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By Ellen Holland | Oct 11, 2019


Town Office

Property taxes are due Tuesday, Oct. 22, and interest starts accruing Oct. 23, so make sure to get down to Town Hall to pay them. The metals and white goods pickup day is Saturday, Oct. 19, starting at 7 a.m. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5, and the polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Story time will start on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9:45 a.m. and they will be having author Charlotte Crowder, who wrote "A Fine Orange Bucket." It is the story of a lobsterman's special bucket and the people who share its adventures.

Storytime will be the first Saturday of each month through April. On Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m., there will be the annual Halloween party with treats, a costume parade, stories, games, crafts, prizes and surprises. Please come and cheer on our kids! If you have any questions, please call the library at 567-4147.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

The historical society's showroom will be open and a volunteer will be present on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Colcord House.

Penobscot Marine Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., Penobscot Marine Museum presents its annual Last Night at the Museum. Participants in this special tour will have the opportunity to “meet” the spirits of the museum’s Sea Captain’s House. Half-hour tours start every 15 minutes and become spookier as the night goes on. Tours leave from the museum’s Old Vestry at 2 Church St. in Searsport. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and $12 for families. To reserve your time slot, call 548-2529, ext. 213.

Fort Knox State Park

Twenty Years of Fright is theme for this year's Fright at the Fort anniversary event at Fort Knox Historic Site, featuring the most memorable monsters, aliens, zombies and other scares from the past 20 years. Guests will have a terrifyingly good time on a 20-minute tour through Fort Knox’s dark passageways and rooms where creepy creatures lurk in the shadows waiting to scare them silly.

The annual event is also the Friends of Fort Knox’s biggest fundraiser; monies are needed to complete repairs and preservation projects. Advance express tickets and additional information on Fright at the Fort 2019 can be found at The fort is open Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26, from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.

I recently visited Fort Knox with a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, and viewing it through their eyes was a lot of fun. We went down spooky staircases and through dark areas, but as a grandmother, I had brought light sticks for them to hold while going through the dark spots. By the office building there were lots of blow-up Halloween figures and they especially liked a big black cat that could move its head back and forth.

I worked at the park for a few years 14 years ago as a docent, ticket taker and gift shop worker, but had not toured the park in a while. We went up the tower and it was exciting. The little boys did not have any trouble with the height. It was a sunny, clear day, and the view of the fall foliage from the top was beautiful.

There are so many wonderful places in Maine to explore and this is definitely the time to do it when the hot weather has passed and the days are perfect for a ride somewhere. The maples are exquisite now and the birches are all bright yellow in color. Just driving down any road right now is a zen moment of beauty in nature.

Looking across the harbor, there are fewer boats in the water and the hills are beautiful in the distance. There have been several spectacular sunsets this past week as the weather fronts move through Maine. Daylight Saving Time ends Nov. 3, so enjoy these afternoons of spectacular foliage.

Thought for the week: "No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen on one autumnal face." — John Donne


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