Barbara A. Tilley
Saturday, Dec. 21st. is the first day of Winter officially but it sure feels like it now with the low temperatures and wind. Do hope that you can all stay warm.
Christmas Parties have been plentiful around town. Saturday, Dec. 7th. Maddie’s Place had about 18 children for a Party of Pizza, games and prizes. Santa’s Elf was there as he was so busy at other places but the children all had a good time.
The same day on the other side of the building in the dining room, 17 former members of the Classic Automobile Car Club and friends gathered for a Pot Luck Christmas Party at Noon time. There was enough food for 50 but we all tried our best to reduce the bounty some. We had a Yankee Swap after and that is always fun. I had Number 1 so I got first pick and then the final pick of all. I told Paul what I wanted as I had to leave but what I won will be drawn off at the Prospect Children’s Party Dec.14th. Let you know next week what it was.
I left the Party to go to Belfast to receive the Spirit of America Award for my Community services and I was very proud to receive it. Past winners here in Town have been The Prospect Community Club and last year Carol Johnson was the recipient for her work with the Historical Society. My two daughters were there, along with Jenny McVeigh who presented me to the group. I heard many of the other recipients tell what they do for their towns and not a one of them receive monetary awards-it is just your time and desire to help your fellow man and make your town a better place to live in. My Mother, Ruth Haley would do anything to help where needed and she influenced me to do the same. She would always say, “treat others as you want to be treated” and do not point at anyone as “ there but for the gift of God, go I”.
What an example to follow but this is not done alone. I have been fortunate to have people believe in me and work with me and we have improved our Town in many ways and continue to do so. I thank the Spirit of America Foundation for the Award and to the wonderful people that work with me and congratulations to all the other winners.
Sunday, the Prospect Historical Society met at the home of Don and Carol Johnson on Spout Hill for a Christmas Party(the last gathering of the winter). We had plenty to eat and when done, we sit around the table and had a grand time of visiting with each other. Do hope that the winter is short and will meet again next May to start planning in earnest for the 220th. Birthday Celebration for the Town. Will need all we can get to help with the planning so it will show our pride of the Town. More later. Thank you to Don and Carol for opening their home to us for this party.
Seven people gathered at the Community Building to wrap gifts for Santa to pass out to the Children at the Christmas, Dec. 14th. The Party will start at Noon but have to help Santa with the Gift Wrapping. Everything is in place and the back table is full and covered up where the children can select from slightly used toys, games and stuffed animals. There is also a large selection of hand made mittens by Phyllis Hall of Stockton Springs, Linda Gamble, Cathy Parker and yours truly which they can select from. Do hope that we will have a large attendance. I’ll report on it next week.
I was very surprised Wednesday morning when I went down to get the paper to see that some good Samaritan had plowed the bottom of our driveway and had come up and turned around in back of the house and we never heard a thing but I do sincerely thank them as that way the entrance is clear.
The collection of bottles and cans is an on -going project for the Prospect Concerns Heating Fund even tho the sign was blown down by the wind. It will be replaced soon but in the meantime, if you want to take your bottles and cans to the redemption Center in Bucksport and tell them who they are for, they will count and put the money in an envelope for the Heating Fund and we Thank you or you can put them in the box at the North side of the ramp at the Community Building and Linda Gamble or I will take them over to Bucksport.
There still are squares for sale on the Christmas Dinner box done by the Community Club members in Maddie’s Place. This will be drawn off when all squares are sold. The collection will require another box as that one is full and we still have rolls, butter, eggs, 13lb. turkey and a pie to add to it. For $1.00 a square, the winner will receive a huge amount of food. So don’t wait too long. The money raised from the diner will go to the Scholarship Fund for Prospect student who is planning to go on further with their education.
I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week and please remember those that need a card or a prayer. God Bless you all.