By Ellen Holland


Community Builders

Congratulations to the Stockton Springs Community Builders for being chosen for the Spirit of America Award in town! They sponsor a lot of activities including the drive through town for Easter that was such a hit last year during the Pandemic. They are having a Street Dance on Friday, July 23, from 7 to 10 p.m. downtown, and Harbor Days on Saturday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. down at the harbor. Also, don’t forget Bingo night on Tuesday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall.

Community Library

“Tails and Tales,” the library’s Summer Reading Program, will start on Tuesday, June 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will take place on the following Tuesdays at the same time until July 27. This will be a drop-in program with no preregistration necessary, so if your children are looking for something to do, this would be a fun activity for them. Please call 567-4147 for more information. The annual Pie and Art Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21, this year so mark your calendars.

Town Office

Good luck and congratulations to the new ambulance director, Kenneth Folette Jr. of Prospect, who will start on July 1.

American Legion Post 157

The American Legion will be holding its annual yard sale on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Donations are being taken until July 26 from 8 a.m. to noon Mondays. A lunch of lobster rolls and hot dogs will also be served on Saturday. If you need a donation pickup, please call Madeline Littlefield at 548-2993 to schedule.

According to the Stockton Historical Society, there was a store, The Peoples’ Department Store, owned by the W. J. Creamer Co. in Stockton Springs on Cape Jellison Road near the entrance to Docks Road. The advertisement says it sells ladies and gents clothing and furnishings. You could buy a 112-piece dinner set for $10.99. This would have been in the early 1900s, as according to Chrissy Hassapelis, Walter Creamer was listed in the 1907 census in Stockton Springs. He also planned an early subdivision with lots for sale with the hope that dock workers would build homes there, but the dock’s burning was most likely the end of that plan. The ad for the store was published in The Republican Journal on April 26, 1906. So much history in this area.

June weather has been perfect so far, with a little too much wind, perhaps, but sunny and low humidity every day. The western part of the country has triple-digit temperatures and there are big demands for generators in case of electrical brownouts, where the electric companies lessen the amount of electricity provided. Maine is looking better and better as a good place to live. Some years Stockton Springs has a lot of coastal fog but this year that has not happened so far. One morning when the winds had not picked up yet, I saw a harbor seal’s head pop up in the water. My first seal of the summer! Weed harvest sacks are floating in the harbor, so it looks like we have several Loch Ness monsters out there. Tourists have returned in droves and out-of-staters seem to be headed en masse up Route 1 toward Bar Harbor and Acadia. The state is open now to just about everything, so most summer activities are resuming this year. Should be a good summer to go back to all the festivals and fairs!

Thought for the week: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” — John Lubbock























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