Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Feb 02, 2018

Stockton Springs

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

Our library is Included in the 2018 Bangor Savings Bank’s “Community Matters More” campaign. The voting began on Feb. 1st. Your vote is important to the library, so please stop by Bangor Savings Bank and cast your vote for the Stockton Springs Community Library or visit Bangor Savings Bank will be giving away more than $100,000 to 45 local nonprofits and your vote determines who gets the $5,000 awards. The Stockton Springs Community Library is an all-volunteer library that serves as a community center for the town and surrounding towns.

Penobscot Marine Museum

A talk on Fishing During WWII with Ralph Stanley will be Sunday, March 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum Campus. Ralph Stanley, our beloved historian, boat builder, musician, and Board member, will talk about the perils, adventures, and day-to-day work of fishing out of Southwest Harbor, Maine during the War. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Join Coastal Mountains Land Trust's Northern Stewardship Project Manager, Hale Morrell, on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., for some Nordic skiing on the Belfast Rail Trail as part of Winter Whoopla weekend. Meet at the Armistice Bridge (the Footbridge) with your own skis, dressed for the weather conditions. If snow conditions are unfavorable, a walk will be held on the trail instead. The event is open to all ages and abilities. For more information, please call 236-7091.

This week the harbor has been fairly quiet. The Republican Journal is now publishing a column on Shipping News and there are tankers in and out of Mack Point bringing all kinds of oil, gas and salt to Maine. The weather has continued to fluctuate from grey to sunny, from snow to rain and from cold with wind chills close to zero to a mild day of 50 degrees last Sunday. It was a great day to walk the shoreline and I walked down to the big rock, which one wonders when and how did it arrive on the harbor shore. Lots of driftwood and human debris was spotted in the form of various plastic bottles.

Pretty soon there will be no sea glass, just sea plastic. On a beach in Oregon on a walk I took, all the bright colored pieces on the beach were small pieces of colored plastic. Disheartening... I did find a part of a green Coca-Cola bottle for my collection.

There was a tree that was just a skinny trunk that had been hollowed out by perhaps a pileated woodpecker with shavings at the base of the tree. The eagle flew over me headed toward its island at the head of the harbor. I was told recently that this is their mating season so perhaps the eagle and mate are getting ready to produce some babies.

On Monday night after a somewhat nondescript day, I looked to see if we might have a nice sunset. There was a huge dark grey triangle cloud to the west and I was thinking there would not be a sunset tonight. Then a small patch of orange formed where the sun was setting at the tip of Sears Island. As the sunset progressed, the cloud turned orange with a triangle of gold showing from the horizon to where it met the orange sunset. As the harbor was calm, the colors of gold and orange were reflected in the water. It was definitely the glory of nature at its finest. I know that I am extremely lucky to be able to view these spectacular sunsets each day.

Thought for the week: Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. — Rabindranath Tagore



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