Stockton Springs Community Library

Stockton Springs Community Library will host the fourth annual Great Event on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The grounds of the library and Town Office will once again be filled with a giant yard sale, barbecue, bake sale, strawberry shortcake, homemade doughnuts, children’s activities, games, face painting, and much more!

There are still a few spaces available in the yard sale. If you’d like to rent a space at the Great Event giant yard sale, you should come to the library soon during open hours. To reserve your space, you must fill out an application and pay in advance, either by check or cash. Spaces are approximately 10 feet by 15 feet. Cost is $35.

You may bring your own table or you can rent a table for an extra $5. Organizations and crafters are also welcome to rent space in the giant yard sale. The Great Event will happen rain or shine. For more information, call 567-4147.

In honor of Basil Staples, the bottle wagon in front of the library now bears the sign "Basil's Bottle Wagon." The sign was painted by Paulina Joyce of Stockton Springs.

Town Office

Trash should be curbside by 7 a.m. Pickup occurs every Friday. If trash pickup day falls on a holiday, pickup will be the next day or Saturday. Bags/containers must weigh no more than 40 lbs. and must have a trash sticker on each container or bag. Empty ink cartridges, eye glasses, cell phones, and small batteries (AA, AAA, D, etc.) are accepted at the Town Office during normal business hours, just inside the door, on the right.

There are two yearly debris pickup days — third Saturday in October for metals and third Saturday in April for wood. Check the town website closer to the dates for more information at stocktonsprings.org or call 567-3404. If you think the state of Maine did a half-hearted job on Main Street and Cape Jellison Road with the paving, perhaps you should contact your state representative to ask for a better job of it.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Back by popular demand, Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host Kites and Ice Cream at the Beech Hill Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. This fun event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required.

Free kites will be provided to registered children, along with a coupon for a complimentary ice cream cone (ice cream will also be for sale for all of you big kids). Please leave your pets at home for this child-focused day of fun.

To register your child, please email info@coastalmountains.org. An adult must accompany participating children at all times.

More work has also been done recently at the Main Stream Preserve trail in Stockton Springs so if you haven't been there, try it out for a pleasant walk in the woods.

The Lewiston Evening Journal reported on Saturday, Nov. 8, 1924, the "Stockton Springs Docks and Store Houses and four-masted schooner burned." A subhead reported the "Loss Close to Half Million — One of the Piers destroyed was Among Largest in World — Large Quantity of Lumber Lost."

The docks were owned by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad and were developed, according to the newspaper, in 1904-05. The article stated that fire apparatus from Belfast, Bangor and Searsport fought the blaze with several hundred volunteer firefighters. It reported that a coal barge was saved but a four-masted schooner loading lumber went aground while being hauled into the bay and caught fire.

The article also reported that the docks had had little use recently and that the largest dock was in the process of being dismantled. So today, over a hundred years later, you can still see pieces of wood that formed the docks along the shore. Now it is an active lobstering and pleasure boating harbor with docks, picnic tables, benches and a yacht club, and an asset to the town.

August is winding down and thoughts turn to school starting. Snowbirds are contemplating returning south to their endless summer.

I was driving down Cape Jellison Road just before Docks Road one morning last week and came across a large doe standing in the middle of the road, with a second one in the woods. The doe gave me a look and then vanished into the trees. As I have hit two deer in my lifetime, I did not want to hit another and proceeded with care.

The harbor is still busy with boat traffic and the Yankee making trips with town people and tourists alike. This week I saw the seal creating a wake as it fished for food. It has been a crazy week with rainstorms and sunshine, rainbows, and some beautiful sunsets. But the rain is great for the vegetable and flower gardens.

My string beans are in and plenty of tomatoes. It always seems to me that the end of August brings just a few days of coolness so people think thoughts of fall. Then the temperatures go back up in September, making it a beautiful month here in Maine.

Thought for the week: "Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once." — John Archibald Wheeler.