Back at Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


If the apple blossoms are a sign of apples in the fall, Washington County should be loaded with apples. I have had the opportunity to check out the many signs of spring and the blossoms are beautiful.  The patches of rhubarb came along fast this year because of the rain, I presume, but it has gone to seed very fast.  If readers have any rhubarb patches, the experts say to cut off the seedy stalks and hopefully the other stalks will continue to grow.  Remember to grasp the stalks near the ground and pull them.  Pulling them is better for the longevity of the plant than cutting them.

Congratulations to the Woodland Dragons’ softball team for winning the conference sportsmanship award this spring.  Also congratulations to the girls who made the conference all-star team: Sadie Smith and Sophia MacDonald. The Woodland Dragons’ baseball coach Kennie Murphy was selected as baseball Coach of the Year for the conference. Players selected to the all-conference team were Luke McDonald, Matt Miller and Alex Morrison.  Boys and girls selected to the all-conference tennis teams were Paige Fitch, Tannis Hawkins, Gabe Hunnewell and Charles Newman.  Congratulations to all, but special congratulations are being sent for the sportsmanship award.

The Woodland community lost another young man while I was on leave.  Tony McLaughlin passed after a long struggle with a variety of issues. Tony had beautiful eyes and a beautiful smile.  I remember him in junior high and high school. He will be missed by his many family members and friends.

A college classmate of mine, Arlo Smith of Perry passed last week after a courageously battle with a respiratory disease.  Arlo was first a teacher and then the principal at Perry Elementary School.  In fact he taught longer in Perry than I did in Woodland. Arlo and his wife Bonnie were active community members in the Perry area and he will be missed by all of his former students and his family.

Jean and Gary Kneeland returned to woodland on Monday.  They spent the winter in New York state with son Jason while Gary recovered from a broken hip and Jean received treatments for a respiratory illness. Neighbors will be glad to have them home.

Special hellos are being sent out to the following: Reed Johnson of the Carson Road who has been encouraging with his phone calls and Mrs. Crosby of Cooper who sent me a very nice note; David “Bucky” Rodgers, Pastor Randy and Carolyn Chretien, Steven Lincoln, Susan McCray, Eldon Libby, Dick Carroll, Phil Allen, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Bobby Norman, Pastor Tom Smith and Vivian Scott.

Elden Jackson built a table and presented it to the People’s United Methodist Church on Sunday.  This was a replacement for an old (antique) table that had an accident last Sunday when it ran into one of the choir members.

Asher Crosby Bohanon, young son of Allie and Brent Bohanon, was baptized on Sunday at the People’s United Methodist Church with his grandparents Phil Crosby and Linda and Monty Bohanon in attendance.  He will soon be giving sister Cate a run for her money.

Thanks to the many donations of items and money and eager shoppers, the Robbinston Historical Society earned over $1000 with its yard sale over the last two weekends. The Society has an annual operating budget (heat, lights, newsletters, activities) of $5000. The thousand dollars from the yard sale will give the Society a good start, but members will be looking at more fundraising through the year.

Sunday school is over at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church for the summer. Other church activities will continue including First Monday Tea and First Saturday Breakfasts. Choir will be preparing music to have available for summer services.  The goal is to include any who want to contribute solos, duets or larger, maybe family, groups.  This schedule will allow choir members to take a break from rehearsals for July and August unless a special occasion presents itself.

The Hansom House (formerly the Lincoln House) in Dennysville is open for the season.  Information on open times and menus will follow in this column as soon as they are available.

The Memorial Day services at Charlotte’s Round Pond Cemetery was held early on Memorial Day while the black flies were still asleep.  The brunch was enjoyed by all and it turned into a real meal.

At the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville, the new video on beginning spring gardening is going to be “Audubon butterflies-Essentials for Beginners and Gardeners”. The first two installments will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16 with the next installments on June 30.