Cushing passed all 53 articles at their annual Town Meeting July 28, with appropriations decreasing for the third year in a row. Alton Grover, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, was presented with the annual Spirit of America Foundation Tribute.

Mike Mayo of Thomaston acted as the moderator. Mayo moderates many Town Meetings in the Midcoast.

The Spirit of America Foundation Tribute is an award that can be given by each municipality to an individual or group in honor of public service or volunteerism.

Alton Grover was the recipient of the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute, “based on more than 30 years serving on the Cushing Select Board as well as more than 50 years of civic service in various roles as a member of the Masons,” said Mayo.

The articles that passed were almost all budget items and involved raising and appropriating funds. Board member Dan Staples commented that this was the third time in 11 years that appropriations had decreased. “We are working hard to keep your taxes down,” Staples said.

Staples also commented on article 26, which involved appropriations for the Ancient Cemetery Maintenance Account. Staples said the conditions of these cemeteries in Cushing was “a crying shame,” and he hoped this account would assist with that.

Staples and Grover both commented on article 36 to take $52,762 from Excise for the County dispatching service. Staples said the amount was “ridiculously high.”

Grover said the amount increased from last year.

Also passed was article 51, the Georges River Regional Shellfish Management Ordinance. This ordinance added a suspension of the Georges River Regional Shellfish Management Shellfish License for individuals who were “rude or threatening to the town administration.” A first violation is a suspension of one month, and a second violation is a suspension of one year.

Staples said that there have been several threats to town administration that had prompted this ordinance.