Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 12, 2017
Photo by: Ellen Holland Windstorm Oct. 30 stripped siding off the American Legion Hall in Sandy Point.

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

The annual children’s holiday movie will be presented the Sunday after Thanksgiving this year. They will be showing "Mickey’s Christmas Carol" on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., and there will be movie snacks, cookie decorating, and surprises. This is a free event and open to all.

The library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 22 and 23, and Saturday, Nov. 25.

Sandy Point Congregational Church

The Ladies Aid Fair Day is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. Note: This is a change from the earlier published date of Nov. 18. Tables will be baked goods, Christmas table, cutlery, white elephant, jar auction, cheese and candy (fudge!) and the craft table. The quilt raffle will be drawn and lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tales from a lighthouse keeper

Georges River Land Trust invites the public to 89-year-old Ernest DeRaps' presentation of his years as lighthouse keeper in Penobscot Bay. During the 1950s, he and his family were stationed at Monhegan Island, Fort Point, Browns Head and Heron Neck. His presentation will be on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, 576 River Road, in Cushing. Suggested donation of $5. FMI: 594-5166 or

Stockton Springs Community Church

On Saturday, Dec. 2, the church will have a Christmas event in the Stockton Springs Town Office and downtown area. From 2 to 4 p.m., there will be activities for children, including games, crafts, and pictures with Santa -- all free. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas pageant with children acting out a very special Christmas story at the church. At 5 p.m., there will be a tree lighting and carols sung together by candlelight around the town tree.

We would love to have as many children as possible take part in acting out the Christmas story (no rehearsals are necessary because the parts are acted out as the story is read and we have older children to help lead the younger ones!). If possible, please send us an email that your child is interested in participating so that we can have costumes ready to go in appropriate sizes.

Congratulations to Laura Lee Perkins of Cape Jellison Road, who won a third-place bronze medal in the International Creative Writers Institute contest for short stories. Her entry, "The Small Red Dot," will be published next spring. She is well known for her expertise in the Native American flute and for her interest in spirituality. I am looking forward to reading her story.

I just read "Giant of the Senate" by Al Franken, the Minnesota senator, Harvard graduate and Saturday Night Live cast member. It is a very interesting take on the partisanship of politics in America and Congress. I admire him for being married to his wife Franni for over 40 years.

I am also reading the latest installment in the Louise Penny mystery books, "The Glass Houses," and "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright, as I usually have several books going at once.

Today, there is more wind to contend with and the harbor is showing itself to be a deep navy blue with tremendous whitecaps crossing the water. Temperatures have dropped significantly and there was finally a hard frost to kill the flowers.

Monday saw another power outage from six o'clock at night to sometime during the early morning hours when my alarm clock started blinking. It was supposedly a transformer and took out several neighboring towns. We are all grateful for the linemen who have worked on our power lines to get them back on.

There were even snow flakes this morning but for just a few minutes. Through all this crazy weather, three sailboats remain in the harbor and one person was out checking his sails a few days ago.

We have had such a warm fall that the transformation to winter is a surprise. Usually, it goes from warm to cold and back again during this transition. The apple tree still has leaves on it but one apple tree next to my neighbor's place has come up out of the ground and is now tilted in a new direction.

The American Legion building lost some of its siding and insulation during the storm. At the Penobscot Marine Museum, a huge tree fell on the small building behind the church and hopefully, it will be removed and the roof of the building fixed.

The only good thing about the storm is that there is plenty of new firewood for some people.

Thanksgiving is coming up next week and it is a lovely family holiday without buying presents. Perhaps that is why it is bypassed between Halloween and Christmas. Enjoy being with family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

Please send any information on holiday events to me ASAP for publication. The deadline for events is always on Fridays by noon.

Thought for the week: Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home. — Wilbur D. Nesbit


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