Stockton Springs Community Library

On Friday, March 15, there will be a free blood pressure/blood sugar clinic from 11 a.m. to noon.

Don't forget there is free tax help on Saturday mornings; please call 567-4147 for an appointment.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

On Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fort Point Lighthouse, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. Come join in for a free, family-friendly Easter Egg Hunt! Eggs for all ages, prizes, and the Easter bunny will be hopping by.

This event is brought to you by the Stockton Springs Community Builders. If you’re interested in making a candy donation or Easter egg prizes (pretzels, pencils, etc.) for this year’s Egg Hunt, please drop off your donation at the Town Office. The Stockton Springs Community Builders is a group of volunteers from the town who are committed to a sense of community in Stockton Springs. For more information, please contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Senior College

Don't forget the Senior College Art Show for artists age 50 and above. Registration is being held during the month of March. Registration forms and information are available by email at seniorcollegefestivalofart@gmail.com or by calling 338-8033. The event takes place May 30-June 2.

I have just returned from a trip to Florida and Minnesota and have been away for over a month. I visited Sanibel Island, and my son Ryan, my daughter, Jennifer, her husband, Barry, and my granddaughters Katherine and Coralie were all there. Other extended family members were also there, so there was a lot of catching up on family news.

The weather was incredibly warm for February and my walks on the beach were a perfect way to start each morning, looking for the perfect sea shell. I visited former neighbors in different parts of Florida, then traveled to Minnesota to teen-sit my granddaughters while my daughter went east to take care of her father during and after his surgery. While I had a lot of fun, I am now glad to be home in my own nest. Definitely the saying, it's good to go away and so good to come home, holds true for me.

Stockton had a snowstorm on the day I returned but forecasts for later this week show temperatures in the 50s. Our snow will melt quickly if that is the case and it will be interesting to see if anything is coming up out of the ground under the snow.

Maine is warmer than Minnesota, where below-zero temperatures are frequent. Keeping the wood stove going was a feat for me, and I managed to keep it going during the night with enough coals to restart in the mornings. While I did not grow up with a wood stove, my generation had them in the 1970s and '80s. Our children choose lifestyles similar to those that they grew up with, so my daughter loves her wood stove.

My great-grandmother had a wood-burning oven to cook with in Pennsylvania, and when my grandmother became a widow, she moved back in with her mother, bringing her electric stove with her. So the kitchen had the old and the new stoves in it. Our comfort levels of familiarity, ease, security and safety follow us throughout our years.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!

Thought for the week: "I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright." — Henry David Thoreau