Community Library

Library Storytime begins Saturday, Oct. 2, and continues each month from 10 to 11 a.m. Storytime will include stories, snacks and activities. The program is free and open to all. Masks will be required of children and parents who attend.

Maine Audubon’s Nicholas Lund, outreach and network manager, will give a talk Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m., “The State of the Birds: Decades of Change.” His talk and slide presentation will depict changes that have occurred during the last few decades, including which species are disappearing and which are increasing. He will also discuss the future outlook for Maine birds and ways gardeners can help protect birds. Seating is limited to 25 because of COVID-19, so reserve a seat by calling the library. Masks will be required. For more information, phone 567-4147 or visit stocktonspringslibrary.org.

Historical Society

The October meeting will be Sunday, Oct. 3, starting at 1:30 p.m. It will again be at the Town Office lower level. The program will be on Campfire Girls, some of the girls who have been members in town and their leaders, and some of the activities. Several handbooks will be on display as well as a ceremonial dress with honor beads and other decorations. Dating back to 1910, this group at the time of its creation was to be a sister organization to the Boy Scouts of America. The original creators were from Vermont and Maine.

The society’s showroom will be open again on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Town Office

Applications are now available at the Town Office for the Neighbor for Neighbor Holiday Assistance Program. This is a program run by Waldo Community Action Partners that provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food, as well as Christmas gifts, to eligible Waldo County families. Deadlines are on the application, though anyone in need of this program is encouraged to apply early because supplies are limited. Contact information to help out the program is also listed on the application.

The Shellfish Committee and holders of shell fish licenses recently reseeded clams in conservation areas of the harbor. Also, the roadwork project on Route 1A was expected to reopen lanes on Saturday, Sept. 25, so hopefully the detours will be unnecessary. The project is supposed to be completed by the end of October.

Debris Day will be Saturday, Oct. 16, so start cleaning out your basement or garage.

Ambulance Service

The Ambulance Service needs drivers and EMTs. If you would be interested in joining, please email ambulance@stocktonsprings.org. They hope to have full-time competitive pay soon. No experience needed, as they will train and pay for additional training.

With the Common Ground Fair canceled, Over the Hill Farm in Thorndike decided to give away the lavender they were hoping to sell because of the fair. So a friend and I went out to get some. They have a little store with lavender products, pottery and various other things, including pumpkins. While not many trees have turned color yet, the drive was a pretty one. I also recently visited the Amish Charcuterie store in Unity for some homemade sausage, which was excellent. Now that the weather is turning a bit cooler, comfort foods like mac and cheese (with the added sausage) and meatloaf are on the menu. We have been lucky to have had a string of beautiful sunny days to enjoy the outdoors.

There was an article on the closing of the B&M bean plant in Portland in the Sunday paper, along with a story about the origins of the popular Saturday night supper of baked beans, brown bread and the addition of hot dogs. A lot of Mainers grew up eating that every Saturday night. It was sad to see the big smokestack come down and, considering how much food production has ended in Maine, it is sad to see the end of B&M. In Stockton, the history of our harbor was in the apples, potatoes and lumber that were shipped out to other areas of the country and world. Stockton has so many old apple trees growing wild in the woods that once were part of someone’s orchard.

Fall is definitely a time for apple cider and apple pie, and maybe a sip of applejack. Enjoy this beautiful time of year!

Thought for the week: “Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” — William Cullen Bryant.