Class of 2007 graduates Friday evening

17 years ago

Baccalaureate Service was held on Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at the Washburn District High School, and graduation exercises will be held on Friday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

Immediately following the graduation, participating seniors – 20 out of the 24 graduates – will be leaving for their class trip to Agawam, Mass., to the famous Six Flags New England. Plans include a flight on a new floorless mega coaster, the Dark Knight (Batman). They’ll also be able to ride high on the Superman Ride of Steel. They’ll be staying at the elegant Sovereign Hotel and enjoying a pizza party provided by the hotel and fun at the indoor pool.
On Sunday, after enjoying a breakfast sponsored by the hotel, the group will travel to Boston for their final leg of the trip. They’ll be going on the Boston Duck Tour, where they’ll see the sights of Boston by land and water and plan on a great lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe as well as shopping at the huge Quincy Market.
Chaperones for the trip include Mena Irving, Patti Huston, Donald Wilcox and Pam Wilcox and Wayne and Linda Connolly.
These 20 students and their parents worked hard to raise the money for this trip, and they appreciate all the support they’ve been shown by Washburn residents, businesses and neighboring community area donors for lots of prizes and event sponsorship. The Project Graduation Committee included Co-Chairs Pat Morrow and Mena Irving, Secretary Linda Connolly and Treasurer Pam Wilcox. All the efforts from everyone will make for a great ‘trip of a lifetime’ for these seniors.
Birthdays and anniversaries
Those celebrating birthdays this week include: Bev Turner, Ruth Woodman, Mark Babin, Kara Condon, Linnea Levesque, Donald Thibodeau, Bruce Drost, Wilza Robertson, Rodney Corey, Michelle Corey, Dwight Wilcox, Michelle Scott, Brock White, Chuck Mahoney, Claude Markham, Eric Vaughn, Ronald Sperrey, Ed Easler, Reece Humphrey, Heather Doughman, Heidi Farley, Jonathan Cole, Megan Wark, Colton Conley, Mavis Rose, Trent Turner, Allen Berube, Neil Baker Jr., Carol White, Mildred Bennett, Arianna Forbes and Josh Anderson,
Anniversary wishes go out to: Matt and Holli Doody, Gerald and Polly Vaughn, Bernhard and Dino Aegerter, Dennis and Paula Conley, Jana and Barry Ingraham and Neil and Mary Baker.
Coming events/reminders
Grade 8 graduation exercises will be held on Monday, June 11, at Washburn Elementary School at 7 p.m. The elementary school release date is Tuesday, June 12.
Friendly CoOp’s scheduled delivery will be held on Friday, June 15. For further information, e-mail  or telephone Brenda at 455-8421.
Tuesdays are Bingo Nights at the Trail Runners clubhouse starting at 7 p.m. The games are open to those ages 16 and older, and there is one set up fee of $12 for an evening’s worth of fun. Snacks will also be available for purchase.
Washburn library’s Reminiscence Group will meet on Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. The group has been writing down memories for their children and grandchildren, and the chapter currently being worked on is “The Places I Have Visited.” The Women, Work and Community will be having their last meeting for the season on Wednesday, June 6, and it will be held at Suzanne Senechal-Jandreau’s house in Caribou. If you plan to attend, please phone the library at 455-4814.
Washburn’s Paul Clayton and Friends play at the K of C building in Presque Isle on the second and last Saturday of each month. Their next scheduled session will be held on Saturday, June 9.
The town of Washburn now has the stickers needed to register ATVs, and they will have an expiration date of June 30, 2008. Fees include resident renewal-$34, new resident-$35 and non-resident-$70.
Ladies of the United Methodist Women’s group will be meeting at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center on Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m. and this will be their last meeting until September.
The Salmon Brook Historical Society will be holding their quarterly meeting on Monday, June 21, at the Civic Center at 6:30 p.m. There will be a potluck supper followed by a business meeting. The Barbershoppers will be providing entertainment after the meeting. Please bring a main dish, salad, dessert or rolls and your place setting. Bring a friend, all are welcome.
ATV Poker Run
County ATV trails have been officially open for about two weeks, and the Washburn Beaver’s ATV Club celebrated the opening with a Poker Run and Hotdog Roast on Sunday, June 3. The run was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the starting point at the clubhouse on Gould Street in Washburn, and several prizes were drawn. Those winning the Poker Run were as follows: Dave Winters claimed first place and the $100 prize, with Rod Sperrey coming in second for the $50 prize which he donated back to the club. Also donating her winnings was third-place winner Darlene Good.
