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The Great Event

“The Great Event” is finally coming this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fresh homemade doughnuts and coffee in the morning, and in the afternoon hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, water, soda and homemade strawberry shortcake. Inside the library there will be a bake sale, which is always a big hit. Outside will be a big yard sale, so stop by and take a look.

Roadwork

Both lanes of Route 1A are expected to be closed and traffic will be routed through Route 174 in the center of Prospect beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7. This project is to replace the culvert at Carley Brook, between Old County Road and Church Street. Traffic is expected to return to one lane around Sept. 21. It will be better for Stockton residents to go up Route 15 if headed to Bangor or Brewer.

Community Builders

Bingo Night (with mystery prizes) will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Stockton Town Office. There is no cost for this event.

Town Office

The short-term rental community input session scheduled for Sept. 2 was postponed until Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.

Real estate tax bills have gone out and taxes are due Oct. 19 for the first half and April 19, 2022, for the second half. This bill covers from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Interest at 6% per year will be charged on the unpaid principal after Oct. 19 and April 19. The deadline for filing a tax abatement application is Feb. 19, 2022.

Schools are 63.69% of the total taxes, municipal is 26.06% and county tax is 10.25%. Checks or money orders payable to the Town of Stockton Springs may be sent to 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981.

The Harvest Moon appears Monday, Sept. 20, at 7:55 p.m., and the autumnal equinox is Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 3:21 p.m. Stores are already full of Halloween and fall merchandise. Several mornings have felt like fall already and garden centers are stocked with mums, a seasonal favorite. During the 1960s, mum corsages were popular to wear to football games.

Football is back on TV and fall apple picking events are being scheduled. There have been remnants of two hurricane/tropical storms recently with more than our share of rain. Goldenrod is starting to fade and purple loosestrife, an invasive species, is spreading in the fields and roadsides. It is a very pretty spikey purple flower that takes over and crowds out all the other plants.

September is usually a pretty quiet month with a slowdown in the number of tourists, except for families with young children and retired couples. Still plenty of time to get out and enjoy a walk or bike ride!

Thought for the week: “The sunset broke like an egg into sunset and the water caught fire.” — Pamela Hansford Johnson.