May 23, 2024

OLD TOWN, Maine — Residents of Old Town were caught off-guard this week as it was revealed that their beloved community is not, in fact, a town, but a city. The shocking news came to light after a routine review of municipal records by the state government.

For years, Old Town residents have proudly referred to their community as “the town,” but it turns out that the town has been a city for over 130 years. The revelation has caused widespread confusion and disbelief in the tight-knit community.

“I don’t understand, we’ve always been a town,” said Old Town resident, Pete Webber. “I grew up here, my parents grew up here, and their parents grew up here. How could we have been a city all this time?”

According to the state government, Old Town officially was incorporated as a city in 1891. The news has left many residents feeling like they’ve been living a lie.

“I always thought we were just a small, friendly town,” said local business owner, Deb Foster. “Now I feel like I’ve been lying to my customers all these years. I never would have opened my store here if I had known we were a city.”

Despite the shock, some residents are embracing the newfound identity as a city. “I think it’s about time we embraced our inner city,” said Old Town Mayor, Abigail Townsend. “We have the population, the businesses, and the infrastructure to support it. It’s time to start acting like a city and not just a small town.”

However, not everyone is on board with the change. Some residents are worried that the city status will bring unwanted changes, such as increased taxes and regulation. It’s unclear why they are worried since the city status has been established for over a century.

Old Town, Maine. Postcard Image from Boston Public Library.

“I moved here because it was a quiet, peaceful town,” said retiree, Larry Guilford. “I don’t want all the noise and commotion that comes with being a city. No sir, I don’t like it one bit.”

As residents come to terms with the news, the question remains: what’s next for Old Town? Will it embrace its newfound identity as a city, or will it cling to its small town roots? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure: Old Town will never be the same again.

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