Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

The long soaking rain has dampened the woods and fields so hopefully the fire danger index has gone down. It still stays cool for May, but the black flies have determined it is time to make an appearance.  The leaves are reluctant to show themselves and each forest shows different stages of growth.  For example, in Calais by the Post Office, two crab apple trees are in bloom and one is still thinking about it.

Welcome to the two new residents of Woodland Junction.  Charlene Perkins received two adorable Maine Coon cats for her Mother’s Day present.  Everyone in the household is happy except for the stray that eats in the entry.  He does not like them at all.

I had a note from Janice Ferry last week. She said that Bud, former principal of Woodland Elementary School, is showing a bit more progress in moving around, but he still has a long way to go.  He would like to thank everyone for their cards and visits. He too received a lovely May basket from the Rebekahs via Polly Burlock, Gilda McPhee and Jane McCollister. He also received gifts from his W.E.S. family Bonnie Tibbetts, Jane Manza, Sue Martell, Sandy Pottle and Betsey Kneeland. He really appreciates all the love people are sending.

I visited with the Wednesday ladies at the Pie Ladies in Pembroke last Wednesday. The group had nine participants that day and the group is open to anyone who wants to join.

This coming Saturday (May 14th) the Methodist Ironworks Church of Pembroke members will be having a food, bake and luncheon sale on the Little Falls Road.  This will be their spring sale and many new second-hand items have been added.  Hot dogs and slices of pie will be available for lunch.

I was fortunate to attend the Mother’s Day breakfast at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais on Saturday. Rita (McLaughlin) and I were the first to arrive and had wonderful service from those working on the breakfast. The parishioners are redoing the pipe organ and working hard to get the job done.  They are planning on having an organ concert during International Festival in August.  The guest organist will be the person who is working on replacing the pipes.

The Redclyffe Restaurant has opened for the season and was busy with reservations on Mother’s Day. The owners put out a very comprehensive menu of several choices of entrees and included in the price were appetizers, bread, salad, dessert and coffee. I saw several local residents there including Rita McLaughlin, Marjorie Drotar, Manny and Kathy Bettencourt, Marjorie Little and her friend, son and daughter-in-law, John and Pat Owens and son, Geoff Maker and his family, Armond and Arlene Roussel and Marion Hunnewell. Other local restaurants also had a busy day.

Congratulations to Amanda O’Brien who made high honors at Calais High school for third quarter. 

The United Methodist Women will be hosting a dinner and guest speaker at the People’s United Methodist church in Woodland on Thursday, May 12th. The women of the church will be putting on the supper and have invited the ladies of other churches.  Guests do not need to bring a dish.  This is contrary to what I wrote last week so please accept my apologies for the confusion.

The Soup and Poetry evening at the Calais Free Library went well.  Participants shared good soups, breads and sweets and lots of poetry.  Organizers are planning another evening like this on for the fall.

The book sales in the Calais Free Library Art gallery will be dismantled so art can be displayed during the summer months.  Library supporters are still looking for a permanent place for the second-hand book sales. The money this endeavor brings in is used for materials for the library.

The First Monday Tea at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville had half a dozen participants last week. Lucy Keezer is working at the library desk three days a week.  She will be working on a project for the Dennys River Historical Society to help them organize their materials.

To make room for the DVD collection that is rapidly growing at the Lincoln Memorial Library the VHS tapes will be given away to anyone who wants them.  Most are children’s videos, but some are non-fiction for adults.

In Perry, the Perry Congregational Church Sunday School will be holding a yard sale at the church on the Shore Road on Saturday, May 14th.  If residents have items to donate, they may call Patti Loring (853-0023) for pick up arrangements.

A Spring Concert for musicians of Charlotte, Pembroke and Perry Elementary Schools will be a 6pm on Wednesday, May 18th at the Pembroke Elementary School.  Music teacher Chris Paprocki has helped students prepare an hour of interesting and varied music and the students are eager to demonstrate the efforts of their work.

Special hellos are being sent this week to Larry Hill, Kathleen Sadler, Bud Ferry, Diane Martell Evans and everyone else who needs a lift.


Stay safe and have a great week.