Out and About


By Dorothy Johnson


A little sun, a little rain, cool breezes and damp, cool weather gave residents a little bit of everything this past week. My cousin Jim came before the rain and mowed the lawn and came back during the rain to plant my tomatoes and cucumbers. Today I can hear the plants celebrating their liberation from the plastic six-packs.  Everyone and everything appreciates freedom.

On one of my outings last week, I saw several turtles crossing local roads. One turtle is laying her eggs near the tar at Round Pond.  I guess she found just the right kind of sand for hatching her offspring near the road.

The United Methodist Women had their spring outing at the Old School House Restaurant in Princeton last Thursday.  Attending were Diane McAlpine, Rachel Hamilton, Iris Brown, Madeline Perkins, Avis McIntyre, Barbara Landry, Carolyn Chretien, Maureen James and Rita McLaughlin.  The ladies had a brief business meeting and planned a few activities for the fall. 

Kenny (Seeley) and Wilma visited the farm on Saturday.  They brought me five of the best looking brook trout I have seen in a long time. Last year this time Kenny was seriously ill so I was just glad to see him out and able to do one of his favorite activities, brook fishing.  (Those trout tasted good too.)

The Woodland Community was saddened last week to hear of the passing of Eldon Libby.  He had been in failing health for the last couple of months.  He was active in his church and a hard worker, always willing to lend a helping hand. Our prayers go out to his wife Miriam, his family and all of his friends. He will be missed by all.

Special greetings are being sent this week to Mildred Hanson, Evarose Fairbrother, Dick Carroll, Lynn Hill, Marilyn and Mike Trafton, Paula Stanhope, Phil Allen, Tina Crowe, Scott Morrell, the family of Dale Wing and anyone else who needs a lift. 

Congratulations are being sent out to former Dragon Josh Noyes who recently opened his own barber shop on Main Street in Calais. Josh’s barber shop will be of the old time variety and should be a welcome addition to Downtown Calais.

A new take-out is available on Palm Street in Woodland.  I think former Dragon Keith Damon is involved with its operation and I hear their fish and chips are very good.  They also serve ice cream. Another take-out has begun serving food in Pembroke near the new Dollar General store.  The take-out trailer is parked near the lot of the building that was the former Morgan’s Restaurant. On the River Road in Calais the new ice cream shop is close to opening.  I noticed the owners had their sign on the front.  That will be good addition to Calais.

Business seems to going well at the Pie Ladies. I visited there twice last week and both times it was busy with customers.  New enterprises cannot be bad for the area.

Two boxes full of books have been donated to the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville.  The boxes include a number of excellent and popular young people’s book.  A list of titles will be published in this column at a later date.

Last week the Lincoln Memorial Library announced that is had fax capabilities.  There will be a charge for receiving and sending faxes to help cover the cost of the fax line and materials used to send and receive information.

Jon and Melinda Jaques have opened the Hanscom Lincoln House for the season on Friday and Saturday nights only beginning at 6:30 p. m. until whenever.  Often live music will be available. 

The annual Dennysville Ambulance chicken barbecue dinner was excellent in spite of the wet weather.  The volunteers were outside cooking chicken in the rain.  Toys were won by every child in attendance and with all of the raffles available everyone did well-especially the diners.

A quick reminder that the soon-to-be released PBS film “John James Audubon and the Birds of America” will be previewed at the Lincoln memorial Public Library on June 27 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. this showing is sponsored by the Dennys River Historical Society and everyone is welcome.  Call 728-3905 for more information.

Stay safe and have a great week.