Stockton Springs Report
Inasmuch as I hate to open the column with bad news, I feel it is very important to pass on the information sent to me by the town's Public Works Department's George Russell. During the week of August 4, some person or persons stole a number of street signs from in and around town. Most notably missing are the two 3x5 green signs directing visitors to the Sandy Point Beach Park. There are also street signs missing. The Sandy Point signs are worth $200 each and, with labor, it will cost over $1000 to replace the missing signs. And they must be replaced. If you see someone stealing signs, please get a plate number or description of the person and call 338-2040. Normally, people who take things make more bad decisions than good ones and choose not to read the paper. But if you happened to be the person who took our signs, keep in mind that you will never forget taking them. You will find the memory less haunting if you rectify your error now and return the signs. Pay now or pay later with interest. But you shall pay.
On August 11, the Stockton Springs Withdrawal Committee held a joint workshop with the Searsport Withdrawal Committee in the Stockton Springs Town Hall. Stockton Springs Committee member and Selectwoman Leslie Cosmano dispelled rumors printed in a small Bucksport paper that our decision to join RSU 13 was a “done deal.” It is not. The committee discussed the possible budget of a system with Searsport and Stockton Spring together. Stockton Springs members discussed their ongoing effort to get an idea of how much it will cost to go to Bucksport. The Stockton Springs Committee will hold an informational meeting sometime in January regarding both options. Both towns have an indefinite stay from the state and have agreed to wait until the five town withdrawal of the towns of the former MSAD 34 have concluded before proceeding. The town officials and committee members welcome input from residents on this, and all, matters.
Selectwoman Leslie Cosmano's her sixth annual school supply drive is underway. I believe the sixth is correct. It could possible only be the fifth. But Leslie has been doing it for a long time. She tells me that she already has a good start of supplies stored at her house. You can drop off your k-12 donated supplies at the town hall or call me at 567-2029 for pick up.
Leana Seekins of the Searsport High School office called to invite all to some upcoming events at the Searsport complex. The high school yard sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. - noon on Aug. 23 at the high school. All proceeds will go to the SDMHS. A potluck welcome dinner is scheduled from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 27 at the SDMHS. Invitations have been sent out to local business owners, parents and neighbors of the school. The public is invited to come out and meet the new principal and vice-principal. A Middle School Open House is scheduled to be held from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the SDMHS. All parents are invited and I would highly recommend that all parents of incoming sixth grades attend with their children
I received the following from the Stockton Springs Community Library's Robbie Pendleton. “At the (SSCL) board meeting last night, I was asked to remind you about giving a 'BIG SHOUT OUT' to the community for the successful sale at our PIE and ART FEST. We thank everyone that made pies and bought pies. Also we thank all the artists that participated and all of the community members that made purchases. If it were not for the community we would not have the successes that we have had. Thank you again!” I understand our volunteers collect $1600. That will go a long way towards heating the Colcord House. While I was at the event, Susan Henkel asked me to thank all the pie makers and artist, members and community volunteers. "It's been wonderful,” she told me. “(We've had) artist from all over the county."
The SSCL Raffle tickets for the beautiful quilt on display at the Colcord House are still available. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00. The drawing is Sept. 7. Debbie Harris advised me that Tuesday, Aug. 12 would be the last day of the Summer Reading Program. It featured The World of Bubbles. October will start story hour and Baxter the library cat will be visiting on the Oct. 11. Mark your calender.
The Sandy Point Community Club will hold a Family Game and Cribbage Night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at the clubhouse, located at 646 Route One in Stockton Springs. Come on out for the last game night of the season.
Our hearts go out to Rhonda Maddox as she recovers from a torn muscle in her leg. But we are happy to learn that it was not a blood clot as they first suspected when the pain drove her to St. Joesph in Bangor. After a brief hospitalization, she was sent home to the care of husband Bert and sisters Raye and Regina. The sisters don't share the Stockton Springs home with Bert and Rhonda. But I imagine they will be over there making sure he does it right. That's “how we roll” here in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.