Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson 


The residents of the St. Croix Valley have enjoyed another week of all of the weather that can be enjoyed in Maine in June.  We have had the cold and damp weather that has put the farmers behind in their garden planting, lots of rain that has made the grass grow on lawns too water-logged to mow and even a few hours of really nice weather that keeps us confident that summer  is here. 

Several drivers have reported seeing deer on the roads.  The insects are driving them out of the woods to the roads where they can feel a breeze and get a brief respite from the annoying pests. The birds here on the farm are plentiful.  For two days now the adult woodpeckers have brought this year’s young ones to my deck where the older ones have taken suet and fed the younger ones.  The new woodpeckers are flying, but they have not yet got the hang of getting on the suet holder and getting something to eat.  They patiently wait on the railing and take their turns without fighting. I was in awe of their good behavior.

Clifton Brooks, Robbinston’s oldest resident and the latest recipient of the Boston Post Cane, passed away this past week in a Bangor nursing facility.  Cliff, as he was known in the community, was a proud veteran of World War II.  When he returned to Robbinston, he enjoyed the activities of his youth, hunting, trapping and trout fishing.  Our sympathy goes out to his family and friends.

Special hellos are going out to the following:  Mike and Marilyn Trafton are finally home in Woodland after a hard winter. Phil Allen is recuperating after knee surgery and seems to be making good progress although he is in a lot or pain. Mildred Hanson has had some medical problems but is doing better now. Jean and Gary Kneeland have settled back into the junction and are visiting their neighbors a bit. 

Former Dragon Mark Drotar with his wife Teresa and daughter Megan are home visiting his mother Marjorie Drotar for a week or so.  Mark works in Scotland where he is collaborating with a group of knowledgeable scientists on testing new drugs for cancer. He told me that successes are few, but he still enjoys his work and when the team has a success in its research, it is really worth the wait.

The residents of the Methodist Homes are preparing for their campus-wide yard sale.  Each resident may set up his or her own table and keep the profits. The date is set for Friday and Saturday, July 7 and July 8.  This is their annual sale and fundraiser.  Hot dogs will be sold so shoppers can get a lunch. On both days the times will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wayne Diffin and Jane Honeck of Robbinston Ridge are having family members visit our lovely valley during the summer.  Jane’s and her sister Christy were lucky to be introduced to the Pie Ladies’ Bakery last Thursday and enjoyed the setting and the food.  The best thing is that they took me along with them and I had quiche for breakfast.

My niece Donna came from Jay to check on my welfare. We had a chance to visit a few excellent restaurants and the A-frame, go shopping and plant my flowers. Donna found a galvanized washtub in the woods and we used that as my planter.  That tub, at least 60 years old, had no bottom, but the price was right.

The next meeting of the Perry Congregational Church’s Women’s Fellowship will be on Monday, July 10, the second Monday of the month instead of the first, to avoid Fourth of July weekend.

On Saturday, July 22 Frank Seger and his Timber Creek Band will be presenting a concert of bluegrass, country and gospel music at the Perry Congregational Church at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Lincoln family’s medical bills incurred during Victoria’s recent illness.

The annual Fourth of July parade will be held in Dennysville-Edmunds on the evening of July 3 beginning at 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Edmunds School. The parade will continue down Bunker Hill cross the upper bridge to Main Street and on to Lane and King Street ending at the Dennysville Fire Station.  For more information, call Gladys Robinson.

The July monthly breakfast at the Dennysville Church Parish hall will be on Saturday, July 1 from 7-9 a.m.

First Monday Tea at the Lincoln Memorial library in Dennysville will be held again on July 3 at 4 p.m. Participants will be enjoying tea and treats and talk.