Stockton Springs Report
Town manager Rich Couch passed on some information regarding the upcoming vote to withdraw from RSU 20 to those on the town email list. Although he notes that “this e-mail is not intended to replace legal notification,” the information related is intended to keep concerned residents informed.
At the last regularly scheduled Select Board meeting, the board voted to hold a Special Election to consider the school withdrawal issue. The election will be held at the town hall on Tuesday, Mar.25 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. As required by law, there will be a Public Hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 12 at the town hall. There will be a citizen-organized community forum at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Union Hall in neighboring Searsport. Another will held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Stockton Springs Town Hall. Couch advises that these are not town-sponsored meetings and that the public is invited.
If property taxes aren't on your mind, they will be soon. To help you better prepare yourself, the town website is offering a link; INFORMATION ON REVENUE SHARING: http://www.mainerevenuesharing.com
All are invited to come to the Community Supper held in the Lower Meeting Room of the town hall, beginning at noon on Tuesday, Feb 18. Gay Dion, having closed the doors of the Good Kettle until Spring, serves up a nice meal for a mere $5.00. A kind resident footed the bill for one Community Supper and Couch bragged that one could still get a free meal in Stockton Springs. The ambiance of our Community Suppers is worth the price of admission, so every meal is really free. It just cost $5.00 to get in. Mark your calender for future meals; Mar 4 and 18, April 1 and 15.
TIE Chairperson Andrea Cross announced to the TIE group that chaperones are needed for the Sophomore Dance, scheduled for 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Those wishing to seize upon the opportunity to embarrass their child or grandchild may contact any of the TIE group.
Dick Desmarais, of Radio Searsport, recently related information that can help all stay abreast on school issues.
“A lot of important meetings are taking place involving RSU 20 and decisions made will effect our schools and our children's education.. George Kerper is putting these meetings on the Searsport Town Web Site as soon as he gets them. You can access them at Searsport.Maine.gov. under Services, then RSU20 Board of Directors Meetings. It is also on Searsport Cable Channel 2 on Wednesday and Sunday at 7 p.m.” Dick and I have joined forces to try and keep you better informed.
Congratulations to the students of our town who were recently inducted into the National Honor Society. Briana Grant (senior at SDHS) and Logan Staples (junior at SDHS) were inducted into the National Honor Society on February 4. Fear the Vikings.
The Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion are working hard on their plans to visit France. To date, twelve people have expressed a desire to accompany them on this legionary trip. Adjutant Leo Snyder advises that a firm commitment must be made by Mar. 31, with a monetary deposit to secure French lodging and rental vans. He states that further details will be provided when they become available.
Thank you Sharon Catus for providing this bit of praise to the children of our town. “Stockton Springs Girl Scout Troop 2908, despite their reduced size as a troop, have sold over 2700 boxes of cookies, so far! Congrats, girls! That should allow you to do lots of fun stuff. Still need cookies? Contact Kristina Braga or Katie Perkins and they will put you in touch with one of their Girl Scouts.”
Adjutant Snyder updated us on the condition of resident and Legion brother Frank Cositgan, who was injured when he fell on the ice. “Fred DeRedin and Clarence Elden visited Frank on Saturday at Harbor Hill. Following is Fred's report: Frank is doing okay. Still has the neck brace on which isn't very comfortable. He was in fairly good spirits. Doesn't know how much longer he will have to stay.”
Leo adds, “We all wish Frank to get well soon. Our warm and friendly thoughts are with you, Frank.”
We pray for clear paths and good shoes for resident Ryan King as he pursues a personal goal of 100 days of running. I believe he was on day 36 when his employee, MMA, had a snow day. Ryan stated that he left he shoes at the school and was searching his cellar for a spare pair. If you see him jogging by your way, wish him luck.
From the Columnist
Recent local news reports have warned residents of a telephone scam in our area. Understanding that we live in an area with a increasingly larger elderly population and understanding that it is the elderly who is most likely to be targeted, it is sad, yet not surprising to see this national problem strike our local area. The elderly are susceptible for many reasons. The saddest of these is loneliness. Having someone on the phone to talk with may seem worth the risk of losing something in the deal. As I go through my week, I shall make contact with, at least, one elderly resident, in the hopes that my contact may prevent them from talking to a scam artist. As I go through my week, I shall seek to make a safe haven for those spending their waning years in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.