Community Library

A grant from the Davis Family Foundation has enabled the Stockton Springs Community Library to make improvements to “Mary’s Room,” the library’s Children’s Room. The room was named in honor of the late Mary Staples, one of the library’s main founders.

Upgrades include new standing bookcases made by Clyde L. Brooks, in addition to a new table and chairs. These improvements will enable the library to accommodate more children at programs and will allow for more work spaces for the children to engage in art and craft programs. The new bookcases will also allow younger children to shelve books, which was difficult to do with the former bin-type bookcases.

Don't forget the final two Tuesday story hours are on July 23 and July 30 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Harbor Days

On Friday, July 26, from 7 to 10 p.m., Stockton Springs Community Builders will host a Street Dance in town as the start of the annual Harbor Days. On Saturday, July 27, the fun begins at 11 a.m. at the harbor, with boat rides, games, food and more until 4 p.m. For more information, contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Sandy Point Community Club

The Pie Palooza supper fundraiser will be held on Wednesday, July 31, with two seatings at 5 and 5:45 p.m. There will be savory pies for dinner and sweet pies for dessert. If you are interested in donating a pie, please bring the pie(s) ready to serve in disposable pie tins to the hall between 3 and 4:30 p.m.

Lighthouse Pizza and Pub

Saturday nights are prime rib nights at $18.99 for a full meal. They are also having free pizza and drinks, water slides and fun activities for children once a month. They have a Facebook page and their events are posted on it. Also, they are going to start a backpack drive for school. Please call 567-9027 for more information.

Stockton Springs Harbor Cruises

Cruises are running several days during the week now, weather permitting. For more information, check their Facebook page or call 207-322-5530.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Saturday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a watercolor journaling workshop will be taught by author Lucinda Hathaway. The workshop is designed as an activity for families with no prior experience necessary. Preregistration is required by Aug. 2. The cost of the workshop, which includes museum admission, is $30, or $20 for museum members and Stockton and Searsport residents. For more information or to register, please call 548-2529 or email jganskop@pmm-maine.org.

Don't forget the American Legion Annual Sale on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Legion Post on Route 1 in Sandy Point.

Stockton Springs has a great deal of shoreline from Stockton Harbor as far up as the Penobscot River in Sandy Point. Recently some lion jellyfish were found on the beach at Sandy Point and Dave Estes, our harbormaster, was called by the media to chat about the jellyfish.

There are about 15 women involved in the Women on the Water Program run by the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club. I went this past Tuesday night and was lucky enough to go out on the Red Jacket sailboat owned by John Funk. It was a lovely summer night on the water and we motored out to Penobscot Bay where John turned off the engine (a blissful moment to a sailor) and raised the sails. I miss going out into the bay sailing and Belle, our sailboat. If I can hitch a ride on a boat for a sail, that's what I will do.

One evening this week there was an eagle sitting in a tree on the harbor shoreline below me. An osprey kept flying at the eagle for a few minutes and the eagle would shake it off. The eagle grew tired of the game and flew off with the osprey in pursuit. So much nature to enjoy in our harbor!

Gardens are doing well now, and I have small tomatoes on my plants. Spent some time weeding this past week as the weeds always grow regardless of the weather. This weekend will be Harbor Days, so there will be lots of activities by the water — so come on down to the harbor park and enjoy supporting our community!

Thought for the week: "Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn." — Ralph Waldo Emerson