By Ellen Holland


Town Office

As a result of the special election July 20, Darren Shute is our new Select Board member. He was elected to fill the seat of Pete Curley, who has retired. The other two members of the board are Betsy Bradley and Marsha Shute. The Select Board meets the first and third Thursdays of every month at 8 a.m. at the Stockton Springs Town Office.

Recycling dates for August will be Thursdays, Aug. 12 and 26.

Scenes from Stockton Harbor Days July 24. Photos by Ellen Holland

Community Library

Don’t forget to register for the Great Event Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Community Yard Sale takes 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 that date.

Don’t forget the Tai Chi group meets at the harbor on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Contact the library at 567-4147 to register.

Please put your redeemable bottles in sturdy plastic bags at the library bottle trailer to contribute funds for the library.

Community Builders

Hope everyone had a great time at the Street Dance and Harbor Days down at the Harbor! We are lucky to have a dedicated group of people planning these events for us to enjoy.

Post 157 Yard Sale

Don’t forget the American Legion Post 157 annual Yard Sale is next weekend, Aug. 7 and 8. On Saturday, the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. On Saturday, they will be serving lobster rolls and hot dogs for lunch.

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge was closed for a while July 14 when a flatbed truck couldn’t make a left turn from Ft. Knox Road onto the bridge. It was carrying a building that will house a portable medical imaging unit at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor. Apparently the truck was rerouted over back roads at the last minute. The route the driver had to follow was dictated by state and local transit officials well in advance, but last-minute changes were made to accommodate a large construction project in Brewer at the Route 395 off-ramp. That forced the truck to take secondary roads to Verona Island.

When the bridge was first built, there were times when the elevator would malfunction and the bridge would have to be closed to get visitors down from the observatory. Once when that happened, I was en route home from Bangor and waited in Bucksport for the bridge to reopen. I wonder why another bridge wasn’t built across the Penobscot River at some point.

August is almost upon us now and summer is an overload of green! There has been so so much rain, which is certainly good for our gardens, pastures and wells. It seems everyone’s gardens are starting to produce. My lettuce is almost done and it has been a bad year for my tomatoes — too much heat for a while and then all the rain.

Family and friends are visiting from out of state and part of living here in Maine is to be their tour guide. There is so much to see and do in Maine with sightseeing, boating, dining out, walking our coastline, hiking, etc.

Ayla and Willow’s Farm Stand on 1A is open now with lots of garden produce for sale. A lot of places are listed in Stockton Springs Area Market on the Farm on Facebook for fresh food and crafts. There are also lots of festivals, boat shows and other events that have started up again. Be sure to get out and enjoy everything!

Thought for the week: “Maine is a joy in the summer. But the soul of Maine is more apparent in the winter.” — Paul Theroux