Stockton Springs Community Library

The library just announced its volunteer of the year: Donna Park. She is the Monday afternoon volunteer. It is the busiest day of the week and she handles it with ease. Also, she is one of the first to volunteer for any of their fundraising activities, and always assists with the children's programs. Donna also was a very active and full time participant in "The Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program. Congratulations, Donna!

Also, the library recently mailed out the annual appeal letter for their Endowment Fund. If anyone hasn't received one and would like to support their efforts with a tax deductible gift, you can mail a check to SSCL, P.O. Box 293, Stockton Springs, ME 04981, or better yet, drop it off at the library during their open hours. Story Time will be on Jan. 5, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A light lunch is included with a story, crafts and fun.

Don't forget that the library will be closed on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Town Office

The office will be closing at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, and will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Recycling days for January are Jan. 10 and 24.

Please remember to park off the street during snow events so the plows can get through.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

On New Year's Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Beech Hill Preserve will have an open house at the hut. Start 2019 with a refreshing walk up Beech Hill Preserve and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with friends and the fireplace roaring. They light the chandelier and have a party — over 100 joined last year and it was colder inside than out! Sounds like a lot of fun!

I went to the Searsport Historical Society's Holiday House Tour last weekend. There were many beautiful historic homes on the tour, including two owned by Wayne Hamilton of Hamilton Marine. All were decorated with Christmas trees and looked very festive. The Capt. William Henry Park house, which is quite close to the Stockton Springs line, was on the tour and has been renovated beautifully.

One woman I saw on the tour told me how much she enjoys reading the nature part of my column. I do try to balance events in town with some comments about the natural world around Stockton Springs. Thanks for reading my column.

Today there is a light snow falling and all the trees are coated with the wet snow. The harbor turns gray to reflect the white snowy sky. Last week there was a dark colored hawk looking down on the shoreline. Don't know if it was an immature eagle or a type of hawk.

Cape Jellison Road is lit up by a house with numerous decorations on the lawn, including a sleigh, Santa and reindeer and lots of lights. Go out for a drive before Christmas to enjoy the display.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah and will have a fantastic 2019!

Thought for the week: "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man." — Benjamin Franklin