radiosearsport@aol.com

Because he did so much for his department and the town, I'm including the following:

Dear Chairman Desmarais and Board Members,

I am writing to notify you that I am retiring effective immediately (July 15) in order to focus on my health. It has been my great pleasure to serve the citizens of Searsport with integrity over these past twelve years. I am proud to have created a reputation of professionalism for the Searsport Police Department and to have represented the town as the President of the Maine Chiefs of Police, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Waldo County Communications Center, a member of the Maine Right to Know Advisory Committee and a member of the Maine Elder Death Analysis Review Board.

I thank the citizens of Searsport for their enormous support over the years and wish them the best.

Sincerely,

Chief Richard LaHaye

Penobscot Marine Museum events

Wednesday, July 24, Junior Adventurers: Animals At Sea at Penobscot Marine Museum, 11 a.m. and lasts half an hour to one hour. Included with museum admission. Beginning with a reading of "Captain's Castaway," participants will also enjoy visiting the animals photograph exhibit, making a wildlife feeder to take home, and more. Sponsored by Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

Thursday, July 25, Weather With Tom Shyka at Penobscot Marine Museum, 6 p.m., PMM Old Vestry, 2 Church St. $8/person, $5/PMM member and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents. The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) spans coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the New York Bight. NERACOOS provides weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. Tom Shyka, product and engagement manager at NERACOOS, will talk about weather reporting to ships and interesting weather patterns observed through the NERACOOS buoy data. Sponsored by Hamilton Marine.

Wednesday, July 31, Junior Adventurers: Ice at Penobscot Marine Museum, 11 a.m. and lasts half an hour to one hour. Included with museum admission. Discover the cool history of ice harvesting through a reading of "The Ice Horse," a science experiment, a visit to the ice harvesting exhibit, and more. Sponsored by Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton.

Thursday, Aug. 1, Shipwrecks and Disasters with Ralph Stanley at Penobscot Marine Museum, 6 p.m. PMM will host Ralph Stanley as he shares stories of shipwrecks and disasters of Mount Desert Island. Stanley is a legendary MDI boatbuilder, and local historian. The presentation will take place at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Old Vestry located at 2 Church St. in Searsport. The cost is $8, or $5 for museum members, and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents. PMM’s 2019 Speaker Series has been made possible thanks to support from Hamilton Marine. For more information visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529.

Saturday, Aug. 10, Watercolor Journaling Workshop at Penobscot Marine Museum, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PMM will hold a watercolor journaling workshop taught by author Lucinda Hathaway. The workshop is inspired by Hathaway’s books, "Takashi’s Voyage: The Wreck of the Sindia" and "Round the World: Takashi Sails Home." The workshop is geared as an activity for families, with no prior experience necessary. Preregistration is required by Aug. 2. The cost of the workshop, which includes museum admission, is $30 or $20 for museum members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais