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Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Ryan Ordelt, a Boy Scout from Stockton Springs, is working on the new Mount Tuck trail. Ryan has taken on construction for his Eagle Scout project. He cut the trail last fall and is looking to finish it in the next month so they can open the trail this summer. More information to follow.

Town Office

Don’t forget that Saturday, May 21, is Debris Day for the spring clean-up. Please have everything within five feet of the curb by 7 a.m. on Saturday. Next recycling date is Thursday, May 26.

The Harbor Committee is pleased to welcome aboard Glenn Meadows as its newest member. Glenn joins six other dedicated Stockton residents who oversee our busy harbor. On Saturday, April 30, the docks went back into the harbor in anticipation of boating season.

With regard to the sunken sailboat, it was removed Saturday, May 14, by Kenneth “Skeet” Wyman.

In accordance with the town ordinance, all mooring fees are due by April 30 every year with a $50 late fee after that date. If fees are not paid by May 30, the town takes possession of the mooring, as it is considered abandoned. Michael Donahue chairs the Harbor Committee and Dave Estes is harbormaster. They can be reached at harbor@stocktonsprings.org.

The Town Office will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Information on the Memorial Day parade will be forthcoming.

Community Library

The library will be accepting perennial plants June 1, 2 and 3 for its Book, Bake and Plant Sale scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4. They can be dropped off at the library and it would be extremely helpful for donors to label the plants so people will know what they are buying.

Friends of Sandy Point

On Friday, June 17, at 6 p.m. there will be a talk on “The Devils Den” by Charlie Smith at American Legion Post 157 in Sandy Point on Route 1. It is about 2nd Lt. Orpheus Roberts of Prospect leading the 20th Maine to the Devils Den during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

Hey Sailor is now offering takeout meals for outdoor dining or just to take home on a busy night. The Hichborn is offering its first wine dinner of the summer on Thursday, May 26.

Flash in the Pan will be performing in Bucksport on Monday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m., which is always a lot of fun and a great intro to the summer. Graduation day for our high school seniors will be on Thursday, June 9, and the final day of school will be Thursday, June 16.

The trees are full of baby pale green leaves ready to burst forth on the first warm day. We are already seeing sunny days into the 70s and screens are going in and patio furniture is being put out. Traffic on Route 1 is increasing steadily as tourists and snowbirds return to Maine. Ice cream shops and lobster shacks start opening. Memorial Day Weekend is perfect for picnics and barbecues.

Plant centers are booming as everyone wants to get a start on planting gardens with flowers or vegetables. I got a beautiful hanging basket of little multi-colored petunias from my stepdaughter. After a long winter, bright colors are great to see with red, pink and orange geraniums a favorite for the front porch.

Across the harbor, Sears Island is busy with walkers, especially at low tide when a shoreline walk is doable. Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Thought for the week: “An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.” — Lydia M. Child.