Town Office

The next recycling date is Oct. 28. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2, for votes on three statewide ballot questions, Question 1 on the CMP corridor, Question 2 on bonds for transportation and infrastructure, and Question 3 on a constitutional right to produce, harvest and consume food.

Community Library

Tai Chi continues at Stockton Harbor every Tuesday and Friday morning from 9:30 to 11 a.m. as long as the weather holds. Please call the library at 567-4147 to preregister.

Don’t forget Mac Smith will present his first talk and reading at the library Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. on his new book, “Hail to the Chief.” Amazing to know that he works as our town manager and also finds the time to write books. His other books are “Mainers on the Titanic” and “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.”

Community Builders

Put on your calendar Sunday, Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the Halloween Spooktacular. The drive-thru celebration will be for families to pick up bags of treats for little trick-or-treaters. Last year’s event was a great success, so be sure to take part!

RSU 20

As part of steps to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep the schools open for in-person learning, Regional School Unit 20 will offer a free COVID-19 testing program beginning Nov. 1 for students and staff. Regular testing will help protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19.

According to Facebook, Jenny Spang will once again be baking bread to order starting Nov. 5 so check it out. Ayla and Willows Farm Stand at 469 Bangor Road in Stockton Springs is open from dawn til dusk and is self-serve. Now is the time of year we turn to eating soups and stews, so take advantage of local vendors for interesting food choices.

With family and friends coming to Maine for leaf peeping season, I have been busy showing them the natural beauty of Maine. We made several trips to Acadia and a nature boat ride out of Bar Harbor. We also drove to Greenville and Moosehead Lake to enjoy the fall foliage at its peak and eat lunch lakeside. Every place we visited, we chatted with people from out-of-state but also some from in-state. We met Dwayne and Dee, who are Mainers, at the Chart House in Hulls Cove while waiting for dinner. Dee said she had never been to Acadia before.

Acadia is lovely all year-round but especially in the fall. It is just a little quieter on Route 1, so I’m thinking by the end of October most of the tourists will be gone. But we have had such beautiful warm fall weather over the last two weeks that people are probably not ready to leave!

I’m going to take my Florida guest to a lobster dinner before she leaves and it will probably be my last one of the season. Most of the sail boats are gone from the harbor, which is sad to see. Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 7, so then darkness will settle in early. It will be time to read that book you never got to this summer or go out to the movies again.

Thought for the week

“Vines will be planted, corn will spring up, a whole growth of new crops; and people will still fall in love in vintages and harvests yet to come. Life is eternal; it is a perpetual renewal of birth and growth.” — Emile Zola.