Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Jan 12, 2018
Photo by: Ellen Holland Stockton Harbor, almost frozen over before temperatures rose.

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Town Office

The town is currently seeking a harbormaster. If you are interested in applying, check the website under Public Notice for the notice, job description, and application. Applications are due Jan. 16 by 5 p.m.

Delinquent 2015 taxes foreclose on Feb. 20. Notices will be sent out soon.

And from Town Manager Courtney O'Donnell: Snow coupled with the below-freezing temperatures for weeks on end has added to the challenge of clearing roads. Recently, with the warmer temps, a lot of the frozen ice and snow on the roads has melted and created slush. Our Public Works department has gone out recently to clear it off.

Keep in mind that we have 38 miles of roads to clear. That is a lot. In the last snowstorm, our (three) guys plowed/sanded/salted nonstop. They do a great job.

Stockton Springs Community Library

Library Hours are Monday, 3 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thank you to all the library volunteers who donate so many hours of their time to the library, which is a great asset for our town.

Belfast Library

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the 2018 Evening Lecture Series presented by the Belfast Garden Club kicks off with an illustrated talk about two beautiful gardens, Asticou and Thuya, which are located in Northeast Harbor and are owned and operated by the Land and Garden Preserve of Mount Desert Island. Letitia Baldwin is the author of the book, “Two Island Gardens: Asticou Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden.”

On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Belfast Bay Watershed Association will host a talk on Meet the Feet: Mammal Tracks and Sign. Dorcas Miller, tracker and founder of the Maine Master Naturalist Program, will give a hands-on workshop of skulls, scat, other signs, and life-sized trail patterns of Maine mammals. This is to be followed by a tracking morning at Stover Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

On Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a Polar Plunge in Camden Harbor Park as part of the 2018 Winterfest. Swimmers are encouraged to raise or donate $100 but it is not required. Event sponsors are ReVision Energy and Evergreen Home Performance. Please call 236-7091 for more information.

Stockton Harbor still contains one lobster boat despite the ice and snow of the past week. We have gone from below-zero temperatures to 44 degrees this morning. The snow is melting, so good walking weather has returned. There is snowshoeing in Fort Point State Park and cross-country skiing there as well.

Recently, a man snowshoeing in the Bangor City Forest came upon a female moose, who stared him down for a while before leaving the area. I saw a fox crossing the road one night coming home from my family's in Camden. When it was time to say goodnight and while both girls hugged me, my granddaughter Margie would not let me go. A wonderful feeling.

There are lots of tracks in the snow of animals searching for food. This morning the blue jays are out flying around in a blur of silver and blue. A big loon was in front of my place trolling for food.

Rain is forecast as well as ice, which is the worst of winter storms. I would rather have a foot of snow than ice. Across the harbor the snow is melting, leaving a blur of fog as it evaporates.

It is a very quiet time of year and I have been going through some old photographs. My dad put together an album for each of my siblings and me so it is fun to look back on my childhood through those saved photos.

Right now I am hooked on the series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," which is extremely funny. I grew up in a multi-cultural area and and also lived in New York City for a year. I am reading a book about The Barbizon Hotel for Women where I lived when I was going to Katherine Gibbs School.

The days are getting a tiny bit longer now, giving us hope that the dark days of winter will be over again. The sunset is moving across the horizon from Sears Island, a sure sign of the spring to come. Spring is in 67 days!

Please contact me if you have any news or events for the column.

Thought for the week: Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. — Victor Hugo












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