Longtime Lincolnville town employee plans active retirement
Lincolnville — After 27 years as an employee at Lincolnville Town Office, most recently as office coordinator, Doris Weed is ready to retire.
A familiar face to many, Weed said well-wishers visited Lincolnville Town Office Feb. 1 as she worked her final day as a town employee.
"They made a special trip just to do that," she said, adding that some came bearing gifts such as cupcakes.
Weed, who celebrates her 65th birthday Feb. 2 said she has been planning her retirement date since August.
"I picked that [final day] out last August, I gave my letter to [Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney,]" she said.
Prior to — and during — becoming a municipal employee in 1986 Weed served on numerous town committees including the planning board, budget committee, municipal building and charter commission. She has worked as deputy town clerk, deputy town treasurer, deputy tax collector and deputy town administrator. She has held the title of office coordinator since 2001, according to a document provided by Kinney.
Weed spoke excitedly of her plans for retirement, but shied away from recognition.
"I didn't want a party, just well-wishes and that's it, I don't like all the hoopla," she said.
Weed was born and raised on her family farm in Lincolnville and resides with her husband Ken on a peaceful, 60-acre Lincolnville property that the couple relocated to just 2 years ago, they previously lived on Route 52 in Lincolnville, Weed said.
"I was born and brought up here," she said.
Weed has two sons and two granddaughters. Her 24-year-old granddaughter, Jarica Weed, recently moved back to Lincolnville after acquiring an advanced degree in social work, she said.
As for retirement plans Weed shunned the idea of heading for warmer weather.
"I love winter, I love the cold weather," she said.
She explained that she plans to teach herself to snowboard on a slope on her property.
"I have a little bunny slope, [snowboarding] just looks cool and I want to try it," she said.
She also plans to try stand-up paddleboarding in the summer.
The seasonal activities will augment a long list of hobbies including skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and kayaking. Weed said she will accompany her husband, a caretaker and part-time lobsterman, as the sternman aboard his 32-foot vessel Little Rocker.
Weed has watched the town evolve and has learned to change with the times. She said the biggest change is "the rush" brought on by the increasing use of technology.
"It's not just here, it's everywhere, with technology everybody is so much busier and on the go all the time, I've done well to keep up," she said with a smile.
She said she is not concerned about the impact of her retirement on operations at Lincolnville Town Office and expressed great respect for her co-workers.
Kinney said the town will hire an administrative assistant, but presently Weed's multifaceted duties have been re-distributed among existing town staff. Kinney — who came on as town administrator in 2003 — said Weed is irreplaceable.
"The people that come in, she just knows them, they know her, she knows their kids, she knows their dog's names," Kinney said.
In addition to her interpersonal relationships, he said Weed's long memory of town history and practices will be missed.
"That institutional knowledge, it goes quite a ways," he said.
He explained he's been questioning Weed, trying to absorb as much of her knowledge as possible before she heads for the [bunny] hills.
"The office is small enough that everybody knows a little about everything, but it will definitely be a learning curve," he said.
Weed said she and Kinney "work very well together" in the busy town office and said that while Kinney and the selectmen are technically her bosses, she also works for the residents of Lincolnville.
"The 2,200 townspeople are kind of my bosses," she said.
Weed said her municipal service, which began in 1979 when she served a two-year term on the appeals board, is likely finished, but she won't be going far.
"I just turn the corner and it's just, 'wow,'" Weed said of her home and surrounding land. She said she grooms the snowmobile trails herself with a drag her late brother fashioned to pull behind a snowmobile.
Weed said participation in community is important.
"You have to take an interest, it's your town," she said.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org