Stockton Springs Report
The Harbor Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at the town hall. The floats have been installed at Cape Docks and the harbor is beginning to fill up with boats. It promises to be a good season on the water. Thank you, Bruce Suppes, and all the members of the Harbor Committee, for making that possible.
The Select Board will convene at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at the town hall.
During the past public participation meeting of the RSU 20 budget validation referendum process, I spoke with a member of our select board. I was advised that we have a similar tax delinquency problem as we had during last year's budget validation referendum process. The decision of the town to accept a split payment has helped. But we are still delinquent and the monthly bill to the RSU must be paid. I was assured that those behind are not people you would think would be behind on their bills. I saw last years non-zero balance list and already knew that was true. Those at the town office are willing to discuss your tax problem with you. You can contact them at 567-3404.
Dave Mussey emailed the following invitation. “There will be an open mic followed by a featured performer at the Sandy Point Community Club in Stockton Springs. The open mic runs from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18. This will be followed by a performance by Rockin' Ron and the New Society, including Stockton Springs' own Sean Smith and Karen Hawthorne, playing oldies rock and roll. Admission is $3 to $10 on a sliding scale. The venue is the Sandy Point Community Club, on Rt. 1, 2 1/2 miles north of where Rt. 1-A heads north toward Prospect (stay on Rt 1 toward Bucksport). It is on the left, almost opposite the Sandy Point cemetery. Last month's first open mic plus was a great success - don't miss this one!” Dave and Fran recently performed at the Camden Public Library. The concert was “a culmination of a 6 month workshop for budding songwriters who have been developing their craft.” We are happy to have them share their talent with the SPCC.
On June 9, members of the Stockton Springs Post 157 of the American Legion retire collected American Flags. Langdon Chandler, Post 157 Commander Elect called for a Flag Retirement Ceremony for 9:00 a.m. Monday, June 9, at the Legion Hall, 5 Sandy Point Road. The retirement of American flags is a service offered by the Legion. American flags should not be discarded or destroyed at home. Any Legion member will take your old flag and save it for the retirement service.
Ryan's Ride, a Wounded Warriors Project, honoring former Msgt Ryan C. Love, is proud to announce their second annual car wash to benefit the WWP. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at Steamboat Sunoco in Searsport, volunteers will wash cars for a donation to the WWP. Tammy advised me that last year, she collected over $200 in donations and mine was the only car she had to wash. I'm sorry. I pay for a car wash, I want a car wash. The volunteers will also be selling raffle tickets for a $100 Sunoco gas card. The tickets sell for 2/$5 or 5/$10. The winner will be announced at the second annual Ryan's Ride, scheduled to be held at the same location on July 19. Thank you, volunteers for your dedication to your fallen brother and all for your work in supporting those who come behind him.
The new robotics team at Searsport District High School is asking the community for donations of new, or "used but working," tools and equipment. They seek the following hands tools: tool boxes, screwdrivers, pliers, files, wrenches, wire strippers, clamps, Allen keys, socket sets, hacksaws, multimeter, soldering iron, calipers. They also need the following power tools: Lathe, Jig Saw, Mill, Dremel, Bandsaw, Drill press. And they need a platform dolly to wheel our robot to and from the competition field. Approx dimensions: Platform size of at least 19" x 29" able to cart several hundred pounds of gear and a handle at least 33 inches. Contact Sharon Catus at 567-5055 for more information.
As I was writing this week's column, I was visited by my friend Ralph Hall. He came by to finalize the details of the burial of Stockton Springs' former Ambulance Director, Phyllis Hall. She was to be laid to rest at the Sandy Point Cemetery on June 7, down at the bottom of the hill where my honey's people are buried. I was to meet him up their at 8:00 and set up the canopy that I bought to cover our picnic table when we go camping. At an earlier meeting, he was worried about how we would get the elderly people down the hill. I was more concerned with getting them back up the hill. But, we worked it out. Its sad to lose a friend. But its very rewarding to be asked to help do it. Its just another part of life in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.