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Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11 and there is usually a ceremony in Veterans Park in Stockton Springs. The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, for Thanksgiving. Dog licenses for 2023 are available at the Town Office. Snowmobile registration for the 2022-23 season is now open at the Town Office. Be sure to change your batteries in your smoke detectors now for the year.

Maine Recycles Week is Nov. 14-18 and thank you to the Town Recycling and Energy Conservation Committee for their work on the town’s recycling efforts.

Community Builders

Thank you to the Community Builders for all the work they did to make Halloween special for the children of our town. Bingo night will be on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 5:30-7 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Office. This is free and there will be prizes.

Thanks to the women of the group for putting on a dinner to support the families that were burned out of their homes in the Main Street building.

Library

Be sure to check out the “Art in the Stacks” Art Exhibit of Anne Spencer’s work, which runs through Thursday, Dec. 22. Anne has been active in supporting the library so please go take a look. Thanks to the library for hosting the Halloween parade for children!

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

The Mt. Tuck trail is now open and can be reached by driving on Meadow Road from Route 1 0.06 miles to a parking area on the right. The trail is 1.8 miles one way and gradually climbs to a 565-foot summit and scenic viewpoint. This trail is a great addition to Stockton Springs with a view of the Penobscot River.

Historical Society

The society’s Facebook page is very active with reminiscences of people growing up in town at schools and church schools. There is so much history in this town and it’s great to read these stories.

Now that Halloween is over, Thanksgiving will be here shortly and then the holidays will be upon us. There are so many activities around the holidays with craft fairs, concerts and family gatherings to attend. Where I grew up, there was a big high school football game on Thanksgiving morning. My mother would be home cooking the turkey, sometimes with my grandmother helping out. There is a lot of preparation for Thanksgiving with cooking pies — pumpkin, apple and pecan — and all the extra side dishes that traditionally go along with Thanksgiving.

Everyone’s family has a different tradition with a special dish that says Thanksgiving to them. Green bean casserole made with mushroom soup is an all-time favorite. Some people have different birds rather than turkey such a goose for Thanksgiving. I truly loved the turkey sandwiches with stuffing that followed Thanksgiving dinner.

I recently saw a trick that involved putting leftover mashed potatoes in a freezer bag with all the air squeezed out and frozen. Then defrost in the refrigerator prior to the meal and put them back on the stove with more butter to warm them up. I think you could do that as well with several of the vegetables served at Thanksgiving.

There are also charities and churches that provide dinners for people who need the food. I think we all have memories of our childhood with family and friends that feel cozy and comfortable.

Thought for the week

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” — Henry David Thoreau.