Town Office

Polls in Stockton Springs will be open on Election Day Tuesday, November 6th from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Town Office.  Don't forget this year’s first tax payment is due Tuesday, Oct. 23. Town Office is open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Also, fall pickup: metals & white goods will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 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.

Paving started Oct. 12 on Cape Jellison Road.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

For the children, a Stockton Springs Spooktacular will be held at 5 p.m. on Halloween night, Oct. 31. Also, 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. Follow them on Facebook @StocktonSpringsCB or email sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The society is having a raffle and on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. there will be a drawing at the Colcord House. Prizes will be drawn in the order listed. Winners will be notified by phone and a list of winners will be posted on the bulletin board in the meeting room at the library.

Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Tickets are available at the library and also will be sold during elections on Nov. 6 at the Town Hall.

All prizes are on display in the meeting room and can be seen whenever the library is open. Prizes include local artwork, gift certificates and craft items and most are also shown on the society's Facebook page, Stockton Springs Historical Society.

Speaking of the Historical Society, on Oct. 7, Joyce O'Rourke gave a talk, which I attended, on the "Mystics of Stockton." In the early 1900s, there was a Madame Santos advertising astrology and readings in Stockton Springs. There also was a spiritualist church in town with an active membership. Joyce came dressed as Madam Santos with costume and wig and gave an interesting talk on our town's spiritualist environment.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Don't forget the start of Story Hour on 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.

On my bucket list has always been a trip to Paris, and so off I went to meet my daughter Jennifer there a few weeks ago. I flew out of Boston so took the bus from Bangor down to Logan Airport. We stayed in an Airbnb, which was very inexpensive, and took the Metro in and out of Paris each day.

We walked all over the city and went up the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and saw many of the museums. I love the Impressionist painters and saw Monet's water lily paintings.

The patisseries had amazing croissants, baguettes and tarts of every shape and size. Jennifer and I did a sunset trip on the Bateaux Mouches (boat rides) along the River Seine, which was timed to pass by the Eiffel Tower when the lights on the tower start to sparkle all over the structure. It was a spectacular sight!

But my most favorite part was our trip to Versailles to see the Chateau de Versailles, the Petit Trianon and the small rustic Hameau (thatched roof cottages) created for Marie Antoinette to play at being a peasant. Royalty had all the money while the peasants starved; then came the French Revolution to end the monarchy. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime!

Stockton Springs is lovely, with fall foliage at its peak now. So get out and enjoy a walk or drive!

Thought for the week: "A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life." Thomas Jefferson