Community Notebook

11 years ago

Ricker Rumblings
      By Lois Downing

Hello again and have a really nice day on this winter day in February. I can’t believe February is almost a month in the past now. The sun is out today and it is a fairly nice day. Thank you, Lord.
We are glad to report that both Doris Hogan and Ruthie are back at Ricker Plaza now. Both are doing well. Ruthie’s sister, Shirley Nason, is at Madigan rehabiltating.

Sylvia Thompson’s, Aunt Louise Richard, 96, of Feeding Hills, Mass., passed away. She is the sister of Eldora Ackerson of Bridgewater. If she had lived to April she would have been 97.
Also Sylvia’s husband Donnie lost his sister, Patsy Davis the same day. We are very sorry to learn of Patsy’s death. She was a lovely woman and will be missed.
My report on angels: ‘’If love had a form it would look like an angel, soft as a cloud and bright as a star. If hope had a voice it would sing like an angel, clear as a bell and deep as the sea.’’
Have a great week, stay well and warm.
This is a news release from the Pine Tree Chapter-Aroostook County Branch pertaining to the American Red Cross and their offer for free disaster preparedness training. The Aroostook County Branch of the American Red Cross will offer free disaster preparedness courses on Friday, March 8 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.     The training will be at the Community Living Association’s Career Enhancement Center at 2 North St. in Houlton.
Friday’s class will feature ‘’Disaster Services: An Overview’’ and the day long training on Saturday will feature ‘’Client Casework.’’ The purpose of these courses is to provide information about ways participants can help their community prevent prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.
Early registration is encouraged due to a maximum of 20 in each class. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion that does not expire and is recognized throughout the world. Light refreshments will be served. The Pine Tree Chapter of the American Red Cross serves northern, central and eastern Maine with fire and disaster relief, services to the Armed Forces, community preparedness and health and safety training services. One may register on-line for Red Cross Training Courses www.maineredcross.org. You can also call 1-800-733-2767.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly ME 0233, Houlton
By Lois Downing

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, Chapter 0233 of Houlton met at the Aldergate building on Feb. 22 for its weekly meeting. Nineteen ladies were present, five of these were KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) members.
The loser of the week was Joanne Scott with runner-up Cheryl Driscoll. The skinny dish was taken home by Shirley Ethier. Brenda Lacostic gave the secretary’s report. Betty Wyman was given a charm for January by charm person, Barbara Whited.
Cheryl Driscoll will act as our photographer as of this date. Pictures of state officers and executives were distributed by leader Diane.
Several ladies ordered the TOPS book, ‘’The Choice is Mine.’’
April 6 is the date for an inspiration workshop, to be held in Van Buren at the community center.
Diane read an article about diet soda and the risk one is taking when drinking it, the information supplied by Cheryl.
Election of officers will take place at the next meeting.
Receiving yellow roses on becoming KOPS were Shirley Ethier, Aileen Smith and Diane Folsom.
The next meeting will be Friday, March 1 at the same location. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. after weigh-in at 8-8:45 a.m.
For information on the chapter you may call Charlotte Marley at 757-8483 or Betty Ivey at 532-9653.
Come, enjoy, socialize and take off weight.

