Adopt hydrant

this winter

The Yarmouth highway department crew is responsible for clearing snow away from 291 hydrants around town.

In order to perform this task as quickly as possible, the crew is asking residents to adopt a hydrant and volunteer to keep it clear of snow through the winter.

For more information, contact Erik S. Street, director of Public Works, at 846-2401.

Mailbox replacement

In the event that a mailbox is damaged by the town during winter operations, residents can call 846-2401 to report it. A highway department representative will come out to evaluate the damage. If it is determined that the department is responsible, either repairs will be made to the existing box and/or post, or a temporary box and post will be placed in service for the winter. Permanent repairs will be made in the spring.

The town of Yarmouth replaces all mailboxes and posts with a standard design. The total value of the standard box and post is $45 ($30 for the post and $15 for the box). For more information or to report a damaged mailbox or post, call846-2401.

College honor

Sophia Siddall of Yarmouth was named to the fall 2015 dean’s list at Kent State University, where she is a sophomore. Siddall is among nearly 8,300 undergraduate students at the Ohio school who have earned and received this recent academic recognition.

Library seeks

planning input

Merrill Memorial Library has begun a strategic planning process to determine what people want from their library. A Strategic Planning Committee has been formed and has been meeting through the past four months. Focus groups and interviews are being conducted with community organizations to identify possible opportunities for the library.

The library now has created a survey for Yarmouth residents and library patrons from other communities. The survey can be accessed online at, and paper copies are available at the library and Town Hall. All residents, including school-age children, are encouraged to take the survey. The deadline is Monday, Feb. 15.

Editorial cartoons

topic of lecture

The trustees of the Merrill Memorial Library have been awarded a grant from the Maine Humanities Council’s Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Fund to host Pulitzer Prize-winning Buffalo News editorial cartoonist Adam Zyglis. He will present a lecture on the topic, “Editorial Cartoons: Insight or Insult?” on Monday, March 14, from 7-8:30 p.m., at the library,

215 Main St., Yarmouth. He will also visit Yarmouth High School to talk with students about the issues in editorial cartooning. A display of his editorial cartoons will be available in the library’s art gallery for two weeks surrounding the event.

The event is co-sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, Maine Humanities Council, Yarmouth Public Schools, and Portland Public Library, where he will also speak.

Licenses, etc.

• All dog licenses expired Dec. 31. Dog licenses can be obtained at the town hall during regular business hours or online at (the online service is only available through Jan. 31. Licenses are required for all dogs 6 months and older. A rabies certificate and proof of spaying or neutering must be presented when applying for license. License fees are $6 for spayed/neutered dogs and $11 for unaltered dogs. An additional $25 fee is charged for renewals of licenses obtained after Jan. 31.

• The 2016 hunting and fishing licenses are now available and can be obtained during regular business hours or online at

• The 2016 landfill stickers are available for purchase at the town office.

Techpresso Tuesdays

Techpresso, with free technical assistance, as well as coffee, will be offered on Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 2-3:30 p.m., at Merrill Memorial Library. Nissa Flanagan and Jeff Eastman will help anyone who is having trouble navigating a new device, wants to learn how to utilize all phone features, needs a hand downloading ebooks or needs any other help learning how to do more with technology.

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