Spaghetti supper to benefit Mapleton man

Jennifer Buzza, Special to The County
13 years ago


by Jennifer Buzza

The Mapleton Lions Club invites all the relatives and friends of Murrey Boyles to attend a benefit spaghetti supper to help with related expenses around his treatment and recovery from cancer. His treatments will consist of daily trips to The Aroostook Medical Center along with visiting nurses for several weeks.

This special dinner will be held at the Mapleton Lions Cub Hall this Saturday, May 21. Dinner will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Donations for the dinner will be accepted from those attending with all donations going to Murrey and his family. There will also be a raffle of a few donated items to further assist in this fund-raising effort.

Murrey has been a lifelong resident of Mapleton. He owned and operated an auto body repair business until he retired. He is an active member of the United Methodist Church of Mapleton and the Mapleton Lions Club. Murrey has always been involved in community events and concerns of the community. Please come to support Murrey and his family as they face challenging times ahead in the fight against this disease.


Birthday wishes this week go out to Matthew Doyen, Alta Bagley, Vicki Michaud, Billy Doyen, Hilary Jo Bard, Bonnie Johnson, Kristi Stoutamyer, Tyler Arndt, Riley Hamel, Luca Tenney, Joyce Johndro, Karen Putnam, Troy Finnemore, Jolea Robinson, Kellie Michaud Wood, Ellie Calhoun, Sidney Smith, Jessica Scott, Ralph Merchant and Sophia Stephenson.


Happy anniversary wishes this week to Brent and Melissa Dyer, Bob and Lorie Hoffses and Dan and Jenn Edgecomb all on the 20th; Ryan and Renee Guerrette on the 22nd; and Michael and Amber Hamilton on the 24th.


The Mapleton Baptist Church Youth Group were rained out of their car wash last week and have rescheduled their fundraiser for this Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Buy, Swap and Sell parking lot on Main Street in Presque Isle (below the former Presque Isle Fire Station). The public can have their car washed for a donation, with proceeds to benefit a trip the youth will be taking this June.

College graduate

Brien Boucher, of Mapleton, the son of Riki and Wendy Boucher, grandson of Sharon O’Brien, Carl Webber and Leo and Jane Boucher, graduated from the University of Maine at Orono Saturday, May 7 with his bachelor’s of science degree in forest management. Brien received his associate’s degree in forest technology from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2010. Brien has joined the workforce and will be staying in Aroostook County. Congratulations, Brien!

Crocheting for a cause

Stephanie Winslow, a Cadette Girl Scout from Mapleton, is working on her Girl Scout Silver Award and has organized a crocheting workshop. The public is invited to visit Yarn, Glass, n’ More in the Aroostook Centre Mall Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 from noon-5 p.m. each day. There will be free crocheting workshops and you will learn how to crochet a granny square. Granny squares will be collected from those who wish to donate them. The squares will be used to create afghans that will be donated to local charities. Girl Scouts attending will receive a swap. Hope to see you there!

Baptist Park news

A challenge has been submitted to all by a Baptist Park supporter. For every $1 that is raised, this donor is willing to match it up to $7,000, and the board is willing to match another $1,100. How can you help us? Send your check to Baptist Park with the words “Matching Funds” on the memo line by June 26 — the first day of camp. Only donations specified “Matching Funds” will be matched. The donor was aware of many upcoming large roofing projects, but the donor did not want to specify how the funds were to be spent. The executive board made a decision to designate 25 percent to scholarship, 25 percent to operations, and 50 percent to buildings and grounds with a priority on roofing larger buildings. Please pray for God’s will in this campaign. God continues to shower His blessings on Baptist Park! All of us at Baptist Park extend a special thank you to the donor and his/her family, and all who participate in this campaign!

The next corporation meeting will be held Monday, May 23 at Bethany Baptist Church at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the upcoming schedule for summer, lifting the staff up in prayer, and discussing the financial position of the Park. There is currently $12,000 in the undesignated funds checking account. All bills have been paid to date. Praise the Lord! The camp should have $20,000 for start-up expenses for the summer. Thank you for your faithful support to Baptist Park.

