Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Nov 24, 2017

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland

Town Office

"I ❤ Stockton Springs" bumper stickers are available at the Town Office at $2 each. They benefit the Keep the Heat on Fund.

The Shellfish Committee has been granted a conservation closure permit for an area of Mill Cove near Cape Jellison Bridge. Visit the town website for additional information. There is no set end date and the committee will need to apply to have it reopened; however, we hope the closure will allow the area time to recover for future use.

Results, thus far, for a survey gauging citizen interest in retail marijuana have been split fairly evenly.

Dog licenses for 2018 are available and if you didn’t pay your first half of taxes, interest is accruing on that half, so make sure you go in and pay.

Fun Fact: Stockton Springs had approximately 40-percent voter turnout Nov. 7.

Recycling dates next month will be Dec. 14 and 28.

On Saturday, Dec. 2, there will be 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 Stockton Springs Community Church. At 5 p.m., there will be a Tree Lighting and carols sung together by candlelight around the town tree.

Sandy Point Christmas Fair

The Congregational Church Ladies Aid fair day is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. 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.

Community Library

Children's Story Hour will be Saturday, Dec. 2, from 100 to 11 a.m. Along with listening to a good book being read, the children participate in crafts or other activities, and snacks are served. Free to all children.

The LEGO Program is back for children aged 4 to 10. It is held the third Thursday of the month through March from 4 to 5 p.m., free to all children. The next club date is Dec. 21.

The Thursday Reading Group, which meets the third Thursday each month from 1 to 3 p.m., is welcoming new members. The December meeting will not have any book discussion, but a holiday "cookie" party for the group is planned. On Jan. 18, 2018, we will be reading Jon Keller's "Of Sea & Cloud." Books for the next months will be determined during the December and January meetings.

EMS tips

Ambulance and Civil Emergency Preparedness Director Chas Hare recently met with "Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs" about safety and offered many suggestions on being "smart" about how we all should be prepared in case of an emergency EMS visit.

Prevention is the first step in being ready. His list, in no particular order: easy access to the home; EMS ambulance needs 15-foot-wide access for ambulance to get into the driveway; keep your tree and bushes trimmed to allow access; keep driveway clear near entries/exits; keep paths, porches, stairs in/out of home cleared of "stuff" (bikes, shovels, etc.); same would apply to the hallways needed to access an injured person; if stairs to second floor have "step pads," be sure these are secured, same for scatter rugs; EMS needs aisles to move folks on stretchers or other equipment to/from the ambulance; please have your "DNR" (do not resuscitate), health care directive copy and list of medicines on the refrigerator for fast and easy access by EMS team; EMS protocols must be followed by the responding team; have your information available; EMS staff safety is priority; in the wintertime advise use of "neighborhood" check on folks; use the Belfast call-in program (info about sign-up, etc., at Town Office); if a resident uses oxygen, EMS or Town Office should be made aware in advance, in case of power outage; if a resident needs "lift assistance," which requires a crew of three, let EMS know in advance, so they can be ready to help in case of an emergency; Stockton Springs EMS team has about 19 volunteers who cover the emergency needs; and the EMS emergency number is 911; dial 911 if you need emergency health aid.

Oral history

A collection of stories of coastal Maine from 1900 to 1950 has been published by Northern Lights Press of Stockton Springs. “We Never Knew any Different: Stockton Springs Stories of the Past Century” was compiled from oral history interviews with 10 individuals raised in the Penobscot River town in the early 20th century.

Local writer, editor and oral historian Donna Gold conducted the interviews and edited them for publication. The book was published with support from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. It can be found at the Stockton Springs Community Library, located in the Colcord House in downtown Stockton, and at local bookstores.

All proceeds from sales of the $15 volume go to the Stockton Springs Historical Society. For more information, contact Gold at

Yippee! The Mill Pond Bridge is open as of the afternoon of Nov. 22. While it lacks the rustic charm of the old bridge, it will serve the purpose better. It does not give you the close-up view of the tide going in and out as the old bridge did.

Flying back from Minnesota and a visit with my daughter and family, I sat next to an airline pilot. When I said I was from Stockton Springs, he said, "Stockton Springs hasn't changed in a hundred years." So the entire trip my mind was churning with what has changed in a hundred years.

The docks burned down in the 1920s and Route 1 bypassed the town in the 1950s, I believe. However, we have a very active town library, Fort Point State Park, a nice town hall, many small businesses and Stockton Harbor with a newly active yacht club and boats of all kinds.

The lobstermen and women are small business people and as I write this column, the lobster boats are still going out each morning. Many of them are full of lobster traps that they are bringing in for the end of the season.

According to the Town Manager, the docks will be coming out in December.

November is passing into December with an all-out sprint toward 2018. Make some new memories that you will look back on and treasure.

Thought for the week: May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility. — Mary Anne Radmacher

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