Community Builders

Thanks to all the Community Builders volunteers for a fantastic Easter parade through town with a visit from the Easter bunny in the gazebo. According to Marsha Shute, there was a long line of children waiting to sit with the Easter bunny to receive an Easter bag of goodies.

Historical Society

The society is hosting a talk on Sunday, May 1, at 1:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Office to hear Vern Thompson talking about Stockton activities in the early years of World War II. Topics include soldiers stationed in the area to guard ammunition, and how men and women would walk the railroad tracks, guarding the cars with bombs inside them, as well as servicemen who stayed here and married local women.

Community Library

Don’t forget the Children’s Story Hour is held every Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. during April and May. Please call the library at 567-4147 for more information.

Our library is located in the Colcord House on Main Street and was begun in 2001, when a group of town people recognized the need for a library in town.

According to the library website, Colcord House owner and Maine architect Joseph W. Thompson (1822-1891), who built the Fort Point Hotel, probably built the house, as well as several others in Stockton in the mid- to late 19th century. The house was later sold to Capt. Melvin E. Colcord. He sailed as master of the schooner David Babcock and the bark Isaac Hall. Colcord also ran a ferry service in Stockton Harbor.

Stockton Springs Historical Society acquired the building in 1999 and volunteers have been staffing the library since then. Former residents Henry Capano and Bert Holland built the circulation desk for the library. Mary and Basil Staples were some of the town’s residents who worked to establish the library and especially for Mary, the upstairs children’s room.

When I was a young child, my hometown library had a dark winding staircase to the children’s library at the top of an old house. I remember climbing the stairs to a wonderful room full of books. The first ones that I remember were the Norwegian books of “Flicka, Ricka and Dicka.” I also remember a series of books that were titled “The Little Maid of _____” of a young girl during colonial times for each of the original 13 colonies. So I was reading about history even then.

Stockton Springs is lucky to have such a great asset in our town. The next big fundraiser for the library will be the annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale on Saturday, June 4. Donations to the library for its Endowment Fund are always welcome.

Town Office

News on the sunken sailboat! According to Town Manager Mac Smith, who spoke to the harbormaster, there was a delay because the commercial fisherman who is going to do the work had a piece of broken equipment that took longer to fix than expected. The equipment was recently fixed, so the project should be completed soon.

Swing dance lessons start on Tuesday, May 3, at the FIT gym. Have to Have It store is open now and has lots of good stuff. Melissa Thompson’s business on Cape Jellison is open as well for soap and other interesting things.

Daffodils are blooming and forsythia buds are almost open now. There is a faint reddish tint to budding trees across the harbor. Lawns are getting greener. The harbor is still quiet and empty of boats. It has been extremely windy lately; hopefully the winds will die down with some warmer weather. Watch out for ticks; someone from Waldo county just passed away from a rare tick disease. Still perfect weather for walks outdoors to check out what is changing.

Thought for the week: “The best proof of love is trust.” — Joyce Brothers.