Town meetings start this week with four towns holding events Saturday. Residents are encouraged to attend and weigh in on how the town spends its money in the coming year.

Elections: Friday, March 10, voting 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Election Hall next door to the Town Office. Selectman Brian Jones running unopposed for re-election, three-year term. Longtime town officers Cynthia Abbott (clerk, tax collector) and Ernestine Keller (treasurer) each running unopposed for re-election, one-year terms.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., Freedom Grange Hall.


Elections: Friday, March 10, 2 to 7 p.m. at Palermo Town Office. Voters will choose a new selectman as incumbent Harry Dean Potter is not running again. Two candidates are seeking to fill his position: Ilene McKenney and Donald Barrett. Other open positions each drew one candidate. Dennis Keller is seeking a one-year term as assessor; Scott S. Childs is seeking election as road commissioner for one year; a three-year term for general assistance is sought by Darryl McKenney; and Sandra Devaney appears on the ballot for a three-year term on Regional School Unit 12's board.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m., in Palermo Consolidated School's gymnasium. Nominations will be taken from the floor to elect seven members of the Budget Committee. According to the Town Warrant, voters will be asked to authorize spending a total of $186,000 from the unasssigned fund balance (also known as surplus) for a variety of reasons, including setting aside money for capital projects, legal expenses, an inventory of trash bags for sale and to reduce the property tax rate. Residents also will decide if selectmen may make final determinations on closing or opening roads for winter maintenance.


Elections: Tuesday, March 7, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Dan Rich Public Safety Building. Three candidates are seeking two seats on the Board of Selectmen: former Selectman Meredith Ares and incumbent Selectmen Richard Desmarais and Jack Merrithew. Also on the ballot are nine Budget Advisory Committee positions and one open seat on the Regional School Unit 20 Board of Directors.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 11, at 9 a.m. at Searsport District Middle/High School. In addition to the municipal budget — expected to remain mostly flat — voters also will address a proposed moratorium on recreational marijuana retail stores, consider authorizing a town-wide revaluation and vote on ordinance changes.


Elections: Friday, March 10, voting 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Office. Erwin Hood running unopposed for re-election to the Planning Board, five-year term. Selectman Cindy Boguen running unopposed for re-election, three-year term.

Town meeting: Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., Kermit Nickerson Elementary School. Among items to be voted is unsorted curbside trash pickup.