Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Mar 07, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis Awaiting the Spring thaw.

Municipal News

The Select Board meets at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 20 in the town hall.

The Select Board has set the date for the Public Hearing regarding the withdrawal from RSU 20. After being offered citizen-based informational meetings on three options to pursue in the event that withdrawal is successful, the town will have a chance to meet and discuss the future of the education of our town's children. The meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 12 at the lower level meeting room of the town hall. On March 25, a special election will be held. The location is the lower level meeting room of the town hall. The polls will be open at 8:00 a.m. They will close at 8:00 p.m.

Town manager Rich Couch recently sent out this email regarding the town's heat fund. “I'm pleased to announce that the United Way of Eastern Maine has awarded the Town's Heat Fund a grant award of $1,950. The Heat Fund is available for local residents who are in need, yet do not qualify for other government programs. The Heat Fund is maintained entirely on donations and private grant funds (no tax dollars are used). Since October of last year, the Heat Fund has assisted 9 families who were in need, based on current prices and the standard award, the grant from the United Way of Eastern Maine will allow the town to assist and additional five or six families right here in Stockton Springs. The funds are available through the Keep ME Warm fund and the Project Heat telethon. Please know that the United Way is here at work in our community. If you or any resident you knows needs some help with heating as this long winter hangs on, please have them contact me at Town Hall. This winter has been tough on all of us.”

Volunteer News

Resident Perry Shute tells me that he attended last week's Community Lunch. He reports that it was so good and so well attended that they ran out of food. It is a good meal and a good time for $5.00. The next lunch is scheduled for noon on Mar. 18 at the lower level meeting room of the town hall.

The Stockton Springs Community Library is pleased to announce that Maine-based writer and performer Susan Poulin will be reading from and signing copies of her new self-help humor book, “Finding Your Inner Moose: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Livin’ the Good Life.” The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar 19 at the Stockton Springs Community Library (Snow date is Wednesday, Mar. 26).

Mrs. Poulin joins a growing list of authors who have shared their gifts with us at the SSCL. Thanks to all the volunteers who make these events possible.

School News

It seems that everywhere we look, people are beginning to provide information via web pages and social networking. In 2013 budget debates, the BOD decided to share information about the RSU on Facebook and Twitter. More recently, the Central Office has been using their website,, to share information about the schools under their umbrella. The SES newsletter was offered last week. To access their social networks, visit them at their web address. You will find the links within it.

Neighbor News

I received a call from Regina Perry of Prospect inviting all to attend the birthday celebration of former Perry's Store co-owner and friend of Stockton Springs, Miriam Perry. Regina said that it was best not to mention which birthday we plan to celebrate. But the festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 15 at the Prospect Community Center. My wife Lavern and I certainly do plan to attend the celebration of a beloved friend of the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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