Stockton Springs News

By Carolyn Zachary | Apr 06, 2018

Stockton Springs Column

By Ellen Holland


Stockton Springs Community Library

Everyone is invited to come to the library on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:15 p.m. for a showing of the award-winning animated film, "Coco." "Coco" is the story of young Miguel, an aspiring musician, who is confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music. Miguel goes on a journey to the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary musician.

Children are invited to wear their pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal and blanket. There will be refreshments and beverages. The event is free. For more information, visit

Also, on Saturday, April 14, is the Mad Hatter Tea Party at 11 a.m. for children with the story of "Alice in Wonderland."

And don't forget, Neighbors Helping Neighbors "Tick Talk" on Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the library.

Also note that Tai Chi now starts on Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and lasts still until 11 a.m. at the Town Hall.

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

In December of 2017, Tom and Babette Donaldson generously donated seven acres of land adjacent to the Main Stream Preserve in Stockton Springs.

Tom had owned the land for about 40 years after inheriting it from his father, whose family owned the land for over 100 years. His great-great-grandfather Sylvanus Irish Roberts had a saw mill and/or shake mill on the preserve land.

Tom had previously sold land to Central Maine Power Co., which was later transferred to Coastal Mountains Land Trust in 2010 as part of a wetland mitigation project. The 250-acre Main Stream Preserve includes a one-mile stretch of stream corridor, a wildlife habitat, and has a two-mile trail. Remnants of the old mill are visible plus old cellar holes and apples trees most likely planted by the Robert family. The trailhead for this trail is on Sherer Road. Thank you to Tom and Babette for their wonderful donation!

Town Office

Nomination papers for Board of Selectmen, school board and fire chief are due back on April 12. Recycling dates are April 12 and 26. The town meeting is on Saturday, June 16.

The Town Office will be closed Monday, April 16, for Patriot's Day.

On Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, you can drop off your e-waste at the Town Garage located at 194 Cape Jellison Road.

On Saturday, May 19, the town will have Spring Debris Day and acceptable items are listed on the town's website at

Income taxes are due April 17 this year.

Happy birthday to Robbie Pendleton, our former town clerk, who turns 75 on April 12 and only looks 55. Enjoy a wonderful day and anyone seeing Robbie should wish her a happy birthday.

Please let me know of any news or events that are going on in town, including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, reunions, visitors, etc.

April 22 is Earth Day and there are always many activities scheduled for spring clean-up. Most of the snow has melted with our warmer temperatures but the weatherman is still predicting an inch of snow tonight. The winds have been strong as usual this spring.

We have been lucky to miss the snowstorms that have hit to the south of us. Today it was 23 degrees this morning and there was ice on the harbor and in the wetlands below my place. The peepers are a sign of spring and they have not been heard yet, but doves have been serenading our neighborhood. Still just waiting for that perfect spring day to arrive!

Thought for the week: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. — Margaret Mead


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