Stockton Springs Report
The Select Board meetings in November will not be held on the usual first and third Thursdays. Their first meeting of the month will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 at the town hall. The second meeting will be held on Nov. 21.
The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the town hall.
The Stockton Springs Historical Society's monthly meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov 3 at the Colcord House.
Stockton Springs Town Manager Rich Couch has announced the following yearly bid offering. “Each year the town accepts bids for snow plowing at the Ambulance Building and the Fire Station. This is done through competitive bid each fiscal year. If you have a plow on your truck and wish to be considered, please let me know. I will be sending out bid requests in the near future. Some unique characteristics of plowing for the Ambulance Building and the Fire Station are that plowing needs to be done when there is 2" of snow on the ground. The contractor also needs to furnish proof of all insurance with liability coverage of $400,000 or greater. I'm happy to speak with you about this process. There will be further details in the bid request. The Town does like to do business with local contractors when practical.”
I received a request from Stockton Springs Select Board member Lesley Cosmano to remind residents of important upcoming RSU 20 meetings that include a public participation portion. In an effort that is separate from, and predates, her town duties, Lesley attends all the school board meetings. She even attends the special board meetings, even though she realizes that she will not be allowed to contribute.
The RSU 20 school board meetings are published in their website, www.rsu20.org. According to Marilyn Stumpf of the Superintendent’s Office, they try to publish the meeting's agenda at least a week before the meetings. Interested residents visiting the website will find a vast amount of information that can answer most questions one might have about the RSU.
There will be a regular BOD meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the SDMHS Cafetorium. Lesley states, “Our two school board representatives...need our support. Our taxpayers need our support. Our children deserve our presence that evening.” I agree with Lesley and I hope to see more residents at these meetings.
The Searsport District Middle/High School support group, Together in Education, or TIE, has experienced quite a busy summer. But according to TIE Chairperson Andrea Cross, they show no signs of slowing down this winter. They are working on some events and are seeking help from members. In the next few days she will send out an email with food items needed for the upcoming accreditation committee visit. TIE is providing refreshments for the Nov. 3 event. They have also met with the senior and junior classes and are assisting in fund raising for project graduation/prom, which kicked off this week. The first big event is taking place on Nov. 1 and they are looking for parent chaperons for the first annual Post-Halloween-Costume dance. Andrea is meeting with the class officers on Wednesday and will send out details shortly thereafter. Anyone interested in joining the TIE can contact Andrea at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you may follow the group on Facebook by searching for TIE-Together in Education.
I received a request from Jacqui Hart of The Womens Group of St Vincent de Paul’s Church in Bucksport inviting Stockton Springs residents to attend their annual Christmas Bazaar. The event is being held from 9-1, Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Parish Hall located on the corner of Franklin and Central Streets. Tables will include baked goods as well as other foods, books, crafts, a silent auction, and gently used Christmas items. Raffle tickets will be sold for one of several items. This year there will be a handmade quilt (77”x91”), a $100 bill, MacLeod’s dinner and a movie for 4, a wine and cheese basket, an antique cradle with doll, and a $100 Hannaford gift card. Coffee and donuts will be sold as well.
All of our town's residents and those in neighboring Searsport are mourning the loss of Marylena Perkins who passed away on Oct. 21. Born in Stockton Springs in 1927, Mrs. Perkins spent many years as a secretary for Rackliffe Funeral Home in Belfast. She died in the Searsport home of her beloved son. My wife remembers Mrs. Perkins and her husband Robert, who was her principal at the Searsport District High School. Her family asked those wishing to remember her do so with a donation to the Waldo County Humane Society.
I was stopped at the end of the cape road yesterday and noticed the wind was blowing south/southeast. At least that is the direction according to the weather vane on the new steeple of the Stockton Springs Community Church. Sitting there for a minute, admiring the beauty and wonder of the whole affair, I began to wonder what our Steeple Ladies were up to now that their monumental and historically significant task has come to an end. I know that former SSES third grade teacher Janis Shute is wrapping fish at the market of her son, Darren. Branching out from lobsters, Mel and Janis' family lobsterman had to enlist the help of mom to deal with his customers. Visit them on Route One in Stockton Springs for all your seafood needs. I understand that Steeple Lady Pearl Seekins was admitted to the hospital recently. She has heart issues and she, as well as the other ladies, neglected her personal needs to ensure the steeple got replaced. I can still see her riding in the bucket above the ground, waving like the queen of Stockton in triumphant glory over the crowd. Maybe the ride was a bit much. I'm not sure the comment that Stockton Springs Road Crew member George Russell made hollered out about her not kicking that bucket didn't help much. But I can't say anything as I whispered it to him as she was climbing into it. He claims that is was okay as they are related. I don't know about the rest of the ladies are doing. But whatever it is, I am sure they will continue to be an example to all of us of what to do when tragedy strikes the town you love.
While at the steeple raising ceremony, I finally got to meet my column-writing mentor, Prospect town columnist Barbara Tilley. I am a writer and like to write about small town life in historic settings. When I was writing my first manuscript, I would pull out a copy of TRJ and read her column to set the mood for the time and place where your neighbors were your friends and community mattered. Just recently, Barb started posting her column on Facebook, a practice of mine since I started writing for the paper. On of our mutual friends commented to Barb that “Jeff Davis would be proud.” He is. He is proud to be a neighbor, fellow columnist and friend of the town columnist for the beautiful town of Prospect, Maine.