Town Office

The office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Recycling will be on Wednesday, Nov. 21, instead of on Thanksgiving Day.

2019 dog licenses are available. Dogs must be licensed by the end of January to avoid a $25 late fee.

Neighbor for Neighbor Holiday Food Box and Holiday Gift applications are available at the Town Office for those in need. The “giving tree” will be put up after Thanksgiving. People who are interested in donating items may drop them off at any time. Questions? Call 567-3404.

Stockton Springs Community Library

The library will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The next day, Friday, Nov. 23, there will be a fun movie night at 6:30 p.m. with a showing of "The Grinch," a holiday favorite.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., there will be a story hour with a light lunch included. Being read to as a child is a heartwarming experience and library volunteers contribute so much to our community. If you need a small break, please take your children to story hour!

Stockton Springs Community Builders

On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a Community Holiday Celebration with activities at the Town Office and Library. There will be games, crafts, selfies with Santa, and the town Christmas tree lighting will be at 5 p.m. There will be a Nativity Pageant at 4:30 p.m. at the Stockton Springs Community Church. All children can participate and no rehearsals are necessary.

All events are free. For more information, contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Friends of Sears Island

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m., archaeologist Paul Bock will present a talk and slideshow titled "Archaeology of Sears Island and Upper Penobscot Bay: 12,000 Years of History Beneath Our Feet."

Friends of Sears Island and the Belfast Free Library are co-hosting this event. It will take place in the library's Abbott Room and is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the library at 338-3884, ext.10. To learn more about Friends of Sears Island, visit friendsofsearsisland.org.

Maritime Books & Furnishings Coffee and Espresso Bar

Mary and Joe Mosier have opened this new business (in the old "Good Kettle") on Route 1 in Stockton Springs. They are open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The interior has changed with the addition of a coffee bar where the Good Kettle's kitchen was. The Wooden Spoon of Winterport supplies baked goods to the coffee bar. Joe and Mary are both retired from the Navy.

For more information, contact nauticalscribe@gmail.com or phone 567-8111. Welcome to Stockton Springs, Mary and Joe.

Wreaths Across America

According to Ed Burns, if you've been thinking of donating a wreath, now is the time to do it. Just go to https://wreathsacrossamerica.org and follow the links to sponsor a wreath. On Sunday, Dec. 9, the trucks carrying the wreaths bound for graves in Arlington National Cemetery will pass through Stockton Springs on Route 1. The convoy is always a moving sight.

Remember this is open enrollment time for health insurance changes, so investigate whether you can save money on a different plan.

Also, Spectrum has changed its system from analog to digital and now a box is needed for every TV in your home. It's understandable why most young people stream television instead of signing up for expensive cable. I have been working on cutting the cord, too. I enjoy football, so am watching that on a Spectrum app on my Samsung TV. Glad I was able to figure it all out.

Early yesterday morning a V formation of flying black and white ducks skimmed straight down the harbor only inches from the water's surface. It's a mystery to me why they don't fly higher up.

We finally have sunshine after many gray rainy days. There was a frost the other morning and the grass sparkled in the sunshine. The docks have been taken out of the water and only a couple of sailboats remain in the harbor.

The sun is setting at 4:13 p.m. today and darkness blankets us early now. Time to snuggle in by the fire and rest up before the onset of the holidays. Harvest suppers and hunters' breakfasts are popular events now. Most of the snow birds have flown to warmer winters, but I always look forward to the first big snowstorm.

It is wonderful to get out into the fresh air and go for a walk along the shoreline here. I cannot imagine living where I do not have a view of the harbor and the wide open sky with spectacular sunsets.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

Thought for the week

"Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Half times take 12 minutes. This is not a coincidence." — Erma Bombeck.