Out and About

 
September 14, 2014
 
On Thursday over 150 students in the district traveled to the Schoodic Symposium and to Frazer Point for a field trip. While we were there we saw four of the sculptures that had been completed and waiting to be moved to their destination. The Harrington one was delivered on Friday morning at the walking path by the Harrington Health Center.
The high school has started their canoeing and kayaking classes with the Phys Ed class now at Stillwater in Cherryfield that I take them too. Some of these students have never done this before. Usually the first time the students are standing around not knowing what to do, by the time they finish a few weeks later, they will know how to handle a canoe and a kayak.
John Bunker of FEDCO was in the area to identify old apple trees and their fruit and explained how to prune the old ones to bring them back to the producing age. The apple walk brought in about sixty folks from all over the state where we met at the ‘Paul’s resident on Addison Ridge and checked out trees on the property across the road and on the Drisko homestead off the Old Addison Road. This was sponsored by the Pleasant River Historical Society. Even I was glad to get information on how to take care of my little apple tree that I am growing in my back yard.
On Saturday I attended the Maine Genealogical Society’s Annual Family History Conference at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer for the day. The featured speaker was Thomas Jones, PhD, CG, CGL. Mr. Jones teaches in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate program, online and in the classroom. I was able to get in on three of his classes and one with Nancy Lecompte. She has worked as Research and Education for Ne-Do-Ba and is authority on the Native American history of this region; she spoke on Genetic Genealogy.
  Two others that also spoke were Desiree Butterfield-Nagy, reference Archivist for the Special Collections Department at the U.M. Fogler Library in Orono and Michael L. Strauss an Accredited Genealogist spoke on the Genealogical Research in the United States Life-Saving Service.
While attending the conference I came across folks that I had helped on line with their family tree for the first time. It was nice to see Celeste Sherman of Machiasport and Theresa Nichols there for the first time. I also met up with Pam Beveridge there during the meeting who I have met at other functions in genealogy.
Guest at our house on Sunday evening were Judy Sprague of Texas and Peter Sawyer of Milbridge. Good food and great conversation was had by all.
Judy has been very busy visiting friends and family while she is visiting in the area. On Thursday evening she and Peter Sawyer attended the Order of the Eastern Star at the Alcyone Chapter #71 of Milbridge Thursday evening with me.
Don’t forget that the Adult Education Enrichment Classes begin this week. We are still looking for folks that want to know how to do their genealogy. Beginners welcome as well as folks that just want to come out and fine more information on how to find stuff on the internet. Hope to see you there, bring what you know with you and we will go from there on Wednesday nights.
 


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September 7, 2014
 
An Apple walk led by John Bunker of FEDCO, a pomologist specializing in historic apple trees will be this Friday September 12 from 3-6 p.m on Addison Ridge in Addison.
 Mr. Bunker will identify examples of early apples growing wild and being cultivated on the Ridge, an early 19th century commercial apple center. Everyone will meet at 3 p.m. Friday on Richard Paul’s lawn on Addison Ridge. All trees are within a half mile radius. This apple walk identification is sponsored by the Pleasant River Historical Society. All are welcome.    
Condolences go out to the family of Jenene J Schneider of Inverness, Florida, formerly of Harrington who unexpectedly died on Sept. 2, 2014. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends in the area.
Lisa Elichaa of Auburn, Maine and Blake Tilton of New Jersey were in town this weekend for the funeral of Jr. Grant of Columbia Falls.
Wednesday September 3, the Bus Drivers of SAD 37 held their team building workshop at the EDGE building in Cherryfield where several drivers did the Flying Squirrel. A beautiful day flying amongst the trees while trusting our fellow drivers not to let go of the rope.
On Saturday Paulette Veit and I attended the Cherryfield first lobster dinner at the Cherryfield Public Library.  I had the pleasure to sit next to some folks from New York that has been coming to the local area for many years. They try to make as many of the public suppers in the area while they are visiting.  
Al and Patty Howland has been playing and singing in Gouldsboro every weekend and this coming weekend will be their last one for the season.
Happy belated birthday wishes go out to Judy Sprague of Texas, formerly of Milbridge on Sept 1st and to Wyatt Worcester on the 7th.  
Birthday wishes go out to my nephews Eric Worcester of Arizona and Jonathan Plummer of East Machias on September 11. I also want to remember my dad on Sept. 15, he has been gone 10 years and he would have been 102 this year.
Wedding anniversary wishes go out to Ronald and Tracy Ramsay, Tim and Mandy Kane of Addison on September 8 and Marjorie and Everett Ramsdell of Harrington on the 9th and Joanne and Randy Gray of Brewer on the 10th.- Ronie Strout
 


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August 31, 2014
 
It does not seem possible that summer vacation is over and school will be starting on September 4th for SAD #37. The last thing that seals the deal is of the Blue Hill Fair, and I with friends Kevin and Maryann Rice enjoyed our time there on Saturday. I had not been for a few years so it was a treat for me. I ran into quite a few folks from this area there. We first went to see the sheep dog trials, then onto the barns to see all of the animals. I love to try samples of goat cheese that is there for everyone to try.
On our way to and from the fair were lots of yard sales begging us to stop and buy their wares and we did find a few items that we could not live without. All in all it was a great day out and about with friends.
On Thursday evening the Jonesport Historical Society had a full house to hear Nancy Willey speak on the Baseline on Epping Plains in Columbia. Dick Paul and I traveled together to hear Nancy this evening. I have heard her several times and also went on several of her trips over the barrens when she was taking school children to learn about it.
Some interesting facts that Nancy spoke about: In 1853 surveyors were sent to Eastern Maine to find a suitable location for the Northern most baseline. They could not find any place on the rock bound coast and had to go inland about six miles where there was flat land on Epping Plains in Columbia, Maine.
There was a chain of 6 triangles measured with extreme accuracy located from Alabama to Maine the chain would serve as the framework to link other harbor surveys. The Baseline in Columbia one of the 6 would be used to map eastern United States.
Work was started in May 1857 with local farmers and lumbermen of the area working to clear and cut and grade a 12 foot wide road along this line. It was completed on August 7, 1857. This baseline is the only remaining one left in the U.S. The others have been eroded away because they were constructed close to the shoreline.
This Global Positioning System relies on signals from a network of sixteen satellites orbiting the earth outside of our atmosphere, at very high altitudes.
This geodetic survey was not like property surveys, which would evolve the boundaries of a piece of land, because this would determine the absolute position of certain points on earth.
A number of years ago several surveyors in the area had a brilliant idea of using the Global Positioning System to measure the Epping Plains Baseline again, to see if it was perfectly straight from when it was done in 1857.  They found that it was only off within a centimeter.
We are fortunate to have Nancy Willey still giving talks on the importance of this historical Baseline and how it has survived over all of the others.
Congratulations to Andrew McLaughlin on coming in 1st place at the races on Saturday the 30th.
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August 24, 2014
 
I finally had the chance to get out to a few yard sales on Saturday and found some wonderful buys. My granddaughter will be getting some cute outfits in the mail this coming week and I expect to see some darling pictures of her in them.
The Paul’s homestead is looking great with the paint job finally done on their home. I have been watching the painters do their excellent work while tending to the ladies ie. the hens for the Paul’s while they have been to a family reunion over the weekend.
The deer are still on the Ridge Rd. eating my pumpkin plants & hostas what is left of them. I have tried everything short of shooting them to get rid of these pests. They may be cute but cute does not put vegetables on my table. We did have a porcupine in the garden getting our tomatoes but I took care of him.
On Thursday the 21st I drove Bunnie Plummer to Bangor for an appointment. We had a lovely day eating out and doing errands.
Condolences go out to the family of Wilbur “Junior” Grant of Columbia Falls; we will miss seeing him out and about in the neighborhood.
Get well wishes go to Helene Hammond of Harrington; hopefully she will be home soon and on the mend.
The blueberry season will be soon wrapping up in the area. Does not seem possible that August is about gone and school will soon be starting.
The blackberries are out and I was able to get a few quarts for the freezer to put with the blueberries that I picked over the weekend.
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August 17, 2014


This week has been a busy week for me. On Tuesday I had a third cousin Patricia (Woodbury) Zelley of Massachusetts stop by my home for a visit to discuss how to find the information she needed to join the Mayflower Society as her line is the same as mine and goes back through Diadema Smith and Moses Worcester. My great grandmother Genetta was a sister to her great grandmother Alegnaid which makes us third cousin.
My dad, Orrin Worcester told me at the time I was corresponding with her that he knew her mother and grandparents and that Patricia and her mother Ethel Cummings Woodbury came and visited my parents when she was a small girl. Patricia told me she remembers visiting my parents and she believes that was the last time she was here in Washington County.  We had connected with each other through the genealogy message board on line and through email about fifteen years ago before my dad passed. She is in hopes to return in the fall for a few days to do some more research on the Cummings, Norton and Worcester families.
On Wednesday evening I traveled to Jonesboro with friends for the Sunrise County Tea Party meeting and had the pleasure to meet with our governor Paul LePage at the Union Church community building which was a treat for me.
On Thursday evening twenty five Eastern Star members came together for their monthly stated meeting and yearly official visitation with the Grand Conductress Julieanne B. Irving. After the meeting we enjoyed refreshments by members Clara Driscoll and Jolene Farnsworth.
The Washington County Republicans met at Jacksonville Grange in East Machias on Friday evening with about thirty folks attending the chicken barbecue supper and listening to the guest speaker Mary Mayhew, commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Resources.
Candidates running for office in November that were there were: Will Tuell, Matthew Foster, Joyce Maker, Barry Curtis, Richard Paul and Dave Burns.
I seem to be learning a lot this week in politics attending two meeting within days. I guess this week was not at all boring for me.
Another busy day on Saturday going to the Machias Blueberry Festival with my daughter Michelle McLaughlin and checking out all the activities going on and found that a lot of quilts were being ticketed off for a cause. I of course took a chance on all of them hoping that I might be a winner. Michelle and I both did a little Christmas shopping while there.
Condolences go out to the following families: Beverly Anderson and Hilman Foss of Harrington and Harold Bagley of Columbia Falls.


Candidates at the Washington County Republicans meeting, running for office in November are: Will Tuell, Matthew Foster, Joyce Maker, Barry Curtis, Beth Turner, Richard Paul and Dave Burns.



