Town Office

The latest on the culvert replacement: Maine Department of Transportation now expects to replace the small culvert between the Town Office and the post office from Tuesday, Oct. 18, through Saturday, Oct. 22. There will be a detour around the road closure in that area.

Taxes are due on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The next recycling date is Oct. 27.

Tai Chi is offered twice a week during the fall and winter, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Town Office, lower level. To sign up for classes, please call the Stockton Springs Community Library at 567-4147.

The bathrooms at Sandy Point Beach Park are now closed for the season, but it’s still a great place to go and walk your dog or just take a walk yourselves.

Community Library

Storytime continues at the library every Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. Take your preschooler for a fun hour!

RSU 20

Wednesday, Oct. 26, is an early release day at 11:30 a.m. for the Searsport schools.

Trail dedication

On Friday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m., Coastal Mountains Land Trust will formally dedicate its newest trail on the 244-acre Mt. Tuck preserve. The trail  traverses this coastal mountain across its summit and to a scenic lookout with views of the bay, the Blue Hill peninsula, and Acadia.

Directions: Go north on Route 1, passing through Searsport and Sandy Point. Shortly before the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, turn left into Meadow Road. Continue 0.6 miles and park on the pull-off or side of the road by the preserve sign and kiosk. Do not block the entrance to the dirt road, as neighboring landowners and logging trucks use it. In Google maps, search for the corner of Blanchard Lane and Meadow Road in Stockton Springs.

Halloween is coming up fast and some of the most popular costumes are as always dinosaurs, princesses, witches and Spiderman. New this year would be Top Gun, minions, Mirabel, Mavis and Mei Lee costumes.

When I was dressing up as a child, I was either a witch or a ghost. I think the last year that I went, I went out as a beatnik with one of my dad’s white shirts and black pants. My daughter was dressed as Holly Hobby or a Care Bear and my son went as Popeye or a football player. One of my sister’s kids came as Peter Pan. There are so many characters in movies, TV shows or books to choose from.

It’s great that the town does the Trunk or Treat in the Town Hall parking lot. On a cold and windy October night, the closeness of the trunks is perfect. It’s always wonderful to see the little faces of the children so excited for Halloween. Join in down at the Town Hall!

Thought for the week

“The world is round so that friendship may encircle it.” — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin