The 2018 season is in full stride. Lots of events are planned but new volunteers are needed to help out. Please, we urge you to step up and volunteer.
We all know what happens when we lose volunteers, we lose events.
We are into the last full month of the 2018 summer season. There are still tickets available for the Chinese and Haddock dinners.
We have an Evening of Poetry, the Craft Fair, and another Ice Cream Social to enjoy. Bridge is held every Monday afternoon at the clubhouse and walkins are welcome. There is one more day of golf on August 9th. See below for more information. Finally we have the annual meeting where we elect three members to the Board of Directors. See the By-Laws below for more information on running for a Board position or contact Barbara Bombaci.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer, stay safe and healthy.
Meeting at Town Hall on Scarborough Comprehensive Plan
From Jay Chace, Scarborough Planning Director
The Public Draft of the Comprehensive Plan is finally here and we look forward to hearing your feedback. Please join us and help get the plan to the finish line!
Plan Presentation & Discussion Schedule:
Day: Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time(s): 7:30 am and 6:30 pm (both presentation will cover the same material)
Where: Town Hall, Council Chambers (259 US Route 1)
Our consultant from TPUDC, Sandrine Thibault, will be in town to present the Plan and engage in a discussion about what the Plan offers.
In addition to these scheduled presentations there will be a public open house from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (Thursday, August 16 at Town Hall)- so please join us to familiarize yourself with the plan and chat in an informal setting as you are able.
To download your own copy of the plan please visit https://www.scarboroughengaged.org/
The Higgins Beach book club held their third meeting of the summer on August 13 at Susan Thompson's home. Having read "When We Were the Kennedys" by Monica Wood, we were delighted to have the author visit our meeting. She shared her experience writing this memoir about growing up in Mexico, Maine, the death of her father when she was in fourth grade, and life in a mill town during labor unrest.
One of Maine's prominent authors. Monica is now writing plays and has connected with Portland Stage where her plays have been performed. She is currently writing a new play titled The Half-Light, which will be premiering at Portland Stage Company in February.
The Higgins Beach Book Club has held meetings every three weeks beginning in June and ending in September. Thanks to the ladies who have hosted meetings and to Barbara Bombacci for coordinating the book club. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.
HBA Open Golf Results
The 2018 HBA Open Golf tournament is now in the history books. Team USA tied Team Canada. For complete results click on
GOLF WITH FRIENDS
The 43rd Annual Higgins Beach International Golf Tournament was played over 3 weeks with 25 different Players participating. 43 rounds of golf were played in very hot weather.
We played Riverside Golf Course on July 25th and the Low Net Rounds were shot by:
Roger Chabot - 64
Tom Murphy - 67
Jim Greenleaf - 69
Paul Rabeau - 72
Bob Westburg - 75
On August 2nd we played Valhalla Golf Club and the Low Net Rounds were shot by:
Jim Greenleaf - 68
Bill Donovan - 73
Rod Dayton - 74
Dale Carroll - 74
Doug Macintyre -77
Fred Oehrlein -77
On August 9th we played at Nonesuch River Golf Club and the Low Net Rounds were shot by:
Tom Murphyi -66
Brendan Doyle - 67
James O'Reilly - 68
Dale Carroll - 71
Kevin Doyle - 71
John Osborne - 72
Peter Rabbitt - 73
(A) The Overall Best Individual Play for 2 rounds or more:
Average Net Score
Jim Greenleaf - 68.5
Tom Murphy - 71.6
Dale Carroll - 72.5
(B) The Lowest Gross Scores were by:
#1 Bill Donovan - 81
#2 Dale Carroll - 84 & 81
#3 Brendan Doyle - 82
#4 Roger Chabot - 82
#5 Jim Greenleaf - 84 & 83
#6 Pat Carter - 85
(C) The Best Two Individual Foursome Net Best Ball were by the Teams of:
Bill Donovan, James O'Reilly, Rocky Frenzilli, and Tom Murphy
Jim Greenleaf, Rod Dayton, Peter Rabbitt, and Fred Oehrlein
Based on the Average Net Score of Rounds played, Team USA Tied Team Canada
USA Avg Score 77
Canada Avg Score 77
We look forward to seeing all our Friends again in 2019 to participate in the tradition of Golf and Friendship started by “Bo Martin” 44 years ago. The three Golf Dates are planned to be
Wednesday or Thursday on the last week of July and first two weeks of August. For updates, check the High Tide Newsletter or the HBA website at www.hbamaine.com.
