Stockton Springs Historical Society

The Historical Society will meet Sunday, July 14, at 1:30 p.m. Open house dates for the society will be Saturdays, July 20 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Colcord House Library Building.

Town Office

The Town Office is located at 217 Main St. and is open Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Recycling dates are July 11 and 25. Please recycle your cardboard at the town maintenance yard.

Stockton Springs Community Church

Vacation Bible School runs July 15-19 from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 5-12. For more information, please call 567-7722.

Stockton Harbor Cruises

The Yankee is now offering cruises on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. over to Castine and back. Also, there are evening cruises on Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and cruises on Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to see Fort Point Lighthouse from the water. Please call 322-5530 for reservations and more information.

I went aboard for a cruise this past Friday night and appetizers were served and there was music aboard. It was a delightful evening with Melissa and Vern. We got to see the osprey nest on the Maine Maritime dock and view the boats in the harbor up close.

The weather has been hot and sunny with a wild thunderstorm thrown in on Saturday night. I was in Boston and Cape Cod last week and it was hot and sunny there as well. I love the Italian food in Boston’s North End and, of course, the pastries from Mike’s Pastries. My granddaughter Coralie and I went out on a whale watching trip from the Boston Aquarium and saw three whales out by the Stellwagen Banks. Then to Cape Cod and the beach, where the lifeguards were flying the shark flags on their stands to indicate that sharks live in those waters and to be watchful.

My garden sprang to life while I was gone, with peonies and roses blooming — as well as weeds. There are so many activities at this time of year — get out and enjoy them!

Thought for the week: “Summertime is always the best of what might be.” — Charles Bowden