The American Red Cross of Maine and the Waldoboro Fire Department are teaming up to install free smoke alarms in residents’ homes and help people prepare for home fires.
The Red Cross, the Fire Department and community volunteers will perform the installations.
Waldoboro residents can make an appointment for free smoke alarm installation by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192, extension 113, or going to www.redcross.org/local/maine/home-fire-safety. People interested in volunteering for the event can also use that phone number and website.
“People may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late,” said Waldoboro Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of death by half, and an escape plan further improves the odds. We urge members of our community to take advantage of this opportunity, check alarms monthly and practice fire drills so everyone can escape in time. I’m very excited about this opportunity, which has had great success in neighboring communities.”
The event is part of an ambitious national campaign launched by the Red Cross to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by a quarter by 2020.
The Waldoboro event is made possible by a grant from the Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
“The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year across the country and the vast majority are home fires,” said Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Larry French. “Home fires kill an average of seven people a day in the United States – more than all other natural disasters combined. We are reaching out in Maine communities to end these tragedies and save lives.”
This home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event provides a number of ways to get involved.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Waldoboro residents to make sure they and their neighbors are safer,” said Town Manager Julie Keizer. “Sign up to have a team visit your home, spread the word or join the volunteers who will canvass neighborhoods to set-up appointments, install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help neighbors create escape plans. Your participation can have a great impact in our town.”
Since its launch in October 2014, the national campaign has saved at least 258 lives and installed more than 888,823 free smoke alarms. Here in Maine, the Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 8,000 free smoke alarms, making more than 2,000 families safer since the start of the campaign.
WALDOBORO YOUTH SOCCER REGISTRATION
Registrations for the 2017 Waldoboro Youth Soccer program are being accepted at the Waldoboro Recreation Department through Friday, September 8th. A final registration session will be held at the Waldoboro Town Office (1600 Atlantic Highway) on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 9am-11am. Due to scheduling, uniform orders and roster management, registrations will not be accepted after this date.
The program is open to boys and girls entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in Waldoboro and surrounding communities. There are three divisions of play: K-2nd grade meet from 9-10:30am at MVHS on Saturday mornings beginning September 18th. 3rd/4th grade and 5/6th grade practices begin week of September 11th. Cost of the program is $25.00 per player for Waldoboro Residents and $35.00 for all others.
WALDOBORO REC OFFERS DISCOUNT PARK PASSES
The Waldoboro Recreation Department has received its summer supply of discount passes to Funtown/Splashtown USA and Aquaboggan in Saco, ME.
Funtown/Splashtown "Big Combo" day passes for those 48" inches and taller are available for $30.00 each, a savings of $9.00!
Aquaboggan single day passes are available for $15.00 each, a savings of $5.00!
All sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges. Tickets may be purchased via check or cash at the Waldoboro Town Office located at 1600 Atlantic Highway in Waldoboro. Discount tickets for the 2017 season are available through Labor Day weekend. Call the Recreation Department at 832-5369 for more information.
IF YOU CALL 911… WILL WE FIND YOU QUICKLY WHEN SECONDS COUNT?
Unmarked or poorly marked addresses are causing response delays by Emergency Responders. Follow these tips to HELP US, HELP YOU when seconds count...
Homes and Businesses
- Address numbers should be large enough to be clearly seen from the road and set on a background of contrasting color. (Preferably illuminated or reflective at night).
- If your address numbers can’t be seen from the road, attach numbers to an additional sign of contrasting color and place close to your driveway entrance so they are easily seen by approaching rescue vehicles. Located them so they are not obstructed by snow in the winter or leaves in the summer.
- Mobile homes and apartments should also be identified with a number.
- If you live on a corner, make sure the house number faces the street named in your address.
- Reflective signs are the best and are available through the Waldoboro Fireman’s Association.
- Do not use your mailbox as the only means of identification for your home or business. Mailbox numbers can be confusing, especially if they are grouped together and there are multiple houses in close proximity.
- Put an additional address sign near your driveway to aid rescuers.
- Mark your mailbox on both sides. Make sure the numbers are in good repair and are of contrasting color that can be easily seen by approaching rescue vehicles.
- Keep clear of snow and ice in the winter.
Reflective Address Markers are available through the Waldoboro Fireman’s Association. Signs are double sided, measure 18” x 6” and have 3” white reflective numbers set on a blue reflective background. Cost is only $20.00 per sign.
The Town Office is carrying recycle bins for your convenience. Just like our compost bins, we will be passing these onto you at COST, if you choose to purchase them. You do not have to be a resident to purchase these.
We are stocking these recycle bins in response to many comments from residents who are looking for an easy way to sort their recyclables at home. Remember… recycling is required at the Transfer Station whether you bring your trash there or have someone else do it for you.
These bins are space saving, stackable (with or without the cover on), and have an easy access front flap which can stay open if desired. Each bin is 24” x 18” x 17”.
Set of 3 bins is $42.00 ‘cash and carry’ while in stock. These bins are in stock for your viewing. Stop into the Town Office or call us (832.5369) for more details.
The Town of Waldoboro, per the 2010 census, has a population of 5,075. There is a total land area of 73 square miles, making it one of the largest towns in the area. The total water area is around 7 square miles.
There are 103.18 miles of roads:
- 12.55 miles of State highways (maintained year round by the State),
- 29.97 miles of State aid roads (plowed by the Town and maintained by the State),
- 47.87 miles of paved Town roads (maintained year round by the Town),
- 9.79 miles of gravel roads (maintained year round by the Town), and
- 3.00 miles for the transfer station and parks (maintained year round by the Town).
The fiscal year 2016 total valuation is $493,214,500 representing 3,044 parcels at a tax rate of $15.30 per $1,000 valuation. The total appropriation is $7,410,141.90.
Clamming is Waldoboro's largest employer:
- Waldoboro sells more commercial clam licenses than any other Town in the State.
- In 2015, Waldoboro was the State's number one clam producing Town.
- In 2015, Waldoboro harvested 846,460 lbs of clams.
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