Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Residents of the St. Croix Valley enjoyed another sunny, cool fall weekend. The weather is holding to accommodate the many outdoor chores that are still waiting for attention.  Craft fairs abound and the travel has been wonderful.  Let’s hope this moderate weather continues for the many upcoming craft fairs and holiday activities.

The Holiday Fair at the People’s United Methodist Church last Saturday went very well with craft items, baked goods and lunches drawing folks to the event.  The social aspect of the gathering was also very well-received by attendees. Lynn Hill was able to attend with her daughters Sandy and Dorene and two great-grandchildren and enjoy conversations with her friends.  Madeline Perkins was able to work on the bake table after several months of various illnesses. Everyone was so glad to see her back at her special place for church fairs.

Rolfe Flood and Elaine Dinsmore traveled from their new homes in Bangor to see many old friends and relatives. Arline Flood attended from Cooper.  Ralph rode along to see his twin brother Rolfe, but stayed in the car because his mobility is not what it used to be. Patty Metta, former Woodland High School principal, attended and spoke of her new job as principal of an elementary school in the Augusta.  She loves her new job but admits that she misses the “bigger kids.”

Susan McCray was up to coming to the fair after her recent surgery.  She will be traveling to Bangor for her second treatment on Friday. Avis McIntyre was not able to attend the fair, but we are thinking about her and wishing her well.

The Woodland community was saddened to hear of the passing of former Dragon, Marla Coulter McBride, this past week. When I was a kid, Marla’s folks owned Coulters’ Market, a grocery store where Linda’s Pizza is today.  My father always stopped at that store when he was in Woodland with his vegetables. Marla has lived and worked in St. Stephen for her adult life. She chose to keep her illness private but has been very ill for the last six months.  Her sister Geri , now a nurse, had flown from California to St. Stephen twice lately and was with Marla when she passed.  Marla kept up with several other Woodland Dragons from her graduating class and will be especially missed by them as well as other friends in the area.

The Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville will be busy in the next few weeks at members sponsor two “Mozart and Movie Nights”. The first installment will be held on Friday, November 18th with a showing of Part One of “Amadeus” and guitarist Tim Pence performing a theme from Mozart’s Opera, “The Magic Flute”. The second part of the movie will be shown on Friday, December 2nd. Both shows will begin at 6 pm.

The Perry Elementary School fair will be held Saturday, November 19th and on Saturday,   December 3rd Pembroke will be having its holiday fair at the elementary school and St. Anne’s in Calais will be having its famous cookie sale.

The sixtieth anniversary celebration for Jenny and Roy Kilby was a tremendous success.  The Parish Hall was decorated in a fall theme and the centerpieces were pumpkins filled with a pumpkin dip to be dipped into with cookies, pretzels and crackers. (This is a great idea for future fall celebrations for loyal readers.)

Stay safe and enjoy the week, day by day.