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The next Bingo event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in the lower level of the Town Office. They are tentatively planning a Halloween Spooktacular for Saturday, Oct. 31, with more information to follow.

Town Office

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the Town Office will be opening its doors to the public. They ask that you please wear a face covering. If you are unable to do so, please call the Town Office for alternative assistance (outside service) at 567-3404. Only two customers will be allowed inside at a time. Please wait outside if you see two people at the counter.

The Town Office is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Many renewals of registrations, licenses, etc., can be done online and the links are published on the town's Facebook page. The annual fall cleanup will be on Saturday, Oct. 17, with items placed curbside by 7 a.m. The list of acceptable and non-acceptable items is listed on the town’s Facebook site. If you cannot do it this October, the next cleanup day will be May 15, 2021.

The town is still seeking volunteers for committees, so please call and check with Jennifer King, town manager, to see what committees are in need.

Recycling dates for October will be the 8th and 22nd, Thursdays. Once again, a reminder that absolutely no plastic bags will be accepted by the recycling company, so if you do not have a blue recycling bin, paper bags or other plastic bins may be used.

 

Community Library

Art in the Stacks dates have been extended through Oct. 31! The artists have added some new art to replace what has sold. Come down to the library and see what is here. Please call 567-4147 for more details. The artwork is beautiful and there are so many talented artists in this area.

Donna Kelley McNamara, a Stockton baker, is posting on Stockton Springs Talks all of her baked goods for sale. Looks yummy!

Jessika Brooks Brewer of French’s Point posted a beautiful photo of their tent for weddings and other events. It is a gorgeous spot for any event!

The old Perry’s place on Route 1 has used cars on the property, so perhaps a new business is there.

My friend Michele and I drove up to Greenville and Moosehead Lake last Saturday to see the foliage. We also saw two covered bridges on the way up Route 15, which were historical. There were several airplanes landing and taking off on the lake, which was quite interesting to watch. The fall foliage in Western Maine was at its peak and the day had perfect blue skies to make all the red, orange and yellow trees stand out.

According to the news, this weekend will be peak for all of New England. Across Stockton Harbor the trees have changed from a faint blush of color to the more vibrant fall colors. Some of the sailboats in the harbor are being de-masted in preparation for their being put on the hard.

Indigenous Peoples Day is on Monday, Oct. 12, and there will be the usual holiday closings. We have finally had rain with two days of fog and rain earlier this week. Now that the gardens are winding down, there is finally water from nature.

October's first full moon was the harvest moon on Oct. 1, and the second full moon will occur on Oct. 31. The harvest moon is the name given to the full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. The full Halloween blue moon will rise at 10:49 a.m. ET on Oct. 31 — which explains why the moon will be visible across time zones.

This is also the last day of Daylight Saving Time, so set your clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. on Nov. 1. It’s always sad to have the evening shortened with a very early sunset for November and December, but then the days start to get longer again. I love the change of seasons here in New England.

Thought for the week: “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”— Mahatma Gandhi.