Stickneys hold first-ever family reunion

17 years ago

The first Stickney Family Reunion was held Aug. 4-5 at the East Ridge home of Bernard Stickney. Around 150 descendents of Samuel (1880-1961) and Sarah (1900-1989) Stickney were on hand for lots of fun, food and reminiscing.

Samuel had four children with his first wife, Bertha (Durah): Lucy, Bert, Randolph and Ray. Following Bertha’s death, Samuel moved from Canada and settled in the Mars Hill, Blaine and E Plantation area. He married Sarah (Shields) and they had 11 children from 1915-1935: Alice, George, Charlie, Frances, Leon, Gordon (Bud), Emery, Mervil, Katherine, Ervin and Elery. A woodsman, Samuel moved around the area cutting lumber and firewood.
Descendents traveled from as far away as San Diego, Port Orchard, Wash., and London, Ontario for the reunion. The three remaining children of Samuel and Sarah – Frances (Stickney) Kilcollins of Mars Hill, Katherine (Stickney) Kinney Lavoie of London, Ontario and Ervin Stickney of Norridgewock – were very popular at the reunion, with many memories to share with the rest of the family.


Bridgewater Sesquicentennial
The Bridgewater Sesquicentennial Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Bridgewater Community Building.
The Committee is comprised of members of the general public, the BCA Reunion Committee, Bridgewater Historical Association, Bridgewater Fire Department, and Bridgewater Recreation Department.
Plans are being developed for a combined celebration in 2008 of Bridgewater’s Sesquicentennial and the next BCA Reunion. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the meeting.
For more information, please contact Mike Crawford at 764-0202.

School Opens
SAD 42 will open Aug. 14. The first student day for SAD 42 schools will be Tuesday, Aug. 14 according to Superintendent of Schools Roger Shaw. A workshop for teachers will be held Monday, Aug. 13 at 8 a.m. in the Music Room at Central Aroostook Junior/Senior High School. Lunch will be served. New staff orientation will be held Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. New students may register for Junior/Senior High School (7-12) classes at the Central Aroostook Junior/Senior High School Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Guidance Office. Parents wishing to register K-6 students may do so at Fort Street Elementary School Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
The bus schedule will remain the same as last year. Hot lunches will be available beginning the first day of school at the price of $1.60 at the Elementary School and $1.85 at the Junior/Senior High School. Reduced priced meals are 40 cents for all qualifying students at both schools. A Breakfast Program is also offered at both the Elementary and Junior/Senior High Schools. Breakfast prices are $1 for both schools with reduced price breakfast cost being 30 cents for qualifying students. (Applications must be approved prior to receiving free or reduced meals).
Anyone having questions regarding the 2007-08 school year may contact the Superintendent’s Office at 425-3771, the Junior/Senior High School at 425-2811 or the Fort Street Elementary School at 429-8514 during regular business hours.
Rotary Club
The Mars Hill Rotary Club met Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center in Mars Hill. Rotarian Milton Adelman began the program with a history of the doctors in the Mars Hill area. There have been several doctors that made their home in Mars Hill. The local hospital was built in 1962, with the nursing home added in 1978. The Aroostook Health Center in Mars Hill is now a nursing home/skilled care facility. Dr. Nicholas began his practice in Mars Hill in 1963. Dr. Nicholas plans to close his office practice this fall.
The guest speakers were Dave Peterson, chief executive officer of The Aroostook Medical Center and Dr. Jay Reynolds, vice president of medical affairs at TAMC.
They spoke about the difficulty in finding doctors who plan to settle in smaller communities. With the amount of debt that the average doctor usually has when they graduate from medical school (usually between $200,000-$300,000), they are looking for settling in larger communities with larger hospitals.
Another factor is that, while 50 years ago there was an 80-20 percent ratio of primary care to specialized doctors, that is reversed now with many more going into specialized fields.
Many doctors aren’t staying for an extended time in the same place. Family dynamics are also figuring into the equation – with doctors having their spouse’s occupation and children’s interests to take into account.
Recruitment of new doctors is always being explored by TAMC, looking both locally and in other countries. Local residents can help by getting the word out. The ideal candidate will be someone that enjoys the northern Maine lifestyle – low crime rate, high quality of life, good schools, good housing market, etc.
Bridgewater Historical Association
The Bridgewater Historical Association meets the first and third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street. For more information, please call Denis or Gloria Gagne at 429-8290, Jann Votaw at 425-7901 or at
Ladies’ Stitch and ‘Itch Group
The Bridgewater Recreation Department has formed a Ladies’ Stitch and ‘Itch Group. The group meets every other Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Bridgewater Civic Building. Ladies of all ages are invited to attend. There is no charge to attend. The group will meet Aug. 7 and 21, and Sept. 4 and 18.
This is an opportunity to bring whatever you are working on: cross-stitch, embroidery, scrapbooking, sewing, etc., and share good conversation while working on your favorite project. If you do not have anything to bring, that’s OK, too, as others will be willing to share and teach.
All are welcome – you don’t have to be a Bridgewater resident to participate, so bring your friends, too!
For more information, contact Chris Finemore at 425-6606.
Car Wash/Bottle Drive
The Bridgewater Recreation Department will hold a Car Wash/Bottle Drive Friday, Aug. 10 at the Bridgewater School beginning at 5 p.m. Plan to be there to get your weekend off to a good, clean start!
Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine and Bridgewater. She can be reached at 429-9126 or e-mail