News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Compass, May 1, 2014
Petition gains traction as Rte. 15 meeting draws closer

by Faith DeAmbrose

As part of a measure to draw attention to the condition of state Route 15 from Orland to Stonington, a petition has been initiated ahead of a planned public forum to begin getting feedback.

Social media has helped spur the growth of the petition. Just hours after it had been posted online at, more than 100 “signatures” had been collected. The number continues to grow.

The legislative-style forum will be held on Saturday, May 10, at The Reach Auditorium on Deer Isle. It will be moderated by Jill Goldthwait and give area residents an opportunity to have their voices heard. All testimony given during the five-hour meeting will be synthesized and used to further the effort to fix the Route 15 corridor.

Area residents are invited to attend and give testimony of their experiences to be used in an effort to “force Legislative and Administrative action to remedy” road conditions into the future, said Blue Hill Selectman Jim Schatz. Schatz is one of 35 selectmen, representing 11 area towns supporting the effort.

The forum will take place on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Reach Auditorium at the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School. George Stevens Academy students, led by Frank Bianco, will cater a BBQ-style picnic lunch at noon.

The petition can be found at