SELECTMEN SET FY 09 BUDGET GOAL: At its last meeting the Board of Selectmen unanimously agreed to guide development of the next fiscal year budget by establishing a framework in achieving the bottom line. The selectmen would like to achieve a FY 09 budget which allows the Town to carry a tax rate that is equal to the current tax rate of $20.49 or something less than that mill rate. This goal and other mutual budget related issues will be further discussed in a joint meeting of the selectmen and school committee on Tuesday night at 6:30 pm at the Island Hall. Keep on the lookout for more information about budget workshops so the public can also participate in the budget process.



REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSES SCHEDULE: The Town Clerk has received notification from representatives of both political parties of their scheduled caucus. The Republicans will meet first at the Island Hall on Saturday, February 2nd. We were provided no further information. The Democrats will meet a week later at the same location on Sunday, February 10 at 1:00 pm. The Registrar will open the doors at 12 noon.



CUMBERLAND COUNTY TO OFFER DISCOUNT PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM: Residents of Cumberland County are now eligible to participate in a free prescription drug program. Here is how the program works: The county makes the cards available to residents through town offices, non-profits and any retail location that requests cards. Residents then pick up cards as they would any brochure and then have the option to present the card when purchasing prescription drugs that are not covered by their insurance. The average savings is estimated to be 20% off the retail price. The program is administered by Caremark Rx Inc. and comes at no cost to the county government or local taxpayers. If anyone is further interested or has questions, please contact Elizabeth Trice, Grants and Special Projects Coordinator at 871-8380 or by e-mail at


2008 MOOSE PERMITS ARE AVAILABLE: Applications for these permits may be picked up at the Town Office or you may go on line at WWW.MEFISHWILDLIFE.COM to obtain an application directly. The Department of Fish and Wildlife deadline for receiving theses applications is April 1, 2008.



JANUARY 31 IS DEADLINE TO REGISTER DOGS: To avoid an additional $25 fee by the State of Maine you have until the end of the month, which is this Thursday, January 31. Please bring the rabies certificate along with documentation that your canine is altered, if applicable. A license for an altered dog is $6.00 and $11.00 for an unaltered dog.