Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | May 23, 2014
Courtesy of: Town of Stockton Springs An anonymous and well-deserved gift to those in our town hall.

Municipal News

There are no tow-related meetings scheduled for this week.

The town garage will be opened from 9-noon on Saturday, May 31 to accept your electronic waste.

My friend Rich Couch is no longer the town manager of Stockton Springs. I have not spoken to him, but, after hearing rumor of it, I called Select Board member Leslie Cosmano and she confirmed the rumor. I hope Rich has told his mom and she doesn't read about it here. Leslie described it as a “parting of the ways.” She said the change was a mutual decision made between Rich and the board. And we left it at there. She went on to advise me that when people come and go in your life, you take the best and leave the rest. Those were not her exact words. Rich was our second town manager. I will remember how he opened the door of the town hall with his email listing reports and by submitting information to me for the town column. He is a professional town manager and brought that professionalism with him to Stockton Springs. But he also mowed our town lawns, cooked hot dogs at our Little League games and our School Supply Motorcycle Ride here on the cape, and opened the town hall for our school's Harvest Parades. Rich opened a lot of doors for us and I will remember him, and thank him, for that. The Select Board is in the process of seeking an interim town manager to guide them through the process of finding a permanent replacement.

School News

Searsport Music Director Ethan Edmondson is proud to announce the SDMHS Spring Concert. Scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28 at the Searsport Middle/High School. Librarian Brian Richards advises that our Buy One, Get One Free Scholastic Book Fair will be opened before and after the concert. This will be your chance to hear some great music and get a good deal on some books.

Volunteer News

The Sandy Point Community Club is having a game night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the Sandy Point Community Club. Games will be provided, but people may bring their own. This is a free, family-friendly event. We will be having them the first Wednesday of each month. I played cribbage on game night last year and met a couple from Bucksport who wandered across the bridge looking for a game. I had not played in years and beat the husband, the pro, with my beginner's luck. I hope he's not gunning for me.

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, in their meeting rooms at the Colcord house, on the corner of Main and Station streets in Stockton Springs. Local archaeologist, Paul Bock, will present a program for us entitled "Between Two Empires: A Mid-18th Century Trade Site on Cape Jellison". Historical Committee Chairwoman Marion Fisher states, “The program will be first on the agenda so try not to be late. I am sure this will be a very special treat and one, I for one, don't want to miss.” All are invited. Marion emailed me this information. She also noted that she does more than bang a gavel, as I suggested in last week's column.

The Art Group that meets at the Colcord House will be displaying and selling their art work, and that of other local artists, at the Stockton Springs Community Library's Annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale on June 7. Pauline and her famous Fracks are back and will be for sale, as well as other homemade items, under the small tent. See you there.

Ryan's Ride, a Wounded Warrior Project honoring the late Marine Msgt Ryan C. Love, is gearing up for their second annual ride, slated to be held this year on July 19. Kicking off the fund-raising, Mt. Bottle Redemption, located at 65 Mount Ephraim Road will be accepting bottles for Ryan's Ride during the month of July. The Center will donate one cent for every bottle dropped off for the event, giving six cents to for each bottle to the charity. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Bottles may be dropped off between the hours of 9-5, Monday-Saturday.

From the Columnist

Prior to becoming the town columnist, I seldom went into the town hall. I went to register the car or dog, or pay my taxes, Thus, when I did go, I had my wallet out. So, I wasn't in the best of moods. I go up there all the time now and either I have changed or they have. I never leave there unhappy. I went up this past week and everybody in there had a smile on their face. Someone had dropped off the bouquet seen in the photograph of this week's column. The town hall has a secret admirer. I guess I'm not the only fan of the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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