Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Jul 16, 2017

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

On July 25th, Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., author Vincent Ewald will be talking about his new children's book "Hope for Someday," which he collaborated on with Tom Leigh, longtime illustrator of Sesame Street and other children’s books. The Summer Kids program has weekly activities, stories, snacks & more. Every one is welcome to attend one or all of the program. Continues through August 1st. For more information, please call 567-4147. And don't forget that The 2nd Annual Great Event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9th. Space rentals for the Giant Yard Sale start now. Mark your calendars and save the date for the Giant Yard Sale, Barbecue, Tea Room, Bake Sale, Homemade donuts, Children’s Events, and much more!

From the Town Office

E-newsletter has returned, first monthly edition to be sent later this week. Interested folks can sign up at and click Newsletter Sign-Up on left hand side of site.

There is also a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. Nomination papers are available at the Town Office. They are due back by July 31st at 5:00 p.m. A Special Election will be held on August 29th from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Town recently purchased a used Fire Truck from Mt. Desert that will replace a current truck.

There are vacancies on the Harbor Committee, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and others. Interested Stockton residents are encouraged to attend a meeting or inquire at the Town Office. Please call Courtney O'Donnell, Town Manager at 567-3404 or e-mail

Narrows Art Gallery

For the past 25 years William Landmesser has run a fine art gallery featuring his own paintings, at his "Fern Hill" property on Meadow Road, just off Route 1 about two miles before the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Formerly called Landmesser Paintings, it has been re-named Narrows Art Gallery to describe both the gallery's geographical location and a spiritual metaphor. New state road-signs are awaiting D.O.T installation. He has moved the studio portion of the space back into his house, repainted gallery walls and rehung work in all three rooms. His website is still As soon as the state signs go up, he will be adding a link at as well. Hours are 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Please take a break from your busy schedules, stop in and be refreshed by his paintings.

At the Belfast Library on July 25th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. there will be an author talk by Barbara Kent Lawrence about her new book, "The Other Island: Ben's Story, the sequel to Islands of Time. This is the story of a fisherman and marine biologist and family who shares his experience and perspective on the changing fisheries of the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank and the ways in which the changes affect his family and community, and all of us who share this planet and its oceans.

At Left Bank Books, David McCullough will be speaking on "The American Spirit: Who we are and What We Stand For" on Saturday, August 19th at 10:00 a.m. I am a big David McCullough fan and have read many of his books and listened to some in the car. The last one was "Americans in Paris", which after I listened to it, gave it to my cousin's husband Dave, who together with me is also a fan. Right now I am reading all of Louise Penny's mystery books about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache near Montreal.

We are now in the halcyon days of summer. This phrase originated in Greek mythology. It means the days when storms do not occur. We have had plenty of rain here in Stockton Springs and all the gardens are growing and looking lovely. I was surprised to see a groundhog running thru the property one day and then saw that it had eaten every leaf of a phlox plant by my back deck. The sailing school is down at the harbor this week with about eight small sailboats cruising around the harbor yesterday. Also, there were many extra sailboats in the harbor the other night and it looked lovely with all the lights on the masts when it got dark. The sailboats came from Boothbay Harbor and they had a party down in the park at the docks. The next morning despite the rain they all left for other ports. I had guests from Connecticut visiting this week and we went on a Puffin Cruise out of Port Clyde. It is the same departure point for Monhegan Island but a smaller boat. We circled the puffin island several times and saw many puffins. It was not like the puffin trip I went on ten years ago out of Cutler, where you get out onto the island and go into blinds to watch and photograph the birds. Also, saw a seal island loaded with seals, which were my friend Lorraine's granddaughter's favorite thing to see. I had forgotten how lovely the St. Georges Peninsula is as the road winds it way past many water views of islands and gorgeous old homes. Really cannot beat the scenery and the sunsets here in Maine and in Stockton Harbor.

Thought for the Week

Is there some principle of nature which states that we never know the quality of what we have until it is gone? - Richard Hofstadter.


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