50th anniversary

Harley and Jennifer Santos of Lompoc, California, and Sandy Point were home this past week celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with Harley's sister, Faith Campbell and nephew Carl Keicher.

Town Office

Town offices will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, in observation of Columbus Day.

Fall pickup of metals and white goods will be on Saturday, Oct. 20. Acceptable items include stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, etc.

Regarding property taxes, the mil rate has gone down from 20.50 to 20.20. The first half of property taxes is due Oct. 23, and the second half is due April 23, 2019. Paving of Cape Jellison from the town maintenance yard to Docks Road will occur next month.

Government Access Channels: Recently the town manager had some concerned citizens come in with questions about notices they received from Spectrum that Government Access Channels will no longer be available.

Actually, Spectrum has moved the channels to 1301, 1302 and 1303. The notice states "no longer available" because Spectrum now refers to the channels as “PEG” (Public, Educational and Government), so they are listed differently.

If you received the channels before, you should continue to do so. However, as you know, they are moving to digital. After Sept. 25, if you do not have a digital box, you will no longer receive all the channels.

If you have questions about the move to digital, visit spectrum.com/digitalnow or call 1-844-278-3409.

Sandy Point Community Center

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 19, for Open Mic Plus. The Open Mic portion begins at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Point Community Club. Sing a song, read a poem, do a dance, play an instrument — your choice.

That's followed at about 8:15 p.m. by percussionist Mike Bennett. After beginning his career in jazz and rock drumming, he studied for 12 winters in Gambia, specializing in the balafon, an African xylophone, and the djembe, a goblet-shaped drum.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Organizers want to thank the community for making "The Great Event" a success. It was the busiest it has ever been, the weather was beautiful and George Skala played music under the Gazebo.

The library donated left-over hamburgers, hot dogs, rolls and chips to Garry Owens House for homeless veterans.

The library's next event is the annual Halloween Party to be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 6, there will be a Model Boat Pumpkin Competition from 1 to 3 p.m. at the PMM Crescent. Cost is $5. The model boats in Penobscot Marine Museum's temporary exhibit, "Sailing Small: Small Boats, Big Ideas," are made of many different materials from paper to plastic.

As part of Searsport's Fling into fall, make a model boat out of a pumpkin! Bring your model pumpkin boat to the museum Oct. 6 to compete. Museum staff will judge entries using a point system based on size, composition, creative use of pumpkin, overall look, ability to float, and speed.

The winner will receive 50 percent of the proceeds and the other 50 percent will go to the museum to help support programming like this.

Rules & Regulations: A member of the gourd family (pumpkin, squash, cucumber, zucchini, melon, etc.) must be a key component of the model boat, which must float, must be able to move from A to B without human contact (all boats will be timed to travel across our small pool), must be under 12" tall by 12" wide by 12" deep, and must preregister by Oct. 3.

All boats must arrive before 1 p.m. Oct. 6. Judging begins at 1 p.m. To register, call 548-2529 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

September is a quieter month here in Stockton Springs. Traffic on Route 1 has slowed down considerably. Lots of businesses have changed to fall schedules and a lot of the boats in the harbor are being pulled out for the winter.

We have had many blue sky days that are warm enough to enjoy the outdoors — perfect for bike-riding and apple-picking. There are many old apple trees here on the Cape and sometimes you see people picking them.

Gardens are winding down and by this time of year everyone is thinking mums instead of tomatoes. I went to Verona Wine and Design again in Bucksport for one of their wine pairings last night. It was California wine with small plates of food featuring some ingredients from that state. It was lovely sitting in their courtyard with good friends.

I lived in San Francisco when I was 21 and newly married. The most amazing wines could be bought from the local supermarket.

Autumn arrives on Sept. 22 at 9:54 p.m., and the last of the hummingbirds are feeding at the flowers before heading south.

Thought for the week: "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." — Frank Lloyd Wright