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Holiday pickup days for trash will be Saturday, Dec. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021.

Don’t forget to get your hunting, fishing and dog licenses for the year.

Community Builders

The Holiday Celebration with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus was very successful. About 50 presents were given out to children and the rest of the donated presents will be at the “Giving Tree” in the Town Hall. The presents will be available until Thursday, Dec. 24, at 11 a.m.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were in a red sleigh in the Town Hall parking lot. There was a nativity with live animals in the lower parking lot. It was a drive-thru event, which was good because it rained Saturday night. The parking lot was decorated with blow-up figures and lots of lights and looked very festive. Thank you to Betsy Bradley, Joyce O’Rourke, Marsha Shute, Jillian Liversidge and all the others who helped make this a great success.

The February 2, 1871, issue of The Republican Journal, according to the Stockton Springs Historical Society’s Facebook page, had an article on the building of the Fort Point Hotel by the lighthouse in Stockton Springs. It was to be built and ready in July 1872. The hotel was to be 150 feet long by 50 feet wide with three stories and a mansard roof. A wharf was also to be built so that steamers could bring guests to the hotel, which was to have 100 rooms. There was a tower in the center of the hotel with balconies on the ends and front of the hotel. The builders hoped it would rival Bar Harbor. There were state-of-the-art amenities, including running water, gas lights, stables, a bowling alley and two dance pavilions.

The hotel burned just before the May 1898 season. The cellar hole and parts of the foundation are still visible in Fort Point State Park, which is always a great place to head for a walk.

This week we got our first major Nor’easter with snow after several very cold days. The wind finally quieted down, too. So it is looking a lot like Christmas now and the snow may stick around with the cold temperatures.

A strange float appeared in the harbor this week. It has a little yellow hut and a Christmas tree on it. After posting a photo on the Stockton Talks Facebook page, I learned that it is a trap float with a shed on it to hold crates and a scale, decorated for Christmas and owned by Greg Perkins, a local lobsterman. All it needs is some solar-powered lights to light up the Christmas tree.

I love living on the harbor and watching all the boats and wildlife coming and going.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. We will all get through this with a new year hopefully bringing us the end of the pandemic.

Thought for the week: “The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” — Robert Baden-Powell.