Public helps cancer patient collect toys for other sick kids

12 years ago
by Tomi Henderson

Seven-year-old Wendell Boyd, joined by his family — Mom Jennifer, brother Lambert and Dad Lambert  — enjoyed a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Mars Hill Fire Station. Wendell asked that those who wished to help him would bring toys, stuffed animals and games for him to donate to the toy closet at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical in Portland.

Wendell was diagnosed with a JPA — Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma — brain tumor and had his first surgery, which lasted about eight hours, at Eastern Maine on July 3. Upon discovering a deeper tumor, he was transferred to Maine Medical and had a second surgery, lasting three to four hours, on July 12. He remained at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital section of Maine Medical as he underwent rehabilitation

Wendell was able to come home on Aug. 25 to continue his rehab with local professionals. He was greeted in Blaine by the Mars Hill Fire Department and rode into Mars Hill in the cab of the big fire truck. He was in charge of the siren and really let people know he was home!

A first grader at Fort Street Elementary School, Wendell is able to attend school for a few hours each day and has a tutor that helps him at home so he can keep up with his class. Wendell and his family are very appreciative of all the help and assistance that is being extended to Wendell.

United Methodist Women

    The September meeting of the Mars Hill UMW was held in the church vestry at noon on Sept.10 with 11 members attending. For the food blessing, Program Chairperson Joan Walsh had each one read a special thought on being prayerful and thoughtful.

After a lunch of sandwiches, chips, hot and cold drinks, a delicious dessert was served by the hostess and co-hostess, Joan Boone and Joan Walsh. The vestry decorations were so attractive in colorful fall colors.

After a time of socializing, President Donna Brewer opened the business meeting by leading all in the UMW Purpose Pledge and Prayer. The secretary’s report was read and accepted as read. Diane Ketchum gave the treasurer’s report, which was accepted as read. She also read the many notes of thanks from those who had benefited from local UMW ministries.

President Donna made the suggestion that all who are able would visit former UMW members and friends of the church that are sick or shut-in.

It was voted to give funds to a special child in Mars Hill who is recovering from an illness.

It was also voted to change the UMW monthly meetings from the second Monday of each month to the first Monday of each month.

President Donna announced that on Oct. 20, she would be helping pack food at the Washburn snowmobile club that will be sent out for a UMW mission project. Anyone that would like to help can notify Donna.

Tentative plans were made to conduct the morning worship service at the church in the near future.

The UMW annual Pie and Craft Fair will be held on Nov. 3 in the church vestry.

The meeting was turned over to the two chairpersons, Joan Boone and Joan Walsh, who presented an enlightening program on prayer and self-denial and read material on the results of many who had received special answers to prayers. Each member told of a special answer to prayer.

A special offering was taken to give to Global Ministries of the UMW. After the benediction, the meeting was adjourned. Members attending included: Joan Boone, Joan Walsh, Donna Brewer, Elaine Bailey, Diane Ketchum, Daisy Campbell, Frances Banks, Eldora Carter, Marie Hewitt, Carol Guiggey and Clara Hussey.

Harvest Rec schedule

    The Mars Hill Recreation Department will hold a number of special activities during harvest break.

There will be a Safe Sitter Course offered through the Northern Lighthouse on Mondays during harvest break covering a variety of topics. Classes will take place at the Recreation Center on Mondays, Sept. 24, Oct. 1 and 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The following programs are offered to children in Grades 1 and older. Children age 4 and older may participate with a parent or guardian present. Children are responsible for a bag lunch and drink every day unless otherwise noted. The following programs take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mars Hill and Blaine Community Center unless otherwise noted.

Week 2 activities from Sept. 24-28 will include: Monday — Grade 5 and 6 soccer team practice at CAHS at 3 p.m. and Grade 1 and 2 soccer team practice at 5 p.m. Tuesday will include a Day Trip to Hike Haystack and Ice Cream from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will hike Haystack and enjoy the fall foliage. They will eat their bag lunch at the top. Ice Cream cones will be enjoyed in Presque Isle on the way home. Cost is $5 per child, which includes the ice cream cone. There will be a Grades 3 and 4 soccer game at Washburn at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, will feature a Day Trip to Bangor and the Challenger Center. Participants will leave the Rec Center at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 and a bag lunch. The Easton Rec will be joining in on this trip. FMI, go to The Grade 1 and 2 soccer team will practice at 5 p.m. at CAHS. Thursday will have a free Story Time with Sue McPherson from 9-10 a.m. From 10:30-11: 30 a.m. will be Zumbatonics with Theressa Bonner. Bag lunches will be eaten at 11:30 a.m. From 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. will be a free Survivor Experience with the Northern Lighthouse and Cory Tilley.

All participants are asked to purchase a Rec T-shirt. It is helpful on field trips if everyone is wearing matching shirts. These will be the same shirts used in the 2013 summer program. Shirts are $8 each. If you have any questions, call Jamie at 227-7194 or Murph at Fort Street Elementary.

Rotary Club

    The Mars Hill Rotary Club met Thursday evening for their annual barbecue picnic, Sept. 13, at the Mars Hill Snowmobile Club. Following a delicious meal, everyone enjoyed playing Bingo.

