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Sailing Center fundraiser

On Sunday, Sept. 5, the Stockton Harbor Sailing Center will have a fundraising dinner with seatings at 4 and 5:30 p.m. for lobster ($30) or baked ziti ($15, veggie option)  with drink, roll, corn, coleslaw and dessert. A cash bar will be available. This event will be held at The Club Marina and Bar, 12 Cape Docks Road.

For more information, please call Betsy Bradley at 299-0460 or JM at 757-810-5327. All proceeds benefit the center’s “Get on the Water” program for youth. This should be a fun event down at the harbor with lots of great food and fun!

The Great Event

The Great Event returns Saturday, Sept. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., after the pandemic caused cancellation last year. The grounds of the library and Town Office will once again be filled with a giant community yard sale, barbecue, bake sale, children’s activities, and more in the Stockton Springs Community Library’s annual fundraiser.

There are still a few spaces available for sellers and crafters in the yard sale. To rent a space, come to the library soon during open hours to fill out an application and pay $30, either by check or cash, for each space of approximately 10 feet by 15 feet.

This year The Great Event honors the late Basil Staples, one of the library’s founders and creator of SSCL’s hugely successful “Basil’s Bottles for Books” cart, which has enabled the library to offer the latest books, audiobooks and DVDs. Basil embodied the spirit of volunteerism, which is what allows the library to thrive.

There will be fresh homemade doughnuts and coffee in the morning, hamburgers and homemade strawberry shortcake in the afternoon, with live music playing most of the day.

Tickets for the library’s 2021 raffle will be available for purchase throughout the event and the drawing will be held that day. Prizes are an adult tricycle and a Peter Rabbit baby quilt by E.J. Pikulski. You do not have to be present to win.

Recycling

Recycling dates for September are Thursdays, Sept. 9 and 23.

Eagles have been hanging out in the trees almost daily in front of my house overlooking Stockton Harbor.

My daughter Jennifer and granddaughters Katherine and Coralie visited from Minnesota, and we traveled from one end of the state to the other. We visited relatives in Goose Rocks Beach, near Kennebunkport, and made several trips to Mount Desert Island and Acadia. We were in the national park the day after Henri was scheduled to hit and found Loop Road and Thunder Hole packed with people. On Loop Road cars were parked almost from the park entrance to the end of the road. We enjoyed a boat ride on the Sea Princess out of Northeast Harbor on another day and saw many amazing yachts.

Summer is a great time for exploring Maine! September seems to be arriving quickly this year. Most of the tourists will probably be leaving soon, with the start of school. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer — take a drive and explore.

Thought for the week: “In life, we should explore options outside our comfort zone.” — Dani Alves