Town Office

Town Manager Jennifer King is going to be out of the office for up to 12 weeks on medical leave. In her absence, Mac Smith will be the part-time interim town manager. He can be reached at 567-3404 if you require his assistance.

Maine DOT is proposing a large culvert replacement, which will be located 0.03 miles north of the Searsport town line. Access to a public meeting on the proposal is available through the project website at mainedot.gov/vpi with an opportunity for public comment through March 19.

Next recycling date is Thursday, March 25, and all recycling must be in a plastic container.

Community Library

The library will continue to host virtual story hours online for children on Saturdays. Please check their Facebook page for updates on the next story hour.

Friends of Sears Island

Mark your calendars for the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition Special Program: Brown-Tail Moth in Waldo County, on March 25 at 6:30 p.m. Entomologist Tom Schmeelk will give a Zoom presentation on the status of the brown-tail moth in Waldo County. Schmeelk is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service and the program lead on the brown-tail moth.

The program is cosponsored with the Belfast Library, Belfast Garden Club, Friends of Belfast Parks, and Friends of Sears Island. To register for the Zoom link, visit networkmaine.zoom.us/…/tZYkdOCprD0jEtKeM7BQ.

Now is the time to go out and cut off the webs that are on the trees, as the infestation is growing, and you can get a nasty, itchy rash if exposed to the moth hairs. The webs should be drowned in soapy water.

Condolences to the family of Clarence W. Elden Sr. of Sandy Point, who was an active resident of Sandy Point and Stockton Springs for many years. Donations may be made to the Jerry W. Dobbins American Legion Post 157, c/o Barbara Perkins, 73 Old Stage Road, Frankfort, ME 04438. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

From my vantage point, the top of Fletcher Hill in Stockton Springs is almost bare of snow and after this week’s mild temperatures, the snow should be gone. There are several blueberry farms in town, all resulting from the glacier that covered our region. Glaciers moved topsoil out to sea, making the area perfect for growing blueberries.

The wild blueberry plants are low to the ground and are harvested with a blueberry rake. Usually the fields are burned or mowed to get rid of weeds as two-thirds of the plants live underground. They are nothing like the high bush blueberries grown in states like New Jersey and Michigan. Maine blueberries are high in antioxidants so are very healthy to add to your diet.

Fletcher Hill is covered in blueberry bushes and turns cranberry colored in the autumn. Staples Farm and Stewart’s Farms sell blueberries every year. Last year, drought shortened the blueberry season markedly. Still, I managed to buy and freeze blueberries and have been using them all winter. Blueberry muffins, pancakes and pies are great tasting with the very particular flavor of the wild blueberries.

On a beautiful day like today as I write this, spring feels very much like it is here. March usually socks us with a final snowstorm but maybe not this year. Walking outdoors on a nice day is a great mood lifter.

Thought for the week: “The moon stood still on Blueberry Hill and lingered until my dream came true.” — Fats Domino.