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Stockton Springs Community Library

Free Health Literacy presentation at H.O.M.E., 90 Schoolhouse Road in Orland, on Thursday, April 11, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Do you have questions about your health and wellness? Is a loved one struggling with physical, mental health or substance abuse problems? Learn where to find accurate, reliable health information online, without being exposed to advertisements, misinformation or personal risk.

Bring a friend or family member to this free, one-hour talk. All community members are welcome. For more information, call H.O.M.E. at 469-7961.

This is presented by the Stockton Springs Community Library with funding through Healthy Acadia and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Reminder: There will be free blood pressure and blood sugar clinics at the library from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, April 5, and Friday, April 19. The clinics are open to the general public on a drop-in basis.

Don't forget there is free tax filing assistance on Saturdays through April 13 at the library. Call 505-0778 or 567-3137 to make an appointment. Sponsored by AARP Foundation, the IRS, and United Way of Eastern Maine.

Town Office

The new town website has been launched at stocktonsprings.org. It looks great and includes the monthly calendar with meeting dates, a history of the town and all kinds of information for residents.

The Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for Subdivision and Land Use Ordinances 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 to 24, from noon to 1 p.m. The cost is $26 with a discount for seniors. Please register by calling 921-3950 or visit journeytohealth.coursestorm.com.

Several bald eagles have been flying around the harbor. One day two gulls were dive-bombing an eagle while it sat in a dead tree on the shoreline. The eagle barely glanced at them.

Also saw turkeys all puffed up and parading for the females — spring is the mating season, after all.

The snow has been melting rapidly and puddles are many. Sometimes it's challenging to tell the difference between a puddle and a pot hole. The state did come by and fill in the potholes by the railroad tracks on Cape Jellison, but the roads are still treacherous.

At this time of year, I am happy to see color and my amaryllis is blooming with a beautiful deep red flower. On my walks on the beach and road I have been checking for any signs of green and have not seen anything yet. Soon, though, the skunk cabbage will be up in the marshy areas and the little yellow-flowered coltsfoot plants will be blooming in the oddest places. Enjoy those small glimpses of nature that promise life and spring and lift your spirits.

Thought for the week

"The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." — Eleanor Roosevelt