A Story and a Recipe

By Dorothy Johnson


The mill in town made short work of the duplex lots on the river side of Main Street.  They cleaned up all of the debris, graded the fill for the cellars and now have a good-sized lot for extra parking areas.  The removal of the actual houses has made a dramatic change in the appearance of down town. Now drivers can see from Main Street all the way across to Mill Street. Some people believe that change is progress, but I am not sure.

At least one resident believes that the demolition of the old houses will decrease the value of the town.  I think it is about equal whether the demolition of the houses will decrease the value of the town more than the dilapidated old buildings being left as they are.  One thing is sure though. A decrease in value will mean a higher mil rate to pay for services or the town will cut services.

The optimists in town think that the tissue machines and the added jobs will bring new residents to town.  As these new comers buy residences, the overall cost of services will be divided among more people. (One resident has surveyed the town and reported that Baileyville has over sixty residences for sale.)  My question is “Are houses and  house lots that have no residents worth the same as the same house and house lot with a resident?”  If so, the taxes should not change at all.

Baileyville has many attractions that would encourage others to move here.  We have many sporting areas for ATVs, fishing, hunting, camping and boating.  Our water system can be beaten by no other in this area. We have an excellent public works crew that keeps our roads safe in the summer and winter.

We have good schools and a great recreation department that offers programs for residents (and non-residents) of all ages.  We have a well-stocked public library that is complemented by an elementary and a high school library.  The town has put the funds in to keep the technology up-to-date in all town facilities.  People are outgoing and willing to help their neighbors in need.

Baileyville has a commercial park with many lots of all sizes available.  Two businesses (?) have already settled in there and they are welcoming to newcomers.  We had a chance for a big factory in the industrial park for manufacturing material, but that fell through.  Woodland also had a plan for a pellet mill next to the river halfway down Bailey Hill, but that did not materialize either.  We have just run into some bad luck.

Still the town council members keep trying to bring new businesses to town.  They are not discouraged by our bad luck….and we, as residents, need to support them all we can.  We could do this by attending meetings, choosing to vote at town meeting and telling them how much we appreciate their time and work for the betterment of this community.  Change will come whether we want it or not, but we can rest assured that our leaders including the mill owners and the town officials will do all they can for our little town.

I wanted to give readers a recipe for a big gathering this week as we enter the times of family gatherings, weddings and picnic.  I found this recipe for Saucepan Brownies.  It makes about 70 one inch by three inch bars.

Four sticks (one pound) margarine
Eight squares (one ounce each) unsweetened chocolate
Three and one half cups of sugar
Three to four cups broken pecans
Two cups flour sifted
Four teaspoons baking powder
One tablespoon vanilla
Eight eggs
1. Rub bottoms of two 15 and one half inch by 
10 and one half inch by one inch jelly roll pans 
with margarine. 
2. Melt margarine and chocolate in big pot. 
3. Remove from heat. 
4. Add all ingredients except eggs.  Mix to blend. 
5. Add eggs and beat well.
 6. Pour into prepared pans. 
7. Bake in moderate (350 degree) 
oven for 30 minutes. 
Do not overbake. Cool in pan and cut into bars.
Enjoy your gathering.