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On Saturday, Nov. 27, at the town tree in front of the Town Office, there will be a Town Tree Lighting and Carol Singalong. Please join in at 6 p.m. for the lighting of the tree along with caroling around it. There will also be holiday cookies and hot chocolate. This event lasts about half an hour. Feel free to sing from your car if you need to stay warm!

On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., the annual holiday event with the Living Nativity with live animals will be held. Come enjoy the Story of Christmas acted out by children. There will be rides on Santa’s sleigh, complete with a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (masks required — thank you!). Holiday craft activities for the kids (all inside activities require masks) and a light display.

On Saturday, Dec. 18 (bad weather date is December 19) there will be a Santa’s Fire Truck Parade. Information to follow. Bingo night will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Town Hall Lower Level from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Town Office

The office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, and recycling will be on Friday, the 26th, as well as trash collection.

On Election Day 613 votes were cast — a very good turnout.

Tai Chi at Stockton Harbor is over for the season, but the class will continue to be offered for the winter via Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call the Stockton Springs Community Library to sign up, 567-4147.

Don’t forget to get your dog licenses!.

Bartending class

Join the Club and Marina Bar for a bartending class on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 a.m. Public reception/fundraiser for Stockton Harbor Sailing Center to follow — stay tuned for details on Facebook.  Otherwise the Club and Marina Bar will reopen in December after renovations for the holidays.

I had no column last week, as I was away visiting my daughter Jennifer in St. Paul, Minnesota, for my granddaughter Katherine’s 17th birthday. Ice hockey is big there and she plays on her high school team. Their equipment bags are huge, so they get strong just carrying them in and out of hockey rinks. The airports were busy, with everyone masked per federal rules. With the holidays coming, I am sure the airports will get much busier.

Let’s hope the good weather continues. I was astonished to see lilacs blooming in Jennifer’s yard. They usually bloom in May. Most of the days were warm, as they were here. A sailboat has turned up right in front of my place and it was not there during the sailing season. This morning a lobster boat was checking out the sailboat; hopefully it is not an abandoned boat. I am sure our harbormaster, Dave Estes, will figure it out. The eagle continues to do its flyby check on the harbor but activity on the water has slowed down as lobstermen continue to bring in their traps. Now that daylight is shorter with the oncoming winter, they go out late and come in early.

It’s time to do that indoor project that in the good weather is to difficult to contemplate. Stay well!

Thought for the week: “Read nature; nature is a friend to truth.” — Edward Young