Community Library

The library has a garden group for seed swaps. They meet the first Monday of every month starting March 1 – Oct 1. With the Covid-19 restrictions still in place, they have decided to use a seed box in the non fiction room. People have been dropping off their extra seeds to share. Tell a friend and pick up a few new seeds. Envelopes are provided. If you are interested in joining the Garden Group, please leave your name and phone number at the circulation desk.

Town Office

Town roads will be posted with weight restrictions as of March 1. Mooring fees are due by April 30 and $50 will be charged for late fees after that date. If not paid by May 31, the mooring will be considered to be abandoned in accordance with a town ordinance.

The second half of property taxes is due Tuesday, April 20. 2018 property tax liens will foreclose on Monday, March 29.

Nomination papers for selectman, school board and fire chief are to be in by Thursday, April 29.

The name of the town was changed from Stockton to Stockton Springs on February 5, 1889, because of a plan to bottle the local spring water, but sediment was found in the bottles and the business was closed. Still, many families continued to go to the springs to get water for personal use.

There was a spring located near the junction of Routes 1 and 1A, and there was a rest area where the spring pump was located. In August 1989, the state closed the pump after high levels of bacteria were found in the water.

An old photo of Cooper’s Rest, Cold Springs, Stockton, posted on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site, notes that Cooper’s Rest was across the street from the spring on 1A. This photo appears to be one from the Eastern Illustrating Collection owned by the Penobscot Marine Museum. Most of those photos were taken in the early 1920s.

A spring on Muskrat Farm Road was also closed. Many residents remembered going to the various springs with parents and grandparents to get their water.

When I first started coming to Maine to go to my Uncle Robert’s camp on Toddy Pond, we would go to fill up jugs of drinking water from a nearby spring. Now our water in Stockton Springs comes from the Searsport District Water Co.

In 1966, the Searsport District Co. purchased the Stockton Springs Water Co. for $176,000, forming what is known today as the Searsport Water District. There are about 34 miles of water lines beginning at the pump station located along Route 1A in Stockton Springs and ending at the Searsport/Belfast Interconnection Facility on Route 1 at the Searsport/Belfast boundary line, according to the company’s website. We are quite lucky in this part of the country to have an abundant supply of drinking water.

Daylight Saving Time starts March 14, so don’t forget to spring forward.

This past week there was one day of strong winds that blew across the harbor from the Northwest and created tremendous waves. Power flickered on and off a few times, but we were grateful not to lose power.

March came in like a lion so hopefully it will go out like a lamb, and as of today, there are no snowstorms forecast. It would be lovely to have an early spring to start our gardens and clean up gardens and yards. The first flowering plant I usually see is Coltsfoot, which looks like a dandelion, but is actually part of the daisy family.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the Irish and the folks who want to be Irish that day. Stay well, everyone!

Thought for the week: “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” — John Keats.