Town News

Dorothy Johnson

Another seasonably cool week has been enjoyed in the St. Croix Valley.  Most lakes and streams have a skim of ice on them, but we will have to wait a long time for safe ice.  I put the scooter away for another season on Saturday and even though I have not been riding for a while now, I miss it more when it is moth-balled for the winter.

The community was saddened to read of the passing of Charles (Chick) Calligan last week.  When I moved to Woodland in 1969, Chick and his brother Bernie were athletic stars on our soccer team.  I think Louie Audet coached that team for a bit before Mike Whalen took it.  Chick and Bernie’s mom, Marian Calligan, was a teacher in the district.  Our hearts go out to her and to Chick’s friends in the area.

The members of the People’s United Methodist Church put more than 100 names on their Memory and Honor Tree on Sunday.  The church will be hosting the Washington County Children’s Chorus on Sunday, December 15th at 3pm.  The church will also sponsor the Wreaths across America program on Saturday, December 14th at 11am.

The Riverside Rebekahs organized another successful breakfast on Sunday, December 8th.  It was great to see Bud and Barbara Kneeland at the breakfast.  Bud has been having some medical issues and it is good to see him out and about.

The Rebekahs have reprinted the recipe book from 1973.  Quite a few readers have been asking me for some of these older recipe books, but I have been unable to find them at yard or moving sales.  The Riverside Rebekahs and the St. Stephen’s Rebekahs on the Canadian side have put together some of their favorite recipes so some recipe books are available for those wanting “neat” and practical Christmas gifts.

Rita McLaughlin, formerly of town, flew to San Antonio, Texas for the Thanksgiving holidays.  She arrived back in Maine last Monday and returned to Calais on Wednesday.  I’ll bet she is glad she is not waiting at an airport today.

I spoke to Diane Martell Evans last weekend.  She is in a lot of pain from the broken ribs and arm fractures, but she is still trying to work a few hours each day.  Her recovery will be a long ordeal, but she is upbeat and knows she has to stay that way to recover.  Our prayers for a full (and quick) recovery go out to her.

As news from town goes, I was told that the Baileyville Town Council has proposed that the school committee look at consolidating their schools with Calais.  The premise seems to be that that would save money on taxes for Baileyville land owners. I am sure this is just “A Modest Proposal” in the same vein as Jonathan Swift’s of long ago. Swift satirically proposed in 1729 that Ireland’s solution to the problem of having the expense of so many poor children was that the children be sold to the middle class to be eaten.  Of course, everyone knew that Swift was not to be taken seriously.  My modest proposal is that we treat this suggestion as another satire.

Speaking of schools, readers are reminded of the spaghetti supper being held at Calais High School cafeteria on Wednesday for the benefit of the SkillsUSA group at the St. Croix Technical Center.

Woodland High School will be holding its National Honor Society Induction of Friday, December 13th at 1:30 in the school gym.

The Holiday Committee will be having their Christmas Parade on Friday, December 13th.  The group is still looking for more floats and/or walkers for the parade that forms at the Town Office Building at 5pm.  The parade will begin at 6pm and will end at the Spednic Club where treats will be served and Santa will be available for the children.

Residents of this area are very lucky to have the Spednic Club available for events like the Christmas celebration, weddings, and many, many benefits.  The members are going to set up Open Mic sessions for Sundays.  The next one will be Sunday, December 15th and then the club will take the holidays off and begin them again in the New Year.  The club is looking for new members, new talent and new ideas to move it forward.

The Spednic Club  Christmas Party will be on December 21st with the Saturday Night Rock Band playing from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Woodland Food Pantry.

The Christmas concert at the Woodland Elementary School will be held Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30pm.

This week (December 13th through December 19th) big Baileyville Happy Birthday wishes are going out to the following: Ariel Knights, Jenny Sanford, Kimberly Moriasey, Niomi Stowe, Connie Farrell, Megan Lord, Angel Andrews, Josh Graceffa, Billy Hood, Tony Thomson, Krysten Lynds and Evan Monk.

Hellos are going out this week to Avis McIntyre, Janet Johnson, Barbara Landry, Janice Flood, the White family, Pat Dow, John Papke, Bev Ober, Bud Kneeland, Joan Corning, Nancy McCann, Andrea Moore, Mavis Snyder, Bob Proulx, Bob and Kathy James and anyone else needing a lift.