Community library

The library is holding a Fall Book and Bake Sale Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (unless they sell out earlier). So come and find that special book or two, the movies and shows you’ve always wanted. While you are here, we are sure you will not be able to leave without buying some scrumptious homemade baked goods, which they are famous for!

Robbie Pendleton’s molasses cookies are always a big hit. As you may know, this event was usually held in June, but with the pandemic happening, it has been put off until September. Donations of baked goods are always welcome, but book donations will not be accepted this year because of lack of space. Please call 567-4147 for further information.

The Genealogy Club is meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library. If the weather is nice, they will sit outside in the gazebo (or near it if you bring your own chair). Masks and social distancing are in effect. New members always welcome, but please contact the library and leave a message for Veronica in advance to ensure there is space available. Also, don’t forget that the library is looking for volunteers if you have a few hours a week or month to spare.

Community Builders

The group held a successful bingo night outside behind the Town Office Aug. 11 and will host another bingo night Sept. 8. The group will continue to hold bingo on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Condolences to the family of Arnold Connor, also known as Bumpa, who ran his antique and auction business locally for years. He was involved in many activities in Stockton, including the fire department. He will be missed by many in our town.

Currently I am reading “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson on the life of Winston Churchill, prime minister of England at the beginning of World War II. On these hot afternoons, it is easy to take a break and read about a fascinating time in history.

We are now in a serious drought with no rain in a while. Just a few drops one afternoon were all we have had. Everyone is out watering gardens and flower beds to keep things alive. Meanwhile, the South is getting deluged with thunderstorms and plenty of rain.

A Coast Guard ship spent two nights in Stockton Harbor this past week. It was certainly a beautiful time to be on the water, as the Perseid meteor showers were giving a splendid show. I was out around 10 o’clock for two nights and saw many meteors with some quite large ones.

When I was in Belfast the other day, the yacht King Baby, a 140-foot vessel built in 2016, was docked. It can be chartered for $160,000. per week. I checked out the interior photos of the yacht online, and it is amazing. It looks more like a five-star hotel than any boat I have ever been on.

It appears that the American Cruise Line ships that normally visit Maine’s smaller ports in the summer are cancelled for the entire season. These smaller cruise ships were often seen in Belfast and Bucksport and carried about 100 passengers on weekly cruises. Hopefully, next year will be a better year for everyone!

We still have plenty of beautiful weather outside for walking, hiking and boating. Take advantage of every single day, as it is a gift to us all.

Thought for the week: “No legacy is so rich as honesty.” – William Shakespeare.