Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | May 30, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis Fort Point Lighthouse, still guiding ships, is ready to greet visitors for the season.

Municipal News

The Planning Board will convene this month's meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4 at the town hall.

The Select Board will hold their bi-monthly meeting at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at the town hall.

The Library Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 10 at the Colcord House, home of the Stockton Springs Community Library.

The Harbor Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the town hall.

 

Volunteer News

The Jerry Dobbins Post 157, your local post of the American Legion, is proud to announce the up-coming Waldo County WWII Veterans Recognition Ceremony.

The American Legion, District 11, Department of Maine will hold a ceremony to honor Waldo County World War II veterans beginning at 2:00 p.m. (1400 hours for those stuck on military time) Sunday, June 29 at the Bank of America Campus, 21 Schoodic Drive in Belfast . The ceremony comes 70 years after D-Day, June 6, 1944, when the allies with the largest air, land, and sea operation before or since turned the tide against Nazi fortress in Europe. Refreshments will follow the ceremony. Please call Lance Weddell (207) 223-5357 if you have questions or if you are a Waldo County WWII veteran and haven't been contacted by an American Legion member. You can contact me at jeffdavis55@hotmail.com or 567-2029 with the name and contact information of your WWII veteran and I will pass it on to those compiling the list. Let us join in together and honor those veterans of the Greatest Generation.

 

The Fort Point State Park and the Sandy Point State Park are opened for the season. It was a long, hard winter and the time has come to remind ourselves why we put up with it year after year. The scenic views and pristine environs of the parks in our town are just the ticket for providing that reminder. Although, pristine is a misnomer. At one time both areas were stripped of their trees and covered with men and their buildings. What we have today is the rebirth natural wonderland speckled with reminders of our town's past endeavors. I never bore of visiting them. Please remember that both parks are carry in/carry out locations and are for day use only. The Sandy Point State Park lies in the flood zone and opened for use by an agreement with the state and the town.

 

Keepers of the Light Terry and Jeri Cole are kicking off the season with the annual Flash in the Pans concert. From 7:30-9:00 p.m. Monday, June 9 Flash in the Pan will astound you with their unique style and drums. The concert benefits JDRF Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Jeri needs help with refreshments. Food is needed to sell and volunteers are needed to help sell them. All money raised from the sell of refreshments will also go to JDRF. Call 567-3356 or email her at tjeritoo@yahoo.com.

 

Moving forward from being a school board member to a school volunteer, Sharon Catus has tackled the Robotics program at the school. After an event on May 29, she posted the following debriefing on Facebook. “It takes courage, forward thinking and the willingness to risk looking 'not cool' in an environment of 'ya gotta be cool' to try new things. We had 55 kids, incoming freshmen through next year's seniors, who signed up saying they are interested in the FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (a competitive robotics league for high school kids.) Looks like we have an FRC Team coming to Searsport District High School.” Congratulations to our future Robotics Olympians. And thank you Sharon for taking the helm of this Viking ship. But what is not cool about Robotics?

 

Tammy Tracy of Ryan's Ride, a Wounded Warrior Project honoring the late Msgt. Ryan C. Love, is holding a yard sale. This will be an all day, indoor/outdoor, rain or shine event to be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. The location is 186 Muskrat Farm Road in Stockton Springs.

On June 12, 4:00 p.m. - closing, Angler's Restaurant will donate ten percent of all sales from their Newport, Hampden and Searsport locations to Ryan's Ride. Thank you, Angler's for dedication to our community. And while I'm at it, thank you for those deep-fried olives. I love them.

 

School News

The last day of school is less than a month away. Both libraries will be opened until the last day. However all books are due back to both libraries on June 13. So, please go through your student's books and have them return the ones with one of our bar code labels on the back of it by June 13. Check under their beds and in their closets. Some of them tell me that they believe that is where they believe they left them.

 

We were sorry to hear that SDMHS principal Brian Campbell is moving in July. Brian did a wonderful job at our school. Our loss will be Freeport's gain. Sometimes career decisions can be painful and Brian tells us that he will always be a Viking. We will always consider him one.

 

Resident News

 

I am always delighted to be able to announce the opening of a new business in Stockton Springs. I received this email last week. “My name is Whitney Brydon and I was advised to contact you regarding our store opening in Stockton Springs. The name of the store is White's Farm Mercantile. We are located at 181 Main Rd. We offer local meats, organic vegetables and a variety of Maine made products.” Welcome to town, White's Farm Mercantile.

 

I was honored with the task of marching with the American Legion in four parades on Memorial Day.

I received an email from Adjutant Lee Synder that we were to muster at the Legion Hall at 8:15 a.m. From there we traveled to Searsport and marched from the fire house to Mosman's Park. Then, we walked back to our cars. From there we traveled to Just Barb's and marched to the town square. Then, we walked back to our cars. At 10:30, we mustered at Webb's barn in Prospect and marched to their town square. And then, we limped back to our cars. Finally, at 3:30, we mustered at the Legion Hall in Bucksport and marched to the Korean War Memorial, a beautiful spot by the bridge that our son had a hand in designing when he worked for Ames Engineering. I'm just announcing that. I'm not bragging him up. The Bucksport School was gracious enough to bus us back to the Legion Hall with the band. They fed us hot dogs and thanked us for a job well done. If I was not ten to twenty years younger than most of the guys, I would complain about my aching feet and legs. But the event was well worth getting the vibrating, heated foot tub out. I am proud to be in the Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion and equally proud to be a resident of the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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