Out and About


By Dorothy Johnson


The residents of the St. Croix Valley enjoyed another good week of seasonable weather. The black flies and mosquitoes still seem plentiful and I noticed today, for the first time, tent caterpillar nests in the trees along the Moosehorn Game Refuge on Route 214.  

Special hellos are going out this week to Miriam and Eldon Libby, Phil Allen, Jim Lucas, Lynn Hill, Judy and Stan Clark, Dick Carroll, Tina Crowe and anyone else needing a lift.

 I have heard from Jean Perry Elsemore.  She will be coming to this area early in July for her yearly visit. Jean is faithful in trying to visit all of her friends from high school and college as well as relatives when she is in town.

Jesse Cross, a former Woodland Dragon, starred in his wedding last weekend. Jesse and Leah were married in Orono with many relatives and friends attending from this area. Another former Woodland Dragon, Carl Gordon of Meddybemps, one of Jesse’s best friends from their school days, was best man.

Congratulations to all Washington County graduates who are now officially through with their “free” education.  A special pat on the back for those students who finished their four years with honor parts in their individual schools. It is not easy to stay focused for four straight years and assignments.  All of these students deserve applause for their efforts.

The farmers’ markets are in full swing with Calais opening this week. Many of the gardeners have fresh (early) produce and want to put this locally grown food on your table.

The area has had several tough decisions made these past few weeks.  These decisions have brought emotional responses from the surrounding communities with both sides making points for their sides of the questions.  Perhaps it would be beneficial for the major players in these decisions to sit down and lay out their facts and proposals.  I am sure no decision is made just to make life hard on those of us left here in Washington County.

I was a bit premature in saying that Jean and Gary Kneeland would be home in the Junction last Monday. They waited in New York for daughter Amy to fly there from Florida to drive them home.  They did arrive in Woodland last Friday and are glad to be home.  Both Jean and Gary have had some medical issues this past winter and were happy to stay in New York with son Jason.

The Baileyville Fire Department conducted a controlled burn on Corrine and Harry Gaddis’ place in the Junction a couple of weeks ago and are waiting for the right time to burn a few more places in the Junction for training. I believe the other houses left to go are the Mona Seamons’ house and the other Gaddis house.

The Summer Festival in Dennysville will be held in July.  Residents are asked to donate books for the book sale table.

Camp Winniagwamuk in Brooksville (near Blue Hill) is a Christian camp sponsored by the Congregational Christian Church Council of Maine.  The camp runs from July 23-29 and this is the last call for applicants.  A camper scholarship is available through the Washington County Association of Congregational Churches.

The Dennys River Historical Society’s new summer exhibition, “Audubon Down East to Labrador,” will be opening at the Academy Vestry Museum on Saturday, June 17 from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit follows the footsteps of Thomas Lincoln of Dennysville as he accompanied John James Audubon on his famous birding trip in 1833.  The exhibition will continue on successive Saturday afternoons (1 to 4 p.m.) throughout the summer.  Copies of Peter Logan’s excellent book, “Audubon America’s Greatest Naturalist and His Voyage Discovery of Labrador,” are available at the museum and library throughout the summer.

On Tuesday, June 27 at the monthly meeting of the Dennys River Historical society, the soon-to-be-released PBS film, “John James Audubon and the birds of America,” will be previewed at the Lincoln Memorial Library.  All are welcome to attend this free showing.

At the Lincoln memorial Library the first part of the video, “Audubon Butterfly-Essentials of Beginners and Gardeners,” will begin at 7 p.m. of Friday, June 16 with the second part on June 30.

The Lincoln memorial Library now has a FAX capacity with its new printer.  Call the library during open hours-Mondays 4-7 p.m. and Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30-4 p.m. for more information.

Stay safe and have a good week.