Stockton Harbor Sailing Center

On Sunday, Aug. 7, at 4:30 p.m., the Sailing Center will host a lobster dinner fundraiser at Stockton Harbor. The cost is $30 for a lobster dinner and $15 For a vegetable or meat ziti dinner. There will be 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. seatings with meals available for takeout. Lobster or baked ziti (meat or veggie option), which includes a drink, roll, corn, coleslaw and dessert. To purchase tickets, call JM at 757-810-5327, Betsy at 207-299-0460, or message them on their Facebook page. All proceeds benefit SHSC’s “Get on the Water” Program for youth.

American Legion Post 157

Don’t forget Aug. 7 and 8 are the annual Legion yard sale! The hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. This is always the best sale with lots of good stuff and supports the Legion’s scholarship program. The Legion is located at 5 Sandy Point Road, right off Route 1. Lunch of either lobster rolls or hot dogs will be served on Saturday.

Historical Society

The Stockton Springs Historical Society will meet Sunday, Aug. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. on the lower level of the Town Office. The meeting will begin with a program presented by Diane Hichborn, a direct descendant of Robert Hichborn. She will tell about the research she did before writing her book about her family’s genealogy. She found some interesting newspaper accounts about the loss of Robert Hichborn’s vessels and the loss of two of his daughters.

Community Library

Art in the Stacks will feature artist Mark Quigley Aug. 1-20, with his works on display throughout the library. The annual Art and Pie Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, with plenty of sweet and savory pies, as well as artist’s works, for sale. Stockton Springs is blessed with excellent cooks and local artists, so put this on your calendar. Also, the raffle tickets for Sweet Checks Bakery are for sale until Aug. 20.

Town Office

Recycling dates are Thursdays, Aug. 11 and 25.

The heat has gone down a bit to levels we are more used to, but we certainly could use more rain for gardens and lawns. We are lucky to have beautiful beach spots in Stockton Springs, with Sandy Point Park, Fort Point State Park and Stockton Harbor. Great on a evening to take a picnic and dip your toes in the water or just go all in to cool down.

So many tourists come to our state and lately, just by being in line for an event, I have talked to people who come from all over America to see and learn about our history and state.

The best book I ever read on Maine, while fiction, definitely details the rise and fall of the shipping industry here. It is “Silas Crockett” by Mary Ellen Chase. Maine ship building and restoration continues to this day and it was great to see that the ship AJ Meerwald restored and underway back to the Bivalve Museum in New Jersey.

It’s hard to believe it’s already August!

Thought for the week

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” — John Burroughs