Stockton Springs Report
When I first began to write the town column, I wrote in essay style and was quite long-winded. My editor suggested that I divide the column into topics, as some may wish to go right to a topic of their choice and avoid topics which did not hold their interest. He further suggested that I should begin with town news and advised me that he saw nothing wrong with a little brevity. I took his advice and began to group stories under Town News, Volunteer News and Resident News. Later on, sage reporter Sarah Reynolds, in her role as copy editor, changed Town News to Municipal News. I liked it. It makes me sound like a real reporter. So, I have stuck with it. If you read the column only for the Municipal News, please check back next week. We are in a transition period in Stockton Springs and I have no town manager to help me help the town keep you informed. I spoke with a member of the select board about it. They are going to work on it. So, in the meantime, we'll move on to the Volunteer News.
Pat Curley and all the volunteers of the Stockton Springs Community Library would like to thank all who supported the SSCL Book, Bake and Plant Sale, The Colcord House Artists and the start of our building fund raffle. According to Pat, “It was a huge success and we are very grateful.” They will be selling raffle tickets through Sept. 7 and the drawing will be on that day, during the three o'clock seating at the SSCL Annual Tea.
Stockton Springs author Mac Smith will be doing a book signing at the library beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. Mac's book, Mainers on the Titanic, has just been released and promises to be a great read. This another free event at the library, with refreshments.
I would also like to note that the SSCL Summer Reading Program is underway. Contact Debbie at 323-4969 for more information.
The Waldo County Firefighters Association is holding a bottle drive to benefit the 2015 Firefighters' Convention. This will be the first firefighters' convention held in Waldo County. Bottles can be dropped off at Mt Bottles in Searsport, Waldo Avenue Redemption in Belfast and the 10/4 Store in Montville. For bottle pick up, call Bill or Lisa Gillespie at 589-3663.
At 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at the Bank of America Campus, 21 Schoodic Drive in Belfast, the American Legion, District 11, Department of Maine will hold a ceremony to honor Waldo County World War II veterans. 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 the 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.
RSU 20 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children 18 years old and younger. Meals will be provided on Monday through Thursday, from July 7 – July 31, at the Searsport Elementary School Cafeteria. Meals will be provided on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from July 8 – July 31 at the Ames Elementary School Cafeteria, Captain Albert Stevens School Cafeteria, Edna Drinkwater School (Northport) and the Troy Howard Middle School Cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Lunch is served from 11:30- noon. If you have any questions, please contact Perley Martin, RSU 20 Food Service Director at (207) 338-3320 ext. 307.
Roland and Tamber Faunce would like to congratulate their daughter Tianna, and her husband Vinny Greene, as they have had their first little "bundle of love & joy." Adalie Noelle was born on May 31. She weighed 6 lbs. 7 oz. and was 20 in. long. Tamber reports that “She is a precious blessing to our family!” We would like to add our congratulations and note that all children born in Stockton Springs are a blessing to us all.
On June 7, around thirty family members, friends and members of our local EMS gathered at the bottom of the hill of the Sandy Point Cemetery to bid farewell to our beloved former ambulance director, Phyllis Hall. In a dual ceremony, the ashes of Phyllis and husband, Albert Hall were buried beneath that great green tent with no flap, just up the hill from where son Ralph spent his Sandy Point, formative years. Daughter-in-law Gloria, officiating the service, spoke of Phyllis' humble beginnings in the meadows of Prospect. She told how the small-framed woman had to hitchhike to high school, as the bus was only for elementary school children. She told how Phyllis' hitchhiking days continued beyond her school years, as she would often have to thumb a ride to her secretarial job in Belfast. Gloria noted that Phyllis felt that her role as ambulance director, beginning in 1986, was the crown jewel of her difficult life. Asst. Fire Chief Vern Thompson, speaking about his working relationship with Phyllis at the all volunteer service, reiterated Phyllis' dedication to the town. He told how they began with a beat up blue ambulance and credited Phyllis' bookkeeping skills for their ability to move up from that to the two state of the art EMS vehicles that we have today. He spoke of her tenacity, of her ability to take a group of eager volunteers and turn them into an EMS service. Then, he mentioned that he often wondered how Albert put up with her. And we all laughed. We cheerfully accept the imperfections of the wonderful residents in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.