Stockton Springs Town News

By Ellen Holland | Apr 05, 2019

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Stockton Springs Community Library

April 7-13 is National Library Week, so please visit the library. April 13 is the last day for free tax help. Please call 567-3137 for an appointment.

Movie Night is Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. for "Mary Poppins Returns." Light movie snacks will be provided.

The last date for free blood pressure screening is Friday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Garden Group starts meeting the first Monday of the each month through October.

Town Office

Mooring holders: Fees are due by April 31 to avoid a $50 late fee! If not paid by May 31, your mooring is considered abandoned per town ordinance. Please note that fees have increased. There is also a yearly $10 fee to remain on the waiting list for a mooring. Recycling dates are April 11 and 25. The Town Office will be closed on Monday, April 15, for Patriot's Day.

Easter Egg Hunt

And don't forget that on Saturday, April 20, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., there will be an Easter Egg Hunt at the Fort Point Lighthouse. For more information, please contact sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

Sandy Point

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 4, at the Sandy Point Congregational Church. Sandy Point Night is for everyone and anyone who is interested in this area! Whether you live here or not, you are welcome to come and hear the stories and join in the potluck with people of this unique area.

The stories will be told by those who lived it. Join them for a potluck dinner starting at 4 p.m. at the Sandy Point Church. There will be a panel of local experts available to help answer your questions about the town and what it was like to live here in prior years.

This event is hosted by the Stockton Springs Historical Society and the Sandy Point Congregational Church. Bring your old photos and your questions. Please don’t forget to bring something for the potluck!

Regional School Unit 20

School spring vacation is April 15-19 this year, so watch out for children out playing. The elementary school is preparing for kindergarten screening in May for the 2019-20 school year. If you have a child who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 15, 2019, please call 548-2317 to schedule an appointment and to make a time to pick up a registration packet.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Thanks to a grant from the Maine Historical Records Advisory Board, Penobscot Marine Museum has rehoused and cataloged four collections documenting quintessential 19th- and 20th-century Maine industries. The collections document the shipping of Maine’s natural resources, the use of Maine built ships in the global trading routes, and the evolution of Maine’s lobster boats.

The four collections include the Gillchrest collection, the Richard Lunt Collection, the Whitcomb, Haynes & Whitney Business Records, and the Samuel F. Manning Illustration Collection. As a volunteer at the museum, I work on the Manning collection of illustrations used in the "Wooden Boat Magazine." Incredibly precise drawings!

I saw my first osprey of the season two days ago, which seemed early for them as usually they return around tax day on April 15. The osprey was dive-bombing a group of ducks in the harbor. I also saw one eagle chasing another along Route 1. Do they chase other eagles away from their nests with babies in them? I used to watch the Biodiversity Research Institute's webcam up in Hancock County but I don't think they have it anymore.

Now that April is here, there should be more sightings of wildlife in the harbor. However, it has been incredibly windy and it is hard to spot the wildlife when there are whitecaps. It seems that winter does not want to let go to give us any spring weather. It snowed all Wednesday morning and I had put away my snow shovel so my neighbor Michele says I'm the reason for the snow.

Plenty of people are parked over at the causeway on Sears Island on sunny days, taking advantage of milder days for a walk.

The full moon will be on April 19, which is called the Grass, Egg, Pink or Fish Moon in April. The Lyrid Meteor shower peaks on April 22 and the best time to watch is before 11 p.m. before the moon rises. Earth Day is Monday, April 22.

April is named after the Latin Aprilis, which means to open. The willows are yellow now and soon we will see leaves budding and flowers opening as the days get longer and warmer. Passover begins April 19 and Easter arrives April 21.

Thought for the week: "I am going to pay attention to the spring. I am going to look around at all the flowers, and look up at the hectic trees. I am going to close my eyes and listen." — Anne Lamott

 

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