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Lamoine Town Report 2005

Administrative Assistant's Report

The past year has certainly been one of ups and downs for our community. We have celebrated successes, accepted setbacks, mourned tragedy, and we've persevered. In my opinion the Town of Lamoine has proved itself to be a strong community made up of successful individuals. Many events have brought that to light.

In February I was proud to be part of the rescue team that utilized the resources of our fire department and saved two women who had fallen through the ice of Raccoon Cove. The press called us heroes we called it good preparation and support from townspeople that allowed the rescue to take place. Again in May my colleagues on the fire department and I helped to save a teen-aged boy's life by cutting him out of a car and getting him on the LifeFlight helicopter. Many of the same crew was hit hard by Jina Haslam's death in June where despite all our best efforts, she could not be saved. Key people helped our young citizens deal with the tragedy, and enough can't be said about their help, especially that of Selectboard Chair Jo Cooper. Out of this tragedy has come a drive to build a new gymnasium in Jina's memory. What a positive development her family has made in face of an unspeakable tragedy.

Here in the town office, it has been an up and down year. The Maine Legislature dealt us a big unknown with passage of LD-1 which capped property taxes, and forced several town meetings and cuts to deal with that. The Budget Committee and Selectmen should be commended for the job they did to cope with the situation. The factored revaluation of the town hit this summer, and the Board of Assessors and the folks from RJD Appraisal deserve praise for handling inquiries efficiently, fairly and compassionately.

The workers in the town office have been very supportive of each other. We've had some personal losses to deal with this year. My mother-in-law passed away last spring, and Kathy DeFusco and Jennifer Kovacs put in extra time to cover emergency trips to Biddeford . Jennifer also lost her father this year, and again the staff pitched in to afford her the time needed to deal with her loss. I appreciate Dennis Ford stepping in to become Road Commissioner.

This fall I re-entered the world of broadcasting on a part-time basis. Generally that job is over before my duties at the town hall begin. I appreciate the compliments that have come with the job. I was also greatly honored and surprised this summer to be awarded the leadership award by the Maine Town and City Managers' Association. I've also been honored to serve as President of the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors' and Treasurers' Association this year. Those duties occasionally cause me to be away from the town office, but again, the staff has pitched in to make that possible with a smooth transition.

Stu Marckoon, Administrative Assistant to the Selectmen