STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE DURING THESE TRYING TIMES
Beginning on March 24, 2021 Selectmen meetings will return to the in person format. The meetings will continue to be on every other Wednesday at 3:00 PM.
As you may know, Rob Heard has retired as Selectman.
A lot has been accomplished during his tenure on the select board; many road repairs, the Pine Street bridge replaced, dam repairs and maintenance, to name a few, and of course the new town hall.
It has truly been a pleasure to have worked with you the past few years. To show our appreciation we presented him with a plaque detailing how he has served the Town of Porter. We tried to find out when he first started serving the Town of Porter, but had trouble determining when Rob started serving the Town. That’s when Janice and Hannah did a little digging and found the following:
1983 – present Saco River Corridor Commission
1983 – 1989 Porter Conservation Commission
1993 – 2000 Porter Planning Board
2003 – 2021 Porter Selectman (Chair 16 years)
2003 – Present Kezar Falls Fire Dept. Board of Directors
2005 – 2018 Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission
For a total of 38 years, very impressive. Thank you for all that work.
We all wish you a long and healthy retirement.
Photos by Jamie Gleason
Due to the declining number of COVID - 19 cases the Town Office is now open to foot traffic during normal working hours with the following restrictions:
Thank you for your cooperation
We now are accepting credit cards in the office with the condition of a 2.5% fee for transactions over $40 and a $1 fee for under $40*. Also continue to check in at https://www1.maine.gov/online/bmv/rapid-renewal/ for online registrations.
Spring is a time when we think of cleaning our homes, yards, driveways, etc. It is also a good time to clean the roadsides of our local roads.
If you would volunteer an hour, or even a half hour, to clean the roadside near your home it would make a big difference in how our town looks, and hopefully encourage people to not litter.
Thank you for any help you can provide.
If you do volunteer your time, please be aware of the following for your safety:
GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD READY FOR THE PANDEMIC FLU (CORONAVIRUS)
Please click on the link below to view information from the CDC on how to get ready for the the pandemic flu.
Municipal Building info:
71 Main Street
Porter, Maine 04068
Porter is located fifty (50) miles southwest of Paris in the southern end of Oxford County. Formerly called Porterfield Plantation. It was settled about 1781 and named for Dr. Aaron Porter, and was incorporated on February 20, 1807.
Our population is 1498, and we are part of Maine School Administrative District 55 along with the towns of Baldwin, Cornish, Hiram, and Parsonsfield.
The Selectmen would like to thank Adrian Durgin for all the time, effort, and planning that went into finishing the World War II Veterans Memorial in the Veterans Park at the corner of Bridge and River Streets.
Along with Adrian, we would like to thank the following people and businesses who made this possible.
Stone Surface, Granite and Marble of Naples
Aaron Libby – Masonry of Fryeburg
Downeast Engraving of Naples
Kerri – Blasted in Stone of Standish
P.Y. Estes & Son of Baldwin
Tony Morin & Nina Vono
Roger & Cindy Berube
Alan & Diane Wentworth
Check the pictures below to see what a wonderful job was done by these fine people. Thank you all!
The memorial project was initiated by the building committee to commemorate the site of the old Porter High School. The original cornerstone was incorporated into the design of the monument along with the capstone with an etching of the old school.
The project committee was formed of former PHS alumni: Jan (McDonald) Iler, Becky (Weeks) Carpenter, Cindy (McDonald) Berube, Sylvia (Trueworthy) Pease, Vanessa (Johnson) Trueworthy, and Denise (Jordan) Day, Porter Building Committee Liaison.
The initial design idea was created and presented to our citizens by Denise Day at one of our public hearings. However, due to the cost of the initial design, the committee decided it was too expensive to ask the townspeople to fund. Thus, the committee decided to use a single pillar design instead of the more expensive two pillar design.
Others involved were:
· Steve Estes notifying 'Dig Safe' for us.
· Luc Collette of Collette Monuments, Lewiston for the etched capstone & delivery
· John Foss & his helper of Foss Masonry Inc., Limerick set the PHS cornerstone pillar
(New brick was used for the base & column because of the age of the old PHS brick saved)
· Mike Jordan of Porter (helping to set the cornerstone with his tractor/loader?
· Nicholas Storer & helper, Samantha Staples of Stone Hill Landscaping, Limerick layed the walkway using the brick from the base of the PHS building which was an important factor in the conception of the entire project.
We would like to thank all the above people and businesses who helped make this project possible.
The monument is located on the left side of the building near the entrance to the Meeting Room. If you have not seen it yet, stop by sometime. It is very impressive, and a job well done.
See photos below.