Town News

Linda Baniszeski

Ed Arbo celebrated his 95th birthday with a party held by his children and family.  A lovely family photo on Facebook featured Ed and Maxine with their children and family members.  Daughters Diane James and Tammi Smith planned the event which was hosted at the James camp on Meddybemps Lake.

Janet Wooding shared, “I just had a wonderful visit from my daughter Susan and granddaughter Rosie from Wales.  They were only here for a few days, but we had a lovely time.  They helped with my gardening and we visited Eastport and St. Andrews.  The visit went much too fast.”

Speaking of travels from across the pond, Mike Johnson and Diana recently returned from a trip to the British Isles.  They had a great time and visited with Diana’s son who is studying abroad.  

Janet Wooding also tells us, “The hummingbirds are back. I hung my feeders up last week and the next day the first hummingbird was visiting.  Now I have a steady stream of them. Not so for Ed and Liz Trouant up to a week ago, when I got the last report from Ed.  We haven’t seen any ‘hummies’ either. Ed also reported that there were snow flurries up on Conant’s Hill last Monday.  We had snow, too, down by the lake.  Talk about freaky weather!  Just when we thought spring was arriving, winter has reared its ugly head again.  One day it was so warm that Scuffy scampered down into the lake for a quick swim.  That same day, it was warm and balmy enough to hang laundry outside to dry in bright sunlight.  It was also warm enough for Barry to put our dock in for the season and get the boat out of storage.  Next day, it’s cold again.  High winds have churned up the lake and ravaged the trees and plants.  Will it never end?

Despite the schizophrenic weather, Terry Reynolds launched his pontoon boat and took it out for a shake down cruise.  Terry doesn’t let much get in the way of his schedule.  Way to go! 

Besides the hummingbirds return, some of our human snowbirds are back in Meddybemps.  It is good to see Bob and Linda Gordon’s RV back in its place for the summer season.  I hear that the Bogdens made a visit to the lake and returned back to New Jersey before we even got to say hello.  We enjoyed spending time with Susan and Eric Olsanski who are here off and on throughout spring, summer and fall.  Harold Hansen has opened up the Hansen camp for the season.  He has been here a few weeks.  Now that he’s retired he can spend more time in Maine.  Jeff and Jessica Brown were in Meddybemps last weekend to open their camp for the season.  We enjoyed sharing dinner with them.  Our Scuffy and their dog Vinnie a Bug (a Boston terrier/Pug mix), had a great play date. We had hoped to take them for a boat ride, but the cold weather and wind made that impossible.

Another one who disappeared for the winter has unexpectedly returned.  The little Toddler Doll is back leaning on a tree along Lite Lane.  What a great surprise to see her Sunday morning, driving by on our way to church.  She is smartly dressed in cute little jeans and an aqua hooded jacket, keeping warm on these cool nights.  Perhaps she was in warmer climates for the winter (someone’s garage?).  Anyway, I’m glad to see her back with us.  She always makes me smile. 


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