The annual Spring Banquet was held Saturday, April 30 at the Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum in Littleton. There were over 90 people present to make this event a success! We met many new friends and got reacquainted with some old friends; staff held a mini reunion, too! A special thank you to John and Marge Seiler, Don and Vera Scott, Mary Trainer and Kathy Peary.

We are in need of a camp nurse/health supervisor for Lifting Off week (ages 11-14). This position requires that we have an EMT, LPN, RN, PA, doctor or a person holding a Wilderness First Aid Certificate. If you are certified and available, please contact Annette Bartlett at 852-9836 or Also, Adrian is looking for individuals to teach classes at Baptist Park. If you are available even for one or two days, he’d love to talk with you. He can be reached at 647-3693 or by e-mail, Please add the staff to your prayer list that God may begin preparing their hearts for the mission God has planned for them at Baptist Park this summer.

We need to make an addition to the camp brochure! Baptist Park is hosting its first cheerleading camp. Presque Isle High School cheerleading coach Jolene Kinney has agreed to lead this camp. The camp is open to cheerleaders entering grades 7-12. The cost for the camp is $225. Cheerleaders will be perfecting cheer motions, learning proper stunting techniques, improving their jumps, practicing gymnastics, and learning cheers and pep dances. Spread the word to any cheerleader you know.

If you or your church need more camp brochures, please send an e-mail to The schedule can also be viewed at our website,

Mark your calendars: Work Day is set for Saturday, June 4. Please round up your crews! RSVP to Scott Ashby, John Seiler, or Ray Gough at 764-1832, so they can properly prepare projects for everyone. We have projects for all abilities. Lunch will be provided at noon. Hope to see you there!

Memorial Day parade

The Mapleton Lions Club will be hosting the annual Memorial Day parade Monday, May 30. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. and those participating are asked to line up on the Dudley Road by 1:30 p.m.

New parade time

This year the Mapleton Daze parade will be at 2 p.m. Line-up will still take place on the Dudley Road. Anyone wishing to place an entry in the annual parade is asked to contact parade organizers Randy and Lisa Michaud by phone at 764-3866 or by e-mailing

Mapleton Daze events

Mapleton Daze committee members would like to announce some events and activities that will take place during the annual weekend. Jim Burrill is organizing a non-competitive car show. Anyone interested in participating can contact Jim at Jim’s Automotive or by calling 762-5131.

There will be a sidewalk sale for those interested in selling handmade items (craft, baked, etc.) or gently used items. Please contact Suzie Morton at 764-4256.

A new cooking contest using maple ingredients is also being planned. Judges will be taste testing and will select a winner on Saturday. Anyone wanting to enter can e-mail Jolene Blake at or by leaving a message at 764-0980.

Wally and the Virginians are going to be showcased right after the fireworks conclude Friday evening. There will also be other musical acts all weekend and some different stage performers, as well.

For those that are on Facebook, feel free to find out about the annual weekend’s events by looking on the Mapleton Daze page. Much more information will appear in this column in the weeks to come.

Get your tickets!

The Chapman Ridge Runners will be hosting their second annual fiddlehead supper this Friday, May 20. All proceeds will benefit the building fund. The supper will be held in their new clubhouse at 94 Town Hall Road in West Chapman. There will be two seatings — 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The supper will be somewhat unique in that it features our native fiddleheads. The menu will include roast pork loin, potatoes, fresh fiddleheads, apple and cranberry sauce, rolls and homemade desserts. There will also be a “fiddlehead tidbit” table where several fiddlehead recipes may be taste tested. Club members will be waiting tables and serving. The cost is $10 per person. Tables for eight may also be reserved. Since seating is limited, tickets are sold in advance only and may be purchased from Audrey Christie, chairperson, at 764-1769 or Sue Maynard at 764-1236. Get your tickets early!

Jennifer Buzza is the correspondent for Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman. She can be reached at 760-9115, or by e-mail at