Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


We have enjoyed another good week as far as weather goes here in the St. Croix Valley.  We were threatened with rain and thunder storms and that materialized here on the farm.  The forecaster predicted cooler weather and when the furnace came on early Sunday morning, I knew that prediction had come true also.

I had a chance to visit the new Dollar General store in Pembroke last week.  The franchise carries many items in the food department as well as other household, pet and toy departments.  I really like their greeting cards that were priced two for a dollar or a dollar each.  In some other stores, greeting cards are $2.50 to $5 or more.  The word on the street in Woodland is that a Dollar General may be going in at the corner of Route 1 north and Route 9 where we formerly enjoyed a take-out with ice cream.  Anything is better than nothing and whatever goes in there, it will add some change to the tax base.

Speaking of Woodland, residents might take a look at their water bills.  My bill seems to indicate that the full minimum price will only cover six weeks instead of the usual three months.  Mathematically speaking, that would double our water bills over the year.  I am sure it is just a misprint, but we need to check it out.

Miriam Libby was surprised to receive a special gift ‘in remembrance’ of her husband, Eldon Libby from the United Steel Workers, Local 27 of the mill last week. Philip Polk, representing the Union, delivered the gift, a wooden case with a beautiful Bible inside.  The “In remembrance” notation was on the Bible.  She was very appreciative of their thoughtfulness.

After visiting the Pie Ladies’ bakery and having a splendid bacon and cheddar quiche last week, I drove toward Perry on Route 1.  When I passed the Lunch Box, a small take-out across the highway from the Dollar General, they had customers, but what I noticed most were the aromas coming from the little lunch cart. Everything smelled good.

Special hellos are going out this week to Marilyn and Mike Trafton, Randy and Carolyn Chretien, Phil Boomer, Gladys McCray, Iris Brown and Phil Allen. Marilyn and Mike have had a bad spring with broken bones and rehabilitation and now they are back in Woodland and getting along with the care of family and friends. Randy has had open heart surgery and is staying in the Bangor area for his recovery and rehabilitation. Phil Allen had knee surgery and then met with more medical obstacles, but he too is home now and getting along with family help. I am also sending another special hello to anyone else needing a lift.

The Woodland community was saddened to learn of the death of Gerald Blaney of town last week. When I heard that he had died, I did not recognize the name.  All the time I was in Woodland, people referred to him as “Blinky” Blaney and I had never heard his real name.  Sympathy goes out to his friends and family.

Remember that the Timber Creek band concert is this Saturday evening at the Perry Congregational Church.  This is a benefit for the Lincoln family.

My nieces Linda Peare from Grafton, Massachusetts and Donna Peare from Jay and their significant others, Al and Dennis, came to the farm this weekend. Lulu was in her glory with all the attention she received from four admirers.  Today, now that they have returned home, she is in her depression. 

We all went to cousins Kevin and Paula Stanhope’s on Hardy Point Road in Pembroke on Saturday night for a cookout. They were celebrating my big birthday number while I was worrying about being the oldest person there.  Thankfully, my “older” cousins came and saved me the embarrassment of being the oldest.  Elliot and Joyce Tarbell of Marshfield and Helen Brown of Pembroke came and took me off the hook. Others attending were Shelby Stanhope of Houlton and her school friend Amber, Candace Stanhope, Dennis Mains, Jimmy and Chris Rocheleau, Mark and Michelle Stanhope all of Pembroke and Debby and Jim Morrell from Robbinston. Kevin was grill chef, Paula made the cake and the rest of us took family salads and chips and dips.  It was as much fun as the old days at Cobscook Bay State Park although not one of us is as limber as we were then.

The Summer Festival at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church was a great success.  Clyde’s Famous Hot Dogs were well appreciated with Clyde (Lingley) overseeing the job.  Many books changed hands and the rest will be delivered to several Goodwill stores while the paperbacks will go to the Lions’ Club’s book shelves at Tradewinds. The tag sale also went well.  The festival was a lot of work and the organizers were pleased with the results.

The Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville is using its resources to help residents with their needs.  This week a customer and a librarian worked on getting a DOT number for his dump truck. We all know what dealing with Augusta is like, but this is all part of the library’s assistance to the community.  The library also offers photo copies for a minimum cost per page.

Have a good week and enjoy the flowers.