Stockton Springs Report
Awakened this morning by the music of songbirds and the cooing of doves, I lay in bed until the fresh scent of the salt air, mixed with the pungent, yet welcoming, odor of the mud flats forced me to get up and move to the porch. Another long-suffering winter has passed, and another long-awaited summer has come to Stockton Springs. The sun was just rising over Blue Hill and I sat and basked in the glory of the bay until I decided that I should get my column done. I can't write out there. Too many distractions. Fortunately, I don't have to do a lot of writing this week. So many of you send me emails that all I have to do is some copy and pasting. I appreciate that. This is a town report. It stands to reason the town should write it. So, I am going to stop finding a cute segue, and just start with the words from involved community members.
Mac Davis of The Sandy Point Community Club emailed me to announce the club is raffling off $200 worth of Maine lottery tickets. Raffle tickets are one for $1, six for $5, and are available at The Good Kettle on Route 1 in Stockton. The drawing will be held on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Sandy Point Community Club's Ice Cream Social.
Wednesday nights are Sandy Point Community Club night this summer! Join them on July the 11 and 18, as well as Aug. 1, 8, 15, and 29 for game nights. Starting at 6:30 p.m., everyone is invited to a free family night of board games. Games are provided, but feel free to bring your own. Mac hopes to see you there. You may obtain information on these events, and the many other opportunities the Community Club has to offer by calling 567-3204.
Pat Curley took a few minutes from mowing lawns and volunteering at the library to dash off an email about our soon-to-be famous Women Over Forty volleyball. The group plays Monday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. in Robbie Pendelton's yard. She and Dick have been kind enough to put up a net for us, so that once the school closed for the summer, they have a place to play. Women over 40 are welcome to join them at anytime. I have no idea how she manages to confirm the age of those women. Maybe, they tell each other, and just not us. I'm still not too sure about Laverne's age.
In library news, the summer reading program for kids 3-12 starts Tuesday, July 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. through Aug. 14. Chris Van Dusen, children’s author, will be there July 24. The teens program, “Own the Nigh,t” starts July 12 from 6:45-8 p.m. For the adults, they will have author Kate Flora, a mystery writer, July 18 at 7 p.m. She summers on Baileys Island and winters in Concord, Mass.
Lee Snyder, Adjutant for the Stockton Springs American Legion, Jerry Dobbins Post 137, advised me they will be holding the Legion's yard sale on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 4-5, at the Legion Hall, 5 Sandy Point Rd. On Mondays beginning July 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, the Legion Hall will be open to accept donations. Please contact Lee at 567-3137 for further information, or if you need help to transport your donations.
Two of our sons have benefited from the Legion's efforts when they were awarded their $500 college scholarships. Our cemeteries benefit from the flags and decorations they provide and maintain for our deceased veterans. If you have donations to give, rest assured they will not be donated in waste. Please act locally.
In town news, the Harbor Committee should be meeting July 12, it being the second Thursday of the month. Recycling pickup is scheduled for July 19. If you don't recycle, you might consider not paying to get rid of something that you can get rid of for free. Nobody has that much money.
Former District 41 representative and concerned resident Veronica Magnan called to advise me of an information meeting to discuss the interest and learn a little about charter schools on July 17 at the Sandy Point Community Club. The meeting, scheduled to commence at 6:30 p.m., will include a speaker form the Cornfield School, Justin Belanger. Veronica informed me that Mr. Belanger was instrumental in the process to make the Cornfield School the first charter school in Maine. She wishes to advise the town, “Here is your golden opportunity to ask questions.”
As you can see, there are a lot of wonderful things happening in town in the upcoming week. Not everyone will enjoy everything, but we're a diverse group. We have something for everybody's taste. I'm going to try and get out more. I figure if I want to be part of this community, I probably should get out into the community more often. Winter's coming.
I'm pleased to relate that my father-in-law. Jack McLaughlin, is doing well, but mourning the loss of his beloved Kitty. He is resting comfortably in his Ocean Drive home under the care of our nephew, Derek. Derek, who hails from Louisiana, is doing the best he can to watch after his grandfather. And he is making great strides in dispelling the rumors about the worthlessness of today's American youth. If you will allow, his Maine family and I were quite involved in his upbringing. It shows.
Pat Flannery called Laverne to offer her condolences. Pat informed her that her back is still giving her problems. If any of you missed seeing her husband, Ken, out walking his little dog this winter, it's because he was recovering from knee surgery. To any of you who have never met Pat and Ken, I offer my condolences on your loss of opportunity. They are wonderful people and the pride of the cape.
I have an update for you. It appears the wedding of Richard Heath and Jennette Edmands has been moved up to Aug. 4, and is not happening in the fall as I related. Former Republican Journal town columnist for Stockton Springs Sharon Catus ran into the blushing bride at Tozier's Market. And blushing she was. She related to Sharon that she was quite embarrassed that she messed up my column, but that “they just couldn't wait.” Sharon, being new to Stockton as I mentioned in my introductory column, had no way of knowing that Ricky Heath has never been in a hurry to do anything in his entire life. Again, don't blame Sharon. It takes quite a while for folks around here to loosen up to you. For two decades, I was referred to as “Laverne's husband.” The elders gave me a three-generation title, “Vonnie's daughter’s husband ... from away.”
I suspect the reason for this unannounced change of plans is the fact that I tried, in last week's column, to get some guys to go up to Red's and get on that list. I'm sorry. I love a good reception and, I thought, the more the merrier. I guess it got out of hand. My fears were confirmed when Ricky showed up at my house with an invitation in the middle of the work week. Noticing that, and not noticing any greasy fingerprints on the invitation envelope, I asked him what was up. He claimed that he was “on vacation.” Richard Heath Jr. is on a vacation. Yeah, buddy. Right. I think it was the paparazzi that shut the garage doors of Red's Automotive. I think I saw one of the Journal's real reporters in town.
And that's all I have for this week. I'm going to head back out on the porch, and then, maybe I'll go up town and see what's happening in Stockton Springs. I'm loving this. Thanks.