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Page 12 THE QUODDY TIDF 26 January, 2018 ABOUT 30 LUBEC RESIDENTS braved a chilly morning on January 20 at Flatiron Corner to make their feelings known about the current state of national affairs. The event was held at the same time as similar Women's March gatherings around the country. (J.D. Rule photo) TWILIGHT WALK Melissa Lee of Maine Coast Heritage Trust will lead a twilight walk/ski/snow- shoe on Sunday, January 28, starting at 4 p.m. at the Hamilton Cove Preserve. Par- ticipants should meet at the preserve's parking lot on Boot Cove Road. BOOKFOLDING WORKSHOP Helen Lelievre will give a bookfolding workshop at I p.m. on Friday, February 2, at the Lubec Memorial Library. LUBEC WOMAN'S CLUB The Lubec Woman's Club will meet on Monday, February 5, at 10 a.m. at the Regional Medical Center at Lubec for a by Susan hilly for Norma Harrop Tel. 733-2840 program about heart health. All area wom- en are welcome. LUBEC MARKET The Lubec Market will be open on Sat- urday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Lubec Brewery. The market will offer vegetables, cheeses, aromather- apy items and crafts by local growers. CABIN FEVER FILM Hidden Figures, a film based on the true story of three African American fe- male mathematicians who played a key role in launching John Glenn into space, will be shown on Thursday, February 8, at 3 p.m. at the Lubec Memorial Library. Board hears about plans for marathon by J.D. Rule Town Treasurer Suzette Francis has Maureen Lord, USA chairman of the been authorized to travel to Augusta to 2018 Bay of Fundy Intemational Mara- testify before a legislative committee on thon, addressed the Lubec Select Board behalf of the town regarding LD 1629, An during the January 24 meeting, asking for Act To Protect the Elderly from Tax Lien board support for the upcoming marathon Foreclosure. The bill, proposed by Gover- set for June 24. Lord stated that nothing nor Paul LePage, would modify the means has changed from the 2017 event, point- by which municipalities administer delin- ing out that they want the board to sane- quent property taxes. According to Den- tion the town's assistance during the nison, this bill would allow property event, including street closures, public owners 65 and older to accumulate unpaid works setting out cones and the fire de- taxes up to 50% of the assessed value of partment helping with traffic control and the property, which means they could go public safety. - using figures from Lubec records - for The issue of the failing boiler in the 20 years before action can be taken. town office came up, with Fire Chief Bob- The meeting concluded with a resump- by Hood presenting the three bids re- tion of discussion regarding dangerous ceived. Part of the expense lies in the need buildings, the subject of the hearing held to upgrade the boiler room to current code, prior to the meeting. Code Enforcement which was included in only one bid. Th(e Officer and Tax Assessor Jim Clark point- board voted to accept the lowest bid once ed out that the mill rate increase called for they are reconciled to reflect all of th~ by a $100,000 expenditure - the rough needed work. The high bid, which already estimate for abatement of the Nordic De- included the upgrades, was $18,700. Hood lights Seafood building - would be "about pointed out that the boiler "works in con- 85 cents per thousand," meaning that a junction with the Pelletco boiler," thus the property owner with a $100,000 assess- repairs must be performed, ment would pay an additional $85. Lubec voters approve used truck purchase by J.D. Rule chase, with some voting against. Thirty-three Lubec voters met on Janu- The "new" truck has 124,000 miles on ary 18 for a special town meeting called to the odometer and is equipped with a 2014 ask for approval of the purchase of a used Boss 9'2" V-Plow. Town Administrator 2004 Ford F450 XL Super Duty truck for Renee Gray pointed out that the mileage $24,000. The truck is to replace a 1991 on the older truck is unknown, saying "the GMC truck and sander - nicknamed "the odometer hasn't Worked in years." Need- Crow" - that is deemed to have reached ed repairs exceed the value of the truck, the end of its useful life. said Select Board Chair Carol Dennison. Several in the audience spoke against The purchase will be partially funded by the purchase of this particular truck, as it proceeds from the sale of tax acquired is equipped with a six-liter diesel engine properties. that they described as unreliable. "You In the same meeting, which was moder- are asking for trouble," one said, stating ated by Cecil Moores, voters approved the that even Ford dealers are reluctant to sale of the older truck with the money work on this engine. In the end, the vote going into the public works equipment re- was overwhelmingly in favor of the pur- serve fund. ank You The Lubec Fire Department Association thanks the following whose donations made the delivery of Christmas fruit baskets to seniors possible. American Legion Post 65 Women's Auxiliary kubecBrewing American Legion Post 65 Lubec Hardware Cal Barnett Lubec Woman's Club Bayview Park Apartments Lyons IGA Market Bear & Tree Owl Services McFadden's Variety Carlton Corey Garage Monica's Chocolate Bill Clark Morano's Authentic Pizza Coastline Plumbing & Heating Peacock House Cohill's Pub Peter Robinson Corey & Corey Quoddy View Apartments Due East Real Estate North Star Construction Linda Farrell Sons of the American LegionPost 65 Bob Foster Sunrise Apartments H & S Construction Wags 'n Wool HD & Sons Seafood West Quoddy Gifts SHARING MEMORIES of old North Lubec at the Lubec Memorial Library on January 20 were Donnie Alley, Wendell Small, Linda Maker and Lynn Hatch. Here, George "'Bubba" Eaton makes a point before the crowded house. (J.D. Rule photo) Long-time Lubec residents share memories by J.D. Rule came from town with a bulldozer to bury In a town like Lubec, those who can the dead animals." recall days bygone are sure to attract an Many in the audience, such as Leroy audience. The afternoon of January 20 Kelley and George "Bubba" Eaton, were saw a standing-room crowd fill the Lubec eager to share their experiences in that Memorial Library to hear Donnie Alley, and other events from a half-century or Wendell Small, Linda Maker and Lynn more ago, leaving many newer arrivals in Hatch relive earlier days in North Lubec. awe about the stories. Eaton described The first part of the discussion focused on how when out hunting he fell and clogged the disastrous fire of 1957 that, according the barrel of his father's shotgun with to Small, started "somewhere up around mud. When it was fired, the barrel split. "I Crows Neck" and burned a swath all the took it home, hung it up and didn't say way across Seward's Neck before stop- anything," he said~ When his father dis- ping at the water's edge. In the process it covered the damage, "he took a hacksaw destroyed a number of homes and a farm and cut the barrel off. 'Here, it's yours,' - including all the livestock. Hatch de- he told me." scribed how she and her family were giv- The event was planned and scheduled en just minutes to evacuate to the beach, by library staff. "We hope to do more," only narrowly escaping. "Mom had long says librarian Nancy Briggs. Similar events black hair," she said, "and it caught fire." are planned for Saturday, February 17, Following the fire, said Small, "a man March 17and, if all goes well, April21. Lubec school board considers budget by J.D. Rule of the total, up from 17.4% last year. That The process of establishing the 2018- share, he stated, is calculated by taking 2019 school budget dominated much of the total enrollment in April and October, the discussion during the meeting of the averaging the two and comparing the same Lubec school board on January 18. Dur- figure with other towns in the AOS. "You ing the public comments portion of the can drop a few students and still have meeting, Lubec Budget Committee mem- your share go up," he said, "if the other ber Barbara Sellitto asked about the tim- towns drop even more." The method of ing of upcoming discussions and which performing the calculation was established board members will be directly involved, when the AOS was first formed, he said. The conversation continued later, as the Basketball coach Shawn Tinker ad- matter was an agenda item. School board dressed the board, asking that the stipend member Wanda Mathews pointed out, in previously established for golf be support of Sellitto's comments, that "we're switched to peewee basketball. "Golf responsible for it, we need to be part of it." hasn't happened in years," he explained, The process will begin shortly, said AOS prompting Mathews to point out that golf 77 Superintendent Kenneth Johnson, who,had been part of the high school program. described the accounting methods used The board voted 4-0 to approve Tinker's when allocated funds are not fully utilized, request, then followed up with approving "The last two winters have been very mild/' Johnson's suggestion to appoint Colby he said, "so there is money left in the fuel Sawtelle as peewee coach. Director Jenny budget. That money doesn't go away." Brown concluded the discussion by point- The budget is expected to be complete ing out that Lubec's basketball players had and ready for voter consideration by June. displayed "really amazing" sportsmanship Johnson also explained that the Lubec during this year's season. "It's really im- share of the AOS budget will be 19.32% pressive," she said.