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Regarding the new Property Tax Stabilization Program, applications and guidance documents are located at maine.gov/revenue/taxes/tax-relief-credits-programs/property-tax-relief-programs/stabilization-program. The application can also be accessed through the town’s website right at the top of the home page. There are also copies of the application and guidance document at the Town Office. There are explanations on the state website as to who is eligible for the program.

An application needs to be filed each year for this, unlike the homestead tax program. Also, this must be your permanent residence. If you have any questions, please call Assessor Amber Poulin at 567-3550.

The Ambulance Service is looking for more members for its crew. Please direct all questions to Director Amy Drinkwater at ambulance@stocktonsprings.org.

For your calendars: The Ambulance Service will be having its annual Run for Your Life 5K/12K fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. For more information, please contact event coordinator Lee Philbrook at dwayne.lee.philbrook@gmail.com or call 207-299-2464.

Community Library

The annual Pie & Art Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20. The winner of the raffle for the the Sweet Cheeks Bakery gift certificate will be announced that day so, hurry in and get your raffle tickets.

Sandy Point Community Club

The Sandy Point Community Club will hold its annual meeting, skipped in 2021, on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 pm at the Sandy Point Congregational Church. This meeting is extremely important because the actual survival of the Community Club and its meeting house will be under discussion.

According to an announcement from Veronica Garvey Magnan, “As with so many churches and clubs in Maine, the drop-off of actual active membership and public participation in events has brought us to a place where difficult decisions must be made and we are hoping that anyone who is interested in joining the club and participating in its activities will attend and add to the discussion.” For more information, call 207-323-7900.

Gospel concert

On Sunday, Aug. 21, at 5 p.m., Nashville duo Ernie and Jason Couch will present a concert of gospel and Christian music at Stockton Springs Community Church. Ernie and Jason are known across the United States and Canada for their live music, good humor, and genuine spirit. Many describe the group as refreshingly different, and a lot of fun.

It’s sad to see that the Colonial Theatre in Belfast will be closing it doors Sept. 19. There will be 10 days of free films from Sept. 9 to 18. They will show three films twice a day for 10 days with a few other things thrown in. On their Facebook page, they are taking suggestions for what films you would like to see.

When I first moved to Maine, I visited the theater to see “The Pirates of the Caribbean” and all the theater employees were dressed as pirates. I remember thinking that the Colonial was a really fun place. And just last week, I went to see “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” there. It was a wonderful heartwarming movie, which I recommend everyone seeing.

It has been suggested that the theater operate like some of the other theaters do in Maine with a “Friends of” group funding it. The Alamo Theater in Bucksport runs that way with a film being sponsored by a club or individual. When the pandemic hit, all the theaters closed and streaming became the only thing available.

I grew up going to movie theaters and it was such a treat going to the Saturday matinee with my siblings and friends. Hopefully, someone will buy it or a group will sponsor the Colonial Theater and keep it open.

We have gone from beastly hot to cooler temperatures over the last week. Maine really needs more rain but August is always dry. Gardens are needing constant watering. But there is nothing like eating fresh produce from your garden. Enjoy!

Thought for the week

“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” — Jane Austen.