Sale to benefit school restoration

Debbie Smith, Special to The County
14 years ago

The Little School Restoration Committee will be having a yard sale on Friday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Easton Elementary School cafeteria. Organizers are looking for items to be donated to have in their yard sale. These items must be in good shape, and please, no clothing or electronics. If you have something you would like to have donated please call Heidi Thompson today at 488-4991 for drop-off information.


In last week’s Star-Herald in the picture of Kevin and Marty Pelletier, the couple were incorrectly identified. The correct name is supposed to be Pelletier and not Alexander. So sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Benefit supper

On Oct. 16, there will be a benefit supper for Jayme Scanlin. It will be a spaghetti supper and will be from 4-7 p.m. The supper will be held at the Odd Fellow’s Hall in Easton. Please come out and support Jayme.


On Sept. 29, Roger Lunney, Kristen Cronkite, Michael Tibbitts and Cecilia Morin all have a birthday to celebrate.
On Sept. 30, Kert Richardson, Karsen Bradlee Winger and Ellie Larrabee will be celebrating their birthdays.
On Oct. 1, Jeff Clark and Terri Brock both have a birthday.
Oct. 2 you can wish Marion Donahue, Jayme Scanlin, Seth Lockhart, Derek Foster and Matthew Cote a happy birthday.
Oct. 3 will be a birthday celebration day for Kayt Demerchant, Kylee Blanchard, Kevin Marquis, Amy Barnes and Tyler Bradley. A special happy birthday wish to my nephew, Tyler. Have a good day.
On Oct. 4, Siera Lawrence and Marcus Czosnek have a birthday. Also on Oct. 4, Rhoda and Ed Johnson have an anniversary.
Special blessings to you all on your special day.

Harvest recess activities

Zumba Gold — Zumba class (for ages 12+) will begin on Oct. 18 and end on Nov. 22. Class will meet every Monday evening from 6 to 7 p.m. in the elementary school gym. The cost is $25 for six weeks of lessons. Theresa Bonner has recently earned her certification to teach the class and she is very excited to get started. This class will be lower impact, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired dance fitness-party™ that keeps you in the groove of life. Please make childcare arrangements for your children. Registration will begin immediately at the Town Office.
Swimming Lessons — Swim lessons will be held at the Presque Isle Indoor Pool and are open to those ages 4 and older. Students will be split by abilities. All lessons will be 50 minutes (with the exception of the youngest group running 30 minutes). Lessons will take place on: Mondays and Fridays at 1 p.m. from Sept. 17 through Oct. 8. The bus departs at12:30 p.m. and will return at 2:20 p.m. The cost is $21 ($17 for additional child).
Fabulous Fall Cooking — Taught by Chris Finnemore, University of Maine Cooperative Ext. Cooking camp will be offered Sept. 27-30 at the Odd Fellows Hall in Easton. The cost is $10. Open to grades 1 and up. Space is limited to 15 participants. This year’s theme will be pumpkin recipes. The children will be serving the seniors dinner on Thursday evening at 5 p.m. Please feel free to invite grandparents or other special folks. The cost is $2.
For more information on any of these activities please contact Hillary Trainer at the Easton Recreation Department at Fall program books are also available at the Easton Town Office.

Rec calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 29 — Field trip to Hunter Brother’s Farm in Florenceville. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The cost is $15, this includes lunch and all activities. This farm is well known for their “world famous” sweet corn. While there we will be going on a hay ride, feeding the goats, having a hotdog and corn picnic, playing in the “field of fun” and the Sesame Street corn maze. Birth xertificate and release form required to cross border.
Thursday, Sept. 30 — Hike and barbecue at Mars Hill Mountain. The bus will depart at 9:40 a.m. and return at 1 p.m. Please wear sneakers and layered clothing. The Rec will provide hotdogs, please bring the rest of you lunch.
Pond Study with Mr. Martin from the Science Center at the hall from 1:15-2:45 p.m. Cooking Camp from 3-5:30 p.m. at the hall. Seniors’ meal will be served at 5 p.m. at the hall by the Cooking Camp participants. The cost is $2.  Grades 3 and 4 soccer at Mars Hill at 3:45 p.m. Carpool from the hall at 3:20 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 1 — Third- and fourth-grade soccer vs. Mars Hill at 11 a.m. on the Rec soccer field. Swim lessons will be held at the Presque Isle Indoor Pool. The bus departs at 12:30 p.m. and will return at 2:20 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2 — Fifth- and sixth-grade soccer round robin in Caribou. Easton’s team will play at 11 a.m. and noon. Carpooling from the hall at 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Oct. 4 — Field trip to Goughan’s Farm; the bus departs at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. While there we will do the corn maze (solar system theme this year), have homemade ice cream, go on a hay ride and bring a pumpkin home. The cost is $7.
Swim Lessons from 12:30-2:20 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 5 — Play group for children in kindergarten and younger at the hall from 8:30-9:45 a.m.
Kickball at Mars Hill at 10 a.m. for grades 4 through 8. Please wear an Easton T-shirt. Departing from the hall at 9:40 a.m.
Swim field trip to the Presque Isle Indoor Pool departing at 12:40 p.m. and returning at 3:10 p.m. There is no cost for this trip; children must be able to swim across the pool without a flotation device in order to attend this trip without an adult.
Fifth- and sixth-grade soccer practices from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on the girls’ soccer field.


