Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Jun 27, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis A photograph of the 175 year old Sandy Point Congregational Church hangs in the 153 year old home of the columnist.

Municipal News

The Planning Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 2 at the town hall.

The Select Board convenes at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3 at the town hall.

The Stockton Springs Historical Society holds their monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6 at the Colcord House.

The Library Committee meets at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7 at the Colcord House, home of the Stockton Springs Community Library.

Other than scheduled meetings, there is no municipal news to report this week.

Volunteer News

The Sandy Point Ladies Aid is having their annual Meetinghouse Fair on Wednesday, July 9. The fair is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. This Fair is held in the Sandy Point Community Hall on U.S. One. They will have baked goods, homemade candy, their famous "rat cheese", fancywork and craft items, and Treasures and Trash galore. The Attic Treasures upstairs will have some really nice things, and the rest will be outdoors, weather permitting. The ladies have a beautiful handmade queen size quilt fashioned to raffle off. Also the raffle has a $50.00 gas card and a $25.00 gift card from Toziers. Tickets are on sale now and will be available during the fair. The drawing takes place at the end of the fair. Call 567-3223 or 567-3571 for more information. Come enjoy the fair - you're sure to find something you'll need.

The Sandy Point Congregational Church is making preparations for the church's 175th birthday celebration, to be coming this summer and fall. In Richard Shaw's book, The Lower Penobscot River Region, Maine, he writes about the history of this spiritual jewel of Stockton Springs. “The gleaming white spire of the Sandy Point Congregational Church has long been a beacon to sailors and, in later years, motorists who have admired the simple architecture of the old meeting house. The congregation dates back to 1840.” Keep watch over the summer for these exciting events.

I'd like to remind you to take advantage of the SSCL Summer Reading Program. Debbie has been working hard in her role at program director and has a great summer program lined up for the town's children. You don't want to miss it. Also, tickets are still available for the last seating of the SSCL Annual Tea. Call the library at 567-4147 for more information.

Resident News

Congratulations our town's recorder and life-long resident, Mac Smith, on his very successful book signing. Held on June 25 at the SSCL, the event was highly successful. I don't know how many copies of Mac's first book, Mainers on the Titanic, were sold. But Amazon was sold out of them prior to the event and the book has just been released. Published by Downeast Books, Mainers on the Titanic “traces the stories of the passengers on that fateful ship who had Maine ties.” Mac dedicated the excellent read to his family, specifically naming his Gram Ellis, who was Alice Ellis, journalist and author of books on the histories of Stockton Springs and Prospect. For more information on her, skip over to Barbara Tilley's Prospect Town Column. She is sharing stories of the town's histories, which come from Mrs. Ellis' book. Mac's event was so successful that some thought we had events going on at the town hall and fire department as well. The entire corner was packed with cars of people wanting a chance to meet the man who is following in his gram's literary footsteps. Way to go, Mac.


On June 21, family and friends gathered at the Sandy Point Cemetery for the Committal Service for Sandy Point's Merle Perkins. The Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion Honor Guard was on hand to present a folded American flag to Mrs. Perkins “on behalf of a grateful nation.” During the ceremony, we were assembled by the graveside and were called to attention. I heard some movement, but saw nothing but blue and black shoulders of the coats of the Legionaries. Then, I heard Bach's Minuet #3 being skillfully played on a violin. I glanced over between rows of blue and black and framed between the waving American and State of Maine flags, being held by some of the older members of the Legion, I caught glimpses of a tiny red headed boy, dressed in new Khaki pants and an old play shirt and sawing away on a tiny violin. Then, he stopped and sheepishly stared off into space as another violin took up where he left off. In the end, they joined together and finished it beautifully. I later learned that they were brothers. Mom and dad were beaming. It was a beautiful service and made me proud to be part of the Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion.

Gloria and Ralph Hall would like to thank all who made Phyllis' funeral possible. It is difficult to lose loved ones. Living in a town full of people seeking to help you through that difficulty is one of the many things makes us what we are.

I received news of a new business in town. Jenn Skala, beloved wife of local Chiropractor and country recording artist George Skala emailed this introduction to their new venture. “A new Fitness and Training Center located at 190 Main Street in Stockton Springs. Fitness and Training is inviting everyone in the local community to see what the Fitness and Training Center has to offer. Local community members can participate in small group FIT classes with trainer, Al Stork. Also, you may want to practice Yoga in the evenings with us. With the opening of our Training Center we are excited to help people achieve their fitness goals. No matter if you are aiming to get in shape, keeping up your competitive edge, or trying to fit exercise into a busy schedule, we’re here to help people succeed no matter what their ability or fitness level. For more information please call Dr. George Skala (Maine Coast Chiropractic) at 207-469-8892.” Congratulations Jenn and George. Its always nice to see a new business sprout up in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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