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Bingo night is coming up on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at the lower level of Town Hall, so come on out for a fun night with prizes. Halloween activities are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 31, which will be here before we know it.

Community Library

Stockton Springs Community Library will host a talk by town manager and author Mac Smith on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. Smith will speak about his new book, “Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry.” In an era when the only means of travel to the new, glamorous and growing resort of Bar Harbor was through a small, isolated, rural-yet-elegant point of land on the mainland in the small town of Hancock, “Disaster at the Bar Harbor Ferry” tells the true story of what was, at the time, Maine’s deadliest disaster.

Mac is also the author of “Mainers on the Titanic,” “Siege at the State Capital,” “Maine’s Hail to the Chief” and “Peyton Place Comes Home to Maine.” Following the talk, he will sign copies of the book which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

The library also presents Storytime on Friday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. starting Oct. 14 for children of all ages, including preschoolers and home-schoolers. They will meet each week for fun and seasonal stories, a craft and a snack together. For questions, call 567-4147.

Town Office

Saturday, Oct. 15, is Debris Day and the list of acceptable items is on the town’s website. Absentee ballots are available on Oct. 11 for the general 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.

Lee Philbrook and Loren Cole announce the route for the Stockton Springs Ambulance Service benefit 5K Saturday morning, Oct. 1. Photo by Ellen Holland

The strong winds offshore from Hurricane Fiona blew through Maine last weekend and my nephew Jim Williams and I drove up to Schoodic Point. The parking lot was full and many people from both Maine and out-of-state were there to check out the waves.

Rangers were positioned on the rocks, warning people to stand back from the rocky edges where the waves washed over the rocks. Yet there were people who got as close to the edges as they could and even some with young children who ignored the rangers’ instructions.

This week Florida was hit by hurricane Ian in the very area where I vacation in February. Sanibel Island was attached to the mainland by a series of bridges and sand bars called the Sanibel Causeway. Prior to installation of the causeway, a ferry took people back and forth.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh wrote a famous book in 1955, “Gift from the Sea,” about Sanibel and Captiva islands. I try to read it each year when I am on vacation.

In August 2004, what was then the worst hurricane ever to strike Sanibel and Captiva — Hurricane Charley — literally sliced Captiva in half. On Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian surpassed Charley. Ian ravaged Sanibel and obliterated sections of the causeway, leaving the islands accessible only by boat and plane.

The small vacation resort where I stay is on the quiet end of the island and I have many great memories of family, friends and beaches there. I don’t yet know its fate after the deadly once-in-500-years storm, which as of Sunday tragically had taken at least 42 lives in Lee County alone, in addition to destroying so many private homes, restaurants and hotels on the islands and on the mainland in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. My heart goes out to all those affected.

Thought for the week: “To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh.