Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Woodland’s United Methodist Women were honored to have Pastor Randy Chretien join them for their Christmas luncheon. Above, Carolyn Chretien, Pastor Randy, Margie Cochran and Susan McCray listen as Mariam Libby introduce guest pianist Joyce Middleton (not pictured). (Photo by Dorothy Johnson).

This mild and barely freezing weather has made steps, ramps and decks treacherous for many readers.  Barbara MacArthur of Alexander  slipped and fell on her concrete steps.  She was shaken up and is lame and bruised. Alberta Owens fell and broke her leg in three places and is out of commission for a bit.  Jimmy Moffit fell at work and spent the weekend recovering. Helen Boisvert also had a spill and injured her back.  Readers need to be sure that their path ways are salted or sanded.  The walks may look clear and dry, but we are finding out that that is not the case.

The good economic news this week along with the ongoing tissue facility construction in Woodland is that the pellet mill is still an ongoing project in Baring.  Passers-by are able to see the cleared land on the hills at the end of the runway.  It seemed for a time that all work had ceased, but the word was out last week that the delay is caused by the permitting process. 

Congratulations to all students from Woodland High School and Calais High School who were chosen for admission into their respective National Honor Societies.

Community members were saddened last week to hear that Pete Mercier lost his valiant battle with cancer.  Pete grew up in Woodland and spent most of his life here.  He loved the out of doors, hunting and fishing and being with his family.  He will be missed by his family and friends.

Cecil Moreside of Calais, formerly of Baring, passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer.  Cecil was well-known in the area because he loved to play his guitar and sing for all sorts of functions. Our sympathies go out to wife Irene and all of his family members and friends.

The People’s United Methodist Church will be holding its Children’s Christmas program on Sunday, December 21st with the Christmas Eve service beginning  at 7pm on Wednesday, December 24th. The church will also sponsor an adult potluck and movie on New Year’s Eve, December 31st  beginning at 6 pm. This past Saturday church members delivered frozen turkey dinners to shut-ins and next Saturday (December 20th), members will gather at the church to pack and deliver fruit baskets to the shut-ins around town.

The United Methodist Women of Woodland held their Christmas Potluck luncheon last Thursday.  Members and guests numbered fourteen. Mariam Libby invited special guest Joyce Metcalf Middleton who played and sang the beginning devotional.  The words were written by Mariam’s sister, Dorothy Neale and set to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer.” Many members shared Christmas readings and after the program, a regular meeting was held,

Dennysville Lincoln Memorial Library will be closed only Christmas and the day after plus New Year’s Day and the day after. 

Santa’s visit  to the library was very successful last week with lots of kids and parents taking pictures. Santa told them a lot about the history of Santa Claus and other little details, including that now he did not leave coal in bad children’s stockings since it was out of use, but found that leaving deer poop gave just as clear a message.  The kids loved it.

The computer class was cancelled this week, due to fumes left over from a furnace malfunction, possibly due to too much rain that leaked into the basement.  The library will be opened as soon as the fumes abate to a tolerable level.  Just a reminder First Mondays Tea will be held at the library on January 5th.

A small group gathered to “hang the greens” at the Perry Congregational Church and were  treated to the story of Jesus’ birth as told by St. Luke, two lovely clarinet carols, a reading of The Littlest Christmas Tree, singing some carols, including “Silent Night” with guitar accompaniment and tasty treats.

Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at the Dennysville Congregational Meetinghouse on Sunday, December 21 at 7pm. Colin Windhorst, Choirmaster, and the Festival Choir have been practicing all fall for this performance, which is for many the beginning of the Christmas season.

Local historical societies are working hard to promote the busy histories of their towns.  Many residents of Robbinston are probably not aware of the bustling mill and shipbuilding sites in a town with little industry these days.  Members of the Pembroke Historical  Society are commissioning Joan Dodge of Alexander to paint Christmas tree ornaments depicting scenes of Pembroke’s rich industrial past. This year’s ornament is a scene of the railroad’s presence in the town.  These ornaments are on sale from the Historical Society.

Belle Small Clark, formerly of Pembroke, passed away last week.  For many years she was the pianist at People’s United Methodist Church on the Leighton Point Road.

Robbinston Grade School will be holding its Christmas concert and tree lighting on Wednesday (12-17) at the school.  Let’s hope the weather cooperates.

Betty Fountain had a birthday last Monday and she went out to dinner with her family, Debbie and Fred Sprague.  Fred planned and built a ramp for her so getting out will be easier for her.  Happy belated birthday, Mrs. Fountain.

Marguerite Mains was visited by nephew Elliott Tarbell and his wife Joyce on Tuesday.  They dropped by the farm to say Hello on their way to Pembroke.

The community has been overwhelmed with reports of sicknesses.  Best wishes and special hellos are going out this week to Trudy Poole, Jane Sprague, Kippy McPhee, Dennis Perkins, Eldon Libby, Michelle Gallant, Stan Clark, Judy Clark, Jim Moffitt , Helen Boisvert, Chelsea McGovern and Danny McPhee.


Christmas week is upon us.  May you all have a very Merry Christmas.  Enjoy your families and friends and stay safe.