Town Office

The Town Office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Tax bills will be sent at the end of this month/beginning of next month. The first half is due Tuesday, Oct. 22, and the second half is due Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Only one bill is sent! The bill will have two stubs, one for each payment.

If you need a copy or the amount due, you can always get that from the clerks (but not until after they are sent). Tax bills are sent to the owner of record as of April 1 per state statute. If your address has changed and you know you won’t receive the one mailed, please call the Town Office and request a copy.

Also, please keep in mind that tax bills are also based on the assessed value as of April 1, again per state statute. Mailing address: 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981, or call 567-3404 if you have any questions.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Don't forget The Great Event on Sept. 7 for the giant yard sale, food and children's events. Please call 567-4147 for further information.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The next historical society open showrooms are Saturday, Aug. 17 and 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Thursday, Aug. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The dates and times are also posted by the bulletin board in the Colcord House and on the showroom door, also known as the library.

Lighthouse Pizza and Pub

Please drop off backpacks and other school supplies for Stockton Springs children. First day of school is Thursday, Aug. 29.

My condolences to the family of Basil Staples, a long-time Stockton Springs resident, who passed away recently. He and his wife Mary were instrumental in starting the library in town and collecting the returnables that so far have contributed $100,000 toward upkeep and books. In 2016, he was awarded the Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for his dedicated service to the town. He will be greatly missed by everyone in our town.

While my son Ryan was here visiting me, we drove up to see the Katahdin National Monument Park, up past Medway. We drove on the loop road with the thought that we would look to see if it warranted national park status. I remember there was a lot of controversy about the land being donated by Roxanne Quimby to the federal government.

The overlook area had a couple of picnic tables and a spectacular view of the mountains in Maine. The road is gravel and dirt and I think an SUV or truck is best for those conditions. There is a group, The Friends of Katahdin National Monument Park, on Facebook. While it was a beautiful spot, I feel that it needs a lot more work to establish trails and other features to make it more accessible to visitors.

A blue heron has taken up residence in the Mill Pond and patiently fishes in the area. Also, fishing boats are there, and people are fishing from the bridge. Every night when the water in the harbor becomes still, fish can be seen jumping down below my place. When I first moved to Maine, there were very few fish in the harbor, so it is good to see that the harbor is in better shape environmentally.

The hummingbirds have been feeding voraciously at my feeders and soon will be on their way south.

Visitors are still flocking to Maine and the traffic on Route 1 is still continuous. There are numerous fairs and festivals in the area to go to. It's beginning to feel like fall in the evenings and mornings now with a tinge of cool temperatures in the air. Mums are in the garden centers already. My flowers and vegetables are doing wonderfully and I have plenty of Sun Gold tomatoes, which are very sweet. August is winding down now, so enjoy being outdoors as much as possible.

Thought for the week

"To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment." — Jane Austen