North Waterboro Maine

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May 31, 2016
by Waterboro

Waterboro is a nice little town

Everyone says that about their town. It’s a nice little town/city/burg/whatever.

I was asked to fill out a poll last week about my town, by one of the college classrooms that manages the website. It was the usual stuff, how big, population, wiki stuff. But the  question that made me stop a bit was the one that asked for a number from 1 to 10. That took a while.

Waterboro is a 4. Not bad , not good, not anything really, just a 4. I looked a town participation, about a 2. We have little groups that do well, the Cemetery Committee comes to mind, dedicated folks. Recreation in town, maybe a 3. Yeah, yeah, I know this is a big recreation town! Everyone says so.  SO how come everyone I know, the natives, head North for vacations, snowmobiling, hiking, swimming,etc? Well, because there is very little of that in town. Yep, the Summer folks come here and enjoy Little Ossipee. But unless you have a boat to throw into the boat  launch,  or friends/family that own property on the water, there is nothing. Ossipee Pines? Really, been out there lately. Seen the crowds? The folks that think we are a recreation area are from away, Summer folks. They think this is Maine !

How about hiking? Ossipee Mountain is even on the town seal, the famous fire tower. Been there recently? The road is fine for 4 wheel, maybe, the ATV traffic is constant, the view is long gone with the tree growth, and the fire tower should be condemned. You let your kids go up there? Call DHSS.  Hiking Trails? Oh yeah, and try and find them, no signs, nothing cleared for two years, and they go nowhere, no view, no picnic area, nothing.

What’s left ? Library? Nice place, small, basically unused for a town of 8000. Support? Not much, although the home school crowd makes it their headquarters.

Churches? Yes indeed, many all around town. And each with its own crowd and activities. Not much tying the town together there.

Places to eat? One doing quite well, a Sports Bar. And there are lots of pickmeup trucks there. The rest, Mom and Pop pizza, fried food. Facilities? Porta potties out back. Welcome to Waterboro. Except for Merrill’s. They actually have a bathroom inside.

School system? I have yet to meet someone that moved to Waterboro for the school system. Besides, kids don’t graduate from Waterboro, they graduate from Massabessic. Nothing tying the town together there, is there.

The only area in town that organizes is Lake Arrowhead Estates, and they aren’t even proud enough of the place to put up signs! But they they do a better job of getting it together than the Waterboro Townhall.

We have no downtown, no center, nothing that says Waterboro is here. We are a 4. We don’t try to be average or higher, because that costs money. But we want business to come here. Notice the signs as you enter town? They say “Welcome Waterboro” Not Welcome to Waterboro. Just welcome Waterboro, now please pass on through. We are a nice little town. But we are a 4.

Five Selectmen, a Town Manager, and no one will answer this .  A four, but a solid four, don’t you think!


March 22, 2016
by Waterboro

The Waterboro Area

We invent village zones, talk about bringing in business,  have plans for new commercial design standards. What we do not have is a Town of Waterboro. We have an area known a the Waterboro Area. But no real town. There is no downtown to develop. We would first have to make a downtown. Somewhere !

And lots of smaller towns in Maine have similar problems.  90%  of the working stiffs in the Waterboro Area get up in the morning and drive to work, in Maine cities and towns.  More and more when you ask someone where they are from the answer is ” The Waterboro Area.”  Unless you are a real estate agents, and then the answer is the “Waterboro Area”, but NOT Lake Arrowhead!

We have clutches of churches, Mom and Pop stores, developed clusters, a water tower, a townhall, a Transfer Station, even a fire department.  But they are spread out  around the Waterboro Area.  Coffee drinkers meet at Mom and Pops, Dunkin Donuts, Aroma Joe’s, Waterways. Lakeside. But, once again these are spread out over the Waterboro Area.

We need business to come into town, into the Waterboro Area. Oh, but not in my end of town!  WE had a “golden Triangle” to develop  running from Rt 5, down Alfred Road, and back along Rt 202. Filled with now two schools, a Town Owned  Park, and now being filled with storage units, a dance studio,  Friendship Park that is so valuable the Town Fathers wouldn’t even kick up enough money to help finance sidewalks.

The Waterboro Area: we can’t even support a local newspaper. Ours used to be called the Waterboro Reporter. Now it covers the Waterboro Area.  Count the ads in that paper plus the Shoppers Guide, and you’ll discover the majority of them are from the Waterboro Area, ie York County.

And last , but not least, ask kids where they are from a few years after they graduate high school. The answer is generally Massabesic, not Waterboro.

It is a nice area. It just isn’t a town anymore.


December 5, 2014
by Waterboro

Wright Chocolate House – Limerick

I make excuses to drive to Limerick to visit this place. Often. Friendly, easy to find, and worth the trip. If you don’t like chocolate, drive someone who does !  Course, I always leave with some of the homemade Caramels. Locally made, local ingredients, and a chocolate craft shop worth the trip.

link in the list on right

December 5, 2014
by Waterboro

Gneiss Beer in Limerick Maine

Always seems just right to visit a local craft beer, especially when it is in the neighboring town !

It’s small, friendly and a neat local place to visit. Not intimidating like many of the larger craft

micro brews might be. I was early and got to spend a few minutes talking. And I left with a growler. They had five different

brews in the making and/or on tap. They have many places in Portland that carry their beer, and I believe Woody’s in Waterboro

also does.  The usual tee shirts, and glasses, should you develop a likeness for them ! I might, but looks like it will take a few moe visits

to be sure.

Link is on the Links List.  Worth the visit.