Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


This has been a week that has all of us screaming, “Spring! Spring! Spring at last!” The mud puddles have almost disappeared in the driveway and if I try really hard, I can forget that I needed four-wheel drive to get parked. I have not yet found the garbage can that blew off the deck, but I have located the cover.  The dog is enjoying the outdoors and all is well on the farm.

Arlene McLaughlin of Baileyville was pleased to have family from Ohio over Palm Sunday and for a few days the following week. Her son Stephen, his children, Abby, Caleb and Elijah, along with Stephen’s friend Jeanene and her son Nate all came to visit his mom Arlene and siblings Billy and David McLaughlin and Betty Newman. Steve and Jeanene also visited Mariam and Eldon Libby.  Steve was a boyhood friend of their son David and Steve performed the wedding ceremony of David and Jennifer at the M.I.T Chapel in Cambridge, Massachusetts back in 1994. Steve has not been home for several years so everyone, especially Mom Arlene, was happy to visit with him.

The Woodland Baptist church held a senior disciple luncheon on April 13th.  The guest speaker was Baileyville Police Chief Bob Fitzsimmons.  He spoke to the group concerning his responsibilities and mission as chief.  He also responded to questions of interest that were addressed to him from the group.  Great food and fellowship were enjoyed by all who attended.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church are busily planning for their Spring Fling to be held on Saturday, April 29 beginning at 9 a.m.  Workers will be offering baked goods, lunches, second-hand items and a little something for everyone. Please join the bargain hunters at the sale and join the socializing for lunch.  After this activity is completed, members are talking about another public supper for the first Thursday in May (May 4th).  More information will be available on this supper as soon as the plans are finalized.

My niece Donna and her husband Dennis visited over Easter.  They did a few spring chores around the farm because they do not know when they will be back this summer.  They have a job to do in New Hampshire and that will take priority for the immediate future. 

Janice and Richard Stanhope hosted an Easter dinner for their nieces and nephews at their home on the Ridge Road on Easter Sunday.  All of the Pembroke relatives were there as well as Justin and Emily Stanhope from Ellsworth.

I was surprised to see the Easter bunny yesterday.  It is actually the first time I have seen it on the real day.  Today, I had three turkeys here on the farm.  Lulu and I love to watch the wildlife. Well, I watch and she prefers to bark at whatever she sees.

The Pie Ladies are having another afternoon tea at their place of business on Route 1 in Pembroke on Saturday, April 22. They will be having delicious sweets as well as savory selections for participants.  The ladies had a very successful Easter season providing orders of rolls, breads, hot cross buns and pies for Easter dinners. If readers have not checked this little bakery out yet, I suggest it would be worth their while.  The business is open Wednesday through Saturday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Spring colds, twenty-four hour influenzas and accidents kept Easter participation numbers down last week.  Special hellos are going out to Mike and Marilyn Trafton, Dick Carroll, Gloria Smith, Susan McCray and anyone else needing a lift.

This is a quick reminder that the Italian dinner at the Dennysville Parish Hall will be held on Saturday, April 22.

Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. the Spring Meeting for the Washington County Association of Congregational Churches (WCACC) will be held at the Machiasport Church.  Plans are being made for the celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth as well as other business.  The group is looking for delegates to represent the congregation.  Anyone interested should speak to the pastors on Saturday at this important meeting.

At Sewell Church in Robbinston the replacement and repair of the stained glass windows continues. The window panels are still on the back pews waiting for warmer weather for reinstallation.  The next step will be repairing of the south-facing much smaller windows.

At Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville folks gathered to learn how to keep track of the materials and artifacts held by historical societies. Those gathered were able to view presentations on a soft ware that can do this called “Past Perfect’.

On Friday (April 21st) the next “Reilly, Ace of Spies” installment, “Gambit,” will be shown followed by a discussion of the history and betrayals of the events in the video.  Discussion surrounding the continuation of the series through spring and summer will be discussed.  More information on the discussion will follow in a later column.

Story Time continues to be a fun and educational time as the children explore the book “The Seven Silly Easter”. Next story time will be April 26th and will be about a “Very Hungry Caterpillar” and how he changes. The library is still looking for another volunteer or two for the summer. Is anyone interested? If so, call the library for further details.

On Tuesday evening (April 25) the Dennys River Historical Society meeting will be considering “Technology and the Local Historical Society: Friend or Foe?” at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville.  This monthly meeting will be a discussion of trends, tools and technology for use in the local historical societies.  For more information, contact 726-3905.

As spring continues, the area is rife with activities from informational meetings, suppers, music performances and chances to socialize.  We have something for everyone in this neck of the woods.

Stay safe and have a great week.