Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The chilly temperatures may have kept some residents of the St. Croix Valley at home this week, but the travel remains good.  The little snow we received mid-week made travel slick for that day and sent most local school children home around noon.  Once again the public works departments did their jobs and travel was good again very quickly.  The experts are predicting storms for Tuesday and Wednesday of the coming week.  It looks like another mixed bag. Let’s see if the experts are right.

Monday had higher temperatures than the weekend, but the wind was blowing hard and cold.  The wind blew the birds right off my deck early this morning. Lulu and I have almost everything secured on the decks, but I did notice that several empty garbage cans were dancing in the road when I was on my way to Calais.

What a Super Bowl game!  Several times I thought of turning the television off and reading my book, but I am glad I did not. I have always been skeptical about the “deflate-gate.”  The referees touch the ball after every play; why didn’t they notice the balls were not right.  Anyway, Tom Brady and his teammates made a statement as well as a great comeback.  The Falcons are a good team too, and I expect they will be around on Super Bowl day next year.

Members of the People’s United Methodist Church put on a great turkey supper last Thursday.  The supper had to compete with a boys’ basketball between Woodland and Calais in Calais.  That fact may have kept attendance down some for the supper.  The church members are planning another supper for next month.

Avis McIntyre was in church on Sunday after a long hiatus because of sickness.  Eldon Libby had another big birthday on Monday.  Joel Fickett is in a Boston hospital because of medical problems.  Let’s hope he gets closer to home soon. Jim Lunn was discharged from Eastern Maine Medical Center and he is now resting in the excellent care of Calais Regional.  Jim is a Blue Devil fan so I am sure he is still following the games.  Greta Leighton was home in the Junction for a few days, but Sunday she had to make another trip to the hospital in Calais.  As I write this column, she is still there. 

Congratulations to the Woodland Dragons who were chosen as DAC All-stars for the winter sports season. For girls’ basketball, Jennie Cox, Sadie Smith and Brooke Russell were chosen. Boys’ basketball team players chosen were Drew Hayward and Riley Russell.  DAC all-star cheerleaders are MacKenzie Campbell, Halie Smith, Taylor Lane and Makayla Overlock. A big congratulation goes out to Michelle Ripley who was chosen as coach of the year for girls’ basketball.  Michelle and Michealene have both done a great job with a young team and the girls have done exceptionally well and seem to be improving every game.

Readers are reminded that the 206th birthday for the Town of Robbinston will be held at the Robbinston Historical society meeting hall on Saturday, February 18th from 1pm to 4pm. More details will be available next week.

The second meeting of the spy series at the Lincoln Memorial Library was held on last Friday.  The series will continue on the first and third Friday of each month at 6 with the next one on February 17th.  Participants are finding the series interesting because it is historically accurate and demonstrates facts that are not in textbooks but were crucial to the heightening tensions and conflicts that contributed to World War II.

Story Time at the Lincoln Memorial Library will be held this Wednesday.  The group will read some polar bear stories and then act out some of the scenes.

Dennys River Historical Society will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, February 28th at the Hanson House Woodshed (a/l/a Lincoln House) beginning at 6pm.  The program will be a “show and tell” with folks bringing  items that are sometimes a puzzle as to what they are or where they came from or how they were found.


The First Breakfast at the Parish Hall of the Edmunds-Dennysville Church was well-attended last Saturday.  The February dinner will be held at 5pm.  Readers will have a chance to take their Valentines out to a great dinner.  “Better late than never.”