Appleton news

By Jessica Davis | May 29, 2014

Town Office News

The 2013-2014 Appleton Town Report is available for pick up at Appleton Town Office, Appleton Village School, Burkettville General Store and Mildred Stevens Williams Memorial Library. Please call Appleton Town Office at 785-4722 for more information.

AVS News

There were three teams this year that represented Appleton Village School in the district Battle of the Books competition against Hope Elementary School. All three teams came out on top as the winners in their divisions. The third-grade team consisted of Bryana Maddocks, Rhea Tibbetts, Jonathan Davis and Lucas Wyman. The fifth-grade team members were Annalee Gray, Harvey Robinson-Fisher, Claire Wyman, Ethan Cleaveland, and Ryan Wiley. The seventh-grade team included Abbie Harrington, Maggie Maxwell, Lexi Smith and Jillian Thivierge. All in all, it was a great day! I went and watched the third-graders battle and it was very interesting! I had never been before and didn’t know what to expect. The kids did great!

The Hope/Appleton Softball Team continues the season with a re-scheduled home game against Searsport on May 29. The current record is 7 wins and 1 loss. We are proud of the continued good sportsmanship and hard work the girls are putting into their games.

The School Budget Meeting and Vote is scheduled for Thursday, May 29, at 7 p.m., at Appleton Village School. We urge all Appleton voters to attend this meeting and support the 2014-15 proposed school budget. The budget which will be voted on June 10 will be set at this meeting.

The SLIP (Stories of the Land and Its People) exhibit opening at the Farnsworth this past weekend showcased the hard work and beautiful artwork and photography of our fourth- and seventh-graders. There was a presentation at the Strand Theater which recognized the many key participants in the program as well as highlighting the important aspects this project contributes to our students’ understanding and education. In addition to Appleton students, work from Hope, Lincolnville, Isleboro and Rockland students is on display as well. It is a great example of the collaborative work that the Farnsworth has facilitated to integrate art into classroom subjects. The different approach taken along with the unique perspectives of students made for a great exhibit. The exhibit is primarily located in Julia’s Gallery but there are also several photographs and art pieces at the Craig Gallery in the Farnsworth. The exhibit will be up for the summer, so if you get a chance it is definitely worthwhile to check out.

Appleton Historical Society News

At our June 2 meeting, Appleton Historical Society's program topic is Invasive Plants of Midcoast Maine, presented by Rebecca Jacobs, Education/Outreach Coordinator of the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District.

Ever wondered why folks are worried about invasive plants, how they got here in the first place and are they really harmful to the ecosystem? Learn about the plants "from away" that are disturbing natural ecosystems and replacing the native vegetation that defines our region and on which wildlife depends. Learn to recognize key invasive in our area and explore control & prevention strategies.

The meeting is June 2, with a business meeting at 7 p.m. followed by Rebecca's presentation at approximately 7:30 p.m., followed by refreshments.

Place: the meeting Room of Appleton's Mildred Stevens Williams Library, 2916 Sennebec Road, Appleton Village.

Appleton Library News

The small Downeast Maine community of Swan’s Island has seen summer people come and go, but it has held on to its stories. Author Kate Webber illustrates island life with humor, affection and the voices of islanders from the first settlement and 1950s hijacks to courtship and commerce. Explore the first and last one-room schools, island romance in sock-hop days and coastal celebrations. No one kicks up their heels on the third of July like Swan’s Islanders. From spooky haunts to local legends, the island’s history is all its own. Join Webber on this historic romp set against the backdrop of modern island living, and get acquainted with the island that comes alive after the last ferry has pulled away. She will be at the Appleton Library, 2916 Sennebec Road, on June 7 at 11 a.m. For more information call 785-5656 or visit the library’s website at

Kate Webber earned a degree in anthropology from Bates College, with concentrations in “environment, place and history” and “medieval worlds.” Kate worked with the Freeport Historical Society before spending two years with the Swan’s Island Historical Society through the Island Institute’s fellow program. Her varied historical work and social life on the island led to a column in the Working Waterfront publication, which formed the basis for this book. Kate has since moved to Portland, Maine, and is working.

We have just received some great new audio books! Some classics like "Charlotte’s Web" and "Little House in the Big Woods" to more current titles like "Peter and the Star catchers" and "Shiloh." There are lots to pick from, with nearly 100 audio books in our junior collection. Library hours are Tuesday noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Run For Your Life

This past weekend was the Run for Your Life event at the Camden Snow Bowl. It was a 5k with 13 obstacles, to raise money and promote awareness for public safety workers. There were three people from Appleton who participated in the event; Caleb Pease, who came in second, Tim Davis and Caitlin Harrington. Awesome job guys! It was such a fun event to be a part of!

Jammer Football Camp

Jammer Camp is a fun, non-contact football camp for boys and girls entering second- through eighth-grades. The focus is on learning basic football fundamentals, teamwork, sportsmanship and fun. Water and Gatorade will be provided and each player will receive a Jammer Camp T-shirt. Players should wear shorts or sweats, a T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt and cleats, if possible. The summer 2014 camp runs from Tuesday, July 15, through Thursday, July 17. This will be an evening camp from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at True Park in Hope. The cost is $30 per player, however, we are offering a refer a friend discount of $10 for each registrant. Sibling discounts are also available. Please visit to register!

Lincolnville Boat Club

The Lincolnville Boat Club runs a summer youth sailing program that holds classes Monday through Friday on the warm waters of Norton Pond. The day camp runs all summer beginning June 30 and ending August 22. There are a variety of courses, ranging for all skill levels between ages 8 and 12. Website is, email is, and phone is 975-4916.

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