Commissioner Mary Mayhew, Department of Health and Human Resources



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August 10, 2014 
 
This week my garden decided to come on, so I have been tending to my vegetables, harvesting and canning them. We had to put up a fence that so far has kept the huge herd of deer that is on the Ridge Rd. from getting in. Before my husband got the fence up the deer got some of our vegetables. They also cleaned out my hosta plants that I had planted along the tree line and around my magnolia bush. Something needs to be done to cut this herd down that is growing too large.
On Tuesday I traveled to Ellsworth with my sister-in-law Bunnie Plummer for her appointment, we also did some other errands while there.
On Friday evening Pleasant River Historical Society had about thirty folks out to hear Jean and Reed Holmes talk about the Jaffa colony of 1866 in Israel and showed us photos of what it looks like now. They travel yearly from their home in Israel to Jonesport and have researched and written about this trip on “The Nellie Chapin” and of the people that went.
The next Pleasant River Historical meeting will be on Friday September 12, with John Bunker of FEDCO, a noted pomologist, and he will try to identify old apple trees on the Ridge Road. Everyone will meet at the home of Richard Paul by 3 pm.
I heard from one of my Facebook friends Ellen Tripp from Donahue, Iowa. She was the granddaughter of Clarence Day and has been coming to the Roque Bluffs area for many years. I had hopes that I would catch up with her while she was here with her family but they have been doing a lot of sightseeing so maybe the next time they are in the area I will get to meet them.
Pam and John Sawyer’s daughter and family are here visiting with the family in Columbia Falls. Pam was seen out walking her twin grandsons the other day.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Marie Ramsdell of Columbia on August 15. -Ronie Strout
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August 4th 2014 

Michelle McLaughlin of Harrington traveled to Boston on July 24 for a visit with her sister Diadem Washburn and family. She spent a couple of days visiting with her new niece Mabel Adelaide Washburn and her nephew Asa.
On Friday afternoon Michelle, Jesse and Asa and I visited the Franklin Zoo during the afternoon. Asa had been there before so he was happy to show us what he knew about all of the animals. We had a couple of hours having fun with Asa at the zoo.
On Friday and Saturday morning Asa Washburn showed his aunt the Tobin Park where he loves to go and play whenever he gets the chance. We also visited The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help “The Mission Church” that was right by the park on our way back to the apartment.
Alas my time being with the family while waiting for the new grandbaby and ending after three weeks came to an end; I returned home with Michelle on Sunday July 27 from our visit with the Washburn family. I have already heard that my grandson misses his ‘Nana’ and ‘Aunty’.
My garden seems to be doing great with all of the hard work that Carroll has put in it while I was gone. I had some fresh vegetables out of it on my first night home.
On Thursday July 31, Paulette Veit and I traveled to Cape Split here in Addison and visited with William Wallace Tabbot and his family that were here visiting in the area for the week. They traveled from Spartanburg, South Carolina to do some research of the Tabbutt families in the area.   
On Friday August 1, Richard and Cheryl Paul and I went to Cherryfield to hear clam digger Jon Keller of Addison, Maine discuss his book “Of Sea and Cloud” at the Cherryfield Academy. Jon recently had his book published; a novel of Downeast Maine.
The 2015 Pleasant River Historical Civil War Collectible Calendar has arrived and now on sale for $10.00 apiece. I myself have some at my home to sell. You should be able to find them at the Town Office this coming week and from Mary Thompson and Jeannette Perry.
There will be a Pleasant River Historical Society Meeting on Friday August 8 at the Cape Split Chapel with Reed M. Holmes as the guest speaker talking about the Forerunners, the story of 150 Americans from Jonesport, Maine to Jaffa in 1866 on the 'Nellie Chaplin'. The program will start at 7 p.m. all are welcome. - Ronie Strout



William Tabott with a Tabbut Rake






Jon Kelley signing his novel


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July 26, 2014 
 
On Sunday morning July 20, 2016 I ventured to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with my grandson Asa and his father Jesse. The first thing we saw was the collection of quilts that were on display this summer. These quilts were breathtaking and all made in the 1800’s. I recognized many of the patterns that were on display. While I was wandering through the rest of the floor Jesse entertained Asa with other displays till I was done. Two hours of trying to take it all in is really not enough time and that was just one floor.  So many rooms filled with exhibits from around the world, with lots of variety. This is a great museum with a great collection of art
work including stuff form American History, European, Africa, Asian, Egyptian, Greek, Himalayan/Chinese, Japanese, and many more.
One of the special exhibitions was the Magna Carta in the Art of the Americas Wing. I saw one of only four surviving copies of the original Magna Carta document written in 1215. I saw the two manuscript copies of the Declaration of Independence originally penned by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson and a marble bust of each of these founding fathers. I saw the Sons of Liberty Bowl (1768) by Paul Revere, which is engraved with the words “Magna Carta” and “Bill of Rights”. The exhibition included portraits, marble busts, and historical documents that I would never ever seen if I had not taken the time to go while I was here in Boston visiting my daughter and family. Plus the added bonus was that it was within eight minutes to walk from where they were staying. The price was well worth paying to see this and I would recommend it to everyone.
            I did not get back to the Museum until Thursday July 23 to finish seeing the rest of the museum collections on the second floor and the one of Jamie Wyeth’s collection on the first floor while Jesse and Asa headed for the park to spend some quality time together while waiting for me. On this day I had figured out the map quite well and followed a floor plan so I could basically see everything there in another couple of hours and in an orderly manner and finish up what I did not see the first day. I am sure I could go back and revisit this many more times and see more of the collections in more detail. Maybe next time I am in Boston I can make another trip to the museum to see any new exhibits that could be on loan.
If you go onto the website ‘mfa Boston’ website you can see some of the things that I saw at the museum and read all about their collections.
I hear that Stanley Mitchell of Addison is under the weather and I hope he is doing better now and will be home from the hospital soon and prayers go out for Junior Grant of Columbia Falls. Get well wishes also go out to Ronald Gray of Addison.
Happy Birthday wishes goes out to David McLaughlin of Harrington on August 1st; if you see him at the garage wish him well.
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July 20th 2014 
I am still in Boston helping out with my grandson Asa Washburn while his parents are enjoying their new baby Mabel. Asa and I go almost every day to Tobin Park which is nearby from where we are at the moment. He gets to play with other children his age and has met another boy Henry that comes to play there.  Asa also loves to go swimming in the pool at the apartment almost every day and so do I.
On Friday the 18th I walked to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and spent the afternoon wandering the rooms, corridors, and the Terrace Garden immersed in art.
This museum is home to contemporary and historical exhibitions, I read that it has classical and jazz concerts, lectures and performances, an Artist – in-Residence program going on all the time. Some of the things that I saw were: the Roman Sarcophagus in the court yard, the Flemish, Queen Tomyris Tapestry in the tapestry room, Rembrandt, Self-Portrait, Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of the Earl of Arundel, Leather wall coverings, Italian arm chairs, Workshop of Velazquez, portrait of Philip IV of Spain, French window from Soissons Cathedral, John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Isabella Gardner.
I saw historical lace and wall tapestries and a collection of letters written by George Washington, John Quincy Adam, Nathaniel Hawthorn and other famous people. In one of the corridor was an accordion door that folded in and out of the wall that held paintings that was unique as it used less space.
There were so many items from the different eras and centuries from all over the world that Isabella Gardner had collected that it is hard to list everything that I saw and read about.
This was an educational experience for me on my afternoon outing in the city and I did not get lost finding my way to and from there.
I see that the Milbridge Days will be coming up on the 26th, so mark your calendar to attend this, I may be back to attend this if all goes as planned.
Condolences go out to Oscar Look Jr. family of Addison and Iona Burgess Burke family of Milbridge on their passing.
Belated birthday wishes go out to Geri Moore of Columbia, Dawn McManus and Darlene Stubbs of Addison.-  Ronie Strout
 

July 12, 2014

 
We spent the 4th at Strout’s Look Out camp at Schoodic Lake, Columbia, Me. along with Michelle and David McLaughlin.  Zachary gave me a special ride around the lake in his boat so I could see all the other camps.
I really enjoyed my swim in the lake with my grandson Konner. After a barbeque lunch and another swim we were ready to return home. For a rainy day that did not start till around 6 pm it was a great 4th.
A lot of folks all over Maine were without power due to Hurricane Arthur. We were without power about 8 hours whereas quite a few in Addison and surrounding towns were out for a lot longer period of time. A lot of trees were uprooted in the area. We only had some branches break off. Thank goodness no one got hurt during the storm.
I traveled to Boston on the 6th to spend a few weeks visiting the Washburn family waiting for the new addition to arrive to the family.
On July 12, 2014 Diadem & Jesse Washburn, son Asa and Nana Ronie Strout welcomed Mabel Adelaide Washburn into the Washburn family at 8:06 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces and nineteen inches long in Boston, Ma. Mother and baby are doing fine.
Don’t forget the Genealogical Fair on Saturday July 19 from 9 to 3 p.m. at the Elm Street School Route 191, East Machias, Maine. Spend the day researching your Washington County families. There will be displays & information by local Historical Societies.
Bring your lunch and spend the day. Coffee & Donuts will be for sale, free & open to the public.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming activities in the area: Addison Days will be on July 19 with a parade at 11 a.m. with fireworks at dusk.  This will all take place in our town of Addison in the vicinity of the Town Hall on Water Street. -  Ronie Strout




Diadem & Jesse Washburn, son Asa and Nana Ronie Strout welcomed Mabel Adelaide Washburn into the Washburn family at 8:06 a.m. weighing in at 7 pounds and 3 ounces and nineteen inches long in Boston, Ma. Mother and baby are doing fine.
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July 4, 2014

 
On June 28, 2014 Konner Strout of Harrington celebrated his 7th birthday anniversary with a gathering at Schoodic Lake with family and on Sunday the 29 he celebrated with his school mates at his home in Harrington. Instead of presents for himself he asked his school mates to bring items for the Cherryfield Ark Animal Shelter where he goes with his mother a couple of times a week to play with the kittens there.
On Sunday the 28 I called on Huddy Peterson of Harrington for a visit and while I was there Sally Cooper and her daughter Christine and husband stopped by for a visit too.  Huddy was pleased to have us all drop in.
The Pleasant River Historical Society will hold their next meeting on Friday July 11 at the Addison Town Hall with Bill Waterhouse guest speaker on Making Sea Salt for home use at 7 pm. Business meeting will be at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments are served after the meeting.
To all DAR members of the Hannah Weston Chapter, Machias, Maine Daughters of the American Revolution will gather for their annual picnic meeting to be held at the Gates House, home of the Machiasport Historical Society on Rt. 92 in Machiasport, Maine at 12 noon, Saturday, July 12th those attending are asked to bring a sandwich. Dessert and beverage will be provided.
The program for the afternoon will be a discussion on the part that the Hannah Weston Chapter has played in the National DAR project “Celebrate America”. In addition Valdine Atwood will explain the proper use of the DAR Insignia.
Don’t forget the Fifth Annual Down East Country Fest that will be held on July 12 at the Harrington VFW Hall in Harrington, Maine with music from 7 – 11 pm.
The Addison School Alumni dinner and meeting will be held on July 12 at D.W. Merritt School in Addison with the social hour at 4:30 and dinner at 5:30 pm.
Get well wishes go out to Marvin Pineo and Mariner Bunker and hopefully they are both feeling better when this comes out.
Congratulations go out to Dawn Grant Stubbs of Addison on her new grandson Oliver Lee Riley Sawyer born on July 3 to Justina Stubbs and Chip Sawyer.

June 29, 2014 
Three bus drivers of SAD #37 received trophies at the Skills Competition at the Regional Safety Conference held at Narragauagus High School on Wednesday June 25th.  Kevin Rice received1st place and Ronie Strout 2nd place driving conventional bus and Mike Peterson received 2nd place driving transit bus. After the competition four Basics Workshops were held in the gym on Bus Evacuations, Positive Communications, Mandatory Reporting and Student Management for all drivers.
About seventy five folks attended the Friends of the Church on the Hill public supper Friday evening.  We had not attended one of these suppers before and found that we missed out on the others as the meal was excellent with the different casseroles along with the beans and the many pies that were there, no one went away hungry. On top of this a Chinese auction was held and I came away with two nice camp chairs.
On Saturday we spent the day at Schoodic Lake in Columbia at our son’s camp to celebrate our grandson Konner’s 7th birthday.  A swim in the lake and a barbeque made it a very nice party.
Special folks that attended were Konner’s Aunt Kimberly and cousins Jasmine and Brittany St. Pierre along with Brittany’s friend Chris.
In the evening we enjoyed socializing with Steve and Jan Morrison, Peter Sawyer and June and Harry Rolfe of Milbridge with a lovely meal. On our way home we got to see the Cherryfield fireworks which gave our day a great ending.   
Breaking news from Caleb Paul formerly of Addison, has informed me that the Fifth Annual Down East Country Fest will be held on July 12 at the Harrington VFW Hall in Harrington, Maine. Doors will open at 6:30 with music going 7-11 pm, BYOB -21 and older with ID.
 This year’s performers will be featuring Nashville Star Rachel Lipsky, Boston’s Miller’s English, and local favorites: Milbridge’s Ty Openshaw and Down East The Stillwater Band. More information can be found on this website: www.downeastcountryfest.com
Mark your calendars for the upcoming activities in the area: Addison Days will be on July 19 with a parade at 11 a.m. with fireworks at dusk.  This will all take place in our town of Addison in the vicinity of the Town Hall on Water Street.



