Town Office

Nomination papers will be available beginning Feb. 25 for the following upcoming vacancies:

Select board member for one three-year term

School board member for one three-year term

Fire chief for one one-year term.

Return nomination papers no later than April 29. Recycling dates are March 11 and 25, Thursdays. E-waste collection day is Saturday, March 27 from 9 to noon.

For a list of items acceptable, check the town Facebook for a list. Tree trimming is going on on town roads and the town Facebook is posting which roads are being trimmed.

Historical Society

There are always lots of great posts on the Facebook site for the Historical Society. There is so much history in this area, and Diane Coose Littlefield recently posted some information from Faustina Hichborn’s and Alice Ellis’ books.

In 1626, there was a trading post on Cape Jellison, which makes sense as the Cape is surrounded by the Penobscot Bay, the Penobscot River and Stockton Harbor.

Until 1789, it was part of Plantation 2, which encompassed the area from Belfast to Hampden. At one point, it was part of Frankfort and then Prospect before being incorporated in 1857 as Stockton. In 1889, it became Stockton Springs. That makes us 132 years old as the town of Stockton Springs specifically, but a great deal of history before that. I am glad that the Historical Society is posting information on its Facebook and sharing it with everyone.

Daylight Saving Time will start Sunday, March 14, and the vernal equinox is Saturday, March 20, at 5:37 a.m. This is the astronomical start of spring in the northern half of the hemisphere.

The March equinox (aka spring equinox or vernal equinox) occurs when the sun crosses the equator line, heading north in the sky. The northern part of the world begins to be tilted more toward the sun, resulting in increasing daylight hours and warming temperatures.

We will all be ready for spring even though spring in Maine is a very slow process. Daylight Saving Time brings longer evenings for us and the promise of warmer weather and gardens to be planted. Gardening last spring and summer was a much valued activity when the pandemic shrank our worlds. Seed and garden centers should continue to do a great business, as more people took up gardening for a hobby or to avoid going into grocery stores. Seed catalogs always arrive bursting with color when the outside world is mostly devoid of it.

This past week the Prock Marine barge spent the night anchored along with a tug boat in Stockton Harbor. It might have been coming from Belfast where some new docks were put in at the harbor. The workers left the boat by power boat and the next morning came back to journey somewhere else. Watching the comings and goings in our harbor is always entertaining and the barge and tug were fun to watch.

It will be a while before most of the working boats and pleasure boats come back into the water. From the trading post days until current times, many boats must have plied the waters of Stockton Springs. So very much history here!

Thought for the week

“Twilight drops her curtain down, and pins it with a star.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery.