Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Aug 29, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis Laverne Davis and Jacey Bock ask that we all remember that, once again, school is in session. Please drive with care.

Municipal News

The Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at the town hall.

The Select Board convenes at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the town hall.

The Library Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 9 at the Colcord House, home of the Stockton Springs Community Library and the Stockton Springs Historical Society. The meeting of the SSHS is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept 9 in the same location.

Boy, is my face red? Here I have been whining because I can't get someone from the town hall to send me items for the paper and when they do, I drop the ball and forget it. Sorry, Leslie. Last week, I received this request from Stockton Springs Select Woman Leslie Cosmano. “Please add to this week’s column...... Lesley is doing her annual School Supplies Drive. Supplies may be dropped off at the Town Office Monday – Thursday from 9:00 – 5:00. Please include your name & address so Lesley can personally thank you.” I did write a blurb about the drive in a previous column. But a promise is a promise. Leslie's school supply drives helps all the 151 children that we send to Searsport for their education. As I pointed out before, our teachers have worked with dwindling budgets for supplies for some time now. Possibly, this is what inspired Leslie. I happen to know that she has been seen sitting in a folding chair at a school board meeting more than often that a church deacon is seen sitting in a pew. Long before Leslie was a dedicated town official, she was a dedicated town volunteer. Please help her help our children. And if you need a reason, check out the picture of the little cutie in this week's column. Don't you want to reach down and pinch that little cheek?

Volunteer News

Pat Curley of the Stockton Springs Community Library would like to advise all that volunteers will be closing the library on Saturday, Sept. 6 to prepare for their fabulous, and now famous, Library Tea. The outside book drop is, of course, still available. Thank you for your understanding.

Mark you calender for Sept. 12 for the Sandy Point Community Club's annual Bonfire (rain date Sept 13). This event is a favorite of the members of the club, as well as the community. Come down and welcome Fall in with a roaring fire on the beach. See the remarks from the columnist below for directions to the Sandy Point Beach.

School News

The Single Run Bus Schedule for Stockton Springs and Searsport was inadvertently left out of last week's paper. You can find in the paper you are reading now. For Stockton Springs residents, I have posted a handy schedule that you can clip from the column and hang on the refrigerator.

STOCKTON AREA MORNING
BUS 5
JOHN MADDOCKS, DRIVER
6:25 AM LEAVE BUS GARAGE
6:45 AM MUSKRAT FARM ROAD
6:50 AM BLANKET LANE
6:53 AM OLD COUNTY ROAD
7:06 AM HATCH ROAD
7:10 AM OLD COUNTY ROAD
7:19 AM HARRIS ROAD
7:25 AM GREEN VALLEY RD/SHERER ROAD
7:37 AM HARRIS ROAD
7:41 AM POUT TOWN ROAD/HARRIS ROAD
7:43 AM ROUTE 1
7:48 AM ARRIVE SDHS/SES
STOCKTON AREA AFTERNOON
BUS 5
JOHN MADDOCKS, DRIVER
2:40 PM LEAVE SDHS/SES
2:45 PM RT 1/RT 1A
2:50 PM MUSKRAT FARM ROAD
2:55 PM BLANKET LANE
3:00 PM OLD COUNTY ROAD
3:05 PM HATCH ROAD
3:10 PM OLD COUNTY ROAD/HARRIS ROAD
3:15 PM GREEN VALLEY ROAD/SHERER ROAD
3:20 PM HARRIS ROAD
3:30 PM POUT TOWN ROAD/HARRIS ROAD

I will soon have the honor of volunteering in the Searsport schools libraries for the second year. It is an activity that I look forward to each week. I would like to publicly thank the RSU for allowing me to be there. I state without hesitation that I get more out of the experience than I put into it. Here is another handy schedule for your refrigerator. This one list the day your child's teacher will send her class to the library for the week. It would be very helpful to our dedicated librarian, Kristen M. Byrer, if your make sure that your child's library book is in their book bag on that day.

SES Library Schedule 2014/2015

Tuesday: Ms Koelbl, Ms Given and Ms Storer

Wednesday: Ms Gilmore

Thursday: Mr. Quigley, Ms Burnham and Ms Farrar

Friday: Ms Wood and Ms Kenniston

This schedule is subject to change. But every attempt will be made to advice you of any changes.

Resident News

I learned last week that a fine man had recently discovered that he has cancer. Of course, I do not wish cancer on anyone and do not call him a fine man to suggest that he should be exempt. I say it because I have known many men in my life. When one is lucky enough to run across a fine man, he should include the adjective in every discussion about said man. When I put a person's name in the column due to an illness, it is because the family has asked me to do so. My friend's family has not and I will not make the decision for them. But I know he reads the column and I pray that he also knows that, although we have not known one another but for a couple of short years, and as we both know that it takes years to get to know a man, the quality of this man has cut through the years. I am proud to know him and pray for him daily.

The mystery of the missing road signs in Stockton Springs has been somewhat solved. The Sandy Point Beach signs were not stolen as reported in a previous column, but were removed by the MDOT because they were improperly installed. I point out that it was not me who said they were stolen. That's why I use quotation marks; to allow myself some “feasible deny-ability.” Nonetheless, I don't blame George for thinking they were stolen. They are ours signs, costing $200 each, according to George. He is responsible for the roads, and thus the signs. And the person taking them didn't tell him. It sounds like a thief to me. I do feel better knowing they were not stolen. And it makes sense that MDOT took them. Should any of us notice that a sign was on the wrong pole, we would go get the right pole and change it. They took the signs, put them in a truck and drove away; leaving us sign-less. Then, I imagine they filed some kind of report to their supervisor, who is in the process of requisitioning a proper pole and scheduling a work crew to go install it. Nobody but the MDOT could make such a huge production of such a simple task.

I have no further word on the other missing road signs that George mentioned. Perhaps they too are sitting in an MDOT garage, awaiting the rehanging crew to get to them. Or maybe they are hanging in a college dorm. Until the mystery is solved, please use extra caution when driving through town. Should you come up to an intersection that looks like it should have a yield or stop sign, but does not, err on the side of safety and yield or stop anyway. And if you can't find the beach, just stop and ask anybody. We're all pretty friendly here in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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