Out and About

By Dorothy Johnson


The residents of the St. Croix Valley enjoyed another passable winter week with no real storms and generally moderate temperatures.  The above 32 degree days made for some black ice on local roads, but in general, travel was good.  The experts are predicting a mixed bag of weather (ice, freezing rain, sleet, snow and rain) Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  We will see if they have it right this time.

The Robbinston Historical Society held a dual purpose gathering last Wednesday with a board meeting and an open meeting for interested community members.  Members are planning a birthday party for the town on the anniversary of its incorporation on February 18th.  This will be a celebration for all residents (or former residents) of the town.  More information will be available at a later date.

One resident of Robbinston is interested in drawing a map of the town with all of the old roads (now abandoned or discontinued) and he was provided with information to assist with his goal. More information will be provided for him as it becomes available either through old diaries and manuscripts or through personal histories. A newsletter compiled by the Robbinston Historical Society is in the works and will be available to members and residents.

Sympathy is extended to Marilyn and Mike Trafton on the passing of his uncle.  Mike and Marilyn have been visiting him regularly at the assisted living (nursing home) in New Brunswick for quite some time.  They have certainly been loyal in visiting him.

Special hellos are being sent this week to Greta Leighton, who is back in the hospital, Donna Jackson, who has had a spell of ill health, Sherri Emery, who had an accident on Route 9 and anyone else who needs a lift.  The good traveling has allowed many people to get out and about.  Arline McLaughlin was eating out last week with her son David.  Rita McLauglin has been getting out.  The famous Flood twins are having a big birthday this coming week.  Because Rolfe and Ralph are traveling less these days, they met at the Halfway Restaurant over the weekend and celebrated their birthday with family and a meal out.  Congratulations on your birthday.

Members of the Peoples’ United Methodist Church will be having their first public supper of 2017 on Thursday, February 2nd. This will be a turkey supper with all of the fixings and dessert. Everyone is welcome.  The Riverside Rebekahs are preparing for their February 3rd bake sale and are even looking ahead to their March sale.

The next Story Time at the Lincoln Memorial Library in Dennysville will be on Wednesday, January 25th.  The plan is to act out Jan Brett’s “The Mitten” and use the great name cards on loan from the Charlotte Elementary School.  The organizers are hoping for more participation so they can fill all of the roles in the story.

The first installment of the “Spies” was held on Friday, January 20th.  The discussion centered around Sidney Reilly, the first modern spy and some biographical background on him.  The next gathering will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 6 pm at the Lincoln Memorial Library.

First Monday Tea at the Lincoln Memorial Library will be held on February 6th just after 4:00 p.m. Tea, treats and talk will be available as well as some readings from the rich poetry of Hoosier writer James Whitcomb Riley.

The benefit supper for Sammy Seavey on Saturday at the Pembroke Elementary School was a huge success.  Volunteers spent a lot of time and effort on the dinner and raffles and the event was very well attended. Sammy has begun his treatments which have lowered his immunity and was unable to attend.  He did send a letter which was read by his sister. In his letter of appreciation and explanation, Sammy wrote that he had been asked many times why the cancer was not detected when he had his kidney transplant.  Sammy explained that if the doctors had found the cancer then, they would not have been willing to do the transplant and that transplant has made his life so much better and made his body better able to tolerate the treatments.

The Dennysville-Emunds adult choir played the chimes on Sunday. They were faithful in their practicing “Angels we Have Heard on High.” Because the adult choir was hoping to do as well as the children did.

The Dennys River Historical Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the Woodshed at the Lincoln House on Tuesday, January 31 at 7pm. After a short business meeting, the group will view the final installment of a series on the American Revolution “as it was,” based particularly on diaries from the period, especially from the British side of this conflict,  the next two meetings, Tuesdays, February 28th and March 28th will also take place at the Lincoln House Woodshed.  Everyone is welcome.

Stay safe and have a good week.