Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The sun continues to show itself for a short part of every day so although the temperatures are lower, travel is still safe for the many participants of sales going on each weekend. Several organizations are still planning for their annual craft fairs and Black Friday is just around the corner so let’s hope that the good travel continues.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church in Woodland sponsored a well-attended holiday fair last Saturday. As in most local organizations, the participants are getting more senior in their ages and the younger people do not seem to be coming forward so when the workers at the church came out with profits of almost $2000, they were very pleased, although very tired, with their efforts and the support of the community.

Catching up on some of our senior citizens : Lynn Hill and daughter Sandy Newman were in church on Sunday.  Lynn does not get out to church as much as she was accustomed, but she did feel well enough to use Sandy’s help and make mincemeat last week.  Marilyn Trafton seems to be feeling better and is getting out more for community and campus activities.  Vivian Scott is at Winterberry Heights and has settled in quite well.  The attendants there let Viv help them with a bit of cooking and she always liked to cook. Madeline Perkins, who had a long spell of illness last year, was able to work all day on the holiday craft fair at church. It is nice to be able to report improving health in our senior citizens. 

The W. T. Wren American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary will be sponsoring a supper for veterans next Monday, November 20th. The ladies will have baked beans, casseroles, rolls and pies for dessert.  Veterans are welcome.  Supper will be served at 5 p.m.

It looks as though the Robbinston Grange has fallen on even harder times than we thought.  The Grange has lost its charter and will need reorganization before it can apply for a new one.  A few residents have been trying to keep the Grange alive and well, but it just has not happened.  The Grange was a group of farmers and their wives (mostly) and those residents were loyal to the meetings.  New information about farming, farm machines and home economics were the subjects of programs and conversations. When I was young and first joined the Grange, we visited Granges in Dennysville, Lubec, Pembroke, Alexander, Cathance, Princeton and Perry in the dead of winter so we, the Robbinston grange, could “bring back the gavel”.  It was a lot of fun, but now very few of the Granges survive.

Even more discouraging is the deterioration of the Grange Hall.  Once the site of benefit supper, dances, school programs and Grange meetings, it now stands abandoned, needing repairs and attention. The same fate will probably fall the town’s school building as it sits locked to the rightful owners, the townspeople. What a waste of tax payers’ money!

Bill and Arlene Gibson are being the lead chefs on a big Thanksgiving dinner at the Second Baptist Church in Calais on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.  Bill and Arlene seem to be able to round up a parcel of helpers and they put on a great dinner for anyone wanting to share the time with others.

Coming up this week is the monthly United Methodist Church Supper in Calais on Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m.  Baked beans, casseroles, rolls and homemade pies will be on the menu.

The Annual Toy Auction at the Edmunds School will be held on Friday, November 17 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is a big fund raiser for the school boosters’ club and includes an auction, grab bags, food and bake table and an ugly sweater contest.

The Perry Elementary School will hold its annual craft fair on this coming Saturday, November 18.  The doors open at 9 a.m. and lunches, baked food, crafts and homemade items will be for sale. Also on November 18 at 5 p.m., the Dennysville Congregational Church will be holding its monthly supper at the Parish Hall. This month’s menu will be baked beans, casseroles, salads, rolls and desserts.

The Eastport Arts Center members are still looking for vendors for their Annual Holiday Market on Saturday, November 25 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The members have a discounted fee for youth vendors and usually have eager buyers for the unusual gifts.

Stay safe and have a great week.