Contact Tom Murphy if you would like to play.
(207) 883-2246 or email@example.com
The Craft Fair and Bake Sale was a two day annual event. There were about 30 vendors with exceptional crafts for sale. If you missed the event and want more information about any of the vendors, contact Faye Blaise at 207-885-5087. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.
Evening of Poetry
Poetry lovers attended an Evening of Poetry with longtime Higgins Beach property owner and poet David McCann. David read poems from his books, a few in korean, and even sang a song with his ukulele. The attendees loved his relaxing style and inspiring poetry. One of his poems was about an old man who biked to the seashore to feed the seagulls. We recognized the old man in the poem as the late Bill Rodimon of Forest St. who would occasionally feed the gulls old bread. David is willing to have another session and even a workshop to help aspiring poets write poetry. If anyone is interested, contact Peter Rabbitt 207-883-6536.
David will be at the Scarborough Library on Tuesday August 21 from 6:30 - 8:00PM conducting a Sijo Poetry Reading and Workshop.
David McCann was the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature and Director of the Korea Institute at Harvard University. He and his wife Ann served in the first Peace Corps group to go to Korea, 1966-68. David taught at Cornell and at Harvard before his retirement in 2014.
His recent books of poems include Same Bird, from Moon Pie Press in 2016, and a gathering of his sijo poems, Urban Temple, from Bo-Leaf Press (2010), also published in a dual-language edition by Changbi Publishers in Seoul in 2012. His new collection, Lost & Found, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2018.
David has been coming to Higgins Beach and his family cottage on Cliff St. for over 70 years. His grandparents bought the cottage in 1939.
Encore Prsentation - "Beaches, Sand, and Sand Cycling"
At the organizational meeting in June, an educational program titled "Beaches, Sand, and Sand Cycling" was presented by Peter Naiden, a long-time resident of the Higgins Beach community and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine/Augusta and in the Marine Science Department at Southern Maine Community College.
The program focused on the character of a beach, how beach sand cycles throughout each season, how the beach profile changes with each decade, how sand and seaweed are connected, and how human behavior influences the amount of sand on a beach.
Two scientific posters and many sand samples were integrated into the talk. The posters were based upon research and observations at Higgins Beach during the Summer of 2017.
Because of much interest and many requests, Peter will continue the talk with diagrams and slides on Friday night, September 7th at 7 pm at the Clubhouse. All are invited to attend.
Ice Cream Social
The second Ice Cream Social of the season was held Sunday. Young and old attended enjoying ice cream with hot chocolate or butterscotch sauce and lots of toppings. A big thanks to the volunteers who setup, served, and cleaned up after the event. Feedback from those who came for a sundae was positive. There is one more Sunday Sundae on August 19. Don't miss it. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.
Jimmy Macisso Band entertains on the Lawn
The second concert of the season was held Thursday evening. It was the first time in four years that it was held outdoors, due to weather the previous times. The evening was unusually cool, but enjoyable. The Jimmy Macisso Band with former Miss Maine, Susie Pepper, and John Hoekstra opened the evening with some mellow tunes. Then Jimmy's brother Tommy "Johnny Cash" Micisso entertained the audience with Johnny Cash songs. The Seventy Five minute free concert was enjoyed by all. Pictures of this event are on the Gallery Page.
