Town Office

Absentee ballots are expected to be available the second week of October.

2019 Dog Licenses will be available beginning Oct. 15. Dogs must be licensed by end of January to avoid a $25 late fee.

This year’s first property tax payment is due Tuesday, Oct. 23. Town Office is open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Fall pickup

Metals and white goods will be collected on Saturday, Oct. 20. Acceptable items include stoves, refrigerators, microwaves, etc. Lists are available at the Town Office and on the website.

Online vehicle registrations are expected to be available in the next week or so. When they are, you’ll see a link on the town’s website.

Recycling tip

Counter-top compost bins and large outdoor compost bins are for sale at Town Office. For more information, please call 567-3404 or email manager@stocktonsprings.org. Check out the website for additional information at stocktonsprings.org or the Stockton Springs Facebook page.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Tai Chi group meets on Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The Painting Group meets every Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, please call 567-4147.

Sandy Point Community Club

The Harvest Supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 13. Times for the two seatings are 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. The club is located at 684 U.S. Route 1, Stockton Springs. Suggested donation: $10 per adult, $5 for kids under 12.

Come and enjoy roasted turkey, gravy, baked ham, mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables, dinner rolls and homemade pie and beverages. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a fantastic supper and celebrate the fall with family and friends. For more information, please call Veronica Magnan at 323-7900.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Exhibits will close Oct. 21 for the year. The end-of-season sale has begun in the Museum Store. Markdowns include PMM apparel, books, map prints and much more. Don't forget, members get a 10-percent discount on all non-sale items year-round.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

Stockton Springs Spooktacular will be held at 5 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Come join the free, family-friendly Halloween event! Creepy games, carnival games, candy and activities for all ages will be set up in the area around the Town Office.

This event is brought to you by the Stockton Springs Community Builders. If you’re interested in making a candy donation or Halloween novelty for prizes (pretzels, pencils, etc.) for this year’s Spooktacular, please drop off your donation at the Town Office.

Stockton Springs Community Builders is a group of volunteers from the town who are working to enhance the sense of community for Stockton Springs residents. Follow the group on Facebook @StocktonSpringsCB or contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

The Hichborn Restaurant

Fall hours are Thursday through Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m., through New Year's Eve. The restaurant will be closed Thanksgiving Day and for the month of January 2019. They will reopen Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

My sincerest condolences to the family of Jim Barclay of Searsport. He was the pastor of the Searsport Congregational Church for many years and was also a therapist helping others. He and his lovely wife Ann resided in Searsport for over 30 years. He left a wonderful legacy in Searsport and Maine.

Fall is definitely in the air and the trees have started putting on their red, orange and yellow colors. No frost as yet, so gardens are still producing. Pumpkins, gourds and chrysanthemums are everywhere for sale, while blue asters bloom along the roadsides.

Boats in the harbor have slowly started to vanish for their winter quarters with plans for the next boating season in their owners' minds. There is nothing like being on the water in the summer here on the Penobscot Bay.

Apple picking is a fun fall activity, so go out and visit an orchard. Last year while in Vermont with friends, we watched the apples being mashed into cider and tasted the fresh cider. Whoever invented the cider press should be greatly appreciated. There is nothing like a glass of cider on a cold day, perhaps with a little Apple Jack in it for the adults.

Thought for the week: "It was a beautiful, bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it." — Diana Gabaldon