Town Office

Voting went smoothly at Town Hall Nov. 3 with a bit more of a wait than usual as we had only three voting booths instead of the usual five. Also, the booths had to be wiped down between voters for safety. Thanks very much to all the poll workers here in town. There were 500 absentee ballots with over 1,070 in-person voters, according to the November newsletter from the Town Manager Jennifer King.

Dog licenses are available now and there are no late fees until January 2021.

Docks at the harbor have been removed for the season, and thanks to the Harbor Committee and Dave Estes for organizing the work.

The Giving Tree will go up in the Town Hall after Thanksgiving and donations will be accepted by calling ahead at 567-3404.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town Dec. 12; more information to follow. The Town Office will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 this year.

Community Builders

Special thanks to all who participated in the Halloween event and to those who donated the treats. They handed out 108 bags of candy and it was a big success. It was fun to see the children dressed up in their costumes. Bingo was canceled for Tuesday, Nov. 10, and hopefully, for bingo fans, something will be worked out to have it safely.

Community Library

The library is open Mondays, 3-5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 4-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It is closed Friday and Sunday.

The library has audio books, movies, children’s books and of course, lots of books to read. I am reading a detective series by Barry Maitland and listening to audio books by David Rosenfelt, who I believe lives in Maine part-time and has a rescue foundation for dogs.

Life is generally reduced to reading, watching TV and uneasy trips to get groceries. I'm also getting out for walks and hikes because Maine and Stockton Springs have so many natural sites to enjoy.

The next full moon will be on Nov. 30, following the beautiful blue moon Halloween night. The Leonid Meteor Showers will be visible on Nov. 17-18 for all you sky watchers. Darkness is falling early now with the end of Daylight Saving Time but the forecast is for warmer-than-average temperatures for the next week.

There are very few sailboats left in the harbor now. The sun is setting all the way over by Sears Island. There was even a small snow event this past week with a wet coating of snow on all the trees, making for a beautiful landscape.

Thought for the week: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” — e. e. cummings.