July Fourth Festivities
The 4th of July 2018 was hot and humid. The day started off with the doughnut breakfast. We went through 26 dozen doughnuts and everyone had one. The line was long, but the wait was worth the taste of a Cookie Jar doughnut. After that, volunteers setup the lawn for the parade and cookout. Thank you for all those volunteers. Then everyone went to the beach and judging from all the people in the water, the water must have warmed up from the mid 50's in June. Then promptly at 4:00PM the parade stepped off with two motorcycle police and two fire engines from Scarborough leading the way, followed by Scarborough's antique fire engine. This was followed by all the parade marchers and finally the floats. Then it was time for hotdogs and hamburgers at the cookout followed by the awards. We all need to be thankful to all the volunteers who give up some of their time on the holiday so that all of us on Higgins Beach could enjoy a fun July 4th. Remember without volunteers, we don't have events. Photos are on the Gallery page. Results of the judging are
July 4th Parade Results
First Place - Team USA - 2028 - Mia Richards and Lucy Richards
Second Place - Miss Higgins Beach - Sunny Townsend, Jennifer and Kaitlyn Pelletier
Third Place - Courageous Cousins - Rachel Coyle, Ben and Lucas Stakun
First Place - California Living - The Seavers; Lily, Julia, Brooke, Preston, Jen, Jeff, Greg, Susan, and Patricia and Dale Carroll
Second Place - Vacationland - Katie, Chrissy, Emma, and Abby Roy, Laura and Elise Baer, and Larry Langmore
Third Place - Always on the Move - Carlen, Lucas, Madalyn and Malina
First Place - Tribute to St. Louis - Andrew Skillings
Second Place - The Gryswalds Christmas in July - Terry, Doris, Brooke and Brent Skillings, Jill Hobart and friends and Family at 55 Greenwod Ave
Third Place - Flag Flying Float - Lyla and Tim Ridge, Baby G. and Baby J.
First Place - Higgins United States - Troutt, Lucas and Egazarian kids
Second Place - Party in the USA - Amanda, Laura and Joseph Doherty, Owen, Beth and Paige Doane, Hilda Michaud, Cassidy Morin, Nicole Albert, Tracy and Steve Gorham
Third Place - Hawaii Dreamin' - Aiden, Deadre, Finn, Maeve, Jeanne, Janice, Michael, Steph, Rick, David, Melissa, Heather, Ed
Don Campbell Concert
What a wonderful way to kick off the July 4th festivities with a Don Campbell concert. The evening was beautiful as several hundred people sat on lawn chairs or blankets on the clubhouse lawn. The Trio entertained with mellow music from many different artists. The Don Campbell concert is always a fan favorite at Higgins Beach. Photos are on the Gallery page.
The annual Organizational Meeting was held on the last Friday in June as required by the By-Laws. Peter Naiden gave a talk on beaches, explaining how the sand is unique to different beaches. He had data showing how the erosion/replenishment of sand cycles on Higgins Beach is changing more frequently in the current decade. Prior decades showed a gradual erosion and then a gradual replenishment of the beach sand. He also pointed out that a beach is more than just sand or rocks, and tides, but has a social impact as well as we all can remember wonderful and fun times going to beach, especially our Higgins Beach. The meeting concluded with refreshments from Tony's.
Welcome Back Pot Luck Supper
The annual Pot Luck Supper for members was held Saturday evening. The weather was cool and damp, but the atmosphere inside the clubhouse was warm and friendly. Before dinner, Roger Chabot presented Steffi Cox a check for over $2,000 for Project GRACE. The money was raised at the Silent Auction held earlier (see below). Thanks to Lisa Jesmain and Steve Seabury and their team for organizing the event. Photos are on the Gallery page.
First Doughnut Breakfast of 2018
The first doughnut breakfast of the season was held this past Wednesday. Doughnuts were procured from The Cookie Jar in Cape Elizabeth. A good portion of the doughnut lovers brought their own coffee mug. On display were this year's merchandise for sale, by Lynn Shryock and her team. Photos of the merchandise are on the Gallery page.
Tuesday July 3rd, Don Campbell will entertain us with a concert on the lawn starting at 7:00PM. Then on Wednesday July 4th, start the day with a donut breakfast at the Clubhouse. Finally, at 4:00PM, the Parade, followed by a cookout and awards.
Volunteers are needed after the breakfast to set up for and then to clean up after the cookout. We also need 3 or 4 people to be judges for the parade, no experience necessary. Contact Peter Rabbitt - 207-883-6536
16 Piping Plovers at Higgins!
We have had 5 Piping Plover nests so far this summer with three nests each hatching 4 chicks. One of the five nests was abandoned after incubating the eggs for two weeks and the fifth nest was too close to the ocean and was washed away with the 11.7 foot June tide. Four of the hatched chicks disappeared one night and the thinking is that it was most likely a fox. All the Least Tern eggs were also lost that same night.