Those winning hats included: Zane Grant, Kitty Gardiner, Dan LaPointe, Phyllis Kelley and Mike Howlette. Linda Burlock won a set of goggles.
The run started in Washburn and ATVers traveled to the Madawaska checkpoint, returning to Washburn. Working at the Poker Run at the Washburn site were: Lynn Dube, Bobbi Jo Plummer, Lynn Cullins, Diane Dumont, Kathi Plante and Rodney Sperrey. Those attending the Madawaska checkpoint were Shawn Dube, Paul Dumont and Kevin Burtt.
The group plans lots of summer activities including an annual event, taking some Girl Scouts for a trail ride. They will also be catering a hotdog roast including burgers, chips and sodas at the upcoming Maine Antique Tractor Club-Northern Branch. This will be held on Sunday, June 10, starting at 10 a.m.  at the Penobscot plant on the River Road.
The clubhouse is new to the group, and they are busy restoring the former potato house. They have an office and meeting area set aside, and there will be lots of room for them to store their equipment and other items. Officers for the club include: Co-Presidents Shawn Dube and Art Griffin, Vice President Paul Dumont, Treasurer Bobbi Jo Plummer, Secretary Kathi Plante, Trail Master Kevin Burtt, Assistant Trail Master Harry Marston and Safety Officer Randy Pelham. Anyone wishing further information on the Washburn Beaver’s ATV club or wishes to join may contact them online at
TOPS Group
Members of the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group in Washburn meet each Monday at the Washburn Trail Runners. Starting this month, they’ll be learning about a new special Exchange Diet. It concentrates on the food groups contained in the well-known little triangle and what it means including how many portions of each food group is needed every day.
New members are always welcome and are invited to come and learn together. The cost is $24 per year and $1 per week. The current session will be talking about fruits. For further information, contact Kathi Plante at 455-8320 or Birdina Cochran at 455-8353.
Mill Pond Park Day
Lots of excitement will be included in the Second Annual Mill Pond Park Day to be held at the Park just off North Main Street on Saturday, June 23. The event is sponsored by Washburn Rotary and festivities will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
All are invited to attend and support the Washburn community in its efforts to raise funds for the Mill Pond Park Playground. The Washburn Rotary will be supplying the chicken, and the Washburn Fire Department will be doing the cooking for their famous Chicken Barbeque, beginning at 11 a.m. and lasts until the chickens are all gone. There will also be youth games from 12 noon to 2 p.m. and a fun Mill Pond Duck Race.
It will be a fun day filled with good food, day-long good music and good times for one and all. Come and learn about the plans for the inter-connecting walking trail between the Thomas Brewer Park and the Mill Pond Park.
Co-chairs for this event are Rotarians Mike Umphrey and Kermit Fuller. For further information, contact Kermit at 455-0962.
Special calendar
The Washburn Rotary Calendar for 2007 is still available. Each month has a variety of historical area photographs, and the one for June features a log hauler located on Mouse Island in Perham, taken around 1910. It was used to haul logs to the Barton Mill in Perham and was donated by Perham native George Huston. The calendars sell for $10 and are available from any Rotarian or by contacting White’s Exxon.
Rec Center notes
The Summer Programs for the Rec Center will be starting on June 18, with further details to follow. Anyone not receiving a booklet on the various programs may contact Marcie at 455-4959. Activities range from baseball teams, T-Ball, cooking, arts and crafts, ultimate games, scrapbooking, basketball and soccer. Events include Friday Field Trips, County Fun Day, swimming lessons and even ice skating!
There was lots of fun at the school’s junior high girl’s softball team. The close of the season double header saw Washburn winning both games against Mars Hill and now enjoys the position of First Place Undefeated for the season.
In recognition of her coaching efforts, Rec Director Marcie Barbarula enjoyed a very cool shower after the game courtesy of the team members. They used the ice and water from their drink cooler to supply the shower.
There will be no summer lunch program at Washburn due to the fact that we did not meet the qualifications set by the state in order to participate in this program. It is hoped that Washburn will be able to qualify next year.
For any further information on Rec Center programs, contact Marcie Barbarula at 455-4959.