A Brief Early History of Georgetown

Georgetown Island lies between the mouth of the Sheepscot River and the Kennebec River on the Gulf of Maine.  The Abenaki Indians called the island Erascohegan, meaning “good spear fishing”.  John Parker, a fisherman from Bedfordshire, England, purchased it in 1649 from Chief Mowhotiwormet, commonly known as Chief Robinhood, for a hogshead of rum and some pumpkins.  Parker built the first permanent homestead on what eventually became known as Parker‘s Island.

The Kennebec River valley was attacked and burned in 1676 during King Philip’s War, then again in 1689 at the outset of King William’s War, and was not resettled until after the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth.  The town of Newtown-on-Arrowsic was rebuilt in 1714 on the southern end of Arrowsic Island, which was incorporated in 1716 by the Massachusetts General Court as Georgetown-on-Arrowsic, named for Fort St. George.  The town’s boundaries were extended to encompass Parker’s Island, Woolwich, Phippsburg and Bath (including West Bath).  Abandoned during Drummer‘s War and beleaguered during the French and Indian Wars, the region resettled slowly in the 1750s until peace was assured with the fall of Quebec in 1759.

About half of Parker‘s Island provided grazing land, and some residents raised livestock, producing butter and cheese.  In 1858, there were two sawmills, a pail maker and a shipbuilder.  but the merchant marine and fishing were the town’s principal occupations.  By 1841, all the other parts of Georgetown had been set off and incorporated as towns, leaving Parker’s Island with the sole claim to the ancient name.  Today, Georgetown is home to several boat builders, fishermen, retirees and many summer residents and artists.  It is the home of Reid State Park and is a noted site for bird watching.

Community Events
YMCA Swim Program Feb 27-April 8/April 24-June 10–Swim lessons for Georgetown 2nd graders

Town Meeting Dates
Municipal Election – Tuesday, 13 June, 2017 from 8 AM to 8 PM in the Georgetown Central School
Town Meeting – Saturday, 17 June, 2017 at 9 AM in the Georgetown Central School

Click on the Draft Ordinances tab to the left to view all the draft ordinances.
To view the draft school budget, click on the link: Georgetown Summary Sheet Adopted Budget
To view the draft Town budget, click on the link: Budget 2017-18 final 05102017

School Board News
On Tuesday evening, the School Committee presented the 2017-2018 budget to the community at the annual budget hearing.  As the evening progressed it became clear that several citizens would like to continue to discuss the recently announced opening in the first grade.  This retirement provides the board, the school community, and the residents of Georgetown an opportunity to consider the staffing levels and configuration of the grades at Georgetown Central School.  We are inviting community members and teachers to a series of meetings over the next few weeks to discuss and consider possibilities for our school.

Upcoming Meetings
Workshop May 25, 2017 9am at Town Office
School Committee Meeting June 5, 2017 6pm at school
Town Meeting June 17, 2017 9am at school

At the workshop meeting we will be discussing staffing and budget.  During a workshop meeting the board discusses plans, no votes or public comment sessions occur at workshops it is merely an opportunity for the board to gather information.  Since we know the public is seeking a forum for comment we will hear public comments at the END of the workshop.

At the June 5 meeting, we will be taking public comments and presenting the findings of the workshop, including plans for the 2017-18 staffing and budget.

Problems with Fairpoint DSL?
If you are having problems with your Fairpoint DSL connection intermittently dropping out and then reconnecting, the issue could be low signal strength. If you call Fairpoint, they will set up a work order to investigate the problem, but they will not know there is an issue unless you report it. And if more than one person in the same general area reports the problem, it could be an indication of a larger system issue. So if you have an issue, please call it in to help not only yourself, but also your neighbors. The tech support number is 1-800-240-5019.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to serve on the following Boards and Committees:
Board of Appeals – 2 Alternate members
Financial Advisory Committee – 1 Fulltime member
Harbor Committee – 1 Alternate member
Planning Board – 1 Fulltime member; 2 Alternate members
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees or boards, please contact Mary McDonald in person at the Town Office or call at 371-2820.

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