Community Builders

Mark your calendar: Bingo night at Town Hall at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Also, Trunk or Treat is on Monday, Oct. 31, for Halloween so please reserve your space at sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com. The stores are full of Halloween candy and goodies now and Halloween is the second most decorated holiday after Christmas.

Ambulance Service fundraiser

Don’t forget to register for the annual Run for Your Life 5K/12K fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. Please sponsor and/or become a runner for this event, as this supports equipment and staffing of the Ambulance Service. For more information, please contact the event coordinator, Lee Philbrook, at dwayne.lee.philbrook@gmail.com or call 299-2464. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. from Town Hall, 217 Main St. Registration forms are available at sub5.com or at the Town Office.

Town Office

Saturday, Oct. 15 is Debris Day, so all these rainy days are a good time to clean out your garage, basement or attic. Absentee ballots are available on Oct. 11 for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Dog licenses for 2023 will be available on Oct. 17. Property taxes are due on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Forms are available at Town Hall for the Property Tax Freeze for anyone over 65.

The work on the culvert on Route 1 is going quickly and yesterday the lanes were paved. It has certainly helped that they have had two lanes open most days as traffic is always busy. The only time traffic is not busy is in January and February.

Historical Society

The October meeting on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Colcord House, will begin with a program. Bonnie Jean Brooks will tell about her attempt to get a nonunion job as a longshoreman at the docks in Searsport.

Community Library

Children’s Story Hour will begin on Friday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m. with a story, an activity and a snack. Bring the little ones to the library for a fun time!

Several years ago I took a course at the Penobscot Marine Museum on the history of this area of Maine. Faith Campbell of Sandy Point taught the course and she told a funny story of a docent taking a family from the West Coast on a tour of the museum. Their ancestor was a ship’s captain out of Searsport and had died at sea.

The family told the docent the name of the ship’s captain and the docent told them that there were still people with that name in Searsport. On checking in the museum’s library, it was discovered that the good captain had a family on each coast! In those days ships were gone for a year or two and since there was no telephone, internet, email or communication, there was no idea of where the ships were. I guess the captain had a family in every port!

I always recommend the book “Silas Crockett” by Mary Ellen Chase, which is a fictionalized version of the age of shipping in our area. In Stockton Springs, remnants of the pier in the harbor are still very visible at low tide. If you ever have any questions or interest, the Stockton Springs Historical Society has lots of information on the town and the commerce that was part of its history.

Thought for the week: “I am part of everything that I have read.” — Theodore Roosevelt.