Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Oct 06, 2017

By Ellen Holland


Waldo 4-H auction, bake sale

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 4-H in Waldo County is holding a live 4-H auction, and a bake sale, on Saturday, October 14th, starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Freedom Grange, Rt. 137, Freedom. All proceeds support Waldo County 4-H scholarships and programs.

Numerous Waldo County businesses and individuals generously donated to make the auction possible. The community auction is the largest annual fundraiser of the Waldo County 4-H Leaders’ Association, which supports county 4-H youth programming, and offers full and partial scholarships for youth citizenship programs (Citizenship Washington Focus), National 4-H events and more.

Public previews of auction items are available online at and beginning at noon at the grange the day of the auction. Freedom Grange will provide lunch items for purchase.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Vina Lindley, 342-5971,

KnitMaine-ia 2017

On October 14th, come celebrate local knit and crochet artistry modeled on the runway, hear live musicians Splendid Ibis, bid on hand-knit shawls at a silent auction, win a door prize, sip cider, and savor delicacies at the reception to follow. Watch out for mermaids and octopi! This year's theme is Sea Creatures and it will be held at the Belfast Boathouse.

The event benefits New Hope for Women and admission is $12 at the door. It is presented by the Women of St. Margaret's Church in Belfast.

For more information, contact,, or 978-325-0045.

Sandy Point Community Supper

On Saturday, October 14th, the Sandy Point Community Center will host a Harvest Supper. There will be two seatings, one at 5:30 and one at 6:15. The cost is $10.00.

Searsport Elementary School

The Searsport Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders are having a Back to Nature Run/Walk to raise money for breast cancer awareness. They welcome family and community members to cheer them on. The one-mile run/walk is on Friday, October 20th at 9:30. The students will begin on the SES back playground.

From the Town Office

On October 21st, there will be a metals and white goods pickup in the town. Recycling is October 12th and 26th this month. So clean out your garages and your basements of all the things that can be gotten rid of.

Also, from Pat Snyder, when the construction on Route 1 first started last month, she noticed a huge old torn-up culvert in their staging yard. This was a giant rusty corrugated steel culvert that looked big enough for a river. But where was the river in Stockton?

When she asked a member of the Historical Society (Ralph Grimes), here was the story: Years ago (he did not remember the date) when the bypass was built taking Route 1 away from the town center, negotiations with a landowner for the new highway ended with a concession by the state to build a culvert under the new road that was big enough for a horse and rider to ride through.

The owner of the land was Skipper Eugene Johnson, who operated the Tallyho Riding School, which used all that area for the new highway as riding trails. It was considered too dangerous for riders and horses to have to cross the highway, so they were given an underpass.

Clearly without the current replacement and repair, the roadway would be in danger of caving into that huge space of the disintegrating old culvert. Let's hope both this area and the Mill Pond Bridge replacement will be completed shortly.

An old high school friend was in Bar Harbor this week on a cruise ship, so I picked her and a friend up and showed them that part of Maine. Normally, I refrain from going into Bar Harbor until the end of cruise season as it is so crowded. This time there were big buses, small buses and other vehicles waiting to take the hundreds of people over to Acadia or other tours of the area. So many people only see a few sights in Acadia and totally miss the other parts of the park.

The Schoodic Peninsula is one of the most spectacular areas in the park and few people from cruise ships ever get to visit it. I know when my older sister Mary Frances and husband Bruce were on a cruise that stopped in Bar Harbor, I recommended they go to the Abbe Museum rather than the shops. They loved it but said they would never have known it was there if I hadn't told them about it.

One year the Abbe Museum had an exhibit of David Rockefeller's souvenirs from a trip west that he took as a boy with his family on their own train. He had written a journal of where they had gone and what they saw, which was very interesting for a history buff like me.

Needless to say, we are in great need of rain and hope that we get a good storm soon. Everything is extremely dusty and the usual wildflowers on the side of the roads have all turned brown. Some of the leaves on the trees are simply turning brown and falling off. The birches are starting to turn yellow and there are the occasional red maples by the sides of the road. At this writing, we have had a succession of spectacular sunny blue sky days and warm temperatures. The seals are still putting on a show in the harbor and a blue heron was spotted perched on a sailboat watching for the fish to be rounded up by the seals in order to grab a meal. Yesterday the sailboat out in front of my place was demasted in readiness for being taken out of the water.

Autumn is such a stunning time of year. Go out and enjoy it.

Thought for the week: The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. — Robert Frost


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