By Ellen Holland


Historical Society

The Stockton Springs Historical Society’s July meeting will be on the 11th, since the first Sunday is the fourth. They will meet at the Town Office at 1:30 p.m. Their program is a sharing program on recreation, past and present. What did you do as a child and a teen, whether you lived in Stockton or elsewhere? What did your parents do? Let’s compare according to where and when we were kids. Do you have a story about a specific time or activity? Come and share some of your history with others.

Town Office

A special election has been called for the town to fill the final year of a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen that expires 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. Nomination papers 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 Again, heartfelt thanks to Pete Curley for his many years of service to the town.

Recycling dates for this month are Thursdays, July 8 and 22, and Maine’s law banning plastic bags went into effect July 1.

Community Builders

Don’t forget Bingo Night at the Town Hall on Tuesday, July 13, at 5:30 p.m. It’s free and prizes are awarded. Also, coming up are the street dance on Friday, July 23, at 7 p.m. on Main Street, and the Harbor Party on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. down at the docks. More information to follow.

Summer Meals Program

Free meals are available this summer at the Searsport Elementary School. This program is federally funded through the USDA. Meals may be eaten on campus or taken home. Dates are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 6 to July 29. Serving times are at 8-8:30 a.m. (breakfast) and 11 a.m.-noon (lunch). The breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost to anyone up to 18 years old.

Is your student attending summer school in Regional School Unit 20 this year? If so, you do not have to sign up your student. Your student will receive free breakfast and lunch through summer school. All other children 18 and younger who wish to participate must sign up. The menu will be posted online at If you are unable to pick up the meals that you requested, please call 567-2317 to let them know. Use the Google form at for the complimentary meals.

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Marsha Jean Ellis who passed away June 20. She operated The Trend in Stockton for many years. Also, condolences to the family and friends of Michelle Nickerson, who passed away on June 13.

Congratulations to Dick and Robbie Small Pendleton on their 60th wedding anniversary.

The Club Marina and Bar at the docks will open to the public on Friday, July 2, and will be serving food and drinks Thursdays through Saturdays from 4 until 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 10 a.m. The private Yacht Club is no longer located in the building, so the new restaurant is open to everyone. It is a beautiful spot with gorgeous sunsets. They also will be serving coffee and muffins on the weekend mornings, so come down and enjoy a treat while watching the boats go out for the day.

The harbor is full of every type of boat now that summer is in full swing. With all of our hot weather, it is a great way to beat the heat if you can be out on the water. We’ve had several lightning and thunder storms this week, which always come from the west across the harbor, and you can see the rain patterns on the water as the rain hits.

I recently saw a post on Facebook about the lumber trade on the Penobscot River, which started in the 1800s. The river is 109 miles long and oceangoing ships went as far as Bangor up the river. The paper mill in Bucksport, situated almost at the mouth of the Penobscot River, was where a lot of the lumber was headed in later years. I remember as a child coming to Bucksport and not liking the smell of the paper mill, but the mill supported many families in our area.

This year, tall ships are going to go all the way up the river July 9-18 and will anchor in Bangor, Bucksport, Orrington and Searsport. Should be great watching these ships go back up the river after many years of absence.

Thought for the week

“If my ship sails from sight, it doesn’t mean my journey ends, it simply means the river bends.” — Enoch Powell