Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Dec 28, 2017
Ed Burns and Fred DeRiden, members of American Legion Post 157, after they placed commemorative wreaths on the two memorials in Veterans Park Dec. 16.

Stockton Springs Column

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

Story Hour will be held Saturday, Jan. 6. Stories are read aloud, children participate in arts & crafts projects. A snack is offered. Free and open to everyone. There will be a Kindle Help Session Thursday, Jan. 11. All are welcome. Appointment recommended. Call Judy at 322-7377 or leave a message at the library to set up an appointment.

Stockton Harbor Yacht Club

The yacht club has a special winter "Try me out" membership. Winter memberships are only $25. In addition, anyone who joins before Jan. 1, as a social or boating member for 2018, will not pay the initiation fee, and will pay the 2017 rates. The Full Sail Pub is open on Saturday nights and there are many other activities for members to take part in.

Ed Burns and Fred DeRiden, members of American Legion Post 157, placed two commemorative wreaths on the two memorials in Veterans Park in Stockton Springs on Dec. 16. The wreaths were originally supposed to have been received on Dec. 10, when the Wreaths Across America convoy came through town. The Wreaths Across America organization sent the wreaths down a few days later. Thanks to Ed and Fred for their service to our country and town.

Christmas and all the festivities leading up to Christmas have come and gone in a blur. I am just back from a trip to visit family in the Carolinas, where the temperatures were mild but they definitely have their winter as well. Our bodies adjust to the temperatures of where we live so the residents there were bundled up while I enjoyed the illusion of warmth. Their summers are humid and hot and they live their lives in air conditioning. I much prefer the four seasons of Maine and cannot foresee moving south because of that heat and humidity.

Right now we are experiencing zero degree weather after a snowy Christmas day. The rest of the country is also having the same kind of weather unless you go into the Deep South and Southern California. It is a good time of year to stay inside and play with your new toys.

Once the weather warms up I will be out walking again. Almost always there is a January thaw that we welcome as if it were spring. So clean out your closets, paint a room or get out that 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle to enjoy!

The harbor is covered in sea smoke this morning and the icy waters are white against the shoreline. Seagulls are flying with the winds and dropping the mussel shells on the rocks from a height to crack them open for the food inside. Two lobster boats are still on their moorings riding the waves. When the tide goes out, ice covers the rocks and beach area.

With this prediction of bitterly cold weather, the harbor may freeze significantly and then chunks will be seen floating in and out with the tides. Our lives seem to come in chunks with times of happiness and times of sorrow. Staying positive at times is difficult but there is usually some one thing to be grateful for.

I am always grateful for my home, my family and my friends. Also, my good health the older I get. My resolution for this year is to extend kindness more often to others. Happy New Year to everyone and may 2018 be a fantastic year for you.

Thought for the week: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. — Aesop





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