Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Aug 04, 2017
Photo by: Ellen Holland L. C. Williams and The Driver blues band performs July 29 to an enthusiastic crowd at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club.

By Ellen Holland

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Stockton Springs Community Library

The "Pie & Art Festival" happens on Saturday, August 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.! Art will be on display from many local and nearby towns' artists! Scott Moore, Anne Spencer, Jo Swift, Sarah Faragher, Helen Nezda, Mary Braun, Betty Schopmeyer, Harriet Seekins and many more will be showing their works. And, PIES! Many varieties...average price is only $15! If folks are planning on donating a pie or pies these should be delivered to the Stockton Springs Community Library on Saturday, August 19th between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Proceeds for pies and a portion of the art sales will go to the Library Endowment Fund! The library is being painted this summer and it will be white with black shutters in accordance with old photos of the building.

Friends of Sears Island

As part of Searsport Heritage Days, Friends of Sears Island will be hosting a walk titled "Archaeology of Sears Island and Upper Penobscot Bay: A Window Through Deep Time," led by Paul Bock, on Saturday, August 12th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Paul is an archaeologist and the owner of Stoney Knoll Archaeological Supply in Searsport. Program participants are encouraged to bring any artifacts they've found on Sears Island for identification, as surface finds can be an important tool to help identify new archaeological sites. This event is free and open to the public. Sears Island is on Sears Island Road off Route 1 just east of Searsport. Participants should park along the causeway at the end of the road and meet at the kiosk just beyond the island gate by 9:30 a.m. Wear footwear appropriate for walking in the woods and on the beach, and clothing to protect against ticks and the weather. Bring water, a snack, and insect repellent. Please no pets on guided walks. In the event of steady rain, the program will be cancelled. For more information and updates, visit www.friendsofsearsisland.org, facebook.com/friendsofsearsisland or call Ashley at 207-975-3878.

Searsport

Searsport Maritime Heritage Days will run from August 10th thru the 13th. There will be fireworks Saturday, August 12, which will be best seen from the Public Safety Building. Fireworks will start around 8:30 p.m.

Town Office

There is a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. There will be a Special Election on August 29, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Two people have filed papers for the position: Tom Fraser and Suesan Packer.

Also, don't forget recycling will be August 10th and August 24th. Also, please let me know if there is any news for the column.

Last Saturday night at the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club, L. C. Williams and The Driver performed to an enthusiastic crowd. This band performed recently at the Blues Festival in Rockland. The lead singer played the harmonica and the group blew the roof off of the yacht club with its great blues music. It was a perfect night on the harbor with once again people saying they did not know that the yacht club or the harbor was so beautiful. One of my neighbors there told me how much he enjoyed reading my column, which is always so important for me to hear. Stockton Harbor right now is full of boats coming and going, people fishing off the docks and bridges and harbor seals sticking their heads up to check out the boaters. I had the opportunity to go sailing again this past week and as with life, the winds were sometimes gusty and sometimes totally quiet. We sailed up towards the entrance to the Penobscot River and ate our lunch on the mooring off of Fort Point State Park.

Today as I write this column, I am remembering my grandmother, Grace Crowl, whose birthday was August 4th. She was the grandmother who gently combed the tangles out of my hair without me crying. And the grandmother whose husband died when he was 61 years old and afterwards she created an entire new life for herself. Grace learned to drive after her husband died and drove a 1954 Chevrolet powder blue and ivory Bel-Air. She was also there and babysitting when as a teenager, I took out my Dad's 1957 Thunderbird and got into an accident with it. I am sure I have inherited my perseverance and spirit from her and indeed my middle name is Grace as I was named after both my grandmother and my mother. She was the grandmother who always could be counted on for support. She passed away just before her 94th birthday. I am now the grandmother and when my twin granddaughters run to hug me and tell me they love me, it brings joy into my life.

Thought for the week: The secret of joy is the mastery of pain. — Anais Nin.

 

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