By Dick Desmarais
Monday, March 20 is the first day of SPRING.
Tuesday, March 21, starting at 7 p.m., the Selectmen will hold their meeting in the Town Hall. This meeting will be televised.
Wednesday, March 22, starting at 7 p.m., Regional School Unit 20 shall conduct a Public Hearing in accordance with the following schedule at 7 p.m. in the Stockton Springs Elementary School. The Public Hearing shall be conducted on the following article, which will be the subject of a referendum vote on April 11, 2017:
Article 1: Do you favor authorizing the Board of Directors of Regional School Unit #20 to close Stockton Springs Elementary School. The additional cost of keeping the school open has been estimated by the regional school unit board to be $69,857.06.
Thursday, March 23 starting at 6:30 p.m. the Shellfish Committee will meet in the Public Safety Building.
Lift UP Searsport Raffle
We are currently fundraising to get a lift/elevator. We have dozens of community, government, nonprofits, youth groups, the schools emergency shelter and more using our facility! Folks with mobility issues and difficulty using stairs need to have access to all of our facilities. So we are Lifting Up Searsport with this Raffle Extravaganza!
Winner takes all, worth over $1,800!! Drawing will be LIVE at Rollie’s Bar and Grill, 37 Main St., Belfast, on Thursday, March 23rd at 7 p.m. Rollie’s will also be donating a portion of their proceeds between the hours of 4 PM - 8 PM that day as well to Lift Up Searsport! So come on out for some great food, fun local dining, and for a great cause.
Tickets are $10 apiece and we are only selling 250 tickets total! They are on sale now! Please see Sandra Otis-Anderson, Jessica Hall, Wayne Hamilton, Dorothy Alling, or Jim Rose for your tickets, get them at the church, or mail in a check or money order. Call 548-0327 for more information.
Here is the list! Please be sure to patronize these very generous businesses who are helping to Lift Up Searsport!
Barbara Cook, one-hour massage; Searsport Flags, bird house; Colburn Shoe Store, boot, shoe and glove dryer; Coastal Cuts and Family Hairstyling, Agadir shampoo, conditioner, hair treatment, mousse and hairspray; Searsport First Congregational Church, “Bicentennial Cookbook”; Coyote Moon, books: “Spiritual Liberation” by Michael Bernard Beckwith and “How to Know God” by Deepak Chopra; Delvino's, $150 gift card; Fireside Inn & Suites, overnight room with breakfast;
Just Barb's, $25 gift card; Republican Journal, one-year subscription; Out on a Whimsy, $25 gift card; Hands of Spirit Reiki, three half-hour sessions; Pizza Hut, 12 personal pan pizzas; Andy's Auto Repair, $25 gift card; Dairy Queen, 8" regular cake; Walgreens, $50 gift card; Mr. Jim Rose's Guest Suite, two-night stay;
Consumer Fuel Company, two 20-lb. propane refills; American Express gift card for $25; Perry's Nut House, three 1-lb. fudges; Nautilus Seafood and Grill, $25;
Alamo Theater, four movie passes, two VIP passes; Red's Automotive, lube, oil and filter; Ming's Restaurant, $20 gift card; Waldo County YMCA, $100 gift card;
Darby's, $50 gift card; McDonalds, four $5 gift cards; Hamilton Marine, $100 gift card; EBS, $25 gift card; Dutch Chevrolet – Buick, vehicle lube, oil and filter change service Level A – truck; Belfast Variety, $50 gift card; Eat More Cheese, $15 gift card; Sherwin Williams, Werner Project Platform; and Dockside Family Restaurant, $50 gift card.
Early spring concert
Saturday, March 25, the PenBay Singers and the Mount View High School Chamber Singers will present their early spring concert. The PenBay Singers will sing poems set to music by Longfellow (poems of the seasons) and Tennyson ("Crossing the Bar"). The Mount View Singers will present a variety of selections from the 16th century to the present. Saturday’s concert will be at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 8 Church St., Searsport. Cost: A suggested donation of $15. They will also perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Belfast’s St. Francis of Assisi Church.
PMM History Conference
Penobscot Marine Museum’s History Conference, “The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries,” will be Saturday, April 8, at the Hutchinson Center. The conference delves into the statement: Human innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our local ecosystem. A line-up of scientists, historians, journalists, activists, consumers, and fisherman will address the question: How did this happen and what do we do now? For more details, see penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.
Paid internships available
The Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking two paid programming interns for the 2017 summer season. This season's exhibit explores our evolving fisheries: Human innovation and technology have proven to be too successful for the health of our fisheries and our local ecosystem. How did it happen and what do we do now?
The interns will facilitate daily programming related to marine ecology, boat design and propulsion, fishing techniques and gear, and aquaponics. Applicants pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, history, marine science and other related subjects are encouraged to apply. A secondary museum or archives internship project can be arranged between staff and intern. Intern housing available as needed.
Please contact Cipperly Good at email@example.com or 548-2529, ext. 212, for further details.
Unpaid internship available
The Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking an unpaid marketing intern with a particular interest in social media marketing to help maintain, develop and grow PMM's social media presence. This position will have a flexible start and end date, and will require a minimum of 15 hours a week.
Please contact Sabrina Kettell, external relations director, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 548-2529, ext. 216, for further details.
Tuesday, April 18, at the Searsport Full Gospel Church, 71 East Main St., from 10:30 a.m. to noon (while supplies last). Who is eligible? Anyone in need of food assistance. Please bring your own bags or boxes.
Spelling Bee winner
The first revival of the Carver Memorial Library Spelling Bee was held yesterday. The winning team was the Bookworms from the library. The winning word was "hyperbole."
Look for the plaque with the winners listed at the library in the near future.
Feel free to pass this on to interested people.