Stockton Springs Community Library

Don't forget to register for the SSCL’s Health Literacy program, which is being funded by a grant from Healthy Acadia and The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region.

To register for either of the two sessions (Jan. 27 and Jan. 29), call the library at 567-4147, stop by during library hours, or email stocktonstaff@stocktonsprings.lib.me.us. Individual or small group sessions may be scheduled as requested.

Sessions will be facilitated by Meg Haskell. Preregistration required.

The first fundraiser of the year, the Book, Bake and Plant Sale, is scheduled for June 1.

Reminder: When schools are closed for inclement weather, the library will also be closed.

Town Office

In the event of a widespread power outage, the downstairs of the Town Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a warming shelter. If this happens, notice will be posted here and on our website's home page (stocktonsprings.org).

Don't forget to license your dog before the end of January, which is Thursday, Jan. 31, to avoid an extra $25 fee.

Town Manager Courtney O'Donnell wrote a letter regarding the value of your tax dollar, which is posted on Facebook and the town's website.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum and Neighborhood Arts will hold a Tall Tales and Fish Stories camp for children ages 5 to 10 the week of February vacation, Feb. 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The cost of the camp is $195, or $160 for Penobscot Marine Museum members. Registration deadline is Feb. 8. For more information or to register, email jganskop@pmm-maine.org or call 548-2529. Would definitely be a fun week for children out of school that week!

A big snowstorm is upon us this weekend. I think most Mainers are well prepared with food, batteries and extra water.

The lobster boat that worked all last winter is back at it and I was told last year that it was crabbing. I was asked recently if I ever found out what the orange floats near the causeway are for but no one has given me any information as to why they are there.

With the cold weather we’ve been having, the harbor is frozen most mornings with a thin swirled coating of ice and some sea smoke visible as well. At the Mill Pond bridge during low tide, the mud flats are covered in ice.

Crows have been congregating in the trees down by the harbor with an occasional fly by from the eagle. An enterprising red squirrel has placed an apple at the very top of a fir tree along the edge of my place.

Nature is happening all around us if we take the time to watch it. So get out for a walk or cross-country ski if you can, or just watch from your window what goes on!

Thought for the week: "The preciousness of life and the changes of weather and the beauty of seasons ― all those things have always sort of dazzled me." ― Anthony Doerr