Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Apr 11, 2014

Municipal News

The Stockton Springs Select Board will hold public hearings on liquor license applications for Just Barb's on Main Street and for French's Point on Hersey Retreat Road at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Apr. 24 at the town hall. For more information, please contact the town office at 567-3404. Please remember that, due to a holiday conflict, the Select Board moved their second meeting of the month. The board will meet on Apr. 24 following the public hearings.

The Select Board has received direction from the Maine Department of Education Commissioner to move forward with the creation of a Withdrawal Committee. The Withdrawal Committee must hold their first meeting within 30 days of the notice that was sent to Commissioner Rier. That means we have until Apr. 25 to form a Committee and hold the first meeting. Town manager Rich Couch advises, “This process is moving forward fast.”

We try to steer clear of editorializing, but I think we can all agree that it is the responsibility of every resident to educate themselves about the problems that all eight towns of RSU 20 are confronting. It is unlikely that we will return to the status quo and the day will come when decisions made today will be judged by every resident in this town. Make sure you have the right to judge when that day comes by getting involved now.

Mark your calender for Saturday, May 3. Sullivan Waste will be here for Debris Day. They will pick up the following.

  • Wood - 1 pile (3ftx3ftx3ft) single pieces can't be longer than 3ft. For larger quantities, you will need to rent a dumpster at your own expense. Call 948-2658 to rent a dumpster.

  • Stuffed Chairs

  • Wood Furniture

  • Wood Window Frames (with or w/o glass)

  • Mattresses/Box Springs

  • Porcelain (sinks, toilets)

  • Lamps

  • Rugs

  • Linoleum

  • Rimless tires (no larger than 16")

They will not take the following.

  • Sheetrock

  • Asphalt Shingles

  • Plastic

  • Metal of any kind

  • Brush, branches, tree clippings

  • Garden debris or lawn debris

All items must be roadside by 7:00 a.m. For more information, please call Sullivan's Waste at 948-2658.

Volunteer News

The Stockton Springs American Legion Post 157 is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturday, Apr. 19 at Fort Point State Park. The Hunt is for Stockton Springs and Prospect children, 8 years old and under, accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded.

Post Adjutant Lee Snyder recently emailed a photograph of a thank you note received from Frank and Mary Jane Costigan. I love a handwritten thank you note and wish I could share the photograph here. But we are going with a baby this week. So, I will just tell you what they said. “With grateful hearts, we want to thank the men and women of the American Legion Post 157 for all the visits, cards, prayers and the fruit basket. Frank is home now and doing better every day. Thanks, again, for everything. Sincerely, Frank and Mary Jane.” This is your American Legion; for God and country.

The Stockton Springs Community Library continues to take reservations for The Annual Library Tea. Seatings will be at 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. This year's cost remains at $15.00. They are filling up fast. Plan ahead for this grand event. You'll get to see some of the men dressed in formal attire and serving tea.

The library will be showing “Looney Tunes” Part 2 at 6:30 p.m. Friday Apr. 25. Refreshments will be served. And they will be offering a Scrabble Group at the library. Everyone is invited. The activity will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. starting Apr. 22. If you have scrabble boards, please bring them.

Resident News

Congratulations to Bruce and Laurie Gray on the birth of their latest grandchild. Addison Lorraine Bourque was born on Apr. 7, weighing in a seven pounds and nine ounces. Mother Carrie Gray and father Michael Bourque finally had the chance to try out the sweater that Laurie knitted. She tells me that she loves to knit for her grandchild. My wife fawned over the picture of the knit sweater as much as the new baby wearing it. She recalls the time when she dressed her babies in little knit sweaters.

Sandy Point News

Recently the Friends of Sandy Point were questioning how one of their local landmarks, Odom's Ledge, received it's name. It was generally agreed that it was named for the man who kept Stockton light in 1855. Kathy Harrison finally laid the question to rest with this quote from Alice Ellis' History of Stockton Springs. “John Odom, Sr. had one hundred acres about three miles from Fort Pownal. He built the first saw mill on the Penobscot River. His sawmill was at the northern part of Sandy Point, at the mouth of the stream coming from Sandy Point Meadow, at the end of what is called the Mill Road. His cabin stood where Lillian Grant's house now stands. Odom's Ledge was named for him." We are wicked proud of Sandy Point here in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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