Stockton Springs Community Library

The LEGO Club will meet Thursday, Dec. 20, from 4 to 5 p.m. The program is open and free to all. The focus age group is ages 4-10; however, children of all ages are welcome to participate in the LEGO Fun! Duplo and Mega Blocks will be available for younger builders (0-3 years).

SSCL has two book clubs meeting once a month, so please consider joining.

The library will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 31.

Town Office

The Waldo County Regional Communications Center in Belfast has a Friendly Caller Program for people who would like daily checks on their wellbeing. Anyone interested in enrolling in this free service may pick up an application packet at the Town Office, or may call the WCRCC at 338-2040.

Remember a winter parking ban for all town roads is now in effect until spring. If it is snowing/sleeting, etc., please do not park on the street. The plow trucks need to be able to clear the roads effectively and quickly.

Penobscot Marine Museum

For $10 per negative, you can purchase a unique and thoughtful gift, while also supporting the work done by Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archives. There are approximately 1,500 Maine negatives left to be adopted, as well as several hundred negatives from the other New England states.

Adopting a town from Penobscot Marine Museum is a donation that is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information or to adopt a town, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org/help-us-grow-the-photography-collection/ or contact photo archivist Kevin Johnson at kjohnson@pmm-maine.org or 548-2529 ext. 210.

Please don't forget Carols in the Round will be at the Stockton Springs Community Church on December 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Condolences to the family of Frank Costigan, a long-time resident and American Legion member.

As a child it was always so exciting to come down the stairs Christmas morning with my two sisters and brother to see what Santa had brought. My dad would take movies of us, which are so much fun to look at. I remember the joy of opening that special toy. Then off to my grandparents' we would go for a big dinner with my uncle's family. There would be more photos there as well.

There was always a plate of homemade shortbread and almond buttercrunch candy. I still make the buttercrunch (chocolate-coated toffee) to give to friends and family during the holidays. This year my neighbor Michele came over to make it with me and we had a grand time making a giant mess in my kitchen.

I believe the holidays should be more about friendships and creating new memories to cherish, not so much about acquiring more stuff.

Find some joy and fun and give everyone a hug this holiday season!

Thought for the week

"Of all the possessions a friend is the most precious." ― Herodotus.