Town News

Dorothy Johnson

The weather has been almost perfect for us moderate people…not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too dry.  It has been great weather for yard sales and many residents are getting rid of those items they no longer need. The weather is working for everyone with outside chores. Many lawns are mowed in town making those vacant houses and their neglected grounds all the more noticeable.

The Riverside Rebekahs have raised enough money to send ten youngsters to their summer camp, but they are still working.  They will be sponsoring a road toll and a bake sale on Friday, June 27th.  The bake sale will be beside the Foodmart in the shopping center.  They are also planning their July breakfast for Sunday, July 6th at the Odd Fellows’ Hall on Hillside Street from 7 until 9:30 am.

The Spednic Club hosted another successful benefit supper this past weekend.  This time the community turned out to help Carla Corbett with medical expenses.

Two new shops are going into the old shopping center.  Jeanne Graceffa is starting a sandwich shop in the first building on the left facing the center and Michelle Gallant and helpers are moving Country Cuts to the space to the left of the old IGA.  Several enterprising people have started businesses in these spaces.  Let’s hope that these investors can make it work and draw other businesses to town.

The community was saddened to hear of the death of Robbie Redding this past weekend.  Robbie was in one of my eleventh grade English classes with Frank Gagner, Russell Dwelley and several other young men.  If I would be waiting out in the hall between classes, Russell would push Robbie and his desk/chair combination out to meet me.  Robbie was always ready for a laugh and almost fell on the floor laughing the day Frank “shot” the ducks off the top of the blackboard and almost scared me to death.  Robbie has fought hard against MS, but he has suffered greatly.  His mom Janice Redding has been his angel all through his sickness.  Robbie will be missed.

The Woodland Public Library will be closed for the week of July 4th beginning July 1st through July 8th.  When the library reopens, the summer hours will be from 11 am until 4 pm each day.  Regular hours will resume in September.

Greta Leighton was in Portland for three days having an emergency consultation and then emergency surgery on her eye.  She is back in town now, recuperating from the surgery.

Connie Cox has returned home from her second stay at Eastern Maine Medical Center.  She is feeling much better as she recovers from heart surgery and the most recent complications.

Lynn Hill continues to improve with her rehabilitation from a broken hip and Gloria Lanigan is improving day by day.  Both ladies are at home and getting help from their families.

A break-in was attempted at Randy’s Variety in Alexander early Sunday morning.  The Baileyville Police assisted the State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Border Patrol and one canine unit in the fast solution to the crime.

Happy birthday wishes are going out this week (June 27th through July 3rd) to the following: Tina Perkins, David Sanford, Beverly Holst, Greg Holst, Galen McDonough, Drew Hayward, April Free, Tina Gierlich, Katrina Dana, Butch Poole, Randall Thomson and Billie Jo Jack,  A happy birthday is wished for all of you.

Celebrating anniversaries this week are Edmund and Cindy Delmonico, Lyle and Jill Hamilton, Derek and Lisa Howard, Jerry and Margie Cochran, Brent and Melinda Delnicki, Jay and Linda McArthur, Mike and Nancy Marshall, April and Robbie Lee, Tom and Barbie McLaughlin and Scott and Amber Arbo.  All are wished a wonderful celebration with their families and friends. 

Special hellos are going out this week to Lynn and George Hill, Leo and Madeline Perkins, Gloria Lanigan, Elden Jackson, Connie Cox, Greta Leighton, Marguerite Mains, Ruth Foss , Gail Moffit, Debbie Sprague and Allie Bohanon and anyone else needing a lift.

Stay safe and have a great week.