively way here, along with the sinking-related events in the state at that time. Meticulously researched, this book reveals the agonizing day-to-day wait of Mainers for news of what really happened to their loved ones aboard and tells the stories of Maine passengers from their boarding to the sinking, rescue and arrival back in the country, and, for those who did not survive, their final coming ashore in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's a unique and fascinating addition to the Titanic story and to Maine history. FMI: 785-565 or appletonlibraryme.org

Appleton Volunteer Opportunities Night

Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Appleton Library, there will be an opportunity for dessert and to learn about opportunities to volunteer at Appleton Fire Department, Appleton Historical Society and Appleton Library. There are many different jobs and needs in these organizations. Find out how your unique skills and talents can improve our town.

AVS News

Appleton Village School has a new, updated website with a format similar to the Hope, Lincolnville, Camden, and Rockport school sites. It has photos of our students and drop down tabs that you can easily navigate. It is a work in progress so check back frequently and contact carol.waldron@fivetowns.net with any suggestions. The new website is fivetowns.net/avs.

We are still actively looking for a Spanish teacher, and hopefully will be able to fill this position soon. If anyone knows a qualified teacher in our area who may be interested, please have them contact the school for more information.

We don’t know who took the time to put a fresh coat of paint on our entrance sign, but it looks wonderful. We want to thank the mystery artist for making this sign so fresh and welcoming! Our appreciation also goes out to Debbie and Mike Smith for donating their used refrigerator for the AVS staff room. We assure you that it will be put to good use. It’s these acts of kindness that make this community so special. Thank you!

Soccer season is upon us, and here are a few of the upcoming games. Wednesday, Sept. 24, AVS at So. Bristol starts at 3:45 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 29, Jefferson at AVS starts at 3:4 5p.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 1, AVS at Lincolnville starts at 3:45 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 6, AVS at Nobleboro starts at 3:45 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 11, Vinalhaven at AVS starts at 11 a.m.

Cross Country is also going on. There are a few meets coming up. Thursday, Sept. 18, at Troy Howard in Belfast, the boys start at 4 p.m. and the girls start at 4:45. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Lincolnville, the girls start at 4 p.m. and the boys start at 4:45. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Great Salt Bay in Damariscotta, the boys start at 4 p.m. and the girls start at 4:45. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Medomak, the girls start at 4 p.m. and the boys start at 4:45. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Troy Howard in Belfast will be the Busline League Championship; the girls start at 3:45 p.m. and the boys start at 4:30.

Sweet Tree Arts

Sweet Tree Arts offers a variety of creative arts programming this fall for ages 5-18. After school programs generally run 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Buses are available from Hope and Lincolnville schools.

Mondays – African Dance 6-10 years with Denyse Robinson

Tuesdays – The Write Time 8 years old and older with Dena Davis and Art Mayhem 5 to 8 years with Trelawney O’Brien

Wednesday Film – 7 to 11 years with Morgan Kirkham

Thursdays – Beginner group ukulele with Jessica Day and Film for those 12 years old and older (from 5 to 6:30 p.m.)

Fridays we offer open studio hours 1:30 to 3 p.m. for early release in Hope and 'Platforms' a class middle/high school serious artists (13 years old and older).

Scholarships and family prices available, please inquire. To see a full list of fall scheduling visit sweettreearts.org or call 763-2770.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Event

Hike the Aldermere Farm trails Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. Have you ever wondered where the trails are located at Aldermere Farm? Come and find out and hike both trails – one to the ocean and one to and overlook of Lily Pond. Please RSVP to 236-2739 or jlucas@mcht.org by Thursday, Sept. 25. Once you RSVP, you will be notified of the meeting place to start the hike. Both trails are fairly easy hikes, but the ocean trail has some uphill sections and rougher terrain.