Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

Congratulations to the Calais Blue Devils who will be playing for the Class C State Championship next weekend. The boys had a good run all year and they continued their spectacular play through the tourney where they won the Eastern Maine Championship Saturday night in an overtime game against the Orono Red Riots.

The Robbinston School Committee has scheduled the public hearing on withdrawing from the AOS for February 25th at 7pm at the Robbinston Grade School. The actual vote will be held at the Robbinston Fire Station on March 9th from 12:45pm to 7pm.

Last week when I was writing about Woodland High School students who had passed, I did not know that the Daniel Cormier who was killed by a hit and run driver in Rockland was the Daniel Cormier from Alexander and a former student at W.H.S. Dan was a very creative person and this tragedy was such a terrible accident. Dan was well loved by his family and his many friends.  He will be missed.

Carolyn Cilley of Princeton also passed this week.  In her younger years she loved to watch her children and grandchildren play basketball.  She was a regular at the gym in those days. Sympathy goes out to her family and friends.

The Odd Fellows of Woodland had to cancel their breakfast again on Sunday.  The weather has been so horrible that it is not even news any more. The Rebekahs and Odd Fellows have had to cancel several activities this month because of unsafe driving conditions.

The members of the Peoples’ United Methodist Church are still planning to have their turkey supper on Thursday, March 5. The February supper had to be canceled because of a storm. Several local church services were called off last Sunday (2-15), but most of the services canceled this week were in another area of the state.

Jolene Bires came to visit the farm last week.  She did some shoveling on the deck and her mom Pauline sent me a CARE package.  I was happy to have both the shoveling and the brownies.

Nada Williams was in town for February vacation and she also dropped by the farm with a Care package and a shovel.  We had another storm after Jolene left so Nada shoveled a path from the door to the car.  We had a chance to go to a local restaurant where I had my favorite dried fish dinner.  The chef there makes this meal just like Aunt’s. Nada is a flatlander so she is not as eager to have this dish as I am.

Last night’s snow covered the paths that Jolene and Nada had shoveled as well as the car and parking space. Tomorrow’s trip down the driveway will be another adventure…if I can find the car.

 Seniors from the Class of 2015 should be looking into their scholarship applications at this time.  Sometimes the amounts do not seem to be great when we compare them to the price of a college education but every little bit helps. Many of the small businesses in the area are very generous in helping our local students with their education. Seniors need to take advantage of their generosity and complete the general applications. 

The new bakery in Calais seems to be doing a good business.  This is a welcomed new shop in town and everyone I have spoken to enjoys it. Every area needs a bakery these days.

We will all miss the Knock on Wood gift shop until it is rebuilt, which is the plan for now.  I remember traveling by that store time and time again when the parking lot was full of cars.  My niece Linda from Massachusetts always stopped there when she was in the area as did Nanette Chappeaux.  Hopefully, the new building will be constructed in a timely manner. The entire community was saddened to hear about this loss.

I had a note from Shirley Murphy last week.  She has had a long illness and although she is not yet up to par, she is feeling better every day.  Maybe some sun and warm weather will help her on the road to recovery.

Special hellos are going out this week to Rhoda Lynn Leavitt, John Harvey, Stan and Judy Clark, Madeline and Leo Perkins, Ernest and Gloria Leighton, Lynn and George Hill, Jane Sprague, Kay and Jim Greenlaw and anyone else who might be feeling a bit ill or depressed about the weather.


Stay safe and have a great week.