By Ellen Holland


The Republican Journal has a new editorial and production system in place and so any news that you may wish to have in my column should be to me by Wednesday afternoon or early Thursday morning. Please let me know of anything happening in town.

Town Office

Selectman Peter Curley has resigned from his position, effective June 30, for personal reasons. He wishes to thank all those who supported him in his past 14 years in office. Thank you, Pete, for your many years of generous volunteer service to our town!

A special election has been called to fill the final year of his three-year term, expiring on June 30, 2022. The election will be held Tuesday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the bottom floor of the Town Office. Please note that the Town Office will be closed to other business that day. Nomination papers are now available at the Town Office, which is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 pm. They are due back to the Town Office no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 7. Questions may be directed to the Town Office at 567-3404, or

Recycling days for July are Thursdays, July 8 and 22.

Community Library

“Tails and Tales,” Stockton Springs Community Library’s Summer Reading Program, begins on Tuesday, June 29, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., and will take place every Tuesday at the same time until July 27.  For more information, please contact the library at 207-567-4147.

Now that summer is here and visiting guests have arrived with bottles of beer and wine, don’t forget to deposit your bottles in the bottle trailer at the library. All the money goes toward the upkeep of the library and new books for children and adults.

Community Builders

Bingo will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Town Hall. It’s free and there are prizes, so go out and have a fun night!

The Kindness Program, which benefits Stockton Springs residents, will be offering another takeout dinner. The menu is oven-fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, pickle and a banana split Rice Krispie Treat! Once again we will require reservations, so if you are interested in a picnic box, please call Jayne Snowdale at 407-694-8733, or Sandra Otis-Anderson at 207-548-6530. Pick up on Friday, July 2, at the First Congregational Church, 8 Church St, Searsport, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dinner is free, but they gladly accept donations.

From July 9 to 18, a festival of tall ships will anchor in Bangor, Bucksport, Orrington and Searsport as part of the event that was canceled last year because of the pandemic. The ships will head to Searsport on Sunday morning, July 18, where they will arrive in the harbor at midday for a “Schooner Gam,” the traditional name for a gathering of ships. There will be a picnic and concert in Mosman Park, followed by fireworks at 9 p.m.

Prior to that date, the Nao Santa Maria will dock in Bucksport on July 9, before slowly making its way up the Penobscot past Verona Island, Frankfort, Prospect, Winterport, Orland, Orrington, Hampden and Brewer. This should be a great event with many great photo opportunities. It will be reminiscent of Maine’s seafaring and coastal shipping that was a huge part of Maine’s history.

The Hichborn has reopened and looks like it was a big success with the cars parked nearby. They will be open Thursday-Sunday with two seatings at 5 and 8 p.m. They are offering a delicious five-course prix-fixe meal. Glad they’re back!

Congratulations to the Regional School Unit 20 Vikings baseball and softball teams for winning the state championship! This is the ninth championship for the boys and the first for the girls in 23 years. And congratulations to all the Stockton Springs 2021 high school seniors who graduated June 10. Good luck to you all!

The weather has been fantastic this week with just enough rain and sun to keep our gardens growing. Brown-tail moths are now out of the caterpillar stage and into the white moth stage. They are attracted to light, and were by my front porch light this morning. There are many white daisies along the roadside and roses are in full bloom. Garden peas should be about ready and traditionally, salmon and peas are served for the Fourth of July. There are lots of events this year, so get out and enjoy a happy Independence Day!

Thought for the Week: “Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” — Marquis de Lafayette.