Stockton Springs Community Library

On June 1, the annual Book Bake and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The books and movies are sold from the bay of the Fire Department (across the street). Baked goods are located in the library and fly out of here pretty early in the day. Plants are sold under the tent in the library yard.

Donations of books and movies for the sale are accepted in the last two weeks of May. Homemade baked goods can be brought to the library the morning of the sale unless prior arrangements have been made. Donations of locally grown perennials can be brought to the library a few days before the sale. The library is located at 6 Station St. For more information, contact the library at 567-4147.

A presentation took place May 16 at 9 a.m. at the Town Office with the Stockton Springs Community Library's donation of oxygen masks for dogs and cats (a need that the Ambulance Service has) to Chas Hare, Ambulance Services director, at the selectmen's meeting.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The next open house for the Historical Society is on Thursday, May 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Additional dates will be announced in June.

Town Office

The Memorial Day Parade is organized by the American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157 and is expected to start at Just Barb’s and go downtown beginning at 10 a.m. Town Offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observation of Memorial Day.

The School Board of R.S.U. 20 has voted to offer the Stockton Springs Elementary School to both Stockton and Searsport for zero dollars. It will be a referendum vote on the June 11 Election Day ballot.

In short, while the building has a serious mold issue, there is much value to the land (9.5 acres) with potential/opportunity for the town with regard for future use (e.g., fire station, community building, etc.). The Board of Selectmen, after reviewing lots of information and gathering input, unanimously voted to recommend to citizens to accept the offer.

Please attend the joint public hearing with Searsport on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Searsport Elementary School cafetorium. Hear all the information, ask questions, and make an informed decision!

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Later this year Coastal Mountains Land Trust is launching a campaign to purchase, protect and conserve Mt. Tuck, a 110-acre property in Stockton. They hope to develop trails over the next several years. Visit coastalmountains.org for more information.

As a volunteer for the land trust, I was quite excited to learn about their new acquisition in Stockton. They already have the Main Stream Preserve trail in our town. This new trail will have a view of the Penobscot River.

The Hichborn

Summer hours have started for the restaurant. Dinners are served Thursdays through Sundays with seating at 5 and 5:30 p.m. and then again at 7:30 and 8 p.m. Please call 322-8307 for a reservation.


A remembrance/open house day for Sandra Strahan, metal artist, will be held on Sunday, May 26, from 1 to 4 in the afternoon on Osprey Reach Road. The house is near the end of the road on the left with the black metal knight at the entrance to the driveway. Come see some of Sandra's art work from over the years. Very informal gathering with a chance for people to stop by and chat. All are welcome.

I have just returned from a visit to St. Paul, Minn., for Mother's Day with my daughter Jennifer and granddaughters Katherine and Coralie. The weather there was just a little bit ahead of us and I know from visits in the past that they go directly into summer. Still, it was fun to be in a more suburban environment for awhile. Jennifer and I had dinner at Young Joni, which won the James Beard award for the best chef in the Midwest.

On returning to Maine, I noticed that finally our trees are budding and we need a couple of warm days to make everything pop. The harbor has been quiet with moorings going in, but no additional boats yet. The wild cherry trees are blooming and the forsythia is its most vibrant yellow gold.

Memorial Day weekend is May 25-27 so there will be lots of parades in the area and picnics (if the weather cooperates). I remember one Memorial Day with temperatures in the 90s. So get out your flags and go watch the parade!

Thought for the week: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." — John F. Kennedy