Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The weather was wonderful this past week as the many travelers and visitors to the area participated in the Grand Lake Stream Folk Art and Music Festival.  This big celebration of musicians and artisans has been going on for more than twenty years and brings many people to Grand Lake Stream. It is great for the local economy.

Congratulations to Hope Hayward, a former Dragon, who made the Dean’s List at the University of Maine at Fort Kent where she is in the nursing program. I had a call from Damon Lincoln’s grandmother and found out that he, another former Dragon, also made the Dean’s List at University of Maine at Machias.  Former Dragon Camille Howard was also listed on the Dean’s list for her college for the spring semester. Congratulations to all former Dragons who did well in their chosen programs at their chosen colleges.

The new work on the soccer field on Main Street in Woodland has brought out many athletes of both sexes to have soccer games and fun skills building activities.  A person who lives near the field called me to say that young adults are there all of the time. Thanks to whoever secured the funds for the work and for completing the it. Maybe the field will be a legal field for interscholastic soccer games this fall.

The community was saddened this week to hear of the passing of Rhoda-Lynn Harriman Leavitt.  Rhoda-Lynn was in my first eighth grade in 1969-70. She had a great sense of humor, but was quiet in the classroom.  Several years later, her three children came through the high school and I was glad to see that her sense of humor was still there.  Rhoda-Lynn has been quite ill for some time, but when I saw her at church sales, she was always up-beat.  She will be missed by her many friends and family members.

A friend and I took a road trip last week.  Our first stop was the Pie Ladies’ Bakery for a brunch of quiche.  Then, since we really had no particular place to go, we visited Cobscook National Park in Edmunds.  It has been quite a few years since I had been there and the workers have really improved the park by adding many camp sites to the area.  Most of the sites are on the water and are furnished with some kind of fire pit or fireplace.  Some of the sites are made for the really big campers and they even have a site for servicing the campers. Oh, and we were able to go in free on a day pass because we are so old.  Who says these are not the golden years?

Normie Richard and Rita McLaughlin also took a road trip last Sunday and visited with Gloria Lannigan in Orono. Gloria is doing quite well and she really enjoys her visitors.

The Woodland Building Committee met on Monday evening to inspect the Woodland Elementary and make some recommendations about how the town can solve the building problems. I feel bad that the buildings are in disrepair because I know the town has spent a lot of money getting them up to standard over the years.  Then I hear that some of the older residents, that the town actually had an ice skating rink at the site of the Woodland Elementary School before the town put the school there. In effect, the elementary school was built on a swamp. Maybe we are lucky the building lasted as long as it did.

Special hellos are going out to Mike and Marilyn Trafton.  They have had several medical problems this past spring but they are doing quite well now.  I do not expect to see them at any dances soon, but they are getting around a bit. Phil Allen of Robbinston is home doing his rehab exercises and is recovering nicely from his knee surgery. Mike James is recuperating at Ross Manor after a fall while he was doing some work at home.  I am sending a special hello to Iris Brown, who is a bit under the weather these days.

The monthly breakfast at the Parish Hall at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church will be held this Saturday, August 5 from 7 to 9 am. Members of the church are also planning for their annual chicken barbecue for Saturday (possibly), August 19.  Stay tuned for more information.

Volunteers at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville are truly appreciated for their  continued efforts to help keep it open.  They are Melinda Jaques, Ginny Wilde, Philip Harvey, Beverly Spencer, Jim Bergstrom, Amy Savage and Ann Carter.  In spite of this help, the library could use a few more volunteers.

The Charlotte Fire and Rescue supporters are getting ready for the second of their annual public dinners on August 16 beginning at 5:30. This dinner will an old-fashioned baked bean supper with casseroles, salads, rolls and desserts.

The month of July the Garrapy Food Pantry at the Labor or Love served a total 409 individuals in 226 households.  This food pantry is the result of a collaboration of many churches.

Two acclaimed artists, Jeanne Backhaus of Vermont and Brenda Gay of Lubec, will share a show at the Lubec  Landmarks  Muholland Gallery until August 15.  The address is Water Street in Lubec. 

Stay safe and have a good week.