Searsport Town News

By Dick Desmarais | Jul 13, 2019

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This weekend the fire department will be holding its annual car show. For more info, call 548-2302.

Saturday, July 13, the First Methodist Church will be holding a Turkey Supper with all the trimmings at the church on Main Street, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16, the selectmen will hold their regular meeting in the Town Hall starting at 7 p.m. This meeting will be televised on channel 1303.

Veteran salute: All are welcome to a family picnic and salute to Waldo County veterans on Saturday, July 13, beginning at noon in Mosman Park.

Bring a dish for your family and/or to share and a lawn chair. Hot dogs, hamburgers and sodas will be available for a small donation.

From 1 to 2:30 p.m., the Danny Harper Band will give a concert. Danny Harper is one of Maine's remaining true "traditionalists," and that is reflected in the many songs he writes and records. He first began singing and writing country music back in the 1960s and had his own weekly TV show in the 1970s.

The event is hosted by Waldo County Republicans. For more info, call or text 207-992-3172.

Dick and Jane are back!

Haddock chowder, salad and strawberry shortcake supper.

July 17 - Searsport Congregational Church

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:00 p.m. - $11.

Saturday, July 20, Where in the World? Day - Penobscot Marine Museum visitors will be able to explore the Museum's 2019 Where in the World? exhibit through special family-friendly activities including trivia, a scavenger hunt, speakers, and more. All activities are included with Museum admission. The Where in the World? exhibit features paintings of Maine cargo ships in foreign ports and the navigational charts that guided the way. Captains and owners commissioned paintings of their vessels as a point of pride to ensure a successful voyage. Today, these port paintings provide viewers with a tour of the ports as they looked in the early to mid-1800s. Navigational charts with hand-written course notations from the Museum’s collections accompany the port paintings, putting the voyages of Maine sea captains into geographical context. Where in the World? Day has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Allen Insurance and Financial. For more information visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529. Museum admission is free for Searsport and Stockton Springs residents.

Wednesday Children’s Programs at Penobscot Marine Museum – PMM will hold children’s programs on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Junior Adventurers starts June 19 and runs every Wednesday through August 7. Each program begins at 11:00 a.m. and runs 30 minutes to one hour, and are free with Museum admission. Families will discover Penobscot Marine Museum’s campus through stories, crafts, games, and special tours of the exhibits. These weekly programs are designed for children and their families to have fun at the Museum. Each program will explore a different topic and include a craft to take home. Junior Adventurers has been made possible thanks to support from Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton. For more information visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 207-548-2529 ext. 213.

Sunday, July 14, Lobstering Women of Maine – PMM will hold an exhibit reception on Sunday, July 14 between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. for Susan Tobey White’s Lobstering Women of Maine. The reception is free, and will be held at the Museum’s Old Town Hall located at 7 Church Street in Searsport. Along with the artist, many of the women portrayed in these paintings are planning on attending the reception.

In Lobstering Women of Maine, Belfast artist Susan Tobey White captures Maine’s lobster industry through her brightly colored paintings of lobster women at work. The exhibit showcases the lobster industry, explores Maine’s traditions and heritage, and reveals the strength of women. White appreciates the hard working women in the lobster industry, and was inspired to depict them in her art. She portrays women from the coast and islands of Maine from Ogunquit to Stonington. Lobstering Women of Maine is on display at Penobscot Marine Museum for the entirety of their 2019 season thanks to the generosity of Hamilton Marine.

Acrylic Workshop - In conjunction to the exhibit, White will also be teaching an acrylic painting workshop using photos from the Museum’s collection as inspiration on Saturday, July 27. The cost of this one day workshop is $125 or $115 for Museum members, and will be held on the Museum’s campus. Preregistration is required by July 19. For more information on the reception visit call 207-548-2529. To register for the workshop, please call 207-548-2529 ext. 213 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

MANAGER’S REPORT

July 2, 2019

Public Works – The crew did a lot of work down on Station Avenue including ditching, brush cutting, culverts and a major road re-build. They also installed cross culverts on two other roads. They continued patching potholes and painted additional crosswalks in June. We have completed engineering plans for Cottage Street that have been reviewed by the Department of Environmental Protection. We hope to be able to start working on that project as soon as this month. Early in June, we had Maine Municipal Association here to conduct a safety inspection. They did not find any deficiencies in the Public Works area.

Wastewater – Howard and Dan are doing well. They worked with a contractor and repaired the faulty foot valve at the plant. Right after that project was completed, a water line in the clarifier room broke. The environment in the clarifier is very corrosive and any metal in that area eventually rots. They have capped the line and will replace it with plastic later this year. We continue to work with Woodard and Curran on seeking funding sources for a plant replacement. I believe we have secured about $1.7 million so far. We should hear about a grant that Dean Bennett applied for this month. That grant has the potential of adding another $500,000 to the project.

Carver Memorial Library – The staff is doing well. The roofing company was there last week and completed the roof replacement on the library addition.

Ambulance – The Ambulance responded to 50 calls for service in June. They had two paramedic intercepts and three inter-facility transfers. Adrian reports that both ambulances are running good and there are no equipment issues.

Fire – The Fire Department responded to eleven calls for service in June. They issued 27 burn permits for the month. The portable generator repairs and improvements are complete and the trailer is back at the station. The Chief has no new truck or equipment issues to report.

Code Enforcement – Randy is doing well. Building permit request continue to be very high right now. He and Harriet have been going out investigating complaints and new buildings that have been built without the proper permits. They have been very successful.

Police Department – The Searsport Police Department received 183 calls for service during the month of June. The department is very short staffed right now and are still managing to cover all complaints. Officer McCrillis is done at the schools for this year and his return to patrol is a big help right now. This year was a great success for the school resource program. The Chief attended the summer conference of the Maine Chief’s of Police Association. All cruisers are up to date on service and are running well. The Chief reports that they are preparing for the 4th of July parade and fireworks.

Economic Development – Dean Bennett is doing well. He is continuing to work with a developer who wants to export goods from the port. He finalized our next ad for MaineBiz magazine. He has reached out to a couple of franchise owners about the vacant Maritime Farms building. We had a meeting with the Penobscot Marine Museumabout the potential downtown parking lot. As soon as they report their agreement with the plan, he will be in contact with an abutter about securing some additional property for it. This is a great project for our community. He has coordinated with a couple of new businesses in town for marketing.

Town Hall – The roofing at the Town Office is complete. Our next serious work will be paint and trim on the outside and new lighting upstairs. I hope to have these items done before this time next year.

Committees – The Shellfish Committee, Historic Preservation Committee and Planning Boards all met last month. The 175th Anniversary Committee continues to meet on a biweekly basis. They have placed orders for promotional items that will be available before the end of summer including tee shirts, coffee cups, key chains, window decals and even coins. The Anniversary book is coming together nicely. This should also be ready before the end of summer.

 

 

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