Town Office

Town offices will be closed Christmas Eve on Monday, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day on Tuesday, Dec. 25. We will also be closing early at 1 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and closed New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2019.

Recycling dates for December are the 13th and 27th.

The “Giving Tree” is now up and ready for presents to be dropped off/picked up.

Please donate to the "Keep the Heat On" fund. The fund is available to those in need on a one-time per season basis, except in case of extreme emergency.

Penobscot Marine Museum

The museum is sponsoring a Victorian Christmas on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a tour of a 19th-century sea captain's house, a gingerbread lighthouse competition and make your own Christmas ornament. For more information, please call 548-2529 or visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Stockton Springs Community Church

The Mount View Chamber Singers will present "Carols in the Round" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16. This is by far the loveliest Christmas musical event of the season. It is by candlelight in the church and leaves you with a true sense of well-being and Christmas spirit.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

From Kathy Harrison: On Saturday, seven of us got together to draw, record and witness the drawing of the winners of our raffle. We had 15 different people win prizes, most not members of our society. We had so much support from nonmembers and we really appreciate it. Thanks to all those who bought tickets and to our wonderful donors. We made over $1,000 for our building fund, much more than we've made in other recent raffles.

I bought tickets and am a happy winner of an Anne Spencer watercolor painting.

Condolences to the family and friends of Mary Kelly of Sandy Point, who recently passed away. She was an active member of the Sandy Point Ladies Aid Group. She had recently attended the Ladies Aid annual lunch and had said she was feeling good. She will be missed.

Today the sun is finally out and there was a spectacular sunset last night over the harbor. Winter sunsets seem to be so much more striking after a gray fall day.

Two lobster boats went out this morning despite the cold. I still see the seals swimming around on the far side of the harbor and the black and white ducks make a striking contrast against the harbor water. Duck hunting has begun and the gunshots echo across the water.

I visited my daughter Jennifer and her family in St. Paul, Minnesota, for Thanksgiving. My granddaughters are 11 and 14 and are growing up so fast. I am glad there were no cell phones or other electronics when my children were growing up. Katherine, who is 14, plays on the Junior Varsity ice hockey team for her school. She is one of only three eighth-graders to play on the team and I tell her the University of Maine has a female ice hockey team she can play on when she goes to college.

As always, spending Thanksgiving with family and friends is such a heartwarming experience and the older I get the more I appreciate and am grateful for opportunities to enjoy spending time together.

Now back in Maine, Christmas is coming on us full blast with many events and activities scheduled. The tin man in town has its Christmas lights on and the town tree gives off a glow to combat the winter darkness. Take a few moments to enjoy a peaceful moment or two during the busy holiday season.

Thought for the week: "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." — Aesop