Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Mar 28, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis Stockton Springs Public Works staff George Russell and Bruce Gray work to protect the damaged roof from the pending rain.

Municipal News

The Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Apr. 2 at the town hall.

The Select Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 3 at the town hall.

On Mar. 25 voters voiced approval to proceed with the investigation to withdraw from RSU 20. The town will appoint a committee to work with the RSU and the DOE to form a plan of withdrawal. This plan will go before the voters. Residents can keep abreast of the news on the lengthy process by signing up for the town managers email list by emailing Some have told me that they sent an email and failed to get on the list. Try again. Those wishing to be on the committee are encouraged to contact the town hall.

The night of Mar. 27 left proof in town that winter is not ready to let go. The wind ripped the roof off of the concession stand at the Walter B. Trundy Little League Field. The view from Route One had not changed. But those traveling down the Harris Road would have seen a gaping hole, had it not been for the efforts of George and Bruce. Instead, we will all see the mother of all tarps until it is fixed. I didn't get a picture of the actual damage. Fearing the upcoming rain, the boys were on it as soon as the sun came up.

Volunteer News

The Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legions recently voted to change a rule at the request of SDHS graduate, Nikolas Frazee. A motion was made, seconded and passed to provide Nikolas the $500 scholarship he was selected for upon high School graduation in 2011. Nicolas is enrolled and doing well at the University of Southern Maine in a double major: anthropology and tourism/hospitality. The assembled membership encouraged the Scholarship Committee to revise the charter to include a time limit for those selected to receive the associated funds. I suspect it will money well spent. Good luck, Nick.

William Carpenter, author of “A Keeper of Sheep” and “The Wooden Nickel” will be speaking at the Stockton Springs Community Library at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 15. He has also published three books of poetry and is currently teaching at The College of the Atlantic. The Tuesday reading group at the library is currently reading “A Keeper of Sheep” and read “The Wooden Nickel” several months ago. This is another free event at the library with refreshments and all are welcome. Donations are always excepted.

There will be a special Film Screening of “Mao’s Last Dancer” at the Stockton Springs Community Library. Everyone’s invited to the library at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Apr. 4 for a special screening of the film “Mao’s Last Dancer” hosted by the library’s Thursday Reading Group. The group read the book and decided to share it with the public at the library.

Marion Fisher emailed this announcement from the historical society. "A new season for the Stockton Springs Historical Society gets underway with a meeting on Sunday, April 6, 1:30 p.m. at the Society's meeting rooms at the Colcord House, Main and Station Streets. This first meeting will focus on getting reacquainted with some of the society's holdings and a discussion of program plans for the coming year. It's been a long, tiresome winter and we look forward to getting together again. New members and/or guests are always welcome."

Healthy Waldo is seeking recommendations from the public. Patrick Walsh emails the following. “Do you know of an Asset Champion in your community? Asset Champions are individuals or organizations that make extraordinary efforts to build developmental assets, create positive connections with young people and inspire others to do the same. Developmental assets are the positive experiences, values, behaviors, and relationships that enable young people to thrive. Healthy Waldo County and the Community Anti-Drug Coalition are asking for your help in identifying Asset Champions in Waldo County who are doing extraordinary work, either as a professional or volunteer. Send the name and the reason that you recommend them to Healthy Waldo County, 5 Stephenson Lane, Belfast, ME 04915 or by e-mail to before April 28th please. Recognition event May 19.”

Residents News

Laverne and I had some company this past week. Zoe the grand-dog came to stay with us. Our son Kurt Reed and his girlfriend Honey Reid got tired of waiting for spring and went to Cancun. I saw a lot of nice pictures on Facebook and they seem to be having a good time. And I should get a pretty good tee shirt out of the deal.

From the Columnist

I'm from away, but I've been here for some time now. And I'm rather sure that I have seen longer winters. I just can't remember when. I know I've seen shorter ones. I remember one year that I planted in February. Everyone laughed at me and everything died. But I still planted in February. When I first got here, I was like the boy in the blacksmith shop who continually annoyed the blacksmith by picking up things and inspecting them. The smith would tell the boy to put something down and he would reply that he was just looking at it. Then, he picked up a hot horseshoe and quickly dropped it. The smith laughed and remarked, “It burned you, didn't it?” “No,” the boy replied. “It just doesn't take me long to look at a horseshoe.” That really has nothing to do with the town, but there isn't much going on. Its still winter in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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