Stockton Springs

By Carolyn Zachary | Sep 15, 2017

By Ellen Holland

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567-8067

Town Office

After 20 years of service, one of our ambulances has been retired and a new ambulance has been delivered.

New hours: Beginning September 19th, the Town Office will be open until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

There are two foreclosed properties up for sale via sealed bid. One is on US Rt. 1 and the other on Mountain View Lane. The bid deadline is October 11, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Anyone interested can find out more information on our website or by calling the Town Office at 567-3404.

The Board of Selectmen is reviewing and considering entering an agreement with Sundog Solar and a third party to install solar panels on the Town Garage. This would lower our electricity bill with no upfront cost and an option to buy the unit six years from now (giving the town time to save up). The Board will be making a decision on September 21st.

The clerks will be unavailable on Thursday, September 28. They are attending a mandatory training that day. However, the Assessor and Town Manager will still be available, and the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting at 9:00 a.m. will be happening as scheduled.

Tree cutting along Cape Jellison and Cape Docks Road in the Town’s right of way is being done. This work is necessary to improve visibility and for paving prep (yes, Cape Jellison from the Town Garage up to Cape Docks road will be paved next year).

The Volunteer Spotlight in the town newsletter honors Basil Staples for taking care of trash collection at the Harbor for years.

Please contact Courtney O'Donnell if you have any questions at manager@stocktonsprings.org.

Stockton Springs Community Library

On Sunday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m., Judge Susan Longley, Waldo County Probate Court, will discuss Probate Issues for Seniors as part of the Neighbors helping Neighbors Group. On September 29th, Friday at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Group will meet.

The focus of this group is to assist aging individuals in Stockton Springs who want to remain in their homes. This is a volunteer group that meets the last Friday of every month. The Circle of Friends meets immediately after Neighbors Helping Neighbors.

On Wednesday September 27 from 4 to 8 PM Anglers in Searsport is holding a Dine for a Cause evening to benefit the Stockton Springs Historical Society's building fund. A portion of the night's sales will go towards finishing the repairs and painting of the Colcord House, AKA the library. Please come, have a nice meal and help paint the house!

Penobscot Marine Museum

The Penobscot Marine Museum is having a two-day library sale on Friday, September 29th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 30th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the PMM Visitor's Center at 2 Church Street, Searsport. There will be books, magazines, postcards, note cards, posters and other interesting items. The library has also invited two marine books vendors to participate. Friday evening wine and cheese will be served. For more information call 207-548-2529.

Recently, I listened to "The Underground Railroad" by Colin Whitehead about the slavery situation prior to the Civil War. While the book had its gruesome parts, the story of a young woman's escape to freedom is intense. Interestingly, the author added a fantasy real underground railroad with tracks, tunnels and engines to the story. A very good book!

This morning the bald eagle flew past my viewpoint searching for breakfast. Also, searching for breakfast was the seal who seems to have found a great fishing spot right in front of my area in the harbor. Most every morning the harbor is very still and the reflections of the sailboats are stunning. Every evening there have been gorgeous sunsets over the harbor. Our weather here has been spectacular with 70-degree days and cool nights.

As I am entertaining my sister, Kathy, this week, I am glad that we are having these perfect Maine September days. Today, we will go up to my uncle's place on Toddy Pond, which is being sold by my cousins. There are many great memories from vacationing there over my lifetime. Initially, there was only an outhouse and for me it was the most frightening of places because of the spiders. But there was great swimming, boating (a favorite family story is of Kathy and me rowing the boat with the pointy end in the rear...) and always lobsters.

It is one of the many reasons that I ended up moving to Maine and it will be sad to see it leave the family. There was no better spot in the fall then to sit on the dock on the water to savor the view and be able to bring it to mind come winter.

Thought for the week: May the force be with you. — George Lucas

 

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