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Town Office

Dog licenses are available, so please go and get your dog licensed at Town Hall. Recycling dates for January are Thursdays, Jan. 13 and 27.

Library

January is a great month to settle in and read a good book, so take one or more out from our town library. They also have plenty of movies and audiobooks to listen to. The library has a big section of children’s books and movies as well.

The harbor is almost empty now, except for the lone sailboat, which I understand is empty of its resident now. It was definitely a longer season for the lobster boats, as we seemed to have a warmer fall. There have been a few small snow events, so sledding and skiing are fun activities for families.

Rhonda Curtis Doughty is fixing up the shop at 208 Main St. and hopes to open the beginning of February. There will be antiques, home decor, craft supplies and sports collectibles. They will be renting out a limited number of vendor spaces. According to Rhonda’s Facebook page, she spent time on Harris Road with her grandmother growing up. Also, her co-owner does in-home estate sales. Good luck to Rhonda and her new business.

We are all hoping for a better 2022 as the pandemic numbers are up again. Thankfully, Maine has less population than some of the more congested states. According to the Bangor Daily News, “the state’s population increased to just more than 1,372,000 as of July 2021, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an increase of nearly 10,000 compared with a year prior.” Maine was the seventh state in the list of states with the largest population increases.

While always a “vacationland,” Maine became more of a full-time residence during the pandemic. My new neighbors came all the way from Palm Springs, California, which has to be the direct opposite part of the country. Maine is definitely a great place to raise a family. Plus, there are so many things to do outdoors in Maine.

After the holiday frenzy, I am happy to hunker down and catch my breath in January. The Norwegians call the time between Christmas and New Year’s “Romjul” and I am thinking that should be the entire month of January. Time to enjoy a cozy evening around the wood stove or fireplace doing whatever makes you happiest and gives you peace of mind. Remember that the days are getting longer now, which is definitely a positive thought.

Thought for the week: “First keep peace with yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.” – Thomas á Kempis.