Community Library

Stockton Springs Community Library is selling tickets for a new fundraising raffle to support the all-volunteer library. Tickets are $1 each and the prize is a $100 gift certificate to Sweet Cheeks Bakery of Verona Island. Drawing for the raffle will take place on Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. at the library’s annual Pie & Art Festival.

Tai Chi has returned to Stockton Harbor for another season, Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. down by the harbormaster’s building on Dock Road. To sign up for classes, please call the Stockton Springs Community Library at 567-4147.

Town Office

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. Also, the Town Office will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth.

Sam Fuller of the Recycling and Energy Conservation Committee is setting up a system to allow  residents to be able to recycle their used printer cartridges. A box will be placed at the Town Office for residents to drop them off. Sam will be able to take up to 10 cartridges per month to Staples and will receive $2 per cartridge. That money will be donated to the Keep The Heat On fund. Thanks to Sam and the committee for this plan.

On May 23, Jack Shaida of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust came to Sandy Point Beach to walk the Park Trail with members of the Stockton Springs Parks Committee and others to evaluate the trail for work so that it would comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The land trust assisted, along with many community members, in establishing the park and it is a great asset to the town. The land trust is currently working on the Tuck Mountain Trail in town.

Community Builders

The Community Builders group is planning a Street Dance on Main Street late in July, tentatively July 29. So dust off your dancing shoes and plan to enjoy the party! Don’t forget that there is no Bingo night in June because of the election. Next event is Tuesday, July 12.

Rescheduled Senior Parade

Congratulations to the 34 seniors who are graduating from Searsport District High School this year. The Senior Parade through Stockton Springs and Searsport is rescheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7, to celebrate their graduation so best of luck to the graduates. It will leave Sears Island at 6 p.m., and head from there to downtown Stockton Springs. Rain forecast for June 8 forced the rescheduling.

Father’s Day is coming up on Sunday, June 19, and the lupines are blooming along the highways. Most lupines are deep blue but occasional pink or white ones are mixed in with the fields of flowers. The outside world is looking amazingly green and lush.

Lobster boats are busy going out with traps stacked up on their boats for the season. I had my first lobster this year because my sister Kathy Davidson was here for a visit from North Carolina. We also went up to Acadia and Bar Harbor over the Memorial Day weekend. There was bumper-to-bumper traffic going into Acadia at the toll booths, so tourist season is definitely here. We watched the Cat Ferry leave for Canada off the dock in Bar Harbor so after a long absence; it was good to see it operating again.

There is a new phrase, “Revenge Travel,” coined for making up for the pandemic years of no travel by doing a lot of traveling. However, with the price of gas rising every day, one has to consider the real cost of a car trip! Staycations may be back again soon. There is always your own neighborhood to explore and trails to walk on. Enjoy these beautiful new warm weather days!

Thought for the week: “Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher.