News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 6, 2013
Castine selectmen give green light to more music in summer months

by Sharon Bray

With basic business completed, selectmen, meeting Monday, June 3, agreed to help Aynne Ames entertain townspeople and visitors this summer.

Ames, formerly director of popular, local theater programs, told selectmen she will bring a Belfast group to Castine for a number of performances.

Selectmen voted to approve her request to use town space on July 4 for “USO Songs of America.” Ames said the singers will perform patriotic songs and encourage the audience to sing along. The program has been well-received in other towns, she said.

Town Clerk Susan Macomber, a key organizer of Castine’s Independence Day celebration, said the music would not interfere with activities on the common, including kids’ games. It would give adults another choice of entertainment. Ames had said she preferred a time early in the day.

The Town Band will perform at 4 p.m., and Macomber suggested that Ames’ group sing before the crowd dispersed between noon and 1 p.m.

After discussing how to schedule the performance amidst many 4th of July activities, Ames and selectmen agreed to 11 a.m. on the library steps.

Ames also received approval to post a sign announcing performances at the Maine Maritime Academy auditorium at later dates.

Town Manager Dale Abernethy said selectmen are authorized to make exceptions to the town’s strict signage rules. He suggested placing the signs at the big rock at the top of Windmill Hill if the Golf Club would give Ames permission.

The Board of Selectmen also approved Amy Gutow’s request to use town common facilities and a brief street closure for the “2nd Annual Cougar Classic Road Race,” Tuesday, Aug. 20. The event raises funds for the Adams School athletics program. It includes a one mile “Fun Run” and a five kilometer “walk/run” around town.

Gutow said Castine Fire and Rescue, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, MMA security department and other volunteers will provide services for the race.

In routine business, after a brief “public hearing” discussion, selectmen voted to amend the town’s traffic ordinance to provide a handicapped parking space beside the Unitarian Church “when posted” by a portable sign.

They approved Witherle Memorial Library’s grant application to the Castine Arts Association for art supplies for after-school programs.

They confirmed a list of annual appointments of municipal officials:

Karen Motycka—finance officer, treasurer and tax collector

Susan Macomber—town clerk and registrar of voters

Andrew Marks—code enforcement officer, tree warden and shellfish warden

Peter Vogell—plumbing inspector

Dale Abernethy—alternate code enforcement officer and plumbing inspector

Henry Erhard—animal control officer

Ingrid Scott—health officer

Anne Romans—library director

Randy Stearns—fire chief.

The next regular selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 17, at 4 p.m.; town-gown meeting Wednesday, June 19, at 8 a.m. at the academy.