Now that both lanes of Route 1A are closed for culvert work and traffic is being rerouted through Prospect, there are several roads through areas of Stockton Springs that will take you around the construction. Or go up to Bangor or Brewer using Route 15. Traffic is expected to return to one lane approximately Sept. 21. There is no official date for the reopening of 1A.

Community Library

Library members are able to access the library’s catalog by going on their website to see what books are available. The weather is supposed to be great for the library’s yard and bake sale on Saturday; hope you get over there for the good food and great bargains that will be available.

Stockton Harbor Sailing Center

Thanks to all who turned out this past weekend to support the local sailing program at the lobster bake at the harbor. Stockton Harbor Sailing Center has been getting youth on the water for the past 13 years and is completely run by a crew of volunteers. They have taught many young people how to sail and it’s great to pass along the love of sailing to the next generation.

Sept. 11 is also the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist bombings of the Trade Center Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Everyone who was alive that day remembers where they were when they learned of the attacks. Immediately we feared for anyone we knew who worked there and were deeply saddened by the loss of so many Americans on that day.

My nephew Kirk was late for a meeting that morning on the top floor in the Windows on the World restaurant, arriving just as the first plane struck and ran for his life. Miraculously, he survived. Another friend worked in the Pentagon and still has trauma from the attack on that building. Americans were shocked to have an attack like this in our country, as the last such attack had been on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. Now, when we fly, we are accustomed to going through the TSA security lines — but security checks and TSA didn’t exist 20 years ago. The world as we knew it certainly changed that day. But we are still lucky to have been born in America with its freedoms.

We are now into the “ber” months of September, October, November and December. Time to clean up gardens, gather in the last vegetables and fruits, put away summer clothes and bathing suits, and get ready for the holidays to come. School has started with daily reports again on schools that have had to close because of COVID-19. Football has started as well, with all the hometown games and TV sports. Still there is time for a last boat ride or walk on the shoreline to enjoy the beautiful fall weather.

Thought for the week: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” — Rabindranath Tagore