Sandy Point Community Club

Sandy Point Community Club held its annual meeting Aug. 24 and about 30 people attended. The club needs about $4,500 each year to continue operating in its current condition. The hall is asking for about $40,000 for stabilization of the cellar and kitchen and has about $13,000 available for use. Many a harvest supper and yard sale event were held here, but not in recent years because of the condition of the building. Please send donations to The Sandy Point Community Club, P.O. Box 39, Sandy Point, ME 04972 or contact spcc1923@gmail.com for further information.

Town Office updates

On Election Day, 973 people voted in Stockton Springs. The vote to build an outdoor classroom at the school passed. Please remember to donate to the Keep the Heat on Fund by sending a check to the fund at the Town Office at 217 Main St., Stockton Springs, ME 04981. Next recycling date is Thursday, Nov. 24; with a holiday, they usually pick up the next day, but we will be notified.

Coastal Mountains opens trail

On Nov. 4, the Land Trust officially opened the Mt. Tuck trail on Meadows Road  with about 25 people on a beautiful sunny afternoon. It is a 1.8-mile hike to the top with a view of the Penobscot River. Check it out!

Repair Café 

The Free Repair Café will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Waldo County YMCA. Belfast Community Works invites everyone to bring small electric appliances (and spare parts) and clothing that may need a hem or buttons. This event is designed to help people build community, save money and keep things out of the landfill. All are welcome. I had a small appliance repaired by them recently and they do a great service to the community.


Everyone’s invited to the Stockton Springs Community Library for a holiday screening of the animated film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” on Friday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. A classic 1966 animated film based on the children’s book of the same name by Dr. Seuss, it is the story of The Grinch trying to take away Christmas from the townsfolk of Whoville below his mountain hideaway. Boris Karloff, in one of his final roles, narrates the film and also provides the speaking voice of The Grinch.

In addition to the film screening there will be snacks, an activity, and surprises. The event is free and all are welcome. For more information call 567-4147.

Commander Horace Seekins Jr. poses in the American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post’s new kitchen in Sandy Point Nov. 11, following Veterans Day ceremonies in town. Photo by Ellen Holland

On my return from doing teen care for my granddaughters in Minnesota, I see that most of the leaves are gone from the trees. The birches stand out in the sunshine straight and tall with their white bark. The lobster boats continue to come in loaded with lobster traps and almost all the pleasure boats have been taken out of Stockton Harbor for the season. The traffic on Route 1 has settled down so that a left turn across from Just Barb’s is no problem. The last few days have provided temperatures in the 70s and 60s.

Election Day is over and congratulations to all the winners and condolences to the losers who worked hard to get out the vote. Next comes Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie! The morning show said to plan for 1/3 lb. per person, but everyone loves the leftovers. And the Christmas commercials have replaced all the political ads on TV. Too early, in my opinion, to decorate and I will wait for Thanksgiving to be finished before putting up my Christmas decorations. This is perfect weather for a walk on a sunny afternoon so enjoy the outdoors while we still can.

Thought for the week

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul — and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all.” — Emily Dickinson.