Sally Doten


Another week closer to Christmas; how many days left to shop? I’ve done most of mine online which seems to be a lot easier than fighting some of the crowds. With my family being made up of adults now, with the exception of a 4 year old great granddaughter, I have found gift certificates to be the easiest thing to buy. How does one know what their adult kids need or want? One might prefer Starbucks coffee where another loves T.J. Maxx. So a gift card let’s them choose their favorite latte or prettiest scarf. I’m too old to be making all these decisions.

Congratulations to the Baring teens playing on high school basketball teams: Matt Perkins and Jacob Hornbrook are playing on the Calais High School varisty team while Katie Erskine and Kayli Doten are making their mark on the varsity girls team. Congratulations! I do not have the names of JV teams. Sorry about that. Not only do we have athletes, we have so very smart kids. On the honor roll from grades 7 through 12 are: Emily Doten, Emily Erskine, Kayli Doten, and Katie Erskine.

Doesn’t seem to be much happening in town. I see Chris Drew walk by with her grandson every now and then. It’s good to be close to family and to be able to love those babies up close and personal.

Judy Antoniello and I traveled to Bangor for a medical appointment on Tuesday. So glad the roads are  still bare for driving either near or far. Next week I return to Bangor with Jim as he has an appointment at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Christmas lights are aglow throughout the town. Dale and Alice Olsson were the first to decorate their home. Yesterday I noticed Morgan Wescott giving directions to several people on just how and where the lights were to go. Maybe next year this little town could get together and have a lighting contest. It would be great to get neighbors to be neighbors again and have a friendly competition. Think about it!!

How many of you have sleep apnea? I do! The test is simple but miserable at the same time. You are scheduled night #1 to enter the hospital; that part is easy. Then you get ready for bed but just before that the technician arrives to “glue” your head and attach electrodes. You are then told to get into bed. The lights are turned off and complete darkness surrounds you. So there you are hooked up and a camera on you watching you try to sleep; you might doze off or you might have to call the technician to announce, “I have to pee!” So in he comes, assists you out of bed, grabs the machine you are attached to, guides you to the toilet, hangs the machine beside you on a appropriate placed hook, and leaves the room. It’s so comforting to know that you’re connected to all of this paraphernalia in this most private moment. After your “duty” is completed, it’s time to washy your left hand. Your right hand is wrapped with wires. All of this is so convenient. So now it’s back to bed to try to snooze away the rest of the night. Now you finally are asleep when suddenly over the speaker you hear your name being called. It’s time to get up; it’s 5:30am, the test is completed. Well, at least part one is completed. The wiring is removed; you hair is matted with the glue; you look like you have received an electrical shock, and you are told to get dressed. You go home. About 10 days later you receive notice from the hospital that you failed your sleep test. So you are scheduled for another appointment and looking forward to another night of wiring. It’s an exciting time. I’ve done it and I’m still trying to get the sticky stuff from my hair. Another enjoyable time in the life of a senior citizen.

As Overseer of the Baring Cemetery, I would like you to know that there will be no burials from now until May 15, 2016. Thank you for understanding. Winter weather and spring thaws make it impossible to dig graves without disturbing the resting place of others.