Town Office

Dog licenses are not required to be renewed until June 1. Nomination papers for openings on the Board of Selectmen, school board and fire chief are due back on April 29 by 5 p.m.

Don’t forget debris day is scheduled for May 15, so start getting your things together to put out curbside.

The Stockton Springs Ambulance Department is in need of drivers and EMTs. Training is available. If interested, please contact Acting Ambulance Director Loren Cole at 567-4322.

Extra cardboard should be folded and put in the town maintenance yard dumpster or put out for recycling on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

Waldo County Bounty

Another box of food will be available on Friday, April 23 from 9 to noon at athenahealth, 3 Hatley Road in Belfast, to any resident in need. Please contact Cherie Merrill at cherie@belfastsoupkitchen.org or call 338-4845.

Community Builders

The Easter Bunny parade on a town fire truck went through town last Saturday morning with horns and sirens blaring good cheer to all the residents of Stockton Springs. Easter baskets were available at the Town Hall for town children.

The IRS and the state of Maine have announced that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year was extended from April 15 to May 17, 2021.

The weather has been fairly mild all week but there is usually a good deal of wind each day. We also had pouring rain with lightening and thunder one night, so I’m not sure if we are still in drought mode or not.

Crocuses are blooming along with coltsfoot, the dandelion-looking yellow wildflower found on the side of roads, usually in a gravelly patch. Pussy willow trees are seen as well and garden centers are starting to sell pansies, which are very hardy plants. Pansies come in a wide variety of colors, and a pot on the front porch makes for a smile on your face.

Gardening has become even more popular and people will want to be outdoors planting flowers and vegetables as they did last summer.

Lots of people are out walking with or without dogs. Baseball season has started with the Sea Dogs saying that they will play this year and allow a small number of fans to attend.

It’s sad that Searsport Pines is closing its golf course; it was always a fun place to go and play nine holes.

Stay well!

Thought for the week

"In difficult times carry something beautiful in your heart.” — Blaise Pascal