Town Office

Tai Chi will continue via Zoom this winter with sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. This past summer they met down by the harbor and had about 20 people there. Sign-ups are through the library at 567-4147.

There will be a cleanup day at Veterans Park on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. til noon in preparation for the Veterans Day ceremony. An additional work day is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7, from 2 til 5 p.m. in case it is needed or it rains on Saturday. Please bring your own tools and gloves.

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day. Recycling dates for November are Thursdays, the 11th and 25th. Dog licenses for 2022 are available now at the Town Office and dogs are required to be licensed by Jan. 31, 2021.

Please consider donating, if you are able, to the “Keep the Heat On” program for fuel assistance. Checks should be noted as for the fund and sent to the Town Office at 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981.

Community Library

Don’t forget to go to Mac Smith’s talk on his new book on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. Should be very interesting.

Lions Club trees

Priscilla King notified me that the Lions will not be selling Christmas trees at Bangor Savings Bank in Searsport this year because they haven’t been able to find a dealer to sell them the trees. As one who has bought my trees there annually, I will miss them. They want to thank everyone for their generous support and hope to sell trees again in the future.

Ayla and Willows Farm Stand is closed now and the owners want to thank everyone for another great year. They are getting ready for wreath season and will open up then. Stone Fox Farm Creamery is open seven days a week and will be adjusting hours in November. The Kindness Program is selling Thanksgiving dinners; call Jayne Snowdale at 407-694-8733 or Sandra Otis Anderson at 548-6530 to reserve yours. Anglers in Searsport reopens Monday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. The Club Marina and Bar at the harbor is closed for the season.

With Halloween past us now, we will be thinking and planning our Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday with family, friends and lots of turkey. There are many stories on shortages of gifts for Christmas, so people are shopping early. I always love the first snowfall of the season and am happy to watch it by the fireplace with a warm drink.

We all have our own family traditions with regard to Christmas trees, favorite recipes and holiday movies. My favorite holiday movie has always been “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. As usual, the holidays come upon us quickly with a frenzy of activity; don’t forget to slow down to savor special moments. And there’s still time to enjoy a brisk outdoor walk!

Thought for the week: “I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves to warm and cheer.” — George Matthew Adams.