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The Street Dance on Main Street is on Friday, July 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. with the DJ Treble Makers and pizza and hot dogs. Harbor Days is on Saturday, July 30, down at the harbor from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year there were games, boat rides and food, so be sure to go.

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Waldo Community Action Partners will be distributing backpacks and school supplies to income-eligible children throughout Waldo County this August in advance of the 2022-23 school year. Interested families are asked to fill out and return an application. The application is available at the Town Office, or through WCAP online at waldocap.org/backpacks2022. Deadline is Aug. 1 to apply. For more information, please contact Allison Harrell at WCAP at aharrell@waldocap.org or 338-6809.

At the annual town meeting in June, the Select Board was pleased to give the local Spirit of America Award to the members of Stockton’s Girl Scout Troop 2908. The board chose the troop, headed by Kris Braga and Katie Perkins, to be this year’s recipients. Congratulations to Kris and Katie and all the scouts!


The Community Library, which is located at 6 Station St., will host a talk by author Mac Smith on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Mac, who is also our town manager, will speak about his new book, “Siege at the State House,” which is about an 1879 coup attempted by a new political party in Maine. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome. FMI: 207-567-4147.

The library’s raffle tickets are on sale for a gift certificate for Sweet Cheeks Bakery. Also, Story Hour continues every Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The Club Marina and Bar will be having music every Thursday night from 7 to 9 pm.

The Stockton Springs Community Church is having a Wonder World Fun Fest starting on Monday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 5-12.

I recently returned from a trip to England with my daughter Jennifer and my teen granddaughters Katherine and Coralie. We started out driving to the Cornish Coast through Southhampton (where the Titanic sailed from) and headed down to St. Austell in Charlestown. I found a hotel called the Pier House Hotel directly on a small harbor with a terrace restaurant overlooking the water. Believe me, I could have sat there for a month, it was so relaxing. Then we drove to Stonehenge on our way back to London. Lots of history there.

In London we stayed at an Airbnb near Hyde Park. It was very basic and did not even have a coffeemaker, which forced me to go out each morning for coffee. We did all the tourist things like the Churchill War Rooms, afternoon tea at the Goring Hotel, Kensington Palace, where I asked a woman whether people liked Camilla and got the answer that it was divided, the Tower Bridge, and Harrod’s Department Store.

Jennifer got us tickets to see the play Hamilton one night, which my family loved. Hyde Park was having a music festival so Jennifer and I went to see the Eagles with Don Henley perform, which was fantastic; everyone knew all the words to their songs. It was the trip of a lifetime for me and all too soon it was over and I was flying back out of Heathrow Airport.

Always glad to be back in my own home but it took a week to adjust to the five-hour time difference. I am glad to be back in Maine where the summer is such a wonderful time of year and Stockton Harbor is full of sailboats, power boats and lobster boats.

Thought for the week: “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean.