Searsport Town News

By Dick Desmarais | Jun 10, 2019

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Penobscot Marine Museum will be hosting Brewster Harding for the eighth (almost annual) vintage postcard and paper ephemera show. The show will take place in Curtis Hall of the Searsport Congregational Church, 8 Church St. More than 10 postcard dealers will be selling tens of thousands of antique postcards, books, prints, early advertising, and artwork.

Collecting postcards is not a new hobby. In fact postcards are the third-most collected item behind stamps and coins. Come see what the fuss is all about! If you have some old postcards and are wondering what they might be worth, bring them along! Free appraisals from noon to 2 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Concert

On Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, at 7:30 p.m., Penobscot Bay Singers will present their spring “pops” concert, “The Sun, the Moon, the Stars,” at the United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane, Belfast. Café seating with refreshments. Suggested donation: $15.

Learn about knots

On Wednesday, June 19, PMM’s Junior Adventure Series begins, and it’s all about “Knots.” The museum’s summer children’s programs will be held on Wednesdays through Aug. 7. Each program begins at 11 a.m., runs 30 minutes to an hour, and is free with museum admission.

Families will discover the museum’s campus through stories, crafts, games and special tours of the exhibits. Designed for children and their families, each program will explore a different topic and include a craft to take home.

The program on knots will explore how sailors use knots and how we use them in our daily lives. Participants will try out different sailors’ knots, make knot jewelry, and go on a scavenger hunt looking for knots around the museum. Museum admission is free to Searsport and Stockton Springs residents.

Worth to speak

On June 20, the museum kicks off its Thursday evening speaker series at 6 p.m. with “Where in the World is John Worth?” Presented in conjunction with the Maine Retired Skippers, the program will take place at the museum’s Old Vestry Visitor’s Center, 2 Church St. The cost is $5 for members (and Searsport & Stockton Springs residents) and $8 for general admission.

John Worth spent his life driving tugs, windjammers, and other workboats on Penobscot Bay. This past year, he took off on a retirement trip, "The Kite" by water; come hear about the ports he visited and the adventures he had traveling up the Hudson, Erie Canal, St. Lawrence, and down the Chambly Canal, through Lake Champlain, and back out the Hudson.

PMM’s 2019 Speakers’ Series has been made possible thanks to support of Hamilton Marine. For more information, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529.

Town Manager’s Report

June 3, 2019

Public Works – The Public Works crew cut a lot of brush and repaired some potholes last month. They repaired several Public Works trucks and assisted the Fire Department with the repair of their tanker. Several crew members were able to use vacation time in May. They painted crosswalks but were not able to get them all due to weather. They hope to get them all within a week or so.

We hired Danny Sylvester as the new Transfer Station attendant. He is doing a good job with it. We hired two young men to help with mowing cemeteries. I brought Eric Bonney in to supervise them and to start working on stones again. One of the two young men did not show for work and has been let go.

Wastewater – Howard and Dan are doing well. With the help of Woodard and Curran, we found a contractor to help us repair the faulty foot valve at the plant. It looks like the repair may be completed next week. Howard and Bob from Public Works responded to an overflowing manhole on West Main Street. It turned out that the manhole was actually on private property at Harbor Light Square Apartments. They called Moore’s Septic and they cleared the line. We continue to work with Woodard and Curran on the new plant application.

Carver Memorial Library – The staff is doing well. The floor in the children’s room is complete and a big improvement. The Public Works crew is doing some other projects at the library in preparation for the summer programs.

Ambulance – The Ambulance responded to 46 calls for service in May. They had 3 paramedic intercept and 6 inter-facility transfers. Adrian reports that both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

Fire – The Fire Department responded to ten calls for service in May. They issued 78 burn permits for the month. Tanker 2’s repair is complete and came in under budget by more than $3000. The department responded to the McCrum fire in Belfast last month. The day after the fire, we experienced a tire failure on Tanker 1. It was taken out of service for repair. It is now back in service.

Code Enforcement – Randy is doing well. Building permit request are very high right now. He has been working at re-visiting properties that were warned for defects and garbage. One property on Mt Ephraim Road has been cleaned up.

Police Department – The Searsport Police Department received 229 calls for service during the month of May. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well. Sergeant Owens has retired from the department and law enforcement after 43 total years in the profession. His service is much appreciated. The Chief attended the Law Enforcement Memorial service and spoke during the ceremony on behalf of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. He also attended the graduation ceremony of the 36th BLETP at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The School Resource Officer was very busy last month including a sexual assault investigation that resulted in an arrest. The ride to school with Officer Chris program is a very big hit with students and faculty at the Elementary School.

Economic Development – Dean Bennett is doing well. He continues to work with new businesses in town for some advertising. The preliminary sketch plan for the downtown parking is complete and looks great. We have a potential of adding about 25 spots.

Town Hall – The Heat Pumps for the building are now installed. The roofing will be done this month. May 31st was shellfish license day. People from out of town line up out front before 4AM to make sure they get one of the limited amount we issue. We are prepared for the election on June 11th.

Committees – The Shellfish Committee, Historic Preservation Committee and Planning Boards all met last month. The 175th Anniversary Committee is meeting on a biweekly basis.

Fourth of July

The Searsport and No. Searsport United Methodist Churches would gratefully accept any donations the community might have for our July 4 Auction. We depend on the generosity of our community to help us raise funds to keep our churches going.  Our auction is our biggest fund raiser of the year.

Please contact Weldeena Hustus at 548-6692 and she will help arrange for pickup or drop-off at the church.

Public Supper

On Friday, June 21, at 5 p.m., the Women’s Fellowship will serve a ham supper with salad and homemade pies in Curtis Hall of the First Congregational Church of Searsport. Cost is $9.

Planning Board

On Monday, June 10, starting at 6:30 p.m., the regular meeting of the Planning Board will be held. This meeting and other town meetings will be televised on cable channel 1303.

Feel free to pass this on to interested people.

Dick Desmarais.

 

 

 

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