Stockton Springs Community Library

Story Time will start Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a light lunch being provided for the first time. LEGOs Club will start Thursday, Nov. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m., with more information to follow.

Friends of Fort Knox

John R. Weaver II, a prominent historical author and nationally known expert on masonry coastal fortifications, will present an overview and brief history of the American Third System of Coastal Defense at Fort Knox on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Regular gate entrance fees to the fort apply. In the event of inclement weather, the presentation will be held in the Fort Knox Visitor Center.

Town Office

A Midcoast District Public Health Community Forum will be held at the Town Office on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. Learn important information and provide vital feedback about what is important to you and help to identify community health priorities.

Please remember that the Town Office will be closed for Columbus Day on Oct. 8. Also, real estate taxes are due Oct. 23.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Please don't forget the Model Boat Pumpkin Competition on Saturday, Oct. 6. Preregister by Oct. 3rd by calling 548-2529 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Watched the osprey swooping and diving into the harbor the other morning. I don't know how it can see the fish from the height it flies. Soon enough they will be gone for their winter trips south.

The kingfisher still sits on the wire by the bridge and flocks of wild turkeys are eveerywhere. At this time of year ducks gather in groups in the harbor but I have not seen any of the duck hunting boats yet, so they are safe.

As I write this column, autumn starts tomorrow and the weather is slowly turning crisp. I volunteer for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust as a docent on top of Beech Hill in Rockport. There are blueberry fields and a Norwegian-designed stone hut with thatched roof on top of the preserve.

The blueberry fields are already starting to turn red, as are some of the leaves on the trees along Route 1. Fall is such a fantastic time of year, so get out for a walk or drive the back roads of Maine and visit one of the old general stores!

Thought for the week: “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house." — Nathaniel Hawthorne