Town Office

The second half of real estate property taxes are due Tuesday, April 19. The office will be closed on Monday, April 18, for Patriot’s Day. Volunteers are still needed for town committees; if interested please contact Town Manager Mac Smith, at 567-3404 or email him at manager@stocktonsprings.org.

Kindness Program

On Saturday, March 12 the Kindness Program will be having a St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage takeout dinner with pickup between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. at the Searsport First Congregational Church, 8 Church St. Drive up, give your name to the runner and he will bring out your dinner. To reserve your dinner(s), call or text Jayne Snowdale at 407-694-8733. You can also send a message on the Kindness Facebook Page. A wonderful meal for a good cause.

The Club and Marina Restaurant and Bar will be reopening on Thursday, March 17, for St. Patrick’s Day. Always a wonderful spot to enjoy the sunset. Have to Have It Store is now open — go check it out!

Just Barb’s is now open for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A Zoom program on the Front Street Shipyard will be held on Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m., co-sponsored by ComeBoating! and Belfast Free Library. I really do miss the interesting in-person lectures that the libraries had before the pandemic.

This is soup or chili weather here in Stockton Springs. Lots of clear cold days here with the occasional 2-inch snowstorm overnight being thrown in. I just made a big pot of vegetable soup yesterday. It’s challenging to cook for one person, so I am either eating the same thing for several days or freezing it for a quick meal another day.

I was trying to tell a gentleman friend how easy it is to make a pot of chili recently. Just brown some ground beef or turkey along with some chopped onions, which can be found in bags now in the frozen food section of stores, some beans and chili powder and anything else you have in your pantry. The bags of chopped frozen onions are a convenience when you’ve bought one onion and then found it has sprouted green shoots while sitting in your kitchen.

My sister Kathy loves to cook and prepare meals all day long. Somehow I missed that cooking gene in my family. My grandmother Mary used to tell me that if you can read a recipe, you can cook. On these quiet winter days, making a big pot of soup or chili might be just the thing to warm your body and spirit.

Thought for the week: “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” — John Keats.