Professional Drivers of SAD #37
Kevin Rice, Mike Peterson, Ronie Strout ( with trophies),  Fred Prince, Clara Freeman, Darlene Stubbs, Wayne Grant, Dawn McManus, Patricia Thaxter, Lori Mathews with Transportation Director Dawn Coffin in front.
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June 22, 2014 
 
On the 18th the students in grades K-5 enjoyed a picnic at Roque Bluff for their end of year field trip. The weather was great and the students had an enjoyable day.
The employees of SAD 37 had an end of the year barbeque at Narraguagus High School.
I myself am glad the school year is over; I have already read one book for summer and hope to do some more reading in my spare time.
On Saturday the 28th   fifty-seven Milbridge High School alumni’s came to their reunion. The Eastern Star ladies of Alcyone #71 catered the meal again this year.
We welcome Steve and Jan Morrison back to Milbridge for the season. It is always nice to drop by for a visit with them and catch up with all the news.
Condolences go out to the family of Ty Batson of Addison.
Condolences also go out to the family of Grace Peterson, the oldest resident of Columbia who passed away on Sunday the 22 with her family by her side. She will be deeply missed by her family and the residents of Columbia.
Get well wishes to Huddy Peterson of Harrington who should be home from the hospital when this comes out.
Get well wishes go out to Mike Beal and Juanita Stubbs of Addison and Patrick Ramsdell of Columbia.
The Pleasant River Historical Society Civil War 2015 Collectible Calendar is ready to go to the printers soon. It should be ready for Addison Days in July.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to Konner Strout on the 27 and Stephen Caywood Plummer on June 29.
Belated wedding anniversary wishes go out this month to David and Michelle McLaughlin who celebrated their eight wedding anniversary on June 10th.
Best wishes go out to the following that are celebrating their wedding anniversaries this coming week: Zachary and Tiffany Strout will celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary on June 24, Huddy and Charlie Peterson will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on June 25 and to Zebadiah and Molly Strout on their second wedding anniversary on June 29th.
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June 15, 2014  
 
            The big news in town this week was the manhunt that took place on Tuesday the 10, and I was out of town driving the bus to Augusta with students from Harrington. Missed the action but did hear about it when I was at the Addison Town Hall counting ballots for the election that night. Anyway, I heard the man was caught and I suppose he went off to jail again.
There were 190 residents that came out to vote on Tuesday, and only 180 that voted for the school budget.
Juanita Stubbs of Addison took a bad fall this week and ended up in the hospital in Bangor and I wish her a speedy recovery.
Condolences go out to the family of Russell Worcester of Columbia Falls on his passing.
Thursday evening at the Eastern Star meeting of Alcyone #71 we had thirty members attend. Our meeting started with the Rainbow girls from Ellsworth doing their presentation of folding the flag and then presenting it to Charlie Phinney our Worthy Patron of Milbridge. They did a lovely job and it is always wonderful to have them come to our Chapter.
On Friday evening the Pleasant River Historical Society had twenty five folks turn out for the presentation of John McMurray, artist emeritus with an illustrated presentation of art in several forms. An interesting film was shown called Rivers & Tides, Working with Time by Andy Goldsworthy.
Our next Historical meeting will be Friday July 11 with Bill Waterhouse who will present “Making Sea Salt for Home Use” at the Addison Town Hall starting at 7 pm. A business meeting will be at 6:30 pm.
Carroll and I spent the day Saturday doing some errands in Ellsworth and Bangor, I was glad to get back home as I really do not like going shopping unless it is necessary. We enjoyed lunch at the Olive Garden on this day as some folks say something different for a change.
On Father’s Day, after ‘father’ mowed the lawn and got some chores done around the house I took him to Beal’s Island to Bay View Takeout for a late lunch.  It is a great place to go if you’re in the area.
I have worked every day and evening on the upcoming 2015 calendar for the Pleasant River Historical Society this past week. I had to check out some gravestones in several cemeteries to use in the calendar. It was easy to find Civil War veterans and others veteran as they have a flag placed by their graves. Of course my camera would not let me finish taking photos after the first two sections that I walked; but I will be back again hopefully soon to find some more.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to my granddaughter Brittany St. Pierre on June 19. 
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June 8, 2014 
 
On Thursday the 5th Darlene Stubbs and I drove Harrington’s K-2 grades to Frazer Point for a field trip. There we met with Kate Petrie of the Schoodic Education and Research Center. The group was broken up in two groups where they were able to check out the tidal pools. The students were able to fine lots of mud flat creatures, star fish, crabs, clams etc. A lot of questions were asked by the students.
The weather was misted most of the morning and just before lunch it began to rain hard. We then bused them all to a pavilion at the campus to eat lunch out of the rain before they walked to one of the campus buildings for a presentation by Kate Petrie on what they had seen earlier in the tidal pools.
We departed from the Schoodic campus and traveled to Tracey’s Seafood in Sullivan for everyone to have an ice-cream before returning to school.
On Saturday the 7th I attended the Order of Eastern Star School of Instruction at Irene Chapter in Ellsworth along with Jolene and her son Richard Farnsworth of Columbia Falls. Others from our chapter in Milbridge were Eleanor West and Priscilla Kennedy from Steuben.
In the afternoon I attended Matthew Welsh graduation party in Harrington at his parents’ home. He had friends and family that came from Connecticut to attend his graduation and his party.  A fun time was had by all of his cousins.
Sunday was a great day to be out working in the yard, I got a lot done and planted my magnolia tree that I got at Bush’s gardens in Columbia. Hopefully next year I will have some pretty flowers early in the spring. I thought the frost killed one of my rhododendron bushes but the flowers are blooming and the leaves are all brown. I do see some green leaves growing back so I know that it is still alive. I almost cut it down but was told to wait and see. I am glad that I did wait and see.
Congrats to Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington on coming in first place at Speedway 95 and first place in the Late Model Race.
I heard that Harrington High School Alumni had a great turnout Saturday evening in Columbia Falls. I was unable to attend this year.
Condolences go out to the family of Russell Worcester of Columbia Falls on his passing.
Don’t forget this coming Friday the 13th Pleasant River Historical Society will meet at 7 pm at the Addison Town Hall for their monthly meeting.
Our son Zebadiah, his wife Molly and grand dog Silva has returned to Minnesota this week. They have been with us since the middle of February and we do miss them especially the grand dog Silva. They both have been busy as bees doing some renovations to the house for us. We appreciate all that they have done for us. - Ronie Strout
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June 1, 2014
 
This week I have been working on Civil War information on the following folks: Sidney W. Tucker, Harrison Gray Otis Smith, Algernon A. Worcester, Stephen Phipps, Joseph Worcester, Moses Worcester 3rd, Fonze Green Hill Leighton, Warren Gilbert Leighton and Wentworth Alfonzo Leighton. They are for four months that I have gotten done for the 2015 Calendar for the Pleasant River Historical Society.
Hopefully I will get at least four more months done  this coming week, what with the research on each one, it does take some time to do.
Amongst all of this busy work, I had the pleasure to drive some folks from Calais, Lubec, Columbia Falls, Harrington and Steuben to Winter Harbor for the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium workshop. Our first stop was a tour of the Jonesboro Quarry on the Station Road where we got information on where the granite used for the sculptures comes from. From there I took them to our very own Sculpture at our mini park in Addison. We then stopped in Harrington at the Harrington Health Center where Harrington will have theirs placed in the fall. At this time we found out that they had received the Grant they had written to help with the sculpture.
We also stopped in Milbridge, Steuben, Prospect Harbor and Winter Harbor at their sculptures before going to the workshop at the Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor.
Jesse Salisbury introduced the Symposium artists that will be doing the sculptures along with a slide show.
Kate Petrie gave us a geologist discussion of the area followed by a discussion with the whole group on Stewardship.
            All schools are invited to visit the Fisher Field site where the sculptures are being created and completed before their removal to their permanent sites. The Symposium will be from August 3 to September 14, 2014 between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Contact person is Jane Weil 546-2269 and Cathy Lewis 522-6488.  
Prayers go out to the following folks: Sherrill Redimarker, Erica Thompson and her newborn infant, and Gail Sprague an Eastern Star member of Machias.
Birthday wishes go out to my granddaughter Jasmine St. Pierre on June 2 and to Donald Hicks. Sandra Plummer Stevens on June 5, and Holly Davis on the 10. 
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May 25, 2014
The Grand Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star held their “Heronines of Faith and Courage” Grand Chapter Session on May 19-21 at the Augusta Civic Center with over 350 Eastern Star members in attendance. I was able to attend the activities that were held at the Civic Center as a new Worthy Matron of Alcyone #71.
 Our Milbridge Chapter, Alcyone #71, received a Certificate of Achievement and trophy for the Worthy Grand Matron’s Special Project for ESTARL at the “Heronines of Faith and Courage”  Grand Chapter Session, Augusta, Maine on May 20.
I received word that Basel that owns the Columbia Market in Columbia fell down 23 steps at his place on Saturday. He is sore but is doing okay. Get well wishes go out to him.
Skye Cirone was injured while attending a birthday party in Addison on Saturday; she broke her leg in two spots and came through surgery well. Prayers go out to her and her family.
Kevin Rice of Harrington will be coming home on Monday the 26 from rehab. He has improved so much since his operation and now will be able to get out and about.
Narraguagus High School had a Memorial Day Ceremony on Friday, with many local veterans there. The school district had all five through eighth grades bused to the program.
Recognition was given to Lucille Willey and John Sawyer for their years teaching at the school.  
Congratulations go out to Alex Berry of Harrington on coming in first and Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington on coming in third place at Speedway 95 on Saturday.
I called on Dixie Cirone on Saturday while I was out and about in the afternoon.
Huddy Peterson’s computer is in the shop being fixed and she wanted folks to know that she had a nice visit from Paul and Diane Farren on Sunday and hopes to be able to write her news next week.  
 

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May 16, 2014
 
This past week our daughter Diadem and grandson Asa Washburn spent the week with us. My grandson Asa enjoyed being outdoors where he could  run and play in his ‘home’ that was passed down to him by a cousin. My daughter said she called this ‘Free Range Child Rearing’ living in the country where he could get outside and play. We really missed seeing him leave but got to visit him at his other grandparents on Sunday afternoon in N. Penobscot for a small birthday party for him. Asa turns two years old on May 20th; doesn’t seem possible that he is two.
Finally got my first mess of smelts this spring delivered to me by my son Matthew on Sunday; we fried them up for supper and they were delicious.  
The former Seafood Shack in Columbia is up and running for the season and is renamed the Navigator Family Restaurant.
The next public presentation of the Jonesport Historical Society will be held this Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Sawyer Building at 21 Sawyer Square.
“Seabird Restoration and Research” will be presented by Sara Williams from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Refuge. Through habitat protection and active management, Sarah is working to bring healthy populations of nesting seabirds to Maine’s coastal islands. The public is welcome.  
Don’t forget The Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Lyme Disease Awareness program. for Thursday May 22nd at the Sullivan Rec. Center on Rte 1 in Sullivan at 6 p.m.
Get well wishes go out to Kevin Rice, I spoke to him this week and he thinks he will be at rehab for a few more weeks. Also get well wishes go out to Sherry Paul of Addison, hoping that she will be up and about soon.
Congratulations to Jenny and Nicholas Stahl on their recent wedding over the weekend.  
Happy Birthday wishes go out to my grandson Asa Washburn of Boston on May 22. 
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May 11, 2014 
 
            On Mother’s Day all of my children, Michelle, Matthew, Zachary, Zebadiah and Diadem were all here at home. My daughter in law Molly planned the menu, cooked and hosted the brunch. She has become quite the cook while she has been here. Others that were here were my two grandsons Konner and Asa, granddaughter Jasmine with her friend Matt, David McLaughlin, Tiffany Strout and Karmen Young. Carroll and I really enjoyed having them here on such a beautiful spring day.
            Our daughter Diadem and son Asa Washburn are spending a few days with us this coming week. Asa will be learning on how to become a country boy in down east Maine.
Get well wishes go out to Grace Peterson of Columbia, Sherry Paul of Addison and Hillman Foss of Harrington and Carroll Strout is now out and about after his stay in the hospital.
The EDGE program had the 7th graders of Harrington this week for a leadership program in Cherryfield. They had three nice days to be outside while there.
I finally got my first mess of dandelions for a meal this week. I had heard several other folks in the area had gotten some earlier in the week. Another first for us was an ice-cream at the newly opened Pleasant River Drive In in Columbia Falls.
Twenty five Eastern Star members turned out to the meeting on Thursday evening. We welcomed Madelyn and Charlie Phinney of Milbridge back with us. Special guest for the evening were: Theo J. Heald, District Deputy Grand Matron of District 2, Mr. & Mrs Brent H. Jones, Past Grand Patron, and Dale E. Hanington, Grand Sentinel and wife Jean E. Hanington, Grand Esther of the Order of Eastern Star.
Mary Thompson reported that the Friday night Pleasant River Historical Society program in Columbia Falls had thirty eight out to the meeting. The meeting was on Ship Building in the Pleasant River area with Robert Hammond as guest speaker. Folks from Addison, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Harrington, Jonesport and Milbridge came to this. I was unable to attend this evening.
Mark your calendar The Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Lyme Disease Awareness program. for Thursday May 22nd at the Sullivan Rec. Center on Rte 1 in Sullivan at 6 p.m.
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May 2, 2014 
Get well wishes to Carroll Strout, Kenny Kane, Kevin Rice and all the other  folks from the Columbia and Addison area that has been in and out of the hospital this past week. Hopefully with warmer weather everyone will be on the mend and soon home.
It was really nice to have Nurse Becky Reynolds a relative to come in and speak to us and see my husband. Carroll has a really great team in helping him to become well.
I spent Sunday visiting with Carroll at Eastern Maine Hospital and then stopped by for a visit with a friend on my way home. It was a lovely day to be out and about.
Diadem Washburn my daughter celebrated her birthday with friends at her home in
Boston on Saturday.
Happy birthday wishes go out to Charlie Rathburn of Columbia Falls who turns 21 on May 10.
Congratulations to Andrew McLaughlin of Harrington who came in 2nd place in the season opener @ Speedway 95 Saturday night.
Pleasant River Historical Society will hold a meeting on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Falls Community Building with Bobby Hammond speaking on ship building in the area.  The public are all welcome.
There will be an Eastern Star stated meeting, Alcyone Chapter #71 of Milbridge  on Thursday evening at  the lodge in Milbridge at 7:30 p.m. All members are welcome.
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April 27, 2014 
 
During school vacation I spent a few days in Boston visiting with my grandson Asa Washburn and his mom & dad. On Friday, his father Jesse and I took Asa to the public library for a program for his age and then to Ronan Park before returning home. Asa loves to go to the park to hunt for babies so he told me and on this day while we were there another small child came with her Nana to play too.
On Thursday Diadem and I went into Cambridge for lunch and then to the Arboretum to see the magnolia trees that were all in blossom. My magnolia bush has not started to bloom yet but hopefully in the next week it will.
On Saturday I ate breakfast in Boston, lunch in Portland and supper in Machias before I ended up at home finally unpacking and settling back into my regular routine.
Sunday, the Strout family gathered at Michelle and David McLaughlin for a cookout. Those that were there were Zachary, Tiffany and Konner Strout, Zebadiah and Molly Strout, and Carroll and I.
            Get well to Kevin Rice of Harrington and Terry Grant of Addison; hopefully they both will be up and walking better soon.
            Condolences go out to the families of Oscar Hall, Judy Dorr Emerson, Gary Dugay,
Andrea Emerson Burke and Evon Galen Kennedy on their recent deaths.

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April 20, 2014 
This week the Professional Driving Team of SAD #37 spent time at the local elementary schools teaching students Bus Safety and Emergency Evacuation Drills.  Students learned how to board, ride, and exit the bus safely to and from school and on field trips. They also learned how to evacuate in the event of crash or fire. Thanks to all staff members at each school for their help in encouraging the students to be quiet and respectful. All students did a wonderful job and a big thank you to them as well.
On Monday the 14th I drove the baseball and softball team to Blue Hill for their game with George Stevens. The road going in to the field was very muddy to drive on. Several vehicles were stuck and had to be pulled out after the game was over.
Tuesday evening the 15th, more than 125 Addison residents voted in Mike Murphy to fill the selectman vacancy that recently opened up for a two year term. The articles on the adgenda that evening all passed and the meeting was adjourned within less than an hour.
Wednesday evening was the eighth genealogy class at the high school, we will make up the other two weeks after vacation. Hopefully we will not have other cancelations because of a snow storm.
Folks in the area are getting their burn piles burnt before the warmer weather gets here and dries everything out. Here on the Ridge we have had two evenings of burning the brush piles with friends of the Strouts and the Pauls. A social gathering for all involved. We probably could have a few more if we get the time to clean up more of the trees that got their branches broken by the ice storm. This is a never ending project in the spring.
The annual fish fry in Columbia Falls is now over for another year, many folks turned out to it, we did not go this year to it as we had other plans that evening.
This week is school vacation for all of the little ones in the area. I heard a few teachers are heading out of town for their spring trip. I myself will be heading for Boston to visit my grandson and his family in the middle of the week and hoping that the weather will be warmer there.
This year we decided to do an Easter Brunch with our family instead of a full coarse meal. Around our table were: Michelle, David, Tiffany, Zachary, Konner, Zebadiah and Molly. In the afternoon we enjoyed lunch with Matthew, Karmen and Doris Joy on Beal’s Island and a ride through Mason Bay and then home. It was great visiting with Doris during our ride and lunch. Doris is 99 years old and doing quite well for her age.
Mark your calendar as the next public presentation of the Jonesport Historical Society will be held this Thursday, April 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM in the Sawyer Building at 21 Sawyer Square.
Sanford Kelley,  the owner of Rockdale Farms,  has been a prominent member of both the Wild Blueberry Commission and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America.
Sanford will discuss the history, harvesting and health benefits of wild blueberries, and will supplement his talk with slides and video clips. The public are welcome.
Birthday wishes go out to my daughter Diadem Washburn on April 30. - Ronie Strout




Bus evacuation drills at local schools.




Addison residents at the town meeting




Ballot clerks, John Rittenhouse, Sherry Paul, Donna Kausen
 
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April 13, 2014 
My family and I were saddened to learn of Maynard Erwin Tucker's death this morning April 13, 2014. Carroll’s family lost the last uncle on his mother's side the Tuckers formerly of Cherryfield, Maine & Baldwinville, Mass.. Maynard Erwin Tucker son of Susie & Frank Tucker passed away at 4 a.m. at the age of 92 years old. He leaves one son Wesley Tucker of Baldwinville, Mass. Condolences can be sent to him at 43 Beech Street, Baldwinville, Ma 01436-1462.
            Get well wishes go out to Harris Tucker of Gouldsboro; hopefully he will be home from the hospital by the time this comes out in the paper.
Get well wishes also go out to Roberta Hammond of Columbia Falls.
            Prayers go out to Oscar Hall of Columbia; keep Helen in your prayers at this time of need.
            Folks in the area are hearing peepers a sure sign that spring has really arrived.
            Forty three folks turned out to the Pleasant River Historical Meeting on Friday evening April 11. Donna Kausen was the guest speaker, giving a talk on the History of the Bears’ Den in Addison. The next meeting will be on Friday, May 9 with Bob Hammond speaking on Shipbuilding on the Pleasant River at the Columbia Falls Community building in the gym.
            A neat idea I came across today, for a family reunion, wedding or any kind of a gathering take a drawing of a tree and have everyone there put their thumb print on a tree branch and under it write their name. This will be a keepsake forever and also a good genealogy resource. Plus if you use different color ink it would be very pretty. - Ronie Strout



Donna Kausen speaker at the Pleasant River Historical Society

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April 5, 2014 
 
Eastern Star Chapter Alcyone #71, Milbridge, Maine will hold a stated meeting Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend.
Pleasant River Historical Society will hold their first meeting for the season on Friday April 11 at the Addison Town Hall at 7 p.m. (Business meeting will be at 6:30). The speaker for the evening will be Donna Kausen of Addison on the “The History of the Bears’ Den”. All Are Welcome hope to see you there.
A couple of upcoming events to be aware of: on April 15 at 6 p.m. Addison will be having a town meeting to elect a selectperson to fill the vacancy left by Brad Hamel’s resignation. Also, on April 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Addison Town Hall the Fire Department is sponsoring a public supper.
I now hear the birds singing first thing in the mornings, so I know that spring has arrived. I have heard the Canadian geese fly over and have seen some on the marshes here in town.
Driving over the roads I find the frost heaves are getting smaller but there are still some really bad ones where I drive with my bus.  Our end of town are getting a lot of trees cut down and trimmed up alongside of the road so now the bus does not hit them as I drive along the route. Some places I have actually had to drive on the wrong side to get by them. It won’t be long before new growth will pop up and fill in the bare spots to make it look better.
Condolences go out to the family of Lewis Dorr of Milbridge; Lewis was a 1968 graduate of Narraguagus High School and one of my classmates. His family and friends will miss him.
Friday evening I traveled to Ellsworth with Priscilla Kennedy and Eleanor West to attend the Eastern Star meeting at Irene Chapter #97. On a rainy Saturday I traveled with Jolene Farnsworth and Lillian Lounder to Springvale for the Installation of Officers at Ruth Chapter #14.
Get well wishes go out to Grace Peterson, George Peterson and Paul Favolise all on the Farnsworth Road in Columbia. Hopefully Grace will be home from the hospital when this comes out.
Happy birthday wishes goes out to Barbara Farren of Addison on April 8.
I have come across an adoptive family ancestor chart for my genealogy class for anyone that may have been adopted on how to fill out their genealogy tree. I get these notices from the Family Tree Magazine that I subscribe too and file it away for future information.
By Ronie Strout

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March 30, 2014  
 Pleasant River Historical Society met at Jeannette Perry’s on Monday evening the 24 with seven present; we were finalizing the upcoming meetings.  On Fri, April 11th Donna Kausen will present “The History of the Bears' Den” at the Addison Town Hall at 7pm. (Business meeting at 6:30) and then on Fri. May 9th Bob Hammond will present “Shipbuilding on the Pleasant River” at the Columbia Falls Town Hall at 7pm. (Business meeting at 6:30pm.) This is open to the public. If you would like to become a member we would love to have your help in preserving the history of the Pleasant River Area.
Another snow day canceled my genealogy class, seems it likes to snow on Wednesdays this year. Hopefully this coming week we will have decent weather.
            I have had several calls and emails on look ups on families in the area that I was able to give answers too.
I really enjoyed the 50 degree weather that we had on Saturday it did feel like spring for one day. The roads are not improving at all; here on the Ridge we have several bad frost heaves that makes you slowdown in your vehicles. The Kennedy Highway in Milbridge is very bad; you could almost lose control of your vehicle if you did not know where the bad spots are. A lot of folks are traveling over the Kansas Road to get to Milbridge.
Saturday evening Order of the Eastern Star, Alcyone Chapter #71 held their installation at the Masonic Lodge in Milbridge, Me. Installed for the insuring year were: Worthy Matron Ronie Strout, Associate Matron Charmin Davis, Associate Patron Richard Davis, Conductress Eleanor West, Associate Conductress N. Joanne Smith, Ruth Jolene Farnsworth, Esther Sharon Young, Martha Clara Driscoll, Electa Nona Cirone, Warder Priscilla Kennedy, Sentinel William Van Horn. Members that will be installed at a later date will be Worthy Patron Charles Phinney, Secretary Rebecca Atwater, Treasurer Sylvia Joy, Chaplain Madelyn Phinney, Marshal Elizabeth Monroe, and Adah Allegra Willey.
            The Installing Suite for the evening was: Past Grand Matron Jeri Holt, Past Grand Patron Dwight C. Whitney Sr., Grand Chaplain Barbara Redburn, Grand Marshal Margaret L. Dyer, Grand Organist Richard Farnsworth III, Star Point Ceremony Lillian Lounder, and Soloist Debbie Kelley.
Thirty three turned out to this open installation; those from my family and friends that attended were Michelle McLaughlin, Molly and Zebadiah Strout, Carroll Strout, Jonathan and Daniele Plummer, Sonya Grant and Lisbeth Batchelder. The evening turned out to be enjoyable.
Mark your calendar Addison is having a special town meeting on Tuesday April 15 to elect a new first selectman. I have heard there are several that are going to run for this office. Submitted by Ronie Strout



