Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

We finally enjoyed some rain here in the St. Croix Valley. The gardens seem to be producing well this year.  I found cucumbers and tomatoes as well as blueberries on a road trip last Thursday. One man in Whiting has picked five gallons of blackberries and estimates that he has about twenty more gallons on the vines.  It sounds to me the blackberries must be growing well also.

Hold the presses.  The Dan Schall Concert at the Iron Works Methodist Church will be on August 26th. Members will be having a pot luck supper at the church at 5:30 p.m. and the concert will begin about 7 p.m.

Susan Dickinson McCray had family visit over International Festival weekend. Susan’s sister Lori  Garlin, George Folkski, sister-in-law Mary Dickinson and her daughter Tricia Gagnon and niece Rachel Gagnon.  The whole group stayed at the International Motel, went to the parade and enjoyed the activities on the waterfront.  Then they all visited aunts, one in Calais and one in St. John.   Patsy Hill, Susan’s sister in law, and her husband Earl Hill also visited with the family. This was a particularly happy time because Susan has been having medical problems and has spent quite a bit of time traveling to Bangor to see specialists.

Robbinston parents whose children attend Perry Elementary School were happy to hear that a Perry bus would pick them up and take them to the Perry school for the coming year.  The Perry School Board voted 3 to 2 to make this change in their busing schedules at their August 3rd meeting.  The finals runs have not yet been decided, but Principal Dan Morang will have a schedule in place before school begins on Wednesday, August 31.

Perry United Methodist Church will be holding a bake sale and yard sale on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members will also have fresh vegetables for sale along with household items and books.  

The Charlotte Fire and Rescue Auxiliary will be having the last public supper of the year this Wednesday at the Charlotte Fire Station.  The theme for this supper will be Italian and in the past this particular has always been well-attended.

The Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church will be having a chicken barbeque on Saturday at the church around 5 p.m. There will also be a benefit supper at Charlotte Fire Station on Saturday.

Over thirty people attended the talk on John James Audubon by his biographer Peter Logan last week at the Lincoln Memorial Library. Organizers were very pleased to have such interest.

New mystery books at the Lincoln Memorial Library are “My Sweet Audrina” by V. C. Andrews, “The Shrouded Walls” and The Dark Shore” both by Susan Howatch,  “Final Curtain” by Ngaio Marsh, “In the Frame” by Dick Francis and Private Berlin” by James Paterson and Mark Sullivan.

I was talking to Janice Ferry last week.  She is settling into her new digs at Methodist Homes in Calais.  She told me that her son John’s daughter Jennifer is serving with the Peace Corps in Africa.  The conditions there are not what she is used to but she loves the experience so far.  She is in training and learning Swahili for the first three months and then she will be teaching English.  

Happy Anniversary wishes are going out to Pastor Randy and Carolyn Chretien this week.

Several people are on the “need a lift” list this week.  A special hello is going out to Melanie Howard, the lady who was hurt in the mill during the new construction.  She will be going to Portland for further surgery.  She would prefer to go back home (down South), but the surgeons want her to have another operation before releasing her. Also “hello” to Elisha Renaud who is having some medical complications and is waiting for orders to a hospital. Special “hellos” to Gloria Smith, Vivian Scott, Wayne O’Neil, Vicki O’Neil, Susan McCray, Rhoda Lynn Leavitt, Bev Crosby, Barbara Kneeland and anyone else who needs a lift.


Stay safe and have a good week.