Southport column: many rallies planned

Many thanks to Donald Duncan who wrote an interesting article in last week’s register on Ron Orchard and many of his works on behalf of the Historical Society and the Southport Museum. A memorial service to remember and celebrate Ron’s life will be held Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. at American Legion Hall in Boothbay.

Many thanks to Nan Jackson, who placed the plastic Easter eggs in the planters at the Southport Post Office. Even though spring is slowly coming, eggs are among the signs that it is coming.

I’m not surprised that the Southport Bridge needs repair. As I’ve noted before, the bridge and I are the same age, both appearing in 1939. Over the years, we’ve both been restored. On the bridge, the steel grating deck of the swing span replaced the old wooden structure in 1970; the bridge was completely repainted in 2005; in 2014, some structurally deficient floor beams were reinforced, paint was removed from flanges that received cover plates, and all new steel was painted. When an oversized vehicle hit the upper farm gate braces in October 2018, they were weakened. I won’t bore you with my restorations.

The bridge is a historic structure. Therefore, any renovation may be reviewed and commented upon by the public and other interested parties before any action is approved or commenced. Julie Senk, historic preservation coordinator at the Maine DOT Environmental Office, sent documents to the city outlining DOT-recommended plans to restore the bridge that don’t detract from its historic character. You can view and comment on these plans by going to or stopping by the city office.

In response to some questions and comments about the Axiom Fiber Networks experience, a two-page document is available at City Hall with brief descriptions and a list of all Maine communities working or having worked with Axiom. Most are islands or small towns, the closest to Southport being Georgetown Island. Bring any other questions or concerns to the meeting scheduled for April 20 starting at 6 p.m. at Southport Town Hall.

Many thanks to Mary Handley who organized the entire CD collection at the Southport Public Library, and thanks to Joan Chatterton who organizes a story and craft hour at the library for young children. This event, which is part of the “Week of the young child”, will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. Ms Chatterton, who currently works at Wiscasset, has a lot of experience working with young children as a pre-school teacher.

Be sure to enjoy the pictures of large, bright sunflowers our schoolchildren made and hung for our viewing pleasure at the Southport Post Office. I’m sure the children were inspired to create these works of art in support of all Ukrainian children who had to flee their homes to save their lives.

Another new offering at the library is a caregiver support group that will meet monthly starting Thursday, April 14 at 6:15 p.m. The discussion will focus on caring for aging parents. This will be an informal peer support group where members can share stories, ask questions and get advice from others struggling with similar issues. Please note that this meeting is intended for laypersons and not professional caregivers. If you
planning to attend, please call Anne at 207-633-2741 as space is limited. If there is significant interest, the group will continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month.

A reminder that this weekend the Southport General Store will be adding more hours and more staff to its business. The new hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon. The new staff members, some of whom started earlier this week, are Tristan, Rachel and Teresa. Welcome them. Also note that furniture for outdoor meals and visits is in place for our comfort and enjoyment.

Welcome to Linda and Peter Brewer who have returned from two weeks in Fort Pierce, Florida. How lucky they are to have been absent during some of our coldest periods.

From Estelle Weedon comes a “thank you” to the Lunts, Knickerbocker and Tim’s Tree Service for tending to her fallen tree. She says, “It’s really nice to have such great neighbors at Pierce Cove, and I’m so lucky that so many of them live year-round!”

If you’re looking for summer employment, check out the Southport Post Office poster stating that the Ocean Gate Resort is looking to hire an assistant manager, who may have on-site accommodation, a receptionist, and several catering staff. You can call 207-633-3321 or email [email protected] com for more information.

Sara H. Byrd