I’m writing to celebrate Harpswell’s first in-person town meeting in several years. Interested citizens will once again be able to gather at Harpswell Community School on Saturday, March 11, to hear from the town Select Board and have the opportunity to comment on and vote for the warrant articles. I’ve lived in Maine for 30 years and in Vermont for 12 years before that and I have learned to appreciate the very special opportunity town meetings present to share in the governance of one’s community.

March 11 is also the day when we will elect two Maine School Administrative District 75 board members from Harpswell. I’ve been able to get to know one of the candidates, Gregory Greenleaf, and I enjoyed reading his views in his letter published in last month’s Harpswell Anchor. In addition, I’m excited that a neighbor, Bart Beattie, is running for school board as a write-in candidate. Both Gregory and Bart have been parents of MSAD 75 students. I’m convinced they will serve Harpswell families and their children with care and thoughtfulness.

Whether you attend the full town meeting, vote absentee by contacting the Town Office, or come to the school on March 11 to cast your ballot, it’s time to celebrate the opportunity we all have to be informed, active and involved citizens.

Linda Kreamer, Orr’s Island