The Easton Happy Days Senior Citizens Club met on Thursday, Jan. 25, with 12 members present. Vera Cullins gave grace before the potluck dinner. After dinner the salute to the flag and the song “My Country Tis of Thee” was played on the piano by Dottie Beaton while the group joined in song. The treasurer, Lindy Fowler, called the roll. Vera Cullins, Joanne Johnson, Arlene Ladner, Ailene Embleton, Dottie Beaton, Glenice Craig, Avis Hume, Marie Hewitt, Edith Fuller, Clair and Eldora Carter and Lindy Fowler were present. The speaker for the day, Rebecca LeGassie from the Aroostook Area on Aging, was unable to be there because of the flu.
She would like to get volunteers to knit children’s mittens for the schools. Yarn is available at the Agency. The Nominating Committee brought forth a list of new officers for the club for 2007. They were: President Marie Hewitt, Vice President Joanne Johnson, Treasurer Lindy Fowler, assistant Duncan Beaton, Secretary Dottie Beaton, assistant Nina Trask and Chaplain Vera Cullins. They were voted in by the group. It was voted not to do the Appreciation Tea at Field Day this year, hoping that someone else will take this over. Cards were signed to be sent to Vera Shaw and Dena Turner Sussee, who are both in The Aroostook Medical Center. At the Feb. 22 meeting someone from Professional Home Nursing of Caribou will be speaking if the flu doesn’t interfere. The next meeting will be on Feb. 8, close to Valentine’s Day, and members are asked to bring their wedding picture or some article from their wedding and be prepared to tell how they met their spouse or some other great thing that happened on their wedding day.
Congratulations to 2nd Lt. Matthew Osgood on his graduation from Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training recently, graduating third in his class from Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Matt is the son of Ann and Tom Osgood and they were able to be there to proudly pin on his wings. He gave accolades to the Easton schools for the fine education that he received. Because of his high standing in pilot’s training he was able to choose what type of plane he would be flying and what base he would fly out of. He chose the P-17 which is a new cargo plane which will be flying all types of cargo to troops and bases around the world. We wish him swift and safe flying.
Darrell Page was taken to The Aroostook Medical Center week before last suffering with what they thought was pneumonia but he was then transferred to Boston to the Dana Farber Hospital where he is seriously ill with some kind of infection. His wife, Adeline, was met in Bangor by her daughter, Mary Ann Anderson and her husband, Shane, and they went on to Boston with her.
Dena Turner Susee of Presque Isle returned to the Mars Hill Health Care Facility week before last and then was transferred to The Aroostook Medical Center. Dena had been a heart patient at the Eastern Maine Medical Center for several days. Dena passed away Jan. 29.
Our sympathy goes out to the family, friends and neighbors of 88-year-old Donald Calvin Smith who passed away at the Mars Hill Health Care Facility on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Don was a very special man. Known as the “Easton Express” in his younger days, he was one of the greatest athletes in this state and loved every sport, inside or outside. He especially excelled in cross country running, being elected to the Maine Sports Hall of Fame, Maine Running Hall of Fame and the University of Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Don and his first wife, Glenna, were teachers in Easton High School for many years – Don as the ag teacher and also teaching math and science. Glenna was the home economics teacher. He was a teacher in the Mars Hill High School before coming to Easton and a math teacher in the Presque Isle High School after leaving Easton. They loyally followed their three boys to every basketball or baseball game they participated in. Don will be remembered by so many friends. He leaves behind his loving wife, Elza, of Presque Isle; and his first wife, Glenna, also of Presque Isle; three sons, Steven and wife, Sylvia Smith, of Stockton Springs; Byron of Jonesport; and Mel of Presque Isle. He also will be missed very much by his granddaughters, Jasmine and Hillary Smith of Presque Isle. He also leaves behind stepdaughters, Veronica Terrell of Colorado Springs and Virginia White of Caribou and their families; and stepsons Walter Osgood of Easton and George Osgood of East Waterboro and their families. Memorial services were held on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Duncan-Graves Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Parmer officiating. Spring interment will be in Estes Park Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Franklin S. Cunningham Scholarship Fund, Presque Isle High School, 16 Griffin Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769.