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Stockton Springs News

By Ellen Holland | May 22, 2020
Photo by: Ellen Holland The sunset over Stockton Harbor was spectacular the night of May 19.


Town Office

A Facebook message from the town says the town is looking at all the options regarding the sale of the elementary school and property. It says that “all reasonable offers will be considered.” Please contact the town manager at or 567-3404. The post asks that a response be in by Wednesday, June 3.

Plans call for the Town Office to open to the public Monday, June 1. The waiver of trash stickers ends June 1 as well. Trash stickers can still be purchased at the Town Office walk-up window prior to June 1. Recycling dates for the month will June 11 and 25.

Town Library

The library remains closed until June 1. There is usually a sign out front with  information on reopening. I saw Pat Curley, who told me the volunteers had gotten many books ready for the book sale, which was canceled. Hopefully, there will be a new date for the book sale.

RSU 20

A senior wall display for the high school graduates was put up on the Penobscot Marine Museum grounds on Main Street in Searsport to honor the graduates. There is a center board for people to write well-wishes or notes to the graduating seniors. The display will be up until June 11, which was the original graduation ceremony date.

It was really a shame that the Memorial Day event was canceled, as it honors the many armed forces personnel who have died for their country and for the many who have served. We thank them for their service.

Laurie Lee Gray at 63 Russell Ridge Road has a table at the end of her driveway with masks she has sewn that are for donation or free if money is tight. Thank you for your efforts.

Stockton Springs Talks on Facebook offer a wealth of information and food, and everything is being sold or available for free on the site.

Foxes are out and about and I've heard that they have carried off some local chickens. There is a plant seed exchange at 129 Church St. for people to either drop off plants or seeds and pick up some in exchange.

Just Barb’s has put up a tent with picnic tables where people can eat, and they are still doing takeout. It looks like Anglers is getting picnic tables ready to do outside dining as well. Lots of people are missing the Lighthouse Pizza and Pub for the pizza and sandwiches, so hopefully they will open soon. too.

Everyone is going stir crazy and wants to be able to shop and do everything we did before the pandemic. As of today there have been 51 cases in Waldo County, with 35 recoveries and 14 deaths. I wear a mask and gloves when I have to go into a store. I wear a mask because if I do get sick, I don’t want to give it to anyone else. I wish more stores were strict about wearing masks.

Traffic has picked up on Route 1 and I have seen lots of out-of-state cars. I’m not sure if they own homes in Maine and are coming for the summer or are on vacation. It is definitely going to be a very unusual summer here in Maine, The Vacationland.

I saw a seal in the harbor the other morning when the water was very still. There was a spectacular sunset this past Tuesday night over the harbor. A few more sailboats and lobster boats are now in the water. All the leaves on the trees and bushes have burst forth this week with our first sunny, warm weather. People are anxious to start planting their gardens and so the garden centers are all busy.

As I write this on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, it does not feel like a holiday weekend because of the social distancing and cancellations of all events and gatherings. I will put out my flags regardless and enjoy our beautiful spring weather.

Stay safe and carry on! This message is a play on "Keep Calm and Carry On," a poster created by the British government in 1939, and intended to be distributed to keep morale up if massive German air attacks materialized during the coming World War II. Apparently it was never used during the war, but was rediscovered in a bookshop in the 1990s; the message took hold and is now parodied around the world.

So please stay safe and carry on during this difficult time.

Thought for the week: “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” — Alexander the Great.


An earlier shot of the sunset May 19. (Photo by: Ellen Holland)
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