Community Library

Free tax preparation for low- to middle-income taxpayers is offered by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the IRS by appointment on Wednesday mornings at the Searsport Community Building (formerly Lions Club), 42 Prospect St., Feb. 17 to April 7. All COVID-19 safety protocols to be observed regardless of whether one has been vaccinated or has had the infection. Also, no children, please.

This is replacing the service previously offered at the Stockton Springs Community Library. There is no age limit and no membership in AARP required. Two short visits will be needed, one for intake of information and documents, the second for delivery of the tax return and documents to the client. For a tax appointment, when you have all your tax documents, call Pat at 567-3137.

The reading group has listed its selections online at the library website and the group meets by Zoom. However, you can always see what they are reading as a good list to pick from without being in the group.

Town Office

Recycling for February will be Thursdays, the 11th and 25th. President’s Day, Feb. 15, the Town Office will be closed.

Don’t forget to join the Stockton Springs Historical Society. Send your check to 6 Station St. in town: $10 for individual or $15 for a family.

I managed to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination through Northern Light Health. Their website is covid.northernlighthealth.org/publicvaccine. They are opening their website for appointments for those over 70 on Mondays at 2 p.m. Phone calls for appointments can be made to 204-8551. I did also read that in February the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor will start giving the vaccine by appointment. And Waldo County announced it was starting vaccinations Jan. 27.

January’s weather has been milder than some years and with only the occasional dusting of snow. It’s definitely been cold and the pond by the ball field is frozen and has been open for ice skating. Lots of people are out walking all bundled up, with and without dogs. The days are getting longer with sunsets around 4:30 p.m. now and the sun has started traveling back across the bay for the nightly sunset. Valentine’s Day is coming up on Feb. 14. Enjoy the Super Bowl!

Thought for the week: “And that’s the way it is.” — Walter Cronkite.