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Food distribution

Thanks to Waldo County Community Action Partners, Waldo County Bounty and Maine Farmers Exchange, USDA Farm to Families food boxes will be distributed in the Town Office parking lot Wednesday, Aug. 19, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Boxes will contain potatoes, mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and milk. Boxes are available to all residents with no eligibility requirements or costs and are limited to one per car. Maine Farmers Exchange through the USDA Farm to Families Food Boxes is paying for the food. Please call Cherie Merrill at 338-6809, ext.  202, for more information or email her at cmerrill@waldocap.org.

RSU 20

Regional School Unit 20 has issued a Learning Continuity Plan survey to school families with differing plans of going back to school in September. The survey is on their Facebook website and their RSU website. It is a difficult decision for people as to whether or not to send their children back to school.

Community Builders

Stockton Spring Community Builders is already planning its Christmas gathering. It will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. It will be an afternoon filled with sleigh rides, Santa, crafts, games, treats, a nativity pageant and our tree lighting with caroling! Stay turned for more information. Even though the holidays seem a long time away, they will be upon us quickly!

Summer was when tribes of Abenakis and Tarratines came to the coast and fished and hunted along Stockton Harbor. These tribes eventually formed the Penobscots, who clammed, fished and traded with the French and British explorers from the late 16th to the mid-18th century, according to the town website. There are still shell middens along the harbor from the piles of clams that were eaten by the tribes. At one time, I was told that arrowheads were found along the shore of the harbor but I have never seen one although I am an avid shoreline walker.

Everyone was ready for the storm Isaias last week but there was only a small amount of wind and rain overnight in our area. The Weather Channel had everyone ready and it totally missed Florida but did hit North Carolina and then Delaware and New Jersey with many power outages and trees down.

Warm weather continues but early this morning it was only 58 degrees. We are at the peak of vacation season, with the bulk of license plates seeming to be from New York. I’m not sure anyone is left in the eastern part of that state.

There have been more sightings of the browntail moth in Stockton with people getting rashes from them. The town's Facebook page has a brochure that explains how to get rid of them. They seem to favor apple trees and are distinguished as curled up in a leaf with a white yarn-like thread visible. The twigs can be cut off and either soaked in soapy water for a few days or burned. Of course, you should take proper precautions if burning them as our ground is very dry and fires easy to start.

Lots of local farm stands are open on Saturdays and some more often and are run on the honor system. There are new cabins in Sandy Point for rent, perfect for overflow guests. Also, the yurts down at the harbor and the Harborside RV Resort are open. I really miss the Yankee being in Stockton Harbor this summer and hope Vern and Melissa Thompson will be able to get her back in the water next summer. The harbor is full of all types of boats and on hot days, many additional boats are launched. So enjoy the summer, but be safe!

Thought for the week: “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” — Benjamin Disraeli.