Brent Vernon, a ventriloquist and Christain pop singer, will be at the Easton Wesleyan Church on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 10:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome. You can check out his music at


Awana at Easton Wesleyan Church continues to meet during harvest on Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to grade 6. All children are welcome. On Wednesday, Oct. 29, families are invited to come and make apple cider using the old-fashion apple press, decorate harvest cookies and make harvest crafts. Everyone is welcome. Families are encouraged to come have some harvest fun together.


Sympathy goes out to the family of Marjorie Grant who passed away on Saturday, Sept. 4, after a long illness. She had been suffering for a long time.
Gaylen Grant gave up his apartment and moved back to the Veterans’ Home in Caribou. He couldn’t live alone after his brother left to go back home.

Kiwanis Club

The Easton Kiwanis Club held their first meeting of the month on Sept. 7 at the Odd Fellow’s Hall with 12 members and four guests from the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club and the little granddaughter of Lt. Governor Barbara Blackstone, Chloe.
After a supper of pizza, green salad and cake, the meeting was opened with the salute to the flag by President Mike Allen. Several had Happy and Sad Dollars for the Club. Mike introduced the guests from Presque Isle as Rose Louten, Penny McHatten, Neil Kelley and Gina King.
Louten spoke on the “Spokes For Hope” bicycle ride, that was run from Fort Kent to the bridge in Kittery, as a real success with only a few bruises and bumps. She didn’t ride but picked up riders as needed. She also spoke of other projects the Club had that were very successful.
The president announced that dues are due by Oct. 1. Dues information would be available on the first meeting next month. It was stated that he would try for a speaker for the last meeting of the month and asked that the group make up a list of people they would like to hear from as speakers.
It was reported that the scholarship given in June had been taken care of and that the Student of the Month gift card to the mall has been changed. The gift card will now be given to the Country Farms Market grocery store in town with the owner also adding to it to make it $20.
The president reminded the group that it was now time to sell the Kiwanis calendars for the coming year and asked for volunteers and others to help sell. The calendars this year will be $6.
The next year’s committees were chosen with School Committee: Keith and Esther Richardson; Youth Services: Jeremy Corey, Harold Clark and Mike Cyr; Fundraising: Jessica Blackstone, Jeremy Corey and Mike Allen; Public Relations: Clair and Eldora Carter, and Jessica Blackstone; Community Service: Ann Osgood, Harold Clark and Barbara Blackstone; and Holiday Projects: Vaughn Martin, Loris Allen and Irene DaFonte.
Those attending were: Keith and Esther Richardson; Bernard Hussey; Barbara Blackstone and little granddaughter, Chloe; Ann Osgood; Jeremy Corey; Loris and Mike Allen; Eldora and Clair Carter; Jessica Blackstone; and Mike Cyr; as well as four guests from the Presque Isle Club, Rose Louten, Neil Kelley, Gena King and Penney McHatten.

