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By Ellen Holland | Jun 19, 2020


Town Office

Town meeting will be held on Saturday, July 18, at 9 a.m., as a drive-in event in the Town Office parking lot. Absentee ballots are available for the July 14 election either by going to the Town Office or going online to to fill out a request for a ballot to be mailed to you. Or please call the office at 567-3404 for help getting a ballot.

American Legion Post 157

The annual yard sale will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 2, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch of lobster rolls and grilled hot dogs will be served on Saturday. Donations of items will be received Monday mornings from June 15 to July 27. If you need a donation pickup, please call Madeline Littlefield at 548-2993.

Sandy Point Congregational Church

The church is having outside drive-in services throughout the summer. Please arrive at 9 a.m. for the 9:15 a.m. service. If it is cool or rainy, you may tune your car radio to 87.9 FM for the service broadcast. For more information, please call 567-3073.

Penobscot Marine Museum

Starting June 30, staff-led walking tours of the museum are available on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Tours will make seven stops outside the buildings throughout the museum campus.

There will also be weekly themed tours starting June 30 and going throughout the summer with different topics. These tours are scheduled every half-hour from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Tours are $20 per household. Contact Jeana at to register or call 548-2529 Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Tours are provided other than Tuesday or Saturday for $40 per household or $30 for members by contacting Jeana.

On a ride south on Route 1, I saw that the Hideaway Diner in Northport had burned down. It had been closed for several years but was a favorite breakfast spot. It was one of the last of the old-time mom and pop restaurants in our area. There was a restaurant called the Down Easter in Sandy Point that is long gone. Also, a restaurant called the Full Plate near Searsport, which became Papa J’s, which served a special meal each night of the week for $9.99. It was pure comfort food! Maine still has many small restaurants owned by locals rather than big chains. I miss the Good Kettle restaurant, which Gay and Phil Dion ran for years. Thank goodness Just Barb’s is still operating and has prime rib on Friday nights, an old fan favorite.

Summer begins June 20 at 5:44 p.m. and we certainly have had summer weather this past week. Every day is sunny and beautiful. I don’t think we usually get this hot weather so early in the summer. I had a big bright green Luna moth on my screen door for several days and then a chickadee attacked it. Also, a large brown moth emerged on my front porch railing and the birds soon got that as well. The cycles of nature can be cruel and hard to watch.

The harbor has been busy with sailboats taking advantage of the perfect winds for sailing. My garden is doing well with green beans, wax beans and radishes popped up and lettuce finally getting big enough to pick. The chipmunk came by for a drink out of my birdbath this morning as we have not had rain in a while.

Schools are officially closed for the summer and so more children will be out and about. Everyone feels a bit uncertain at this point during the pandemic about what we should or shouldn’t do. Getting outside to enjoy this weather should be a priority for everyone. Enjoy a hike or wade along the shore this week!

Thought for the week: “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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