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By Ellen Holland | Jan 03, 2021


Town Office

Recycling dates for this month are Thursdays, Jan. 14 and 28. Martin Luther King day is Monday, Jan. 18. Inauguration Day is Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Community Library

During these winter months, having a town library is essential to residents. The library offers many services including audio books, movies and TV series, and children’s books as well. Please call them at 567-4147 to check into any requests that you may have during regular library hours, which can be found on its website or on their Facebook page.

Also, the redeemables bin is always open and accepting your redeemables which supports the library funds for purchasing new materials. The library is also asking for new volunteers, so if you have some extra time this winter, please think about volunteering.

I am reading “The Giver of Stars” by JoJo Moyes about the traveling librarians on horseback during the 1940s as part of President Roosevelt’s WPA program. The women librarians earned a salary and traveled many miles to spread literacy among isolated families. The program was dissolved when World War II broke out and unemployment lessened.

I am pretty sure our volunteer librarians would rather be in the nice warm library than out on horseback delivering books. When I was young, one of my favorite gifts at Christmas was a new Nancy Drew book. January is always a good time to sit in your favorite spot and read a book.

Stockton Harbor is very quiet, with only duck hunting boats out and about. There was a skim of ice on the water this morning and some sea smoke the other day. The ducks are all huddled in the middle, keeping away from the shore. When I walked over at Sears Island recently, the sea gulls were sheltering below the road along the water.

With Christmas over, trees are coming down and JoLinda McKenney is requesting live trees for her goats to eat with a message on the Stockton Springs Talks Facebook site.

For artificial trees, I understand people are keeping them up until Valentine’s Day and replacing the Christmas ornaments with red hearts, etc.

The sun is out today — good time to go outside to get some Vitamin D. Dog walkers in my neighborhood are out regardless of the weather. January is usually a month of rest after the busy holiday season, which was very different this year. Hope you're staying busy and healthy during these crazy times! Happy 2021 to everyone.

Thought for the week: “The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” — Henry Ward Beecher.


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