Town Office

A huge thank you to Bob and Bonnie Brooks and Vern Thompson for donating their time and supplies to make Veteran's Park and the triangle look fabulous just in time for Memorial Day! Bonnie serves on the Parks Committee and they could use a few more members. Anyone who is interested in joining, please call the Town Office at 567-3404.

The Memorial Day parade was quite well-attended and the Regional School Unit 20 band played and marched in the parade for the first time.

The parking lot dedication ceremony will be held Saturday, June 15, at 8:15 a.m. (sharp), in memory of Marnie Diffin, former town manager, who passed away in August 2016 while serving the town.

Graduation for RSU 20 will be on June 6. Congratulations to all the graduates!

Don't forget Election Day on Tuesday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. downstairs at the Town Office. Municipal ballot includes a referendum question regarding Stockton Springs Elementary School, candidates for the Board of Selectmen (both Peter Curley and Arnold Connor will be on the ballot), as well as Vern Thompson for fire chief.

I have heard that it could cost a half-million dollars or more to make the building usable again. Everyone should take the time to consider this issue carefully and vote accordingly. The town manager has a video on the town Facebook site that everyone should watch.

The 2019 Annual Report is available either online or at the Town Hall.

Stockton Springs Community Library

The annual Book, Bake and Plant sale is tomorrow (Saturday), June 1, for those who read my column online. Wishing them a great turnout because the volunteers work hard on this event. The next big event is the Pie and Art Festival on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum will hold children’s programs on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Junior Adventurers starts June 19 and runs every Wednesday through Aug. 7. Each program begins at 11 a.m. and runs 30 minutes to one hour, and programs are free with museum admission. Families will discover the museum’s campus through stories, crafts, games, and special tours of the exhibits. These weekly programs are designed for children and their families to have fun at the museum. Each program will explore a different topic and include a craft to take home. Junior Adventurers has been made possible thanks to support from Wayne Hamilton in memory of Loraine Hamilton. For more information, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org or call 548-2529, ext. 213.

The trees have leafed out and spring flowers are fading as new flowering trees and plants take their places. Garden centers are packed with people who want to add some color to their yards or front porches. I received a gorgeous purple million belles hanging plant for my front porch for Mother's Day.

My broccoli and tomatoes are in my plot in the community garden and so far no watering has been required thanks to all the rain we are having. Also, had my first visit to Young's Lobster Pound for my first lobster of the season with Brooke, Colin, Margaret and Finley on a beautiful night.

The harbor is a lot busier and the Red Jacket sailboat is in for the season, a sure sign that summer is coming. The Yankee boat owned by Melissa Thompson has a GoFundMe page on Facebook as it needs $10,000 in repairs, so hoping she will be able to achieve her goal of getting the boat back into Stockton Harbor for cruises.

The harbor has picnic tables, grills, a gazebo, benches, restrooms and is a great spot for a picnic or a dip on a hot day. It is also a fantastic spot to watch the sunsets, as it faces west, and there have been exquisite sunsets here in Stockton Springs.

Thought for the week: "To stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf, is an unforgettable experience." — Frederick Franck