By Ellen Holland


Harbor Days

Stockton Harbor Days takes place Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24.  Sponsored by Stockton Springs Community Builders, there will be a free street dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday on Main Street with music dj’d by the Treblemakers. On Saturday, the 24th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stockton Harbor, there will be free sailing, kayaking, and kids’ lobster boat rides, as well as games, a dunk tank and socializing with neighbors at the Playground. Wing Dingahs food truck will be offering burgers, dogs, wings, curly fries and more, and picnic lunches are encouraged!  For more information, contact committee member Marsha Shute at 322-2873.

Town Office

A special election has been called for the town to fill the final year of Pete Curley’s 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. Darren Shute is running for the balance of Pete’s term. Questions may be directed to the Town Office at 567-3404, or

Some complaints have been made about late-night fireworks and the fact that the town has no fireworks ordinance, though it does have a noise ordinance. The Town Office will have that information for you. Bruce Gray is officially no longer the animal control officer for Stockton Springs. Allyson Corriveau-Moore at 323-5588 will be taking over. Thank you, Bruce, for your 15-plus years of service to the town.

Community Library

The library is now reserving spaces for The Great Event Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Community Yard Sale and the Great Event take place on the grounds of the library and Town Office. Spaces are 10 feet by 15 feet and may be reserved by visiting the library during open hours. Spaces are $30 before July 31 and $35 after July 31. The Great Event includes the giant community yard sale, barbecue, bake sale, children’s events and more. Please call the library at 567-4147 for more information.

“Tails and Tales,” the library’s Summer Reading Program, will  continue on Tuesdays, July 13, 20 and 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring the children for a fun time at the library!

Maine is totally full of vacationers now and many motels are sporting No Vacancy signs. It is really good to see this after last year’s very slow year for all the hospitality businesses. Fort Point State Park was busy with picnickers all week except for the rainy days. Just Barb’s has a full parking lot and the harbor is full of boats of every type.

Downeast Magazine is running a contest for the best lobster roll in Maine. My son Ryan is visiting, so we have gone to McLoons Lobster Shack on Spruce Head Island to sample theirs, and to the Belfast harbor for the lobster roll

Your columnist on Mt. Waldo, on a hike July 10 with visiting son Ryan Leahey. Courtesy of Ryan Leahey

from the Must Be Nice food truck. Young’s is next on his agenda for a whole lobster. Stone Fox Creamery is also at the Belfast harbor but since I live in Stockton Springs, I will get my ice cream from their place on Route 1. Just wishing that the town market on Main Street would get fixed up and open again so residents are able to buy things locally.

The Fourth of July weekend proved to be rainy and gray but the parade in Searsport was a lot of fun with floats and fire companies from all over Waldo County. The children loved all the characters marching and the candy being tossed out. Congratulations to Searsport for a job well-done. At this writing, more rain is headed our way with the tropical storm Elsa coming up the coast. The one good thing is that our gardens and lawns are being watered!

Thought for the week: “The return we reap from generous actions is not always evident.” — Francesco Guicciardini













































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