Ashland begins summer lunch program

17 years ago

Join us for lunch
The Ashland School Nutrition Program will offer lunch to all children, under the age of 18 on weekdays, Monday thru Thursday, starting June 18 and ending July 31. The meals will be offered at Ashland Central School from 11 to 11:30 a.m. The meals are free of charge for children, no names will be taken, no forms need to be filled out. All meals must be eaten at the school, no ‘to-go’ lunches. Adults may purchase a lunch for $2.75. The lunch schedule will be Monday – chicken, potato, hot vegetable; Tuesday – burger or hotdog, hot vegetable; Wednesday – deli sandwich, pickles, veggie sticks; Thursday – pizza, salad, desert. Each day fruit and milk will be served.
Ashland Summer Fest Parade
It’s time once again to plan for the Ashland Summer Fest Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m. Anyone interested in entering a float, car, band, truck, equipment, horses, groups, clubs, anything at all can contact Bobbi Jo Condon to register. The theme for this year’s Summer Fest is Celebrating Ashland’s Heritage, so put on your thinking caps and let’s make this year’s parade one to remember!

Northwood Manor hosts sale
Northwood Manor, a non-profit adult residential care facility located on Walker Street in Ashland next to the Ashland Health Center, will be holding a yard/bake sale to raise money for the Activity Program of the facility on Friday, June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anyone willing to donate clean items suitable for a yard sale or donations of baking supplies can drop items off at Northwood Manor between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week. A raffle will also be held, tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Prizes for the raffle include gift certificates to local business, tanning sessions, pizza and crafts. Tickets can be purchased at Northwood Manor from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week or at the Ashland Food Mart June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winners will be drawn on July 1 at 3:30 p.m. and be notified by mail.

Ongoing events
The Ashland Area Senior Citizens Group will meet every other Thursday at 12 noon starting on June 7 for the months of June, July and August. A potluck lunch and meeting are held at the Ashland Rec Center. Everyone is invited to attend weekly.
The Portage Lake Seniors’ Lunch is held on the last Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. All seniors are invited, the meal is a potluck so bring your own dish or bring a cash donation. For more information contact Wilza Robertson at 435-6211 or Grace Nason at 435-6373.
The Red Hat Loonies of Portage Lake meet the second Thursday of every month at Dean’s Motor Lodge. Membership dues are $2. Come have a great time and meal. For more information contact Rachel Stevens at 435-6358.
An infant to pre-K playgroup meets every Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Ashland Rec Center. For more information call Andrea White at 435-6363.
Portage Lake Centennial Celebration Planning Meeting – There has been no date set at this time, but if you are interested in the planning please contact Barb Pitcairn at 435-2368 or Grace Nason at 435-6373.
Ladies, are you interested in crafts? Or maybe you have some you’ve started and not yet finished? Every Thursday evening at the Portage Lake Municipal Building is Girlz Night starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring those crafts you’ve been neglecting and enjoy the company.

Inadvertently omitted from the guest list attending the birthday party for Allen Robertson of Portage Lake were Linwood and Alyce Kenney. Also spelled incorrectly was a guest’s name, Frank Currier. Sorry for any inconvenience this error may have caused.

Special visitors
Ryan Richardson has recently spent a three-day visit with his mother, Penny Richardson, of Portage Lake, and his grandparents, Alyce and Linwood Kenney, of Washburn. An E4 Gunnery Mate in the U.S. Marine Corps, Ryan has just returned from a seven-month tour of duty in Iraq.
After lots of phone calls to friends and family, he decided that a trip to Maine was in order. He spent some time in Bangor at the home of his brother, Brett Richardson, before Ryan and his girlfriend Maria headed north to Aroostook. The couple stayed at the home of Allen Robertson and Penny Richardson and especially enjoyed the visit with the family’s two dogs, Daisy May and Isabella. They took in all the beautiful scenery, showing the sights to Maria who was enjoying her first visit to the area. Ryan and Maria live in Orlando, Fla.
They met new friends who stopped by the house including Jeannie Currier and John Gagnon. They also met lots of folks at a breakfast at Dean’s including Wilza Robertson and Grace Nason. They enjoyed a wide array of Aroostook foods, eating at various restaurants in the County, but especially enjoying the home cooking of Ryan’s mom and grandmother.
Bobbi Jo Condon is the correspondent for Ashland, Portage Lake, Oxbow, Masardis, Garfield, Nashville Plantation and surrounding townships. She can be reached at 435-3992 or 435-7160 or by e-mail at