Stockton Springs Community Library

The Stockton Springs Community Library will be hosting an Author Talk featuring Jane Eagleson Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m. Drawn from her own experiences of life, loss and love and those of the many clients Jane has counseled, "Chester’s Lessons – A Memoir in Poetry," tells the story of Chester’s life, and the love that permeated that life, nurtured his relationship with Jane and ultimately sustained her in his loss. It is Chester’s story and the lessons learned from it.

Jane is a psychologist living in Midcoast Maine who writes poems (now over 1,000) and essays about what her eyes see and her heart feels, many of them inspired on her daily walks along the shores of Penobscot Bay with her beloved Corgi, Chester. Books will be available to purchase. Please call 567-4147 for more information.

Sandy Point Community Hall

Mark your calendars for the Sandy Point Community Hall's Open Mic Series for 2019, third Wednesdays, May through October. Open Mic from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by a featured performer. Sliding scale admission, free under 18! First date is May 15 with jazz pianist Lincoln Blake playing music from the Great American Songbook. The Community Hall is located at 684 U.S. Route 1 in Stockton Springs.

Town Office

Recycling dates for May are Thursdays, May 9 and 23.

Don't forget that the town meeting and dedication of the parking lot are on Saturday, June 15. Election Day is Tuesday, June 11.

Debris Day is Saturday, May 18; you should have everything curbside by 7 a.m. The list of what will be collected is on the town website at stocktonsprings.org. Don't forget that nomination papers for selectman and fire chief are due May 2.

Just Barb's

Brian K. Sullivan is the new owner of Just Barb's Restaurant. He is shooting for an opening of May 2. We will all be glad in Stockton Springs to have Just Barb's open again!

This past Christmas my photo of the town tin man was printed with my column. At a photography class with another town resident, Howard Green, I was told of another metal man in Stockton Springs. I went to see Chip Bradstreet, whose late wife, Sandra Strahan, was a metal artist, and I saw many wonderful metal sculptures both inside his home and on his property. Sarah was a female artist in a decidedly male field. At the entrance to his driveway is an 8-foot-tall knight weighing 300 pounds, pictured with this column. Another favorite was her outdoor burning bush sculpture of yellow and red metal, which was lovely against the backdrop of water. Thank you, Chip, for showing me her amazing work.

We have had nothing but fog and rain for many days now with very few glimpses of sunshine. I want to get out into my gardens and do outdoor projects, but no such luck. It is supposed to get a bit warmer this next week.

Encouraging signs: Grass is getting greener and lawnmowers will be out soon. Lobster boats are starting to take their traps out daily. Some robins are looking quite chubby, so maybe there will be babies soon. Saw some type of small hawk flying in the trees below me yesterday.

With May on the horizon, snowbirds will be returning soon.

Walking on Lighthouse Road, which is perhaps the prettiest road in Stockton, I saw there are several beautiful homes for sale. What a gorgeous view they have! Please get out and enjoy those moments of splendor that are Stockton Springs and Maine!

Thought for the week: "For man, as for flower, and beast, and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive." — D. H. Lawrence.