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Page 22 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 A SCARLET TANAGER was recently spotted in Charlotte. (Eileen Clark photo) Proposed budget set to go to Perry voters by EUeen Curry employees increased by $3,240 from the The Town of Perry budget meeting was $81,000 appropriated last year to $84,240 held on July 17 at the Perry Municipal proposed for the coming year. The county Building. About 10 people attended and tax increased by $6,814 from last year's participated at the meeting to get an over- $162,969 to $169,783 for next year. Am- view of the proposed 2018-2019 town bulance service remains the same at budget and report prepared by the select $30,822. The school budget was passed board. The group asked a few questions, on June 28, with a local share increase gave input and voted unanimously to from $1,108,529 last year to $1,117,431 present the draft budget to voters at the for next year. upcoming town meeting in August. The municipal election will be held on Selectmen Karen Raye and Scott Mac- Monday, August 27, at the Perry Munici- Nichol had a spreadsheet handout pre- pal Building from 1 to 7 p.m and the pared that showed expenditures and town meeting will be on Tuesday, August revenues over the past year and the pro- 28, at 6 p.m. in the Arlo I. Smith Memori- jected appropriations for the coming year. al Gymnasium at the Perry Elementary Raye said, "Any slight increase to taxa- School at 6 p.m. tion this year will be offset with revenue Running for a three-year term as select- earned to reduce the mill rate. After last man is incumbent Scott MacNichol. Can- year's budget, with the school and town, didates for two three-year school board this is a good time for Perry." The budget positions are incumbents Eileen Curry and breakdown is available to view by con- Gary Ramsdell Jr. Randy Newcomb will tacting the selectmen's office, also be on the ballot for the Passamaquod- Most of the account requests for appro- dy Water District board for a three-year priation will remain the same as last year, term. According to Town Clerk Janice including the Perry Volunteer Fire De- Scanlon, the late Selectman Adam Jamie- partment stipend, operating expenses, re- son had two years left on his term, and serve account and fuel. The town roads this position will be filled by the select account, salaries and insurance for two board. Church plans bicentennial presentation A dramatic presentation in celebration of the bicentennial of the Town of Perry will be held at the Congregational church on Sunday, August 12, at 9 a.m. The pre- sentation draws from diaries, letters, church records and local newspapers to tell the story of the church as it grew with the town from its earliest days to the present. Appropriate hymns and songs will ac- company the narration, from old favorites to more recent tunes. Stephen Sanfillipo of Pembroke will be presenting a naval ballad composed in commemoration of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry[s victo- ry on Lake Erie over the British during the War of 1812. His victory inspired the nam- ing of the new town of Perry in his honor in 1818, the year the British left Eastport. Readers are needed to help with the presentation, and volunteers are needed to help ring the church bell. A collection of pictures of the meetinghouse and people associated with the church across the years is being prepared for display during the month of August. Please contact Assistant Clerk Sandra Pottle at 853-2608 to share photographs. Stories and other identifica- tions are welcome and, with permission and appropriate credit, will be included in the church records. The day will conclude with a bicenten- nial organ concert by Edward French and a barbershop quartet at 7 p.m. that evening. For more information, speak to a church member or contact the pastors at 726-3905. Pembroke - Country View Apartments BR apartment available immediately! Heat and hot water included! or Qualified applicants must be 62 years of age or older handicap/disabled regardless of age. On-site coin-op laundry. Income limits apply. We are an equal opportunity organization. EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY For more information, please call (207) 561-4700 TTY: 995-3523 (Maine Relay Service) Perry ready to mark its bicentennial After months of planning, the Perry Bi- ry School bell will be rung in honor of the centennial Committee has announced the bicentennial. Perry Congregational schedule for the town's celebration of its Church, also at 9 a.m will feature a dra- first 200 years the weekend of August 10- matic presentation on the history of the 12. Festivities will kick off on Friday, Au- church. Perry Bible Fellowship's 11 a.m. gust 10, from 7 to 10 p.m. with an service will feature a sermon on Acts 7 old-fashioned barn dance at Kendall Farm and the history of how the Gospel came to Cottages and Event Barn on Golding Road the church. featuring Keltic Schmeltic and caller Ron The final event of the weekend will be Lowe of New Brunswick. There will be a 7 p.m. bicentennial organ concert at Per- both square dancing and contra dancing, ry Congregational Church featuring or- There will be a modest $5 admission fee, ganist Edward French and the Breakwater and Lubec Brewing Company and Raye's Buoys, a barbershopquartet. Admission Mustard will be on hand with their prod- is free, but donations will be accepted. ucts. "We appreciate all those who came