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Stockton Springs

By Ellen Holland | May 10, 2020


Town Office

As of May 1 according to Chrissy Hassapelis on the Facebook site, Stockton Springs Talks, fishing licenses and boat registrations are required. People may call the Maine Department of Inland Fish and Waterways at 287-8000 for help if you cannot do it online. Plus it sounds like the office, while closed to visitors, will be staffed to answer mail and phones starting on Monday, May 11. Recycling is on May 14 and May 28. Debris day is Saturday, May 16, and everything except metal must be curbside by 7 a.m.

The town food pantry containers are available to those in need of food at the town office. It is available Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trash stickers continue to be not needed for garbage.

Community Library

The library remains closed through May 31 but WiFi is available on the front porch, gazebo or parking lot.

Just Barb’s is reopening Saturday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The new pizza bus, Za’spresso, is open Thursday-Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Lobster Rail is open on Saturdays so stop by for great bread and other treats. Several restaurants in the area are open for takeout now and a great treat is getting a takeout meal after all the home cooking we have been doing.

Fort Knox has also opened its grounds to the public. Sandy Point Beach remains closed but apparently people have been using the beach regardless. The trail is open with social distancing. There are many places to walk and even your own street is good as you may see some neighbors to speak to.

Wishing a speedy recovery to Vern Thompson, who had recent bypass heart surgery. Vern is an extremely valuable member of our community.

Everyone is still adjusting to the pandemic and wearing masks and gloves when out. It is a learning experience for all. I just spent last week making scrub hats for a family member who works as a nurse in a maternity ward in New York City. Thanks to all the medical staff who are working night and day to help take care of all the ill people.

On a brighter note, spring has arrived and each day the tree buds are a bit bigger. My daffodils have gone crazy this year and brighten up my garden and my soul. As I write this, a polar vortex is headed here this Mother’s Day weekend to bring us snow or who knows what. People are anxious to start gardening but usually Memorial Day is the start of gardening season.

So far there haven’t been any recreational boaters in the harbor but soon enough they will be being launched for the season. Please get out and enjoy the good days when we have them!

Thought for the week: “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” — Buddha


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