This is a list of the sixteen counties in the U. S. state of Maine. Before statehood, Maine was part of the state of Massachusetts and was called the District of Maine. Maine was granted statehood on March 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Nine of the sixteen counties had their borders defined while Maine was still part of Massachusetts, hence are older than the state itself. After 1820, the exact location of the northern border of Maine was disputed with Britain, until the question was settled and the northern counties signed their final official form, the Webster–Ashburton Treaty, signed in 1842. All of Aroostook County was disputed land until the treaty was signed; the first county to be created was York County, created as York County, Massachusetts by the government of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1652 to govern territories it claimed in southern Maine. No new counties have been created since 1860, when Knox Sagadahoc County were created; the most populous counties tend to be located in the southeastern portion of the state, along the Atlantic seaboard.
The largest counties in terms of land area are inland and further north. Maine's county names come from a mix of British and Native American sources, reflecting Maine's pre-colonial and national heritage; the Federal Information Processing Standard code, used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry. Maine's code is 23, which when combined with any county code would be written as 23XXX; the FIPS code for each county links to census data for that county. A song is taught to many elementary school children across the state, entitled the Maine County Song, to aid in memorizing the names of the state's 16 counties, it is sung to the tune of "Yankee Doodle". An alternate version as put forth by the Maine Secretary of State's Kids' Page
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Avon Buses was a bus operator based in Prenton providing services in Merseyside and Cheshire, England. Avon Minis, as the company was known, was founded in August 1981 by Larry Smith. By 1995 it had six buses and ran school contracts plus one local route; the newest buses were two Leyland Titans. The company expanded with services starting in Fazakerley and a former outstation in Bootle; the business was renamed Avon Buses in 2004/05. Avon Buses took over former Arriva North West routes 421 and 422, renumbering them to 22 and 22A. Avon decided to renumber service 22A to 24 so it would not confused with Helms Coaches service 23, they took over five other groups of routes at the same time. After the Helms Coaches service was withdrawn, Avon Buses decided not to raise the frequency of routes 22 and 24 but add an additional Sunday 23 service from Heswall to Chester Bus Exchange, withdrawn in April 2011. In October 2013 Avon took on eight routes from Impera Bus & Coach after Impera ceased to trade.29 June 2014 saw the end of two commercial Avon routes, & It saw the end of Merseytravel routes 197 & 213 On 6 July 2014 Avon took over Cumfybus's daytime 135 and 235 service between Bootle and Aintree.
On 10 August 2014 Avon took over Merseytravel services 144/145 from Peoplesbus running between Litherland and Bootle. Two morning and two afternoon services started and finished at Arrowe Park Hospital, numbered 143. In September 2014 the 22 was withdrawn and replaced by Stagecoach X22 running between Heswall bus station and Chester, avoiding Williston. From 8 December 2014, some of the longer Avon routes were interworked with one other. Routes 86/87 were cut back to Heswall, whilst the section of route between Heswall and West Kirby was renumbered 88. Routes 77/77A were cut back to Heswall, with the section of route between Heswall and West Kirby becoming the 82/82A; this had happened before in August 2012 when routes 12 and 12A were split to become 12 and 93: the route remained unchanged with through journeys still possible. On 1 September 2015 a new timetable was introduced on many routes and the 22 returned to its pre-September 2012 route. On 5 September 2016 many of Avon's services were re-routed, cut or new destinations added.
The 22 was extended from West Kirby to Moreton Cross and rerouted to serve Newton, Arrowe Park Hospital and Pensby. The 83 became a three buses a day service in each direction between Liverpool; as of August 2018 the fleet consisted of about 35 buses. The bulk of the fleet at the end consisted of Dennis Dart SLF and Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts chassis with Caetano Nimbus, MCV Evolution and Plaxton Pointer 2 bodywork. September 2017 saw two former First Essex and Great Yarmouth ALX400 buses joined the fleet doing most School runs and some bus routes Monday-Friday The initial Avon Buses livery was a dark blue with cream. In 1993 the livery became predominantly cream with blue stripes lined in gold. In 1998 the livery black around the windows. A new livery was introduced 2016 with the arrival of five short Enviro200 buses; this livery is white with a blue skirt with the blue raising to the roof towards the rear, broken with a cream sash. There were few exceptions to the Avon livery although during the 1990s, some coaches operated in a red livery branded'Avon Executive' and a Leyland National Greenway carried a Merseytravel livery of yellow and black as a dedicated bus to a contract between Heswall and West Kirby.
2017 saw Avon expand operations in the Liverpool area but a driver and vehicle shortage led to many service cancellations and the company at late June 2017 was in a state of crisis with most Merseytravel tendered and commercial services not running. However the crisis appeared to have been resolved by the end of June with most scheduled services running, but during July services were cancelled again. Late August 2017 saw. On 5 October 2018, Drivers were told. Issues cited for the closure included rising insurance and fuel costs, Merseytravel's MyTicket, a youth ticket that provided unlimited travel for £2 a day; the use of MyTicket led cash-bought tickets on buses to decrease. Following the closure, Arriva North West would provide limited services for services 10, 10A and 83A. Stagecoach Merseyside began running the 22/X22 beginning on 8 October 2018. From 5th November 2018 Stagecoach took over the 16/17 and 80/82 and Eazibus were given the contract to run a new route called the 73. Media related to Avon Buses at Wikimedia Commons