Community Notebook

14 years ago

Houlton Council of Catholic Women
by Lois Downing
Houlton Council of Catholic Women met in the chapel at St. Mary of the Visitation Church on Monday, May 3 for the recitation of the Rosary. It was led by co-president Janet Barker. After the Rosary, we met in the parish center and co-president Mary Grant called the meeting to order, attended by 21 members and Fr. David Raymond and Deacon Albert Burleigh. After the traditional prayers, Mary related that she hopes to adjust our future meetings and input by members.
Secretary Jane Stile read the minutes of the last meeting and Bernette Roach gave the treasurer’s report. She told the ladies that the seminarian basket was on the table for collection. Co-president Janet thanked everyone for their part in the First Holy Communion/Confirmation reception. and assistance. Father Dave also expressed his thanks and shared positive comments received from Bishop Malone.
The Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be in Augusta for a Woman’s Day of Prayer. The National Council will be in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 10-13. Vice president Jane Mitchell spoke about the annual banquet Monday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the parish center. Cathy Bither will cater the meal, either fish or chicken. Please let Jane know if you plan to attend.
Co-president Mary mentioned the Knights of Columbus purchased a 52 inch television for the church. She spoke about having fundraising projects to be designated toward the purchase of a power point projector to go with it. The item was tabled at this time. Fifty dollars was donated towards flowers to beautify the church grounds. An amount was given for Andrew Rafford’s fund raiser, an Iraq veteran who is ill.
The Youth Ministry is sponsoring a Mother’s Day breakfast for all parishioners May 9. This is a fundraiser for supporting their projects. Birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. Marcie Michaud read the Prayer for Priests. Alta Reardon won the door prize, appropriate since she was celebrating her birthday and wedding anniversary.
Lynette Dobbs signed to the song Take My Heart. No meeting will be held on the night of the banquet, but we will participate in Hat of Many Colors, according to co-president Mary. We adjourned and Fr. Dave led us in prayer before we enjoyed the food, prepared by the May Committee.
Hospital Auxiliary May fudge basket sale a huge success
Many thanks go out to all the volunteer fudge makers who helped make this annual sale so successful. Without you, there would not be a sale. Brenda Bailey, Janet Bates, Madeline Boutilier, Priscilla Bubar, Sharon Chase, Elaine Crandall, Connie Davison, Janice Delong, Joyce Estey, Melva Folsom, Barbara Grant, Lorraine Grant, Sheryl Grant, Louise Hamilton, Elinor Harvey, Ruth Levesque, Joan Logan, Vicky Moody, Mim Nichols, Phyllis Oliver, Ida Parks, Glynn Porter, Helen Sherwood, Ida Upton and any others who may have made fudge, but did not sign our sheet. A special thanks goes to Wendell Harvey for his invaluable help in making our baskets and to Janine Moran from HRH in helping with our publicity.
Thanks also to all those who came and purchased our lovely baskets and who made cash donations. This year, 155 baskets were sold, making this the most successful year since we stopped our May breakfasts.

Happy Losers gather

On May 5, the weekly meeting of the Happy Losers was held at the Congregational Church vestry in Island Falls. Jackie Pratt, our leader, opened our meeting with our pledge and roll call. We had 14 ladies weigh-in and 12 attended our class.
Shirley Sides was the loser of the week, and Loretta Bouchard,and Dotty Rand were runners-up. Great job ladies. Our secretary and treasurer gave reports for the week. We have a new contest between the Apple Blossoms and Cherry Blossoms teams. It will end June 30.
Pratt’s topic for the week was on an article called Too Busy For Breakfast. Meetings are always interesting and informative. Please feel welcome to our group every Wednesday from 8-8:45 a.m. (weigh-ins) and meeting starts at 9 a.m. Call 365-4884 for more info.
Local item of interest
Gerry McAfee was in Rowley, Ma. visiting her daughter and son-in-law Cindy and Russ Hawkins and her four grandchildren, Catherine, Rusty, Sarah and Harrison. Cindy attended Vilda Adams’ funeral and Gerry went back with her.
Red Hat
Border Belles

