Community Library

Don’t forget Story Hour starts Thursday, March 31, 10-11 a.m. For more information, please call 567-4147.

Community Builders

Bingo is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Town Hall. Come on down for a fun night! It’s free.

Town Office

Debris Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, beginning at 7 a.m. Please have all items curbside, within 5 feet of the road surface. For more information, please call the Town Office at 567-3404 or Pinkerton & Sons Disposal at 338-8330. For a full list of what is acceptable, check the Town’s Facebook page.

Just a reminder that the Ambulance Service in town is still looking for drivers and EMS-licensed providers of all levels. They offer on call and shift pay and will also pay for training to get licensed. Please call the Town Office if you’re interested in joining.

According to Kathy Harrison, the Stockton Springs Historical Society’s past president, Marion Grant Fisher, has died. Marion was the town correspondent for The Republican Journal for some time. Marion was one of several ladies who put on many a church supper for the replacement of the church steeple on Church Street. While she moved away from her hometown of Stockton to be closer to family, she was greatly missed. Condolences to all her many friends and family in the area. I know that I had many an American chop suey dinner at the church. And now the church steeple stands tall and straight in Stockton Springs and is beautiful to see.

Just Barb’s is open on Friday mornings now for breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m.

Today as I write this column, the McCrum Potato processing factory has had a massive fire. When I woke up this morning at 6 o’clock, a large plume of black smoke was rising from Belfast. This quickly changed to white smoke and the report was on the news that many area fire departments had responded to the fire. I also received an Emergency Alert on my cell phone with a recommended shelter in place notice.

According to other reports, Route 1 and the bridge going into Belfast were shut down. As I had a yoga class in Belfast in the morning, I was closely paying attention to what was happening. Needless to say, Margaret Laird and I did not attempt to get to our class. At this point, there are mentions on Facebook  of fundraisers to help the employees who are now out of work. So very sad for all the people involved.

It is sleeting and raining today, but the eagle has been sitting at the top of the pine tree by the shoreline in front of me all morning, facing toward Belfast. Perhaps the eagle is waiting to see what may come his way for lunch. The snow piles are mostly melted now and my daffodils are peaking up out of the ground. It’s great to get out now for a walk to see if anything is showing signs of spring.

Thought for the week: “I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host, of golden daffodils; beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze.” — William Wordsworth.