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Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland | May 17, 2020


Town Office

The Town Office has reopened with drop box service until June 1 when it will reopen fully. They are open Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 567-3404 if you have questions. Trash stickers will be required after June 1. Boat registrations, car registrations and all of the normal renewals will be processed. I ordered a new driver’s license online and promptly got it.

Beginning June 1, social distancing will be in effect with only one person at a time allowed in the building. The staff will be wearing masks and ask that you do as well. Please be patient as this process requires more time.

Also, Sandy Point Beach has been reopened and social distancing is required there as well.

The next recycling date is May 28.

There has been no news about the annual Memorial Day town event.

Stockton Springs Community Library

The library remains closed until June 1, which is a Monday. The annual bake and plant sale for June has been canceled.

RSU 20

Graduation plans are still on hold for the 27 graduating seniors. There are signs at families' homes celebrating the graduates.

Just Barb’s restaurant is offering online ordering and paying. Their menu is posted on their Facebook page, and they're open 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. They are setting up an outdoor tent, so perhaps they are going to have outdoor dining.

A lot of restaurants are open for takeout food but some are remaining closed. Anglers in Searsport remains closed as of this day. Check to see if they are open by calling or going online. A lot of retail stores have reopened and some are closed but offering curbside pickup. Hannaford is hiring, as there are many more employees needed to direct people through the lines and into the stores safely.

It seems Tall Pines has gotten control of the COVID-19 virus situation with no new cases reported in 18 days. It is definitely a nerve-wracking time for everyone and I am glad to see most people are wearing masks if they go into a public building.

Luckily the weather has been cooperating more so walking outside is still very much a good thing to clear the cobwebs out of your head. Although we did have snow last Saturday, all day, and in some inland parts of town, the accumulated white stuff quickly melted.

Mother’s Day was an odd day with no big family get-togethers but many telephone calls and online chats. I usually go to my daughter Jennifer’s in Minnesota for Mother’s Day, but this year I was planning on going for my birthday at the end of May. Neither one is happening.

As of today, there is one sailboat in Stockton Harbor and it seems late for the beginning of boats being launched, but perhaps it is just my desire to see the boats going in and out. Even the lobster boats have not been very active yet.

It has been another cool spring but at least the sun has been out most days as opposed to last year when the sun made few appearances in April, May and June.

Finally, yesterday there was a hummingbird at my feeder, which for me pretty much sums up spring’s arrival. All the trees are starting to leaf out and flowers continuing to bloom, which add color to our lives. I know it is hard staying isolated and quarantined, but hopefully, the pandemic will be under control soon. Try to do one chore a day and get out for some gardening or yard work. Hope you all stay well and healthy!

Thought for the week: “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones — the ones at home.” — Mother Theresa.




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