To all people who are celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this month of October, may you have a great day and many more.
"The golden-rod is yellow; the corn is turning brown; the trees in apple orchards with fruit are bending down" from a poem written by Helen Hunt Jackson, which is a good description of what is taking place now. This poem was read to us when I attending the one-room Marsh School House oh, so many years ago, but it always stuck with me, especially when the goldenrod started to appear. We are all hoping for a mild winter, but Mother Nature likes to keep us guessing. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, it is supposed to be snowy and cold, so start getting buttoned up.
One person who could use a hand with her firewood is Genevive Delicata, who lives on Hatch Road. The wood is split and near her cellar, but she needs to have it put in before the snow flies. Can anyone help?
Frank Coombs' surgery went well Monday, Sept. 24, and he surprised Pattie and family by being awake enough to joke with the nurses that night. He will be in EMMC for seven to 14 days, but by the time you read this he will probably be getting ready to return home. May you leave all your medical problems behind and get up and around soon, Frank.
Also home after several weeks in the hospital and then Harbor Side Rehab is Rose Otis. Nothing like your own home and we all hope that she can stay in her home for a long time. Rose is the holder of the Boston Globe Gold Head cane for being the most senior citizen in Prospect.
Hailey Mello of Stockton Springs will be receiving her new prosthesis next week and hereafter will require replacements as she grows, but it is amazing that they can fit someone so young. Shelly Stenta said she is doing real well and is happy. God bless her.
As of Oct. 1 the absentee ballots for the coming election will be in the Town Office. Their hours are Tuesday 1-7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Town Clerk Lisa Donna told me that voting on Election Day will start at 10 am. instead of 8 a.m. Closing time will still be 8 p.m.
My sister-in-law, Pat (Clark) Herbest, has returned to her home in Evergreen, Ala., after visiting her sister Donna and Bill Fraiser of Stockton Springs, son Dana and Roberta Herbest of Swanville, her sister-in-law Francis Clark and family of Swanville and then five days with Paul and me. Enjoyed her visit very much, but she said the next time she will probably be coming by bus, as her flying experiences haven’t been the best -- weather really interfered when flying up and it was 12 hours late. She’s sure the buses will be more on time than that.
Sept. 21 my friend Sonya Harriman of Bucksport and I went to the Penobscot Theatre in Bangor and saw a great show "Always Patsy Cline." That was music that she and I grew up with. The actors were excellent and so was the band. The house was full and everyone joined in with some of the songs.
Saturday, friend Jen McVeigh and I went to the Common Ground Fair in Unity thinking that the crowd wouldn’t be too big as it was sprinkling most of the morning. Wrong! The rain didn’t slow them down at all. We watched the sheep dog show and that was hilarious when a young dog in training was so excited that all she wanted to do was chase the goats and sheep and run as fast as she could around the arena.
They also got the crowd involved by having young teens try their luck at herding the animals into the enclosure. They had a ball and it took them 10 minutes to get them in there. It is amazing just how many small businesses there are in the area and the products they produce. The sun came out in the afternoon and people kept coming in. It is very well organized and I love the fact that you can either ride down to the area in a cart drawn by tractors or get on the train and ride down.
The Prospect Fire Department will meet Oct. 1 in the Fire Station at 7 p.m.
The Prospect Historical Society will meet Oct. 8 in the Community Club dining room at 7 p.m. and I hope that you can attend.
The Prospect Community Club will meet Oct. 11 in the dining room and Saturday, Oct. 13, will be the last bean supper of the season, 4-6 p.m. Time has gone by so quick and we have enjoyed all the people who have attended. Thank you.
The real estate taxes are due now and if not paid by Oct. 30 interest will start to accrue.
I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week, and please remember those who need a card or a prayer. God bless you all.