Rebecca Waddell with the Waldoboro town news. Send her your news at: rebeccaswaddell@gmail.com

Election day

As election season is in full swing, Waldoboro residents have been putting up signs in support of their chosen candidates. There have been several complaints around town of signs obstructing views at intersections, but also of people removing, defacing, or destroying signs erected on personal property. Rather than denying others their freedom of speech, people should make sure they are ready to vote on Nov. 8.

Polls in Waldoboro will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day, and absentee ballots are available at the Waldoboro Town Office for those who walk in, or you can give a call. You can view the warrants on the town’s Waldoboro.org website and a public hearing about the warrant questions should be up on the town’s YouTube channel.

Book discussion

“Gender Queer,” by Maia Kobabe, is on the RSU 40 School Board agenda again for Oct. 20. Most board meetings are held at the Union Elementary School, but this meeting may draw a crowd and be moved somewhere else to accommodate more people – those who are interested should keep an eye on the school board page on the RSU40.org website. The board generally gives interested parties two or three minutes to speak. The opposition to the book is strong and a few people have made their position known at meetings already. The school board had a committee review the book in the past and it recommended keeping the book available in the Medomak Valley High School library. Now, as in other school districts, the board is being asked to review it again. This time each school board member has received a copy and is expected to read it for themselves.

The complaint is that the book is pornographic and inappropriate for a school setting. “Gender Queer” is a graphic novel, and taken out of context there are a few pictures within the pages that could be considered offensive. There is some sexual content, but the primary story is of self-discovery about gender identity and the struggle to come to terms with feeling different from peers. Sage Cunningham, a senior at MVHS, has started a Change.org petition to keep the book available. Those who support keeping the title in the library say the book has the potential to help other students understand friends who are queer, or for queer students to feel less alone. It isn’t being taught by the school, nor is it required reading, so supporters feel that students should have the option to access it if they wish. The topic likely makes some people uncomfortable, while others feel it can be a bridge to greater understanding and acceptance of difference.

Best Little Hair House move

Moving away from political talk, The Best Little Hair House is on the move. The shop is moving from its downtown location to 40 Washington Road on Nov. 1. The building most recently was PenBay Physical Therapy, across from Moody’s Diner, past the new Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop. The new space will be bigger, brighter, have new furnishings, and easier parking. The mother-daughter team of Laurie and Charlotte Martin have been working together for 13 years and are looking forward to offering all the same hairstyling services at their new location.

Good Things opens

Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop opened at their 14 Washington Road location in late July and recently expanded hours so that it is open Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for shopping and donation drop-off. Proceeds from the shop support the non-profit Medomak Exchange, which includes Medomak House, the Free Clothing Closet, and provides space for the Waldoboro Food Pantry. The shop includes everything from household goods to décor and furniture.