Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


This fall weather is very enjoyable.  We have had sunny days, cooler nights and not much humidity although what humidity we have had has made breathing difficult for those with breathing problems.  The weather on the farm, though, is not always indicative of weather elsewhere in Washington County.  I went to Quoddy Lobster Company for my last lobster roll of the season on Friday and almost froze.  I definitely needed my long johns.  I ate my lobster inside the building and after eating, I had to get a cup of hot coffee at the Moose Island Bakery.  The weather was warm on the farm, but not so by the water in Eastport.

We rode out on the newly-repaired breakwater and were happy to see it is just the same as ever… although probably safer.  The fishermen were lined up on the side hauling in mackerel hand over fist. One older lady was wearing a life jacket over her winter coat.  I know that is a safe way to fish, but I was hoping she would not need the life jacket while I was there.

I had a chance to visit the Pie Ladies’ Bakery last Wednesday.  The owners are keeping samples of the bowls that have been donated to the Empty Bowls Dinner in October.  They are beautiful and like snowflakes, no two are alike although a “set” could be put together of similar size and colors. The dinner will be held at the Pembroke Elementary School on Saturday, October 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Woodland Community was dealt another sad blow last week with the passing of Elgin McGaw. Elgin has been feeling poorly for a while now, but he was still being a helpful to his neighbors.  Sympathy is extended to his wife Cathy, son Brett and son Darin and his family as well as to all of his friends in the area.

The gardens in the area are drying up, but the great vegetables just keep coming. Vegetables can be purchased at any of the Farmers’ Markets, at roadside stands or sometimes by asking someone who grows the vegetables.  I have sampled fresh corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, cabbage and squash.  These vegetables are just so much tastier that those trucked in from other parts of the country. 

Special hellos are being sent out this week to the following: Marion Hunnewell, Pastor Randy Chretien, Iris and Carleton Brown, Dick Carroll, Beverly Crosby, Marilyn and Mike Trafton, Ann Carter and anyone else needing a lift.

We have many annual fundraising events coming up in the next few weeks.  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will be having its AppleFest this weekend on Saturday. This project always brings out many buyers and many donated items to buy along with breakfast and lunch.  Also on Saturday the Dennysville Congregational Church will have their “old fashioned auction” at the Parish Hall in Dennysville.  The auction begins at 10 a.m.

The Dennyville Congregational Church is also planning its October breakfast for Saturday, October 7 from 7 to 9 a.m. After breakfast there will be time to get to the Harvest Fair in Perry.  This is another annual event in our area that has an enthusiastic following and has many activities for all ages.

The People’s United Methodist Church members are planning for their first public supper for Thursday, October 5 at the church in Baileyville.  This will be a turkey supper and as past participants know, these suppers are winners.

Local collaboration of charitable organizations will be holding their annual Turkey-A-Thon all over the county on Friday, October 13 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All donated turkeys (or for each $12 donation) will go to food pantries in this county for Thanksgiving baskets.

Local school interscholastic teams are in full swing as we swing into October.  From the elementary cross country runners to the high school and middle school soccer and volley ball players, students are putting time in with the practices and games.  Parents are scheduling meals around the schedules and students are dragging from lack of sleep.  Still, these sports are great character builders as well as experiments in goal-setting and team work.  Spectators who just look at the win-loss records are missing the point of school sports.

Enjoy this wonderful weather we are having.  It will not be long before we will be complaining about the snow and cold.  Stay safe and have a great week.