Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland | Nov 09, 2019
Pastor Steven Alspach


Stockton Springs Community Builders

Don't forget there will be a movie night Friday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. downstairs at the Town Office. The film will be "Elf" and kids can bring their blankets and pillows and popcorn will be served. Getting everyone right into the holiday spirit.

Open house for new pastor

The Congregational Church at Sandy Point, 698 Route 1, will hold an open house with light refreshments Sunday, Nov. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., to welcome the Rev. Steven Alspach. For the first time in memory the church will have a pastor who will be half-time holding office hours and making home visits as well as presiding over Sunday morning services.

Pastor Steve, as he wishes to be called, comes from a recent assignment in Connecticut. He has spent many years in ministry in Massachusetts and helped rejuvenate the different churches he has served.

Sunday services are at 9:15 a.m. The church is open and the congregation invites everyone to worship with them in faith. FMI, call 323-7900.

Town Office

The Town Office will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28, for Thanksgiving. Recycling for the month of November will be on Thursday, Nov. 14, and on Friday, Nov. 29, which is the day after Thanksgiving. I had several messages from the women at the Town Office over when recycling would be because the fourth Thursday is Thanksgiving. Thank you!

Stockton Springs Community Library

Also, the annual Grinch movie will be shown on Friday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. Free. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please call 567- 4147.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

On Nov. 3, the Society hosted Dan Harrison, who spoke on the Cape Docks in Stockton Springs. He mentioned the area from the Town Maintenance Yard to the docks as being referred to as "The Miracle Mile" where a person just had to walk down that area to be offered a job.

Lumber, paper and potatoes were the main products that were shipped from the docks. A huge potato barn was on the docks, which was staffed by Italian workers who packed and sorted the potatoes into 100-pound bags. He brought along a dolly that was used to wheel the potatoes down to the ships. Also, the potatoes came in by train from Aroostook County.

The docks burned down in 1924 and rumors of arson were discussed on Sunday. There are still parts of the pier along the shoreline after all these years. Apparently, there were several boarding houses near Docks Road and on Cape Jellison Road where the workers lived.

It was very interesting to hear stories of people whose family members lived during that time and that the stories had come down from generation to generation.

Now most of the docks are out of the water for the winter and the lobster boats are coming in stacked with lobster traps. We had our first snow flurry this morning and yet my sweet peas continue to bloom on my front porch. Looking across at Fletcher Hill, the blueberries have inched their way from red to brown from the bottom of the field to the top. The sun is setting over Sears Island now and in another month will start to move back across the horizon.

Reading "Olive, Again" by Elizabeth Strout who writes about Maine and Olive Kitteridge. It was just picked as an Oprah selection. Now is also the time of year when good movies come out. Saw "Harriet," the story of Harriet Tubman, who was a runaway slave and who helped other slaves escape. It was excellent.

So now is the time to read a good book or go to see a good movie, but don't forget to go for a walk on a mild day to get in touch with nature. Thought for the week: "Read nature, nature is a friend to truth." — Edward Young


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