Stockton Springs Report
Seeking the reader's indulgence, I shall break from the norm and began this week's column with a word of appreciation for the professional journalist. After attempting to write a column for over a year that contains no errors, I find myself no closer to perfection than I was when Sharon Catus ran for the school board and passed this torch to me. Lord knows how long I have been writing that our select board meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. They do not and never have. They convene their meetings at 6:00 p.m.
While I am on the subject of errors, the Searsport After School Program is responsible for the Viking Chefs cooking project. I identified them last week as the TIE. This was wrong. For more, and more accurate, information on this excellent program, contact Marika Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Town Manager Rich Couch emailed town residents regarding changes in April's select board meetings. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, falls on April 17. Therefore instead of meeting the 1st and 3rd Thursday in April, the Select Board will meet the 1st and 4th Thursday in April - this is April 3 and April 24. Rich also invites residents to come to the town office and meet Duncan. Duncan is a 6 year old English Springer Spaniel who was at the Bangor Humane Society and ready for adoption. Rich tells me that “he is proving to be smart and better behaved than I expected.” Every town office needs a dog. We have two.
This months Community suppers are on April 1 and April 15. Come to the lower level meeting room of the town hall at noon on these Tuesdays and enjoy the last of this year's offerings from the Good Kettle. The meal is $5.00. The camaraderie is free.
On Mar. 16, Stockton Springs Post 157 of the American Legion hosted the District 11 meeting at the Jerry Dobbins Hall at 5 Sandy Point Road in Stockton Springs. District 11 is comprised of the posts from Stockton Springs, Belfast, Palermo, Winterport, Unity and Brooks.
Richard Roach of Post 183 in Brooks was there to accept the 100% award for the Brooks Post. The 100% Award is a national award given to posts who maintain their previous year's membership.
A member from the Unity Post announced the lost of three legion brothers, Rodney Duperry, Carl Penny and Gary Chamberlain. We all feel the loss of those who serve their country to the very end.
The Stockton Spring's post was recognized for feeding 51 families this past Christmas with store gift certificates. I would like to add that of the 17 members at the District 11 meeting, 11 were from the Jerry Dobbins Post 157 in Stockton Springs; always on guard, always ready to serve.
The Stockton Springs Community Library is proud to present a special film screening of “Mao’s Last Dancer” at the SSCL. Library volunteer Pat Curley writes, “Everyone’s invited to the Stockton Springs Community Library on Friday, April 4 at 6:30 for a special screening of the film Mao’s Last Dancer, hosted by the library’s Thursday Reading Group. The group read the book and decided they’d like to share the film with the public at the library.”
The Library is accepting reservations for "The Annual Afternoon Tea" on Sept 7. There will be 2 seatings - 1:00 and 3:00. Call the library at 567-4147. If we are not open, leave your name and phone number and we will get back to you or stop by and visit us.
Being as ready for Spring as one can be, Pat also shared this with me, “The Stockton Springs Community Library presents another talk in its popular Armchair Adventure Series. Ruth Lind, an expert hot air balloonist and local resident, will present Two Women Explore the Inside of a Supercell Thunderstorm in a Wicker Basket on Sunday, Mar. 30 at 2:00 p.m. Everyone can share in this exciting adventure from the safety of a library chair.” Spring is here and the SSCL is in full bloom. Join them and plant your literary victory garden.
As a volunteer at the school libraries, I'd like to mention the library books that your children bring home from the SES library. One of the duties of the school's media specialist is to introduce the younger children to library procedures and the care and use of library books. Each week the older students are given a class in the use of the library and then, they choose the books they will check out for the week. The kindergarten children have a story read to them before they choose a book. This is my duty. We read books that will entice children to check out children's literature, but allow them to check out anything they want from the non-fiction and easy reader story sections. Therefore, when your child comes home with another 4X4 magazine instead of an Eric Carle book, that was his or her choice. We wish to promote good reading habits, but the book your kindergarten child takes home is a teaching aid. Their homework is to take care of their book for one week and return it in good shape. If a child can learn to care for a $5.00 magazine at age five, then you feel better about giving them a $500 computer at age fifteen. I'm proud to say that we have good luck with our books so far this year. We have lost a few and a few have been damaged. I might add that some boys that only checked out 4X4 magazines and non-fiction military books now say that mom wants them to get something different. Thanks, mom. Now, if your child happens to lose a book, or the dog eats it, and you get a bill from the school, please don't put an end to your child checking out the books. If you can't afford it, send a note saying so. Pay it if you can. These are your tax dollars. But please don't cramp our style and take your child out of the library game. Please encourage your child to become involved in the library and to be good stewards of their library books.
The entire town mourns the passing of Muskrat Farm Road resident Marie Dow. My father-in-law and Marie were good friends. At the time of this writing, her obituary only mentions her passing and that another obituary would follow. I hear that she passed away peacefully in the night. May the Lord keep her. I offer my condolences to her son, Pat. He's a great guy and I know that he will miss her.
My beloved Laverne and I attended the birthday celebration of Miriam Perry last week. It was held in the Barbara Tilley Room of the Prospect Community Hall in Prospect. It was a grand event. I was asked if I was there “covering it for the press.” I was not. Prospect is Barb Tilley territory. We were invited guests. I did take a few pictures, but they were for my scrap book. Sandy Point's Veronica Magnan was there, snapping away like the paparazzi. She got one of me and honey kissing. If you know her, I bet she would love to share them with you. There were a lot of Stockton Springs people there. We sat next to Henrietta Seekins, who shared pictures of her recent 80th birthday celebration. Honey and I missed that one.
However, on Mar. 17, Miriam called and asked me to share her thanks in the paper. So, here it is. “I want to thank everyone for coming to my most wonderful birthday party. Thank you all for lovely cards and gifts. And I want to thank my family for putting it all together. I want to especially thank Andrea for flying from Florida to be here. She left the warm weather to come up here to the cold and she was freezing.”
God bless our Prospect neighbors and God bless the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.