Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The weather has been wonderful for the past week…or at least it has been wonderful for me.  I enjoy the temperatures that are warm, but not too hot, with a gentle breeze to move the air around.  While we give thanks for our wonderful weather, we must send our prayers to the people in Southeast Texas, especially those people in what is left of the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston. 

Harriet Martell and her daughter Diane Evans are getting lots of rain in Converse, Texas (near San Antonio), but they have not had to undergo the terrific flooding that, so far, is south west of them. They are experiencing winds just under 50 MPH and have lost trees in the neighborhood, but they are safe and well and thankful.

I apologize for promising an article this week on the Empty Bowl Supper and how it is being put together.  It just did not happen.  The supper will be at the Pembroke Elementary School in October and planners are hoping to get everything donated for the event.  Hopefully, I will be able to make good on my promise in the near future.

The other mistake in last week’s column was the date of the next dinner sponsored by the Charlotte Fire and Rescue Auxiliary.  This fantastic spaghetti dinner (with other Italian dishes) will be held on Saturday, September 9 at the Charlotte Fire Station. Once again, I apologize for any inconvenience the mistake caused.

The Robbinston Historical Society hosted an Ecumenical Service on the occasion of the 135th Anniversary of the Grace Chapel on Saturday.  The service was a collaboration of Revs. Colin Windhorst and Ron Windhorst of the Dennysville-Edmunds Congregational Church, the Perry Congregational Church and the Sewell Memorial Church of Robbinston, Lynn Rutledge of St. Aiden’s Episcopal Church of Machias and David Peterson of the Pembroke Methodist Church and the Perry Methodist Church. After the service, the participants were welcomed to a hot dog cook-out at the meeting house.

Tom Moholland, chair of the Robbinston Board of Selectmen, also took this opportunity to present the Boston Cane to Robbinston’s oldest resident, Melva Allen Morrell, a resident of the Bridge Home. Melva has been a lifelong resident of Robbinston and has researched the history of the town as well as local families. She was unable to leave the Bridge Home, but a certificate acknowledging her longevity was presented to her son Stanley Morrell after the service at the chapel.  Many of Melva’s family attended both the presentation at the Bridge Home and at the Robbinston Historical Society.

My niece Linda Peare of Grafton, Massachusetts left the farm for the big city on Saturday.  For several hours, Lulu sat at the window waiting to hear her car return, but I think she finally understands.  Lulu and Linda are best of friends as well as playmates and Lulu loves the visits.  Linda was working from the farm using her computer and getting conference calls.  The week worked out fine and she plans to ask the boss for another week of work on the Ridge.

Linda and I rode around Eastport last Thursday and sighted 17 deer of various sizes.  They are beautiful to watch and do not seem the least bit afraid of spectators, but I can see why they are a nuisance to Eastport residents. We also saw a bald eagle and a live porcupine. Of course, we also made a few trips to the Pie Ladies’ Bakery, a few restaurants and the a-frame.  It was really a good week.

The Eastport Salmon Festival will be held this coming weekend.  That is always a fun time and the salmon is delicious.  The residents of Eastport seem to be able to organize weekends for people to come to town and support the economy.  They deserve a pat on the back for bringing new comers and tourists to the island and providing a variety of activities for everyone.

Special hellos are going out this week to Lynn Hill, Gloria Smith, Ricky Sprague, Freddie Sprague, Vivian Scott, Marguerite Graham, Beverly Crosby, Elvira Farrar, Phil Allen, Eleanor Lambert and Susan McCray. Rachel Hamilton is back in town after spending a week in the Portland area.  This week she entertained family at her home on Route 1.

School is starting in the local schools this week so please watch out for those students so excited about going to school that they forget their safety rules.

The Lincoln Memorial Library has added many new books to their children and young adult sections.  The new books are as follows: “Benjamin’s 365 Birthdays” by Judi Barrett, “Charlotte’s Web” by E. B. White and “My Brother Sam Is Dead” by Collier and Collier, all on the children’s fiction shelves; “If You Lived in Colonial Times” by Ann McGovern and “Colonial Home Life” by John F. Warner (on the children’s nonfiction shelves) and for the young adult’s fiction “Wanted” by Caroline Cooney and “The Call of the Wild” by Jack London.

First Monday Tea will not be held in September at the Lincoln Memorial Library because that Monday is Labor Day. The library will be closed.

The monthly fundraising breakfast for the Dennysville Congregational Church will be held in the Parish Hall on this coming Saturday, September 2 from 7a.m. to 9 a.m.  This meal is a great deal.

Thanks to all who helped at the Good Shepherd Food Mobile distribution this week in Eastport where 191 adults and 55 children received many food items sponsored by the Labor of Love Pantry.  During the month of August, the Garrapy Food Pantry served 227 households representing 386 individuals. Lots of fresh vegetables are available this year thanks to many generous donations.  Emergency rations currently needed include oatmeal and macaroni and cheese.  Contact Patti Loring at 853-0023 with questions or for volunteering at the pantry.

Stay safe and have a great week.