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A Halloween drive-thru event is planned for Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. The celebration will be for families to pick up bags of treats, not just candy. A volunteer will hand the bags through car windows. Families will be able to get out of their cars for a brief photo op in the designated area, if they choose, and will then continue on their way. So get your costumes ready for Halloween!

Town Office

Don’t forget Debris Day is Saturday, Oct. 16. Please have your things at the curbside by 7 a.m. For a list of acceptable items, see the town’s website or Facebook page. Recycling is Thursdays, Oct. 14 and 28. Also, your first-half property taxes are due Oct. 19.

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 of Stockton Springs. He will present his first talk and reading at the Stockton Springs Community Library (SSCL) on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Autographed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Masks and reservations required. Seating limited to 25, so call in advance. The next Story Hour will be Saturday, Nov. 6, so now that the weather is getting colder, this is a great activity for your children.

Condolences to the family and friends of Donna Fraser, who passed away Aug. 9. A memorial service was recently held at the Mount Recluse Cemetery on Cape Jellison.

Come enjoy the Club Marina and Bar’s three-day Octoberfest celebration of German food and drink, 4-9 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 16. They will be featuring special dishes and German beer and wine. More details and a menu to follow on Facebook. Reservations recommended for parties of five or more at 200-4179. The restaurant Me Lon Togo is reopening in Searsport on Thursday, Oct. 14. See Facebook for details.

A pumpkin weighing 2,121.5 pounds, grown by Edwin Pierpont of Jefferson, set a new record for Maine at the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest and Regatta, which is canceled this year except for the annual pumpkin display. The grower reported that during the peak season the pumpkin was growing 50 pounds a day. The giant pumpkins are on display on Main Street in Damariscotta and Newcastle Thursday, Oct. 9, through Tuesday, Oct. 19.

There are many fall festivals at this time of year and, of course, it is a wonderful time to get outside to go for a ride somewhere.

There is a full moon on Oct. 20 at 10:57 a.m., also called the Hunter’s Moon. The Orionid meteor shower peaks on Oct. 21. On these crystal clear nights, the stars are spectacular. Fall chores of putting away the screens, deck furniture and gardens are upon us. It is time to plant spring bulbs and it is very heartening to see the first crocus or daffodil blooming next spring. But right now we are enveloped in the glory of fall with its bright yellows, oranges and reds on the trees and bushes. So go outside and enjoy the view!

Thought for the week: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” — Dalai Lama.