Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


Although the temperatures are cooler and we had a little rain, the residents of the St. Croix Valley have enjoyed really good fall weather. Some private wells are running low and residents have to conserve their water by using public laundries, instead of their own washing machines. We really do need a couple of days of a gentle rain.

Local organizations hoping to add to their financial standing or hoping to help others with projects are being scheduled for October.  The Pembroke American Legion put on a wonderful supper last Friday.  They had many casseroles, desserts and salads.  The organizers were a bit disappointed with their turnout, but they are still planning for another public supper in February.

Calais United Methodist Church will sponsor their monthly baked bean and casserole supper on Thursday, October 19 beginning at 5 p.m. The supper also features rolls and pies for desert.

On Saturday, October 21 two suppers are planned for the area.  The residents of the Dennysville/Edmunds area are sponsoring a baked bean supper and Chinese auction for the benefit of the Dennysville Ambulance at the Edmunds Consolidated School.  The doors will open at noon for putting in bids on auction items and the supper will begin at 3 p.m. This same day the Alexander grange will sponsor a spaghetti supper at the Alexander Elementary School.

Several craft fairs have been scheduled for October, November and December.  On Saturday, October 28 a fall bazaar will be held at the St. James Parish Hall in Woodland from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This fair will include a food sale, crafts, quilt raffle, and lunches will be served.

The same day (Saturday, October 28) the Alexander Elementary School will also sponsor their craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. anyone wanting a table/space may call the school at 454-2633.

Both the Woodland Educations Boosters’ Craft Fair (at the Woodland high School gym) and the Charlotte Craft Fairs (at the Charlotte Elementary School) will be held on Saturday, November 4.  Both of these craft fairs have received accolades in the past for their variety of crafters, their food sale and their lunches.  It is possible to attend both of these fairs if the day is planned carefully. (You will not be disappointed.)

I believe the Pembroke Craft Fair will be held on the first Saturday in December.  More information will be available on this fair at a later date.

My niece Linda returned to Massachusetts on Sunday.  While she was here we made several trips to the Pie Ladies’ Bakery, local restaurants and Eastport looking for deer.  Saturday was the best day for spotting deer when we saw twenty-five deer including the famous albino deer.  Linda was able to get a wonderful picture of the white deer and I must admit I was impressed with its appearance.

We did take a few more farm apples to feed them, but I was surprised to have one come to the window of the car and take an apple from Linda’s hand.  She was so surprised that she could not even focus her camera (telephone).  This particular deer was grazing with her spring twins.  One of the twins was a bit friendlier than the other one. I admit I am enthralled to see all of the deer, but I do realize that something has to be done because the island cannot support the number of deer they have. Going to Eastport is like going to a zoo just for deer, but one does not have to walk to see them.  I feel bad the herd has to be thinned, but I can think of no other way to take care of them.  I have enjoyed them this summer.

Here on the farm, the big family of turkeys is still together.  Today the two adult turkeys and the nine half-grown babies made their tour through the field from stone wall to stone wall. The younger turkeys can fly for a short distance and use that mode of transportation when the adults give their orders to stay with the others. I have enjoyed them this summer, too.

What I did not enjoy was that Linda and Lulu saw a porcupine under one of the apple trees. That is an addition to the farm that I do not need.

Special hellos are going out this week to Marilyn and Mike Trafton, Lynn Hill, Elden Jackson, Linda Richardson, Carla Wheelock, Judy and Stan Clark, Ruth Foss and anyone else who needs a lift. 

The Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville has been closed on a couple of its usually open days due to an unexpected lack of volunteers.  Anyone interested in being a volunteer should drop in at the library or call in during open hours.

The rededication of a bell tower at the Perry Methodist Church was held on Sunday.  Members have put in a wonderful new entrance along with the hanging of the bell.  The church now seems much more inviting to passersby.

The Robbinston Sewall Memorial Church has had three of the large panels from the big stained glass window finally back in place.  Hopefully all of the window pieces will be back in place for the special “Welcome Neighbors” service to be held the last Sunday of the month.

The St. Croix Valley Amateur Radio Club (SCVARC) met at the Methodist Homes in Calais and had a very productive meeting.  The members scheduled the annual Christmas Party and  proposed that during the winter months beginning in January, the meetings will begin at an earlier time to be decided later.  Specific presentations/programs will be scheduled for each meeting beginning with the next meeting on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. with a power point presentation by Roger Holst on the DMR radio network.  Meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about amateur radio or in any of the special programs to be offered.

Here is a quick reminder of the Pembroke Historical Society’s special program, “I Hear Washington County Singing,” performed by Kris Paprocki of Pembroke.  The date is Monday, October 23 at 7 p.m. at the Pembroke Library.