Walk America reaches Waldoboro

Walk America’s Isaiah Shields spent day 480 of his journey walking through Waldoboro. He is walking from the westernmost point in the continental United States to the easternmost, which has him heading to West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec. Plenty of people in Waldoboro were happy to get pictures with him. He was lucky enough to be offered a bed for the night rather than having to set up camp. He was treated to a home-cooked meal, and use of the family’s hot tub. In return, he graciously thanked them on Facebook and shared several pictures of his journey through town.

Property revaluation and tax changes

Waldoboro had its first property revaluation in over a decade, and many residents were surprised by the tax bills they just received. The mill rate actually dropped from 18 to 14, so some people saw a decrease in their taxes, particularly those who own undeveloped land. Homes, on the other hand, mostly increased in value based on the current market prices. It can look like a substantial change, but the previous valuation was in 2008 and home values, building materials, and labor costs are significantly higher now.

Because the bills were late going out, the deadline for the first payment has been extended two weeks until Nov. 30. Those who wish to break their payments down into eight or nine monthly payments can sign up for the tax club by calling the town office 832-5369 ext. 1.

Under the state’s new tax stabilization for the elderly, applications need to be in by Dec. 1 and will apply to next year’s bill, not the ones that just went out. The town has other programs listed on its waldoborome.org website to help with tax payments, how to appeal the revaluation, and also explaining what town taxes go toward.

Seafood sale to support lobster industry

Both Delano’s Seafood Market and Midcoast Marine in Waldoboro are selling merchandise to support the Maine lobster industry. Delano’s expects to offer fresh seafood shipping shortly, and they offer gift merchandise as well as their fresh seafood.

Upcoming events

The Waldoboro Women’s Club is holding a bake sale at the polls on Nov. 8 featuring pies, cookies, breakfast cakes and various breads.

Victor Wooten featuring Steve Bailey and Derico Watson — Bass Extremes — is at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Waldo Theatre in collaboration with Midcoast Music Academy and Point Entertainment.

The Bill and Joan Alfond Gallery at the Waldo Theatre presents “This Neck of the Woods,” featuring the work of Sarah Bryant, Kirsten Lie-Nielsen and Susan Metzger, on display through Nov. 13.

The Veteran’s Day ceremony will be at the Waldoboro Historical Society Museum on Main St. at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 11. Members of the Charles C. Lilly American Legion will present colors, and the Revere Bell will be rung by local veterans.

The Medomak Valley High School Players are putting on “Hello, Dolly” in the school auditorium on Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m., and matinees on Nov. 13 and 20 at 2 p.m., with ticket prices ranging from $10-$14.

The fire department is hosting their annual Turkey Bingo Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. at the American Legion at 181 Jefferson St.

The Waldoboro Day 5k is already accepting registrations. The race will be at 8:30 a.m. on Jun. 17, 2023 before the rest of the 250th Anniversary Celebration gets underway, and it may just be the hardest 5k in the state with Waldoboro’s hills. Moody’s Diner will have whoopie pies to energize runners at the midway spot, and there will be three prizes both the female and male finishers. Registration is $20 per runner and is online at https://runsignup.com/Race/ME/Waldoboro/WaldoboroDay5K.