Installation of the Order of the Eastern Star, Alcyone #71, Milbridge, Me. for the ensuring year.
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March 23, 2014 
 
 
I have been working on genealogy this week in my spare time as well as attending Eastern Star meetings. Thursday evening Alcyone #71 of Milbridge had their stated meeting to make up for the canceled one the week before due to the storm. I also attended the installation of Machias as well as Ellsworth’s on Saturday the 22.  
On Saturday March 29, Alcyone Chapter will hold their installation at 7:30 pm; the public is welcome to attend. This is an open installation; I will be installed as Worthy Matron for the ensuring year. This will be a big night for me.
            Get well wishes go out to Paul Favolise of Columbia, hoping he will be on the mend soon; as  well to Molly Woodsum of Addison/Winterport and that she will be back to her old self soon. I do miss chatting with her almost every day. We got word that Uncle Maynard Tucker of Mass. and formerly of Cherryfield was in the hospital hoping to hear that is is doing better.
I stopped by a couple of times for a visit with Huddy Peterson in Harrington; she also has been getting over this mess that is going around. At our house we all came down with whatever you may call it, cold, flu etc. but are on the mend.
Huddy called and told me that she was able to get out and go to Dysart’s for her birthday dinner.
Grace Peterson of Columbia enjoyed having her sons Jack, George and Charles all visiting at the same time this weekend.
Condolences go out to the family of Tim Lyons of Addison on his unexpected passing.
There were many friends and family out to the funerals of Ken Robinson and Betty Hammond this past week. They will be missed by everyone in their town of Harrington.
Prayers to the family of Lucy Harper who passed away this week after a short illness, she will be dearly missed.
The trees are being tapped in the area to make maple syrup. The weather has not been great for the sap to run; hopefully in the next few weeks the weather will change for the good.
The Town of Addison will be having a special town meeting to vote on a selectman to replace the one that resigned in a few weeks.  -Ronie Strout
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March 16, 2014  

On Thursday school was canceled due to a storm and our Eastern Star meeting was canceled as well. Milbridge Alcyone Chapter #71 will hold their stated meeting this coming Thursday evening in Milbridge.

On Friday evening I and three other ladies ventured out on a cold night to the Jonesport Eastern Star meeting.

Saturday afternoon the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society met in Machias with twelve present, Valdine Atwood, Betsy Fitzgerald,Sherry Thaxter, Celeste Sherman, Bill Plaskon, Carole and John Sprague, John and Bonnie VanDyke, Lisa Hanscon, Cathy Fonda andmyself . Before the meeting started I discussed the Worcester family and how I happened to do the two posters for the Worcester family reunion. I mostly toldhow I came down from Moses Worcester the first white child to be born at Pleasant River. A couple of folks there mentioned that they also have Worcester in their own families and needed to do some checking on it.

Get well wishes go out to Debbie Kelley and Buddy Mills, I hope they willbe on the mend soon.

Condolences go out to the families of Betty Hammond and Kenny Robinson of Harrington in their time of need.Submitted by Ronie Strout.




Ronie Strout with the Worcester Posters at the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society.
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March 9, 2014
The adult genealogy class is going well at Narraguagus High School, with everyone working on their family tree. The time goes by fast when we are finding out the history of our families.
            I have stopped by and found that Huddy Peterson is getting up and walking a few more steps each day. She is really working hard to get mobile and it won’t be long before she is out and about when the warmer weather comes.
            Friday evening Priscilla Kennedy, Eleanor West and I traveled to Ellsworth for Eastern Star meeting with Irene Chapter # 97, another lovely meeting with friends.
            On Saturday evening Carroll and I attended the public supper at the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club in Cherryfield. A very good crowd turned out this evening to enjoy the home cook meal. The next one will be March 29.
            I am gearing up for the presentation at the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society on Saturday March 15 at 1 p.m. I will be speaking on the Worcester family of Washington County. I will have posters for showing the children of Moses 5 Worcester and his first wife and their children and who they married. The second poster will show the children of Moses 6 and Hannah (Leighton) Worcester and their children and who they married. 
Julian and Gloria Bagley from Centerville and other folks at the Narraguagus Snowmobile club supper
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March 1, 2014 
Last Sunday February 23rd my son Zebadiah and his wife Molly brought me home from Boston on their way to Addison. Before leaving Boston we had lunch at the China Pearl Restaurant in Chinatown. It is always a treat to get to go here whenever I visit my daughter Diadem, Jesse and grandson Asa Washburn.  
I was sorry to hear that Mona Farren formerly of Columbia passed away on Feb. 22 at Marshall Healthcare in Machias. Sympathy is extended to her family; she will be missed in the Town of Columbia.
Sympathy is extended to Michelle McLaughlin and Matthew St. Pierre on the death of their father Wilmer St. Pierre of Florida on Feb. 27th.
On Friday four Narraguagus High School students; Travis Alley, John Batson, Bryce Vane, and Devin Schoppee and their teacher Helen Sprague attended the 39th Annual Maine Fishermen’s Forum at the Samoset in Rockland, Maine. These students are in the Eastern Maine Skippers Program that prepares students to actively contribute to the vitality of our fishing communities today and in the future. In the pamphlet that I have it says that they learn academics through fisheries activities. Narraguagus is one of the seven high schools in this program; the others are Vinalhaven, North Haven, Deer Isle-Stonington, George Stevens Academy, Ellsworth and Mount Desert.  
Many vendors were there for the Trade Show during the three day Maine Fishermen’s Forum. As their bus driver on this trip, I enjoyed meeting these folks and talking with them while the students were busy. I also listened to the talk on the Green Invasion- How European Green Crabs are eating their way through Coastal Maine.  I even got to see Gov. Paul LePage as he walked by me as I was leaving the lobby.
A belated birthday wish goes out to Arlene Guptill of the Basin Road in Addison. She turned 90 years young on March 1, 2014.


Helen Sprague, Bryce Vane, John Batson, Devin Schoppee and Travis Alley at the Fishermen’s Forum February 28, 2014.
 
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February 21, 2014 

What a weird week for weather! While I was in Boston visiting with my daughter and her family we had rain, snow and thunder and lightning with a little bit of sun thrown into the mix. While visiting them, I along with mom Diadem and grandson Asa had a swim date at a local pool. What fun it was for the little one and us.  Another day, Asa had a play date with his Uncle Zeb, Aunt Molly and their dog Silva at the Ronan Park in Boston.  On Friday evening we all had dinner in Roslindale at Delfino, an authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant.  
On Saturday we all went in to the City to visit the New England Aquarium where we saw lots of exhibits of harbor seals, jellie fishes, African penguins, a tropical gallery exhibit, little Blue Penguins, giant groupers, tiny seadragons, piranha, anaconda, salmon and an electric eel. We explored a sea tidepool, the Gulf of Maine exhibit and saw an octopus and sea anemones. At the very top was the Yawkey Coral ‘Reef center with batfish and garden eels as well as turtles and colorful fishes swim around the vibrant coral reef. It was a beautiful day to be out and about with many other families enjoying the Aquarium. Asa seemed to enjoy his trip with all of us and seeing the many fishes that he so likes.
While off visiting with my daughter and family I did not do too much genealogy as I was busy with the grandson. I did keep up on what news I heard from the local area and found that I missed out on all of the snow that Washington County received while I was gone; but I did hear that Robins have been sighted in the area. Sounds like Spring may be coming.
Get well wishes go out to Sharon Tibbetts of Columbia who has returned home from the hospital. Hopefully she will be up and about in the near future.   - Ronie Strout

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 February 16, 2014

Many friends and family turned out for the celebration for Betty Hammond at the VFW Hall in Harrington, Maine on Sunday February 9, 2914.
Doris Joy of Addison enjoyed getting out on Sunday to celebrate her birthday dinner with her family at the Bluebird Restaurant. Doris who turned ninety-nine on the 8th had a lovely birthday.
On Sunday afternoon my son Matthew and Karmen Joy stopped by for a visit on their way home from visiting her grandmother.
Condolences go out to the family of Sandra ( Farren) Chipman on her recent passing.
Condolences go out to Sharon and Mike Woodsum of Addison on the lost of their home due to a fire.
Good luck to the Narraguagus girls this week, at the tournament in Bangor.
Don' forget the next snow mobile club supper is this Saturday in Cherryfield; they always have a good turnout for these suppers.
I made it to Boston between snow storms for a visit with the Washburn family this past weekend.. The grandson was happy to see me, he is growing so fast.
On Sunday we all went to the Brattle Theater to see the Bugs Bunny Film Festival an annual event with the Washburn family. I am sure this week will go by fast for all of us.
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 February 8, 2014
 
            This week went fast as we had the middle part of it off due to another snow storm. Hopefully we don’t lose any more days this winter.
             The junior high basketball team of Addison played Beals boys and girls on Friday night and won both of the games. D.W. Merritt will be in the play offs this coming week.
            On Saturday I attended the Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Hannah Weston Chapter meeting held at the Bluebird Restaurant. The guest speaker was Betsy Fitzgerald showing slides of old Machias, Maine. Others that attended were: Carole Sprague, Regent, Holly Davis, Barbara Maloy, Theresa Farnsworth, Patricia Hall, Nicolette Carter, Mary-Alice Look, Lucille LaRue, Jean Ingalls, Betsy Fitzgerald, Valdine Atwood, Debra Butler, and Roberta Hammond.
            Saturday evening we attended the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club Public Supper again. The club had a full house for supper.  Wonderful food and good conversation with all that were there. I believe the table that had the Centerville crowd and others finally figured out who I was.            
           Mark your calendar as Richard Paul, Chair of the Addison Republican Committee, has announced that the Addison Republicans will caucus on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the Mayhew Library beginning at 6:00 p.m.
     
           The purpose of the caucus is to elect Delegates and Alternates to the State Convention, elect members to the Washington County Republican Committee, and organize for the upcoming elections. All Addison Republicans are urged to attend this event.
          For the first time The Columbia Falls Republicans will join the Addison Republicans for a join caucus.  This is an excellent opportunity for local Republicans to meet and speak with those who are running for office. For more information contact Richard Paul at 483-4760.
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February 2, 2014
             
            Don’t forget this week is the beginning of the Spring Semester Enrichment classes at the High School. I have been working on my handouts for the genealogy class over the weekend and picked out the genealogy books that I will be using for the class.
            I talked with Huddy Peterson and she is getting to stand up and walk a few steps with help from Tracey and Mike Peterson. Hopefully by summer she will be up and about on her own. Huddy has a long way to go yet.
            I am still looking for photos of Civil War men/women from the Pleasant River area for the 2015 calendar. I recently was able to get a copy of Joseph Dorr Jr. from an old newspaper clipping from a local couple. I just wish more folks would share their photos so they will not get lost to future generations. I can come to your house and take a photo with my camera or even scan them onto my computer so they will not leave your house at all.
            A lot of the trees that were hitting the top of my bus here in Addison have been cut back thanks to John Rittenhouse. I still have to drive on the wrong side of the road on the Columbia end of this street in several places, but was told that the trees would be taken care of sometime in the near future. Here’s hoping.
             The buses in SAD #37 are looking good for a few days, after some of the drivers in the district washed theirs on Friday.
            Get well wishes to:  Betty Farnsworth, Obbie Davis, Ty Batson, Ronald Gray, Carroll Perry all of Addison; Betty Hammond, Martha Weaver and Huddy Peterson of Harrington; Sandy Look of Columbia Falls, Virginia Torrey of Deblois and Lucy Bagley Harper of N. H.  
            Birthday wishes go out to the following folks: Nona Cirone on the 5th, Richard Paul & Jean Richardson on the 6, Tracey Ramsay on the 7th, Virginia Tibbetts, Virginia Torrey, Doris Joy, Ronie Strout, Jack Gray and Roger Libby on the 8th, and Betty Jordan on the 9th. - Ronie Strout
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January 26, 2014  
By now the local folks in SAD #37 will have gotten the Adult Education Course in the mail for the spring session. I will be doing the genealogy class starting on Wednesday Feb 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. for 10 weeks when school is in session.
If you want to research a Mayflower Line, Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution line; you have come to the right place. I have local genealogy books and lots of handouts to get you started.
Beginners and all others that have dabbled in researching your family tree are welcome. If I don’t know the answer I will find it for you. Bring your laptops if you have one, notepad and pencils. Call NHS to pre-register at 483-2746 and ask for Dawn Stubbs.
            Some little sayings to share with you: Beware of the genealogy bug – its bite can be addictive. We are all time unravelers. Don’t judge me by my relatives, I didn’t choose them and my family tree is full of nuts! Are yours?
Get well wishes go out to the following folks: Ty Batson, Ronald Gray, Obbie Davis, Carroll Perry, Martha Weaver, Huddy Peterson, Sandy Look and Lucy Bagley Harper.
Condolences go out to the family of Edna Davis of Addison and to the family of Edward Sprague of Machias.
Winter came back this past week with the cold weather.  It was nice when it was a bit warmer before this hit us. The good news is that in seven weeks it will be spring.
The electricity has been flicking and then was out for a while early Saturday morning. I did see the electric company on our road about 2 a.m. so I knew that something had to be fixed. If the trees that are still hanging on the wires were removed we might not lose our power so often.  Just a thought anyway.
Saturday evening we attended another great supper at the Snowmobile Club in Cherryfield. The raspberry pie that I had was to die for. About seventy two folks turned out for the supper with a couple from Brewer. The next one will be on February 8 so mark your calendar before you forget it.
On Sunday Tracey Peterson had a Tasteful Simple party at her home in Harrington. As usually everything was delicious. It is always a great chance to get out in the middle of the cold winter to visit with other folks.
Don’t forget to wish Grace Peterson of Columbia a happy birthday this week.

