Town News

Dorothy Johnson

The residents of the St. Croix Valley have enjoyed another late summer-early fall weekend with very pleasant weather.  It is cooler as one would expect for this time of year, but it is still scooter weather and that is fine with me.

The big news this week is that the Red Sox have won the American League East.  Any of those die-hard Red Sox fans who have been long-suffering for many Septembers know what I am talking about.  I began following the Red Sox in 1955 and it has been a long haul with a few very bright spots.  This week was a bright spot.

Wayne Leavitt, a resident of Robbinston but a long time employee of the mill in town, is facing some serious health issues.  To help him his friends and neighbors in Robbinston are sponsoring a benefit supper for him at the Robbinston Grade School on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 4pm.

Other news for Baileyville is that a book has been published about one employee’s view of what goes on there besides the making of pulp and paper.  This book is sort of an exposee’ on this particular mill and it is not particularly complimentary.  This book, Behind the Paper Curtain, appeared around May and has caused some consternation, some laughter and some outrage since its appearance.  In all fairness to present owners of the mill, this book was written when it was owned and operated by Domtar and does not depict the mill as it is now.  It is not every town that has a book written about its leading industry or its employees.

The Leightons, Ernest and Gloria, are celebrating their 66th anniversary on Friday.  This is a major milestone for them and their family.  If you see them around, please give them your congratulations.

The Pembroke United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a Pot Luck Supper and Dan Schall Concert on Friday, September 27th at the church.  The pot luck will begin at 6pm and everyone participating is asked to bring a dish to share.  The concert will begin at 7pm.

The Ladies’ Sodality of St. James Parish will be having their fall bazaar on Saturday, September 28th from 9 am to 2 pm.  This is their major fund raiser for the fall and will include raffles, food sale, crafts and lunches.  This is supported by the entire parish and everyone is welcome to join the fun at St. James Parish Hall. The entrance is on Second Avenue.

Residents of Baileyville are ramping up for Octoberfest, which begins on October 4th at 7 pm at the Woodland Elementary School with the Lighthouse Jubilees and music from the 40s, 50s, 60s and gospel.  The doors open at 6:30 and tickets are available both in advance and at the door.  Advance tickets may be purchased at the Woodland Public Library.  All proceeds for this event will be donated by the Riverside Rebekah sponsors toward the libray’s $5000 deficit.

On Saturday, October 5th at 10 am the Lighthouse Jubilees will present a gospel concert at the People’s United Methodist Church. Concert will be followed by a spaghetti lunch for the concert goers.  After lunch the concert will continue with music from other churches.

On Sunday, October 6th the Riverside Rebekahs will be putting their October breakfast at the IOOF Hall on Hillside Street. Sunday will also feature the Miss St. Croix Valley Pageants at the Woodland Elementary School at 1pm and the bicycle and doll carriage parade beginning at 3:30.  the Shirt Tail Parade is scheduled for 5pm at the Little League Field and will proceed to the high school where Jamie Bohanon will provided music for a street dance.

Many more activities are planned for the week of October 7th through the 12th.  Check out the posters, fliers and the ad in next week’s issue of the Calais Advertiser for more information.

The Holiday Committee is looking for contestants to enter their jams, jellies, pickles and relishes in the Harvest Cook-Off Competition.  Guidelines are available at the Woodland Elementary School at 427-3340.  All entries must be dropped off by 3:30pm on Wednesday, October 9th.

The Holiday Committee has also arranged for a juggler and unicyclist to perform at the Woodland Elementary School at 5pm on Wednesday.  After the show the juggler will put on a Workshop for 8 to 10 year olds.  Check the fliers for more information.

The People’s United Methodist Church members are preparing for a Public Turkey Supper with all the fixings for Friday, October 11.  Check out ads for specific times.

Many activities for all ages will be available at the old shopping center parking lot on Saturday, October 12. Included in these activities will be a second-hand book sale, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.  Please call 427-6575 or 427-3426 to have your books picked up.

Big happy birthday wishes are going out this week (September 27th through October 3rd) to the following:  Lindsey McPhee, Marissa McGovern, Maya Gallant, Rhonda McIver, Janet Johnson, Lawrence Lord, Opal Yates, Doug Smith, Mike Hayward, Cathy McGaw, Jeremy Hewes, Howard Small, Sr., Carl Nicholas and Doreen Wallace.  You are all wished a very special day.

Happy anniversary wishes are going out (in addition to Ernest and Gloria Leighton) to Paula and Carl McGouldrick, Neil and Shirley Seavey and Tyler and Gretchen Cilley.

This week hellos are going out to Wayne Leavitt, Elaine Holland, Lynn Hill, Janet Johnson, Doris Gatchell, Anita Lydic, Kay Greenlaw, Marguerite Mains, Dennis Mains, Gloria Smith, Leo Perkins, Rolfe Flood and anyone else who needs a lift.

Stay safe and rest up for Octoberfest.  It will be a big celebration.