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11 December, 2015 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 29 -- Break-in at library under investigation by John Lynch of place, including a cart and a few draw- The Pembroke Library recently suf- ers. Gralenski notes there was no vandal- fered what appears to be a break-in and ism committed. theft. Library members Fred Gralenski and The missing items include approximate- Albion Goodwin discovered the break-in ly $35 from the library donations box, a during the early morning hours of No- Lenovo brand laptop computer and mon- vember 24, after a door was accidentally ey raised in the ongoing quilt raffle. Also left unlocked around 4:30 p.m. the night missing are tools'from the cellar, includ- before, ing a Makita brand battery-operated pow- With contractors coming and going to er drill, a hammer drill and a reciprocating renovate the building, Goodwin opened saw. the library up around 7:10 a.m. that day Gralenski says they called the Wash- and came back between 9:30 and 9:45 ington County Sheriffs Department, and a.m. with Gralenski. sheriffs deputies came to investigate the The pair began to notice little things out scene. School system facing by John Lynch Kenneth Johnson, superintendent of AOS 77, told the Pembroke School Com- mittee at its December 7 meeting that the Pembroke school system faces a possible $310,000 deficit. Johnson received this information after a preliminary audit report from Richard Wadman. For now it is only a possible figure to plan for until the final number comes in the spring. The number is based Ham radio testing and meeting slated The Maine Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is sponsoring a dual event in Machias on Saturday, December 19. The nonprofit volunteer group will be ad- ministering Amateur Radio Service exam- inations starting at 9 a.m. at the Washington County Emergency Manage- ment Agency conference room, located at 28 Center Street in Machias. All levels of ham radio license classes will be available for testing. Upon passing the test, the applicant wilt be issued an amateur radio license and call-sign by the Federal Communications Commission. There is a test fee of $15. Photo identifica- tion, proof of previous licenses, if appli- cable, and an FRN or SSN number are required. At 11 a.m. the group will conduct a meeting and demonstration of ham radio equipment. Anyone interested in disaster communications is welcome. For more in- formation contact Phil Duggan 546-1575 or email . a potential deficit largely on how carry-over funds were rep- resented in the budgets for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. The committee voted to pursue a plan that would ask the selectmen to call a spe- cial town meeting and present the situa- tion to voters. From there, the town can authorize the selectmen to borrow money to pay the debt and negotiate terms of annual pay- ment. Johnson advises the annual payment could be represented in the school budget to essentially pay the town back whatever the loan payment becomes. Johnson feels this plan is the only op- tion, acknowledging another year of fi- nancial belt-tightening and a more difficult budgeting process for the school board as they'll have fewer dollars to work with. FIREWOOD Cut, split and delivered All hardwood Gary Gilpatrick I 733-7547 or 263-9171 KITCHENS [ BATHROOMS RESTORATION [ PAINTING CABINETRY I FURNITURE INFO@FINEARTISTMADE.COM (207)853-9504 UP FOR SALE are holiday wares at a table manned by Cheryl Brown at the Parent Teacher Communi~ Craft Fair at the Pembroke Elementary School. (John Lynch photo) PTC craft fair benefits school activities by John Lynch ward the end. The fourth Pembroke Parent Teacher Most of the proceeds of the event will Community (PTC) annual craft fair took be used to bring Children's Stage Adven- place December 5 in the Pembroke Ele- tures to school. It also helps to fund field mentary School gym. Visitors could enjoy trips and other activities that the regular a variety of wares for sale or grab a bite to school budget doesn't cover. The fair eat. raised $1,400. According to PTC member Dana Ri- The Pembroke PTC will soon hold a quier, the fair was quite full with about 40 holiday-themed craft afternoon on Tues- vendors selling holiday decorations, scent- day, December 22. The PTC asks volun- ed items, colorful clothes, homemade jew- teers willing to help students make festive elry and more. A Chinese auction with decorations or share craft ideas to call the basket items donated by the crafters took school so the PTC will know what sup- place during the day and was drawn to- plies should be provided. CLARK-INSURANCE AGENCY 90 GERMAIN STREET, CALAIS, MAINE 04619 ~ WCCC is accepting applications for Spring 2016 in many of our programs. Call or stop by the campus today for more details! Classes begin January 11th. ge, Huge Results!