Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

Another little snow storm caused the roads to be snow covered and slippery on Monday. One of Stanhope’s big transports was stopped on Grays’ Hill (by the old Harry Stanhope Place) on the Robbinston Ridge Road when it had to stop for an oncoming school bus and then could not get enough traction to continue to the top of the hill. A plow and sand truck came to the truck’s rescue. 

Readers are reminded that dog licenses are due in all towns in Maine this month.  Owners may get the licenses at their town offices and they must have proof of up-to-date rabies shots. The cost is $6 for spayed or neutered dogs and $11 for all others.

We are also coming to the time of the year when towns, which have March Town Meetings, are looking for candidates to run for town office. Papers for signatures are already available at Baileyville’s Town Office. That particular town has two three-year positions available on both the council and the school board.

Pauline Bires is back at Summit Street after spending a holiday vacation with her daughter Diane and her family. Daughters Jolene and Debbie were also able to share their Christmas break in Rockport at Diane’s. Pauline’s daughter Jolene drove her back to Woodland and plans to stay in town for a few days.

Congratulations to former Dragons Patrick and Beth (Sammer) Phelps who are the proud parents of a baby boy.  I think Patrick’s grin is only a bit bigger than the grins of all grandparents, Wayne and Pat Sammer and Glenn and Linda Phelps.

It was announced on a Bangor news station tonight that the Eastern Area Agency on Aging has received  funds for some of their programs.  Since this organization has been flat-funded for several years, these funds will help keep some of the programs going and may allow the workers to take on more programs for the many senior citizens they help. Their community café programs are very popular in this area.

Students and teachers are preparing for the end of the first semester.  Seniors should have their college applications sent to their respective colleges and now be getting ready to do the financial forms and apply for local scholarships.

The Children’s Story Hour at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville went very well with nine energetic children who dramatized “The Mitten” by Jan Bret. The children all took the parts of the many animals that snuggled into a dropped white mitten (mitten “played by table”) until a mouse caused it all to explode and the mitten to float back to the owner…much enlarged.  The children did it twice, switching parts and having great fun.

The first Mondays Tea at the Library was also a most enjoyable gathering with much conversation, along with tea and treats. It was at the tea that the plan to the Kenneth Clark’s Civilization was created.  (See the separate article in this issue of the Calais Advertiser.)

The refurbished former Town Office Room has received its final coat of paint.  More funds are now needed to make it possible to have the necessary shelves built to house, among other things, the children’s book collection.

Again this week we have many residents on the recovery list.  Kippy McPhee is home in Baring but he is still working to improve his mobility. Marjorie Drotar, after spending a few months with son Mark and his family in Scotland, is having some medical issues. Shirley Murphy is having problems with her breathing and is not happy about it. Stan Clark’s health issues continue and his family is spending a lot of time with him in Bangor. Sunny thoughts and get well wishes are also going out to Rhoda Lynn Leavitt, Judy Clark, Gloria Lanigan, Michelle Gallant, Pastor Randy Chretien, Janet Purton, Nancy Perry and Sandra Sherrard. Former Woodland resident Marilyn Coffin is recovering from knee surgery.

Readers are asked to keep an eye on their elderly neighbors as we get another blast of cold weather.

Stay safe and have a good week.