There are now 4 chicks who are two weeks old and another 4 who hatched on June 14th right before the high tide that overwashed the fifth nest.
Presently there are 8 chicks, who are unable to fly, and 8 adult Piping Plovers on the beach as of Sunday June 17th.
Piping Plover Beach Monitor volunteers are needed to cover some evening shifts at Higgins. For more information or if interested in volunteering contact Glennis Chabot at firstname.lastname@example.org
Higgins Beach Association Merchandise
Higgins Beach Association T-Shirt Design Contest
Welcome to summer at Higgins Beach! And it would hardly be summer without Higgins Beach attire and paraphernalia!
Two exciting announcements:
1. “Shopping” Hours: As in prior years, the Higgins Beach Association table will open starting at the June 20th Wednesday breakfast, and will continue through the summer at each Wednesday breakfast, each Sunday evening icecream social, and at the August craft fair.
2. 2018 T-shirt Design Contest: Calling on all Higgins Beachers with active imaginations! We invite you to create a Higgins Beach t-shirt design or designs and drop it off at our merchandise table – or scan and email to Higginsbeachtshirts@gmail.com. Your design should fit on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. We will select a winning design to print on special t-shirts for the summer of 2019 – and there will be a prize for the winning design, as well as fame and celebrity status in the Higgins Beach community. All ages are welcome, and there is no limit on the number of designs you may enter in the contest. (Remember to include your name, telephone number and email address with your entry.)
We’re looking forward to seeing you around!
Higgins Beach Inn - Thank You
The owners and staff of the Higgins Beach Inn hosted a block party for residents and friends of Higgins Beach. The invitation was extended by Krysten Reilly, the new General Manager of the Higgins Beach Inn. This is the second year that they hosted this event. It was a glorious evening as the wind shifted and brought warm breezes from the southwest. There was plenty of food, wine, beer and good cheer as neighbors and friends reacquainted with each other after a difficult winter and cool spring. Live music was performed by Rob Babson and The Delta Knights Band. Photos of the event are on the Gallery page.
Silent Auction - Sandwich Night
The first event of the season was held Saturday evening at the Clubhouse. This was the eighth silent auction and the proceeds will go to Project GRACE. Steffi Cox from Project GRACE addressed the bidders on what the money raised means to the people in need, in our community. There were numerous items to bid on and the lucky winners went home with some wonderful gifts. There were gift certificates for local restaurants, shops, and a two night stay at the Higgins Beach Inn. Also several golf items including a golf lesson and several craft items were there for the bidding. It was also a sandwich night and Rodney laughton of the Breakers provided delicious sandwiches and the HBA provided wine for all who came. Photos of the event are on the Gallery page.
Weekly Bridge at the Clubhouse
There will be a weekly Monday bridge game at Higgins Beach again this summer. Starting June 25, 2018, and running through mid-September, play will take place every Monday at 1:00 at the Clubhouse.
You do not need to bring a partner. There will probably be a variety of skill levels, but this is not a game for experts. The game typically lasts about two hours, from 1 to 3 PM. An optional 15-minute lesson takes place at 12:45 pm on basic bridge topics.
Parking is free in front of the Clubhouse. Higgins Beach residents, renters and visitors are all welcome at any of these games, and there is no commitment and no charge.
For more information, call David Haskell, 21 Cliff Street, at (207) 885-9958 or email him at email@example.com.
Higgins Beach Open Golf 2018
Dates and locations of the 2018 Higgins Beach Golf tournment have been set. Details can be seen by clicking
43 rd ANNUAL HIGGINS BEACH INTERNATIONAL GOLF
The 43 rd Annual Higgins Beach International Golf Tournament started by
“Bo Martin”, will be played on the following dates:
FIRST TEE DATE - GOLF COURSE - TIME
#1 Wednesday July 25th - Riverside Golf Course Portland - 10:30 AM
#2 Thursday August 2nd - Valhalla Golf Course Cumberland - 10:20 AM
#3 Thursday August 9th - Nonesuch River Golf Club Scarborough - 10:12 AM
The Tournament features Golf, Friends and Fun with competition based on the
average net score of the Players from Canada vs. the average net score of the
Players from the U.S. as well as the overall individual low net.
