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Historical Society slates supper

The Haystack Historical Society will hold its annual baked ham fundraising dinner this coming Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., at the museum, 1565 Main St.

Shown here are the eight students and three advisers who worked cleaning, sanding and painting the Castle Hill Grange Hall. The students are part of the 130-member St. Catherine and St. Anne’s youth mission trip mission from Massachusetts, who came to help the elderly with cleanup work around their homes and also assist small not-for-profit organizations.
(Courtesy of Terry Sandusky)

The dinner menu will consist of the finest baked ham, which is low in salt, prepared by Ivan Pratt of Chapman.  There will be two kinds of baked beans (hi-test and low-test), homemade potato salad, green salad, rolls and soda or water.  A variety of sweet treats will also be served to the diners.

The price is $10 for adults and $3 for children.  This is the society’s largest fundraiser of the year.  Everyone is invited to enjoy an excellent dinner and to help support the Haystack Historical Museum.

Balloon Photo Contest

The Mapleton Lions reminds the many amateur photographers who snapped photos of the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest you can enter the COMBF amateur photo contest.  You have until Sept. 21 to send your entries into the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce Office.

There are two age divisions, age 18 and under and age 18 and older.  Rules of the contest are online at the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest website, (, or at the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce.  There are cash prizes as well as the publication of the winning photographs in next year’s Crown of Maine Balloon Fest 2020 Calendar.

Open house a success

Joe and Kristi Greaves with their son, Logan , meet with Mrs. Maranda Donovan, who will be his PRE-K teacher at Mapleton Elementary School as she starts her first year as the PREK teacher. His parents believe he ready to start his first year in school. Mrs. Donovan gave him a tour of the classroom and helped him set up his personal storage tray.
(Courtesy of Terry Sandusky)

Mapleton Elementary School held its open house Aug. 29. Dan Duprey, school principal, greeted students and parents as they arrived.  Students and their parents explored changes in the building and had a chance to say hello to their last year’s teachers.

The highlight of the evening for all of the students was meeting with their teachers, who showed each of them their assigned seats and the textbooks they would be using this year.  Parents also had the opportunity to speak with the teachers.

The students were eager to see some of their chums that they had not seen over the summer.  They caught up on summer activities and began making plans for the start of the school year.

Teachers were eager to see their students for the new year.

Grange Hall Spruced Up

The Castle Hill Grange Hall Preservation Society was fortunate this summer to have the help of St. Catherine and St. Anne’s youth trip mission from Massachusetts to help clean and spruce up the hall. They also scraped the front door, put a coat of paint on and replaced some ceiling tiles.

This group of over 130 high school-aged youth and their advisers come to The County to help seniors and organizations who can’t do the work themselves. The eight youth and three advisers working at the grange hall were described as polite, energetic and respectful.

The Preservation Society would like to recognize and thank them for taking the time out of their summer to do selfless acts of kindness. We hope to have them again next year.

First Friday Lunch

The monthly First Friday Luncheon held at the Mapleton Methodist Church is scheduled for Sept. 7 at 11:30 a.m.  

There is no charge for the lunch, but donations will be accepted.  

Terry Sandusky is the Star-Herald correspondent for Mapleton, Chapman and Castle Hill and can be reached at 764-4916 or at

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