Town News

Dorothy Johnson

The weather has been seasonal, although a bit cool and damp, and the insect world, particularly the black flies and mosquitoes, is thriving. This coming week will mark the calendar summer and the days will begin having fewer daylight minutes.  It hardly seems possible.

Schools will begin their summer recesses this week and all of the underclassmen, including the elementary school students, will be out with the graduated seniors.  Drivers will need to be on the lookout for children on the road.  Most of our children are very good about safety issues, but every once in a while, they get caught up in the moment and do unsafe acts. We more mature residents have to take more responsibility for the safety of all of our youngsters.

The Woodland Dragons’ baseball team has done well in the state playoffs. They won their preliminary game here in Woodland and then knocked off number 1 Southern Aroostook.  They played Limestone on Monday and lost 2-1. They have had a really good season with stellar seniors and a great supporting cast. 

Elwin Daley and his wife Genie were in town on Sunday.  Mr. Daley has had some serious medical issues and although he is on the road to recovery, he still has a long road ahead. Connie Perkins Cox came home from Eastern Maine Medical Center on Thursday and after the visiting nurse visited her on Saturday, she was on her way back to Eastern Maine Medical Center by way of Calais Regional.  She is feeling better today but will stay in Bangor until the medical problems are solved.

A memorial service for Elwood Tozier was held on Saturday. His wife Brenda was in town along with her sisters Carolyn, Melva and Barbie.  Wayne Mitchell also attended as well as Elwood’s sisters Marilyn and Nancy.  Many of Elwood’s friends, classmates and family members came for the service for this hometown hero who was a role model for all of us.

Gloria Lanigan is recovering at home and is making progress every day. Lynn Hill is recovering from her hip injury at Calais Regional. Fred Lanigan, who recently returned from the winter in Florida, is in Eastern Maine Medical Center.

Congratulations to Vice-principal Chuck Noyes and to long time math teacher Stacey Thomson on their retirements.  Chuck has been in the education of students at Woodland High School for many years.  Stacey has not been at Woodland as long as Chuck, but she has spent many hours providing extra math help for our students. Their friends are wishing them a long retirement.

Carleton and Iris Brown were happy to have their two sons, Russell and Jeff, home for several days. Although they did not grow up in Woodland, they visited as children and are always glad to visit the family farm

The community was sorry to hear of the passing of Harry Bailey this week.  Harry was a respected law enforcement officer and politician and he will be missed in this area.

Congratulations to former Dragons who made the Dean’s List at Washington County Community College:  Tracy Berry, Tammy Donahue, Amanda Engroff, Lauryn Fischer, Annie McCall, Mark Roussel, Charlotte Southard and to those making the President’s List Sandra Campbell and Dessiree tyrell.

Christine Boomer is home for the summer from finishing her third year at the University of Maine at Machias.  Christine will be working for Machias Savings Bank in Calais and Princeton.

The People’s United Methodist Church members are planning a picnic on Pleasant Lake on August 10th.  Anyone interested in attending should call John Gallant at 427-6575 to be added to the list as we plan on numbers for food purposes. This same group is scheduling a concert at the church also in August.  Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

The Riverside Rebekahs cleaned out all of the bottles and the cans they have been saving and turned in another check to the Woodland Public Library.  The library would not have had any funds for books if the Odd Fellows and the Rebekahs had not made up the deficiency of $5000 from the town’s budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

Happy birthday wishes are going out this week (June 20th through June 26th)  to the following: Brian Giles, Margie Cochran, Lee Seelye, Faith Roussel, Donny Mercier, Karen Flaherty, Troy Cilley, Reece Sabattus, Diane Roderick, Brooke Dewar, Kacey Burke, Jeff Gagner, Ryan McIver, Amanda Allen, Sarah Cooke and Jen Johnson.  Happy birthday wishes are being sent to all of you.

Sharing happy anniversary wishes are Imond and Arlene Roussel, Jim and Sue Oliver, Kelly and Brenda McDonough, Heather and John Dana, Pam and Lloyd Oakes, Joan and Mike McLean, Brad and Gloria Phillips and Pat and John Foley. Your friends and families are wishing you a great day.

The rhubarb around town is still growing and all local cookbooks have great recipes.  Try one out. I received stalks of this fantastic plant from Phillip and Pat Dow and Gilda McPhee this week.

Stay safe and have a great week.