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Town Contact Information
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Town of Castine, P. O. Box 4421, Castine, ME
Telephone: 207-326-4502

Fax: 326-9465
e-mail: Web site:
Hours: Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Selectmen meet: 1st and 3rd Mon. at 4 p.m.
Tax Collector & Town Clerk: same as town office hours

Municipal Information
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Town Description

Historically, the flags of four nations have flown over Castine. With the village listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Castine has worked to keep her storied past vivid, with an active historical society, signs indicating locations where notable events occurred, and continuing efforts to maintain the elegant elm trees which still line many streets.

On Main Street, the Post Office, opened in 1814, is the oldest in continuous operation in the United States. The post office is situated in a building that originally housed the town’s Customs House.

Castine has 7.9 square miles of land. Though small in size, the town has been the prize sought in a number of military engagements, beginning with a raid by the English in 1613, which was the beginning of disputes over the boundary between French Acadia and the English colonies.
Since 1867, the town has been home to an institution of higher learning. The Eastern State Normal School prepared students to meet the growing need for teachers in Maine. Its facilities became the basis of Maine Maritime Academy, a college of engineering, business, science and transportation, when the normal school closed in the spring of 1942. With the academy vessels’ year-round presence and summer boaters, the town has an active waterfront.

Town Officials

Town Manager
Dale Abernethy, 326-4502

Peter Vogell, chmn. 326-9334
Gus Basile 326-9210
David Unger 326-8201

Clerk, Registrar of Voters, Deputy Tax Collector
Susan Macomber, 326-4502

Finance Officer, Tax Collector, Treasurer
Karen Motycka, 326-4502

Code Enforcement Officer
Drew Marks, 326-4502

Plumbing Inspector
Peter Vogell, 326-9334

Health Officer
Ingrid Scott, 326-9193

Animal Control Officer
Henry Erhard, 326-8509

Planning Board
Douglas Wellington, chmn., Doris Russell, Pär Kettis, Bob Friedlander, Tom Comiciotto, Kathy Eaton, alt., Beverly Bishop, alt.

Board of Appeals
Patrick Haugen, chmn., David Jones, Tim Leach, James Shanley, Renee Colson

Recreation Committee
Paul Fallow, chmn., 326-2006
Dianna Paine, Dennis Colson Jr., Karen Cukierski, Lance Burton, Susan Macomber, alt., Deborah Hamblen-Wood, alt.

Utility Board
Don Small, Chmn., 326-8230
Jarlath McEntee, James Goodson, Jurgen Engelhardt, Dave Hassett, Bill Carter, alt., Adam Potter, alt.

Historic Preservation Commission
James Goodson, chmn. 326-4306
Ruth Basile, Thomas Mason, Eileen Morrison, Kay Hightower, Medan “Hank” de Raat, alt.

Sarah Cox 266-7711 or 326-4502

Tax Information

Types of properties assessed and subject to tax: land, building and personal property. Bills are mailed mid-July and are due mid-Sep.
Interest on unpaid bills changes annually, per state rate.

Rules used to determine value: state statutes.

Tax exemptions: homestead, veterans, blind, state, federal, municipal properties, churches, hospitals, etc.
To appeal assessment, file for abatement first.

To calculate property tax: assessment multiplied by mill rate. Mill rate: changes annually.

Town Ordinances

Zoning, subdivision, historic preservation, entrance and excavation, flood plain management, sewer, solid waste, waterfront, E-911.


Types of permits needed: building, flood plain, subdivision, sewer connection, plumbing, historic preservation (if applicable) and fire permits. Available at town office. Burning permits available from fire chief and asst. chief.

Post Offices

Castine 04421
Lobby: Mon.-Fri., 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Window: Mon-Fri., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Process passports daily, Mon.-Fri., 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m.

Castine by the Numbers
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Geographic Profile

Total area: 5,053 acres (7.9 sq. mi.)
Land: 5,053 acres
Bog: 0 acres
Flood: 120 acres
Inland water: 0 acres
Shoreline: 0.0 miles


2010: 1,366
2000: 1,343
1990: 1,161

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Education Contact Numbers

Union 93
20 Hinckley Ridge Rd.
P.O. Box 630, Blue Hill
Mark Hurvitt, supt., 374-9927
fax 374-2951

Adams School 326-8608
Katie Frothingham, prin.

School Board
Kathy MacArthur, chmn., 326-9454
Joe Spinazola, 326-2050
Temple Blackwood, 951-5086

Enrollment figures

Oct 12 Grades K-8 53
Grades 9-12 29
Bay School 6
Home and other 9

Emergency & Public Services
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Trash & Recycling

Transfer Station hours: Tue.-Fri. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-noon, closed Sun. and Mon. Curbside pick-up of stickered, non-recyclable waste is each Mon. These items should be out by 7:30 a.m. When a holiday falls on a Mon., pick-up will be on Tue. Notice of this will be posted. Recycling days are on the first and third Tue. of each month. All recyclable items must be placed by the curb by 8 a.m. to ensure pick-up. In case of inclement weather, hold materials for the next scheduled recycling day. Recycling guides are available at Emerson Hall.

Public Restrooms

Summers dockside
Emerson Hall

Fire Department

To report a fire: 911

Non-emergency numbers:
Randy Stearns, Fire Chief, 326-4997
Peter Vogell, Asst. Fire Chief, 326-9334
Fire Station (non-emergency), 326-8767
Fire permits need fire chief or asst. fire chief approval. Contact them for permit or call the town office for assistance.

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Walking Trails

A town walking map is available from Castine Merchants Association members or the town office.

Witherle Woods Preserve, 132 acres of old-growth woods maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, offers a network of trails, including 300 feet of ocean frontage along Blockhouse Point.

Hatch Cove Preserve, Castine Road.

Rene Henderson Natural Area, The Shore Road.

Starr Virginia Lampson Preserve, Rte. 199, just off Rte. 166A.

Public Landings

Town dock, ramp, float, launch and tie-up, parking is also available.


Cemetery Association
Castine Cemetery
Bradford Tenney, Chmn.
Donna Sawyer, Treas.
Don Small, Bente Hartmann, Kathy Eaton