Linda Baniszeski



It would be so nice to see some green peeking out from under the snow in time for the “wearing of the green” on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Maybe we’ll see some in time for April 17.  

 Warmer days combined with colder night time temperatures provide perfect conditions for collecting maple sap this time of the year.  The number of buckets attached to trees on area properties attests that it is time for the sap to run.  Like so many crops, sugaring is quite dependent upon specific weather conditions for success or failure.  Let us hope this is a good year for those producing maple syrup.

According to Dawn Winchester, “Next Sunday on St. Patrick’s Day Meddybemps Christian Church will serve coffee and snacks after the Church service.” Sunday School begins at 8:30 and the church service is at 9:30.” Dawn added, “We welcome everyone to attend.”

Happy birthday greetings to Kenny Gibson who celebrates his on March 15 and Phil Donovan on March 19.

The Meddybemps Fire Department has mutual training with the Charlotte Fire Department on St. Patrick’s Day. The departments meet monthly for required training to keep all members up-to-date on the latest safety procedures and to practice proper equipment use. Six EMTs recently had a full weekend of Emergency Medical Service training provided by Jeff Brown. The EMT’s completed all required Continuing Education Hours needed for re-licensing.

 “The Pajama Crop to benefit the St. Croix Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s held last Saturday at the Meddybemps Community Center was a huge success!” said Dawn Winchester. “Seventeen scrapbookers organized over a thousand photos and created hundreds of pages for their scrapbooks. It was a wonderful day to celebrate, share and preserve photos and stories all while supporting a great organization - the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. At the end of seven hour crop, we raised $175!”

 Ike Winchester enjoyed a few birthday celebrations last week. A dinner at his  mom’s was enjoyed by family; another dinner at his mother-in-laws was shared with more family and friends; plus he was treated to dinner at The Don’s Restaurant in Calais. Dawn said, “He deserved all of it!”

 Mark your calendars for a benefit concert at Saturday March 23 at Second Baptist Church in Calais at 6:30 p.m.  featuring the Valley Gospel Singers and a free meal afterward.  A free will offering will be taken.

 Our little dog, Scuffy, has been quite busy scampering through the house to find just the right place to see out of the windows. She loves to lie on the stairs and backs of sofas or chairs where she has a good vantage point to watch birds and an ever growing number of red and grey squirrels that are out and about with an occasional chipmunk.  Increasing numbers and types of birds continue to congregate at the feeder. Could this be a harbinger of an early Spring?

“A sap-run is the sweet good-by of winter. It is the fruit of the equal marriage of the sun and frost” ~ John Burroughs, Signs and Seasons, 1886