In the MSAD 58 towns Avon, Kingfield, Phillips and Strong, the majority of the voters cast ballots in favor of a $9.74 million budget for K-12 education.That budget represents an increase of $329,578 in expenditures over the current fiscal year, or 3.5 percent. It is projected to result in $291,000 in additional local assessment, or 7.2 percent, apportioned between the four towns in accordance with their state valuation numbers.Avon, Kingfield and Strong all passed the budget, while Phillips voted against it, resulting in 111 votes in favor of validating the budget and 68 votes opposed. Turnout was generally low across the district.All four towns voted to continue holding budget validation referendums.Question 1 addresses the 2019-20 budget. Question 2, a reoccurring item that appears every three years per state law, asks whether voters wish to continue holding budget validation referendums.Town results:Avon – Question 1 – 11 yes, 7 noAvon – Question 2 – 12 yes, 6 noKingfield – Question 1 – 34 yes, 3 noKingfield – Question 2 – 31 yes, 6 noPhillips – Question 1 – 18 yes, 28 noPhillips – Question 2 – 35 yes, 11 noStrong – Question 1 – 48 yes, 30 noStrong – Question 2 – 59 yes, 17 noTotal – Question 1 – 111 yes, 68 noTotal – Question 2 – 137 yes, 40 no
Runners take off at the start of Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSLAMOINE — More than 200 runners braved Saturday morning’s chilly weather for the 11th annual Flattop 5K.The race is held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham and named after his distinct crew cut hairstyle.Pinkham, a longtime dedicated runner, was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62. He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.Dave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 16:59.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher in Saturday’s race with a time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female in 19:31.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the women, Jennifer VanDongen, 38, of Bar Harbor finished in a close second in 19:38. Katherine Collins, 45, of Winterport took third in 21:39.Matt Homich, 28, of Bar Harbor was the second male finisher in 17:26, and Perry LeBreton, 41, placed third in 17:51.The boys’ and girls’ winners of the one-mile Fun Run were Charlie Collins and Alexandra Collins.The following are the top 5K finishers in each age group:Female age 1-9: Amelia VanDongen, 9, of Bar Harbor, first in 31:34; Sophia Rosales, 6, of Lamoine, second in 41:49.Male age 1-9: Jay Haney, age 9, first in 25:47; Timmy Collins, 9, of Winterport, second in 29:40.Female age 10-14: Ava Dowling, 12, of Newburgh, first in 26:54; Shayla Smith, 13, of Newburgh, second in 27:05.Male age 10-14: Matt Shea, 14, of Ellsworth, first in 19:11; Evan Merchant, 14, of Beals, second in 21:44.Female age 15-19: Ivy Wallace, 18, of Lamoine, first in 24:15; Olivia Frost, 16, of Pittsfield, second in 26:08.Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 19:31.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMale age 15-19: Oliver Johnston, 15, of Bar Harbor, first in 18:29; Colby Rand, age 18, second in 19:44.Female age 20-29: Kassie Strout, 25, of Trenton, first in 22:03. Meg Kelly, 28, of Bar Harbor, second in 22:48.Male age 20-29: Nick Brown, 28, of Ellsworth, first in 19:23; Ezra Dean, 22, of Orono, second in 19:41.Female age 30-39: Shannon Horton, 39, of Mount Desert Island, first in 21:45; Maegan Haney, age 38, second in 23:05.Male age 30-39: Andrew Kephart, age 30, first in 17:57; Seth Young, 31, of Ellsworth, second in 18:39.Female age 40-49: Johanna Sullery, 41, of Old Town, first in 23:37; Tricia Brown, 42, of Cherryfield, second in 23:42.Male age 40-49: Stephen Linscott, 40, of Seal Cove, first in 18:19; Andy Pereira, 47, of Southwest Harbor, second in 18:24.Female age 50-59: Lisa Kingsbury, 56, of Hampden, first in 22:45; Lisa Tweedie, 53, of Bar Harbor, second in 24:50.Male age 50-59: Chris Jones, 52, of Bucksport, first in 20:17; Robert Jordan, 56, of Ellsworth, second in 20:47.Female age 60-64: Christy Stout, age 60, first in 25:21; Donna Kausen, 62, of Addison, second in 26:12.Male age 60-64: Bob Ciam, age 61, first in 18:51; Austin Townsend Jr., 61, of Perry, second in 20:46.Tobin Peacock of Lamoine pushes a stroller in Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFemale age 65-69: Judith Blake, 65, of Bar Harbor, first in 27:42; Robin Emery, 69, of Lamoine, second in 32:39.Male age 65-69: Dave Samuelian, 69, of Bangor, first in 26:56; Stephen Fay, 66, of Ellsworth, second in 28:37.Female age 70-74: Jane Berry, 73, of Topsham, first in 49:25.Male age 70-74: John Tjepkema, 72, of Orono, first in 28:58; Ron Paquette, 74, of Albion, second in 37:03.Female age 75-99: Mary Alice Bruce, 77, of Corea, first in 37:23.Male age 75-99: Lloyd Harmon, 75, of Ellsworth, first in 27:57; David Jones, 75, of Castine, second in 28:58.