Community Library

The library will not have FB Story Time this month. Because of the increase in community spread of COVID-19, they feel that they should wait until the numbers come down before they do any person-to-person videoing. They hope to start again in January. Remember,  they have lots of children's books up in Mary's room, so feel free to come in and take a few home to read to your children or for them to read. They are also offering curbside service for those who request it. Just call the library at 567-4147 and request your books and they will bring them to the door for you during their open hours. You can also message them through their FB page to make your requests.

Town Office

Don’t forget that the Town Office will be closing at noon Thursday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, and will be closed Monday, Dec. 28, in observance of Christmas. The Town Office will also be closing at noon Thursday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, and will be closed Monday, Jan. 4, in observance of New Year’s Day. Keep in mind these hours for going to get your dog, hunting or fishing licenses. All gifts for the Giving Tree will need to be at the Town Office by Dec. 21 so they will have time to wrap and deliver or be picked up.

Community Builders

Thanks to all the volunteers for the Christmas event last Saturday. It was definitely a fun time for all!

Sears Island

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, a Stockton Springs man walking his dog on the Mack Point side of Sears Island found debris that had washed up on the shore. The trash apparently came from Ireland, and was destined for the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. in Orrington. The MV Sider London cargo ship docked at the Sprague Energy Terminal at Mack Point in Searsport Nov. 28 and began its offloading process the following day. According to the Bangor Daily News, two bales, which weighed about 3,000 pounds apiece, ended up in the water. Several environmental groups have been active in helping to clean up the once- pristine shoreline.

Many people use Sears Island to go for walks and hikes and since I live right across the harbor, I can attest to how busy the island has become with people getting out to enjoy a COVID-free environment. I remember being on a beach in Oregon one year and seeing all the bits of colored plastic washed up on the shores. I hope that the cleanup will result in Sears Island’s shoreline being restored to its former clean self. We should all be thankful for the causeway road between Stockton Harbor and the Mack Point area, as our harbor has been very clean lately, even supporting two oyster and kelp farms.

Walking on my side of the harbor the other day, I saw an otter in the harbor close to shore. I first thought it was a seal, but the tail was quite long and pointy. Perhaps it washed up here from the Penobscot River Also, there have been at least three eagles sitting in the trees in front of me on the shoreline each day. A neighbor told me that there was a dead deer washed up on the shore, so that was probably the attraction. There have been a few snow incidents, but it has all melted. Also, lots of grey days with not much sunshine. But the holidays seem to bring their own light and cheer, regardless of our limited pandemic horizon. Appreciate the gifts that life bring us every day and extend your kindness to others. Stay healthy!

Thought for the week: “When everything is moving and shifting, the only way to counteract chaos is stillness. When the surface is wavy, dive deeper for quieter waters.” – Kristin Armstrong.