Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Oct 13, 2016
Photo by: Ellen Holland Stockton Harbor

Editor's Note: Stockton Springs resident Ellen Holland has graciously agreed to take over temporarily for Jeff Davis, our regular town columnist, who is dealing with health issues. Our thanks to Ellen, and our best wishes to Jeff for a speedy and complete recovery.

By Ellen Holland



While Jeff Davis is indisposed, I will be filling in as the columnist for Stockton Springs. I have enjoyed reading Dawn Furbush, Sharon Catus and most recently Jeff's columns about our town of Stockton Springs. I have never written a column before so we will see how this goes. Please feel free to email me any town items to put into next week's column.

On Sunday, Oct. 30, 2 to 3 p.m., Paul Doiron and Kristen Lundquist will be giving story and poetry readings at the Stockton Springs Community Library. We are so lucky to have such an active library in our town. My twin granddaughters loved going to the annual tea and we all hope the ladies will decide to hold them again.

As I write this, I can look across Stockton Harbor at the beauty of autumn. There are a few boats still in the harbor and some have their masts lying on their decks, which means soon they will be put on the hard for the winter season.

The wind is coming out of the south today with grey clouds advancing due to the predicted rain this evening. We still very much need the rain, even though my garden is pretty much finished.

We have a community garden where I live and I have a raised bed garden. This year a fence was added to keep out the critters. A surveillance camera showed a deer and numerous smaller animals, who have chosen to eat our produce. Not this year though! My broccoli continues to grow and it is the best I have ever had. The tomatoes, mini-pumpkins (which I grow for my granddaughters), lettuce and string beans are long gone.

I hope that everyone will get a chance to walk or bike on the new Passy Rail Trail in Belfast. It is absolutely gorgeous right now with the bright trees and river flowing beside it. You can either park at the footbridge or follow City Park Road to the old train station and park there.

Across from the train station at a kiosk is an entrance to the new Hills to Sea Trail, which goes to Unity. That trail is for hiking/walking only. I love to get out and walk and will pretty much do so all year-round. Fort Point State Park is always a good place to walk.

There is also a new trail, Main Stream Preserve Trail, owned by Coastal Mountain Land Trust, on Sherer Road off of Harris Road. It is still in the beginning phase of development and is a bit rough but beautiful. It is exciting that we have a new trail in Stockton Springs.

The "All the Community, Safe Fun Free Halloween" will be on Halloween evening, Monday, Oct. 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It will be held at the  Stockton Springs Elementary School. No charge to attend. It is sponsored by the Stockton Springs Community Church. If anyone from the community would like to decorate their trunk and be part of the event, please call Kathy at 478-8894.

Thought for the week: Be like a tree. Open your palms to the sky and spread your arms like branches. Be open and patient wherever you are. — Barbara Ann Kipfer
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