Kearney presented Mars Hill’s Boston Post Cane

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Kearney presented Mars Hill’s Boston Post Cane


by Tomi Henderson

    The Town of Mars Hill has presented Louise Smith Kearney with the Boston Post Cane, emblematic of being the town’s oldest living resident citizen. On Sept. 26, Louise celebrates her 98th birthday, a birthday she shares with her great-grandson, Hardin.

Photo courtesy of Tomi Henderson

    BOSTON CANE — Mars Hill resident Louise Kearney was recently presented with the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest resident in Mars Hill.  lo-marshill-cx-sh-39

    A lifelong resident of the town, Louise was a homemaker and partner with her husband, James, on a busy potato farm in Mars Hill. Farming included more than potatoes as they grew a large garden and raised beef cattle, chickens, turkeys, pigs and milking cows. Until recent years, she thoroughly enjoyed cooking for her family. She continues to reside with her oldest son, James, at the farm on Kearney Road in Mars Hill. She also has a daughter Mary and her husband John, from New Hampshire and Florida, and a son Frank and his wife Marsha who reside in Bradley.

    Louise is the daughter of Frank and Mary Smith and was raised on the Smith Road in Mars Hill.  She graduated from A.C.I. in 1934. She married James in 1944 and they were married for nearly 50 years before he passed away at the age of 80. She was very close to her sister Anna Shaw who was the Mars Hill Boston Post Cane holder when she passed away at the age of 97. Louise and Anna lived their entire lives within one mile of each other. Louise also had an older brother Ernest, and she still remains very close to his daughter Elaine who resides in New Hampshire.

    Besides her three children, she has seven grandchildren: Janice, Kevin, Danielle, Travis, Hiram, Evan and Kasey, and was predeceased by her grandson Frank who was killed in a tragic car accident; 11 great-grandchildren: Kramer, Caleb, Samantha, Luke, Keagan, Gage, Hardin, Kadin, Joshua, Frankie and Warrin. Louise attended the East Ridge Union Church for many years. Most people never knew of this talent, but she loved playing the piano for her family. She and Jim were avid antique car collectors and enjoyed attending car shows throughout New England and Canada. For many years, they greatly enjoyed the camp they built on No. 9 Lake.

    Louise now enjoys sitting in her rocking chair, watching the windmills turn, deer, moose and bears crossing the road by her house, and doing crosswords and word search puzzles. She enjoys and appreciates all of the wonderful volunteers who bring her Meals on Wheels each day and the people who prepare the meals. Louise gives credit for her longevity to her faith in God. Her family thanks God and Dr. Nicholas for taking such good care of their mother over the years! For anyone wishing to send either a birthday or congratulatory card, Mrs. Kearney’s sddress is: Mrs. Louise Kearney, 109 Kearney Road, Mars Hill, ME 04758.


Fall Adult Education

    The Mars Hill Adult Education Program will begin classes on Monday, Oct. 15, with the following classes being offered: Woodworking on Mondays, Quilting on Mondays and Thursdays, Kick Aerobics on Mondays and Crafts and More on Tuesdays. To register and/or for more information, call Kathy at 425-3771.


School lunch price increase

    School lunch prices at SAD 42 will increase as of Tuesday, Oct. 10, by 10 cents. Elementary lunches will now be $1.95. junior/senior high lunches will be $2.20. Adult lunches will be $3.85.


Harvest Rec schedule

    The Mars Hill Recreation Department will hold a number of special activities during harvest break. Pre-registration was required by Sept.12.

    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 3 activities from Oct. 1-5 will include on Monday, Grades 5 and 6 soccer team practice at CAHS at 3 p.m. and Grade 1 and 2 soccer team practice at 5 p.m.

    On Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9 a.m., participants will leave for Wintergreen Arts Center for Art at Wintergreen from 9:30-11 a.m. Cost for this is $10 per child. Bag lunches will be eaten at the Rec at 11:30 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be a free Survivor Experience with the Northern Lighthouse and Cory Tilley. Grades 5 and 6 soccer team practice will be at CAHS at 3 p.m. The Grades 3 and 4 soccer team will play Washburn at home at 4 p.m.

    Wednesday will have Zumbatonics with Theressa Bonner from 9-10 a.m. From 10-11 a.m. will be a free Story Time with Sue McPherson. Bag lunches will be eaten at 11 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be Fall Crafting with a cost of $2. At 1 p.m., the bus will leave for WAGM studios for a tour of the studio with Ted Shapiro from 1:30-2:30 p.m. There is a cost of $3 per child for this with the bus returning to the Rec by 3 p.m.

    Thursday will have a Day Trip to Goughan’s Farm. There will be pumpkin activities at the Rec from 9-10:30 a.m. before the bus leaves at 10:45 a.m. The bus will be stopping at McDonald’s, so each child is to bring money for their lunch. At the farm, the Corn Maze will be the place to be at 1 p.m. Cost for this trip is $10 plus lunch money. They will return to the Rec at 3 p.m. The Grade 3 and 4 soccer team will practice at CAHS at 4:30 p.m.

    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 Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, at 6:30 a.m. at the Aroostook Health Center.

    Rotarian Milton Adelman spoke to the group of his family’s memories of their camps in Meddybumps. The family first bought an island in 1968 and have added and renovated over the years. He shared many adventures from over the years, but admitted that their biggest claim to fame in the area is their reputation for losing all kinds of stuff on the bottom of the lake — from a canoe to building materials to a cell phone.


Yard Sale

    The third annual Yard Sale to benefit Aroostook Health Center Resident Activities will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sale will be held in the Grant Building. Please be sure to support this worthy cause!


Aroostook Health Center

    Upcoming events for the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2 include: Wednesday will have the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Zumba Fitness at 9:30 a.m. and Mystery Lunch Outing at 11 a.m. Thursday has the Beauty Parlor at 8:30 a.m., Bingo at 9:30 a.m., Horse Racing at 1:30 p.m. and the United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, will feature yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Moving To Music at 9:30 a.m. and Karaoke with Fireman Fred at 1:30 p.m. Saturday will have Maincures with Leanne at 9:30 a.m. and the yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday will be a free day. Monday will feature Coffee Chat and Harvest Reminiscing at 9:30 a.m., Catholic Mass at 1:30 p.m., Piano Music with Judie at 2:15 p.m. and Gospel Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 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, call Connie or Vicki at 768-4915.


Dance For the Dogs

    Do you support your area canine officers? If the answer is ‘yes,’ come on out to the Bridgewater Historical Hall on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Bridgewater Historical Association will be holding a dance to help raise money that will benefit a canine officer from the area. This year’s beneficiary will be Gleni, a canine officer with the Maine State Police who is stationed in Houlton. Gleni is named after a fallen state trooper. He is in need of a pen so he can have a place to relax when he is off duty and his handler can have some down time too. The pen will be passed on to another canine in the years to come. Our first Dance For the Dogs took place a couple of years ago and the BHA was able to raise enough money to purchase a protective vest for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s canine Maxx.

    The dance takes place at the Bridgewater Historical Hall located at 485 Main Rd. The dance will run from 8-11 p.m. To help raise money we will also be selling raffle tickets. The top prize will be a handmade quilt and the second prize is a wood carving. The third prize is a food basket. The raffle drawing will take place at a later date. For more information, call Jann at 425-7901. We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you for your support.


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.


Marriage conference

    The United Baptist Church of Mars Hill invites you to 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

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