Town Office

Waste oil, which powers the heat at the town garage, can be dropped off there Monday through Friday between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is also accepted during e-waste days, held at the garage from 9 a.m. until noon on the last Saturday of each month, which this month is Jan. 29. The next recycling day is Thursday, Jan. 20.

Don’t forget to get your dog licensed before Feb. 1!

Tai Chi is currently offered virtually via Zoom twice a week during the fall and winter, on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. To sign up for classes, please call the Stockton Springs Community Library at 567-4147.

Community Library

If the weather is bad, the library, which is run by volunteers, may be closed, so check out the SSCL Facebook page to be sure before heading out.

Community Builders

The next Bingo night will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the lower level of the Town Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

There’s a sign up for scallops at Shute’s Seafood on Route 1 if you wish to order some fresh scallops while they’re in season. Looks like the Have to Have It shop on Main Street is coming along, as there are usually vehicles parked outside for workers.

There has been every type of weather this past week with some snow, rain and bitter cold. The temperature hovered here on Cape Jellison Road right around zero the other day. Winds have been quite strong and the abandoned sailboat is dragging its anchor. It was in the middle of the harbor most of the fall but now is not very far off shore, directly in front of the townhouses. It could be stuck on some of the debris that is still at the bottom of the harbor from the industrial pier that was there in the early 1920s.

There is supposed to be a small train engine at the bottom of the harbor from the rail line that operated alongside the pier. Penobscot Marine Museum has an old photo of the docks with at least 14 rail cars stacked with lumber and three three-masted schooners waiting to be loaded up. Another museum photo has a huge water tower and pump house on the side of the hill above the shoreline. Stockton Springs has an amazing history!

Thought for the week: “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” — Marcus Garvey