Aroostook Health Center

Upcoming events for the week of Sept. 19-25 include: Wednesday will have the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Wii Bowling Challenge at 9 a.m., Moving to Music at 9:30 a.m. and Crossword Puzzles at 1:30 p.m. Thursday has the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m., Karaoke with Fireman Fred at 1:30 p.m. and the Faith Baptist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, will feature Moving To Music at 9:30 a.m. and Game Time at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will feature Karaoke with the Deschesnes at 1:30 p.m. Sunday will feature Karaoke with Fireman Fred at 1:30 p.m. and the Mennonite Hymnsing at 6:30 p.m. Monday will feature an Aroostook Centre Mall outing at 9 a.m., Karaoke with Larry at 1:30 p.m. and Gospel Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, will have the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m. and Card Games at 1:30 p.m. All of these activities are subject to change. If you would like to volunteer to help with any of these activities, contact Connie or Vicki at 768-4915.

Dance for the Dogs

    In 2010, stemming from a suggestion by a good friend, Gloria Bradstreet, the Bridgewater Historical Association hatched the plan to raise money to purchase a protective vest for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department canine officer. Association members were successful in their project and are happy to say Deputy Mitch Wheeler’s canine partner, Maxx, now is protected. It has since come to our attention that the State Trooper canine officer, Gleni, stationed in Houlton, needs a pen with a roof to allow him to have some down time and also give his handler some relaxation time. Once again as you know, the canines are unable to go and purchase what they need. So, to continue our efforts to assist the area canine officers, the Bridgewater Historical Association will be holding its second Dance For The Dogs on Saturday Sept. 29, from 8-11 p.m. Tickets for the dance will be $6  for one and $10 for two.

Some refreshments will be available at the dance. Music will once again be provided by the volunteers of Outside In. There will be door prizes and raffles. One of the prizes for the raffle will be a handmade quilt. We hope all of you will come out and support our efforts and Gloria‘s idea. The raffle tickets will be drawn at our last event of the year. That date will be announced shortly.

BHA Yard Sale

    The BHA will be holding its final Yard Sale of the year on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some tables will be available for rent for the two days at $10 per table. This will be different from our other sales this year as our members will be renting the tables so there will be new items for you to purchase. Some refreshments will be available.

Halloween Dance

    Don’t forget to get your costumes ready. It is getting close to our Halloween Dance time. Hopefully all will be in costume this year. Since its inception, almost everyone comes to the dance in costume. Organizers hope to keep up the tradition.

Thursday Night Music by Outside In is still happening, so come on out and have a good time. They play a wide variety of music including: country, oldies, ‘60s-’70s pop, old time rock & roll, etc. The atmosphere is very laid back and there’s a great wood floor to dance on. Line dance or couple dance, there is plenty of room. Refreshments are available. There’s no cover charge, but donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go to the BHA for supplies, repairs, etc.

Thanks go to everyone who attends the Association’s events and supports the BHA and the community. Your assistance in our efforts is greatly appreciated. For more information, check us out on Facebook or call Jann Votaw, BHA president, at 425-7901.

Community Cupboard

    The food pantry serves the communities of Westfield, Mars Hill, Blaine, Robinson, E-Plantation and Bridgewater. The cupboard is open the second Tuesday of each month from 1-3 p.m. and the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the Mars Hill and Blaine Community. If you have questions, call Cathy Cropley at 429-8043.

Love and Respect
Marriage Conference

    The United Baptist Church of Mars Hill will host the Love and Respect Marriage Conference on Friday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8:15 a.m. on Church Street in Mars Hill.

This biblically-based video marriage conference, taught by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, changes lives, helps restore troubled marriages and helps good marriages become better. The simple and complicated message is “Women need Love. Men need Respect.”

For more information or to register for this life-changing video conference, visit The registration fee is $15 per person until Oct. 30.

Register ASAP as space is limited. For more information, contact the United Baptist Church of Mars Hill, PO Box 382, Mars Hill, ME 04758 or visit

Thank-you barbecue

    Bill Corson was one of the head chefs at the special barbecue held on Sunday, Sept.16, at Country Cabins in Blaine. A director with the Big 13 ATV Club, he and the club had invited all the local landowners to the barbecue to show their thanks to the landowners for allowing them to run trails over portions of their lands. The club works hard to provide trails for all to enjoy while ensuring that no damage is done to other’s lands.

Michaud’s staff in Bridgewater

    Congressman Mike Michaud’s staff will be available to meet with constituents this Thursday in Bridgewater on issues they are facing with federal agencies and to discuss services available through his office.

On Sept. 20, Rachel Smith from Michaud’s Presque Isle office will be available from 2:30-4 p.m. at the Bridgewater Town Office located at 11 Bootfoot Rd. If Mainers have any questions or would like to set up an appointment (not required), they are encouraged to call Smith at 764-1036.

    Tomi Henderson is the correspondent for Mars Hill, Blaine, Bridgewater and Westfield. She can be reached at 429-9126 or e-mail