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Winterport News

By Jacob Gran | Oct 20, 2019


Waldo County deputy sheriff hired as new Recreation director

Casey Ashey has been hired as Winterport’s Recreation director. He replaces Greg DaSilva, who announced his resignation in August. In a post on Winterport Recreation’s Facebook page, DaSilva wrote, “This decision (to resign) came after much thought and deliberation and comes with mixed feelings. Multiple factors led me to make this decision, but the main reason revolves around a change in my schedule due to an increase in family commitments.”

Ashey works full-time for the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department. He currently resides in Winterport with his wife, Kenni, their young daughter, Kolbi, and their two dogs. He brings with him a strong competency in athletics. While obtaining his special education degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, Ashey received various achievement awards for his baseball-playing ability.

He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 2015, and before coming to Waldo County, he spent several years working for the Old Town Police Department.

The Recreation director for the town of Winterport is a part-time position, and the hours per week vary depending on the time of year. Ashey’s starting salary will be $13 per hour.

Former Recreation Director Greg DaSilva has agreed to continue to work for the town until the end of this month to allow for an orderly transition, and to assist with planning for the upcoming basketball season. He will also plan and run the Craft Fair in November.

Many support Town Office hours, despite Friday closure

A common trend in municipal government nowadays is the idea of revising the hours of operation of town and city offices to better serve the community and its residents. The simple truth is, gone are the days of men working all day while their wife is home taking care of the children, doing various chores, and completing errands such as running to the Town Office to register the car or pay property taxes. Due to this change in society, there come’s a point in time where any organization must re-evaluate its services to ensure that it’s providing the best care possible to customers.

The town of Winterport did just that back in June, when a survey was sent out via Facebook asking residents for their input on a proposal to change the Town Office hours to “make it more convenient, especially (for) those that work 9-5.” The then propounded schedule, which became effective June 17, included opening at 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday, staying open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, and closing the office entirely on Fridays — a substantial change from their former 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “banker’s hours” schedule Monday through Friday.

The survey generated nearly 40 responses, many of which favored the change. “I like the idea of at least being open early and late one day a week,” one respondent wrote. “If I need to go to the Town Office now, I have to be late to work.”

While the support was strong, many also expressed concern with the possibility of the Town Office being closed on Friday. “Four-day weeks are for production, not retail. You need to be available to those who need you,” another respondent wrote. “If you are genuinely concerned about accessibility, work Tuesday through Saturday. A four-day work week with Fridays off is just trying to maximize all the Monday holidays with no make-up.”

Winterport is not alone with its Friday closure, however. Officials in Hampden made a similar revision in May 2009 when their hours of operation changed to 7:30 a.m. to 6 pm Monday through Thursday. Likewise, town councilors in Bucksport voted earlier this month to approve changing their Town Office’s hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, after a town-wide survey was sent out and 72% of those who completed the survey favored the change.

Four months into Winterport’s new hours, Town Office staff say the adjustment has been received well by the community. An overwhelming majority of residents commenting on the new hours say that they are in favor of the change. Many individuals have commented that the new schedule allows them access to the Town Office prior to their workday.

From our neighbors

The Frankfort Congregational Church will be holding its monthly turkey supper on Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 4:30 p.m. As always, the menu will include roast turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry, peas and your favorite piece of pie. The cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children, and free for preschoolers. Takeout is available at $10 per takeout.

The church will also be selling tickets to its "Around the Town Raffle" during the supper. One lucky person will win over $950 worth of gift certificates to local area businesses.

Until next time, that's all from the only place on earth called "Winterport."


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