Friends and Needles Quilt Guild
By Carmel Bowers

The Friends and Needles Quilt Guild met Feb. 5 at Houlton Regional Hospital. The meeting was called to order by co-chairwoman Jennifer Metzger.
Project Linus
Kim Hazlett reports that quilters are turning in Linus quilts all the time. Keep up the good work as children all over the world need your help in getting through crisis and disasters. Remember that they need to be completed, washed and tagged (a Linus tag), if you don’t have a tag don’t worry Kim will see that it gets one. Also, when you wash please don’t use scented soap or fabric softener if you can help it.  Some children are critically ill.
For every quilt you turn in you will get a chance at a new Janome` sewing machine — for example, two quilts equals two chances. Please be sure to sign the book when you bring in your quilt. The drawing will be held at the May meeting.
Dot’s Mystery Class: Scheduled for March 9, at HRH, still has some availability. So if you are interested in creating a memorable (and very nice) quilt sign up with Karen Gallop or Jennifer Metzger. This is so they can give you the first few steps you need to complete before the beginning of the class.
Golden Harvest Paper Piecing
This is a two-day class presented by Kim Hazlett.  The first day is March 30, which is the prep class. The second day is May 11, the fun one, where you will sew your quilt. You can pick up your pattern at Rather-b-Quilting shop, Peggy Crane’s shop, she will even help you chose fabrics if like.
There are certain supplies you may want to have for this class.
Upcoming Events
The auction will be held at the March meeting. Keep cleaning out that sewing shelf, closet, table, room.  Be sure to turn your junk into someone else’s treasure, for a good cause (which we will choose at a future meeting). Our own auctioneer, Tammy Mulvey will provide the entertainment.
April is coming soon and that means bag buddy swap time, some of us have theirs done, right Jennifer.  So I guess that means I’ve got to get my machine in gear. But, if you feel overwhelmed or are having difficulty finishing your project please call Mary Ann Stewart, and let her know early.
Our June banquet/ potluck meeting will be held at the Houlton Golf Course. With a definite maybe on the date of Wednesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned for updates on this.
Quilt Show
We need a name for the raffle quilt and the quilt show. Please send any ideas/suggestions to either Karen or Jennifer before the next meeting. Lisa Perfitt and her advertising team need it soon. The show is scheduled for Aug. 16, 17 and 18 at the Higher Education Center. Set up is on Thursday, Aug. 15. Many hands make light work.
As it still stands we do need to get permission for quilts that are to be shown at the state show.  Permission requests can be downloaded from our, wonderful, website. Peggy Crane has graciously offered to help anyone who needs help. Quilts designs dating pre-1939 are considered public domain and does not require permission.
Help is always needed, and appreciated, with the raffle quilt. We meet at Rather-b-Quilting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. Come and join us. Special thanks to Larry McCarthy for his help in our Quilt Barn Trail project.
Our challenge to all you imaginative quilters is Cat tails, Cat Tales, Cattails.  These are for our August show.
Thank you very much to this month’s hostesses, Pam Mailman, Mary Ann Stewart and Tammy Ritchie. Next month’s our hostesses will be, Peggy Crane, Barbara Holstein and Lynn Tweedie.
Peggy Crane was gracious enough to show all how to deal with those half squares that we all need to do for our mystery quilt.      Next month’s fat quarter will be in the color of green or orange.

Purple Hat Society
By Lois Downing

Purple Hat Society met at the SAVE (Southern Aroostook Vocational Education) building on Bird Street in Houlton on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Many of our regular ladies were in attendance with Charlotte Marley leading the group.
I opened the meeting with the grace before the meal. Peggy Sanders took care of the name tags. While we had a delicious meal, Marie Gillotti gave picture frames to each of the ladies, she made herself. Charlotte Marley read a joke about a driving lesson and  a frog.
We sang ‘’Happy Birthday’’ to Denise Clark, Jackie Colella, Bernice Campbell and Elaine Barrett. Peggy Sanders and Joanne Scott received ceramic birthday dolls. After the meal, we played a doddle game and Charlotte led us in the Left and Right story, which proved to be a fun game, everyone participating.
Attending from Cary were Jackie Colella, Denise Clark, and Joanne Scott; from Houlton, Marsha Reed, Betty Wyman, Wannetta Townsend and Lois Downing; from Dyer Brook, Marie Gillotti and Sandy Wyman; from Oakfield, Deloris Locke, Evelyn Johnston, Bernice Campbell, Elaine Barrett and Millie Gagnon; from Smyrna, Cindy Gray, Peggy Sanders and Charlotte Marley.
The March meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, at a Taste of China Restaurant in Houlton. If you need information about the chapter, please call any of the above ladies or Charlotte Marley at 757-8483.