New great-grand child

Barbara Ludwig has another great-grandchild. Natalie was born March 3, weighing 6 pounds and was 20-inches long. Natalie is the daughter of Andrew Ludwig and Tasha French. Grandfather is Keith Ludwig of South China and grandmother is Mary Ludwig of Hope.

Class lunch

The Class of 1960 of Camden/Rockport will be holding their next class lunch Thursday Mar. 17 at the Water Front Restaurant at 12:00. All members of both classes andtheir guests are welcome to attend.

Budget meetings

The Hope town budget meetings have started. The first one was held March 9. The next ones will be March 16, 24 and 31. Remember everyone is welcome to attend. If you want more information, call the town office and they will let you know what is happening.

Nomination papers available

Nomination papers are now available at the Hope Town Office. For the following positions.

2 Selectmen, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor (3-year term)

3 Budget Committee members (3-year term)

3 Budget Committee members (2-year terms)

1 Budget Committee member (1-year term)

2 Hope School Committee members (3-year term)

1 Hope School Committee member (2-year term)

1 Five Town CSD School Board member (3-year term)

Pick up papers at the Hope Town Office any time during office hours. Nomination papers must be returned by 4:30 p.m. on May 3, 2016.

For more information you can contact the town office at: Phone: 763-4199 or Fax: 763-4195. Email:

Hope Elementary School Pre-K update

HES is now collecting names of students attending the fall Pre-K program. Incoming students must be 4 years old on or before Oct. 15, 2016. Please contact the school office at 785-4081 to hold a space for your child.

Please also call if you have or know of a student that will be entering hindergarten in the fall.

HES Yearbooks

Yearbook order forms are now available in the office. Order deadline is April 14. Year books are $15 each and will be delivered in June. Checks should be made payable to Hope Elementary School.

MEA State Testing Dates

MEA State Testing window for grades three through eight is March 21 and April 15. MEA Science testing window for grades five and eight is April 25 and May 6.

Band & Chorus Raffle

Don't forget your raffle tickets. The Hope Elementary Middle School Band and Chorus are raffling off two $250 gift certificates to Pen Bay YMCA. The winner can use the certificate for membership or to take classes. The Band and Chorus are raising funds for their trip to perform at Canobie Lake in June. Tickets are $5 for one ticket and $10 for three tickets, and can be purchased in the school office or from any MS Band or Chorus student.

Pi Day

Pi Day is coming on March 14. Members of Hope's math team are planning some activities to make the day a great opportunity for students to explore pi and math-related concepts, but nothing could be better on Pi Day than pie. The team has calculated that they would need about 25 pies to be able to feed the entire school a slice of pie at 1:59 pm. (That's 3/14 at 1:59 or 3.14159. . . the first 6 digits of pi.) We are looking for some pie bakers to help us out.

If you are willing to contribute a pie to Hope's Pi Day event, please contact a math team member or Mrs. Williams ( or 785-4081).