Happy Days Club

The Easton Happy Days Senior Citizens’ Club met on Thursday, Sept. 9, with 14 members and five guests. After the potluck dinner, guest speaker Kevin Pelletier spoke to the group about eight trips that he had made to Haiti to help the Canaan Orphanage. He has been going there since two years ago and was there a week before the earthquake, then again after the horrible disaster.
Kevin explained what a big effect it had on him. Haiti is a Third World Country and has a high rate of illiteracy; 48 percent cannot read or write. He worked in the feeding programs but was there mainly to train the older boys to weld. He had 10 students in his class.
After the earthquake they were very short of food, water and clothing, though the orphanage was out of the area of the earthquake. The school, which was named Canaan, cared for 65 or 70 children. He said that there were a great many orphans in Haiti.
On the 35 acres on the side of a mountain the children raised rabbits, pigs, chickens and roosters. The roosters crowed all night long. They have no electricity in most places and still cook over open charcoal fires. Rice and beans are their main food and sugar cane is the children’s candy.
The major religion was VooDoo but after the earthquake it seemed to disappear and the island fasted for three days after the quake. There were lots of beggars — men and women who were blind with their hands out. Ten dollars of our money there is worth nearly $80 in their money.
It was reported that they lost nearly 230,000 people. Kevin said they stayed long after the other countries’ soldiers went home. He felt that the 10 young men he taught welding to would be able to be certified through Eastern Maine Community College.
After Kevin and his wife, Martha, left, President Nina Trask opened the meeting with the salute to the flag and “God Bless America” played on the piano by Elizabeth Martin. The secretary’s report was read and accepted as read. Treasurer Ida Doak called the roll; present were: Nina Trask, Eldora Carter, Ida Doak, Margery Niblett, JoAnn Johnson, Helen King, Rogena Thomas, Ezalee Smith, Glenice Craig, Arlene Ladner, Marie Hewitt, Clair Carter and Elizabeth Martin. There were also five guests — two young ladies from the Amish settlement, Ann Yoder and Sarah Kingerich; Jean Ann Ames from Presque Isle; and Martha and Kevin Pelletier.
The group sang “Happy Birthday” to Ida Doak before she gave the treasurer’s report. A motion was made that the group would go to Rosette’s restaurant during harvest break and it was seconded. The president is to contact the school to see when a bus driver would be available. Any Easton citizen is welcome to come along but has to pay for his own lunch.
The Northern Maine Council on Aging will be holding their meeting at the Mars Hill Snowmobile Club beginning at 10:30 a.m., with dinner at noon. This will be on Sept. 20. It was also suggested that they should try to get Easton’s fire chief as a guest speaker for one of the meetings. The next meeting will be held Thursday, Sept 23. It was motioned and seconded to adjourn.


Clair and Eldora Carter drove to Patten several days ago where they met with Clair’s sister, Judith Heath. She then drove them to the Bangor Mall where they met with their niece, Sheila Malcolm and her husband, Tom. The Malcolms drove them to Otisfield to their camp on a beautiful lake, where they were able to spend a few hours with Clair’s and Judy’s sister, Nina Weir and her husband, Jim. They returned home the same day. A day later they were very pleased to have Eldora’s niece, Martha (Rackliffe) Gerardi, her husband, Mark, and their children, Paige and Max, of Barre, Vt., stop in for a couple of hours on their way home from a week spent at Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Peggy and Calvin Arnett and their children, Kerrigan and Kaden, and Debbie Smith just returned home from spending a week in Orlando, Fla. The weather couldn’t have been any better; all week it was 90 to 100 degrees. Needless to say we did a lot of swimming. We stayed right inside Disney at the Animal Kingdom where the giraffes, zebra and many other animals were right outside the rooms roaming free. It was awesome. We also stayed at the Beach Club Resort which had a three-acre sand bottom swimming pool. We went to the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot. We saw lots of interesting things, but most of all we saw Mickey Mouse. I tried to bring back some of the hot weather, but sorry, it escaped our suitcases somewhere between here and there. Everyone had a good time.

United Methodist Women

The Easton United Methodist Women met at the church dining room on Wednesday, Sept. 15, with six members present. After lunch and a delicious pudding made by Margery Niblett, Marie Hewitt led the devotions with a reading from the Daily Bread. The UMW did not meet for three months this summer. There was no report for the month of May. The treasurer’s report was given with the report that they made $109 with their table at Field Day. A thank-you letter was read from Church World Service for the $180 donated for blankets; $50 of that amount was donated by the Mars Hill United Methodist Women. There are still two large quilts — one twin and four baby quilts — on hand for sale. Twenty-nine visitations were made this summer and three cards sent.
Under new Business it was voted to make a donation to the local Friends Helping Friends Food Pantry and work was done on the Five Star Award. As our membership is small — and thankfully they have not lost any members this year — the “In Memory” donation was made in memory of Bernard Hussey for taking care of the food donation basket. A pin to honor one of their members will be presented at church later. Those present were: Eldora Carter, Marie Hewitt, Freda Dionne, Glenice Craig, Lindy Fowler and Margery Niblett. The meeting was closed with prayer for those on the Prayer List.

    Debbie Smith is the correspondent for Easton. She can be reached by e-mail at or call 488-5530.