Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14, for Columbus Day.

There will be a special town meeting Saturday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m. downstairs at the Town Office regarding the elementary school building. Town residents have received a survey about what to do with the school, so please fill that out and take to the Town Office or mail it.

Don't forget the metals and white Goods pickup day on Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 a.m.

The first half of property taxes is due Oct. 22 and interest starts Oct. 23. If paying the first half only, the second half is due on April 22, 2020.

There are property check forms available at the Town Office if you will be away for an extended period and would like the police to check on your property.

Jennifer King, town manager, thanks Bonita Brooks and Misti Guerin for the gardening work they did on the Town Office property and is asking for additional volunteers for trail and garden maintenance.

The town salt and sand pile has been set up by the maintenance yard for winter use for Stockton Springs residents. Also, don't forget recycling this month is Oct. 10 and 24.

Creating an eco-friendly backyard

Dr. Roger Rittmaster, Maine master naturalist, avid nature photographer and Coastal Mountains Land Trust board member, will discuss why native plants and insects are so important in a talk on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library.

Each opportunity to invite and sustain pollinators is critical as open space becomes more limited. Ensuring that what is planted is native, inviting and nourishing to a wide range of insects and butterflies is important. This presentation will give you the information you need and help you identify what you see when you go hiking or visiting open spaces.

Sandy Point Community Club

On Oct. 16, Timbered Lake will perform at the club with lyrical songs, luminous harmonies and indigenous percussion music. Open Mic is from 7 to 8 p.m. and the featured talent is from 8:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi continues at Stockton Springs Community Library on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There will be a Halloween party and parade on Oct. 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

Community Builders is hosting bingo for adults on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. downstairs at the Town Office. Bingo will take place on Oct. 8 and Nov. 12, with no bingo during December.

Regional School Unit 20

Friday, Oct. 11, is an in-service day and Monday, Oct. 14, schools will be closed for Columbus Day.

There was much excitement on Cape Jellison on Wednesday night, Oct. 2, when State Police closed Cape Jellison Road to all traffic starting from the town maintenance yard. Police say just before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, Brian Saunders of Bangor sped by an officer at the intersection of Hammond and Ohio streets in Bangor. After a high-speed chase, Saunders fled the scene.

On Wednesday night State Police surrounded an area on Cape Jellison but said later it was a case of mistaken identity. Town residents who were trying to get to their homes were prohibited by the police and were welcomed at the Lighthouse Pizza and Pub.

Saunders was found Thursday afternoon by drug enforcement agents and the Bangor police and arrested.

In the harbor

Many sailboats are out of the water already, while others have been demasted and are awaiting going on the hard for the winter season. Still see the seals leaping out of the water chasing fish. Leaf peeping season is upon us with fall foliage in western Maine at peak this weekend.

We've been getting a lot of rainy days this past week but all of my vegetables and flowers are done except for my broccoli and Rieger begonias, which bloom all season long. It was 37 degrees the other morning, so everyone is switching to long sleeves and long pants. And in the rest of the U.S., there are temperatures in the 90s!

Did another complementary wine pairing at the Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville last Sunday and the food was cupcakes paired with wine. It was divine! It is a lovely place to go on a sunny afternoon for a tasting in a beautiful spot.

There are many fall fairs and festivals over the next few weekends and, of course, apple picking and pumpkin picking. With Halloween coming, the stores are full of decorations and candy. It is a beautiful time of year in Maine and in Stockton Springs.

Thought for the week: "Happiness is not ready made. It comes from your own actions." — Dalai Lama