Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Oct 20, 2017
Photo by: Ellen Holland Tractor-trailer delivers an addition to the Cape Jellison bridge Oct. 20.

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

On October 28th, Saturday, there will be a Halloween Party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Everyone is invited to share in the fun at the annual Halloween Party. Games, Treats. Costumes are optional. The Children's Story Time program will start on November 4th, which is the 1st Saturday in November and will continue on the first Saturday of each month through the winter. The Lego Program will start up again in November. The dates will be announced in the near future.

Town of Stockton Springs

Work continues on the Mill Pond Bridge and there have been many large trucks parked down by the Town Maintenance Yard. Everyone on my side of the Cape Jellison Road must continue to go all the way around the Cape. The speed limit is 35 mph on the Cape road and residents are asking drivers to slow down. After all, it is a beautiful scenic road so enjoy the ride. The bridge is expected to be completed by November 15th.

Don’t forget - the Town office is now open until 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. Let your neighbors know! Docks are expected to be removed in the harbor at the very beginning of next month. Once finalized, notice will be posted on the website.

Coastal Mountain Land Trust

Work continues on the Penobscot Shore Preserve trail before the official trail opening. They are removing some old trash (including tires) at the trail head, adding some signage, and making sure the new trail is in tip-top shape.

The trail opening for the Penobscot Shore Preserve in Prospect is on October 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Penobscot Shore Preserve is the trust's newest and most northerly preserve. Situated along the western shore of the Penobscot River, it includes over 1,800 feet of forested shorefront that acts as a corridor for wildlife using the river. The preserve also offers scenic views of the river and of the adjacent Bucksport waterfront.

Directions: From Belfast, drive north on Route 1 toward the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, but turn left at the lights onto Route 174 before the bridge. In 1.4 miles, turn right onto Bowden Point Road. The preserve is on the right in 1.1 miles. Park along the road.

For more information, contact Hale Morrell, stewardship project manager, at or 236-7091.

Don't forget the Mainstream Preserve Trail on Sherer Road in Stockton Springs. It is a 1.6-mile trail and should be beautiful at this time of year.

This morning as the wind rose in the harbor, the glass surface of the harbor changed from perfectly still to a ridge of ripples riding its way across the entire harbor. Lobster boats still are going out but the days are getting so much shorter. A sailboat was being towed out of the harbor by the Sea Tow power boat as maybe its motor had died and would have to be repaired over the winter. One sailor directly moored below me went out for several short sails this week before dark and yesterday it was demasted for removal for the winter.

We have had some strong wind this past week and many of the trees have lost their leaves already. My former neighbor Lorraine was up for a visit and she helped me put away the awning on my deck, which has to be covered and tied down with bungee cords so it does not blow around in the winter. Next will be putting away the deck furniture, but I am hoping that there will be some additional warm afternoons to sit out and enjoy the view.

There has still not been a hard frost in my neighborhood and the dahlias continue to bloom. Also, my basil is still growing and I will be making pesto with it. Should be great on some fresh pasta this winter!

Some of us went up to The Bacon Tree restaurant in Winterport for breakfast this past week. Lorraine had the Eggs Benedict, which looked fantastic. They are supposed to have great corned beef hash. Just Barb's Restaurant in town closed for the winter and will certainly leave a gap in our community. Libby's is still doing well with lots of people going there for food and the bar. And the Stockton Harbor Yacht Club had a soup night for its members and guests of members last weekend with lots of good soups. Please consider joining the Yacht Club, as it is a very positive addition to Stockton Springs.

Please let me know if you have any events you want to have posted. My new deadline is Friday at noon.

Thought for the week: Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher. — William Wordsworth


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