Town Office

Recycling dates for April are Thursdays, April 8 and 22.

The Tuesday and Friday Tai Chi groups meet every week. The ZOOM class runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Early birds who like to chat or ask questions about the practice can log on at 9:15 a.m. Preregistration is required. Please leave a message at the library if you would like to join the group at 567-4147. This is a free program sponsored by the Town of Stockton Springs and the Stockton Springs Community Library. It is appropriate for all levels of learners.

Also, don’t forget that the second half of property taxes are due by Tuesday, April 20.

Historical Society

Kathy Harrison tells us the historical society will not start meeting in April as it usually does. The officers and board will be meeting in April. They plan on being able to announce a meeting schedule before the end of spring.

Their posts on their Facebook site are always interesting. There was a lengthy posting recently about Defence, a 1779 Revolutionary War privateer that rests on the bottom of Stockton Harbor.

Also, Eric Terrill asked about the Captain Black House and its history in Sandy Point. It is quite entertaining to read about prior owners and past history of the residents of Stockton Springs.

Sandy Point Beach

George Russell and Bruce cleaned up the parking area and around the park in preparation for the Easter sunrise service being held there. Thank you for doing such a great job!

The AARP Foundation free tax preparation site at the Lions Club in Searsport is remaining open Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoons through May 13. This service is available to low- to middle-income people of all ages. They are continuing to observe COVID restrictions with face masks required, physical separation, no children, and two short sessions — one for intake and one for receiving the finished tax return. Call 567-3137 to make a tax appointment.

There was quite an interesting article dated June 1987 on Col. Eugene Johnson and the Tally Ho horse farm on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site. Many people remembered taking horseback riding lessons there as children. The house backs up to Route 1 and is the last one on Main Street going toward Sandy Point. He settled in Stockton Springs in May 1946. From what I have heard, the property was beautiful back in its heyday.

The weather has been glorious with temperatures above normal for this time of year. However, according to the weather man, there may be one last snow event coming. I have not put my snow shovel away yet.

One day a boat went out to the oyster farm, perhaps to start lifting the oyster beds up from the bottom for the season. I've spotted robins on the lawn pecking at insects. Time to wash windows and clean up the yard and garden. Soon enough it will be time to plant pansies and peas, which withstand the cold temperatures well.

The Easter Bunny is coming to town Saturday, April 3, aboard one of our fire trucks. Beginning at 10 a.m., the bunny will travel all the roads in Stockton, waving and spreading cheer (he will not leave the vehicle), wrapping up around 1 p.m. Follow him on Facebook on the Community Builders page and Stockton Springs Talks. Families in need of Easter goodies may pick up a bag for each child on the porch of the Town Office Wednesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Easter is on April 4, this year which seems early. School vacation for spring is April 19-23. Happy Easter to everyone, and stay well.

Thought for the week: “In winter I plot and plan. In spring, I move.” — Henry Rollins.