Happy New Year! 2018 is here and a new season of events at the beach will begin in June. The calendar page has been updated with the latest schedule of some events. Wednesday Donuts start June 20th. Beach raking starts June 28th. There will be three Ice Cream Socials on Sunday evenings. There are six Wednesday dinners starting July 11th. We plan to have two Concerts in July. More information about our events are on the Calendar Page.
Besides the traditional Prime Rib, Lobster Bake, and Baked Stuffed Haddock dinners, The food committee is introducing a Chinese dinner provided by Panda Garden, and an Italian Dinner provided by Espos Restaurant. There will also be Moes Smoked Turkey and BBQ Rib dinner.
The first event of the season is the Silent Auction & Hors D'oeuvres on June 9th. Money raised by the silent auction goes to a Scarborough Charity. Last year we raised $2800 for Project Grace.
We also modified the Web Site, eliminating the Beach and Civic Pages, keeping all the news and items on this page.
Check back periodically for more updates and relevant news about Higgins Beach.
New Live Webcam
There is a new live webcam on Higgins Beach. This camera replaces the old one which took still pictures every 20 seconds or so. There is a link on the right sidebar to the webcam. Below that there is a link to this year's Valentines Day Higgins Beach Flower Show. Many thanks to Steve Seabury and Lisa Jesmain for this latest technology improvement and this year's Flower Show.
Weekly Bridge Tournament Results
Higgins Beach’s summer long weekly bridge games concluded the 2017 season with a tournament. David Haskell, an avid Bridge Master, has been running the sessions and teaching novice players the rudimentaries of the game for the last several years. Here are the results of this year's tournament.
David Haskell - Higgins Beach Bridge Tournament
The 2017 edition of “The Dave”, Higgins Beach’s summer long bridge tournament, officially ended September 18. There were eleven “regulars”, including those who graciously substituted when needed, and various other one-or-two timers. In the aggregate, the players scored an amazing (record) 200,050 points.
Maureen O’Brien finished second, for the second year in a row, scoring 23,580 points. Close on her heels were Sharon Murphy (22,760) and David Haskell (22,330).
Bob Westburg was the most improved player of the year. Not only that, but he set a record for the most points scored in one day – 4,950.
Bill Daisley had a 25,880 to finish first – but that should be discounted because he played every week, and was the score-keeper.
Hopefully, we will start again in June 2018.
Maine Healthy Beaches
Maine Healthy Beaches - Higgins Beach
Higgins Beach is part of the Maine Healthy Beaches Program. Water is tested weekly, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, for the presence of enterococci bacteria which is an indicator of fecal contamination. Maine Healthy Beach signs are posted at all beach entrances.
Trained volunteers, including some high school students, take samples of the water at various locations along the beach. The samples are sent to a lab and if there is a high bacteria level, advisory signs and a warning flag are posted at the beach entrances. Results are also available on the Maine Healthy Beach website.
The Spurwink River is the primary source of enterococci bacteria on Higgins beach and a Contamination Advisory is posted all summer for the river. Some other sources of enterococci bacteria include bathers, waterfowl, dogs, and runoff. Enterococci bacteria can also be found in seaweed and sand as well as in the water.
There are two types of Beach Advisories:
Rainfall Advisories: These are posted at Higgins whenever there is more than an inch of rain. Higgins Beach has a history of high levels of enterococci bacteria after a significant rainfall.
Contamination Advisories: These are posted whenever the bacteria in the water exceeds an Environmental Protection Agency standard for water contact.
It is recommended that all water contact be avoided when an advisory is in place due to the possibility of illness.
Look for These Advisory Signs if conditions warrant
Posted at Beach Entrances
Click on the Healthy Beach link below for more information
"The old wreck down by the river has been a part of the scenery here at Higgins Beach so long that most folks just take it for granted. But there are some of us who can remember when it wasn't there and when it came. Way back in 1897, August 11, that was a bad, bad night-foggy! It was so thick it looked as if the space between earth and sky was stuffed with gray-white cotton.
