Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

The weather has been cool, hazy and damp lately.  This morning the temperature was the same number as the dew point in several Maine towns.  The experts have been predicting thunder storms, but thankfully, we have not seen them in this area.

The community received word of the passing of Charlie Morrell last week.  Charlie celebrated with the Class of 1965 five years ago for their 45th reunion.  He has been in ill health since then.  He had been planning on a retina transplant in the near future.  He is the son of Melva and the late Lester Morrell of Robbinston.  After high school he followed his father’s footsteps in the Navy and has since lived on the west coast. He will be missed by his siblings, Deanna Brooks, Jim, Stanley, Ernie of Robbinston and Steve of Brunswick and his many friends from the Class of ‘65.

Congratulations to former Dragons Kim Carter and Alicia Roderick for making the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Augusta last semester.

The Bangor Daily News did an excellent article on Lawrence Lord of Alexander and his collection of old machinery.  Collecting artifacts of farm days gone by is a passion of his.  His many colorful seats from old machinery may be seen in local parades and across Route 9 from his home in Alexander.

The Calais Second Baptist Church is planning for Pastor Matt Burden’s ordination on Sunday, August 2nd at 4pm. Pastor Burden is the grandson of former Calais Memorial High School Principal Fred Burden.  This will be the third ordination presented by the church as they also had celebrations for Pastors Chet Garrison and Chris Stevens in recent history.

Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Vernon “Lippy” Cushing, who passed away last week. Many of the former Pembroke students that met Lippy when he was a bus driver have stories about his antics. He was a friend to all.

Marguerite and Dennis Mains were visited by Linda Peare of Grafton, MA over the weekend.  Linda was visiting in Robbinston commandeering a project for her Aunt Dot. Marguerite was also visited by Justin and Emily Stanhope of Ellsworth over the weekend.

The Charlotte August Public Supper will be on Wednesday, August 5th at 5:30.  This will be an old-fashioned baked bean supper with all of the fixings including many pies for dessert. All proceeds will go to the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Department.

Lincoln Memorial Library of Dennysville is offering free computer classes in Microsoft Word during the month of August on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 pm.  Instructors from Axiom Technologies in Machias will be providing hands-on tutorials designed to lead students from a beginner to an intermediate level of this word processing program.  Interested parties are urged to pre-register for this free class by calling or visiting the library during regular hours, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 pm and on Monday evenings from 4 to 7 pm  at 726-4750 or e-mail lincmem@lincolnd.lib.me.us..  Space in this class is limited.

The library has added many new children’s as well as adult books.  The book and flower sales continue on Thursday from 2 to 5 pm.

The summer festival held at the Dennysville Congregational Church was very successful last weekend.  This week the Market resumes in the church parking lot from 3 to 7 pm.

The 119th annual meeting of the Pembroke High School Alumni Association will be held at the Pembroke Elementary School on Saturday, August 8th, beginning with a potluck meal at 5:30 pm.  A business meeting will follow.

Along with the oldest graduate present, the 50-year class of 1965 will receive special recognition.  This was one of the largest graduating classes of recent years, and many remain in the immediate area.  Others are in more distant places but the committee is hoping many will find their way to Pembroke and join their friends and classmates for an evening of reminiscing and a delicious potluck meal.  Ralph S. Mahar was principal of Pembroke High School at that time, while other teachers were Harold F. Blackwood, Cedric Brooks and George C. Drisco.

The Class of 1965 included Mary Isabelle Brown (deceased), Frances Daggett Hatch, Amelia Davis Shew, Stephanie Ebbeson Pressey,  Lowell Kilby, Muriel Lincoln Leighton, Peter Mahar (deceased),  Carolyn Maker Lowe, Deborah Mills Flower (deceased),Mary Moore Agrillo,  William Morgan (deceased), Karen Owen Weiss,  Marilyn Owen Sawyer, Dennis Lee Preston, Dennis Murray Preston, Stephen Seeley, Robert Sawyer, Harland Gary Tabor,  Donna Vance Lampron and Gail Wentworth Gzregorowicz.

Calais Memorial High School’s Class of 1965 will also hold the 50th anniversary of their graduation on August 7th and 8th. Calais Memorial High School’s Class of 1962 will also hold their reunion this week.

A special hello is going out to Father David Sivret.  He underwent surgery this week and is recovering well.

The Robbinston School Board and Selectmen will hold a public hearing on the two school budgets on August 5th and the referendum will be held at the Fire Station on August 19th. Everyone is urged to attend the hearing and the polls.


Stay safe.