Want to be a columnist?

Have you ever wanted to write for the local paper? Are you tuned into town and school events and happenings in Hope? Longtime columnist Francina Pearse has decided to take a step back from her weekly column and the Herald is looking for someone to fill her shoes. If interested, please contact Editor Kim Lincoln at 236-8511 or by email at klincoln@villagesoup.com.

School news

June 14 — eighth-grade graduation

June 15 — last day of school

Hope Historical meeting

The first meeting of the Hope Historical Society for 2016 is Tuesday, April 19, at the Historical Society Home, 479 Camden Road, Hope. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. The program speaker will be Neil Lash, co-founder and direction of the internationally-recognized Heirloom Seed Project at Medomak Valley High School. The public is welcome.

Birthday community calendar

Community calendar subscriptions are open and all Hope residents are welcome to join in this important fundraiser for the library. Volunteers are contacting their neighbors now and their deadline is May 6. If you haven't been contacted yet or you are new to the area, please call Judith Jones at 763-3576 to sign up. Calendars are $9 and order forms are in the library in the Hope Town Office.

Nomination papers

Nomination papers are available for the following positions:

2 Selectman, Assessor, Overseer of the Poor for three-year terms

3 Budget Committee members for three-year terms

3 Budget Committee members for two-year terms

1 Budget Committee member for one-year term

2 Hope School Committee members for three-year terms

1 Hope School Committee member for two-year term

1 Five Town CSD Board member for three-year term

Pick up papers at the Hope Town Office anytime during office hours. Nomination papers must be returned by May 3, at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact the town office at 763-4199 or clerk@hopemaine.org.