Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Apr 25, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis The Coast Guard checking markers in Penobscot Bay.

Municipal News

The Select Board and Town Manager will be meeting on Monday at 9:00 a.m. Apr. 28 at Town Hall to work on the budget. The Select Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 1 at the town hall. They will go into Executive Session for the purpose of working on the Town Manager's annual review on prior to the meeting. The Executive Session is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.

The Planning Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the town hall.

The Harbor Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 8 at the town hall.

Please remember that Sullivan will be offering Debris Day on May 3. This is the third time we have mentioned the upcoming event. If you haven't cleaned out your garage or attic yet, don't blame us.

Town Manager Rich Coach sent me the following information for the column. He does a good job of helping me keep you informed. “Lesley Cosmano reports that the Town's newly formed School Withdrawal Committee met on Thursday April 24 for their first meeting. The group consists of Amber Poulin, Denise Dakin, Dick Tinsman and Lesley Cosmano. The groups first action was to organize the Committee - Denise Dakin is Chair and Lesley Cosmano is Vice Chair. The process is moving forward. There were 5 people in the audience. The group will meet again on May 21 at 7 p.m., in a joint meeting with the Searsport School Withdrawal Committee. The next meeting will take place at Union Hall in Searsport.” This fine group of civic volunteers have an arduous task ahead of them. Successfully withdrawing from RSU 20 will not be easy. Those assigned the task should go forward with our faith and support as they, as member Amber Poulin said when she presented the petition to the select board, “plan a future for the children of Stockton Springs.”

George Russell of the Public Works Department tells me that we are in need of used oil at the town garage. The furnace burns oil and donated oil offers quite a savings to taxpayers. You can drop your oil off outside of the town garage gate at any time.

Volunteer News

The Stockton Springs Community Library is proud to announce that Roberta Bailey of FEDCO Seeds and Seven Tree Farm will present a Seed Saving slide show and talk at the Stockton Springs Community Library at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. Roberta will talk about why seed saving is important, what types of seeds to plant, how to grow seeds to save, and how to harvest and store your seed. The program is free, everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. Donations are always accepted.

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 in the Society's meeting rooms at the Colcord House. Andre Blanchard will be sharing some of the results of his research along with pictures, particularly related to Sandy Point. All are welcome.

The Stockton Springs High School Alumni Scholarship Committee met on Thursday, April 22 at the home of Vera Dyer in Prospect to review a number of applications for this year's scholarship awards. The committee decided that this year two $500 awards should be given and results will be published at a later date. This Alumni Scholarship was established several years ago at the request of former alumni Paul Powell who is now deceased and has been funded entirely by the alumni over these years by way of donations mailed in or "passing the hat" at reunions every 3 years. The scholarships are awarded to students from Stockton Springs, Sandy Point and Prospect who display scholarship, motivation, character, as well as financial need. This year was a particular challenge with a number of extremely qualified and worthy applicants. Congratulations to all our students coming up for graduation. May they all have great success in attaining their dreams. Thank you, Marion Fisher for emailing me that news on the town's historical society.

On Apr. 19, the Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion offered an Easter Egg hunt at Fort Point State Park. Lighthouse keeper and Legionnaire Terry Cole and his wife Jerri offered the grounds up for the first egg hunt offered by the Legion. Members met on Good Friday and stuffed eggs with tickets numbered 1-5. Each number corresponded to a gift the child received at the end of their hunt. It was a rainy morning and, upon arrival, I wondered if the hunt would go on. The steadfast faces of a dozen older legionaries and wives convinced me that it would. It was a fun, yet slow day. The grounds of the former Fort Pownal were divided to allow older children to explore the fort in search of eggs as younger ones searched the grounds in front of the ruins of the fort's officer's quarters. By the eleven o’clock deadline, around a dozen children were awarded movie tickets, sweet treats and books. Around a dozen legionaries were awarded coffee and doughnuts and the smiles of children and their parents. Some of the less steadfast thought we should abandon ship around ten o'clock, as we had not seen a child in a while. We had heard all of the others stories and were tiring of straining our necks at cars on Saturday drives as they turned around at the dead end of the Lighthouse Road. However, Mrs. Snyder put a stop to the mutiny by reminding us that we promised there would be an egg hunt until eleven and assured us that there would be an egg hunt until eleven. During the post-eleven o'clock debriefing, the hunt was deemed a success. When one considers that some of the legionaries were old enough to be the parents of some of the hunter's parents, then one should be safe in saying that the smiles of the children out numbered the smiles of the legionaries. Legion Adjutant Lee Snyder advises that we will offering an Easter egg hunt next year.

From the Columnist

I guess we can proudly state that we survived another Maine winter. After the snow melt, I picked up the dead branches from the yard and what little trash that appeared in the ditch out front. Driving around the cape road I spied other residents removing their dead branches and picking by the road at their homes. We don't have a lot of litter bugs on the cape. I noticed some accidental litter, the empty plastic bags that blow out of car windows and debris that is dislodged as trucks hit potholes. Your intentional litters generally involves returnables and disposable coffee cups. I guess they believe that by tossing out bottles and cans they are “paying it forward” to kids that collect bottles and cans. But when they say “disposable,” it doesn’t really mean out your of window. So, should you be driving on the cape road and you should finish your drink, hang on to it until you get home. Try to be a little more respectful to the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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