As the ground begins to thaw and days gradually get longer, our thoughts are turning towards the boundless possibilities for growth that Spring inspires. In the spirit of growth, the Town of Wells can expect to look forward to engaging Spring activities, community-focused volunteer events, and new faces within the town staff.
Read on to learn more about recent happenings, upcoming events and how various departments are welcoming the vibrance of the upcoming Spring season.
Checking out more than just books at the library
Cindy Appleby, Library Director
Spring is almost here! We at the library are ready to say hello to the return of flowers and warmth and the color green. Come check out our great resources on planting, pruning, and pick up some seeds at our new seed library!
National Library Week is April 3rd – 9th. This year’s theme is Connect with Your Library. We’d love to have people stop by and see what a treasure your public library is in the community and say ”hi” to the hard-working library staff.
Did you know the library has museum passes available for local attractions? The Brick Store Museum, the Children's Museum of Maine, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, the Portland Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Southworth Planetarium, and Historic New England can be visited for free or at a discount. We thank the Friends of the Wells Library for providing the support for these passes. Contact the library for more information.
Upcoming programs at the library include:
  • Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 p.m. Alphabet Party: P is for Party, R is for Read. An Alphabet Party is just what you need! Alphabet activities, an alphabet hunt, and more!
  • Tuesday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. Author Talk: Chris Boucher discusses his novel Front Pivot about two teens’ struggle to understand their deceased father’s role in the Afghanistan war. This novel was inspired by Chris’ father-in-law’s Vietnam War journal.
  • Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm. Fife and Drum Corps: Come listen to Sue Walko and David Vose in historical costume play the fife and drum. They will talk about the history of their instruments and play music from the 17th and 18th centuries.
Feeling the strains of rising heat costs? Help is available
Jo-Ann Putnam, Chief of Police
On Friday March 4th, several officers participated as “Guest Readers” for the Wells Elementary School's “Celebration of Reading Day”. The theme this year was Kindness and Empathy.
Officers picked out the books they wanted to read to the classroom. In the photo, Detective Corporal Jeffrey Galasyn and Officer Nick Matt read to Ms. Crovo’s 2nd grade class. The officers chose to read “Officer Buckle and Gloria” and the “Wonky Donkey”.
The department has recently been asked to assist in getting the word out about the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) through York County Community Action. “YCCA is finding an alarming number of local families struggling to pay for their home heating fuel. Many families are running out of fuel and trying to stay warm by adding clothing and wrapping themselves in blankets. The situation has become dire for some families, including households with children and seniors," according to Brad Bohon.

As I’m sure most of you know, either firsthand or from friends, the cost of heating fuel has skyrocketed in the last few weeks; I want to make sure residents know about programs like this so they can take advantage of it. Bohon also stated that “through surveys and community needs assessments, that nearly 3 out of 4 households are eligible for HEAP fuel assistance have not applied for the service”.

Partnering with law enforcement is not something new for this program. In 2009, when heating costs were high, police officers and Emergency Medical Services in York County were asked to get the word out also. If you or someone you know is in need of heating fuel assistance, please make the call to get the help that is available.
Harbor Master training resumes
Michael Yorke, Harbor Master
The beginning of March marks the Annual Harbor Master Training at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. After a two-year hiatus caused by Covid-19, this year’s event went off without a hitch. The conference was well attended with over one hundred Harbor Masters in attendance. Guest speakers included the Army Corps of Engineers, Maine Marine Patrol, Legal Counsel, coast Guard, Border patrol, Maine submerged Lands and Maine D.O.T. to name a few. This training never disappoints with valuable advice on Grants, Ordinance changes and future dredging which is in the very near future for Wells Harbor.

March also starts the billing season as hard copy mooring bills were mailed March 10th with electronic invoices coming the following week. We will also be installing the launch docks this month, which will start the preparations for the upcoming boating season.

A current mooring/slip waitlist is posted on the Town’s harbor master page.
Wells firefighters swiftly address local fires
Mark Dupuis, Fire Chief
Wells Fire was invited to participate in Wells Winter Wonderland on February 5th. Pictured here, firefighters Sean and Carissa had a blast teaching the kids all about fire safety. Although it was a pretty cold day, it was a fabulous turnout.

On February 24th, Wells firefighters were alerted of a vehicle fire on the highway. On arrival, the car was fully involved on the right shoulder. Luckily, all passengers were standing safely on the side of the highway. The crew was able to extinguish the fire promptly, but unfortunately the vehicle was a total loss.

On February 28th, Wells firefighters were called to Littlefield Road for a house fire. Firefighters were greeted with heavy smoke pouring from a single-family residence. We were fortunate to have an extra call firefighter at the station working-out, so we were able to respond with five firefighters. This greatly enhanced our ability to control the situation much more effectively. Luckily, the residents were out of the building. Soon after arrival, we were joined by Ogunquit, Kennebunk, and Sanford Firefighters to quickly bring the situation under control. A special thank you to North Berwick firefighters for covering our corner station.

We are excited to also announce we have received Zachary Litvinchyk’s return from deployment orders. He will be returning to the station March 8th and working on C shift. We are glad to have him back safe!
Changes abound for the Planning Department
Mike Livingston, Town Planner and Engineer
The Planning Department continues to work on ordinance changes for the June Town Meeting. The change to eliminate the requirement for sprinkler systems in Medical marijuana cultivation and processing facilities was approved to be on the June ballot.

The changes to Cluster Subdivisions, Multifamily Developments and vested rights in subdivisions are proposed for final workshop on the March 15th Board of Selectmen meeting and final public hearing on April 5th. The Cluster subdivision changes include larger lot size requirements and an increase in vegetated buffers along town ways. The Multifamily development change will stipulate that density requirements be the same as a Cluster Subdivision. The vested rights addition to the subdivision ordinance will allow a preliminary plan application to be considered as vested/grandfathered.

The Planning Board continues the review of multiple applications and will be scheduling site walks for April, weather dependent.
A warm welcome to new faces in Wells
Join us in welcoming new staff joining us this month at the Wells Town Hall!
Shannon Chisholm
Shannon started as an intern at the Wells Town Hall in January of this year. She deeply enjoyed her work with the town and its employees, so she applied to become a full-time member of the staff. In February, she was hired on as the HR Generalist and has been diligently working to learn everything the job entails. In her free time, Shannon enjoys traveling with her husband, relaxing with her cat, reading, and playing board games. She is also a current graduate student at the University of Southern Maine and is studying to further her municipal government career.
Rebekah Kelley
Rebekah is joining the Town of Wells as the new Communications and Volunteer Coordinator. She is eager to begin working with the various departments in Wells and integrate them into community events, volunteer efforts, communication improvements and more!
In her free time, Rebekah enjoys forest walks with her Goldendoodle companion, nordic skiing with her fiancé, and discovering new podcasts. She is enjoying the move from Colorado to the beautiful state of Maine and is so grateful to be welcomed into this vibrant community.
Terry Wilson
Terry Wilson is delighted to be joining the Town of Wells code enforcement staff as an administrator.
She has many years of construction experience and is happy to be learning more about the local and national building codes.

A recent transplantee from Maryland, Terry loves the outdoors… gardening, camping, hiking and fishing, and is so happy to be living in “Vacationland” where these activities can be enjoyed to the fullest!

208 Sanford Road
Wells, ME 04090