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Town Office

The town will hold a special town meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. downstairs at the Town office. The purpose is to appropriate funds to maintain the Stockton Springs Elementary School until final determination of the property use.

Don't forget the metal and white goods pickup on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 a.m. Recycling dates will be Oct. 10 and 24 this month.

Congratulations to all the runners who participated in the Stockton Springs Ambulance Run for Life Race on Sept. 21, and especially to George Skala, age 7, who competed in the Fun Run.

Sandy Point Community Center

The Annual Harvest Supper will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Sandy Point Community Club. There will be both turkey and ham dinners with all the fixings and homemade pies for dessert. The two servings are at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m.

The suggested donations for the meals are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 5 years old. The Sandy Point Community Club is located at 684 Route 1 in Stockton Springs. For more information, please call 323-7900. The next open Mic night will be on Oct. 16.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The guest speaker at the next meeting of Stockton Springs Historical Society on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1:30 p.m., will be Searsport Town Historian Charlene Knox Farris. Her topic will be Richard Stimpson (1740-1813), the original surveyor of Route 1 from Belfast to Fort Pownal. One of the first settlers in the Mt. Ephraim area, Stimpson was part of the local militia and engaged in several skirmishes with groups of Redcoats, who came to plunder local settlers.

According to our town's website, "In May of 1759 a 'posse' of four hundred men, under Massachusetts Royal Governor Thomas Pownal and General Samuel Waldo, arrived at the mouth of the Penobscot River with both permanence and strong defense in mind. They anchored in what is now known as Fort Point Harbor and set up their first campsite on Cape Jellison.

"It soon became evident that the spot the British had chosen to defend themselves from attack, was also a perfect spot for putting down roots. It offered a couple of excellent harbors, easier travel than in the deeper inland woods, and some of the finest sheltered coves along this part of the coast. A garrison was established and Fort Pownal was built immediately, along with a small Anglican Chapel, of bricks baked in England and wood cut on the site. Until 1783, when the St. Croix River was made the boundary between Maine and Canada, Fort Pownal was the easternmost settlement in Maine."

This is the topic for discussion at the historical society's meeting Oct. 6.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum is extending its Maine Marine Fare Conference with a series of evening talks focused on the current state of Maine’s fisheries. The talks will be at 6 p.m., and will take place at the museum’s Old Vestry, 2 Church St., Searsport. The cost is $5 for museum members and $8 for general admission.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, Bill Anderson will discuss ground fishing out of Tenant’s Harbor from 1949 to 2000. For more information on the Maine Marine Fare Speaker Series, call 548-2529 or visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org/events-list/.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Coastal Mountains Land Trust will host a talk at the library by CMLT board member Roger Rittmaster, “Creating an Eco-friendly Landscape — Why Insects Are So Important.” Roger is a retired medical doctor and an entomologist.

Fall is definitely here now and mornings have been cool but we have not had a frost here in Stockton Springs yet. Some of the local snowbirds are staying until Thanksgiving and are hoping to see snow, while the year-rounders are thinking definitely not ready for snow.

The crows are hanging out down by the water and more ducks are visible early in the morning in groups in the harbor. Lots of little yellow warblers are in the birch tree outside my window eating bugs off the leaves as I sit writing this today. The leaves on the trees across the harbor are showing a faint tinge of red as are the blueberry fields on top of Fletchers Hill.

Oct. 14 is Columbus Day and the leaf peepers will be up for a final long weekend before the cold weather and storms remove all the leaves from the trees. The occasional smell of wood smoke in the air brings back memories of wood stoves past. Enjoy these beautiful blue sky days!

Thought for the week: "We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch — we are going back from whence we came." — John F. Kennedy.