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Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland | Aug 03, 2019
Photo by: Ellen Holland Bargain hunters at the American Legion yard sale Saturday at the post in Sandy Point.


Pie and Art Festival

Stockton Springs Community Library will hold its sixth annual Pie and Art Festival fundraiser at the library on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the SSCL endowment fund.

The popular event will offer a wide variety of sweet and savory pies donated by library volunteers and community members. Those wishing to donate pies should drop them off at the library at 8 a.m. on Aug. 17. Pies sell quickly, so people are encouraged to arrive early (after 9) to purchase pies.

Participating artists this year will be Judy Belasco, Chip Bradstreet, Tracey Chaves, Sarah Faragher, Scott Moore, Betty Schopmeyer, Martha Shaw, Tammi Short, Anna Spencer, Jo Swift, Peter Walls and Sons, Annemarie Welsh, and the late Sandra Strahan. For more information visit

Town Office

Recycling days for August are Aug. 8 and 22, and please have your recycling out by 7 a.m.

To avoid a lien being placed on your property, all 2018 taxes must be paid now.

More paving and culvert work is occurring on Route 1.

There are vacancies on the Town Planning Board and Board of Assessment Review, so, if interested, contact the Town Office at 567-3404 or email Jennifer King at

The Town of Stockton Springs will be opening conservation Monday, Aug. 12, until Oct. 7 in the area along Cape Jellison Road from Mill Bridge to the left of Mill Stream for harvesting of shellfish.

Yoga on the beach

Join Friends of Sears Island for yoga on the beach with Missy Hatch Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Using the beach environment, Missy will engage participants in a lighthearted exploration of movement and stretching, taking advantage of whatever the natural world has to offer for support. This class is for anyone able to walk on the beach. It will be geared for adults, but attentive children are also welcome.

This event is free and open to the public. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the island gate kiosk by 10 a.m. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a beach towel and water. Please, no pets.

For more information and updates in the event of inclement weather, visit or, or call 207-975-3878.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum will host Dick Baldwin of Educational Passages. Baldwin launched Educational Passages as a project to spread ocean and environmental literacy. Their GPS-equipped MiniBoats follow ocean currents and winds, allowing students of all ages to explore oceanic phenomena while they develop transoceanic classrooms.

Baldwin’s talk will include photos and video from his most recent MiniBoat launch. The presentation will take place at the museum’s Old Vestry, 2 Church St., Searsport. The cost is $8, or $5 for museum members and Searsport and Stockton Springs residents.

PMM’s 2019 Speaker Series has been made possible thanks to support from Hamilton Marine. For more information, visit or call 207-548-2529.

During Stockton Harbor Days lots of people were down at the docks for the events on Saturday. Many people got to go out on the Yankee, lobster boats and sailboats and enjoy an afternoon on the water.

With all the summer vacationers in Maine, there are many festivals to go to. I went to the Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens in Boothbay this week. It has expanded with a bigger admission building and parking lots. We enjoyed the many beautiful flowers, butterfly garden, caterpillar room, and children's gardens.

We have had plenty of hot weather this last week and the occasional thunderstorm. Right before the rain the other night at twilight, the osprey flew by with a fish in its talons. I have been wanting to take a photo of that but never seem to have my camera in hand when they fly by. The air outside when the rain started had that electric smell that I remember when I was a child.

Last night Mr. and Mrs. Dove, who serenade me frequently, had Baby Dove with them on my deck rail. There seem to be lots of fish (maybe mackerel) in the harbor; in the evening when the water is still, they can be seen jumping out of the water with harbor seals chasing them. Along our roadsides, Queen Anne's lace, asters and black-eyed Susans bloom for all to enjoy.

Look to the sky in the middle of August for the Perseid meteor showers.

Please let me know of any events going on or items of interest. And thank you for reading my column! When people tell me they enjoy reading it, I'm very thankful to volunteer for the newspaper.

Thought for the week: "Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are children of chance and none can say why some friends will blossom while others (lie) brown beneath the August sun." — Kent Nerburn


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