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By Ellen Holland | Nov 22, 2019


Sandy Point Ladies Aid Society

The Ladies Aid Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall across the street from the church. Luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A handmade quilt raffle, gift baskets, crafts, food, candy (they have the best fudge), cheese, and the White Reindeer table of slightly used goods will be featured. The church is located at 698 Route 1, Stockton Springs. For more information, call 567-3073.

Sandy Point Congregational Church

All Good Gifts” will be the topic of this week’s Thanksgiving message by Pastor Steve Alspach. The song from "Godspell" will be featured along with other Thanksgiving music. Pastor Steve has also established “office hours” on Wednesday at the church from noon to 4 p.m. and you can call him at 567-3073, or just come by the church to meet with him in person.

Stockton Springs Community Library

The library will be showing the original version of the "Grinch" on Friday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. There will be movie snacks, a craft, and a surprise. Wear your PJ’s and bring your pillow and favorite blanket. For any questions, call 567-4147.

On Monday, Dec. 2, a representative from the Census Bureau will be at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. Applications for part-time temporary work will be available. Come in and fill out an application...the pay is $17.50 and hour and paid mileage is 58 cents/mile.

Don't forget that the library is closed Nov. 28-30.

Stockton Springs Community Builders

Reminder: The annual Holiday Celebration will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, starting at 2 p.m. with the tree lighting at 5 p.m.

Stockton Springs Historical Society

According to Kathy Harrison, "On Tuesday there was an article in the paper about the Christmas tree that was going to Boston from Nova Scotia. Did you know that Boston's first municipal Christmas tree came from Stockton? The tree came from North Stockton and the year was 1911. That's six years before Nova Scotia started sending trees to Boston.

"In one of Walt Trundy's scrapbooks that the society has in its possession, there are several 5 x 7 photos of the tree as it left Stockton and then after it was set up in Boston." The Historical Society's showroom and files are open by chance or appointment until spring. Please call Kathy at 567-3120 or Andre at 233-3952 for an appointment.

Recycling dates for December will be Thursdays, Dec. 12 and 26, with recycling Friday, Nov. 29, as the last day this month.

Condolences to the family of James Hassapelis who passed away Nov. 16. A graveside service for him will be held in the spring.

Coastal weather continues to be gray with a few icy mornings and school delays. At this time of year, the white birches stand out starkly against the grayer trees. November always seems to be such a brown month, but the grass is still green to add some color.

The winds have slowed down a bit and on a still day this week I saw a seal in the harbor. They always look a bit like a log floating in the water but when it puts its head up to check things out, you realize it is indeed a seal.

Today a boat is out putting the moorings into winter mode. Pretty soon all the lobster boats will be hauled out of the water for the winter.

Last night there were supposed to be meteor showers over the eastern U.S. and I got up to check them out but it had clouded over. Hope everyone remembered to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at the end of Daylight Saving Time!

I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and may you share the holiday with family and friends. December is almost upon us with its frenzy of activities and shopping leading to a total collapse in January (for me at least). Be grateful and kind to all!

Thought for the week: "Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse." — Henry Van Dyke



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