Town News

Sally Doten


Well, it’s Monday; it’s 3:30pm and I haven’t clue of any activities here in town. No, that’s not true. I do know that the Baring Baptist Church celebrated the birthday of Jesus at the church last week. The kids enjoyed pizza and making gingerbread houses. On Saturday evening, they joined the Second Baptist Church in Calais to participate in the Santa Claus parade. It was a great joint effort. I wasn’t in town to see the festivities but from all I hear the parade was a huge success.

My sympathies are extended to the families of Norma Coffey and Yvonne McInich. Everyone that knew Yvonne can remember what a hard worker she was. She worked right beside her husband and son spreading hot top in driveways or was comfortable sitting at home making baby blankets. Norma Coffey was the wife of Pastor Al Coffey who ministered at the Second Baptist Church in Calais. They were here when our church burned in  2001. Norma was a great cook and always made something special for church functions. My favorite thing was her fruit pizza. It was so delicious. Wish I had some right now with a cup of coffee. Both of these ladies were hard workers alongside their husbands; both will be remembered by all their friends.

Do you have your Christmas decorations up yet? I have one lonely star beside my front door. For some reason I can’t seem to force myself into the closet to find the lights and trimmings I need. My shopping is half done and not wrapped. Guess I need to push myself just a little to meet the deadline.

Last week I reported to you about the town meeting with Baileyville officials. If you have a comment you would like to share publicly about the presentation, please call me and I will relay your feelings and thoughts. You can email me (; you can call me (454-2625); or message me on Facebook. I would love to have your feedback.

Special thoughts going out to Janet Purton who is a patient at EMMC; to Vicki Lincoln and Dan LaCasse who are ill at home; and to Joanne Wheelock who recently returned home from EMMC.

On Friday morning Wanda Brown and I decided we needed a mini vacation. We headed to Freeport where she stayed with son John & Patty Wentworth. I had the privilege to be chauffeured by my granddaughter Ashley Marden to her home in Yarmouth. I helped celebrate her birthday and then was taken to Falmouth by another granddaughter Shannon Vachon and her husband Scot. It was a quiet and restful time. I went into Marshall’s at the mall in Portland and had dinner out at Texas Roadhouse. I didn’t even spend any money! It was a great get-away.

Now I am sitting here waiting for the predicted snow to arrive. I would be happy not to see any as I have to hit the road again to Bangor on Tuesday.

As the holiday season is in full swing, please remember those less fortunate; so many have so much less than you and me. We need to embrace the season to make it better for all.

For those that are ill, may good health return. For those that are alone, may a complete stranger brighten your day.

Thank you for reading my column, I appreciate your support.