New business in town

Lighthouse Pizza and Pub at 208 Main St. will be opening Saturday, May 18, with a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. Good luck to them.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

On Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a free Adult Bingo Night at the Town Office. There will be prizes and light refreshments. Donations are welcome. For more information, please contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com. Thanks to everyone who helped make the Easter celebration a huge success! They had a big turnout despite the weather.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Tai Chi is ongoing on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and on Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the lower level of the Town Hall.

The library is looking for volunteers. If you have a few hours a week, or month, come and see them! They have Saturday morning or afternoon available, Tuesdays 4 to 7 p.m., Mondays 3 to 5 p.m., and some Wednesdays. Volunteering at the library would count as Community Service hours for high school students also.

Don't forget the big Book Bake and Plant Sale on June 1. Books are now being accepted. They are also accepting plant donations from any of our gardeners who are dividing or digging up their perennial gardens. Please drop them off a few days before June 1.

Open Mic Plus

The popular Open Mic Plus series continues Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Sandy Point Community Hall, 684 Route 1. Events run on the third Wednesday of every month, May through October.

The featured May performer is pianist Lincoln Blake, a Midcoast native who started out on saxophone and went on to study piano at the University of Maine Augusta. He has been a professional musician for over 20 years, playing at such venues as The Samoset, Asticou Inn and Bar Harbor Club, and he is a regular at United Farmers Market in Belfast.

Admission is a sliding scale donation of $3 to $10, free for children younger than 18. For more

Town Office

Debris Day is Saturday, May 18, at 7 a.m. for your old furniture, tires without rims, rugs, sinks and toilets. Please check with the Town Office for more information on what will be picked up at stocktonsprings.org or 567-3404. Recycling dates are May 9 and May 23. The town pump-out station is now in for boaters. The town docks are in as well.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On May 24, there will be an opening reception for the museum at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Please contact the museum at PenobscotMarineMuseum.org for more information about the exhibits and camps this summer.

Bird walk

On Saturday, May 11, from 7 to 9 a.m., there will be a bird walk on Sears Island sponsored by the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition. Kick off Cathy Morgan Bird Week by welcoming arrivals on World Migratory Bird Day. Review your warblers and bring binoculars if possible. Also, on Thursday, May 16, 7 to 9 a.m., there will be another Bird Walk on Sears Island with Sandra Mitchell. Meet at the gate at the far end of the causeway for both events.

Measles cases are up and the measles vaccine came out in 1963. If you were born after 1957, you probably got a measles vaccination. I had the measles as a child, so my immunity is still good. Please go and get a measles shot so that you don't expose everyone else to the disease.

There have been a few sunny days mixed in with the rain this week. The trees have a faint haze of red to them and with any warm weather, surely the leaves will come out. The black and white ducks are still in the harbor and I don't think I see them in the summer so wonder where they go. I saw a flicker the other day and it is definitely a pretty bird. Also saw some goldfinches, but I haven't seen a hummingbird yet.

Our resident groundhog is out and about. He ate my phlox last year so I am going to cover it this year and hope it survives. I planted lettuce seeds this past week and am looking forward to some fresh greens.

Now is the time for boaters to be putting new bottom paint on their boats and dinghies, because boating season is right around the corner.

Please let me know of any events or stories around town.

Thought for the week: "Blossom by blossom, the spring begins." — Algernon Charles Swinburne