"A bunch of "us kids" rode over to Bowery Beach on our bicycles to a square dance that evening. It was clear when we started; but when the dance was over and we set out for home, it was so foggy we were afraid of running into each other on the river coming down Meeting House Hill and across Spurwink. However, we made it without a mishap. About two o'clock my mother was awakened by loud curdling noises out towards the water, but she could see nothing. When morning came and the fog cleared, we saw a three-masted schooner stationed well inshore near the first point in the river. It was a beautiful ship-majestic-setting there as if at anchor. She didn't look at all like a wreck with a big hole in her hull.
"It was the Howard W. Middleton, strongly built of white oak and yellow pine in 1882 at Camden, New Jersey-a really noble ship. It had left Philadelphia on August 2 with 894 tons of coal for Peter Nickerson and Company in Portland. Captain Shaw was trying to make Richmond Island Harbor inside the breakwater to lay over till morning. Instead, he ran onto that rock near the mouth of the Spurwink. On our geodetic map that rock is charted simply as "obstruction" and it is only about 28 feet (8.5 m) deep there. If you stand at the foot of Champion Street at a very low tide, you may see the top of the rock beneath a breaker. You can always see a breaker there a couple of hours before and after dead low water.
"Well, there was lots of excitement! The crew came ashore and talked with the residents. Tugs from Portland Harbor plied the water for days taking off coal. She had soft coal in her lower hold and hard coal between decks. On August 12th, she was declared a total loss and was placed in the hands of the underwriters. People began to pick up coal on the beach by the buckets and barrels. Mrs. Kenney remembers that her father drove over from Westbrook with a cart and got two tons of coal for winter.
"People were eager for souvenirs, of course, and many of us remember when some big boys stole the ship's bell. But the Captain or the Sheriff made them return it to the Captain. "There she stayed on the rocks, pretty as a picture (although she was really broken in two), all the rest of August and was there when we left in September. Sometime that following winter a storm broke her up and washed her ashore where she now lies. There is a piece of it in the river, too, which can be seen at low tide. There are always changes around the old wreck. Years ago there was quite a big swimming pool around the ocean end of it with water as deep as eight feet near the boat. A twelve year old boy was drowned there one summer.
"Some years the ribs of the hull stand up head high above the beach and perhaps the next year they will be buried in the sand. For years we picked up beautiful iridescent pieces of coal showing red, green, and blue; and even now you may find a lone piece from the old Howard W. Middleton. A few people have a picture of this boat on paper weights. These pictures were taken from the beach and showed this proud, three-masted vessel in her last days of beauty.
"P.S. In talking with several people, I found that my memory did not agree with theirs. I had the date wrong and I couldn 't think of the name, but I did remember the number of tons of coal. However all the facts herein have been verified by the old newspaper records of August 11 and 12, 1897."
The Howard W. Middleton aground 1897
The Wreck Today
What to do when a Seal or Seal Pup is stranded on Shore
Call Marine Mammals of Maine
More information here
Courtesy of Lisa Jesmain & Steve Seabury Higgins Beach Properties
Higgins Beach Flower Show
Calendar page - January 16, 2018
Silent Auction & Hors D'oeuvres - June 9, 2018
HBA urges you to bring your own coffee mug to reduce costs and help the environment
Bridge Mondays at 1:00PM
Contact David Haskell 207-885-9958
Clubhouse Use For Members Only
Mid-May to Mid-Oct
Contact Sue Naiden for Details
There are many activities that the HBA organizes for our members. Most of the time it is the same people doing all the work. If you would like to help at any of our activities, contact a Board member or email us.
Want to be a Board Member
Contact Barbara Bombaci, Nominating Committee Chairperson. Each year three positions become open. See the By-Laws for more information and deadlines.
Higgins Beach is Pedestrian Friendly
Protect the Safety of our Beach
Obey the Speed Limit