If you would like to play, please call or email to be included (20 Player maximum
Tom Murphy -
59 Greenwood Ave -
We will need your Name, Telephone # and Golf Index or Handicap from the White
Call if you have any questions or see you on the Beach or at the Inn.
Snowy Owl visits Higgins Beach
A Snowy Owl visited Higgins beach in February. According to the Audobon Society, A Snowy Owl is a large, powerful owl of the high Arctic tundra, colored for camouflage during northern winters. In summer it may be nomadic, concentrating and nesting where there are high populations of the small rodents called lemmings. At other times it takes a wide variety of prey, including birds as big as geese. During some winters, large numbers of Snowy Owls appear south of the Canadian border; those that stop in towns and cities invariably cause a stir and attract media attention. Which this one did with our Year Round residents. This one was perched on the roof of a house on Houghton St.
Their habitat consists of prairies, fields, marshes, beaches, dunes; in summer, arctic tundra. Breeds on tundra, from just north of treeline to the northernmost land. Prefers very open tundra, either in hilly country or wetter areas near coast. Winters in open country, including prairies, farmland, coastal marshes, beaches, large airports.
Consumer Fireworks Ordinance
This is an important notice for all Higgins Beach property owners, renters, and guests regarding the Town Fireworks ordinance. The ordinance requires any consumer of fireworks in the Town of Scarborough to submit a Notification of Intent to the Scarborough Fire Department. Renters and guests must have the property owners permission. The consumer must also state that they have liability insurance for any bodily injury or property damage caused by the fireworks. After approval by the Fire Department, fireworks may be used only on July 3rd, July 4th and December 31st and January 1st beginning at 9:00AM and ending at 10:00PM. Fines for violation are $100 up to $500. A copy of the ordinance 608a can be read by clicking on
TOWN OF SCARBOROUGH
CONSUMER FIREWORKS ORDINANCE
ADOPTED MARCH 7, 2012
AMENDED JUNE 21, 2017 & EFFECTIVE JULY 20, 2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
SECTION I: Purpose ..................................................................................................................... 1
SECTION II: Title and Authority ................................................................................................... 1
SECTION III: Definitions .............................................................................................................. 1
Consumer Fireworks .................................................................................................................... 1
SECTION IV: Use of Consumer Fireworks Restricted [amended 06/21/17] ................................. 1
SECTION V: Violation and Enforcement [amended 06/21/17] ..................................................... 2
SECTION VI: Exceptions ............................................................................................................... 2
SECTION VII: Severability ............................................................................................................ 2
SECTION VIII: Notice [adopted 06/21/17] .................................................................................... 2
APPENDIX A [adopted 06/21/17] ................................................................................................. 3
RESPECT YOUR NEIGHBORS CONSUMER FIREWORKS GUIDELINES
[adopted 06/21/17] .......................................................................................................................... 4
TOWN OF SCARBOROUGH
CONSUMER FIREWORKS ORDINANCE
SECTION I: Purpose
This Ordinance regulates the use of consumer fireworks to ensure the safety of the residents and
property owners of the Town of Scarborough and of the general public.
SECTION II: Title and Authority
This Ordinance shall be known as the "Town of Scarborough Consumer Fireworks Ordinance."
It is adopted pursuant to the enabling provisions of the Maine Constitution, the provisions of
30-A M.R.S.A. § 3001, and the provisions 8 M.R.S.A. § 223-A.
SECTION III: Definitions
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings
ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
Consumer Fireworks – "Consumer fireworks" has the same meaning as in 27 Code of Federal
Regulations, Section 555.11 or subsequent provision, but includes only products that are tested
and certified by a 3rd-party testing laboratory as conforming with United States Consumer
Product Safety Commission standards, in accordance with 15 United States Code, Chapter 47.
