Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Dec 02, 2017
Photo by: Ellen Holland Part of a Christmas display on Cape Jellison Road, Stockton Springs.

Stockton Springs Column

By Ellen Holland


Emergency Numbers

In last week's online column, I listed the EMS emergency number as extension 211 as part of the information from "Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Seniors at Home in Stockton Springs." 211 is a number you can call for basic information on a disaster situation or if you need heating assistance, etc. Call 911 for an emergency medical situation, according to Chas Hare, Stockton Springs' Ambulance director. Sorry for the confusion.

KnitMaine-ia and St. Margaret's Church

On Saturday, December 9th, the KnitMaine-ia team and the Women of St. Margaret's will be hosting their bi-annual Knit-a-Thon from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Proceeds will be divided between the Searsport School HUSH (Help Us End Hunger) b​​ackpack and pantry program, and the Belfast Area High School Food Pantry. Non-perishable items and cash donations will be collected. All ages are welcome to participate for an hour, or all day! Knitting and crochet support, laughter, yummy food, and great friends. Don't knit? Not a problem. They can teach you, or simply come to show your support of the event. Any and all hand-crafters are welcome. Get sponsors ahead of time, or make a personal donation on the day of the event. Mark your calendar for December 9th and meet in the library of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast. FMI contact Sara 978-325-0045, or Jillian at

Mount View Chamber Singers

Carols in the Round for this year will be in Stockton Springs on December 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Stockton Community Church. They will also be in Belfast at the First Church, December 7th, the United Methodist Church, December 16th and St. Francis Church on December 17th. All are at 7:00 p.m. This is a magical Christmas concert by candlelight in lovely churches so be sure to fit that into your busy holiday schedule.

Belfast Bay Watershed Program

On December 14th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, there will be a talk by Tim Hudson, superintendant of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. He will be giving more information and details on this new park area. This should be very interesting as it is a new park setting to explore in Maine.

Wreaths Across America

Time is running out quickly for you to be able to purchase a wreath that will be placed on a veteran's grave in Arlington Nat'l Cemetery on December 16th. Please follow the below link if you would like to participate in this year's campaign to place a wreath on every grave in Arlington. Some veteran may not receive a wreath without your help.

Watch for the wreath convoy coming through Stockton Springs down from Bangor on 1A on December 10th as it travels from Harrington, ME to Arlington. Money for wreaths can be donated at or call 877-385-9504 for more information.

This is a great organization in Maine whose founder decided one year to drive down to Arlington with extra wreaths that they had. The convoy is a wonderful sight to see going through Maine. I have already donated and hope you do, too.

Yesterday just before December 1st and the harbor docks removal, the last sailboat left the harbor. This beautiful all white sailboat must have felt lonely out there by itself with no neighbors other than lobster boats. The lobster boats are going in and out all day loaded down with their traps signaling the true end of season for lobstering.

There was a lonely blue heron in Belfast by Hannaford's the other day. Now the harbor has various ducks and loons as well as duck hunters in boats on the water.

The early dawn starts off with the echoing of gun shots across the harbor. We have gotten into the holiday season after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Once again the weather has proved fickle with 55 degree temperatures two days ago. People took advantage of the weather by putting lights on their shrubs and candles in their windows.

One home on Cape Jellison Road has a spectacular Christmas display of lighted figures. One I recognized from my childhood of a lit-up snowman figure.

Besides the shopping, fit in some cookie baking, Christmas music and concerts, a favorite Christmas movie and gatherings with friends and family. My favorite Christmas movie is "White Christmas" with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney and I just watched "The Grinch who Stole Christmas" with my twin granddaughters. Now we just need some snow to add to the holiday spirit.

Thought for the week: It's not happiness that brings us gratitude. It's gratitude that brings us happiness. — Monterey Bay Holistic



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