Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

We have enjoyed another week of summer weather here in the St. Croix Valley.  The thunder, wind, hail storm held off on Saturday until many of the International Festival activities were completed, but the storm did cause some scrambling when it arrived.  Here on the farm we escaped the hail, but the wind took the top off the bird bath and repositioned the deck chairs.

My cousin Jean Perry Elsmore is in town visiting with her dad, his wife, nephew Carlton Miller and his daughter C. J. She has also been visiting with lots of friends she made when she lived here.

Congratulations to Anne and Vint Cassidy who celebrate their 50th anniversary on Saturday.  Their children hosted a big celebration on Cassidy Lane.

Marion Hunnewell was the hostess for a cook-out at her camp on Pleasant Lake on Sunday. About forty members of the People’s United Methodist Church and friends were invited to join the group for a leisurely afternoon of friendship and food. Special guests attending were Joan and Skipper West who are visiting the area, Pastor Bernie and Hazel Hammond former residents of the parsonage, Rolfe Flood from Bangor and Donna Jackson’s uncle who is visiting from Connecticut. Pastor Randy and Carolyn Chretien brought along a large anniversary cake so everyone could celebrate John and Jo Gallant’s 49th anniversary.

Thanks to friends, bus drivers and family, Eldon and Mariam Libby of Baileyville had a very enjoyable weekend in Needham, Massachusetts with son David and family over the last weekend July. On Saturday, July 30th, David hosted family party including Miriam’s nieces and nephews and spouses from both New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  They also celebrated Isabel’s high school graduation with a beautiful cake made by niece Alison of New Hampshire.  The cake was decorated in the Sacred Heart University colors of red and white. Isabel will be attending Sacred Heart in the fall when her family takes her to Fairfield, Connecticut.  She will be enrolled in the pre-law track. Isabel and Maria had hoped to  come to Maine this summer, but Isabel had to finish a course for the high school before she leaves for college. Isable will appreciate thoughts and prayers from this area as she begins her next journey. 

The Pembroke Iron Works Methodist Church is having a food and bake sale complete with lunches on Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. They will also have a second-hand table with items for sale. They are also hosting a Dan Schall concert on Saturday, August 20th. They are planning for a pot luck supper at 5:30 p.m. with the concert following at 7 p.m.

 The Pembroke High School Alumni Association will be holding its annual alumni meeting on Saturday, August 13. The gathering will begin at the Pembroke Elementary School at 5:30 p.m., followed by a pot luck supper at 6 p.m. and the annual meeting beginning at approximately 7 p.m.  The honored class will be the Class of 1966 with hopes that some members of the classes of 1956 and 1946 will also attend.

Honored class members from the Class of 1966 are James Barnes, Ralph Bridges, Jenner Brown, Patricia Brown, David Daggett, Linda Dudley, Katrina Ebbeson, Douglas Frost, Basil Leighton, Donna Lozier, Donna Cushing Preston, Jeffrey Robinson, Larry Sprague and Gertrude Verrill. Those members that have already passed are Diane Clark, Woodrow McDonald, Christopher and Morris Preston. 

Alumni officers are Roberta Seeley, president; James Dudley, vice president; Linda Dudley Church, secretary; and Janice Stanhope, treasurer. The Alumni Association will be presenting scholarships to Class of 2016.  The Harold Blackwood Memorial Scholarship will be presented Preston Leighton and the two Alumni Scholarships go to Dynesha Lank and Dilon Townsend. Any alumni member is invited to attend and renew former friendships.

The Edmunds/Dennysville Congregational Church will hold its chicken barbeque on Saturday, August 20th at 5 p.m.

Also on Saturday, August 20th the Charlotte Community will be holding a benefit supper for Gordy Carr who is in Eastern Maine Medical Center recovering from a heart attack. His daughter and Michelle Read are organizing the supper and would appreciate any help.

The next Charlotte Fire and Rescue Department supper will be on Wednesday, August 17th.  Spaghetti, salad, rolls, garlic bread is on the menu.

The Huge Book sale at the Calais Free Library was a big success and both volunteers and staff were very pleased with the outcome. Tom Brennan’s Art Show in the art gallery of the Calais Library entitled “Seasons of the St. Croix” will continue through the month of August.

Dennysville Farmers’ Market continues of Thursday afternoons with garden produce, soup and baked goods as well as hand crafted items. Anyone visiting the Farmers’ Market might enjoy checking out the Lincoln Memorial Library to pick up a few good books…great reading available for everyone.

Special hellos are going out this week to Susan McCray, Beverly Crosby, Barbara Kneeland, Vivian Scott, Jean Kneeland, Dr. Bob Fifield , Rhoda Lynn Leavitt, Dale Perry.


Stay safe and have a great week.