Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Residents of the St. Croix Valley have been blessed with wonderful weather once again. Let’s hope the weather holds for the International Festival and blueberry raking.

My cousin Jean Perry Elsemore has been visiting on the farm for a few days and will be here until it is time for her to return to Columbus, Ohio.  She came here to settle her father’s business affairs and to attend his committal.  Although the visit was for a sad purpose, Jean was able to visit with nephew Carlton Miller in Baileyville and his daughter Carlene Jane (C.J.) Miller as well as the former Elsemores of Woodland, Diane and Sandy and their cousin Pat Starwarz. Jean will also be attending her 50 year reunion from Calais Memorial High School.

I was surprised to see Phyllis Johnson on Saturday.  Phyllis was one of Harvey Johnson’s children along with Linnie, Wayne, and Jimmy Alley.  They grew up on the Ridge, attended the elementary schools with me and later we all went to Calais High School. I never would have recognized Phyllis, but once she told me who she was I remembered those crazy bus rides to school in the little VW bus with wooden benches.

Billy and Sue Cassidy are in town.  They sold their house on Granite Cliff Lane, but they subdivided their land and now have a camper for the land they retained so they can still come to town and visit with friends. This year is Billy’s 50 year class reunion and his class will be having their activities for the celebration. Billy does not want to miss that reunion

Joyce Perry Wolfert, a former postmistress here in Robbinston, has been in the area visiting friends and relatives. Her son Allen, his wife Rosa and her daughter Tiana and Joyce’s friend Les accompanied her on her trip from Florida.  I have not seen Joyce in more than thirty years and she looks the same as ever.

Ingrid and Dick Morton have been entertaining friends and family at their lovely cottage on Cathance Lake. Ingrid, Marie Johnson and I met for lunch last week in Calais and are planning to meet with more of our classmates again on August 15.  Ingrid’s sister Christine (Dodge) will be in the area for the 1967 Class Reunion.

Special hellos are going out this week to Anita Lydic, Mike James, John MacArthur, and Ronnie Irving.

My cousin Dennis Mains made himself some deep planters for vegetables and last week he brought me some beet greens from his garden. His vegetables are growing better in a planter than mine are in the garden.  He must have a “green” thumb.

The Robbinston Historical Society will hold a community gathering on Saturday, August 26 from 4p.m. until 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the 135 years of the existence of Grace Chapel. At 4:00 p.m. visiting ministers will have an ecumenical service at the Chapel. At 4:45 the Boston Cane will be presented to the oldest resident of Robbinston and at 5 p.m. members will provide hot dogs for a community potluck meal. Members are asking participants to furnish side dishes and desserts.

Just a quick reminder that the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Auxiliary members are holding the second of their three annual public dinner on August 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The members of this organization have saved the Town of Charlotte thousands of dollars over the years while providing necessary equipment for the Volunteer Fire Department. This dinner will help that fund in the coming year.

The annual chicken barbecue at the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church will be held at the Parish Hall at 5 p.m. on August 19.

Sunday, August 20 at 4 p.m. the Nash-Wolfe Concert will be featuring Kevin Birch, the organist from St. John’s Church in Bangor, playing on the David Wallace organ at the Perry Congregational Church.  This is a free concert but a free-will offering will be received for the Nash-Wolfe Concert Fund.

Sunday, August 27 at 3 p.m. the County Congregational Hymn Sing and Cook-Out will be held at the Methodist Campground in Jacksonville.  Everyone is welcome to bring an item to share-hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided.  Any volunteer who wants to help with advance preparation, grilling or cleaning up afterwards, please speak with your pastors.

There will be an Open Gallery reception for the Robert Munford Selected works 1957-1966 at the Atelier “La Forette” at 3 Cemetery Road in Dennysville on Saturday, August 26 from 3- 6 p.m.

At the Academy/Vestry Museum Audubon Down East to Labrador will be open on Saturday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. through Labor Day or anytime by appointment.

On Saturday, august 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. of the International Festival, the Friends of the Calais Free Library will be sponsoring an extra large book sale on the library’s lower ground level and people will be able to enter through the back door from the riverside parking area.  Children’s books will be on sale outside the upper entrance into the children’s section.

Tuesday, August 22 volunteers are needed to help carry food items for the recipients from the Good Shepherd Food Mobile, which will be located in the parking lot behind Shead High School.  Anyone may receive up to twenty pounds or more of food in this event sponsored by the Greater Ecumenical Churches’ Association through the Labor of Love Nutrition Center.  If you can help between 9:30 and 11 a.m., please call Patti Loring, manager of the Garrapy Food Pantry at 853-0023.