Stockton Springs News
By Ellen Holland
Stockton Springs Community Library
The animated film “Sing” will be shown at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Friday, April 21st. Everyone’s invited to the Stockton Springs Community Library for a special end of school vacation week screening of the animated film “Sing” at 6:30 PM. Sing is a 2016 animated film which was nominated for two Golden Globe awards. Movie snacks will be served. Wear your jammies, bring your favorite stuffed animal and pillow. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information call 567-4147 or visit www.stocktonspringslibrary.org
Internationally-acclaimed author Monica Wood will be at Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast on Friday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. She will give a talk on "The Writing Life: Roller Coaster and Merry Go Round," and then sign copies of all her books, including the just-released paperback version of The One-in-a-Million Boy. The public is warmly invited to this free event. Wood, who was born in Mexico, Maine, to a family of devout Irish Catholics, writes about the theme of family in all of her work. I have read "The One-in-a-Million Boy" and it is quite a good read. Her book "When We were the Kennedys" is also a great book on growing up in a mill town in Maine.
Stockton Harbor Yacht Club
The Club came to life about 18 months ago and had a very successful year in 2016. They welcome boaters and non-boaters alike. The club has become a center for maritime activities and for socializing. The members are mostly local, but come from as far away as Skowhegan and Bangor to take advantage of the wonderfully protected harbor and terrific facility, as well as a diverse and friendly membership. They have had a number of events open to the public in order to introduce themselves to the community, and they are now preparing for the 2017 boating season. They would very much like to increase their membership, especially to residents of Stockton Springs. Friday nights are "social nights" when members customarily get together in the Full Sail Pub, and picnic on the decks in spring, summer, and fall. Please call Jim Grossman, Stockton Harbor Yacht Club Board of Governors, and membership chairman - 322 2825 for more information.
This past week I got a phone early one morning from Lori Weymouth of Cape Jellison Road. Next to the tiny house across from the town maintenance yard is a small pond. She called to tell me about a bird that was standing by the pond edge, so I drove down to see it. Fortunately, it was still there when I got there and had the curved beak of an Ibis.
The Ibis I have seen in Florida are beautiful tall white birds. This bird was dark feathered and had long legs. After consulting our bird books, we think it may have been a Glossy Ibis, and the books did not show it up this far in the East. Thanks to Lori and her husband Ron for calling me about this bird. Please feel free to call me or send me any e-mail with photos of interesting sightings around town. Don't forget that Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and there are many activities going on for this event. Or go out on your neighborhood roads and pick up the cans and bottles (donations are accepted for redeemables at the Stockton Springs Library) or trash near your home.
Last night I had my 6-year-old identical twin granddaughters here overnight. They have been visiting me since they were babies and have played with most of the toys forever. Margie and Finnie still love the toy strollers and put a stuffed pink flamingo (thanks, Paulina Joyce) in each. We then go for a walk around the community. All the neighbors here have been watching these girls grow up and some of them have grandchildren of their own as well. The funny thing is that the girls are getting taller and so must lean down to push the strollers along. How much longer can this last? The neighbors have passed along cribs, high chairs, and outgrown toys to each other. The girls also love having you trace them on the driveway in chalk and then they fill themselves in with different colored chalk. I love being a grandmother to them.
Please remember the farewell event for Phil and Gay Dion at the Sandy Point Community Church Sunday, April 23, at 10 a.m.
Thought for the week: Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work. You don't give up. — Anne Lamott