Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Today, Monday, March 20th, is designated as the first day of spring. It is a beautiful day with the sun shining and is very spring-like.  If it were not for the forecast for snow showers for the next two days, all of us could believe that the long winter is over. This day, and the robin give me hope. 

The Pie Ladies on Route 1 in Pembroke are sponsoring a Tea at the Pie Ladies’ event on Saturday, March 25th from 12 pm until 3 pm. The ladies will be serving extraordinary sweet treats and special savory goodies. There will be a cost for this afternoon of good food and social activity. 

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church of Woodland will have their April supper on Thursday, April 6th at the regular time.  I believe it will be a turkey supper with vegetables, rolls and the rest of the fixings. Easter events will be celebrated the week before Easter (April 11 through April 16th).  The next project will be the Spring Fling on Saturday, April 29th.

The Woodland community was surprised to hear of the passing of former town resident Phyllis Greenlaw. She was very involved in school activities when her sons were in school, but her real contributions came through the Baileyville Ambulance Squad.  She absolutely loved her work for the residents of Baileyville.  Her passing leaves her family and friends missing her very much.   

In a note from Miriam Libby I heard the following about her family: Isabel Libby has returned to Sacred Heart University after a week of spring break.  During the week she had her 20th birthday at home in Needham, Massachusetts. She appreciated the birthday cards sent to her and says she is having a “blast” at college. Her semester will be over in May and she will be looking for a summer job.  Her Papa, Eldon Libby of Baileyville, had a slight stroke on his left side in February and is home under the care of wife Miriam.  He goes with a walker but cannot walk alone or drive. Miriam does not drive and they are both so thankful for friends’ helping them out in various ways.  They specifically appreciate all the drivers, sitters, food, plowing and many other kind deeds done for them.  Miriam requests prayers for their strength and healing.  Eldon appreciates all of the cards and prayers he is receiving.

My niece Linda arrived on Wednesday with another load of dog treats for Lulu.  The dog had a joyous four and a half days getting several walks every day.  Since Linda left on Sunday noon, Lulu has been in a start of depression. She keeps going to the door looking for Linda and listening for her car. Poor Lulu has to put up with me now.

Special hellos are being sent out this week to the following: Eldon Libby, Gloria Smith, Jenny Kinney, Dick Carroll and anyone else who needs a lift.

Soup and sermon was served at the Perry Congregational church last Monday, March 20th and featured onion soup with French bread and cheese and hamburger soup as well as six different kinds of bread.  Everyone enjoyed the time together.  Participants sang two psalm settings and a hymn.  The gathering nourished the soul as well as the body.  On Monday, March 27th Soup and Sermon will be at the Pembroke Iron Works Methodist Church on the Little Falls Road.

The Garrapy Food Pantry is in need of the following items for emergency distribution: saltine type crackers, pasta, canned tuna and quart packets of powdered milk.

The monthly meeting of the Dennys River Historical society will take place Tuesday, March 28 at 7 pm at the Lincoln House.  The program will feature one of the unsung heroes of the founding fathers.

At the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville during Story Time, the children learned about making maple syrup and had a taste of plain maple sap for contrast.  The next Story time will be held Wednesday, March 29th.

The next “Reilly, Ace of Spies” installment will be held on Friday, April 7th. Participants will continue with the “Dreadnoughts and Crosses” episode.

The next first Monday Tea at the Lincoln Memorial Library will be on Monday, April 3rd and will celebrate the coming of spring. The library has lost a Friday volunteer and is still looking for someone to pick up a few hours each week.

The March dinner, a New England boiled dinner with both corned beef and ham, was a tremendous success with well over one hundred happy diners.  The April dinner will be an Italian dinner.  This too is a very popular dinner for the area and everyone is invited.

On Wednesday evening on March 29th at 7 pm the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville will review the story of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth Plantation through the eyes of Bradford and history reviews.

Stay safe and have a great week.