Community Builders

Don’t forget that Bingo night is Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Lower Level. It’s a free event with prizes but donations are always welcome to keep it going.

Community Library

“Maine’s Hail to the Chief: A History of Presidential Visits to the Pine Tree State” is a new book by Mac Smith, our town manager and a resident of Stockton Springs. He will present his first talk and reading from his new book at the library on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Masks and reservations required. Seating is limited to 25, so please call the Library at 567-4147 to reserve a spot.

Town Office

Debris Day is Saturday, Oct. 16. Questions? Call the Town Office at 567-3404 or Pinkerton & Sons Disposal at 338-8330. The first half of property taxes is due Tuesday, Oct. 19, for town residents. Recycling dates for October are Thursdays, the 14th and 28th.

The “Be marvelous volunteers” are having a donation drive to support the pet shelter in Bucksport. Our Town Facebook site lists the things that they are looking for and donations will be accepted during office hours at the Town Office.

Condolences to the family and friends of James McKenney, former police officer and minister, who passed away Sept. 14.

Route 1A has reopened. Ayla and Willows Farm Stand is stocked up with pumpkins, corn stalks, stumpkins, gourds, tomatoes, peppers, buttercup, butternut, delicata, and acorn squash, potatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, jams, jellies and pickles. They are at 469 Bangor Road (Route 1A.) The stand is self-serve and open from dawn til dusk. They try to be fully stocked by 11 a.m. daily.

Jim Nichols of Gander Farms called to say his farm stand is now closed for the season and thanks to all his patrons.

Just Barb’s Restaurant, The Hichborn and the Club Marina and Bar are dining spots to enjoy. The club will have its last burger night of the season on Thursday, Oct. 7. The Hichborn is moving to its fall hours with a single seating at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, along with its bar, which opens up at 5:30 p.m. for drinks and snacks. Just Barb’s is now open on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday night is prime rib night.

Fall is definitely in the air now, with mornings reading 50 degrees here at my place on the harbor. We had 2.65 inches of rain this past Sunday and, on a beach walk today, there was erosion in some areas of sand near the shoreline. Sailboats are being readied for takeout with their masts lying on their decks, signaling the end of the sailing season for some. Ft. Point Park’s road is closed for the season.

I haven’t seen any hummingbirds in a while so they must be off to warmer weather. A few stragglers came by to the few flowers on my deck, forgoing any visits to the feeders. My dahlias and zinnias still look great and make beautiful bouquets to bring indoors. I saw my first woolly bear caterpillar and the brownish-orange stripe was very large — so does that mean we will have a mild winter? The trees have changed color slightly, but mid-October will bring the total beauty of autumn in view.

Thought for the week: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt.