St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Jun 08, 2018
Photo by: Sandra Dickson Although this year's Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the American Legion, was less well attended than usual because of the weather, a number of hardy observers watched with reverence when the parade paused while a memorial wreath was dropped into the harbor in remembrance of those who lost their lives in service to our country. The school band performed in front of the VFW hall, and parade attendees warmed up with a pancake breakfast served by the Masons.

Changing seasons

Many who live in St. George commute to work off the peninsula or drive "to town" regularly on errands. On a spring morning, changes along the way add interest to the drive. With the shift of seasons comes the semiannual shift in temperatures. Inland towns that were colder in winter are now warmer, with gardens well ahead of those in St. George. Mere buds on lilac bushes in Martinsville become fragrant blossoms long before the South Thomaston line, and what were snowflakes blowing across the road in winter are now apple blossoms. House-for-Sale signs go up or come down. Building projects show progress with a new roof, fresh shingles, a coat of paint. Best of all, local bovine residents move to their summer pastures.

LWV Voter Guide

In anticipation of the primaries June 12, roadside political signs have popped up like mushrooms after a rain. If you are still undecided about which candidates to pick or don't yet completely understand how ranked-choice voting works, look for the 2018 nonpartisan Voter Guide at your local library. Published by the League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund, it explains the entire voting process, from registration, political parties and sample ballots to this year's primary candidates for Congress, the Maine Legislature, Maine's governor, and the People's Veto ballot question. The guide is also available online at lwvme.org.

Primary debates on TV

We have the opportunity to assess this year's candidates in televised primary debates on MPBN June 7. Republicans are scheduled to debate at 8 p.m. Democrats will debate at 9 p.m. and again June 10.

June 12 Election Day

Voters will have plenty to do at the polls held at the Town Office from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to voting for the school budget, primary candidates and ballot questions, three local St. George ordinances that require voter approval are: Shoreland Zoning, Floodplain Management, and Site Plan Review. The Shoreland and Site Plan ordinances reflect changes by the St. George Planning Board to address the issue of offshore wind power cables landing on St. George waterfront. The Floodplain ordinance corrects some wording issues. For details, go online to stgeorgemaine.com or stop by the Town Office.

Herring Gut Learning Center

The First Work Program is open to local 13- to 15-year-olds looking for a job experience that includes planting, growing and harvesting vegetables for a student-managed farm stand. Workers receive a stipend of $200 per four-week session. Tuesdays and Thursdays.June 19 to July 12  or July 17 ti Aug. 9. Call Liz Bowe at 372-8677 or ebowe@herringgut.org.

Jackson Memorial Library

Once again, the library will host the Let's Talk About It series, a book discussion group offered by the Maine State Library and the Maine Humanities Council and facilitated by Kate Ver Ploeg. The books focus on events that changed the authors' lives, beginning with I"n The Path Of Young Bulls," by Thomas Jamrog who, at age 63, traveled the 2,500 mile Continental Divide Trail from Mexico to Canada. The author will speak Thursday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Call the library to register at 372-8961.

St. George School

Speeding on School Street has become a serious safety concern. The school has posted a request for drivers to slow down, especially in the mornings. Also comes this reminder to all of us: "Don't let a tick make you sick."

Neighbor-to-Neighbor

More drivers are needed for this growing ride assistance program. Volunteers provide transport for St. George residents who are unable to drive themselves to medical appointments, the library, grocery stores and more. Most rides are no more than 2 or 3 hours, and it's a fine way to get to know your neighbors. Call 691-7069 for details.

Marshall Point Lighthouse fundraiser

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 16, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall in Tenants Harbor, when the Lighthouse and Museum Committee will present An Evening With Steve Thomas, the author and well known host of the PBS show "This Old House." The event will include a silent auction featuring the works of many local artists, as well as a 12-night stay in February 2019 at a condo on Jekyll Island, Ga. Proceeds will go toward rebuilding the lighthouse keeper's barn and workshop. Refreshments will be available. Admission is $10, with children under 12 free.

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[PHOTO by Sandra Dickson] (fire truck)

 

Although this year's Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the American Legion, was less well-attended than usual due to the weather, a number of hardy observers watched with reverence when the parade paused while a memorial wreath was dropped into the harbor in remembrance of those who lost their lives in service to our country. The school band performed in front of the VFW hall, and parade attendees warmed up with a pancake breakfast served by the Masons.

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