Stockton Springs Report
The Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the town hall.
The Select Board meets at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 at the town hall.
The Stockton Springs Historical Society should be holding their monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at the Colcord House.
Property tax bills will be coming out soon. In lieu of that I would like to remind residents that most of the taxes collected does not stay in town. Further not all monies the town spends comes from taxes. Currently the town is offering Stockton Springs logo tee shirts, coffee cups and oval stickers for $13, $5 and $2 respectively. All proceeds from the sale of Stockton Springs merchandise goes to the Laverne Davis Fund, a non-tax source of income for the town of Stockton Springs. Please show your town pride and help relieve the tax burden of property owners by purchasing Stockton Springs merchandise.
Marion Fisher emailed to invite all to attend a chowder supper being sponsored by the Stockton Springs Community Church. The supper will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the Community building next to the church. Mrs. Fisher writes, “There will be fish chowder, corn chowder and plenty of pies! The price is $9.00 and 100% of the proceeds will go to the town's heating fund. We would love to see you all there but if you can't make it, your check would be welcomed at the town office anytime. Checks may be made payable to Town of Stockton Springs Heating Fund.” Thank you, Mrs. Fisher and all the members of the church for sponsoring this fine opportunity to enjoy a good meal, the company of friends and neighbors, and to aid those in need.
RSU 20 Board Member Sharon Catus would thank everyone who contributed, in any way, to the Viking 5k Race on Sears Island to benefit the Searsport TIE. Photographer Forest Taber captured the excitement of fun in the rain for a worthy cause. I offer my congratulations to the students for demonstrating a willingness to come forward and help themselves. Their parents must be proud of the way they exhibited the fortitude to tackle such challenge and see it through to a successful and spirit-lifting conclusion. Go Vikings.
An auction will be held on Nov. 23 at SDMHS that will also benefit education. The TIE is looking for local businesses and artisans from the community to donate items for the auction. They also seek individuals who have items that can be bid upon: artwork, etc.
Searsport TIE chairperson Andrea Cross advises that our middle school is busy raising funds for books. Any and all assistance is welcomed. She ask that all who have a child in the middle school please look for the information sent home. She also offers a reminder that Brian Richards, SDMHS Librarian is seeking volunteers to work in the library. The school budget has passed and an additional $20,000 was removed from Information Technologies. No one is sure how that will affect the quality of education that we can offer. But I can assure you that if I had the one minute lag time at home as I did when I tried to scan the books the students were checking out, I would have tossed my computer out the window. We ask that all teachers and volunteers refrain from doing that and assure them that Bob Brooks is working the problem.
Stockton Springs residents are invited out to the Waldo County General Hospital Aid's fall yard sale from 8 a.m. - noon on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the hospital’s education center, 118 Northport Avenue in Belfast. Donations of good quality items will be accepted the day before, Friday, Oct. 11th, at the education center from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. No computers, televisions or large appliances, please, and only good quality clothing. Call Phyllis Gaul at 548-0232 or Geary Tibbetts at 338-2564 for more information or to arrange pickup of donations.
I would like to add that Waldo County General Hospital is offering free screening mammograms for women who are uninsured or under-insured on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 930-2594 or 930-2553 for more information or to schedule your appointment.
Congratulations are in order for Stockton Springs homeboy, Ralph Hall. After a life of dedicated service at the WCGH, Ralph hung up his tools on Sept. 27. I was in the Emergency Room with my father-in-law this summer when Ralph came in with a step ladder. He climbed up and pushed the ceiling tile away and reached around for a fistful of Category 5 computer wire in search of one of them. I asked him how long he had been climbing up in that ceiling and he said it was about 30 years. Actually, it was 34. Climb down, Ralph and enjoy the fruits of your dedication. And don't worry about getting bored. Gloria has a list of chores that should keep you busy for a while.
And while we are in the Hall home, we should offer a happy birthday to our former Ambulance Director Phyllis Hall. Our beloved Phyllis will be turning 91 on Oct. 6. All are invited to show their appreciation for all Phyllis has done for us by remembering her with a birthday card. You may mail them to her home at 114 Main Street in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.