"Consumer fireworks" does not include the following products:
A. Missile-type rockets, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule;
B. Helicopters and aerial spinners, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule; and
C. Sky rockets and bottle rockets. For purposes of this definition, "sky rockets and bottle
rockets" means cylindrical tubes containing not more than 20 grams of chemical
composition, as defined by the State Fire Marshal by rule, with a wooden stick
attached for guidance and stability that rise into the air upon ignition and that may
produce a burst of color or sound at or near the height of flight.
SECTION IV: Use of Consumer Fireworks Restricted
A person shall not use, display, fire, or cause to be exploded (collectively, “Setting Off”)
consumer fireworks within the Town of Scarborough or in or from any watercraft within waters
of the Town except upon the following conditions:
a) Upon submission of a Notification of Intent to the Scarborough Fire Department in the
form appended hereto as Appendix A or through the town’s website at
b) Only during the following days and times:
i. July 3rd and 4th and December 31st and January 1st, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and
ending at 10:00 p.m.
SECTION V: Violation and Enforcement
a) PENALTY FOR VIOLATION: Any person who violates the provisions of this
Ordinance and the owner of any property upon which any violation of the ordinance
occurs, shall commit a civil violation punishable by a penalty of not less than one
hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) plus
attorney’s fees and costs to be recovered by the Town of Scarborough for its use. Each
day such violation occurs or continues to occur shall constitute a separate violation.
b) ENFORCEMENT: This Ordinance shall be enforced by the Town of Scarborough
c) INJUNCTION: In addition to any other remedies available at law or equity, the Town
of Scarborough, acting through its Town Manager, may apply to any court of
competent jurisdiction to enjoin any planned, anticipated or threatened violation of this
d) SEIZURE & DISPOSAL OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS: The Town may seize
consumer fireworks that the Town has probable cause to believe are used or sold in
violation of this Ordinance and shall forfeit seized consumer fireworks to the State for
SECTION VI: Exceptions
This Ordinance does not apply to a person or group of persons issued a fireworks display permit
by the Town of Scarborough pursuant to the Town of Scarborough Fireworks Display Ordinance,
Chapter 608, and/or the State of Maine in accordance with 8 M.R.S.A. §§ 227-A to 237.
The regulation of the display of fireworks shall otherwise be as provided for in the Town of
Scarborough Fireworks Display Ordinance, Chapter 608, and any other applicable state or federal
law or regulation.
SECTION VII: Severability
In the event that any section, subsection or portion of this Ordinance shall be declared by any
court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid for any reason, such decision shall not be deemed to
affect the validity of any other section, subsection or portion of this Ordinance.
SECTION VIII: Notice
Any authorized retailer for the sale of Consumer Fireworks in the Town of Scarborough shall
provide written notice at the time of sale to all purchasers of Consumer Fireworks at their
Scarborough retail stores that Notification of Intent, as set forth in SECTION IV above is
required for use of Consumer Fireworks in the Town of Scarborough.
Consumer Fireworks Notification of Intent
I understand that this Notification of Intent applies only to the dates listed and may
be made null by the Scarborough Fire Department if weather conditions so
If the location is other than a property owned by me, I have permission of the
owner of the property.
I have liability insurance for any bodily injury or property damage that may result
from fireworks use.
If have read the Respect Your Neighbors Guidelines of the Town of Scarborough,
attached hereto and agree to follow its terms.
Signature of Applicant____________________________________
Official Use Only
Authorized Signature:______________________ Date signed:______________
Town of Scarborough
Respect Your Neighbors Consumer Fireworks Guidelines
Use fireworks strictly in accordance with the submitted notification.
Do not use fireworks after 10:00 p.m. on the days allowed.
Do not use fireworks in any way that could unreasonably infringe upon your
neighbors’ safety or peaceful enjoyment of their property.
Inform your neighbors in advance where and when you are planning to use
Do not use fireworks near animals or livestock that may become frightened.
Only set off fireworks in areas where no fireworks debris will fall on your
neighbors’ property or any environmentally sensitive areas (e.g., beaches,
marshes or wetlands).
Do not permit anyone under the age of 21 to use fireworks.
Carefully follow the safety instructions provided by the Seller of the
The link to the official Town website and ordinance 608a with a copy of the Intent form is HERE
Adult Plover with 2 chicks and a third under the adult
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
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