Stockton Springs Community Library

Don't forget that on Saturday, June 1, the Annual Book Bake and Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The library is accepting donations of gently used books and videos for the next week for the annual sale. Home-baked goods can be dropped off the morning of the sale. Plants can be brought to the Plant Tent a day or so before the sale date. The books and videos are sold across the street from the library in the Firehouse garage. For more information, please call 567-4147.

The next big event will be the Pie and Art Festival on Aug. 17.

Town Office

Shellfish licenses will go on sale Monday, June 3, at 9 a.m. There are limited licenses available.

Election Day: Tuesday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. downstairs at the Town Office. Municipal ballot includes: referendum question regarding Stockton Springs Elementary School, vote for selectmen — both Peter Curley and Arnold Connor will be on the ballot — as well as Vern Thompson for fire chief. Absentee ballots are available until June 4. Between June 5 and 10, they are available only if you meet special circumstance requirements.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The June meeting of the Historical Society will be Sunday, June 2, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Colcord House. We will start with a program presented by Ed Burns.

The program will be about the trip some of our local American Legion members took to France last year. They visited the area where the plane, of which Jerry Dobbins was a crew member, crashed in World War II, and were present for ceremonies honoring the crew.

In case you don't know, Jerry Dobbins was from Stockton and died in the crash. Our local Legion post is named for him.

The business meeting will be at the end of the meeting with a refreshment break between the program and the business meeting.

Yacht Club

Stockton Harbor Yacht Club will be having an open house and deck party on Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. A family-friendly nonprofit organization located at 12 Cape Docks Road, the club offers both social and boating memberships and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Membership benefits include key-coded access to the beautiful waterfront club, a pickleball court and club boats. Come find out why people are talking about the friendliest club on Penobscot Bay! The deck party will be a potluck event. All members and guests are welcome.

For more information, please contact stocktonharboryachtclub@gmail.com or visit Facebook under Stockton Harbor Yacht Club.

Activity is picking up in the harbor with more sailboats coming in and masts and moorings going in and up. The winds were strong this week, causing my deck furniture and outdoor rug to blow around.

As many as four hummingbirds were at my feeder with constant battles over who is feeding on it. There have been crazy weather days with short bursts of rain and clearing every few minutes. The Friends of Sears Island posted photos of a rainbow after one quick storm. Everyone is lamenting the lack of any warm days and even though I planted lettuce seeds, nothing has come up.

My son-in-law Colin's asparagus bed has produced, but he is waiting for the third year to pick any. My raised bed was rebuilt, thanks to my neighbor Harry, so I am ready to start planting. The garden centers are bursting with plants but so far nature has not cooperated with any warm weather. More people are also gardening in containers if they don't have access to a gardening area. Please get out and enjoy the sunshine when you can.

Thought for the week

"The lesson I have so thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives." — Gertrude Jekyll