Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


In spite of the cooler temperatures, residents of the St. Croix Valley enjoyed another sunny week.  The nights have given us cooler weather for sleeping and the days have sparkled with sunshine. The ground and the woods are extremely dry so care must be taken with any outside flames and the forestry people are warning about safety with camp fires. This year’s dry summer days have taken some of the bright colors out of the leaves, but still we have many beautiful vistas to enjoy. 

Harland Hitchings of Princeton passed away this week.  He was a mover and a doer in getting young people their safety certificates for their first hunting experiences.  He also worked with the Princeton Rod and Gun club in bringing the outdoor experience to many young boys and girls in our area. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

I had chances to go to Eastport twice last week for my “last” lobster roll of the season from the Quoddy Lobster Company. Of course, I was caught because I said I had my “last” lobster roll last week. I will say that cousins are quite sharp in pointing out my transgressions. Anyway, while there we drove around and looked for the Moose Island deer. We saw only two but they were both close to our vehicle.  They were thin (their ribs were showing) and they were not afraid at all. In fact, they acted sort of dopey and unconcerned about people and/or cars.  Residents of Eastport say the deer are starving because there are too many of them on the island. The city is setting up a select shoot to thin the herds, but to me, it would be like shooting ducks in a barrel.  I have loved going to Eastport to check out the deer though.

Duane “Dunie” Martell and Danielle Anthony were married on Saturday. Grandmother Harriet Martell and Aunt Diane Evans attended from Texas and many friends and relatives traveled from the Princeton area. Danielle and Dunie are both former Dragons.

Tickets are on sale for the Empty Bowl Dinner to be held at the Pembroke Elementary School on Saturday, October 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Diners who buy their tickets ahead of time may also get their special hand-made bowls, but then they will be responsible for taking them to the dinner. Duplicate bowls probably will not be available. Proceeds from this event will be divided among food pantries in Eastport, Calais, Lubec and Pleasant Point.

Octoberfest is in full swing in Baileyville.  Several events will held by various organizations to fill the schedule for the weekend.  The People’s United Methodist Church members will be sponsoring a public turkey dinner at the church on Thursday, October 5 at 4:30 p.m.  The Riverside Rebekahs will be holding their monthly food sale at the Baileyville Food Mart on Friday, October 6 from 9 a.m. until noon.  The parade is scheduled for Saturday.

Local activities for Saturday, October 7 are the monthly breakfast at the Congregational Church Parish Hall in Dennysville from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m. The ever-popular Perry Harvest Fair will be held at the Perry Municipal Building on Route 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This Harvest Fair will have a little something for everyone.

Special hellos are going out this week to Dick Carroll, Jean and Gary Kneeland, Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Iris Brown, Carla Wheelock, Tina Crowe and anyone else needing a lift.

The Dennysville Church Parish Hall was filled to “standing room only” last Saturday for the annual auction, which raised more than $5,000.  The auction presented large amounts of fascinating “stuff” that was bid on and won and then carried away by many happy bidders.

Sunday School resumes on Saturday, October at the Dennysville Congregational Church. All children are welcome.  Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and continues through the first ten minutes of the main service.

During the month of September, the Labor of Love Food Pantry provided food for over 400 people in 250 households.  Food items particularly needed for emergency distribution include powdered milk (in one quart packets), oatmeal, boxes of macaroni and cheese dinners, canned pork and beans, canned fruit and peanut butter.

A guest at the Dennysville Library for the First Monday Tea was a lady who recently moved to Eastport whose only mode of transportation is her bicycle.  She rode to Dennysville to explore her new area of residence and to become a part of the First Monday Tea discussions.

Friends of the Calais Free Library were able to review the repairs to the old windows in the library.  The group is planning a fall Soup and Poetry evening for the last Friday in October.  The group was able to give some of its profits from the on-going basement book sale tended mostly by librarians and Friends’ president Sally Moir and assisted by a few of the Friends, especially Cindy Ferriere.  The Friends also approved the Wish List of items of a bathroom for the upper level, which housed the children’s area, a long-needed and expensive item.  Preliminary research and estimates will begin soon.

Stay save and have a wonderful week.