Town Office

The town is looking for a full-time ambulance director. For more information, contact manager@stocktonsprings.org. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to the same address.

Just a reminder that Saturday, May 29, is E-waste Day. Items may be dropped off at the Stockton Springs Public Works Building on Cape Jellison between 9 a.m. and noon. This is the way to get rid of old televisions, computers and other old electronics. Also, styrofoam packing peanuts, plastic shipping air bags and waste oil are also accepted at the Public Works Building on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community Library

The library is accepting books for their annual sale on June 5. No encyclopedias, National Geographics or self-help books will be accepted. Also, they are looking for donations of perennial plants that are labeled.

The Kindness Program

The Kindness Program is accepting orders for a Father’s Day dinner to be picked up at the First Congregational Church in Searsport. The barbecue menu includes pulled pork, mac 'n' cheese, homemade baked beans, cornbread, potato salad and some homemade ooey gooey chocolate layer cake. Pickup is 3:30-5 p.m. at the church, 7 Church St., Searsport

Free to all, donations accepted! Please call Jayne Snowdale at 407-694-8733 or Sandra Otis Anderson at 548-6530 for a reservation. Donations for the dinner go to feed local residents.

As I sit writing this column, it is sunny and warm outside. Leaves are out on the trees, the grass is green and flowers are blooming, thus beginning our seasons of warm weather, outdoor activities and visits from distant family and friends (thank you Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson).

Memorial Day is fast approaching and there should be lots of boats being launched for the season now. Driving by Shute’s Marina, I noted that the shrink wrap has come off the boats stored there for the winter, signaling that it is time to get out and paint the bottom of your boat. Pretty soon sailboats, power boats and lobster boats will be going in and out of our harbor. There are a lot of benches and picnic tables down at the town docks and at Fort Point State Park to relax and enjoy being by the water.

My friends and I drove down to Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro this past week and loaded up on flowering plants and vegetables for the garden, window boxes and pots for the porch. Just walking through the greenhouses is delightful, with all the blooming flowers in all colors of the rainbow, including new colors of traditional varieties. Somehow I always end up with a new plant or a new color of an old favorite.

Plants add food and joy to our lives. They fed us and gave us an outside activity during last summer’s lockdown.

I also went to the Asticou Azalea Gardens this week to see the blooms there. As I sat by the pond in the center, enjoying the view, a large turtle swam past, just beneath the surface of the water.

And to top off this week, the hummingbirds are back at my feeders. For such tiny birds, they make a lot of noise as they approach!

'Tis the season to plant!

Thought for the week: “Use plants to bring life.” — Douglas Wilson