Area Girl Scouts go caroling

15 years ago

    Mapleton Daisy and Brownie Troop 1133, along with sister troops, Troop 1134 from Mars Hill, Troop 1137 from Presque Isle and girls from Presque Isle Troop 677, joined forces (and voices) to spread some holiday cheer at the Leisure Gardens Retirement Center and the Presque Isle Nursing Home on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 5.

    Approximately 50 Scouts and their family members sang Christmas carols to residents of both facilities. Cadette Girl Scouts Michaela Dube and Stephanie Winslow of Presque Isle Troop 677 played their saxophone and flute, respectively, as the others shook their jingle bells and sang songs. Before leaving each facility, girls handed out handmade ornaments to each one present.
    Those attending from Mapleton Troop 1133 were Daisy Scouts: Delaney Alward, Bethany Baker, Madelyn Buzza, Alexis Getchell, Jenna Mountain, Sydney Robichaud, Brooke Trask, Paige Trask, Amanda Winslow, and Brownie Scouts Katelyn Amero and Rebecca Rider. Parents and family members attending were Wendy Maple, Rick and Tammy Getchell, Shelby and Lacy Condon, Jennifer Robichaud, Laura Trask, Laurie Amero and Angela Rider and Troop Leaders, Jennifer Buzza and Nancy Winslow.
    Attending from Mars Hill Troop 1134 were Daisies Teagan Tozier and Makayla Bernier and Cadette Jessica Cropley. Also attending were parents Bobbie Jo Bernier and Troop leader Cathy Cropley.
    Attending from Presque Isle Troop 1137 were Daisy Scouts: Courtney Harding, Krista Williams, Kayla Williams, Katherine Snow, Lily Staples, Alyssa Smart, Madelaine Jackson, Piper Galipeau, Sierra Galipeau, Lexee McKinney, Caroline Brown and Jordan Burrow. Also attending were Troop Brownies: Karla Williams, Elizabeth Dyer, Catherine Butterfield and Abigail Dionne. Parents and other family members attending along with Troop 1137 were Dina Harding, Krissy Williams, Marjorie Snow, Gretchen Brissette, Darcy St. Thomas, Amy Jackson, Christa Galipeau, Linda McKenney, Beth Brown, Travis Brown, Laurel Brown, Lise Belyea, Melissa Dyer and Tara Cote. The troop is led by Dina Harding, Julie Knight, Marjorie Snow, Krissy Williams and Christa Galipeau.
    Following caroling, several Scouts enjoyed lunch at Pizza Hut in Presque Isle. Debbie Olah, manager of the Presque Isle Pizza Hut and mother of Mapleton Daisy Scout Jenna Mountain, treated Jenna’s troop to a wonderful lunch! The troop would like to thank Debbie and Pizza Hut for their generosity! Despite their young ages, those girls can pack away the pizza!
    Birthday wishes this week go out to Heather Richards, Samuel Robinson, Josh Duncan, Jared Buck, Sue Skidgell, Karen Burrill, Steven Kennedy Sr., Jaime Beals, Ruth Frazier, Holden Stoutamyer, Galen Kennedy Sr., Amanda Getchell, Celeste Johnson, Robert Bagley, Galen Smith, Micah Calhoun, Tim Smith, Kendra Kennedy, Isaac Breton and Camden Addie York.
    There are no anniversaries this week (at least that I know of).
Senior citizen news
    The Senior Citizens met at Maple Tree Estates with 12 members present. Cards were signed for Wayne Kennard, Phoebe McPherson, and the family of Rhoda Wells. Norma blessed the food and a tasty lunch was enjoyed by all present.
    President Shirley Coty led the business meeting. The secretary and treasurer’s reports were given. A moment of silence was observed in memory of member Rhoda Wells. “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” was sung by the group, the song that was also sung at Rhoda’s funeral at her request.
    Marie Little offered to call members of the group when meetings are canceled due to inclement weather this winter. Shirley Coty offered to bake the beans for each meeting. The birthday cake for next month will be made by Millie Putnam. The kitchen crew for the next meeting Jan. 4 will be Ruth LaCombe and Grenda Stephenson.
    Bingo was enjoyed by the group and the winners were Millie, Marie, Anita, Shirley, Grenda, Ruth and Madeline.
District Governor visits Mapleton Lions Club
    The Mapleton Lions Club hosted a visit of Lions District Governor Roger Blackstone who spoke to the club on Lions community charities and projects. As part of his visit, he met with Mapleton Lion Wendell Coffin, the last charter member of the Mapleton Club. District Governor Blackstone presented Lion Wendell with his 50-year charter member chevron pin. Lion Wendell joined the local club at the age of 35 when the club began. Over those years, he served in many capacities, including treasurer and chair of the club’s annual charity auction. His many years of work in the club are highly appreciated by the club members.
    Following this presentation, the District Governor commended the Mapleton Lions Club for their commitment to the communities of Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman. Having grown up in Caribou, Blackstone was familiar with the long-time reputation of the Mapleton Lions and their community support. He was pleased that club members had volunteered to assist in the potential restart of the Presque Isle Lions Club as a noontime club. King Lion Kevin Nightingale thanked the District Governor for his support of the club.
    King Lion Kevin announced at the meeting the winners of the recent hunting gun raffle. The winner of the first-place gun was Carl Farley of Castle Hill. The second-place winner of the combination hunting rifle and shotgun was Dwight Helstrom of Mapleton. The club wishes to thank all who bought raffle tickets! These funds will be used to support projects such as the movie night at Mapleton Elementary School, the club’s college scholarship fund and the purchase of eyeglasses for those unable to afford them.
    The club reminds everyone the Mapleton Lions Hall is available for rental for Christmas, New Year, birthday and other family celebrations throughout the winter. For rental information and scheduling, call 764-1504.
    Jennifer Buzza is the correspondent for Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman. She can be reached at 760-9115, or by e-mail at



