Ellen Holland

Community Library

The eighth annual Pie and Art Festival is coming up Saturday, Aug. 21, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This popular fundraising event provides an opportunity to feed your body and soul, offering a variety of homemade pies and fine art from outstanding Maine artists.

Participating artists are Judy Belasco, Mary Braun, Sarah Faragher, Sue Garrett, Bill Landmesser, Scott Moore, Chelsea Porter (aka Binders Keepers), Betty Schopmeyer, Anne Spencer, Dawn Staples-Knox, Jo Swift, Peter Walls and Anne Marie Welsh.

Following the event, remaining artwork will be displayed in the library’s non-fiction room for “Art in the Stacks.” It will be available for viewing and purchase during the library’s open hours through August 28. Sale of artwork will benefit both the library and the artists. For more information, please call 567-4147.

Community Church

An Awesome Kids week is coming to the church Aug. 23-27, 10 a.m. to noon. The week will be filled with games, prizes, stories and crafts and will be for all children ages 5-12. The church is located at 20 Church St.

Also at the church, gospel and Christian music fans might want to circle Sunday, Aug. 22, on their calendars for a concert by Nashville duo Ernie and Jason Couch. Ernie and Jason will bring an exciting mixture of 20th century gospel classics and originals to town. These performers are known across the United States and Canada for their live music, good humor, and genuine spirit.

Jason Couch said, “We want to reach everyone from all age groups and backgrounds, with the message of the music. We enjoy what we do and want the people to enjoy it just as much. We certainly will give it all we got in the time we have.”

This is a free concert and the public is invited. For more information, visit stocktonspringschurch.com or Facebook.

Historical Society

The Historical Society has several books and cookbooks for sale. See the society’s Facebook page with prices listed for each book. For more information, contact the society through its Facebook page or ask at the library.


Traffic on Route 1A in Stockton will be down to one lane beginning Monday, Aug. 9, as the Maine Department of Transportation begins work to replace the culvert at Carley Brook, between Old County Road and Church Street.  Toward the end of August both lanes will be closed and traffic will be routed over Route 174 in the center of Prospect.  Traffic is expected to return to one lane toward the middle of September.  The project’s completion date is yet to be determined.  For more information, contact MDOT representative Art Morgan at 446-2708 or Arthur.Morgan@maine.gov.

At the harbor

The Club Marina and Bar is now open to all on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 4 to 10 p.m. for dinner, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7:30 to 10 a.m. for coffee and muffins. They are serving some great food as well as vegetarian and gluten-free choices. It’s a fantastic place to be on a beautiful summer night by the harbor.

So far we have had abundant rain this summer so everything is green and growing fast. My garden is producing broccoli, green beans and the occasional cherry tomato. It has not been a good year for my tomatoes, though. Also, my yellow crookneck squash has taken over my small garden. So I have taken to going to all the veggie and flower stands that are local and fresh. I bought some flowers from Gander Gardens last Saturday.

Stewart’s Blueberries is open as of Aug. 4 and Sherry Stewart said it would be a short season but the blueberries were plump thanks to all the rain. They also are selling their blueberry jam, which was freshly made this week.

I cubed my yellow squash, sauteed it with onion and garlic in olive oil, added fire-roasted tomatoes and served it over rigatoni pasta with Parmesan on top. Delicious! Nothing like eating fresh vegetables and fruits from gardens; they always taste like summer to me. Restaurants using fresh local ingredients are very popular now but you can easily do the same in your own home.

Look up at the sky on Thursday, Aug. 12, for the Perseid meteor showers. Enjoy summer while it is here!

Thought for the week: “If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill.