Town Office

Thank you to all the workers who work the town polls on Election Day! Everyone is always so pleasant and helpful.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, and I have not heard whether there will be memorial service at the park in town.

The tent for the Town Office takeout window is still up as of this writing for people to use to conduct official business. A lot of the services can be done online if you have access to a computer.

Community Library

Please consider volunteering at the town library. Also, donating your bottles to the library earns about $6,000 each year to purchase books and other media for the library and our town. The library also provides Wi-Fi access, even when the library is closed — just sit on the front porch or in the gazebo or even in your car. Please call 567-4147 for more information.

RSU 20

As of Monday, Oct. 26, the schools are now classified as yellow. This is the hybrid continuing learning plan with students going at different times and with all sports and extra-curricular activities canceled.

The From Above group is accepting clothing, coats, non-perishable food items, gift cards and monetary donations for the housing insecure and less fortunate of Waldo County. Please contact Matt Bolduc at 299-7394 or drop off items at the UU Church, 37 Miller St. in Belfast. Because of the pandemic, this year may be very difficult for many residents of Waldo County and Stockton Springs, financially and otherwise. We need to keep spreading kindness and generosity in our neighborhoods.

Jenny Spang, a local baker, is offering fresh baked breads of all kinds on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook page. You can message her on that page to order her bread. She is also offering a subscription service if you are interested in a standing order of bread on a weekly basis.

The Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site is helpful for so many things. There are posts for lost pets, needed recommendations for various services and local traffic news.

Veterans Day is a federal, bank and state holiday. Originally called Armistice Day, it was established in 1938 to commemorate the end of World War I. In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to Veterans Day. Today it honors all living servicemen and women, active and retired, often with events and ceremonies to thank them for their service. Thank you to all our veterans for your service in wartime and in peacetime, including our most recent wars in Vietnam and the Middle East.

The lobster boats are busy all day, coming into the harbor loaded with traps being hauled from the water for the winter. The first snowflakes flew here on Wednesday afternoon. Still going out for a walk on a cold fall day energizes  mind and spirit.

Thanksgiving is on Thursday, Nov. 26, this year and it will be a different holiday for many because of the pandemic. We are experiencing a spike in our numbers here in Waldo County. I believe the message is to be considerate of the workers in stores and restaurants and everyone else you may have contact with by wearing your mask, washing your hands and social distancing. Stay safe!

Thought for the week: “When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” — Kristin Armstrong.