Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The experts on forecasting the weather have promised cooler temperatures for next week.  The precipitation we have received this week has come in the form of water and I have been thankful for the warmer temperatures so it does not need to be shoveled from the deck.  Lulu is particularly opposed to going out in the rain so I think a little snow would make her happy; however, I prefer the rain.

I was reading in the Eastport paper that the deer thinning program on the island is not going as well as expected. People walking their dogs or exercising are finding carcasses of deer that have been killed and left on the spot.  Others have seen deer running around with arrows in them. Those who speak for the program are blaming the “accidents” on younger hunters who are not as skilled with their shooting.  Even I, a bleeding heart liberal, realize that something had to be done about the problem of too many deer in too small a space.  I do wonder thought if the regulations could not be tightened before setting hunters loose with their crossbows and arrows. In spite of the necessity of addressing the problem, this whole program is like sending hunters to a dog pound to decrease the number of dogs.

As many of us get ready for our Thanksgiving celebrations, many others will be getting ready for Black Friday shopping.  This season may be even more hectic with Black Friday beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday evening.  Many small towns in Maine are putting on advertising supporting shopping local.  That idea is probably one we should all support because it will float all ships in the area.

I have not heard of any craft fairs on November 30.  I guess the local organizations do not want to compete with the Black Friday sales.  On Saturday, December 2, however, this area will be open for business.  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church will sponsor its annual cookie sale at their parish hall on Church Street.  This is a great place to pick up Christmas cookie packages if you do not want to bake them yourself.  Another big sale being held on the same day is the Pembroke Craft Fair at the Pembroke Elementary School.  The organizers are having many vendors, a Chinese raffle, baked goods and lunches. There will also be a table selling pictures of local towns in days gone by.

The annual Hanging of the Greens at the Perry Congregational Church will be held on Sunday, December 10 at 2:30 p.m. All community members are invited to help decorate the church building and share poems, stories, songs, recollections and refreshments in anticipation of Christmas.  A short planning session will be held for the Perry Church Council meeting on Monday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to share in this traditional holiday celebration.  Please contact any church member to learn more.   

The story of “Building the Dennys River Dam” is being presented at the Dennys River Historical Society’s monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, November 28 at 7 p.m. in Dennysville’s Lincoln Memorial Library.  Jeff Orchard will be speaking with pictures and snaps about the construction of the dam at the source of the Dennys River on Meddybemps Lake by Theodore Lincoln of Dennysville in 1800.  He will be discussing the effect of the dam on the natural history and environmental impact on the watershed and the surrounding community first settled by Native Americans over 7,000 years ago.  For more information, please call the Historical Society at 726-3905 or contact drhs@myfairpoint.net

Tea at the Library will be served at Dennysville Lincoln Memorial Library Monday afternoon, December 4 at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and share in tea and conversation.  You may bring your own goodies to share, tea is provided for the popular event held the first Monday of every month.

Please note the library will be closed on Friday, November 24 following Thanksgiving.  Books and other media may still be returned through the book drop and wireless public internet is in operation as usual, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week accessible within a hundred feet of the building.

The churches in Dennysville, Perry and Robbinston will, as usual, be contributing donated cans of vegetables to be used in the annual Christmas baskets.  In order to provide Christmas dinner baskets for 300 families, 1,200 cans of vegetables will be needed.  The church members hope to be able to do this themselves but anyone can help.  If readers know any folks who could use some extra food for this holiday season, please contact Roberta Seeley or Bill Attick.

The Dennysville Festival Choir will be singing for the annual Ceremony of Nine Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 22 this year at 7 p.m.  The rehearsals will be held Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings beginning after the Thanksgiving weekend.  More singers are still needed, and anyone interested should call Colin Windhorst at 726-3905 or email colinjcw@myfairpoint.net

Looking ahead a bit, the Robbinston Historical Society will sponsor its annual Santa Café on Saturday, December 16.  Although the day is still in the planning stages on specific details, it looks as though lunch will be chili and desserts with Santa’s appearance.  More details will follow when they are available.

Now with the holiday weekend upon us, please have a Happy Thanksgiving and drive safely as you take on the Black Friday crowds and sales.