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The Book, Bake and Plant Sale was a great success and the weather was great for it. It’s a shame that the beautiful perennial garden on the side of the library had to be destroyed because of invasive bishop’s weed, as it was lovely and full of gorgeous flowers. The library garden is where my peony plant came from.

The library is holding a raffle fundraiser. The prize is a $100 gift certificate to Sweet Cheeks Bakery of Verona Island. Tickets are $1 each and will be sold until Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at the library’s annual Pie & Art Festival.

Historical Society

The society will meet on Friday, June 17, at the American Legion Hall with the Legion and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. This is an evening meeting with social time starting at 6 p.m. and the meeting starting at 7 p.m. Charlie Smith will give a talk on Orpheus Roberts, from North Stockton, and his participation at the Battle of Gettysburg. Please bring only one plate of finger foods for the social hour.

Town Office

Town meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. The Annual Report is available online at stocktonsprings.org. The Town Office will be closed on Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth. Thank you to Pete Curley, who retired from the Select Board after many terms and from the Planning Board, for his many years of dedication to the town. Stockton Springs is a volunteer community with many opportunities to support our town by becoming a volunteer on a committee or for the library.

One of our town artists, Anne Spencer, has moved to Winterberry Heights in Bangor. Her watercolors and paintings are wonderful. Currently, her work is at The Club Marina and Bar at Stockton Harbor.

Todd and the Two Tars will be playing at The Club on Thursday, June 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. I was at the last one and his music was terrific with many songs from the 1970s and ’80s. Get your dancing shoes on, as it will be great fun!

A group of us went to see the movie “Downton Abbey” last week. It is based on the wealthy Grantham family in England during the 1930s and has been a popular PBS series on TV. Violet, aka Maggie Smith, has inherited a villa in France so half the family goes off to the villa while the other half remains at home.

Downton Abbey is rented out by an American movie company making a film there and the female actress in the movie speaks with a terrible cockney accent. Her career is jeopardized when the film becomes a “talkie.” Lady Mary, Lord Grantham’s daughter, steps in to provide her cultured voice to the film.

Amazing that we now live in a world of talking movies without a second thought to it. Big movie musicals from the 1950s and ’60s had singers’ voices dubbed in for the lead actress or actor if they couldn’t sing. It’s great to get back to going out to the movies again after the pandemic.

Thought for the week: “A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.