Town News

Sally Doten



Well, I got a few phone calls this past week complaining that there was no Baring news in the paper. The fact is, there was no news so nothing was written. I racked my brain trying to write something but couldn’t even think up a lie, thus there was no news. Now with that being said, let’s try for something  this week.

I was shocked and sorry to learn that our dear friends, Bruce and Sharon Bailey, lost their Meddybemps  home to fire on Oct. 8. Thankfully no one was hurt. The Bailey’s summer here and spend winters in Florida. 

Baring Gifts at Knock on Wood had a very successful Open House on Saturday. Free gifts were given to the first 50 customers. Congratulations to Candy and Brittany for a job well done.

Have you had a chance to take the “car tour” at the Moosehorn Refuge. The foliage is absolutely stunning. If you haven’t taken the ride, do it soon. I’m afraid this rain is going to take some of the leaves off. I can’t remember a year when the colors have been any more brilliant. We are so lucky to have this beauty surrounding us.

Wanda Brown and I toured Baring last week. I took her to the old custom house just before the pylons that were the old Baring bridge going to Upper Mills, NB. Leaning against the building was a sign saying, “Second Baptist Church, Rev. Donald Thompson, Pastor.” Then it went on to tell the meeting hours of the congregation. Why would a sign from a Calais church be in that particular spot? I hope to get down to rescue it next week. 

Randy and Holly Barnard, of New York,  are guests of Irene Gallway this week. Randy is the son of George “Bud” Barnard and hopes to spend time with his dad at Marshall Health Care in Machias.

Congratulations to Joshua Doten on his recent marriage that took place in So. Carolina during hurricane Matthew. Good timing, Josh.

Another reminder that the selectmen will be calling a town meeting near the end of October. Watch for more information when the date is set.

In the paper last week, Bill & Arlene Gibson announced that they could not do a free Thanksgiving Dinner from the Second Baptist Church in Calais because of Bill’s health issues.  After they made the announcement, Kathy Francis has graciously stepped forward to do a meal. But, the dinner will be the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19 from 11:30 to 1:30. This will be a “Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner,” opened to all who are alone or unable to prepare meals for themselves. There will be take-outs available but on a limited basis.  I will give you more information next week.