Town News

Dorothy Johnson

This is the first column of 2014 and the weather has given us a few ideas for conversation.  The stories of residents in rural areas spending hours without power has been discouraging, but those stories are overshadowed by the stories of help being given by neighbors and workers.  A resident of Charlotte-Meddybemps told me how the Charlotte Volunteer Firemen and Rescue opened the fire hall as a community center for all people without heat and other comforts.  She told me Eileen Clark kept hot food coming and engaged the help of others.  This lady said that she does not believe anywhere else in the country would have been as welcoming as the people who helped at the Charlotte Fire Station.  This was the most heart warming I heard, but I know there are many more out there.

It was also heartwarming and very much appreciated to know all the workers who stepped up to help clear the power lines and get heat and electricity to those in very rural area.  Many of them could have worked their overtime and gone home, but they did not.  They worked long hours in terrible conditions and they were and are appreciated.  Those from out of state left their warm homes and loving families to help the Maine workers.  They were and are also appreciated.

Today the rains are coming and every parking lot that was plowed is now a skating rink.  Tomorrow with the plunging temperatures  every wet area will be a skating rink.  If this is what global warming looks like, we are in for many changes in the years to come.

The surrounding community was saddened to hear of the passing of Ernest “Bungy” Scott on Sunday.  Bungy was a proud veteran of WWII and both wrote and talked about his experience in the Navy.  When his ship was bombed by the enemy, it was a miracle that he survived while many of his shipmates did not.  When I first came to Woodland, Bungy, his wife Vivian and their three daughters lived in one of the company’s houses in Grand Falls. Upon retirement, he and Viv moved to South Princeton where they resided until Bungy could no longer stay home.

As a veteran and a member of the W. T. Wren Post #23, Bungy loved to visit the elementary schools at Christmas time and take fruit and gifts to the students.  He and his American Legion buddies did this every year until they were no longer able to participate.  Bungy has left behind a wealth of his writing about events, his thoughts and his love of life.  He will be missed by all of his family members and the entire community.

Jane Smith has returned from Englewood, Florida where she visited her daughter Nikki.  Grand daughter Rachel also visited Englewood from Key West and they all enjoyed the wonderful weather over Christmas.

Mrs. Smith was also available when Chief Fitzsimmons closed the Route 1 side of Fourth Avenue so kids and their parents could go sliding on Sunday.  Mrs. Smith and Miss Dean served hot chocolate to the sliders.

As principal, Mrs. Smith reported that she and her staff have been overwhelmed by the generosity of members of the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and the Rebekahs for helping make a good Christmas for many of the elementary students.  Aid for Kids and Operation Warm have also provided jackets for those students in need.  They are available at the school and any parent may call Mrs. Smith for more information.

Former Dragon Jenna Howard has a sculpture she created exhibited in a restaurant in Portland.  The picture of this sculpture is on page 113 of the January issue of Down East.  Her name is not listed in the article, but this exposure will be good for an upcoming artist. 

The Riverside Rebekah’s will hold their January breakfast this Sunday, January 12 from 7 until 9:30 am. They have a great breakfast menu and wonderful cooks. This is a good combination. Proceeds will be used for their many charities.

The People’s United Methodist Church has rescheduled the Washington County Children’s Chorus performance for Sunday, January 12th at 3pm at the church.  the community is very lucky to have this talented group perform in Woodland while they prepare for their trip abroad.  Hopefully, we can fill the pews to show our appreciation of their visit here.

The competition is heating up for the Chili Cook-Off to be held at the People’s United Methodist Church of Saturday, January 18th from 11 until 2.  This is a public lunch and after voting on the “best” chili, participants are invited to have chili for lunch along with crackers, corn bread and desserts.  It should be a great time as local chefs boast about their chili or as in the case of a resident of Washington Street Extension, who is buying candy bars to bribe voters. Come check out the chili and join the fun.

Birthday wishes are going out this week (January 10 through January 16th) to the following:  Earl Hill, Sr., Samantha Woodruff, Kevin Kidder, Dan Dwelley, Kiana McDonough, Susanna Oakes, Joel Hayward, Earle McNally, Keigh Moody, Laurie Larkin, Katerina Benson, Grover Brown, David Campbell, Gene Moore, Angelica Sanford, Katherine Boomer, Melissa Carter, Dakota O’Neill and Andrew Ste. Marie.  Good wishes to all who are celebrating another year of age.

Happy anniversary wishes to Jordan and Donna Netzer, Tony and Tiffany Ramsdell and William and Lucy Nicholas.

Special “hellos” are going out to Gail Moffitt, Marion Hunnewell, Lynn and George Hill, Avis McIntyre, Janet Johnson, Judy Murray, Vivian Scott and family, Charlene Perkins, Greta Leighton, Nita White, Janice Flood and anyone else needing a lift.

Last week I reported that Janice Flood was doing well from her surgery.  Before the ink was dry on that issue, Janice was on her way back to the Portland hospital by ambulance.  This week she is back at her home in Calais and we are all hoping she stays there.   

Our world is going to be ice-covered for the next few days (at least) so please wear your cleats and stay safe.  I have found that the falling is easy, but the landing and the getting up become more difficult every year.