Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


This last weekend of April 2017 is damp and cold with occasional sprinkles. The weather is really quite miserable. My birds are not even coming to the feeders for their lunches. I do have a little green grass around the mud in the driveway, but still I have seen no signs of the green rain. The rabbits are out looking for that green grass too. Lulu had a bad spell when she went out and saw three inches of snow on the deck earlier in the week. The only sign of spring I saw this week was the forsythia in half-bloom in Woodland. We are all ready for some warmer weather.

I took a trip to Woodland on Friday.  One change I noticed was a new trailer on Bailey Hill. Another change was the disappearance of the building that was located next to the Credit Union and was used for Down East Insurance Agency. The mill is going “full steam ahead” and the management has stocked many piles of wood so they will not be held up by the mud season. According to the notification I received in the mail, the town is going ahead with Phase 1 of the sewer project and the vote on the reconstruction of the school buildings will be held in June.  Woodland seems to be moving toward a bright future.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church will be hosting their spring fling on Saturday.  They will be setting up on Thursday and Friday and the sale will begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. They will have a white elephant table, baked goods and lunches for sale.  

The Robbinston Historical Society members are planning their spring yard sale for Memorial weekend. Drop-offs may be arranged or pick-ups will be scheduled by calling 454-3455.  Drop off hours will be Saturday, May 6 and Saturday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.,

I was notified that a message on Facebook said that Penny Wilson had passed.  She was living in Ontario at the time.  Penny was the youngest of a big family of Wilsons who lived in the house just past the Dump Road heading toward Calais.  She was in my first seventh grade in 1969.

Special hellos are being sent out this week to the following: Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Avis McIntyre, Fred and Debbie Sprague, Harriet Martell, Gloria Smith, Eldon Libby, Dick Carroll, Kathleen Sadler and anyone else who needs a lift.

The Calais community, as well as surrounding community residents, was saddened to hear of the passing of Izzie Gibson on Sunday evening.  Izzie has been in failing health for some time, but she was always willing to go with any of her children or her friends if she could get one foot in front of the other. Izzie was dedicated to bringing meaningful gospel music to the St. Croix Valley through the auspices of the Second Baptist Church.  Many people enjoyed her work in this field for many years.  Izzie’s passing will leave sorrow in the hearts of her family and her many friends.

At the final Soup and Sermon gathering before Easter, the recipient of the annual Salt of the Earth award was announced.  This year it was posthumously awarded to Geneva Frost who had been such a support of so many churches and had preached and in many ways helped those who needed assistance.  Her passing this past winter was a shock and a loss to many.

The Italian dinner at the Parish Hall in Dennysville last Saturday was a huge success.  The hungry crowd that gathered went away satisfied by plenty of spaghetti with a variety of sauces, several kinds of lasagna, garlic bread, rolls, brownies and ice cream.

Last week at the Lincoln Memorial Library three gatherings of folks were interested in learning how to keep track of the materials and artifacts held by historical and their associated museums.  They were able to watch video presentations on software that can do this called “Past Perfect”.

A quick reminder has arrived that the First Monday Tea will be held at the Lincoln Memorial Library on May 1st, May Day.  Visitors are welcome any time after 4:00 p.m. for the tea party. The library keeps its regular hours of 4-7 p.m. on Mondays and 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday.

Story Time this Wednesday (April 26th) will feature Eric Carle’s about “The Grouchy caterpillar.” There will be just two more Story Times for this school year, May 10th and May 24th.

The next installment in the series “Reilly-Ace of Spies” titled Endgame will be shown on Friday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m. The war is looming ever nearer and the suspense builds.

The Lincoln Memorial Library had a visitor last week.  Lena Faber is traveling from Maine to Florida by bicycle to discover material for her work as a journalist. She is a native of Russia, has taught Russian Literature in South Africa and has made some other long-distance trips including in this country.  She has a web site, Facebook page, web page and she enjoys chatting with lots of people from lots of different places. She is particularly interested in trying to help establish places that travelers on the Green Way (Sunrise Trail) could count on as a place they could at least pitch a tent.  She would be very interested in hearing from anyone with suggestions or offers of help.  Her email is lena1lena2@gmail.com

Stay safe and have a great week.