Stockton Springs Report
The Select Board convenes at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17 at the town hall.
Please remember that summer school is in session for the month of July and school buses are still on the road.
Throughout the month, I would like to remind the reader of the RSU #20 Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided free to all children 18 years old and younger regardless of race, color, national origin, or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. I bring this disclaimer up only because it is noted in the school website, www.rsu20.org. I don't hardly believe it has been or will be a problem here. Meals will be provided at the following location from July 7 – July 31, Searsport Elementary School Cafeteria – Monday through Thursday. Meals will be provided at the following locations from July 8 – July 31, Ames Elementary School Cafeteria - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Captain Albert Stevens School Cafeteria - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Edna Drinkwater School (Northport) – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Troy Howard Middle School Cafeteria – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Meal times are as follows: Breakfast 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Perley Martin, RSU #20 Food Service Director at (207) 338-3320 ext. 307.
Congratulations to RSU #20 Assistant Superintendent John McDonald who has been chosen to take the reins of RSU #13 in Rockland as their Superintendent. John has served our children well and was instrumental in reaching out to the public with his updating of the school website and the introduction of the school's social networking pages. The website provides information about the function of the RSU and the Facebook page is used to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our students. He will be missed.
I saw Basil Staples last week and he wanted me to give a shout out to Paulina Joyce for putting her artistic talents to work on the SSCL's bottle drive cart. Paulina not only painted the cart sides, but is going to repaint the direction sign at the corner at the Public Works department that Basil installed years ago. It is good to have the Frack Lady back in town for the summer.
Please keep Public Works employee George Russell in your thoughts and prayers as his physicians seek an answer to his low blood pressure. George was a godsend to the town and we want to keep him.
The Summer Reading Program at the Stockton Springs Community Library is having Josh Alves, childrens author and illustrator, at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday July 22 at the library. He will bring some of his books to sign. Mr. Alves is an extremely talented illustrator. This is a must see for children and fans of graphic illustration.
The Stockton Springs American Legion Annual Yard Sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, at the Legion Hall, 5 Sandy Point Road. The Legion Hall will be open Mondays in July from 9:00 a.m.- noon for Yard Sale donations; please contact Lee Snyder at 567-3137, if transportation assistance is needed.
The Sandy Point Community Club is holding an Open Mic Night from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the clubhouse, located at 648 Route 1 in Stockton Springs. On July 23, the club will be offering its annual successful Pie Palooza. There will be two seatings to the event. The first seating is at 5:00 p.m. The second is scheduled at 5:45 p.m. The event is $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12.
Retired, yet still active, Searsport School teacher Charlene Knox Farris, in her role as Religious Director of the Searsport Congregational Church, wishes to invite area children to the church's summer program “Gateway to Galilee.” Offered daily from 9:00 a.m. - noon, Aug. 18-24, Gateway to Galilee is a journey into story, song, crafts, games, community walks and t-shirt design. Snacks will be provided. You can register your child on Facebook at facebook@firstcongregationalchurchofsearsport or by contacting Mrs. Farris at 548-2954.
On July 9, the Ladies Aid of Sandy Point held another successful Ladies Aid Fair. On July 8, a squad from the American Legion erected three white canopies in the yard of the Sandy Point Community Club in a time-honored manner that became apparent when they began to set up the well-cared for canopies. At 9:00 a.m., of the next day, their efforts paid off as the yard of the club began to fill with passing travelers and locals who have waited for the event since last July. Beneath the tents lay donated yard sale items, being presented by the volunteers, collecting the money they would deposit in worn cash boxes. Inside the club visitors were greeted by resident Elaine Barlett, who was collecting money for the raffling of the beautiful quilt that was presented behind her. In the room to the right the Sandy Point Congregational Church had their annual offering of kitchen utensils. Our paring knives were purchased there last year. In the corner, Sandy Point author Mac Smith was signing copies of Mainers on the Titanic. I have already read the book, so I went into the room behind him to make my annual purchase, a crocheted potholder. However, this year I went with a towel with a crocheted handle on the top. Then, I went into the room adjacent to the kitchen to see all the baked goods offered by the Ladies Aid and the SPCC. But as we still have a box of fudge that Lisa at Silkweeds gave to my wife, I didn't buy any goodies this year. Before I left, I went upstairs to where the Ladies Aid had their antique treasures for sale. Scanning the room for someone with a camera on their phone and an eye for that camera, I spied Jeri Cole and asked her to get a picture for the paper. I saw her snap a number of them and posted the one that she emailed me. I think it is the thousands words they speak of when describing the value of a picture. The only thing missing from the event was the presence of the Ladies Aid's Florence Heath. Last year, the girls brought Florence down to walk through the event that she worked to make a success year after year. This year Florence has retired and made a defacto Trustee of the SPCC. Her presence at club meetings and at the annual Ladies Aid fair will be missed. On July 10, I ran across Sandy Pointers Fred Deriden and Clarence Elden as they were dropping the canopies. Fred had his young grandson from Dexter with him. As Mainers are fond of saying, “They made short work of it” and we stored the canopies in the boathouse of the Legion Hall. They, and I, lay in wait for the 2015 Ladies Aid Fair in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.