Stockton Springs Report
The Select Board convenes at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the town office.
The Library Committee holds their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Stockton Springs Community Library.
The Harbor Committee meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at the town office.
Stockton Springs Town Manager Rich Couch has announced that the Stockton Springs Ambulance service needs drivers. If you are over 21 years old, have a clean driving record, have a valid Maine Driver's License and are available days and/or evenings, please call Chas Hare at 323-0859. The Stockton Springs Volunteer Ambulance Service is a high quality service with well-trained and well-prepared members. Any young person wishing to begin a career in EMS would do well to call Chas and get started right here in town.
I received the following information from the SSCL's Hester Brooks. “At the August Library board meeting, the question of starting a knitting group came up. In addition to housing the Historical Society and Library, the Colcord House already hosts a water color group, a genealogy group and two book groups, and the DAR will soon start meeting there. If there is interest in starting a knitting group, we would love to hear from you. The idea would be to have a regularly scheduled time during which knitters of all skill levels could come to share patterns, ideas and expertise. Knitters could bring their own projects or knit hats, mittens and squares to be stitched into small blankets to be donated to those in need. The library already has a good sized collection of yarn for the items that will be donated. If you have any interest in this idea, please phone the library (567-4147) and leave a message including your name, telephone number and mention that you're calling about knitting, or send an email to email@example.com with 'knitting' in the subject line. We'll get back to you.” It would be nice to see a group get underway before next year's International Spin In Event.
Marion Fisher of the Stockton Springs Historical Society sent the following invitation for the readers of our column. “The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet on Sunday, September 15 at Fort Point Lighthouse for our annual picnic under the old oak tree, weather permitting. Bring your picnic lunch and let's enjoy the great outdoors for summer's final fling. The picnic tables will be set up for us but perhaps bring a folding chair or two if you have them just in case. The time will be 1:00 p.m. or whenever you can get there. In the event of rain, come to the home of Marion Fisher at the end of Middle Street. Hope to see you then.” Rain or shine, it should be a wonderful event in a beautiful setting. I have seen the lighthouse grounds, but I have not seen the Fisher home. I almost want to pray for rain.
If you saw the photograph in this week's column, then you will know that Searsport District Elementary School Principal Linda Bowe was quite please to receive the gifts of cash and supplies from Stockton Springs Select Board member Lesley Cosmano. Cosmano, a retired educator, has been collecting donated supplies for our local school for the past five years. This year, the effort was expanded to include needs for grades K-12. Searsport District Middle/High School Principal Brian Campbell expressed his appreciation to me. However, I did not get a hug. Cosmano, delighted with this year's bounty sent me some pictures with the following note. “I am sorry you were not able to share in the excitement of delivering the School Supplies Friday morning. The teachers were extremely grateful – smiles everywhere! Principal Linda Bowe is planning to put some of the donation money toward the matching grant she was awarded. She is bringing in a song writer to help all the students create a School Song. What a wonderful way to pull all the students together in body and spirit! Let’s just hope that this desire for unity helps pull our communities together as well!” Personally, I had a blast during the entire effort and I believe we should do it again soon.
The Jerry Dobbins Post 157 American Legion is pleased to announce that Dan Dellinger will visit Maine September 7-8, 2013. On Sunday September 8, 12:30 p.m. He will come to the Unity Benjamin Post 50 to meet and greet Waldo County Legion members, veterans, and the general public at a chicken BBQ lunch. On September 9, Dellinger goes to Washington, DC to testify before Congress on various veteran and defense issues. The Unity Post street address is: 108 Windemere Lane, Unity, ME 04988. All are invited to attend.
The Sandy Point Community Club will hold our next Cribbage Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at the clubhouse at 648 Route One in Stockton Springs. This is a free event and the public is invited to come join in the fun.
All are invited to Fort Point Lighthouse on Sept. 14 to participate in Maine's Open House Lighthouse Day. I found a description of the event at the Maine Office of Tourism website. “The U.S. Coast Guard, the State of Maine and the American Lighthouse Foundation are pleased to announce the fourth annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Last year, hundreds of people visited lighthouses along the Maine coast in the largest effort of its kind in the nation. This year we expect another fun family event. The partnership with the Coast Guard, State of Maine and American Lighthouse Foundation is intended to increase awareness of Maine’s maritime heritage and the rich history of its lighthouses and lighthouse keepers.” Your town columnist will be helping to give the tours of Fort Point Light and will finally have an answer when someone queries me about where to buy a Stockton Springs Tee shirt, coffee cup or oval sticker. I hope to see you there. If you do come, I should advise you of some rules that our lighthouse keeper's wife, Jeri Cole, sent me on Facebook. I know that nobody wants to hear about the rules, but she is right and she use to be in education. So, we should all listen to her. Children must be 42” tall to climb the lighthouse. Parents may not carry their children up. No pets, backpacks, large purses, or tripods are allowed in the lighthouse. Footwear must be worn in the tower and flip flops are discouraged. No food or drink is allowed in the tower as spillage makes the steps slippery and dangerous. The lighthouse keeper reserves the right to cancel tours if he feels it dangerous to continue them. If you have not been in our lighthouse, you should consider coming. I have been on clear days and foggy days. Clean days are beautiful. Foggy days are surreal. Each tour is a different experience. I hope to see you there.
Jeri Cole also advises me that the Cole family will be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk to Cure Diabetes in Saco on Sunday Sept 15th. They will walk as a family to raise money for a cure; walking to support their 12 year old Grandson Wes who was diagnosed with T1D when he was nine. Donations can be given to Jeri or you can go to the JDRF website and donate there. Look for a upcoming link on her Facebook page.
It has been an eventful summer for us in the little, coastal town where your neighbors are your friends and community matters. We have suffered some tragedies, but held tight to one another throughout them. And we had many chances to enjoy the grandeur of nature's bounty and the warm embrace of our community. As fall comes to Maine, we continue to reach out to one another and to celebrate life in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.