St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Sep 07, 2018
Photo by: Sandra Dickson From left, Sandra Roak, Alane Kennedy and Margo Kelly put the finishing touches on shelves at the Community Cupboard, 47 Main St., Tenants Harbor.

Labor Day has come and gone, students are back in school, and the heavy tourist season will soon wind down. September is a favorite time of year for many who enjoy cooler weather and the relative quiet from now through Columbus (or Indigenous Peoples) Day.

When I was a student at Solebury School many years ago, Labor Day meant it was time to write reports on the books I had selected from various genres -- science, biography, poetry, fiction -- on the required summer reading list. I was a frequent visitor to the Monhegan library, which had nearly every book on the list, a surprising achievement for such a small space.

The tradition of a summer reading list fit the school's plan to instill a lifetime habit of self-education, and for me, it worked. The reading habit has thrown me into the good company of women in the Jackson Memorial Library Book Group, which has met once a month in Tenants Harbor for something like 50 years. I look forward to hearing what others read over the summer.

St. George Community Development Corp.

On Thursday, Aug. 30, the new Community Cupboard opened at 47 Main St. in Tenants Harbor (not to be confused with Rockland's 47 Main St. art studio).

The idea for a local food pantry came about when local School Board members Margo Kelly and Alane Kennedy learned that half the students in our St. George school qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches, supplemented by weekend food backpacks supplied by the Area Interfaith Outreach in Rockland.

At the April meeting of the SGCDC, board members Dale Pierson, Sandra Roak, Kelly, David Chase, Susanne Hall, and Beth Smith (the general sssistance coordinator for the town of St. George) agreed to set up the pantry for people in need of help in an unused space next to the CDC's office. The initial food drive during St. George Days had a good turnout, with donations of nonperishable food and dry goods.

The Community Cupboard offers staples such as baby food, diapers, toilet tissue, hygienic supplies and other toiletries, plus other food. For the remainder of the growing season, Pierson is coordinating donations of surplus produce from his own and other local gardens and commercial sources, with plans for a community garden next spring.

The Community Cupboard will succeed only if two things happen: if there is enough interest to show that there is a need, and if there are enough donations and volunteers to keep it going. Any St. George residents needing assistance from the Cupboard can call the CDC office at 372-2193 to sign up. All data is strictly confidential.

Regular volunteers and substitutes are needed on Wednesdays to stock and inventory shelves and on Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m. to open and close and work with clients. Contact volunteer coordinator Beth Smith at b.smith@stgeorgemaine.com.

Summer neighbors who are closing their homes for the winter may drop off donations of unopened and unexpired foods and dry goods in the box at 47 Main St. or at the Town Office.

Antarctic Society

We sometimes enjoy glimpses into the accomplishments of our many illustrious local citizens -- artists, writers, scientists, philanthropists and other public figures -- but one who deserves our admiration for sheer fortitude is Port Clyde's longtime resident, Paul Dalrymple.

Besides enduring four terrible months in a German prison camp during World War II, Paul's seven decades of weather observations took him full-circle from Marshall Point to the Blue Hill Observatory outside Boston, then to the inhospitable top of Mt. Washington, to three years on a boat in the stormy North Atlantic from the Azores to Greenland, and two years in Antarctica studying temperature and wind speed profiles while enduring deep snow and temperatures of 50 below zero at Little America and 100 below at the South Pole.

Back in Port Clyde, where the climate is definitely kinder, even in the worst winters, Paul spent 20 years, from 1995 to 2015, collecting and reporting weather data to the National Weather Service and TV Channel 13. Even in his retirement, Paul still keeps a weather eye on temperatures, rainfall and snow accumulations.

This summer was the 18th year that Paul and partner Grace Machemer have planned and hosted a weekend party for members of the Antarctica Society. This year's gathering had more than 125 guests, ending in a traditional lobster feed at Paul's house at Marshall Point. Now, that took fortitude!

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