Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Mar 02, 2018

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Penobscot Expedition Chapter of NSDAR

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution chapter invites prospective members to a meeting at the American Legion, 185 Sandy Point Road, Stockton Springs, at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. For more information, please contact Susan Hoekstra at 930-9860.

Tax help

Tax appointments with free eFiling are available Saturdays at the Stockton Springs Community Library through April 14. For a tax appointment, call 567-3137. This free service, sponsored by the AARP Foundation in conjunction with the Eastern Maine CA$H Coalition and the IRS, is available for low- to moderate-income taxpayers of any age. The volunteer tax preparers are IRS-certified. This program can file both the federal and Maine state tax returns.

Town Office

Recycling days for March are March 8 and March 22. Daylight Saving Time begins March 11. This year’s budget workshops have been scheduled for Wednesdays, March 14, 21 and 28 at 9 a.m. The Board of Selectmen will review them, in depth, during the workshops, make changes, and ask questions. Once finalized, you will see final numbers in the warrant section of the Annual Report and, of course, at town meeting.

Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition

On Thursday, March 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Library, "Geology of Maine and the Midcoast." Geologists Amber and Tom Whittaker will give a talk on the glacial history of our area through time. In 2017 they led a walk of the Rail Trail, pointing out geological clues to our past. Now they will return to fill us in on our tectonic history moving from the Southern Hemisphere to our present location, the crumpling and splitting of the continents, glacial modifications, and current processes.

On Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, Steve Byers, an herbalist and naturalist, will lead a hike on "The Nature of the Belfast Rail Trail." Meet at the Rail Trail parking area on outer High Street. No pets, please. For more information, please contact

Penobscot Marine Museum

Fishing During WWII with Ralph Stanley. On Sunday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at the PMM 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 during the war. For more information, call 548-2529.

Having just returned from a trip south, I am happy to once again be in my home in Stockton Springs. Florida appears to be the land of the geckos. At one friend's home, I saw a lime green gecko and wondered if it changed color to match the plants it hung out in. Another gecko was spotted on a screen on a louvered bathroom window where the gecko stayed all night. How did it hang on the screened window all night? At my other friend Claudia's home, the gecko lived in the den and she was trying to figure out a way to remove him to the outdoors.

My last night there we were out on the lanai talking and she offered to go in and get me a light throw to cover up with. On opening the navy blue throw, the den gecko was hanging on the throw, which startled me. The gecko was then safely removed to the outdoors again.

There are so many birds and animals in the South that are very different from here in Maine, although I did see osprey and blue herons, which are seen in Maine later in spring. On a eco-tour, one was allowed to pet a 2-year-old alligator named Snapper. There were many beautiful flowering plants that filled my soul with color for the rest of the winter.

Florida was experiencing extremely warm temperatures for February, with a constant temperature of 85 degrees and above. It was the warmest weather I had ever experienced there and I even swam in the Gulf!

I always try to read "Gift from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, while I am there. It is a timeless tale of a woman's break from daily routine and a rebooting through nature.

As there is another nor'easter coming today and tomorrow, the harbor will probably be doing its storm dance. The water is reflecting the grey skies and the tides are very high and low because of the full moon. The willow trees are starting to turn yellow, so spring is coming. So many trees have come down this year in high winds, nature's way of replanting and starting over again. March is a month of wind, changeable weather and some additional snow, which I love.

Our town of Stockton Springs has just undergone a tragedy with the death of a 10-year-old girl in my neighborhood. All my neighbors and I are heartsick about it. I had never seen the little girl and have a granddaughter her age. The town and our neighborhood are providing people with grief counseling and there will be a candlelight vigil held at the Town Hall in remembrance of Marissa Kennedy on Sunday, March 4. Please start arriving at 5 p.m. and the vigil will start at 6 p.m. There will be a number of candles available. However, if you wish to bring your own, please bring electric or contained flame. For more information, please contact:

Thought for the week: "Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be achieved through understanding." — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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