Stockton Springs Town News

By Jeff Davis | Aug 08, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis An honor system Raspberry Stand on Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs

Community News

Considering that I have not had any municipal news in quite a while, I have decided to switch the topic to Community News. Committee meetings are posted on the schedule at www.stocktonsprings.org. However, it fails to account for holidays and winter recesses. During these times, one is advised to call the town office at 567-3404.

George Russell of the Public Works Department is still accepting used oil for the garage furnace. You can leave you oil at the PWD on the cape. If it is closed, you can leave it at the gate.

However, we cannot leave our used TVs at the gate. We reported earlier in the year where someone had left one beneath the sign saying they were being video recorded. This recording led to the police finding the person leaving it. Last week, I noticed another TV sitting out there. No one has mentioned it, but I am sure they watched the video to find, and then fine, someone else. Electronic waste can be dropped off at the town garage on the last Saturday of each month between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - noon. In the long run, it's a lot cheaper for you to hang on to your set until then.

MDOT spent a couple of days on Cape Jellison as they dredged out the ditches on both sides of the Cape Road from Main Street to the Landry Road. They used temporary traffic lights on the first day and road guards on the next day. They did a wonderful job and traffic was not impeded that bad. I understand the town fielded one complaint about a resident being held up. I guess that is to be expected. But the road is looking sharp now and we stand ready to face the winter on the cape.

While at the town hall last week, I ran into Radio Searsport's Dick Demarais. He was in town delivering the Head of the Bay Area Map and Guide. Featuring East Belfast, Searsport and Stockton Springs, the map points our all the attractions of the lovely coastal communities situated at the head of Penobscot Bay. Stop in at the town hall and get yours before they are gone.

Volunteer News

I received a request from Post 157 Adjutant, Lee Snyder, to offer the following thank you message. “The annual Stockton Springs American Legion yard sale was a success. The yard sale is the Post's major fund raising effort of the year in support of scholarships for three seniors at Searsport District High School, two juniors participating in Dirigo Boys State, help for veterans and community members in need, and community patriotic events. Thanks and appreciation go to the community for the yard sale success – you provide the items for sale and then search for and purchase the donations of others; it’s a total community effort!”

Post 157 of your American Legion is currently selling wreaths from Worcester Wreath to be delivered to the Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. The cost of the wreath is $15.00 and they may be purchased by contacting Post 157 Chaplain, Hollis Bagley at 567-3835 or your town columnist at 567-2029.

The St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bucksport, the spiritual home of many of our Stockton Springs Catholic residents, is holding their Gently Used Bargain Basement sale from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 in the church Basement at 60 Franklin St. in Bucksport. Drop by and help support this worthy effort.

The Sandy Point Community Club will be holding an Ice Cream Social and Open Mic Plus Night on Aug. 20 at the clubhouse at 646 Route One in Stockton Springs. The Ice Cream Social begins at 6:00 and the Open Mic will run from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Anyone riding around the cape may want to bring a little money. As seen in this week's photo, we have a place on the east Cape Road to get some succulent raspberries for $6.00 a quart and $3.00 a pint. Summer, and the fresh fruit that comes with it, is fading fast. Buy now.

Having not been gainfully employed since 2009, your town columnist will occasionally seek some self-worth by going down to the Sandy Point Beach and picking up trash in the parking lot and on the beach. It's not that bad. The worse is the dog poop in a plastic bag. I don't understand this practice. I thought the whole idea of the plastic bag was for transportation purposes. One is not suppose to leave it on the beach or toss it out the car window as they exit the park. You are simply preserving poop in plastic for generations to come. Why is this? You may as well let Fido go on the beach. I have a procedure for that. I'll straddle the offending pile and, using both hands, I'll scoop up the sand beneath the poop and sling it into the tall grass. By the way, should you lose a ball or a Frisbee in the tall grass, be careful going in to retrieve it. If one is fast enough and scoops deep enough, no poop touches the hands. Its a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. However, I digress. The last time I was down there, I heard our resident Ospreys having a fit on the ruins of the pilings. Black waterfowl covered the pier and the Ospreys were building a nest on the piling. Normally, I leave the birds alone, because they have babies and freak out when you get near them. But on this day, no one was around them. So, I strolled down to see what was up. You may notice that I don't know my birds. But I saw the same type of black water fowl on the shore in front of the Ospreys' nest and they were insisting that he move on. He appeared wounded and when I approached him, he simply raised one wing and tried to walk towards the water. I could have easily caught the bird, but then, what would I do with him? I decided to leave the park and bring the matter to the attention of our local wildlife volunteer, William Nichols. On the way in, I saw William working on his boat at the home of his parents just beyond the gate. Apparently prepared for such adventure, William followed me to the park with a large, sturdy cardboard box with air holes cut into the side of it. Upon seeing the bird, he advised me that it was a fledgling Cormorant. Walking to the shore, he sat the box down and calmly approached the bird. He draped it with a towel and gently carried it to safety. However, the bird misunderstood his intentions and craned his neck and snapped at William until he was placed securely in the box. William took out his cellphone and called Avian Haven in Freeport, who offered to care for the bird. He had no visible injury and it was believed that he simply fell out of the nest and washed ashore. Considering that we just lost a fledgling Osprey in that same location, rescuing the bird seemed to be the thing to do. I wish this story had a happy ending, but it does not. I received an message from William saying that we lost the bird at Avian Haven. He was sick, refused their offerings of fish and could not keep down the food they gave him with an eyedropper. He passed away under their loving care. I want thank William for being there to help me and I would like thank Avian Haven for being their to help him. One never knows what to do when they see an animal in the wild. Some feel that we should just let them be and let nature take its course. But at times, that is very hard to do. A Sperm Whale showed up in our cove once. We called Skeet Wyman and he rowed out and helped the fellow get back into the deep water. But he just swam to Frankfort and died there. They say had brain worms. Some will say that it is nice that our fledgling Cormorant passed away in loving arms of the people of Avian Haven instead of dying alone of the rocks on the shores of the Penobscot. And some will point out that Bald Eagles have to eat, too. I am determined to decide on a case by case basis. We are more than just residents. We are the stewards of all who make their home in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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