Alfred is fortunate to still have many links with its past that provide continuity and perspective. Perhaps the town’s greatest inherited asset is an attractive village center that still serves as a focal point for town activities and commerce. Many Maine communities lost their village areas during the 20th century, and now are hoping to reestablish some sort of town center. Alfred village both helps to define the town and to provide a planning model on which to build for the future.
Alfred’s Town Meeting form of government is basically the same as it was two and half centuries ago. Three selectmen and volunteers who staff town programs direct municipal operations. Major services provided by the town are education, road maintenance, fire and rescue services and solid waste disposal. The town also supports recreational programs, social services, and cultural activities such as summer band concerts.
Alfred’s character is that of a pleasant and attractive small town with a great deal of community spirit and pride. Properties in the village and throughout the rest of town are generally well maintained. Local organizations such as the American Legion and Lions Club are active in sponsoring community events and providing charitable services. There is an Alfred Summer Festival with a parade and a variety of activities. Most major holidays are commemorated with special events.
Several ports, cities and seacoast resorts lie to the Atlantic side of Alfred. The beaches of York, Ogunquit, Wells and Old Orchard are only a half-hour drive, yet Alfred, located inland, is spared heavy summer traffic. To the south are Kittery and Portsmouth with long shipbuilding traditions. To the northeast, lies Portland , with its many employment opportunities, financial institutions, and cultural attractions. Bordering Alfred on the southwest is Sanford , a major employment and service center for Alfred residents. The town’s other immediate neighbors are Shapleigh to the west, Waterboro to the north, and Lyman to the east. Kennebunk shares a small segment of Alfred’s southern border.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,019 people, 1,175 households, and 769 families residing in the town.
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