Students take part in dental health program

11 years ago


by Beth Boddy

    Washburn District Elementary School students participated again this year in the dental health poster contest. The theme for 2013 is “Get a Gold Medal Smile.” Our first-place winners will have their posters sent in to ACAP for a county contest, and the winners there will then go on to Augusta for the state contest.

The contest was put on by Christine McPherson, school nurse, and Jennica Marston, nursing student at NMCC.

Students at David J. Lyon Washburn District Elementary School have been very active in good oral health practices. Our 2nd- and 3rd-grade students had an opportunity to get dental sealants on their six-year molars. Sixty-five students from pre-K to 8th grade had an opportunity to have a full teeth cleaning, fluoride varnish and dental health education at school done by Lucy Morin of ACAP KIDS School Dental Hygiene Program. Washburn is proud of their Gold Medal Smiles!

Bragg honored

    Michaela Bragg has been named to the dean’s list at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for the fall semester 2012. To be named to the dean’s list, you must earn a 3.4 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Perham Ladies

    The next meeting of the Perham Ladies will be held in the basement of the Perham Town Office on Feb. 19 at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. All ladies in Perham are invited to attend. Even if you have never attended a meeting, haven’t for awhile or are new to our community, please join us and feel free to bring a friend or two. There are many new projects and activities in the works and the group would like to see as many of our town’s ladies attend.

The Perham Ladies Welcome Committee put together and delivered in November and December eight Welcome Baskets for new residents. Our inventory is somewhat depleted, so any donations from the community for baskets to be delivered in the future would be appreciated. One does not need to be a Perham lady to donate to the Welcome Basket cache.

Some items we include in baskets are maple syrup, jellies, jams, pickles, handmade mittens, bootie slippers, washcloths, maple syrup lollipops, a Perham history book, phone book, Washburn Library cookbook, flashlights, candles, items from the Caribou Chamber of Commerce, calendars, pens, paper, coloring books, puzzles for the children, cleaning supplies, sponges, hand creams, Tupperware, etc. — all presented in lovely donated baskets. No basket is identical, items vary depending on available donations. All the baskets are chock full of wonderful items and are so well-received by Perham’s new residents.

The Welcome Basket is a somewhat old-fashioned concept. Many express surprise in finding this tradition still alive and well here in Perham. It is one that the Perham Ladies have kept going over the years and would very much like to continue for years to come.

There have been a few sputters and stalls from time to time over the past 10 years or so, but our commitment to welcoming our new neighbors is one the ladies enjoy and feel is an important thing we do as a group. We also include any local business cards and information in our baskets. Any businesspeople who would like their contact information included in the baskets may contact Ellie Snyder Jordan at 455-8016 or Debra Viola at 498-3433 to arrange for inclusion.

We accept donations of new household items. Rule of thumb: if you find it useful, clever, attractive or something appropriate to the season — i,e. snow scrapers, ornaments, fly swatters, seed packets, etc. — then we are certain our new neighbors will as well. If you would like to donate to our efforts, we will arrange for pickup. If you need ideas, speak to any of the Perham Ladies and they can offer some suggestions. Thank you in advance.

Perham’s oldest resident

    The Perham Ladies are searching for information on who might be our eldest community member. We would like to honor them by presenting them with our Perham Cane at a supper to be held sometime in March, date to be determined. Sadly we lost our first Perham Cane holder, Mr. Henry Nutting, on Feb. 12, 2012, at the age of 95.

It has been nearly a year since our community lost Henry and we are still feeling the loss of both he and his wife Ethel, who predeceased him. They were valued members of our town and pillars of the Perham community; our group was honored to have Henry be the first ever recipient of the Perham cane, which was made by the Viola boys and master carver Tom Cote of Limestone.

We are ready to make our next presentation and need help finding our town’s next cane holder. Contact Ellie or Debra or any one of the Perham Ladies if you have information to share. We will need an exact birth date, year included. The hope is we will present the cane at a supper held in honor of the recipient and their family. It is a very special evening and we need your help to make this happen. Thank you.

Ladies send cards

    A reminder, the Perham Ladies send out get-well cards and cards of condolence. If you know of someone who is unwell or in mourning and needs to know they are being thought of, please contact any of the ladies or specifically Mrs. Sylvia Wardwell, who has graciously taken over the task of writing and sending the cards after the loss of our Viola Helstrom who sent out the cards for many years.

Boot wins drawing

    Congratulations go out to Cindy Boot, winner of the Washburn High School Class of 2013 Project Grad tournament package. The package is a one-night stay on a Sunday, Feb 17, at the Quality Inn in Bangor, $30 in gas, two tickets to tournament on Monday, Feb. 18, and $40 to UNO Pizzaria in Bangor.  The class of 2013 would like to thank everyone who purchased tickets to help raise money for this year’s SAD 45 Project Grad.

Talent show planned

    The Washburn Music Boosters Club is planning on holding a talent show sometime in April; they are looking for anyone who would be interested in participating. The talent show will be open to students and the public as well. If anyone would be interested in taking part in the talent show please e-mail Kelly White at

August Festival meeting

    The next August Festival Committee meeting will be held on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. We would love to have more members on the committee and will be making plans for 2013 August Festival. Constructive comments and suggestions are always welcome.


    Those celebrating a birthday between February 13-19 include:  Mitchell Wilcox, Candy Pangburn, Freeman Corey, Emily Driscoll, Kathy Corey, Eric Beckwith and Snuffy Pinette.

Those celebrating an anniversary between Feb. 13-19 include:  Keith and Kathy Corey.

    Beth Boddy is the correspondent for Perham, Wade and Washburn. She can be reached by calling 455-8427 or by e-mailing