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Town Office

The Maine Department of Transportation expects to replace the small culvert between the Stockton Springs Town Office and the Stockton Springs Post Office from Wednesday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 14. That schedule is subject to change depending on weather and completion of the current Route 1 project. The paving is being done on Route 1 for the culvert replacement and it looks like they are almost finished.

The fall Debris Day for the town is on Saturday, Oct. 15, and I have already seen piles at the ends of some driveways. After speaking to Mac Smith, our town manager, I learned the final whereabouts of the sunken sailboat from last February. A young man in town bought it to fix up and with the help of the Harbor Committee, it was transported to his property. We hope to see it back in the water someday sailing again!

Library

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

Community Builders

Start buying your Halloween candy, as the Trunk or Treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town Office parking lot is coming up soon. So happy to see Halloween taking place again after the pandemic years.

Condolences to the family and friends of Charles R. Clapp, who served on the Stockton Springs Shellfish Committee and with the Penobscot Bay Stewards for many years. Condolences to the family and friends of Linda J. Farias, also of Stockton Springs.

One of the lobster boats came in yesterday loaded with traps, so I guess it is that time of year. Mike, the bartender at the Club and Marina, and Denise, his wife, had their sailboat out a few days ago on a perfect fall afternoon. The lobster shacks and ice cream places are starting to close for the season. Some of the farmers markets are ending over the next few weeks in October. But what beauty this time of year brings to us here in Maine, with the fall foliage almost at its peak! The roadsides are full of purple and dark blue asters and the blueberry fields are slowly turning dark red. The top of Fletcher Hill in town is already changed and the view of the bay from up there is spectacular.

Going for a drive in the fall on a back road is beautiful. Flocks of turkeys crossed in front of me on Cape Jellison Road a few times this week. There is also a little Kingfisher that sits on the wires over the bridge at Mill Pond, watching to see what the tide brings in or out. A heron flew up out of the harbor yesterday morning and I wondered when it heads south.

It’s a great time to go apple picking or just go for a drive anywhere in Maine!

Thought for the week: “We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.” — Henry David Thoreau.