Community Builders

On Saturday, Dec. 18, there will be a Santa’s Fire Truck Parade  (bad weather date is Dec. 19.) Bingo will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17, and is free to all downstairs at the Town Office from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Usually the progress of the parade is posted on the Stockton Springs Community Builders Facebook page or by some of the Select Board members.

American Legion Post 157

The Wreaths Across America convoy will pass through town on Route 1 on Sunday, Dec. 12, between 10 and 11 a.m. after stopping in Ellsworth for a brief ceremony in an abbreviated version due to COVID-19. These are the wreaths donated for Arlington National Cemetery that travel from Maine to Washington, D.C., each year. The convoy will be heading from Belfast to Winslow via routes 137 and 202. A great place to watch it in Stockton Springs is on the Church Street overpass.

Town Office

Don’t forget recycling is Thursdays, Dec. 9 and 23. Flattened cardboard boxes should be placed in the dumpster at the town maintenance yard. With all the ordering online these days, people have plenty of cardboard to get rid of.

Historical Society

The society has canceled its meeting on Sunday, Dec. 5, in light of the high level of COVID transmission in our county. So the next meeting will be in 2022.

Just Barb’s appears to be closed for the season although there is nothing on the sign to indicate that. The only activity in the harbor is the putting in of the mooring sticks for the winter. A few lobster boats are going out and then returning with loaded traps on board.

Winter officially begins Dec. 21 at 10:59 a.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 14, the Geminid meteor showers peak and the next full moon occurs Saturday, Dec. 18, at 11:35 p.m. So far we have had a little snow, a little rain and the occasional day in the 50s. Everyone has Christmas candles in the windows and lights up.

I purchased my tree at the Nutkin Knoll Tree Farm in Newburgh, where you can either cut them down or pick from pre-cut trees. It is up but not decorated yet.

There is much in the news about the shortage of both real and artificial trees this year. It takes 10 years for a tree to get to the right size and 10 years ago there were too many trees, so fewer were planted. Now there are not enough. Also, there were floods in Oregon and Washington where many tree farms supply the country. Artificial trees come from Asia and with the supply chain problems, it’s best if you’re buying one, to do so early or miss getting one. In my opinion, there is nothing prettier than seeing a Christmas tree in the window of a home at night. It definitely puts me in the Christmas spirit.

Thought for the week: “Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” — Mary Ellen Chase