Community Library

A Halloween celebration with trunk-or-treating is coming up Saturday, Oct. 30, for children of all ages from 10 to 11:30 a.m. outdoors on the library grounds. The Halloween party will include a costume parade, a story, snacks, and trunk-or-treating in the town office parking lot, next to the library. There will be prizes awarded for best costumes in different categories. The event is free and open to all.

Community Builders

Another fun activity for kids will be a Halloween drive-thru event on Sunday, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m. This will take place at the Town Hall with bags of treats distributed and photo ops in a designated area. Halloween will be a busy time in our town with two events going on over the weekend.

Town Office

E-waste day is Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Town Garage. The Select Board’s discussion of short-term rentals is ongoing and no decisions have been made yet. There is a Facebook site open to owners of short-term rentals in Stockton Springs to discuss and share information.

RSU 20

Our schools were closed last week because of the high number of positive cases and the associated high number of close contacts. Regional School Unit 20 schools went to remote learning for grades PK-12 as of Oct. 19, and a mask mandate is now in place for students and staff.

The Club Marina and Bar has closed for the season but may reopen in December for the holidays. Check their Facebook site for further information.

Ellis Braga is leading a team working on his Eagle Scout project of building a set of stairs and a small boat ramp going down to the beach. It will be perfect for a small boat launch and the convenience of walking down steps to get to the beach. It looks very sturdy! Congratulations to Ellis and his friends!

I started to read Amor Towles’ new book, “Lincoln Highway” this past week. One of my favorite books is William Least Heat Moon’s “Blue Highways” about a trip across America. Lincoln Highway goes from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco. “Lincoln Highway” is now at the top of the best seller list and so far, in my opinion, is excellently written. Just the kind of book I will enjoy as the days get colder and my gardening cleanup slows down.

Rain and wind blew most of the leaves off the trees in town. When I look across the harbor, it appears that winter will soon be upon us despite the fact that as of this writing, we have not had a frost yet. My flowers are still blooming and I read that dahlias should be dug up after the frost. I will store them in my garage in a box filled with wood shavings until next spring.

A moose was spotted on Cape Jellison, so be careful driving. Most of the pleasure boats are out of the harbor and the lobstermen are bringing in their traps. Enjoy these beautiful fall days!

Thought for the week: “If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.” — Lucy Larcom