Stockton Springs Report
The Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the town hall.
The Harbor Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the town hall.
The Select Boards holds their second monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 15.
Spring clean up has begun and drivers should pay extra caution. As shown in this week's photograph, the railroad burned overgrown brush along the track by the Cape Jellison Road crossing. The Stockton Springs Fire Department supervised the burn. The men at the town garage have been out sweeping the winter salt and sand from Main Street and many residents are doing the same by their driveways. So, please use extra caution when passing them and, if you get the chance, thank them for helping to keep Stockton Springs beautiful.
Searsport Elementary School Librarian Kristin Byers emailed the following regarding the last book fair of the year. “May 5-9. The classes will come during their usual library times. This book fair is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! So this means that students who purchase a book can choose a second book of equal or lesser value to take for free. This was really awesome last year and the kids loved getting extra free books.” SDMHS Librarian Brian Richards advises me that he will be holding the high school's last book fair of the year from May 19-23.
On Apr. 28, the Searsport District High School held a presentation of the opportunities available at the Searsport Middle/High school. All towns involved in the RSU#20 school district were invited to attend. After the presentation, there was a walk through of the school including the new Hamilton Seine Loft. This presentation was open to the public and started at the Memorial Gymnasium. Searsport resident Douglas Norman attended and offered some insight on his impressions of our school. He reports “The entire campus was cleaner that any school I have seen in recent memory. The Art room is incredible and obviously a working studio. Art is displayed throughout the campus. Very good art... with hardly a blank wall. The Boat building program is not the only program planned for the Hamilton Seine Loft building. Future plans include Engineering Robotics (designing and making robots), Aquaculture,(working with kelp and shellfish) , Navigation and Transportation(involving water testing and boat testing, and minor sailing lessons), and Aquaponics, involving growing talapia, using the fish nutrients to grow lettuce and vegetables and using the nutrients again to feed the fish on a near perfect recycling circle. Principal Campbell has coordinated with several Colleges to obtain college credits for some programs for the high schools students. The teaching explained that no child is ever left out of the circle of success with teacher aids and tutorial help always available. All students are treated the same.” I volunteer at the school and already knew all of this. But I thought I should share it with you.
The Stockton Springs Community Library is currently accepting book donations for our Annual Book, Bake, and Plant Sale, scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 7. Pat Curley tells me “as all the gardeners work on their perennial beds, dividing, thinning out and whatever, we will accept plant donation starting May 19.” Don't forget to mark your calendar for June 7....Book, Bake, and Plant sale. Buy your baked good for graduation from the Library.
Local musicians Dave and Fran would like you to know about a new upcoming concert and open mic series in Stockton Springs. Every third Wednesday from May through October there will be an open mic at 6:30 followed by a featured performer at 7:45. The Friends of Dave and Fran Plus received this emailing. “To kick off the season on Wednesday May 21, featured performers Dave and Fran Plus (Dave Mussey and Fran Doonan) will perform traditional and original acoustic folk. Their blended harmonies are backed up by guitar, bowed psaltery, mandolin, autoharp, and accordion. Fran may contribute an inspirational story, punctuated by a little unsophisticated humor by Dave. You can find more at www.daveandfranplus.com. The open mics and concerts will be held at the Sandy Point Community Club at 648 U.S. Rt. 1 in Stockton Springs. This is about 2 1/2 miles north on Rt.1 beyond where Rt. 1-A diverges off of Rt.1 toward Prospect and Bangor. Heading north on Rt. 1, it is on the left almost opposite the Sandy Point Cemetery. Admission is $3 - $10 on a sliding scale, with children under 18 free. For more information, call 567-4044. Hope to see you there!”
As warmer weather approaches, activities at the end of the Lighthouse Road are increasing. The Lighthouse Tours will soon start up and I understand we have another local volunteer guide who holds a lot of knowledge about our town's history. Following a successful Easter Egg Hunt offered by the American Legion, this year's activities sound promising. Flash in the Pans at the Lighthouse will start the season off. Scheduled to be from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Monday, June 9. Jeri Cole tells me that “The Coast Guard has been working on the foghorn...they changed the position of it and it really seems louder. A new maintenance shop is being built near the Lighthouse parking area...many thanks to neighbor Jean Brown for her generous donation that made this possible.”
I received a telephone call last week from Tamber Faunce of the Cape Jellison Road. She wanted to brag up her son, Roland Faunce IV. On May 4, Tamber and Roland III's son graduated from Beal College with a degree in Criminal Justice. Roland transferred his credits from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Congratulations, Roland. You are another reason to be proud of the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.