The Kindness Program is offering a take out Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St., Searsport. The dinner is open to everyone and free of charge. Reservations must be made. To make a reservation, please call Jayne Snowdale at 407-694-8733 or Sandra Otis Anderson at 548-6530. The dinner includes turkey, stuffing, vegetables and homemade apple crisp for dessert.

Town Office

Just a reminder that the last November recycling day will be Friday, Nov. 27. Recycling dates for December are Thursdays, Dec. 10 and 24.

Also, if you are able, please donate to the “Keep the Heat On” Fund in Stockton Springs and to the Giving Tree for gifts for children. The Wall of Thanks at the Town Office was covered on TV news the other day; cards for our local first responders should be placed in the mailbox there.

Community Builders

The home or business decorating challenge is ongoing Dec. 5-19, and to be included on the town map, please message the Community Builders' Facebook page. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town for a drive-through celebration on Saturday, Dec. 12. So get the kids ready for a really fun and giving Christmas celebration here in town.

Sandy Point Ladies Aid Society

This year there will be no Christmas fair because of the pandemic. Sara Bradford has retired after many years as head of the Ladies Aid Society. Thank you, Sara, for all of your work! Hopefully, next year the society will be able to have its fundraisers again.

Ayla and Willows Christmas Farm Stand is open. They will have arrangements and wreaths daily. Also, they will soon have ornaments and other fun stuff available at 469 Bangor Road in Stockton Springs.

Laurie Lee Gray has knitted socks available to buy on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook page. Also, there will be knitted hats available in the Town Hall tent for people in need. Jessica George is selling personalized or decorated phone grips, also on Stockton Springs Talks. Usually at this time of year, there are lots of church craft fairs and other fairs for great items to give for Christmas, but unfortunately not this year. Local crafters will appreciate your support.

I am now reading “We are As Gods” by Kate Daloz about a high school friend of mine who started a commune in 1970 in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. During those times, we experienced the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the killing of political leaders and a backlash by students and young people against materialism and the status quo.

Now we have the pandemic and a contentious political scene, and families are unhappy with city life. While communes are not necessarily being formed, a lifestyle of living off the grid and isolation seems to be more appealing to many. More workers are now used to working from home on their computers, which was unheard of for many people a few years ago.

Sales of homes were up statewide and increased 40% in Waldo County in October as more people leave the cities for the country. We should welcome these new neighbors to our communities.

All of the sailboats are out of the harbor now and the lobster boats are heavily loaded with traps being pulled for the winter. The sun is setting over Sears Island from my viewpoint on the harbor and is setting just after 4 p.m. now. My family, some who have retired to more southern locales, ask how much snow there is now. None, I tell them, but I am waiting for that perfect snowstorm with all its beauty to come so I can view it from my warm and cozy home.

Stay warm and well!

Thought for the week: “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” — Victor Hugo.