for- On Saturday morning, August 11, from ward to help organize individual events to 7 to l0 a.m. there will be a blueberry make for a memorable weekend," says pancake breakfast at the New Friendly Perry Bicentennial Committee Chair Restaurant, sponsored by North Perry Kevin Raye. "We are looking forward to United Methodist Church. an enjoyable celebration of the town's first At 9 a.m. there will be a non-competi- 200 years." tive family fun run/walk/bike around Boy- Committee members who have been den Lake, starting at Pottle's Tree Farm, meeting faithfully to plan the bicentennial 507 South Meadow Road. It will end with over the past months include Kevin and a potluck lunch back at the tree farm at 12 Karen Raye, Amy Johnson, Jerry and Sa- noon. For details, contact coordinator rah Morrison, Eileen Curry, Andrew and Stephanie Allard. Debbie Pottle, Theresa Peek and Georgie From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lobster Kendall. Crate on Route 190 will be sponsoring an "In addition to the bicentennial events, antique car drive-in and art show with live we encourage people to attend the various music, horseshoes and corn hole. The Indian Day activities happening at Pleas- Washington County Gem and Mineral So- ' ant Point throughout the weekend," says ciety will be sponsoring a display of rocks, Raye. "The Passamaquoddy Tribe is an gems and minerals at Perry Elementary integral part of Perry and its history, so it School from 10 to 11:30 a.m. is fitting that the entire community join in At 2 p.m. there will be a ceremony at celebrating their culture and rich history." the Perry Municipal Building, including Commemorative Pilsner beer glasses remarks, the presentation of the official will be available for purchase during the Perry bicentennial quilt, which will hang weekend, a commemorative Perry bicen- in the town office, birthday cake and the tennial book will be published in the burial of a time capsule, weeks following the celebration, and a The Perry Grange will hold a spaghetti video will be produced capturing the supper from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall events of the weekend and interviews with on South Meadow Road. Perry residents for posterity. On Sunday, August 12, Perry's three For more information on Perry bicen- churches will each include the bicentenni-i tennial events, visit the "Perry, Maine Bi- al in their services. At North Perry United centennial and Old Photos" page on Methodist Church at 9 a.m. there will be Facebook, or call or text Kevin Raye at special music, and the historic North Per- 214-7900. COAST GUARD PLANS (from page 1) which is why the matter was referred to the planning, board. However, the plan would not be a subdivision, and the feder- al government doesn't have to follow the local ordinance anyway, Raye says. Because abutting property owners had not been notified about the proposal, Raye says the select board has asked the Coast Guard to have a representative speak at a select board meeting, suggesting the July 31 meeting. "I would feel better about bless- ing the project if they did consult and talk with the abutting property owners about what it will look like, how far they'll be from the property lines and things like that." According to Raye, some of the people attending the planning board meeting raised concerns about the loss of property taxes, since the land would become tax exempt if it is owned by the federal gov- ernment. Raye says she has mixed feel- ings about the proposal. While she supports the Coast Guard, she is con- cerned if too many families with children move into town. She notes that the Perry Elementary School is near capacity and if too many new students come in "it could create an issue." While the school system would receive state subsidy for any new students, a significant increase in the stu- dent population could "create a need for a larger school - although I don't foresee that," says Raye. Representing the Coast Guard at the meeting was Peter Spinella, a realtor with 18, 2018 the Coast Guard, but he says he cannot comment on the proposal. Chief Josh Smith, officer in charge of Station East- port, says there has been an ongoing need for housing for married members of the Coast Guard. He says currently about 30% of the 23 Coast Guard personnel at Station Eastport have families, but he stresses that can change as crews rotate through. Smith himself has four children. Some of the personnel have been living as far as Whit- ing, Baileyville and Calais, and Smith says the Coast Guard "is trying to keep the commute to here minimal." While Smith notes that the Coast Guard has been talking about establishing hous- ing in the area for some time, Raye under- stands that the current plan is moving forward "fairly quickly." by Eileen Curry Tel. 853-2649 CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH The Perry Congregational Church is planning a hymn sing in place of the ser- mon at its regular service on Sunday, July 29, at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and choose hymns for the church to sing together, accompanied by the tracker pipe organ. A collection of old photographs of peo- ple and events associated with the Perry Congregational Church is being assem- bled for display during the month of Au- gust. Identifications and any additional information about the pictures are always appreciated and will be recorded and cred- ited in the church records. Please contact Sandra Pottle at 853-2608.