Ellen Holland

Post 157 Yard Sale

The American Legion Post 157 annual Yard Sale is this weekend, Aug. 7 and 8. On Saturday, the hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. On Saturday, they will be serving lobster rolls and hot dogs for lunch.

When I dropped off a donation this past Monday, they said the building was almost full so it should be a great sale. The address is 5 Sandy Point Road, which is basically on Route 1 across from the Congregational Church.

Community Library

The Great Event Community Yard Sale is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 11. Reserve your space by calling the library at 567-4147.

The Stockton Springs Historical Society’s showroom on the second floor of the Colcord House/Library will be open Saturday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a chair lift in the library for those who may need it to get up to the second floor showroom.

Town Office

There will be a community input session about possible regulation of short-term rentals in Stockton Springs. The session will be on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. in the basement floor of the Town Office. All are welcome. For more information, please call the Town Office at 567-3404 or email manager@stocktonsprings.org.

With a total of 82 votes received at the July 20 special election, Darren Shute will be filling the vacant Select Board seat of former member Peter Curley.

RSU 20

There are some job openings at the Regional School Unit 20 schools and applications can be found at RSU20.org. School starts on Wednesday, Sept. 1, for most students.

Sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of Ryan King of Church Street. He was very interested in our town government and in our community. He was active on the Stockton Springs Facebook site and was known for his kindness, generosity and insight, and for his love of chatting with people at any time.

August is now upon us and we gardeners are hoping for some more sunshine and warm weather. Yellow crookneck squash are producing and my string beans are almost ready. Hydrangeas are beautiful this year with many blue blossoms.

The wildfires out West have left our skies grey with a bright red setting sun. Last night close to sunset, the resident osprey was out fishing and dove into the water to rise with a fish in its talons. Boats of all sizes and shapes are going in and out of the harbor. Lobster prices are high so the lobster boats are going out just before daylight.

Sunrise is now at 5:19 a.m. and sunset at 8:04 p.m., so the sun is starting to move across the horizon toward Sears Island. The roadsides are full of blooming Queen Anne’s lace, cornflowers and goldenrod. If these appear in our gardens, we yank them out, but along the roads, they look beautiful.

Summer is a great time to sit on the front porch with a cup of coffee or iced tea with mint and a good book that you have been wanting to read.

Thought for the week

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.