Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Mar 09, 2018

Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

Tai Chi classes will be held every Friday at 10 a.m. downstairs at the Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to join.

Tax Help will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment. Please call 567-4147 for information.

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.

Knit-a-Thon to benefit local soup kitchen

On Saturday, March 17, the Women of St. Margaret's Church will host their biannual Knit-a-Thon to raise money for a community cause. The recipient will be the Belfast Soup Kitchen. The BSK offers more than just a hot meal five days a week, providing emergency groceries, a coffee club, a public health nurse and literacy volunteers.

Though the event is termed a knit-a-thon, any and all handwork is welcome. Lessons on knitting, project support, great company and delicious food will be available. The event will take place at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Participants may stay for an hour or two, or spend the day! For more information and a sponsor form, visit or contact Jillian at or Sara at 978-325-0045.

Town Office

The Planning Board met on Wednesday night, March 7, and approved the application of The Hichborn Restaurant at 10 Church St. They will be opening later this spring. The restaurant will be in the former bed and breakfast, the N.G. Hichborn Inn, a meticulously restored grand Victorian. The restaurant will be open from Wednesday to Sunday nights and have two seatings at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Possibilities of a Sunday brunch might also be in the future. Good luck to this new business in Stockton Springs.

Today I woke up to the sun shining on the opposite side of the harbor after a snowstorm yesterday. All the trees are still coated with snow and icy diamonds reflecting on the branches. It was very heavy wet snow, perfect for building snow people. I built a snow princess on my deck but alas, she is melting.

Prior to this storm, my daffodils were spotted coming up in the garden and I saw a post on Facebook of crocuses blooming in sunny spots. One day last week, the eagle took up residence in a tree directly on the harbor in front of me and stayed there for most of the morning before flying off in search of a meal. The ducks are all in a big group in the middle of the harbor and the gulls join them. There is absolutely no wind this morning so it is easy to watch the birds dive down and pop back up again. The water reflects the blue sky and clouds and is ever-changing. The gulls seem to like the winds when it's stormy and wheel around in the sky having fun.

The single lobster boat went out of the harbor very early this morning and will probably start being joined by other boats soon. It will most likely get even busier with the planned development of the property into a marina to the right of Docks Road. It is very entertaining to watch all the boats go in and out of the harbor whether they are commercial or pleasure boats. The harbor has certainly changed over the last several years from a sleepy little backwater to a bustling environment of sailors, power cruisers and fishermen.

Thought for the week: The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its nest of wonder forever. ― Jacques Cousteau.


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