Stockton Springs Community Library

Don’t forget the library Fall Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They are accepting baked good donations but no book donations this year. There will be another Facebook Live Read Aloud on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. for a virtual story time for children. Please call 567-4147 for more information. Also, redeemable bottles and cans can be dropped off at the white wagon that sits out front of the library. This also raises a lot of money to keep our local library going strong.

Town Office

Recycling is always the second and fourth Thursdays of the month, so Aug. 27 is the next date. September recycling dates are the 10th and 24th.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. til noon, e-waste is accepted at the Town Garage and disposal is free to town residents. This is where to bring old televisions, computer parts, light bulbs and batteries.

Community Builders

The next bingo night will be Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Come and join the fun!

Betty Fraser posted a lovely tribute to her deceased husband, Tom Fraser, on Stockton Springs Talks. He served on the town Select Board and many other committees, and donated his time and talents to many organizations in town. He is an example of what a good citizen of Stockton Springs should be.

I think volunteering is the backbone of American life and democracy. If you have the time, talent or willingness, please volunteer for the many town committees, the library or other town organizations. School supplies for our students are needed and food and donations can be made to the Kindness Program. Please contact Jayne Snowdale for more information at 407-694-8733.

I just finished reading “The Splendid and the Vile” by Erik Larson on Winston Churchill and World War II right up to when America entered the war. It is amazing that Britain and London were able to withstand the nightly bombings that the Germans unleashed on them. It appears that Churchill’s one goal was to stay free until the Americans could be talked into joining the war.

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor led to us declaring war on both Japan and Germany. It’s hard to imagine that Europe could have been all Germany now. One dictator can change the course of a nation and history. Since I love to read, there is always a new book that I am looking forward to reading and so much to learn about life and history by reading.

Individual farm markets continue to be listed on Facebook either on the site Stockton Springs Talks or Stockton Springs Area Market on the Farm. This summer has been great for gardeners with its many sunny warm days. Why bother to go into a big store when you can buy the freshest food at our local residents’ garden stands?

Two rainstorms passed through this week but they were not enough to turn the grass from brown to green. The humidity dropped and we had some top 10 days of blue skies, light winds and warm but not hot days.

There are many vacationers in our area right now, with tourists in all the towns. Still, going through Camden the other day was not bad at all traffic-wise. Normally, Route 1 is backed up quite a distance before getting into the town. It’s hard to believe that August is almost over, but September is always a beautiful month here in Maine.

Thought for the week: “I would really rather feel bad in Maine than feel good anywhere else.” — E.B. White.