Stockton Springs Community Library

Please consider becoming a volunteer at the library, as because of COVID-19, some volunteers are unable to return. Our library is a vital and busy part of the Stockton Springs town. Normally there would be story hours, author talks, and different bake and book sale events during the summer. Please call 567-4147 for more information. Also, don’t forget that the free meals for children are ongoing through Aug. 27 with pickup at the library on Mondays and Thursdays.

Town Office

Stockton Springs has eliminated trash stickers. Beginning July 24, place your trash curbside without stickers. The decision was made to add the cost to the town budget. There were concerns from citizens that it was difficult to get to the Town Office during business hours to purchase the stickers. Most people have either done their renewals, etc. at the takeout window or online. For more information, call 567-3404.

Stockton Harbor yurts

Stockton Harbor Yurts is now accepting reservations, so if you have overflow guests, consider reserving a yurt right on the harbor. The website is stocktonharboryurts.com and the email is info@stocktonharbormaine.com. I checked out the website and the yurts look pretty amazing on the inside with a kitchen, bathroom, queen size bed and couch. Plus, it is right on the harbor, so you can launch your kayak or bring a bigger boat to launch at the town boat launch next to it. Please call 207-653-1428 for more information.

Don’t forget that the American Legion Sale is Aug. 1 and 2, and you never know what you might find there.

Hopefully, everyone got to see the comet as I did on one clear night using binoculars. There were so many cloudy nights and foggy mornings that I was not sure if I would get a chance to see it. There have been many gorgeous photos of the comet Neowise on the internet. I was able to see the Big Dipper straight across the harbor and underneath it were some stars. I looked at those stars through my binoculars and indeed, one of them had a tail. I was thrilled to see it, which doesn’t take much during the pandemic.

Now we are into the “dog days of summer” as it has been very hot out. Nowadays it means that we have entered the hottest period of summer. According to the Greeks and Romans, it was when the star Sirius rose in late July, bringing thunderstorms, fever and mad dogs. The Dog Star can be found by following below the line of Orion’s belt. Soon we will be into the Perseid meteor shower, which always occurs in the middle of August.

All of Maine is so green now with all the trees and flowers blooming. Roadsides are now full of black-eyed Susans, Queen Anne’s lace and blue cornflowers. My neighbor Harry gave me three zucchini plants this spring and now I have lots of zucchini. This is when they say not to leave your car unlocked because you may end up with some surprise zucchini in it.

Walking has become an early morning form of exercise as this year it seems hotter than in years past. I am reading “The Dutch House,” by Ann Patchett, and it is excellent. Summer is always the perfect time to sit out on your porch and enjoy a good book with an iced tea with garden mint. Stay cool and healthy.

Thought for the week: “There is the sky, which is all men’s together” – Euripides