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 I am looking for Civil War photos of people that served in the Civil War of the Pleasant River area (Addison, Centerville, Columbia and Columbia Falls) and their information on them for the next calendar for the Pleasant River Historical Society. 2015 is the last year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
I have found nineteen and have actual photos of eight of them, none in uniform but that is okay, for the rest I will try and get cemetery stones to post. The ones I have found so far are Jethro Hartford, Fonze and brothers Warren and Wentworth Leighton, Stephen Phipps, Harrrison Smith, Arthur and brothers David, Hillman, James and Joseph Tibbetts, Sidney W. Tucker, Charles S. White, Algernon, Asa, Joseph, Moses 3rd son of Moses Worcester and  Moses 3rd son of Asa  Worcester and William Bingham Worcester. I am looking for photos of their stones if you don’t have an actual picture.
Get well wishes to Obbie Davis, Ronnie Gray, and Carroll Perry of Addison, Lucy Bagley Harper of New Hampshire formerly of Columbia, Michelle McLaughlin, Martha Weaver and Huddy Peterson of Harrington.
More birthday wishes go out to Chris Gosnell on the 22 and Matthew and Mark Hurlbert on the 23 and Grace Peterson. Let’s shower Grace Peterson with birthday cards on her 95th birthday on Jan 28th.  Send to Grace Peterson, 110 Farnsworth Rd, Columbia, Me. 04623. Grace is the oldest citizen of Columbia, Maine.
On Wednesday I traveled to Calais with the Narraguagus Knights basketball team. The traveling was okay, but it was foggy in some places coming back after the game.
Friday evening I traveled to Ellsworth with Rebecca Atwater to attend Eastern Star at Irene Chapter # 97. Others from Alcyone Chapter # 71that attended were Jolene Farnsworth, Priscilla Kennedy and Grace Gerrish and from Jonesport Rumery Chapter 46 was Richard Farnsworth III.
On Sunday January 19, 2014 the Pleasant River Historical Society met at Mary and Tim Thompson home at Cape Split where we discussed the programs for the coming season. We have decided to change our meeting date to the second Friday of the month. We also decided on our 2015 calendar that will be on men in the Civil War from the Pleasant River area. Those that attended beside the Thompsons were Ronie and Carroll Strout, Jeanette Perry and Richard Paul.
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January 12, 2014                
All good things come to you even if you have to wait for them for weeks or years. This week a lady that I know handed me a notebook and said she had found it in her house. She thought it had belonged to an aunt but instead it was a note book that had my grandmother's handwriting in it. My grandmother Ronie (Leighton) Worcester had taught school in the surrounding area of Columbia, Maine. She taught in Webb District in 1897 & 1891, Branch School 1897 and 1898, Deblois 1899, Carberry School (Georgetown section of Columbia) in 1901 & 1902. There are a list of students and ages and notes when they were tardy. How neat is this? Over 100 years old! This is a really good piece of genealogy information of the people that were in the area and went to school in this time period.
            One school the Carberry School in the Georgetown District of Columbia, Me. in Sept to Nov 19‘01’ had pupils with their ages listed:
Mary Randall 13
Bessie Frye 13
Samuel Randall 10
Alberten Carter 11
Louise Robinson 7
Bruce Lawrence 6
Mable Lawrence 5
Drew Randall 6
Lindall Lawson 7
Grover Carter 10
Sylvenus Grant 7
Adfa Carter 13
Florence Carter 6
Maggie Randall 5
Irene Randall 7
Earnest Grant 4
Raymond Grant 5
Elmer Randall 16
Albert Frye 15
Eliza Nash 7
Rolland Nash 6
Walter Robinson 14
Lydia Sinclair 10
Sophia Sinclair 13
Edith Sinclair 7
            I plan on putting the rest of the schools with the names of the pupils that she taught at on my Facebook groups, Pleasant River Historical Society, Washington County, Pleasant River group and Washington County Genealogical & Historical Society group.
            On January 6 school was canceled due to another storm where the roads were slippery with some power outage in the area during the day. It really was not fit to be out on the roads that day.
            Friday evening I drove the Narraguagus Knights to Woodland where they beat Woodland in over time.
On Saturday Carroll and I had an appointment in Bangor for our car and due to the weather it took us four hours to get there. The roads in the Lucerne area was covered in ice with no one moving for well over an hour and half, then it took another hour to reach the garage on Hogan Road. The roads begin to clear up so the ride home was better.
Sunday was a great day to get out for a walk with the temperature being in the forties and to visit the neighbors in the afternoon.
Condolences go out to the family of Sue Willey of Cherryfield, she was a wonderful wife, teacher and mother and will be missed by all her friends and family.
Quite a few birthdays coming up this month to wish a happy birthday too: Tom Worcester of Columbia on the 12th, John Worcester and Arlo Worcester- 14th, Sherry Paul-16th, Tara Skeate – 19th, Tiffany Strout, Ed Gosnell, Frances Stanwood , and Lorna Greene – 18th, Carole Hart – 19th,  Arleta Grant, and Larry Shaw on the 23rd,Grace Peterson – 28th.

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January 5, 2014 
 
 
    The New Year 2014 came in with an ice storm and it looks like the ice will stay on the trees for a while to come. The school students had just one day of school on the 2nd and then on Friday it was too slippery and cold to go to school. This is our second storm date for the school season. Now with the next ice storm that is coming our way we may lose our power and have to cancel school again.
            The Hydro Company really did a great job restoring our power as quickly as they could. We finally got the power lines reattached to our house along with the phone wire, now we are waiting for the electrician to come and reattached the line to the meter box.
            We are prepared here on the Ridge Road for whatever comes our way in this next storm. Hopefully the trees will survive the additional weight of ice on their branches. The scenery is beautiful but dangerous to walk near the trees that are bent over to the ground.
The deer have been out scouring under the apple trees looking for food and we saw three cross in front of us on the Old Addison Road on Sunday. Deer are seen on the West Side Road feeding, sometimes up to forty of them in one area.
My daughter Diadem and her family of Boston were here for a few days after Christmas. We had a family gathering on Saturday evening December 28 for our seafood stew that Carroll makes for this. Those that attended were: Michelle and David McLaughlin, Zachary, Tiffany and Konner Strout of Harrington and Diadem, Jesse and Asa Washburn of Boston. The next day on Sunday everyone came back for our late Christmas dinner and to open presents.My son Matthew St. Pierre and fiancée Karmen Young of Hancock stopped by in the afternoon after visiting with her grandmother Doris Joy of Addison.
            On Monday December 30 during school vacation I drove the Narraguagus Lady Knights to Washington Academy for a game.
            Our daughter Diadem and family returned to Boston on December 31 before the next storm came in. We had such fun with our grandson Asa, all he wanted to do was to play on the piano while he was here.
            Get well wishes go out to Martha Weaver and Bunnie Plummer of Harrington, Obbie Davis of Addison, Vonalee Huckins and Eddie Cirone of Milbridge, and others in the communities that I have not heard about. I have heard that the flu bug is out and about our communities. Hopefully it will pass us by; I just do not have time to have that in my house.
            On Saturday January 4 we were in Bangor for an appointment but returned in time to make the Cherryfield Snowmobile Club supper. I counted about fifty folks that ventured out in the cold to come to it. As usually it was a great supper, the food and company was great. Those homemade pies were the best. If you get the chance to go to one I recommend it highly. The next one will be at the end of the month I am not sure of the date yet.
            We stopped by Huddy Peterson for a visit on Sunday while we were out and about. She is doing well and really loves to have visitors.
             
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December 27, 2013
 
            I guess most of the news this week is on the Ice Storm of 2013, everywhere I have been this week, I hear talk of power outage. On Sunday night December 22 the whole Ridge Road here in Addison lost power as well as many other roads in Addison did. The road is still undergoing changes as more tree limbs break off and land on the wires. We all talk about the outage and what happened to us during it but have you been out riding around and seen the beauty that was left behind? Now that the snow has come and covered more of the trees it really looks like a winter wonder land.
Many friends have been posting pictures on facebook of beauty in amongst the devastation of the storm. We all can find something good to come out of this storm even if it is in pictures of beautiful scenery left from the storm. Families have spent time together without the distraction of electronics in their lives.  Life does go on without electricity.
We all should send a thank you to our Hydro Company for working so hard to restore power as quickly as they can.
Condolences go out to the families of Robert Pray and James Hearn Sr. of Addison, Corinne Stanwood of Milbridge and Ruby (Grant) Rogers of Corinth.
Get well wishes to Carroll Perry, Obbie Davis, Megan Smith of Addison, and Joe Sproul of Cherryfield are just some that I know of.
Christmas Eve we were guest at the home of Parris and Sarah-Ann Hammond in Harrington.
Christmas Day was a quiet day at home for us as our children were all doing their own thing this year. We will be having our Christmas meal with the children on Sunday the 29 when they can all be here.
On Thursday we traveled to Bangor for an eye appointment for Carroll, this gave me a chance to do some needed shopping that was not Christmas related. We enjoyed a meal at the Olive Garden before we returned home.
On Friday I drove the Lady Knights to Eastport for their basketball game. The roads were clear and the scenery was beautiful with the ice and snow on the trees
I checked in with Molly Woodsum in Winterport and they are still without power and do not know when they will be getting it.  Let’s hope everyone will have their power on by the New Year.
Birthday wishes go out to my son Zachary Strout on January 6. Let’s hope it won’t be as cold as it was on the day he was born.
Happy New Year to everyone.   By Ronie Strout

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December 21, 2013
 
The professional bus drivers of SAD 37 and Cherryfield met at Scovils Millside Dining for lunch on December 18 for a gathering to celebrate the Christmas Holiday. Those that attended were Lori & Dave Mathews, Ronie & Carroll Strout, Fred & Nancy Prince, Mike & Tracie Peterson, Darlene Stubbs, Dawn McManus and her grandchildren Emily and Landon, and Patricia Thaxter.
On the afternoon of December 18th, a retirement party was given to Mary Farnsworth at the Addison Town Hall.  Many folks came out to wish her well on her retirement and we will definitely miss seeing her at the office. Best wishes and prayers go out to her on her up coming operation.
Christmas vacation is upon us, the students will have elenven days off, they will return to school on January 2.
Birthday wishes for Stephen O. Plummer on the 24th, Michelle McLaughlin on 25th and Ruberta Plummer on the 26.
On December 19, the Harrington Elementary School had their Christmas Program with the students singing Christmas songs; we of course went to see our grandson Konner Strout and his classmates sing Mister Santa.
On Friday all the students in SAD #37 had their Christmas Party at school. Thank goodness the weather was good as in other years a snow storm canceled these parties.
Huddy Peterson of Harrington was able to get out on Thursday for her doctor appointment. She had a good checkup so she said.
I spoke with Molly Woodsum of Winterport and Addison, and found that she is improving every day from her hip operation.
Maureen Healy formerly of Columbia Falls and Narraguagus Estates has recently moved to Connecticut to be near family. I am sure all of her friends will miss seeing her.
Have a Merry Christmas - Ronie Strout


