Community Builders

Stockton Springs Community Builders will host Bingo on Tuesday, Jan. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the lower level of the Town Office. The next date after that for Bingo would be Feb. 7. And a big thank you to the group for all the fun Christmas activities in town!

Community Library

A Story Hour for children of all ages will be held at the Stockton Springs Community Library on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. This program is part of a monthly series scheduled for the first Saturday of each month and the date next month will be Feb. 4. In addition to the story, there will be snacks and an activity. Visit stocktonspringslibrary.org for more information.

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Recycling for January will be Thursdays, Jan. 12 and 26.

AARP will provide its Tax-Aide Program in the basement of the Stockton Springs Town Office on Saturdays between Feb. 4 and April 8, to help prepare and e-File federal and state income tax returns. The service is free, provided by IRS-certified volunteers, and is open to all ages. If you are interested in receiving tax help, please call Joel at 491-9441 after Jan. 15 to schedule a Saturday appointment.

The Belfast Free Library will host the first meeting of the year for the Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. in the Abbott Room. The group meets on the third Wednesday each month. As this is the first meeting of 2023, the group will first take care of the annual administrative business, but the main event will be a family recipe potluck. Bring a dish to share, along with the recipe and any associated family stories, photos, etc. This meeting is free and open to the public. FMI, contact Sharon Pietryka at 338-3884, ext. 25, or spietryka@belfastlibrary.org.

Now that the holidays are past us and January is usually a quiet month, it is a good time to declutter, read a good book, take a walk on a sunny day or sign up for some new learning experience. The harbor is quiet and when the wind isn’t blowing, the clouds are reflected in the water drifting across the harbor. On a still day I watched a two-person racing boat fly down the harbor and back as I walked along the shoreline. There is a lot of erosion, as well as debris above the beach onto the grass, from the windstorm at the end of 2022. Many trees came down during that storm, causing multiple power outages. The sun has started its move back from Sears Island as our daylight gets longer. Happy New Year to everyone and a happier 2023!

Thought for the week

“You get a new year, you get a new start, you get a new opportunity.” — Billy Butler.