To honor our Hometown Heroes, a "Wall of Thanks" has been erected at the end of the new Town Office parking lot. It bears the names of those who serve now as well as the names of those heroes who have served and are members of our local branch of American Legion. Please stop by and pay your respects.

There is also a mailbox in which you can put a card of thanks. The cards will be gathered and will be presented to the ambulance, fire, police and veterans.

On Veterans Day, Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157, American Legion, held a memorial service in the town park with the traditional speech from the Legion commander, a gun salute and "Taps." It was a very short ceremony because of the pandemic and it did not include the usual refreshments at the American Legion post.

Library reading

Please join in Saturday, Nov. 21, at 10 a.m. for a live online reading of the picture book, "Turkey Trouble" by Wendi Silvano at the Stockton Springs Community Library. Enjoy the hilarious disguises that Turkey comes up with to avoid being the main course for Thanksgiving dinner. The reading concludes with "I Ate too Much" by Jack Prelutsky. An activity and pretty ridiculous hat completes the session. For instructions, call 567-4147.

Decorate the town

Community Builders is hosting a decorate the town challenge. All members of the community are encouraged to put up lights, nativities, reindeer, etc., to spread some joy this holiday season. So get out your lights and brighten up our town — the more, the merrier!

Community Builders will put together a map to be distributed on social media so folks can drive around and see the sparkle. Please visit their Facebook page and message them if you are interested in sharing your location for a coordinated map.

We can all use more holiday lights and cheer after this trying year. And don’t forget on Saturday, Dec. 12, Santa and Ms. Claus are coming to town for a drive-through event for the children.

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. Recycling for that week will be on Friday, Nov. 27. Please do not put anything out in plastic bags as they don’t pick them up. A list of what is recyclable can be found on the town’s website.

Bruce Gray is requesting that most of your cardboard be put out with your recycling instead of in the maintenance yard cardboard dumpster as it gets very full. Perhaps the town needs to get a bigger dumpster!

Don’t forget the Giving Tree at the Town Office for gifts to children. Call 567-3404 for more information.

Local Eagle Scout Isaias Therio has completed his Eagle Scout project. The project consisted of designing and installing two new “Welcome to Stockton Springs” signs. Thank you, Isaias, for a job well done. Thank you to Bruce Gray and Horace Seekins for their help with installation. The new signs are lovely and are a huge improvement over the old ones.

I was recently reading an article in the Bangor Daily News from November 2011 about closing the Sandy Point Post Office. Sandy Point was a mail drop-off site as early as June 1794, making it one of the oldest in the nation. According to the town Comprehensive Plan of 2005, a post office was established in 1845 in South Prospect, as Sandy Point was then called. As with many small towns, the post office was a place to greet neighbors and to have that connection with others. The U. S. Postal Service met with town residents to discuss the closure and explain the reasons for it. For Sandy Point residents, it meant that their postal boxes were moved to the Stockton Springs Post Office.

Despite the USPS’s reported financial difficulties, America’s post offices are still a valuable asset to every town, and mailing a letter is still relatively cheap. It’s almost Christmas card season again and the Christmas stamps are always attractive.

Usually my friend Michele Demott and I go out for winter berries to put in our planters for the holidays. We drove all around Stockton Springs and did not see any in the usual locations along the roadside. I am guessing that this year’s drought affected them.

Now we are sliding back into more autumn-like temperatures with the warm weather of this past week that broke all the records.

There seem to be a lot of blue jays flying around, along with an occasional male cardinal. The turkey flocks on the Cape are always around, so it must have been a good year for turkey hunters.

Thanksgiving is a week away; I hope everyone will enjoy a safe and healthy holiday.

Thought for the week: “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero.