Town Library

Don’t forget the eighth annual Pie and Art Festival on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This popular fundraising event offers a variety of homemade pies and fine art from outstanding Maine artists. Following the event, remaining artwork will be displayed in the library’s nonfiction room. The artwork will be available for viewing and purchase during the library’s open hours through Aug. 28.

It’s time 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 $35. For more information, call 567-4147.

Town Office

A community input session on the issue of short-term rentals will be held Thursday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the basement of Town Hall. This is the meeting where possible solutions will be examined.

Also, a reminder that traffic on Route 1A in Stockton is now down to one lane as the Maine Department of Transportation works on replacing 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. For more information, contact MDOT representative Art Morgan at 446-2708 or Arthur.Morgan@maine.gov.

Volunteers are needed for positions on the following: Harbor Committee, Parks and Trails Committee, Planning Board, Board of Assessment Review and Zoning Board of Appeals.

The next recycling date is Thursday, Aug. 26.

Community Church

If your children are bored, consider Kids Week being held Aug. 23-27, 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5-12 at 20 Church St. Also, on Sunday, Aug. 22, the Ernie and Jason Couch duo will present a free gospel concert at the church. For more information, visit stocktonspringschurch.com or see them on Facebook.

Community Builders

Congratulations to the Community Builders for their Spirit of America Award nomination. They were specifically honored for the work they did during the recent quarantine to keep things as normal as possible for the people and families of our town. Great job!

Kindness Program

Searsport United Methodist Church on Main Street will be sponsoring a Back to School Supply Drive on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the church’s side lawn. Please consider a donation of school supplies for all grade levels, including backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, paper, erasers, lunch boxes, etc., for the children of Regional School Unit 20.

Condolences to the family and friends of Charles Kneeland, a charter member of Jerry Dobbins Post 157 of the American Legion. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Donations in his memory can be made to the Jason Kneeland Scholarship Fund, c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

The bar at The Hichborn is open from Thursday through Sunday, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Chef Charlie’s take on James Beard’s Butter and Onion Cocktail Sandwich is on the Light Nosh menu.

On Friday, Aug. 27, 8-10 p.m., the Club Marina and Bar will host the Sail Bums, who originally hail from Bangor. They play a mix of songs about sailing, the ocean, cruising life, and many all-time favorites you are sure to recognize. $10 cover charge and advance reservations recommended. Message them, or call 207-653-1428 to reserve your tickets.

Just Barb’s seems to be quite busy and has an outdoor tent for extra seating. Always the best prime rib on Friday nights.

One of my volunteer jobs is for the Coastal Mountains Land Trust and I am a docent on top of Beech Hill in Rockport. It’s a fairly easy walk up a level trail with a hut at the top that was built around 1913 by a wealthy Philadelphia family. Views of the coast are spectacular and also to the west. This past Sunday a family arrived and the two teenagers began to play Irish jigs on their violins. It was one of those magical moments of a spectacular setting and good music to savor. The trail is off of Route 1 on Beech Hill Road. Give it a try if you haven’t been up there.

The last several days have been gray and foggy here on the coast. We are supposed to get very hot weather if and when the fog burns off. The lobster boats seem to go out anyway in the fog and one of the boats went out loaded with more traps the other day. It’s hard to believe that it’s the middle of August already, but we can still look forward to some warm and sunny weather in September and October.

Fall and Halloween merchandise is already out in the stores; they seem to be making up for last year’s shutdown with lots of things to buy. I read that Halloween decorations are almost on a par with Christmas decorations now.

There have been several cool mornings in the 50s this past week, followed by hot days. The ospreys and the eagles are out hunting in the harbor and fly by with fish in their talons. Still lots of people fishing from the Mill Pond Bridge and in Stockton Harbor. Lots of time left in the summer to enjoy a picnic at Fort Point State Park, Stockton Harbor or at Sandy Point Beach!

Thought for the week

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” — Robert Louis Stevenson.