Town News

Linda Baniszeski

Copies of Meddybemps 2013-2014 Annual Report are available to residents at Meddybemps Community Center and Tammi Smith’s accounting office in Calais.  The independent auditors statements about Meddybemps financial positions indicate that our community’s business is well managed and meets required standards.  

Belated but sincere appreciation and honor is extended to all of our armed forces members, past and present.  Armed Forces Day was celebrated Saturday, May 17 this year. The Department of Defense web site explains, “President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.”  We can all do our part by standing for the principles that our military is willing to die for, by voting and being responsible, productive citizens.

This brings to mind the many area residents serving in the military right now. Former Meddybemps resident, Whitney Bassett (a daughter of Ann Small) is in Afghanistan with the United States Army.  I believe we need to keep Whitney and all of our military members in constant prayer.  We saw Ann and elder daughter Shelby Bassett in Calais on Sunday with Ann’s 5 year old nephew, Jesse.  He is a cutie. Congratulations to Shelby, now a summer intern at the mill in Woodland, in association with her engineering program at Maine Maritime Academy.  It seems like only yesterday that little girls Shelby and Whitney were kayaking across the cove to our place from theirs.  They have grown into beautiful young woman. Ah, how time marches on.

More wildlife is appearing on the lake.  Small flocks of gold and purple finches regularly gather at our feeder.  There are growing numbers of many kinds of other birds -- some identifiable and others not.   A determined woodpecker’s pounding of an apparently hollow tree often echos from somewhere in the woods. Buds are pushing from various trees and plants, and some lawns in our community had their first mowing. When the rain ends and the sun stays out, we should have a glorious show of spring and of warmer days to come.

Barry, Scuffy and I have been away a bit in the past week.  Last weekend, Barry helped seasonal resident, Jeff Brown put a new roof on his home in Orrington.  While there, Scuffy enjoyed playing with her k-9 pal, Vinnie.  He is a Boston Bulldog and Pug mix -- his breed is better known as a “Bug.”  We also had a great dinner with Jeff and Jessica at Kobe, a Japanese restaurant in Bangor. The Japanese chef prepared our dinners on the tableside grill while entertaining us with unbelievable knife and spatula wielding skills.  Those with birthdays at tables around us had painted Japanese parasols placed over their heads, and were serenaded by restaurant employees and other diners -- all of this accompanied by drums and gongs. What fun!

Many more boats are ready for launching.  Corey McCray has his dock in the water and his fishing boat ready to go.  Terry Reynolds, Mike Johnson, and Ed Bell have been working on their docks.  We picked up our boat in Holden on Tuesday, and Barry has our dock in place in the water.  Now if it would just stop raining, summer could finally, officially begin.   Meanwhile, Dan Wallace was hard at work with much needed repairs and hauling materials for area driveways and excavations around the community.  The hard winter has taken its toll on public and private roads.  Dan and a partner began their excavating business last summer and do very professional work.  Many of us prefer to use local talent whenever we can.  This is another good community resource.

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