By Ellen Holland


Community Library

The library will be starting its summer reading program, Tails and Tales, on Tuesdays beginning June 29 until July 27 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. They plan on exploring the habitats of animals small and large and will have a Safari with a stuffed animal sleepover and many more adventures including stories, crafts and snacks. No preregistration is necessary, all ages are welcome and you can participate for just one week or all of them. Please call the library at 567-4147 for more information.

The library will also present a talk by Bob Hendrickson, author of “Crossing” on Wednesday, June 23, at 6 p.m. Because of limited seating and social distancing, preregistration is required. Please call 567-4147 to reserve your seat.

An extraordinarily successful Air Force pilot, airline captain, and FAA accident investigator, Bob Hendrickson explores his fascinating life of adventure and accomplishment in “Crossing.” He also talks about his inspiring battle with Parkinson’s Disease and his refusal to let it conquer his lifelong dreams.

It’s great that the library is open once again for its author talks.

The annual Bake, Plant and Book Sale was a huge success and thanks to all the volunteers at the library for their efforts!

Town Office

The results of the election were 129 votes for Darrin Shute and 146 for Marsha Shute for Board of Selectmen, 274 for Vern Thompson for fire chief and 254 votes for Kristina Braga for the Regional School Unit 20 board of directors. The school budget passed with 201 votes in favor and 70 opposed. Congratulations to Marsha, Vern and Kristina.

Don’t forget Tai Chi down at the harbor Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.!

Condolences to the family of David Bolduc of town. Services will be on Saturday, June 19, at noon at Maple Grove Cemetery on Route 1A in Prospect. Get well wishes go out to Scott Staples. They take care of the Mt. Prospect Cemetery and on the Facebook site Stockton Springs Talks, Nancy Rimm-Staples asked for help in the caretaking of the cemetery. Several people have offered to help, which is a great thing in a small community like ours.

The brown-tail moth situation is really bad right now and I am covered in spots that itch. I have been using Benadryl liquid gel and cortisone cream which help a little. I tried earlier in the spring to get as many of the webs as I could reach and soak them in soapy water for 48 hours. Then you are supposed to bury them. Their hairs blow about in the wind and so hanging out your clothes or sheets is not a good idea and having a window fan may also bring in the hairs.One person told me she uses duct tape on her arms to clean them after gardening.

I also just learned that their habitat is slowly moving north in Maine. According to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, “Brown-tail moth populations are again building in Maine and are found in patches along the coast and up to 60 miles inland from the western Maine border to the New Brunswick border, with the greatest concentrations in mid-coastal Maine and the capital region.” They issue a weekly update on the moths at…/invasiv…/browntail_moth_info.htm.

This week we have gone from super hot weather to super cool. Just when I got out my shorts and fans, it cooled off and I am back in my jeans again. The summer solstice is on June 20 at 11:32 p.m. In the

Morning on Stockton Harbor. Ellen Holland

Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost point in the sky. It marks the start of summer in the northern half of the globe.

It also marks the spot on my horizon view of the harbor of the furthest point of the sunset to the right. Afterward, the sunsets move slowly toward Sears Island and winter. The length of the day of the solstice is about 14 1/2 hours. The longer days give our garden vegetables and flowers more sunshine so they grow more for us to eat and enjoy. Father’s Day is also June 20, and the lupines are in full bloom now along our highways. Always a glorious sight!

Thought for the week

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the most beautiful words in the English language.” — Henry James.