Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The weather has been showing signs of spring warmth this past week in spite of the March winds that waited until April to make their presence known.  The damp, foggy mornings have taken the snow down in the fields and along the roads, but the snow is still plentiful in the woods. Many residents have been sick with colds and are waiting for warmer, dryer weather to pick up their spirits. I have seen some pussy willows and those usually signify a sign of the coming spring. Let’s hope so.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church put on a very successful public supper last week.  Community residents were in attendance and the kitchen crew filled eighty take-outs. The members were so encouraged by the support of the community, they are talking about another supper in May.  The details will be in the Calais Advertiser as soon as they are available.

I had a chance to visit with the Pie Ladies on Thursday.  They are planning another get-together at their place of business on Route 1 in Pembroke on Saturday, April 22 in the afternoon.  They will be open in the morning with their delicious breakfast fares.  They really have a variety of sweets so I expect there will be something for everybody.

The Perry Elementary School has been the site of two benefit suppers lately. Last month workers (school staff and PTA members) put on a benefit for former principal Arlo Smith. Arlo is having health problems and his many former students wanted to help out.  This past week they put on another benefit for the Barnes family whose Lake Road home burned to the ground last month.

Mike and Marilyn Trafton had a hard trip to Bangor last week.  Marilyn fell coming out of her doctor’s office and broke her wrist.  They patched that and then Mike slipped getting into his vehicle and broke his leg.  He had a boot put on and they went home.  Marilyn was in a lot of pain so she went to the hospital and they found that she also had a broken hip.  She had surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital the next day. Now Mike is at home in Woodland and Marilyn is in Room 412 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 360 Broadway, Bangor (04401).  If it were not for bad luck, they would have no luck.

Special hellos this week are being sent to Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Bucky Rodgers, Susan McCray, Eldon Libby, Dick Carroll and anyone else who needs a lift.

On Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. the spring meeting of the Washington County Congregational Association will be held at the church in Machiasport.  Two delegates are needed from the congregation to represent the church and participate in planning for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Pilgrims in Plymouth.

The Annual Meeting of the Perry Congregational Church is scheduled for Monday, April 24th beginning with a pot luck supper at 5 p.m.

The monthly dinner at the Dennysville Church Parish Hall would normally have been held on the third Saturday of the month.  However, that would be the day before Easter so the dinner has been moved to Saturday, April 22nd.  The menu will be Italian fare, always a popular meal for diners.

The Sewell Memorial Congregational church held its first services for this year on Sunday, April 9th, Palm Sunday, at 4 p.m. The Easter service will be held at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 16th and a light breakfast will be served after the service.

The next “Reilly, Ace of Spies” series is called “gambit”, which will be shown on Friday, April 21. World War I is looming on the horizon and the situation is getting very complicated for everyone involved.

Several books have been added to the Lincoln Memorial Library including a nonfiction for children entitled “Do People Grow on Family Trees?” by Ira Wolfman and several nonfiction titles: “This One and Magic Life” by Anne Carol George; “Crow Lake” by Mary Lawson; “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and “The Japanese Love” by Isabelle Allende.  New mysteries are as follows: “Death in Zanzibar and “Death in Kenya” both by M.M. Kaye; “Goose in the Pond” by Earlene Fowler; “Talking Rain” by Linda French; “Jasmine Nights” by Julia Gregson; “Murder Mystery” by Gene Thompson.

The library has also acquired two audio cassette mystery tapes: “Whose Body” and “Unnatural Death” both by Dorothy Sayers and unabridged.

Stay safe and have a great week.