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65-year-old Lincolnville clerk retires with snowboarding on her mind

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
Denise Goodman (left), a U.S. Census Bureau employee, confers Friday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2013, with Doris Weed at the Lincolnville town office. Weed is retiring from her post after 27 years of employment.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — Doris Weed has worked for the town of Lincolnville so long that she knows residents, their children, their parents and even their dogs, according to town administrator David Kinney.

But on Friday, the 65-year-old deputy town clerk logged her last official hours on Lincolnville’s clock.

“I can’t do 20 things at once anymore. Only 19 and a half,” she joked while doing several that afternoon at the town office. “I’ve loved every minute of it.”

Weed said her retirement should give her more time to do the things she loves, including snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing. She also plans to try snowboarding.

“I love winter,” she said. “I’m very active. I’m a very young 65-year-old.”

But winter sport’s gain is Lincolnville’s loss, Kinney said.

“Doris has been a wealth of information, to say the least. The institutional knowledge of what’s gone on in Lincolnville for the last 27 years — it’s just mind-boggling,” he said. “The knowledge she’s been able to instill in me about Lincolnville is second to none.”

Weed is a native of the small Waldo County community. In the summers, she works as sternman on her husband Ken’s boat “Little Rocker.” She’ll keep that up, she said.

“We’ve been here forever,” she said.

When she started working for Lincolnville, it was as an elected treasurer in 1979. When the town changed its form of government to town administrator and selectmen, she became an office clerk. In her years working for Lincolnville, she has seen the community grow and change.

“There’s more demand for services,” she said. “Of course the state is shuffling a lot of stuff to the towns. You still have to do the work.”

Denise Goodman, who works for the U.S. Census Bureau, was at the town office doing some survey work. She was surprised and saddened to learn that it was Weed’s last day.

“She knows everybody in town. She knows just about every house,” she said.

Kinney said when Weed began her career with the town, the offices were crammed into the old schoolhouse. Residents in November approved a significant addition to the current town administration space.

“The town has certainly changed. It’s grown tremendously in the last 27 years,” he said. “Lincolnville Center is going through a little revival.”

But Weed said she has a lot of faith that the remaining administrative crew will successfully soldier through without her presence at the town office window.

“They won’t miss a beat,” she said.

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