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On Saturday, Nov. 27, in front of the Stockton Springs 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. Feel free to sing from your car if you need to stay warm! Also, don’t forget that 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. There will be sleigh rides, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a holiday light display and holiday craft activities. Put Saturday, Dec. 18, on your calendar (bad weather date is Dec. 19) as there will be a Santa’s Fire Truck Parade. Information to follow.

Town Office

Recycling will be on Friday, the 26th, as well as trash collection. Also, if you are able, please donate to the Keep the Heat on Fund for Stockton Springs residents at the Town Hall. Tonight the temperature is supposed to dip to 27 degrees so it’s definitely cold after yesterday’s high of 57, which was just the right sort of day to put things out for holiday displays.

Community Library

The library has added a lot of new audio books to its collection, as well as the new Disney movie “Jungle Cruise” to its DVD collection. Audio books are great to listen to when going shopping in Searsport, Belfast or Bucksport.

Post 157 membership drive

American Legion Post 157 is looking for new members. If you have served federal active duty in the United States armed forces for at least one day since Dec. 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving, you are eligible for membership in the American Legion. Please contact Ed Burns at 567-5005 for more information.

Historical Society

The Historical Society will possibly be having its annual Christmas dinner meeting on Sunday, Dec. 5. It was tentatively decided to have a scaled-down version — finger foods and desserts. It will be held at the Town Office lower level and starts at 1 p.m. Organizers will be checking COVID levels to determine whether to hold it. If you are members or want to join up, please contact Kathy Harrison at harrison8505@roadrunner.com.

Condolences to the family and friends of Bruce Snowman of Stockton Springs. According to the many posts on Facebook, he was well loved and helped out many of his neighbors.

There is a food bank at the Searsport Congregational and Methodist churches on the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 to 11 a.m. Contact Ralph Harvey at 548-6204. The Belfast Soup Kitchen is also giving food assistance and can be reached at 338-4845.

The Kindness Program also serves our area with food assistance and the contact person is Jayne Snowdale, who can be reached at (407) 694-8733 or jesnowdale@hotmail.com. The Kindness Program offers frequent meals to our community for those who can donate and for those who cannot.

WABI-TV is doing its annual turkeython where it takes in donated turkeys for those in need. Today they were up to 3,900 turkeys a week before Thanksgiving. Also, our Town Office takes in food donations and toys for Christmas presents under a giving tree at the Town Hall.

Some Christmas movies with a kindness theme to watch are “The Christmas Chronicles,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” and “The Christmas Story.” As we get busy with the holiday season, please remember the homeless or others in your neighborhood who may need some kindness.

Thought for the week: “Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind.” — Henri Frederic Amiel