Town Office

Don’t forget Election Day will be Tuesday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the basement level of the Town Office. Town meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18.

According to Mac Smith, our town manager, the fees for the sailboat removal were between $4,000 and $5,000 and will come out of the Harbor Committee account. The Harbor Committee is a self-sufficient entity with funds from moorings and fees for docks, etc. The sailboat has been offered for public bid, so if you want a fixer-upper, this might be your chance.

Recycling dates for June will be Thursdays, June 9 and 23. According to Brad Pinkerton on Facebook, 41.95 tons of debris were picked up and disposed of at last week’s town Debris Day

Community Library

The Book, Bake and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Always lots of great books to buy, delicious baked goods and plants to treasure. The next events to mark on your calendar are Aug. 20 for the annual Pie and Art Festival and Sept. 10 for the Great Event and Community Yard Sale.

Community Builders

There will be bingo the second Tuesday of every month except for June and December. So no bingo in June but the date for July is Tuesday, July 12, 5:30-7 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Hall.

BugginMe Boat Tours run by Travis Wyman on the Sarah B II is offering several different types of boating experiences out of Stockton Harbor. Their website is bugginmeboattours.com and they also have a Facebook page.

Milkroom Farm Stand and Crafts is selling duck eggs and chicken eggs and soon will have strawberry rhubarb jam for sale as well.

Friends of Sears Island’s Summer Solstice by the Sea Celebration will be on Tuesday, June 21. There will be live Celtic and other traditional music by Sea Strings, hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, a festive procession on the causeway, and readings about the solstice. This event is free, but a suggested donation of $5 per person or $10 per family will support Friends of Sears Island’s conservation and education programs.

The first day of summer is Tuesday, June 21, but just within the last few days the leaves on the trees have unfurled and the flowering trees are in full bloom. The lilacs are especially beautiful. The apple trees are losing their petals and it looks like snow beneath the trees.

Birds are nesting and I think two finches were eyeing my flowering petunia to make a nest in. One year they made a nest in a neighbor’s wreath on her front door so she took the wreath and hung it in a tree nearby.

Gardener str out preparing and planting their gardens for the summer. I planted my window boxes for my deck and they do take a beating in the wind across the harbor so I tie them to the rail with a bungee cord.

Most days now the temperatures are in the 60s or low 70s and no humidity, which is great for taking walks. The Rail Trail in Belfast is open now across the McCrum property where the potato plant burned. Lupines are starting to bloom along the roadsides — perhaps in time for Father’s Day June 19.

Thought for the week: “If summer had one defining scent, it’d definitely be the smell of barbecue.” — Katie Lee.