After a few months off during the winter, the Border Belles re-grouped in March at the Elm Tree North for brunch with approximately 15 ladies attending. Queen Mother Barbara Grant brought back a number of red hat items from Myrtle Beach to share with the chapterettes. A mini-shopping frenzy was enjoyed by the early arrivals to the brunch. Sorta like “the early bird gets the worm”.
The month of April found the Border Belles splurging for some of their favorite desserts at Grammy’s. Huge cream puffs, man-size slices of pies and dream cake with more than a dollop of whipped cream were enjoyed by Border Belles Gemma Bartley, Joyce Blake, Linda Cassidy, Elva Coburn, Julia Craigs, Lillian Gibson, Barbara Grant, Josephine Holmes, Irene Jackson, Marjorie Melvin, Carolle Milliken, Priscilla Monroe, Marge Pannell and Sara Regent.
The next gathering will be May 13 for lunch at the Blue Moose. If you are interested in carpooling, meet at Watson Hall parking lot at 11 a.m.
Ricker Rumblings
by Lois Downing
Hello everyone. Time to write again on this dark and rainy Saturday. Ethel Schools of Four Seasons was the winner in the jackpot payroll at IGA recently. Jane Hughes is our latest resident. She likes it here. Lillian Stairs is home again after a short stay at Houlton Regional Hospital. Glad you’re home, Lillian.
It’s a little late but hope everyone had a super Mother’s Day. Maybe you got a little pampering or a dinner out, whatever it was, a good one. Some of the doors sported a May basket on the first of the month. This was a common custom many years ago. For those of you who watch the soap opera, “As the World Turns,” did you know that Nancy Hughes died? She was Helen Wagner, real name and was 91. She served in the story over 50 years. We will miss you, Nancy.
We are having a Mother’s Day potluck in the community room. That always proves to be fun. Did I mention that Wilma Hemore died? Wilma was a tenant here on the third floor for a long time. She was a very quiet person and liked to play Bingo. She went to Gardiner after here.
Here’s the Bible verse for the day: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they  grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28, 29)
Have a wonderful, safe week.
Sherman Seniors Gather
The Sherman area Senior Citizens Club met at the Sherman gym for potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. on May 5 and finished with several lively games of Bingo.
Tis “the merry month of May” with Mother’s Day, green grass, trees are sporting their annual fresh new garb of green leaves, birds have returned from the warmer climate states. Ah! How sweet it is!
Patronize our food sale at Sherman’s bandstand on May 22 where Sherman’s hotdogs can’t be beat!
Present were Annie and Fred Atkinson, Paul and Sandra Qualey, Terese Albert, June Gagnon, Donna Grass, Eva Perry, Linniea Perry, Esther Greenier and Bonita Staples.
The next meeting will be on May 19.
TOPS #ME 0233, Houlton
by Lois Downing
Take Off Pounds Sensibly Chapter 0233 of Houlton met at the Aldergate building on High Street for its Friday, May 7 meeting. Twenty-four ladies were present with four being KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Senbily). Joyce Estey was present to start the meeting with Circle of Hope, which we all recited before our pledges.
Loser of the week was Gerry McAfee with Linda Bartlett as runner-up. Janice Shaw took home the skinny dish. Ten minutes of exercises were led by Barbara Troy. Janette Nelson gave a treasurer’s report. Denise Kinney spoke on the Umbrella contest.
A letter from Janice Cote, representative, was read by Joyce. Linda Bartlett spoke on the SRD meeting, as did Brenda Lacostic. Some of the ladies will meet next week to help with centerpieces. The date for the workshop in June is June 12, hosted by our group. Those who spoke on the weekly program were Janette Nelson, Melva Folsom, Barbara Grant, Joyce Estey, Charlotte Marley and Denise Kinney. The next meeting will be May 14 at the same location. If you need more information on the chapter, you may contact Charlotte Marley at 757-8483 or Betty Ivey at 532-9653. We meet every Friday at 8-8:45 and the meeting starts at 9 a.m. and usually ends at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome.