St. George news

By Sandra Dickson | Nov 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Holly Merrow Herring Gut students Jack Fifield, left, and Wilder Yanz tie a bowline knot to their kelp farm buoy. The kelp project helps students develop teamwork as well as hands-on science and math skills.

Halloween was a major community event in Tenants Harbor, beginning with the costume parade from the school and later with trick-or-treating at the Town Office, along Main Street to the spooky American Legion Hall, and down Watts Avenue. If you've never experienced Halloween on Watts Avenue, do mark next year's calendar. It's an event just brimming with creative costumes, plenty of shivers, a few frightened tears, an authentic black cat and loads of community spirit.

The house decorations were impressive, and it was with some trepidation that costumed children (with my favorites The Littlest Witch and Elvis) and some adults ventured past ghosts, cobwebs, gravestones, skeletons, strange lights and eerie sounds to fill bags with goodies and, at retired dental surgeon Dr. Jack Gee's house, to receive a brand-new toothbrush to scrub away all that sugar.

In Port Clyde, Halloween was celebrated with a wagonload of children going door-to-door while some creatively costumed adults made their way to the Red Barn and the Black Harpoon.

Town Office

Applications are still arriving at the Town Office for the position of a full-time administrative assistant. The submission deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

The monthly senior lunch is Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the firemen's meeting room. Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students from Herring Gut Learning Center will give a presentation on all aspects of kelp farming.

Road safety

Recently, drivers in two states failed to halt for stopped school buses with their warning lights flashing, and thereby caused four young children to lose their lives. Here in the Midcoast, a teenage student was seriously injured.

Every driver should know the law and that it applies to school buses stopped on either side of the road. Inattention, or confusion about the law, is no excuse. When the lights are flashing, stop. Period.

Jackson Memorial Library

The monthly men's group meets Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. Discussions cover current topics of interest.

Maine artists are invited to submit up to three pieces priced at $350 or less for the upcoming "Art as a Gift" exhibition Dec.17 through Jan. 18. Apply through or call 975-5072.

The exhibit of artworks by artist Douglas Smith continues through November.

Ocean View Grange bean supper

The final supper of the year is Saturday, Nov. 10, technically from 5 to 7 p.m.; but as seasoned veterans of public suppers are well aware, the food may be nearly gone by 6, so time your arrival accordingly. Speaking of veterans, the $10 fee is waived for vets in gratitude for their service. Ukulele music will be provided by the Thugs.

Herring Gut Learning Center

Tucked away off the road leading to Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Herring Gut, the dreamchild of Phyllis Wyeth, is celebrating its 20th year. The center provides hands-on programs for Maine students in marine biology, aquaponics and aquaculture, helping them become better stewards of the environment and understand the economic and health benefits of sustainable, locally grown food.

Students in gradessix, seven and eight from Regional School Unit 13 come to the center Tuesdays and Thursdays. Part of their curriculum is to maintain tanks full of talapia fish and grow produce in the adjoining greenhouse for sale in local farm markets.

St. George students come Wednesdays and Fridays and are currently growing kelp spores in the saltwater lab and designing long-line beds to grow kelp for next year's harvest. Don't miss their presentation at this month's senior lunch!

A Port Clyde Fisheries Trail Map was recently published by HGLC showing areas from Allen Island to Drift Inn Beach that explore the past and future of local fisheries.

Herring Gut is always looking for volunteers to help with gardening and feeding fish on weekends. To learn more, visit or call 372-8677.


Lately, because of high winds and raging seas, islanders have been subject to cancelled boat trips or rough rides that many wish had been cancelled.

As of Nov. 1, the winter boat schedule is reduced to three days a week. The crossing between Port Clyde and Monhegan is one of the more challenging aspects of living year-round on the island and, as winter progresses, takes great skill and courage on the part of boat crews in dealing with freezing temperatures and icy decks.

Keep your fingers crossed for fair weather, especially on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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