The Congregational Church of Sandy Point will be hosting “Rise Up Singing” campfire gatherings in the grassy church parking lot on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month throughout the summer. All are welcome!  The first one is Thursday, July 23. For more information, email stevenalspach@yahoo.com.

American Legion yard sale

Sandy Point Post 157 will hold its annual yard sale on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations are accepted at the hall, 5 Sandy Point Road, on Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon from June 20 to Aug. 1. If you need something picked up (first floor only), please call Madeline Littlefield at 548-2993.

Community Builders

The group is accepting donations of gift cards from local businesses, physical products, services and candy to be dropped off at the Town Hall for upcoming events. Don’t forget Bingo Night is Tuesday, July 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Community Library

Reservations for table space for the 2022 Great Event are on sale now so you can book your space for Saturday, Sept. 10. The grounds of Stockton Springs Community Library, the Historical Society and Town Office will be again filled with a giant community yard sale, bake sale, home made doughnuts, barbecue, children’s activities, and much more. Also, stop by the library to get your raffle tickets to Sweet Cheeks Bakery for a $100 gift certificate.

Town Office

The next recycling date is Thursday, June 23. Congratulations to Darren Shute, who has been reelected to a three-year term as selectman with 49 write-in votes. Vern Thompson has been reelected fire chief for a one-year term with 212 votes. The office will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

Summer has truly burst forth, everything is blooming and Maine is so green right now! Schools are out and families with children are now vacationing all over the state. Camps and cabins typically are opened around Memorial Day and are being used though lake water is still chilly!

I remember being released from school classrooms in June and playing outdoors from breakfast until the street lights went on and we had to come in. My mother had an old school bell she would ring when she wanted us to come home for a meal. Summer was a time of hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and watermelon. Picnics and barbecues were ongoing and we drank gallons of Kool-Aid in every flavor. While I live here full time and enjoy all the seasons, this is the season when outside is the place to be. Treasure each of these warm days and don’t complain if it get too hot!

Thought for the week:  “Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” — Eckhart Tolle