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Recycling dates for December are Thursdays, Dec. 9 and 23. Please have your recycling out by 7 a.m. The annual tree lighting took place on Saturday, Nov. 27, and the tree looks lovely.

Community Builders

On Saturday, Dec. 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Stockton Community Builders will hold the annual living Nativity with live animals. There will be sleigh rides, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a holiday light display and holiday craft activities.

Community Library

Altered books by Chelsea Porter will be at the library from Monday, Nov. 29, through Thursday, Dec. 2, so go and take a look during library hours.

RSU 20

Wednesday, Dec. 22, will be an Early Release Day for students, and students will be on vacation from Dec. 23 until Jan. 2, 2022.

Don’t forget that Fit Gym on Main Street is having West Coast Swing classes at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, so get over there for some fun! Also, Ayla and Willow’s Christmas Tree Farm is open on Route 1A. Sandy Point Road has been newly paved because of the heavy use when it was used for a detour during the culvert work on Route 1.

New additions to museum’s historic glass slides collection

For many years, I have volunteered at the Penobscot Marine Museum for Kevin Johnson, the photo archivist at the museum. Recently he acquired a group of glass slides made by the Eastern Illustrating Co., which included two new photos of the Stockton Springs docks from an antique dealer in New England. So much history on Cape Jellison!

According to the town website, “Between 1905 and 1907 three wooden piers were built out into the shallow harbor to reach deep navigable water. The docks received coal, fertilizer, bricks and cement and shipped lumber, paper, potatoes, and shooks (bundles of barrel staves, shaped and chamfered).”

The photo of the lumber docks shows four good-sized schooners at the dock and lumber waiting to be loaded. The photo of the dock scene shows extensive scaffolding over some train cars, possibly used for loading or unloading products being shipped in or out of the docks area. The water tower is also visible on the hill above the docks. It is fascinating to see how much industry was in our little town of Stockton Springs.

Dock scene at Cape Jellison Pier, shown on a glass slide new to the Penobscot Marine Museum collection. Courtesy of Kevin Johnson, Penobscot Marine Museum

These new photos would make great Christmas presents and can be ordered through the museum’s website or by calling the museum at 548-2529. Now through Dec. 17, use promo code PRINTSALE20 in the online store and receive 20% off your print order. Shipping is free, and pickup is available by appointment. Look through the museum’s collection of photographs on its website.

Thought for the week: “Civilization is a movement and not a condition, a voyage and not a harbor.” — Arnold J. Toynbee