Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

The weather stays cold and damp and everyone is expecting warmer weather soon.  I heard the weather forecaster on channel 5 call for snow in Northern Aroostook this morning.  Snow in May has happened before, but it has not been welcome.  In spite of the damp weather, the news also tells of small forest and grass fires over the state.  Everyone still needs to be wary of starting fires in the woods and fields.

The United Methodist Women hosted a very successful pot luck supper and guest speaker last Thursday evening.  Ladies from other area churches were invited and approximately 40 participants attended.

Dick Carroll is recovering from surgery back home in Woodland. Madeline Perkins is feeling so much better and is getting out to a few social activities. It is great to have you back with us. Marion Hunnewell had a big birthday this past Monday. Congratulations to Connie and Ron who exchanged wedding vows on Saturday with their family members and friends. Bud Ferry is still slowly improving a bit with therapy.

The Pembroke Little League team has been given a building in which to keep their equipment including a lawn mower for the field. A few Pembroke residents have worked very hard to make the old high school field playable and it is really looking good. Parents have helped put up a backstop and concession stand.  On Saturday, May 28 the team and parents will hold a bottle drive in the morning.  The team still needs a helping hand with individual equipment and field upkeep.  Any resident with bottle donations should call a ball player for pick up.  The team’s picture is in this issue of The Calais Advertiser on page 17. Shane Curtis is the coach of the team.

Beginning Thursday, May 26th and from 3-6pm every Thursday in the summer the Dennys River Farmers’ Market will be held at the Dennysville Town Hall at the corner of Rte 1and Rte 86.  Vendors are welcome.

The monthly dinner at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church will be Saturday, May 21st beginning at 5pm.  The menu will be baked beans, both for meat-eaters and vegetarians, casseroles, salads and desserts.

Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville will be featuring children’s books for a few weeks so the children may keep reading through the summer.  Nonfiction books include “Tut’s Mummy: Lost and Found,””Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy,” “Spring,” “Did Dinosaurs live in Your Back Yard?” and “Clifford Visits the Hospital.”

Fiction books include “Hat’s for Sale,” “The Bestest Mom,” “Emmett’s Pig,” “Gilberto and the Wind,” and “Bears on Wheels: a Bright and Early Counting Book.”

The Junior/Senior Prom was held at the Woodland gym last week.  Calais High will be holding its prom next week end. Graduations will be the order of the day as May moves to June. In other school news, I heard that Shead and Woodland will be moving their affiliation from the Downeast Athletic Conference to the Aroostook County Conference beginning with fall sports in 2016. I think of the eight schools that were in the DAC a few years ago and only five remain. Several schools are having a hard time fielding teams because of low enrollments and are giving up on some of their sports.

Several Christian mission groups are offering to help Washington County residents with home repairs.  ASSIST-JC from Bangor will be here the third week of June in the Eastport area, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors are looking for work projects to be completed by supervised teams of able-bodied workers. Applications are available at churches or speak with local pastors for more information.

A County-Wide Congregational Hymn Sing is being held at the Union Church in Jonesboro on Sunday, May 22rd at 2:30 pm.  Everyone is invited…Congregationalist and otherwise.


Stay safe and have a great week.