Community Notebook

12 years ago
Play to open Bridgewater Historical Hall
By Jann Bonkowski Votaw

For the past several years the Bridgewater Historical Association’s Hall opened for the year with the Bridgewater Pageants. However, thanks to the generosity of the Smyrna/ Merrill Historic Society this year the BHA Hall will open with a play. It is our first joint project and we hope it is a successful one. After presenting their play, “Hood of Sherwood” at their hall on April 27 and 28, the SMHS will bring it up to the BHA Hall on May 4 and 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. In Bridgewater, dessert will be served at intermission.

Tickets for the play in Bridgewater are on a donation basis and are available at the Bridgewater Town office or by calling 425-7901 or 429-8268. Seating is limited so get your tickets early. Advance ticket sales are also necessary to let us know how much dessert to prepare. Proceeds will benefit both the BHA and SMHS.

The Bridgewater Rec Department will be holding the pageants at the BHA Hall on their usual schedule, the day before Mother’s Day.

The BHA is still seeking nominees for the Boston Cane. Nomination forms are available at the Town Office. We would like to name a new recipient so please make your nominations soon.

“Outside In” will begin our Thursday Night Music shortly after the pageants. Keep your eyes peeled for more updates. We are looking forward to seeing you at these and other events at the hall. Thank you for your support.

Houlton Council of Catholic Women
by Lois Downing

    Houlton Council of Catholic Women met in the parish center Sunday, April 1, following the last Eucharist. Co-president Mary Armour presided over the meeting.

Fifteen members were present with moderator Rev. David Raymond, Deacon Albert Burleigh and guests Bill Roach, Linda Palmer and Jackie Junkins.

We recited traditional prayers, salute to the cross, pledge to the flag and our monthly hymn was sung.

Prior to the luncheon, Father Dave spoke about Holy Week as being the holiest time of the year in the Catholic Church. He encouraged everyone to show gratitude for all blessings bestowed upon them. Father expressed gratitude for all work that Council does. Reference was made to several activities the HCCW members participate in and on behalf of himself and the entire parish family, he extended his appreciation. He then led us in the blessing before the meal.

Lynette Dobbs distributed a trivia quiz covering the Stations of the Cross; some of the ladies worked on the answers during the luncheon.. The meeting resumed about 1:20 p.m. The correct answers were given by Lynette after the meeting.

Lois Downing,  corresponding secretary, read a letter from Kelly Duquette concerning the Seminarian Fund. Mary Grant will mail in our collection and it will be given to Bishop Malone during the state gathering later this month.

Mary Armour thanked everyone who helped at the St. Patrick’s Bazaar, a huge success. Houlton Council of Catholic Women donated a monetary gift for a child battling cancer. A public supper to raise funds for this purpose will be April 21 at the Elks building. Betty Ann Childers will check on arrangements for the June banquet soon, the banquet will be our end of the year event. Mary Armour will make plans for music for the dinner.

Many prayer intentions were provided for the prayer list at the end of the program. Deacon Al expressed his hope that everyone have a glorious Easter and three Hail Mary prayers were recited for all intentions. Birthdays and anniversaries were recognized. Bill Roach was presented with the door prize.

Jane Stile was thanked for provided Easter treat goodie bags to all present. Lynette was thanked for trivia quiz. The next meeting will be announced—readers are asked to please check the church bulletin.

Sherman Seniors gather

    The Sherman Senior Citizens went to Brookside in Smyrna for our Easter dinner. We all had a good meal.

Present were Annie Atkinson, Donna Grass, Eva Perry, Paul and Sandra Qualey, Linniea Perry and Esta Greenier.

Our next meeting will be April 18.

Happy Losers meet
By Shirley Sides.

    On April 4, the Happy Losers held the weekly meeting at the church vestry in Island Falls. Jackie Pratt, the leader opened the meeting with the usual pledge and roll call.

Ten ladies weighed-in and attended the meeting. Judi MacArthur was the loser of the week, and Joanie Sides was runner-up. Great job ladies!

Reports by the secretary and treasurer were given for the week. The leader led the program for the week. Her topic was on sugar, grapes, ginger and cinnamon and how they are essential to our health.

Please feel welcome to our group every Wed. 8:00am to 8:45am weigh-ins and meeting starts at 9 a.m.. Call 365-4884 for more info. See you there!

Island Falls News

    The Island Falls VFW Post 7529, which usually hold a public supper every third Saturday of the month, will break tradition and have their monthly supper on April 28 this month. This is for a good cause as a benefit supper will be held for a local person on April 21, hopefully, there will be a good attendance for this affair.

Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens and Riva Hawkes attended the Easter dinner held at the Stacyville VFW hall  April 8 and this was very well attended. The ladies of the post were kept busy refilling the large hot servers with potato, gravy, ham, pork, mixed vegetables and homemade bread.

Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Webb were Easter guests of their niece and family, Greg and Darlene Kenny, Matthew, Shawna and Tray in Bangor, returning home the following Monday.

This bad weather has kept me on my toes putting more sunflower seeds in my feeders and the pesky gray squirrel is still out there hogging all the seeds he can. I shoo him away a lot so that the tiny birds can get their dinner. Now have the male gold finch back and they are so much prettier than the female and are just as hungry, too. I think I have had a coon in one feeder as it was turned upside down one morning and all the seeds had disappeared.

For three days in a row last week, I had three deer spending the day and part of the evening in my large backyard grazing. I rushed out with bread and apples, but they didn’t seem too eager — they are more interested in whatever was growing. Never the less, it was all gone by morning. While grazing they got up very close to the house, in fact were right under my large picture window — too bad I didn’t have a camera, I could have gotten a great picture of the three of them.

Border Belles

    The Houlton Border Belles regrouped for their first meeting of the year at Tang’s Chinese Restaurant on March 29. The morning started out with snow but the roads cleared and the sun greeted the ladies as they gathered for lunch. We wished a “Happy Birthday” to Marge Melvin, Mapley Lindsay and Marilyn Tidd.

A new member, Veronica Stauffer, was welcomed to the society. Lois Morin, a talented quilter that we have in our midst, brought in her latest creation and we all purchased what we hope to be the winning ticket. Speaking of winning tickets, at the end of our gathering, Odette Ouellette won matching containers of lotion moisturizers, Marge Melvin and Lois Morin won glass serving bowls. Our meeting also included discussion of suggestions for events throughout the year.

Red Hatters in attendance were: Gemma Bartley, Elva Coburn, Barbara Grant, Irene Jackson, Ruth Levesque, Joan Logan, Marge Melvin, Lois Morin, Odette Ouellette, Sara Regent, Marilyn Tidd, Jean Wiley and Veronica Stauffer.

Our next luncheon will be held at the SAVE building on April 12.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 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, April 6, meeting. Twenty-two members were present; six of these were KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly).

Loser of the week was Marcia Reed with Brenda Lacostic and Joanne Scott as runners-up. The skinny dish was held over for another week. Diane appointed Lois Downing as publicity agent and Margaret Hagerman as the photographer. Betty Ivey will have charge of the greeting cards. Denise Clark and Joanne Scott will continue to act as weight recorders. Diane as new leader took over the program and ended it for this day.

Barbara Troy encouraged all to work hard on the contest. She will lead us in exercises next week. The exercises will be at the start of the program rather than at the ending. Weigh-in time is 8-8:45 a.m. every Friday; a meeting starts at 9 a.m. and usually ends an hour later.

Betty Ivey at 532-9653 and Charlotte Marley at 757-8483 can be reached for more information on the chapter. Come enjoy.