Chair: Turner Hansel – firstname.lastname@example.org – (207) 829-3129
Members: Lincoln Merrill, Ande Smith
Meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of every month.
North Yarmouth is a small, rural town north of Portland, Maine with a population of nearly 4000 people. Many local residents work in the greater Portland area, as well as in town. Freeport, Yarmouth and Falmouth are also nearly. It is bisected by the Royal River, a source of community recreation, as it travels through Yarmouth to the Atlantic.
Small businesses thrive here, including a busy café and convenience store. Toddy Brook Golf Course is very popular! The town has Christmas tree farms, orchards, greenhouses and a garden center, assuring that it stays in touch with it’s prized agricultural roots. Alpacas, sheep, cows and horses all call North Yarmouth farms home. A certified organic farm is located on the Skyline Farm property. In the spring, a popular business-to-business trade show is sponsored by The North Yarmouth Business Association http://www.northyarmouthbusiness.com. which represents many small businesses in town.
In town, there are churches, the Carriage Museum at Skyline Farm, beautiful parks, well-kept walking trails, and snowmobile trails. The town owns much public land and values the recreational use of that land.
Students who live here attend schools in Cumberland as part of MSAD #51 with students from Cumberland. Student sports help unite the two communities. North Yarmouth and Cumberland partner in other ways: the towns share the Prince Memorial Library and the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Recreation Program.
In summer, the town hosts concerts on the Village Green. Each fall, Fun Day celebrates small town life. With many events including the traditional pancake breakfast, a great parade, live music, kid’s fun run, adult run, diaper derby, exhibits and raffles, the town comes together and has fun. The traditional Bean Supper finishes the day.
The small town feels large, as much open space, both private and town-owned, provides a serene landscape surrounding the homes of the town. In the village center, homes are much closer to neighbors. This neighborhood is called Walnut Hill and includes the Fire Station and the Municipal Building. The Village Green is here, adjacent to the land where the town’s beloved Wescustogo Hall, center of much town life, once stood until being destroyed by fire in August, 2013. In 2014, the selectmen and townspeople are planning replacement of the building.
Life in North Yarmouth travels in rather slow pace, with townspeople enjoying their families and their homes in a quiet way. Many are active in town, as volunteer committees serve as the lifeblood of small town life. Twice monthly, the town posts Reminders from Town Hall, a web-based newsletter with news of town government and municipal activities.