Town Office

Mooring holders: Fees are due by April 31 to avoid a $50 late fee! If not paid by May 31, mooring is considered abandoned per our ordinance. Please note that fees have increased.

A public hearing for Subdivision and Land Use Ordinances by the Planning Board has been scheduled for April 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Office. Drafts will be available soon.

Beginner Line Dancing is coming in April. The dates are Wednesdays,  April 3-24, from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $26 with a discount for seniors. Please register by calling 921-3950 or journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

Nomination papers for one Board of Selectmen seat and fire chief are now available and must be returned by May 2. Anyone interested is encouraged to stop by the Town Office.

Town meeting is June 15 at 9 a.m. at the Town Office.

Keep the Heat on Fund: Winter is almost over; however, help can be granted through April if weather conditions warrant it. Donations are still much appreciated as they will ensure funds are available for upcoming seasons.

Potholes are very bad on the state roads going through Stockton Springs. The area on Cape Jellison Road by the train tracks is terrible. Yesterday I saw the truck patching them, so perhaps the patching will hold until the state paves the road. Please contact our state senator or representative and ask for these roads to be paved!

Stockton Springs Community Library

The LEGO Club will meet Thursday, March 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. The LEGO program is open and free to all. Focus age group is 4-10; however, children of all ages are welcome to participate. Duplo and Mega Blocks will be available for younger builders (0-3 yrs).

Stockton Springs Community Library will host free blood pressure and blood sugar clinics this spring as part of its Access Wellness health literacy programming. The events will be held at the library from 11 a.m. to noon Fridays, April 5 and 19. The clinics are open to the general public on a drop-in basis. Members of the town’s ambulance crew will perform the testing.

Condolences to the family of Stanley Miller of Stockton Springs, who passed away on March 7.

I understand that the fundraiser held at The Hichborn for the Penobscot Marine Museum was very successful. The Hichborn is open for Sunday brunch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make your reservation by calling or texting 322-8307 or emailing thehichborn.com. I see where The Lost Kitchen in Freedom is once again using a postcard lottery for its reservations.

We have had some beautiful sunsets over Stockton Harbor this past week. The sky turns orange while the sun is slowly making its way across the harbor.

Spring begins March 20 with a super moon the same night. The weather has been milder with snow melting fast, but we know sometimes March goes out like a lion. Stores are displaying seed packets and planting equipment. Ducks are floating around in the middle of the harbor and we should see the return of the ospreys by the middle of April.

The osprey nest by the lighthouse in Sanibel, Florida, must have blown down in a storm and the osprey was perched on the lighthouse rail, screeching its presence to all the visitors on the beach. Every day was 75 degrees with one day hitting 90. Still, I enjoy the change of seasons and in Florida, that change is very slight.

March seems to be a very long month, but it leads to April and then summer. Please get out for a walk or a drive to alleviate any cabin fever.

Thought for the week: "The promise of spring's arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter!" — Jen Selinsky