Christmas Display on the Wescogus Road in Addison

 
Mary Farnsworth at her retirement party

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On   Saturday afternoon nineteen members of Hannah Weston DAR chapter met at Chandler River Lodge in Jonesboro for a Christmas Tea. Those that attended were: Ronie Strout, Roberta Hammond, Arlene Seavey, Valdine Atwood, Barbara Maloy, Ruth Ahrens, Carole Sprague, Theresa Farnsworth, Jean Ingalls, Holly Davis, Mary Alice Look, Celeste Sherman, Nicki Carter, Pat Hall, Lisa Hanscom, Kathleen Bragg, Pam Loughlin, Mary Vesta Scott, and Lucille LeRue. We welcomed our newest member Lucille LeRue to the Daughters of the American Revolution at the Tea.
On Thursday evening I attended Eastern Star in Milbridge and again in Jonesport on Friday evening. Not many members in both chapters were out due to the cold weather but we still enjoyed the meeting and fellowship.
Get well wishes go out to Eddie Cirone of Milbridge, Carroll Perry and Obbie Davis of Addison.
I heard that the benefit dinner for Eddie Cirone of Milbridge on Saturday had a great turn out to it. He is still in the hospital. Cards may be sent to Ed Cirone, Room 385 Kelly 3 Ward, EMMC, Banger, Me. 04401.
On Saturday evening the Addison Volunteer Fire Auxiliary sponsored their annual senior citizens banquet & Christmas party for all senior citizens of Addison and their guest. My husband and I attended along with our grandson Konner Strout of Harrington. Konner was the youngest that attended the dinner, no one was recognized as the oldest, but several folks that could come close to being the oldest of Addison that attended were Donald Grant, Lennox Ramsay and Cecil Rockwell. The meal consisted of roast turkey and ham and all the fixings as well as pie for dessert. Everything was delicious and a big thank you goes out to this wonderful organization.
Konner Strout our grandson spent an overnight at our house this weekend while his parents were Christmas shopping. We watched some Christmas programs while he was here.
The weather has gotten colder and our stoves are going full force, the wind blew hard during our snow storm this weekend but we stayed warm inside. Even our cat Jasper did not want to go outside, he is not use to snow where he came from.
Belated birthday wishes go out to my son Zebadiah Strout on December 11. Birthday wishes go out to Kevin Ramsdell and Blake Wright on December 16, Beecher Hart on December 17 and to my daughter in law Molly Strout who has a birthday on December 23. By Ronie Strout
 


Lucille LeRue (right) newest member to Hannah Weston Chapter DAR
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Don’t forget to take your children to visit Santa’s Living Room at the Columbia Fire Department on Sunday December 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. Route 1, Columbia, Maine. A reminder if you want a picture with Santa, please bring your own camera with you.
            Get well wishes go out to Obbie Davis and Sheldon Crowley of Addison.
Condolences go out to the family of Kendrick Randall of Harrington who passed away over the weekend.
On Friday evening Priscilla Kennedy and I attended Eastern Star Irene Chapter #97 in Ellsworth along with thirty other Star members. Refreshments and a gift exchange followed the meeting.
On Sunday we took a ride up to Columbia to the Farnsworth Road to see how the house that is being rebuilt by Paul Favolise was going. It looks nice and it looks like it is about the same size as the old one that had been there.  On our way there we noticed that the old White barn in the Beech Woods has been demolished and cleaned up. This barn has been ready to fall down for over thirty five years that I know of, it was a historic landmark to me; I will miss seeing it as I ride through the Beech Woods.  We spied the weather tower that has gone up recently just before the Beech Woods on Cecil Gray’s land. Things are sure changing in the town and when you least expect it.
I was glad to see in the news that the sheriff department tracked down the person that tried to rob the Milbridge Pharmacy a few weeks ago.
On Sunday we attended the 2nd Annual Christmas Exhibit at the Cherryfield Academy Community Center, Cherryfield, Maine.  We saw many nativity scenes, lighthouses, trains, love bugs, angels, villages, logging history, bears, snowmen, a Charlie Brown Christmas tree, patriotic displays and a ceiling display of visions of sugar plums. This was a wonderful way to start the Christmas spirit off with visiting this exhibit.  So much was going on this weekend that I had wanted to see and do it all, but alas it was not to happen, I could only do a few things.

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 December 1, 2013
 
Thanksgiving is over for another year, I was invited to my niece Sarah-Ann Hammond in Harrington for dinner as my husband Carroll was at the hunting camp for the week. We celebrated our Thanksgiving dinner  on Sunday evening with our children, Michelle and David McLaughlin, Zachary, Tiffany, and Konner Strout all of Harrington, Matthew St. Pierre and Karmen Young of Hancock. Our other two other children I spoke with on Thanksgiving Day, Diadem in Boston and Zebadiah in California.
On Thanksgiving Day, Konner and his mother Tiffany Strout served desert at the St. Joseph Church in Ellsworth for the needy. Konner said he really liked doing it and wants to do it again next year. We are so proud of him and he did a real good job so I am told.
            Come and visit Santa’s Living Room at the Columbia Fire Department on Sunday December 15, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m., Route 1, Columbia, Maine. If you want a picture with Santa, bring your own camera. For more information contact Mary Beth Ward at 483-9756
            Get well wishes to Obbie Davis and Carroll Perry both of Addison and Molly Woodsum of Addison/Winterport. Molly is now at her home recuperating in Winterport.
            Condolences to the family of Brandon Beal of Addison who passed away on December 1, 2013, his family and friends will miss him.
            I am looking for photos of Civil War men that served from the Pleasant River area to do a calendar for 2015 for the Pleasant River Historical Society. 2015 is the last year of The Civil War Sesquicentennial and it would be nice to do it on these men.  If you don't have a photo with the uniform on that is okay, I will still use the picture of them anyway. I need at least 12, if I get more than will use as many as I can. The area includes Centerville, Columbia, Columbia Falls, and Addison. If I don’t have a picture I will use cemetery stones in their place. Names/pictures of ones I already have are: Joseph Worcester, Sidney Tucker, Moses Worcester 3rd (stone only), Algernon Worcester, Asa T. Worcester, Fonze Green Hill Leighton, & Harrison Smith. I am thinking that I could use a picture and a short write up on their service on each month.  You can contact me via e-mail at roniestrout@yahoo.com or call me at 207-483-4374.



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 November 22, 2013
 
The students on my bus got to see a cow moose in Harrington this week as well as a lot of other folks that stopped and took pictures of her. We see many deer on the West Side Rd. in Addison every day including the piebald deer. Of course the hunters do too but they are all does and with all of the ‘No Hunting” signs they are out of luck. . One day I actually had to stop and wait for the deer to cross, they looked at me as if to say they had the right of way, and of course they did.
My son Matthew St. Pierre got his deer this week, a 10 point buck, that weigh 231 lbs.
Get well wishes go out to Obbie Davis and Sheldon Crowley of Addison. They both could use some cheering up.
A benefit supper for Sheldon & Donna Crowley is being held on Thursday December 5 at the Addison Town Hall from 5 to 7 p.m. I believe it will be donations at the door.
I have been visiting Huddy Peterson a few times this week between my bus runs to cheer her up. It sure does make her happy to see me, and I do so enjoy talking with her as well.
Happy birthday wishes goes out to my son Matthew St. Pierre of Ellsworth, his birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year.
I had a nice chat with my son Zebadiah on the phone on Friday evening; he is in California and had time to give me a call. We might get to see him over the Christmas holidays if everything goes as plan.
The Chinese Auction at Harrington on Friday evening was well attended; hopefully they raised a lot of money for the eighth grade class trip.
I hope everyone will have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget the craft fair in Steuben on the 29th, the day after Thanksgiving.
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November 18, 2013 

   I hear that some of the hunters in the area are getting their deer; so far no one in my family has gotten one as all that they have seen are a lot of does but no bucks.          
Condolence goes out to the families of Jeff Bailey of Cherryfield and Ronald Grant of North Yarmouth this week. They both are formerly of Columbia Falls.
Prayers go out to Sue Willey of Cherryfield who is very sick. There is a lot of sickness in the area; I guess it is that time of year where everyone catches whatever is going around.
            On Thursday evening eighteen Eastern Star members attended the meeting of Alcyone #71 at the Masonic Lodge in Milbridge. Six members were from Jonesport and Ellsworth. Following the meeting an ‘Apron” program was given by Grace Garrish with help from some of the members.
The Craft/Food Sale at the Columbia Falls Community building on Saturday went very well; we had a constant trickle of folks come in to do some Christmas shopping. We had a good selection of crafters there. I had to leave a bit early from the Craft Fair to attend the Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society in Machias. Betsey Fitzgerald was presented a panorama view of the 1921 Lumber Mill of Machias by Bill Plaskon of Jonesport. Bill had taken three photos and photo shopped them together.  Others that attended the meeting besides Plaskon and Fitzgerald were Valdine Atwood, Celeste Sherman, Donald Woodward, Carole and John Sprague and Ronie Strout. We are planning on July 19, 2014 a Genealogical Fair, place to be determined; other dates are March 15 at Machiasport, May 17 in Machias and November 15 at Jonesport for the regular meetings.
            On Saturday afternoon Carroll and I were among the many friends and family that helped to celebrate Peter Duston 75th birthday at the Pines in Milbridge. Peter’s wife Alice pulled this off quite well as he had no knowledge of this. Many folks shared wonderful stories on how they had met Peter and became friends. A great time was had by all.

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November 9, 2013 
Columbia, Maine
 
Friday at the Veterans Day Ceremony held at Narraguagus High School four local veterans, JoAnne Champney and Theresa Dempsey of Columbia and Fred Crowley and Lawrence McManus of Addison were honored for their service to our country. Also recognition was given to the late Kendall Beal of Milbridge for his service. His sister Allegra Willey accepted the award for the family.
On Saturday the DAR Hannah Weston chapter of Machias met at the Blue Bird Ranch Restaurant in Machias for their monthly meeting with fifteen in attendance. Those that attended were Regent Carole Ann Sprague, Ruth Ahrens, Dot Hall, Jean Ingalls, Mary-Alice Look, Barbara Maloy, Lisa M. Hanscom, Alexandria Hanscom Willey, Celeste Sherman, Pamela Loughlin, Kathleen Bragg, Susan Dennison, Valdine Atwood, Ronie Strout, and Debra Butler.
The next monthly meeting will be held at the Chandler River Lodge for Tea at 1 p.m on December 14. Send reservations to Carole Ann Sprague as soon as possible.
The Pleasant River Historical Society have a few left of  2014 on old businesses, 2013 calendars  on school classes, 2012 on school houses and classes, and 2011 of the fire in Addison in 1938.
 
  
I and many others attended the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club’s first supper for the season on Saturday evening. As usual there was good food and lots of conversations going on with everyone catching up on the news of the area.
The Shop-A-Palooza event that the Harrington Support Group held on Sunday went very well. I was pleased to pick up a few items for myself and hope this will become an annual event for them.
Get well wishes go out to Brandon Beal and Harriet Perry of Addison.



