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 goods 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.

Also, the library will be offering "Art in the Stacks" from Sept. 8 through Oct. 3. New original work for sale from six well known Maine artists will be featured.

A charming hand-embroidered Peter Rabbit quilt will be on display in the Reading Room; the quilt will be sold by silent auction. If you have a grandchild, this would be a perfect gift. Please call 567-4147 for more information.

Regional School Unit 20

School starts Sept. 8. Free breakfast and lunch for all students has been extended through Dec. 31. All pre-K through 12th grade students will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge.

Town Office

Tax bills have gone out and taxes are due Oct. 20 for the first half and April 20 for the second half.

Cornerstone Bible Baptist Church has closed on the elementary school property and Pastor Brandon Pelkey and congregation have begun work fixing it up.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The Historical Society donated its Harriet Hichborn Collection to Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport in 2015. The collection consists of 391 5-by-7-inch glass plate negatives as well as some of the postcards she produced with them. Hichborn lived her entire life in Stockton Springs. She was born in 1869 and died in December 1923. The Hichborn house on Church Street is now a restaurant. Her collection is online on the museum’s website and available for viewing.

There is still a lot of news on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site. Posted are local garden stands, face mask sellers, and questions asked and answered for people seeking all kinds of services and where to buy certain things in the area.

The Stockton Harbor Oyster Co. has started selling oysters from our very own harbor.

There are still many vacationers in Maine, which perhaps will quiet down after Labor Day, which is late this year. There is a construction project by the bridge in Prospect and traffic is being diverted around the area. There are projects going on in Searsport as well, so traffic can be slow on Route 1.

Like the vacationers, the hummingbirds are moving south and according to one site, the males leave first, leaving the females and young to follow later.

Some of my snowbird neighbors have decided to stay in Maine for the winter. Hope they have some warm clothes to wear. The first day of autumn is Sept. 22 and fall colors are just starting to change in some trees. Still, the weather has been great and sailboats have been raising their sails for another gorgeous day on Penobscot Bay.

My son Ryan Leahey and I did a number of hikes while he was here visiting me. There are so many beautiful spots to go for a hike or walk nearby, so take advantage of this great weather and get out and enjoy nature, which is a balm to our spirits in these troubled times. Stay healthy, everyone!

Thought for the week: “Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” — Wallace Stevens.