Stockton Springs Report
The Planning Board convenes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the town hall.
The Selectboard meets at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the town hall.
The Library Committee will hold their monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Stockton Springs Community Library.
The town hall still has Stockton Springs tee shirts, coffee mugs and oval stickers with the town logo for sale at the town hall. Proceeds from the sale of town merchandise goes to a fund to benefit the town with dipping into the general fund. If you are local, its like paying taxes and getting something for it. If you are visiting the area, this is a good chance for you to take home a great souvenir from the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.
Library Director Pat Curley wishes to share the following information with us. “The Stockton Springs Historical Society and the Stockton Springs Community Library will be collaborating to present a PIE & ART FESTIVAL on Saturday, August 9th from 9 AM until 3 PM at the historic Colcord House in Stockton Springs. The money raised through the event will go into the heating fund for the building.
There will be a wide variety of homemade pies available for purchase. Volunteers from the Historical Society and the Library will be donating the pies. Artists participating will include members of the painting group that meets weekly at the Colcord House and other local artists. Some of the artists confirmed to participate in the fundraiser include Asha Fenn, Judy Hamm, Cathy Melio, Scott Moore, Patty O’Connell, Betty Schopmeyer, Harriet Seekins, Anne Spencer, Joe Swift, Anne Marie Welsh, Nancy Morgan Barnes and others.” Thank you, Pat. We will see you there.
The Sandy Point Community Club will be holding a Family Game and Cribbage Night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the clubhouse. Located at 684 US Route One, the SSCC was founded in 1923 as a means to provide an activity center to bond the locals with the summer people. Today its ten member trustee board seeks to hold fundraisers to preserve the historic building while providing a wholesome, family environment for the community to hold suppers, singalongs, and other activities.
Last week, my friend Marianne Sacknoff happened down the cape road when she spied my Georgia grandson, Alexander Monroe Wofford, and me on the shore by the ruins of the Young Sardine Cannery. She snapped a few pictures and emailed them to me. I shared one in this week's column. We started walking the shore up by our house looking for a place where he could enter the water without the alligators chasing him back out. It is usually me with the camera in my hand and seldom do I get a picture of me and one of the grandkids. Thanks, Marianne.
The town of Stockton Springs is grieving the loss of two of our town's family matriarchs. Alice Louise Doughty Jipson Lambeth passed away in Belfast on July 17 at the age of 82. After growing up in Dedham, Mrs. Lambeth decided to make Stockton Springs her home. The large family she guided included my friend, Rob Lambeth and his lovely wife Wendy. Although I didn't know Mrs. Lambeth, her son is evidence that she guided them well. Her surviving children, her 27 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren have a family legacy to be proud of. A fund in her memory has been set up at the Stockton Springs Community Library and donations can be mailed in care of the Alice Lambeth Fund, P.O. Box 293, Stockton Springs, ME 04981.
On July 29, we lost our beloved Florence Heath. I have written about Florence and the great work she has done at the Sandy Point Congregational Church, the Sandy Point Community Club and the Ladies Aid of Sandy Point. She was a fixture in the non-profit circles of our town for decades. But to many of us, she was more. She was a dear friend and respected mentor. When our daughter, Sarah Anne, got married at the Sandy Point Congregational Church, Florence was an invited guest and our go-to person for holding the sacred event in the historic church. Its was a lovely wedding and flower petals or confetti were shewn through the aisle for the couple to walk on as they left the altar and walked off hand in hand. The guest followed them out the door and headed to the Blue Goose for the reception. Florence held back and I saw her go into the back room and get out the vacuum cleaner. She explained that she had another event in a few hours and no time to spare. It was the first time that I saw a woman vacuum a floor in her Sunday best. We join the entire town in offering condolences to Ricky and Jenny. We also hope they realize that it is people like Florence Heath that makes this the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.