Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson

After the big rain and sleet mixed with snowflakes and the closing of schools on Tuesday, the rest of the week has been seasonably cool, but the roads (thanks to all public works crews) have been very good.  This “open” winter is probably not good for everything that depends on the seasons in Maine producing weather in a predictable fashion, but I really enjoy walking without ice underfoot.  I did see a white rabbit that was standing out against the bare ground probably wondering where his snow camouflage is and when he will be able to use that beautiful white coat to his advantage.

In spite of the crazy January weather, my sources tell me that the ice on Boyden Lake is about one-foot thick.  I would recommend that ice fishing enthusiasts check the ice where there is running water just to stay safe.  The white perch are plentiful in Boyden Lake and that fish makes very delicious chowders.

I along with other drivers have seen several deer along the roads both in town and on the way to Calais. I have not seen any lone deer, so if a driver sees one, he/she may be assured that more deer are close. Twelve were seen in one group ambling along the road and fourteen were observes in the woods along Route 1. Drivers are warned to keep an eye out as the deer are out to eat this winter.  The life you safe may be Bambi’s…or yours.

I had the opportunity to speak with Winnie Rodgers last week.  Winnie and her husband Don owned a summer cottage on Chase Road on Meddybemps Lake and were very active at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Calais.  In fact, Don still maintains a seat on its “advisory council” from his home in New Jersey.  The Rodgers had a good holiday season and plan to come and visit this area sometime this summer.

Last week at a Robbinston Historical Society meeting, I met Courtney Shirley whose husband is a chemical engineer at the new tissue mill in Woodland. I was surprised to find out that her younger sister, Amanda Whitehead, was a former Woodland Dragon.  Amanda lived with her family in Crawford and was active in several extra-curricular activities at the high school. Amanda now lives in the Scarborough area with her family and is working her way up the corporate ladder at the Hannaford Company.

The Robbinston Historical Society is planning a birthday party for the town on February 18th from 1pm-4pm.  It will be the 206th birthday for Robbinston’s incorporation as a town.  Many activities have been planned both for children and adults.  John Allan Churchill will give a presentation of the town founders, the Robbins brothers.  Light refreshments will be served. Everyone is invited as the Robbinston Historical Society takes steps toward being a family gathering place for all.

Special hellos are going out this week to Lynn Hill, Sandy Newman, Gloria Smith, Izzie Gibson, Greta Leighton, J.J. Hanson, Dick Carroll and anyone else needing a lift.  Special birthday wishes are going out to Madeline Perkins.

Members of the People’s United Methodist Church will be hosting their first supper of 2017 on Thursday, February 2.  This will be a turkey supper with all of the fixings and blueberry cake with lemon sauce for dessert.

On Friday, February 3rd, the Riverside Rebekahs will have a food and bake sale in Woodland at the Food Mart.

It was heart-warming to hear that two Woodland Dragons stepped up last week to help with the fundraising for the Narraguagus Knight who has a cancer diagnosis. Nicole Cox won the three-point shot contest and gave her winnings to the cause and Ian Andrews won the 50/50 raffle and did the same things with his winnings. My hat is off to these fine young adults and my congratulations to their parents for teaching them compassion. This is a very heart-warming Dragon story.

Another heart-warming story is that the funds to help Sammy Seavey with his medical and travel expenses have reached $40,000 and beyond.  This is both a tribute to the efforts of the volunteers involved in this undertaking and a tribute to the esteem with which Sammy is held in his community and beyond.

The first Saturday breakfast at the Edmunds-Dennysville Congregational Church will be held Saturday, February 4th in the Parish Hall.  Everything anyone would want for breakfast will be available including delicious baked beans.

The second evening of the “Spies” series will be held at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville on Friday February 3rd beginning at 6pm.  The discussion will continue with the story of Sidney Reilly, the first “modern spy.”

Seven children were at Story Time last Wednesday.  They had a very good time with the mitten story.  Next Story Time will be Wednesday, February 8th. The specific topic has not been decided, but it will probably be a winter theme.

This is a quick reminder that the First Monday Tea at the Lincoln Memorial Library will be at 4pm on February 6th.  The group will be listening to and discussing the poetry of James Whitcomb Riley.  Anyone is welcome.


As we move into February, stay safe.  Go, Patriots!