American Legion Post 157

There will be a memorial service at downtown Veterans Park on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. It is always a very moving service with Vietnam vets in the majority.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

On Saturday, Nov. 10, at noon, there will be a fundraiser at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport. Santa may be coming to town on Thanksgiving but this year Santa sent out Mrs. Claus, Joyce O'Rourke, ahead of his arrival!

Hear Doug Coffin read His Christmas story and sample Mrs. Claus’s cookies. Meet some Maine authors at the Bookshelf store and buy their books. If children have their Christmas letters for Santa written, she will take them back with her to the North Pole (if they want to find out if Santa got their letter, return addresses must be on the letters).

Enjoy seeing a Mickey Mouse Club short film about Stockton Springs in 1959. Come and see a Christmas movie! Popcorn will be free! All children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost will be $10 for adults and all children under the age of 12 are free. Teens 12 to 18 are $5. And don't forget to buy your raffle tickets at the library for beautiful handmade artwork!

Stockton Springs Community Library

The popular LEGO Club Program starts Thursday, Nov. 15, and will be held the third Thursday of the month from 4 to 5 p.m. through March, free and open to everyone. On Friday, Nov. 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a free showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Town Office

The office will be closed for Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 12. Also, online vehicle registrations are available now at stocktonsprings.org. Go to the website and after the first paragraph about the town, there is a sentence regarding registration with a "Click here" to follow for how to register. That will be very convenient for residents who might be away from town when their registration expires.

The harbor continues to be busy even at this time of year with the boat that puts winter moorings out most days this week. Also, there is an operation involving a long line of green nets that is taking place in the harbor. Perhaps seining? The boat drags the nets around the harbor and there are two strings of them. When one is anchored, it looks like the Loch Ness monster with just a few humps poking out of the water.

The eagle continues to peruse the waterfront and loons are floating around the harbor. The lobster boats come in with their sterns weighed down with lobster traps being taken out for the winter. On my walk on the shoreline the other day, I found a purple and yellow lobster buoy in good condition, so if anyone wants it back, give me a call.

Fall is certainly the time for comfort food and I have been making chili, split pea soup and bolognese spaghetti sauce. My neighbor makes a macaroni and cheese that is to die for — it contains very rich artery-clogging ingredients but is the kind of stick-to-your-ribs meal that is wonderful at this time of year.

At my Senior College Native American class, our instructor, Dr. Wendy Kasten, discussed the fact that there was no turkey and stuffing at the first Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the most heartwarming holiday with family and friends gathering to give thanks and express gratitude for all they have been given.

With Halloween over, Christmas season will be in full swing in the stores and Thanksgiving does not seem to have decorations to go with it except for the turkey picture on a large platter. Turkey dinner is the ideal comfort food!

Thought for the week: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." – John F. Kennedy