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    OVER 50 GIRL SCOUTS from Mapleton and Presque Isle, along with numerous family members, spent the morning Christmas caroling at Leisure Gardens Retirement Center and the Presque Isle Nursing Home Dec. 5. Before leaving each facility, the girls made sure each resident present received a handmade ornament.






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    MAPLETON DAISY AND BROWNIE TROOP 1133 enjoyed lunch at Pizza Hut following Christmas caroling with other local Scouts at Leisure Gardens Retirement Center and the Presque Isle Nursing Home. Manager Debbie Olah, in back, mother to Daisy Girl Scout Jenna Mountain, treated the troop and their guests to pizza! The troop would like to thank Debbie and Pizza Hut for their generosity! The lunch was delicious! Those enjoying the pizza party were, front row, from left: Madelyn Buzza, Amanda Winslow, Delaney Alward and Alexis Getchell. Middle row: Sydney Robichaud, Jenna Mountain, Paige Trask, Katelyn Amero, Bethany Baker and Brooke Trask. Back row: Debbie Olah, Pizza Hut manager; and Rebecca Rider.







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    MAPLETON DAISY AND BROWNIE TROOP 1133 voted to collect donations for the Central Aroostook Humane Society this holiday season. The girls and their families, along with troop funds, purchased numerous items to help the shelter and the continuously increasing population of homeless animals. The donations included food, toys, cleaning supplies, blankets and newspapers. Humane Society representative Christine Robinson attended one of the troop’s meetings and spoke to the girls about the shelter and the animals that were currently there. At the time, the shelter had over 75 cats and dogs and recently took in several large rabbits. Pictured are, front row, from left: Brooke Trask, Katelyn Amero, Amanda Winslow, Sydney Robichaud, Paige Trask, Bethany Baker, Madelyn Buzza, Jenna Mountain and Alexis Getchell. Back row: Christine Robinson. Absent when the photo was taken were troop members Rebecca Rider and Delaney Alward.









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    MAPLETON LIONS CHARTER MEMBER Wendell Coffin, left, receives his 50-year charter member chevron pin from Lions District Governor Roger Blackstone. Coffin joined the Lions Club when the Mapleton Club began at the age of 35. He is the club’s last charter member.