Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 05, 2017

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Town Office

Veterans Day is Saturday and there are usually some things going on at the American Legion.

The Town office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 23 and 24th.

An orange cat has been spotted in my neighborhood. Has anyone lost this cat?

Vendor Fair

The Belfast School at Sweetser is having a vendor fair to help raise money for new gym equipment, art supplies, and sensory items. This vendor fair will be held at 9 School Street on November 16 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. They will have 5 Lularoe consultants bringing an inventory of over 4,500 pieces of clothing for sale. Additionally they will have consultants from Younique, Lipsense, Paparazzi Jewelry and Color Street nail polish strips. Local T-shirt artist Lisa Wing will be on hand with over 100 tie-dye t-shirts and local Mt. View students will be having bake sale with the proceeds all going to Sweetser. Anyone having questions could contact Heidi Paul at 930-2900.

Camp Esmerelda

Kevin Johnson, the photo archivist at the Penobscot Marine Museum recently gave a talk on Planes, Trains and Automobiles at the Belfast Library. One of his photos was of a railroad car turned into a home in Stockton. The caption on it was "McCready's Camp, Esmerelda, Stockton, Maine." Several people wrote to me with information about the camp.

Marion Fisher wrote "It was located at the end of Maple Street just above the railroad track. I don't know when it first came there as it was there since the beginning of my memories, which would have been early 1930's. l I didn't know the Macreadys but heard of them. I think they mainly came in the summer. I had heard it was very nice inside. The house was there when I first relocated to another state In 1948 but I do remember receiving news clipping being sent to me at some time after that the place had burned." From Daniel Harrison, "Mr. MacCready was a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad official. Around 1920 he bought an 1880’s Pullman car – owned by an opera star – and had a rail siding built at the harbor end of Maple Street. The car was set on location and the siding was removed."

And Mary Jane Costigan wrote, " I always thought it would be so much fun to live in a railroad car." Perhaps the opera singer's name was Esmerelda?


We're now recovering from the tremendous storm that hit Stockton Springs and all of New England. There were 125 mile an hour winds on top of Mt. Mansfield in Vermont and 133 mile an hour winds on top of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. I had gone to the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, with some friends for the week. On the drive over, Bethel still had lovely fall foliage but Stowe had very few leaves on the trees in the mountains. A yellow maple tree sat next to our unit and we were able to watch over the week its leaves quickly fall from the tree.

Sunday night the winds howled all night long and power went out. The management of the Lodge was ill prepared for the several days loss of power. At least my unit had a wood burning fireplace insert in it so we were able to heat water and cook over the open fire.

We made the best of it and went to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, the Cabot Creamery factory and a hard cider factory, where we saw apples being crushed and put into layers with pressure added to slowly push out the liquid cider. It was a good time to visit the area as most of the leaf peepers were gone. At Ben & Jerry's our 6'10" tour guide told us that just a few weeks ago there were 2,500 visitors through the factory each week.

The entire side of the mountain that the Lodge is on lost many huge birch and fir trees. Finally, on Wednesday night the power came on just after some of my friends had taken cold showers. I was still contemplating a cold shower, when the power came back on and I was finally able to take a lovely hot shower.

In Stockton Springs many people were also without power and had numerous trees down on their properties and on the roads. Power was restored on Thursday night to my neighborhood. For most people, cleaning out the freezer after getting power back was a chore.

Tonight Daylight Saving Time ends and we will have a much earlier sunset. Still there has not been a hard frost and flowers are still blooming outdoors. Transitions from one season to the next always gives us an opportunity to anticipate the next season and say farewell to the season that had just passed.

The Thanksgiving season is mostly subtle shades of brown with still a bit of yellow or orange in places. The harbor is mostly empty of sailboats but a few remain due to the long warm fall we have had. The transition of the tides in the harbor bring the same changes we experience in our lives. So anticipate this next season by giving thanks and being grateful for what we have been given.

Thought for the week: I don't know what life has in store for me next, but I know that only good lies before me so I am safe and all is well. - Louise Hay


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