Town News

Dorothy Johnson

The weather has been cloudy most of the week and we finally received the promised rain Saturday and Saturday evening just in time for the Junior-Senior Prom for 2014.  The marchers came early for their picture-taking sessions, the girls in their beautiful gowns and the boys in their tuxedos and suits.  It is usually a good time for everyone in spite of the expense that some families have to go through.  After the march, the marchers and their partners were bused to the Motor Inn for a meal and a dance.

The benefit supper held for Melissa Jones Corbett at the Spednic Club last Saturday was a huge success.  Melissa is doing some rehab at Ross Manor.  We are thinking of you, Melissa, and wishing you a fast recovery.

The community was shocked to hear of the passing of our former Chief of Police Shawn Donahue.  Shawn was just 41 years old and passed with a massive heart attack with his wife and son on Route 9.  A respected law enforcement officer, Shawn was working as Chief Deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.  He was very career oriented and was always thinking about how he could help others.  Shawn’s passing will leave a hole in the law enforcement community, the town of Baileyville and with his friends and family.  Sympathy is extended to all of his family and especially his wife and children.

The congregation at the People’s United Methodist Church was also saddened to learn on Sunday morning that their pastor, Randy Chretien had been taken to Eastern Maine Hospital by ambulance from the Calais Regional Hospital. He was experiencing irregular heart beats.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and sons and his many church families.

Marian Hunnewell was surprised after church on Sunday with a birthday party for her 80th birthday.  Her daughter Sherry, friends from Alexander, classmates from St, Croix High School and many friends and members of her church family were in attendance as she marked this milestone.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church will be holding their Spring Fling on Saturday, May 24th beginning at 9am.  The members will have a food table and bake sale, a new or nearly new table, rummage treasures and have lunches for customers.  This will be a great time to pick up some excellent sales as well as a chance to socialize with friends and neighbors.

The W.T. Wren American Legion Post #23 and the Auxiliary Unit #23 hosted the District Council on Sunday.  The auxiliary had enough people to hold a meeting , but did not have enough separate auxiliaries for a quorum for nomination of officers.  The Legion did not have enough for a meeting.  Approximately 20 people enjoyed the lunch provided by the Woodland hosts and hostesses.

Woodland, Machias and Calais auxiliaries gave a report of what they had performed for community service for the last half year. It is surprising what these small groups accomplish for their communities.  The Machis group focuses their time on the Veterans’ home and other nursing homes in the area while the Woodland group concentrates on helping with requests from students in need.  Both groups are quite busy.  Calais has had a rough year because of the weather and not having their own post home.  They will be participating in flags for the veterans at the cemetery for Memorial Day.

The W.T. Wren Post #23 American Legion will be having a Memorial Day Ceremony with the high school band and the Auxiliary on Monday, May 26th at 10am at Memorial Park.  The Legionnaires will be putting out the veterans’ flags at area cemeteries this week.

Commander Maurice Boisvert has announced that the Legion meetings will be recessed for the summer.  Meetings will resume again in September.

The Riverside Rebekahs will be holding a food and bake sale at the Woodland Food Mart on Friday, May 23.  The sale starts at 9am and will last until the food is sold.  The Rebekahs will also be holding a voluntary toll in front of the Legion Hall on Main Street on May 23rd.  I heard that the Riverside Rebekahs delivered May baskets to some resident on Tuesday.  The baskets may have been a bit late, but they were still appreciated.

Beth Crosby has been home for a couple of weeks.  She left Monday for Wisconsin where she works and lives.

I have heard from Harriet Martell that she has not been feeling up to par for a few weeks.  The pills she has taken have eroded her stomach so she is having continuous pain.  We are thinking of you at the Auxiliary, Harriet.

Big Baileyville happy birthday wishes are going out this week (May 23rd through May 29th) to the following: Leslie Brown, Josie Wallace, Matthew Stanhope, Craig Roderick, Jr., Eddie Storey, Jr., Gail Cotrell, Jessica Niles, Gloria Lanigan, Benai Parks, Doreen Hill, Dennis tomah III, Mallory Roderick, Everett Hanson, Leo Perkins, Nicole Cox, Amy Cox, Samantha, Charlotte Melanson, Amanda Stewart and Angela Sabattus.  Your friends and families are wishing that you all have a great special day.

Happy anniversary wishes are going out this week to Ben and Monica Leighton and Michelle and David McVicar.

Special hellos are going out this week to Bud Kneeland, Vicky O’Neill, Avis McIntyre, Janet Johnson, Marguerite Mains, Harriet Martell, the Donahue family, Susan and Clarence Murphy, Shirley Murphy, Charlene Perkins, Professor Lloyd Rogler and to anyone else who needs a lift.

Stay safe and have a good week.