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    April 12, 2021

    Warrant for town election posted in Appleton

    The town of Appleton has posted the 2021 Warrant for June’s town election. In the election, which will take the place of the annual town meeting due to COVID-19 precautions, 30 articles involving the various town budgets and proposed ordinances are on the ballot. Two of the articles address tax payments made by residents. Residents who submit all taxes except excise “paid in full prior to or within one month …

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    April 7, 2021

    Appleton Village School budget reflects loss of state subsidy

    Appleton will see a 9.07% ($151,937) increase in cost to taxpayers within the town’s proposed Appleton Village School budget, according to acquired documents and conversations with representatives from the district. The overall budget will increase by 3.54% ($102,442 ) and stand at $2,997,875. The proposed 2021-2022 Appleton Village School budget was collaboratively written by Superintendent Kate Clark, the …

  • Published
    March 25, 2021

    Food sovereignty grows in Knox County

    The “food sovereignty” ball is rolling in Union and Knox County, at large. Players in Union’s municipal government, in the Maine Legislature, and Knox County are working to make food, food production, and food sales more local and, as a result, more accessible for local farmers, producers, and buyers alike. What does “food sovereignty” mean? What does a “food sovereignty ordinance” do? Why do citizens of Maine …

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    March 17, 2021

    Appleton Select Board discusses muddy roads during weekly meeting

    Appleton’s Select Board and Road Commissioner discussed the issue of muddy roads after a resident raised concerns during their March 16 weekly meeting. Resident Kal Winer told the board during public comment he was “very concerned, based on what happened, about the town’s general preparedness” for “predictable emergencies” such as mud season in Appleton. Appleton, which has “16 miles of dirt road,” has been hit …

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    February 17, 2021

    Carbon emissions resolution proposed for town meeting

    The Select Board discussed Feb. 16 a potential June ballot item entitled: “Resolution to Take Action on Carbon Emissions Pollution, The Principle Cause of Climate Change.” The resolution, which was written by Maine Citizens Climate Lobby and proposed by Sharon Pree, states: “the Citizens of Appleton hereby call upon our Federal elected representatives to enact fossil fuel pricing legislation to speed the transitio…

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    February 3, 2021

    Appleton Select Board considers LED streetlights

    The Appleton Select Board discussed potential plans to change the town’s street lights to energy-saving LED fixtures and a proposed animal control ordinance that could be up for vote in June, during their weekly meeting on Feb. 2. The board showed a presentation of plans, drawn up by Central Maine Power, over Zoom, to update the 18 street lights located across Appleton. CMP would cover the costs to switch the …

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    January 23, 2021

    Elizabeth Dickerson's journey back to the Midcoast, and her plan to run for Senate District 12

    Elizabeth “Lizzie” Dickerson runs a rescue farm for race horses and serves as Appleton’s town clerk. She has taught Pilate’s classes, helped run Rockland’s The Good Tern, served on Rockland’s City Council and in the State House. Now she plans to run for District 12’s seat in the Maine State Senate in 2022. Dickerson, 55, lives on a farm in Union, with her young son, Zion, and a barn full of horses, pheasants, and …

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    January 13, 2021

    Appleton plans for town meeting by ballot

    The Select Board passed a motion Tuesday, Jan. 12, that will begin the process of planning a virtual public hearing and referendum in place of the 2021 Town Meeting. The motion, passed unanimously by the board, agreed on two factors. First, the 2021 Town Meeting, which typically takes place in person so residents can vote on town warrant articles, will, instead, happen in the form of a referendum. Second, this …

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    December 16, 2020

    Appleton Board looks at personnel policy, new earned pay law

    Appleton’s Select Board discussed the town’s personnel policy and Maine’s new Earned Pay Leave law at length during their weekly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15. Select Board Chair John Fenner raised concerns that Appleton’s personnel policy, as it currently stands, “has internal conflicts in its language.” “We need some sort of consensus. We must decide what we want and it must be carried all the way through,” Fenner …

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    November 25, 2020

    Langley Willauer receives thanks at Appleton’s Select Board Meeting

    Langley Willauer, the new deputy town clerk in Appleton, received kind words during Appleton’s Select Board meeting Nov. 24. Lizzie Dickerson, Appleton’s recently-appointed town clerk, allocated her time during the meeting to thank Willauer, who was not present. “I want to take a minute to give a shoutout to Langley. Even though we’re a team and we work on things together…for him to step in and for the trains to …

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