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Community Builders

Join Stockton Springs Community Builders for their annual holiday event on Saturday, December 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. This will be a drive-through, all ages event, and they will be observing all COVID-19 guidelines. There will be a big display of holiday lights, a nativity scene and, of course, a sleigh carrying Santa and Mrs. Claus complete with holiday music. The children will receive goodies and also a packet of holiday crafts. Also, children may write a letter to Santa (please include a return address so Santa will be able to answer).

Holiday parade Dec. 12

Stockton Springs residents are invited to participate in a festive holiday parade around Stockton Springs. Decorate your car and join the fun, or watch from the window/sidewalk as fire trucks and Santa's sleigh roll by with familiar holiday characters. The event will leave from the fire station at approximately 10 a.m., weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Our community volunteers will attempt to visit the majority of town streets. Visit Stockton Springs Community Builders Facebook page for our approximate route as the event approaches. A big thank-you to all the volunteers who make these events possible for our town!

Town Office

This year, because of the coronavirus, the “Giving Tree” process will be a little different. Gifts will be available to view Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 to 11 am. and 1 to 2 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Gifts are limited this year and will be offered to Stockton residents only. Please come to the Town Office walk-up window during those times. Only one person will be able to view gifts at a time.

The Town Office will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, and will be closed Monday, Dec. 28, in observance of Christmas. The Town Office will also be closing at noon on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, and will be closed Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in observance of New Year’s Day. Because Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Fridays this year, trash will be picked up on Saturday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.

Hunting and fishing licenses are available for 2021 and dog licenses must be paid for by the end of January 2021.

Deepest sympathy to the family of Doug McFarland, who passed away last weekend. Happy birthday to Veronica Magnan and to Sara Bradford. Sara called to ask me to include her thanks for all the cards she received from her friends and neighbors in town.

Another crazy weather week here in Stockton Springs! Power was out in most areas of town after the Sunday/Monday storm that went through bringing trees and power lines down and causing transformers to fail. With everyone putting up Christmas lights this year, some decorations on yards and trees had to be put back after blowing over. Children who are being home schooled lost the use of their computers and had to make up a day of classes on line when the power was restored.

Temperatures have been much warmer than usual and one recent morning it was 42 here in Stockton Springs and only 22 in Charlotte, N.C., where my sister lives. As I write this, I can see Skeet Wyman’s boat, which picks up mooring balls for the winter, out in the harbor working. Now the harbor takes on the look of off-season with mooring sticks replacing all the summer boats out there.

Pandemic numbers have spiked since Thanksgiving, as predicted, but the news is good on the vaccine front. Stay safe and enjoy all the Christmas shows on TV.

Thought for the week: “All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.” — Alesandre Dumas.