Town Office

Please get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls are open at the Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The town is continuing to do business at the takeout window with the tent and I went to pay my taxes last week and it all works quite well. Please be considerate of fellow town residents and maintain social distancing and face masks.

Saturday, Oct. 31, is Universal Waste Drop-Off day, which is always the last Saturday of the month. Please check the town website for what is acceptable, but most electronics, such as old televisions, computers, monitors, etc., are OK. Recycling for November will be Nov. 12 and the second Thursday of the month falls on Thanksgiving, so check with the town to see when they will be picking it up. Please do not put your recycling in plastic bags but use a plastic bin of any kind.

Community Builders

Stockton Springs Community Builders will be holding a Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Stockton Town Office. Donations of time and all things Halloween are being accepted at the Town Office. Please come down and join in the fun while wearing your COVID masks and being careful of social distance. While this may seem to be a very subdued Halloween, children should still have fun and enjoy the day.

Don’t forget the next Bingo night at Town Hall will be Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Community Library

Please consider buying some of the art displayed at the library and put in a bid on the silent auction baby quilt. The art sale and silent auction end Saturday, Oct. 31. This is a fundraiser for the library and we are lucky in Stockton Springs to have such an active group of volunteers who staff the library. They hold many events that benefit the town by bringing people to our town.

On a visit to the post office this week, there was already a person in the small business area. As this is a very small area, one person at a time would probably be best during the pandemic. A resident was busy throwing out their election mail and I am glad to be registered as an independent so I don’t get any.

Harbor activities are winding down and most sailboats are gone or have had their masts taken down in preparation for being hauled out for the winter. Lobster boats continue operating and the weather has been warmer than usual this week. Many days have been in the 60s, but the Midwest has already gotten cold and snow that may come our way.

Daylight Saving Time ends Oct. 31, and we will fall back an hour so it will be dark early in the evenings now. Time to get the wood stacked, the bird feeders filled, the furnace cleaned and the winter clothes ready to go.

November always seems to be a brown month to me, with the foliage gone except for the oaks, which retain their leaves the longest. After Halloween, there seems to be a mad dash for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we shall see what this different pandemic year will bring.

I have been trying to stay home and go for walks and hikes more frequently. Please wear something brightly colored to protect yourself from hunters. And we are all very thankful that Route 1 in Stockton Springs is open after a month of closure. Happy Halloween to you all!

Thought for the week: “There is nothing permanent except change.” — Heraclitus.