Stockton Springs Report

By Jeff Davis | Jul 25, 2014
Photo by: Jeff Davis An image of Msgt. Ryan C. Love adorns the back of this year's Ryan's Ride shirts.

Municipal News

The Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6 at the town hall.

The Select Board will meet at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the town hall.

On July 23, I attended the joint meeting of the Stockton Springs Withdrawal Committee and the Searsport Withdrawal Committee. Five citizens of the two towns attended the meeting. After discussing the current five town withdrawal attempt and the Northport withdrawal attempt, it was decided that both towns will put their efforts on hold until after the November vote. This decision is based on the opinion that withdrawal will be unnecessary if the vote is successful. Both towns have received an extension from the state and both towns committees are continuing their work. They have scheduled a workshop for Aug. 13 at the Stockton Springs Town Hall.

Recycling for the month of August is scheduled for Aug. 14 and Aug. 28.

Volunteer News

I received the following information from Marion Fisher. “The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 in the society's meeting rooms at the Colcord House (Library). Mac Smith of Stockton Springs will be our special guest on that day to discuss his new book, "Mainers on the Titanic". I became totally enchanted with this book and read it as soon as I got it. I marveled at the years of research required to accomplish this work and enjoyed every word of it. I look forward to hearing Mac's presentation. I am sure he will have copies available for purchase and signing for anyone interested. All are invited and we hope for a great turnout of folks to support one of our own.” I remember last year when the Historical Society sponsored a talk with local historian Danny Harrison. It was a spellbinding afternoon. I have already read Mac's book and look forward to hearing what he has to say. Those interested in local history would do well to attend.

The Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion will hold their annual yard sale on Aug. 2 & 3. By the time the paper goes to print, the event will be history. I overheard one member tell how many hotdog buns he ordered for the lobster rolls and grilled red hot dogs. I point out the color for anyone not realizing that we don't grill Oscar Meyer wieners in Maine. Along with the good food and wonderful camaraderie of your local American Legion members, visitors found many gently used items for sale and cornucopia of used books, which sold for a dollar a bag. It was my understanding that leftover books would be going to the Knox County Jail. Monies from the Legion Yard Sale go to their local efforts. Thank you for helping them see those efforts through.

The Stockton Springs Community Library will be ready to dazzle and amaze visitors at 10:00 a.m. Aug. 5 as they present magician Conjuring Carroll. You don't want to miss this event. Also the Library and Historical Society is having a joint Pie and Art Fest on Aug 9., from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Library Director Pat Curly advises, “The funds raised from this will help heat the building this winter. We will have pies galore for sale, all types of home made pies!. Also local artists will be selling their paintings and other items and donating a portion of their sales to the fund.”

On July 19, I had the pleasure of acting as parking attendant for the second annual Ryan's Ride, the motorcycle ride benefit to honor fallen Msgt. Ryan C. Love. And for the second time, I missed the opening speech of organizer Cleon Buzzell. At 7:30 a.m., I was lining directing riders to park next to the laundromat and when they started up at 10:00, I was waving bikes in from behind the Dunkin Doughnut drive through menu board. This year's event had well over a hundred bikes. As an Army veteran, I would like to thank Cleon and his mother Rhonda, his aunts Raye and Regina and all the volunteers for all they do to bring attention to the needs of our wounded warriors.

The Sandy Point Community Club will be holding Family Game & Cribbage Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30 and Aug. 6. The Pie Palooza was held on July 23. Trustee Faith Campbell offered thanks to all who provided the pies, as well as to those who ate them. It was a very successful event. I have no idea how much money we brought in. But the parking area around the old meeting house at 684 Route One in Stockton Springs was packed and sounds of joy emitted from every window and door. We measure success, not in dollars, but in smiles here in the beautiful town of Stockton Springs.

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