Honored veterans: Fred Crowley, JoAnne Champney, Lawrence McManus and Theresa Dempsey
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November 3, 2013
 
            This coming Saturday evening November 9, the Narraguagus Snowmobile Club will be hosting its first public bean supper for the season at 5:30 pm on the Ridge Rd in Cherryfield, Maine. If you have not attended one of these you are missing out on a wonderful supper.  
Here is a reminder that on Sunday November 10 there will be a Shop-A-Palooza at the Harrington Elementary School to benefit the Parents Teacher Association Group.
On Friday evening I traveled to Ellsworth with Madelyn and Charlie Phinney and Rebecca Atwood to an Eastern Star meeting with Irene Chapter # 97.
The Junior Band of Cherryfield and SAD 37 traveled to Jonesport on Saturday November 2 to participate in an all-day practice with other schools in the state and ending with a concert for the public in the late afternoon. 
By now everyone should have remembered to turn their clocks back for the winter. I wish that we didn’t have to do this, as I like the daylight in the afternoon instead of in the morning hours.
Remember that it is now hunting season and to wear your orange when you are out and about in the woods. My neighbor mentioned to me that I best be wearing an orange hat when I am out as I have white hair that shows up quite well.  
This week I was contacted by Rick Denham from Midland, Texas and formerly of Hallowell, Maine on Facebook who wanted to join our Washington County and Pleasant River Historical groups; he is the third great grandson of Eunice Joy from Addison and Seth Dyer of North Haven.  He is related to Raymond Joy’s family of Addison. Rick is the 13th descendant of pilgrim Stephen Hopkins. He says he would love to connect with ‘family’ and where he has his Mayflower line done it would be easy to do yours if you are in this same line. This is another great way through Facebook for him to connect with distant family.

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Oct. 27,2013
          
The drivers of SAD 37 took a CPR course last week taught by Vicky Bailey of Cherryfield and will also have a First Aid class this coming week.
            The Phys Ed class has started hiking this past week at Sprague Falls one day and then on Tunk Mountain another day.  The weather has been staying good for the students to hike on the trails.
            I stopped by for a visit with Huddy Peterson one morning, to see how she was doing. Huddy loves to get visitors; it is just like Grand Central Station some days.
            Monday evening about twenty folks turned out for the last presentation for the year at the Pleasant River Historical Society held at the Addison Town Hall. Husband and wife team, Bruce Dunham and Sheila Young gave us an update of the ship Beacon Won that Dino Fonda had begun in Addison.
            We have a few more 2014 Calendars on Old Businesses in the Pleasant River area left for sale, they have sold like hotcakes. We are now thinking about 2015 and might do one on Family Reunions if I can get enough. If you have old photos taken when you got together with your extended family, I would love to get a copy with names of everyone in them. I am especially looking for ones in the late 1800’s early 1900’s of your ancestors. If you have write ups of your reunion, that would be great to go along with the pictures.
            I am also looking for information and more pictures on Schoodic in Township 18 when the boy’s camp was there. A brochure was put out back then advertising the camp, if anyone has one, I would love to borrow it to make a copy of it.
On Saturday afternoon one hundred fifty Eastern Star members attended the Maine/New Brunswick Grand Family Exchange that was hosted by Rumery Chapter #46 Jonesport at the Jonesport/Beals High School.  Congratulations to Dwayne and Kim Smith of Columbia Falls who were initiated into the Eastern Star Order this day October 26, 2013. A lovely meal was prepared by Richard Farnsworth III, of pork roast, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, applesauce and yeast rolls. For dessert we had either chocolate or vanilla pudding. The meal was excellent and very delicious.
 
 
Condolences go out to the family of Audrey Look Luce (86) who passed away on Saturday, October 12th in Winthrop, Maine. She was the youngest and the last surviving child of Lester and Lillian Look from Columbia Falls. She graduated from CFHS class of 1945. She was a resident of Readfield.  Audrey was predeceased by her husband, Rex Luce. She is survived by three children and three grandchildren.
Condolences go out to the family of Barney I. Smith Jr. of Cherryfield, he will be missed by his family.
Get well prayers go out to Kendrick Randall of Harrington and Brandon Beal of Addison.
Congratulations to my nephew Quintin and Tony Worcester of Florida on the birth of their daughter Artemis Lee Worcester that was born at 4:39 a.m. on October 25, 2013 and is 6 pounds 8 oz, and 19 inches long. Grandparents are Debra Burris of Texas and John Worcester of Florida .

-Ronie Strout
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 Oct 20, 2013
Craft fairs are coming up in November, and here are two that need to be put on your calendar.
A Craft Fair/Luncheon on November 2, at the Addison Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to benefit the Friends of the Church on the Hill.
On November 10 there will be a Shop-A-Palooza at the Harrington Elementary School to benefit the Parents Teacher Association Group.
 One stop shopping for your favorite in home parties as well as some local artists. Confirmed are The Pampered Chef, Koala-T-Creations, Thirty One, Grace Adele hand bags, Tastefully Simple, AVON, Scentsy, Celebrating HOME, Mary Kay, Origami Owl, Maine Coast Creations, Sugar Witch Cupcakes and Cooking with Sam - Tupperware, Lia Sophia, Holiday Wreaths, Open Skye Creations, How Sweet It Is and more surprises may be in store as well. Get an early start on Christmas shopping and support your community at the same time! This sounds like a wonderful idea for this group, I can hardly wait to go to it.
            Get well wishes go out to Tony Cirone, Joan Bailey and Patricia Thaxter of Columbia Falls, Harriet Perry and Carroll Perry of Addison,  Geri Moore and Verne French of Columbia and Preston Smith of Cherryfield. Prayers go out to the family of Kendall Randall of Harrington.
            On Saturday I traveled to Auburn to an Eastern Star program with Priscilla Kenney Eleanor West of Steuben, Madelyn Phinney of Milbridge, Lillian Lounder of Hancock and  Barbara Redman of Ellsworth. Others that traveled from the area were Jolene and Rick Farnsworth of Columbia Falls.
            Sunday evening we enjoyed having Peter Sawyer and Steve Morrison of Milbridge sharing a meal with us. As usual good food and great conversation was had by all.
            Our daughter Diadem and husband Jesse Washburn have returned from a trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico. They were at an island wedding of her best friend Kate Tierney and Kevin Lachapelle of Ellsworth/Old Town who was married on October 19, 2013. By looking at the videos and photos on her website, I can see that they had a wonderful wedding with a lot of friends and family in attendance. Congratulations to you both!
            Congratulations go out to Karmen Young and my son Matthew St. Pierre on their recent engagement. We will be looking forward to hear when they set the date.
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October 13, 2013
 
The highlight this week was the Wreaths across America, A Day of Honor & Remembrance Concert featuring Lindsay Lawler & Chris Roberts, Ty Openshaw & Emma Gelinas, Higgins Family Band, The Frye Mountain Band, Emerald Sky and Lee Greenwood at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater in Columbia Falls, Maine.
The day began with Wreaths across America traveling to Bar Harbor and removing the lights from the Remembrance Tree there and bringing the lights to Columbia Falls. The families of fallen from Maine gathered at the Wreaths Across America Museum before traveling to the tree farm to tag balsam fir trees for deceased loved ones. The day ended with the lighting of “The Christmas Tree They Never Had”  and Lee Greenwood singing God Bless the USA followed by fireworks.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with another Facebook friend and scouter, Curt Slininger today and sitting with him while watching the concert at the Balsam Valley Amphitheater.
On Thursday I attended an Eastern Star meeting of Alcyone #71, in Milbridge with twenty members out.
Condolences go out to the families of Paula Brann of Columbia and to Patricia Farnsworth of Addison.
Condolences go out to the family of Florence (Worcester) Serpico of Saco, Maine and formerly of Columbia Falls. Florence was the only female graduate of the 1936 class of Columbia Falls High School. She was the daughter of Llewellyn and Susanna (Ingersoll) Worcester.
Congratulations to Angela and Bruce Farren of Addison on their recent wedding in Hawaii.
Our grandson Asa Washburn of Boston is visiting family in the area while his parents are on a trip.
Get well wishes goes out to Vern French of Columbia and Preston Smith of Cherryfield.  Submitted by Ronie Strout


Ty Openshaw



Lee Greenwood


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October 6, 2013 
           
            Last month flew by quickly, and now here we are into October already. Somehow since school started I have been so busy what with driving the bus but also trying to get the garden produce caught up and canned. Tomatoes have ripened just enough to do a few jars at a time. I will have plenty of those in my larder as well as the roasted tomatoes that I did recently. My house sure does smell great when baking the roasted tomatoes with the garlic and basil on them.
            We have been gathering apples to put in the freezer for the winter. I hope to get enough to make several batches of moose mincemeat later this fall or early next year. Sometimes the surplus is just too much to do now but by putting it in the freezer it can be done later.
            The canoeing classes at Narraguagus have been having some nice weather for their outings. I enjoy taking them during the week.
Wednesday I traveled with the cross country team to Calais and had a nice visit with another bus driver that was there for the same reason. The foliage was at its height traveling 191.
On Thursday the Security folks that worked during the blueberry season for Wyman’s met for a pot luck luncheon in Cherryfield.  Dave Mathews thanked everyone for being there and being part of the security team especially during the blueberry season.
            On Friday I picked up my order of Marafax beans for the winter. We surely will not starve with all of our food put by.
            On Saturday Carroll and I traveled to Moosehead Lake to not only see the foliage but of the area. We traveled to Rockwood, stopped to take photos of Mt Kineo, and then traveled further up Route 15 to Moose River. Along the way we saw an outdoor wedding going on at Maynard’s-in-Maine in Rockwood. We found out later when we were having lunch at Black Frog Restaurant/lounge in Greenville that the youngest Maynard’s son got married.  While we were having our lunch we saw the Katahdin leaving on one of their cruises. Maybe next year we can take a cruise on the Katahdin when we again visit the area. While we were in the area we ventured to Lily Bay Park to see the sights, then on our way home we stopped in Guilford to view the covered bridge and I took some more photos of the foliage reflecting in the water.
            Another day adventure ended with a lovely meal at Steve and Jan Morrison’s in Milbridge where we had great food and entertaining conversation with Peter Sawyer, Judy Sprague, June and Harry Rolfe. Another day adventure for us is over and on Sunday it was back to working on the homestead and getting ready for a new week to begin.
            The after school program EDGE starts this week in our schools for the year.
            Don’t forget the Lee Greenwood concert on Saturday in Columbia Falls and the fireworks later in the evening. A large crowd is expected for this event.
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September 28
            This week I was contacted by a lady looking for information on the St. Pierre family that were from Van Buren that I knew. She said that one of those leafs came up on her ancestry tree telling her to connect with me.  I not only had information to share with her but gave her a phone number to call to connect with this family and also gave her the family tree to go by. Small world when an unknown person contacts you via the internet and you actually know more about their families then they do.
            There is still time to register for the 6 p.m. genealogy class on Tuesdays at Narraguagus High School.
            Guest at our house Friday evening was Jan & Steve Morrison, Judy Sprague and Peter Sawyer. We enjoyed great food and conversation way into the evening.
            It is that time of year to gather the apples off the trees and peel and core them for the freezer. I will try to get enough put up to make a double batch of mincemeat in my spare time this winter.
            On Saturday September 28 Toodie and Debra Dinsmore of Milbridge renewed their wedding vows in front of family and friends at the Brown Baptist Church in Harrington. The Dinsmore’s have been married for 37 years and lives in Milbridge. A lovely reception was held at the VFW Hall in Harrington.
A thank you goes out to Tina from Wesley that stopped to help my husband change a flat tire. My husband was on his way to Bangor for a doctor appointment that morning when the tire went flat. He really appreciated the help from this young lady and he made it in time for his appointment.
            On Sunday we traveled to Camden Hills State Park and drove up the summit of Mount Bettie where we saw panoramic views of lakes, woods and of course views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay.  Many other folks were doing the same thing as us. We then took a scenic ride through the Town of Camden before we returned home. The foliage had not turned but as we came closer to home we could see more reds and yellows popping out. Maybe next weekend we can go on another excursion to see a different place to check out the views.  
               I do know the foliage on Stillwater in Cherryfield has been changing every week, as I take the students there to go canoeing and kayaking. While I am waiting for them I have just enough time to take a quick walk.    
This is a pretty place to get your exercise while enjoying the ever changing seasons.
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