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By Lin Calista | Apr 18, 2021
Photo by: Lin Calista Work continues on water lines on Main Street, Searsport.

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Water District update

I spoke with the supervisor, Mark Deden, when the crew was working in front of my house on Main Street and he says they are making great progress in staying on track to be finished with the water line work on Main Street to Mortland Road by mid-May. He raved about the contractor, Nitram Excavating, as they were professional and very tidy as they worked on the roads.

It’s one of the most challenging water line jobs he’s had to tackle. He has to “imagine” (by following DOT plans) where the sewer pipes and utilities will be when they dig up the road next year and allow for that. The bids for that job are going out this fall with a Dec. 1 deadline. That means the Main Street work will start in spring of 2022, or a year from now. Look out and make your plans accordingly!

DAR welcomes new members

The Daughters of the American Revolution Penobscot Expedition Chapter met April 13 for their monthly meeting at the Stockton Springs American Legion and expanded their local membership with new members Thea Todd, Sharon Davenport and Lin Calista. Abby Williams and Deb Nowers presented an interesting talk about their notable ancestors and how their two families were connected!

If you are interested in genealogy and suspect you might have relatives going back to the American Revolution, the DAR is good place to start. The DAR works at restoring and maintaining historic sites, preserving artifacts, locating and marking patriot cemeteries and headstones, promoting education and citizenship, and supporting military veterans.

If you have questions about possibly becoming a member, contact Deb Nowers at debnowers@gmail .com or Patsy Watt at 3929@gmail.com.

Elver fishing, who knew?

A friend told me she noticed someone had rigged an elver net near her property, so I decided to learn more about elvers. Elvers are small eels that have a high market value predominantly in the Far East ― so high that they rival the value of lobster harvesting. The season lasts from March 22 to June 7 and they can be caught using hand drip nets, fyke nets or Sheldon eel traps. The fyke nets can interrupt the spawning of fish like trout and salmon and are less environmentally popular.

In Maine the industry is regulated by the Department of Marine Resources, which gave out 425 licenses. Eel fishermen must not go over a 9,688-pound quota, set by the Atlantic States Marine Fishery Council. The price per pound of live eels, and they must be live, was as high as $2,000 in 2019; now the rate is about $500 a pound. Still not bad for a good day at fishing.

Warning: If you see an elver net, do not disturb it or tell other fishermen about it. Them are the Eel Fisherman Rules. (Statistics taken from article by Anne Berleant, Ellsworth American, March 2021.)

Cleanup volunteers needed

Searsport Cleanup Day takes place Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m.

Organizers are looking for volunteers of all ages to help clean up streets and beaches. Meet at Mermaid Plaza, 1 E. Main St., for equipment, doughnuts and details. Cleanup route will extend from Moose Point to Sears Island along both road and coastal sections. The focus will be on collecting garbage/debris, preparing garden beds/ boxes and cutting brown-tail moth nests (if comfortable doing so).

Materials collected that morning can be dropped off at the Mermaid Plaza parking lot. From there they will be transported to the Searsport Transfer Station, which will be opening to help with town cleanup day.

Doughnuts and coffee at 9 a.m.; burgers and dogs at noon for all volunteers.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and mask, wear a bright shirt and have clippers handy if willing to cut out brown-tail moth webs (special soap containers will be provided for nests).

Sponsored by the Head of the Bay Business Association (HOBBA).



Penobscot Expedition Chapter of DAR welcomes new members, from left, Deb Nowers, Sharon Davenport, Lin Calista and Thea Todd.
Elver fishing in Searsport.
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