Barbara A. Tilley
Happy Birthday Jesus on Christmas Day and also a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all. This has got to be the fastest year ever! I am still in Spring mode-no, not doing Spring cleaning but look at my raised beds outside the deck and wish there were still tomatoes, cukes and beets growing out there. The dog really misses them too. We only had one green pepper as Pal would sneak out there and grab a pepper every chance he had. Put a fence around them you may ask? I did but German Shepherds have a long snout that can push the fencing up and away.
Was very sorry to read in the Stockton Springs News column that Phyllis Hall had fallen and broke her hip. She was the Director of the Stockton Springs Ambulance Service for many years until she suffered a stroke. Not to be idle, she knitted mittens by the dozens and gave them to the Stockton Springs School children and also to the Prospect Community Club. Phyllis also knitted Prayer Shawls for people that were suffering cancer and other serious illnesses. Several people here in town were the recipients of them. Sending prayers and best wishes to you Phyllis. She is currently at the Harbor Hill Center, 2 Foot Bridge Rd., Belfast, Me 04915.
The Children’s Christmas Party went well but not as many children as I expected. There were 17 children and 8 adults.
However, their shopping bags were very full after making 4 trips to the back tables which were loaded up with stuffed animals, games, NASCAR cars and trucks, books and many other items. They started the party with Pizza, soda and ice cream then Jennie McVeigh (who furnished the craft materials), Julie Briggs and Julie Shute helped the children decorate Christmas ornaments and gingerbread men and decorations. While waiting for Santa to show up, Julie Briggs, Julie Shute and Lois Gianni took the children up stairs where there were presents for them to choose a gift for their parents and had it wrapped. After the shopping was done, the Prospect Christmas Choir under the direction of Jennie, sang Christmas Carols until Santa arrived. He sat in a rocking chair and asked each one how old they were and what they wanted for Christmas. Just about all of them were very happy with their wrapped gift from Santa except one little boy. After the first round of gifts had been given out, there were enough for another round. On the first round, this boy had received a puzzle when he really was hoping for a truck and then on the second round-wouldn’t you know it? He unwrapped another Puzzle and was very disappointed. Another boy sitting next to him offered to swap his truck for the boys second puzzle and that very nice gesture from his friend made his day. Note to self: No puzzles next year! To all the people that donated the gifts, a big Thank You-you were all very generous and Thank You to the women working on the Party.
The winner of the Christmas Dinner Box that was sponsored by Prospect Community Club to raise money for their Scholarship Fund, was won by Thomas Drew of Winterport. He received 2 boxes as there was frozen food as well. Congratulations Tommy.
I went to a Christmas Party at the home of Nancy Quigley on the Muskrat Road along with 13 other woman that used to work at the Paper Mill in Bucksport. There was plenty of food and the house was decorated beautifully. After eating our fill, numbers were drawn and a Yankee Shop started up. There wasn’t much swapping but the few that did made it fun.
Clarence Elden of the AMERICAN LEGION Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157 of Sandy Point called me to ask if I knew of any families in town that could use a $25.00 Gift Certificate to help with the Christmas expenses. I did and he delivered them to me Tuesday and I distributed them Wed. after Coffee Time. Needless to say, the people were surprised and appreciated the gift cards. I had to bite the inside of my cheek as I handed them out. I am tender hearted and was so impressed and pleased to do this for the Legion that I wish could have matched them dollar for dollar. Thank you to The American Legion Post 157 for such a gift-God Bless you all.
The Prospect Historical Society recently received a $500.00 donation for the Marsh School Fund, from Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Carolyn Nelson of Pocasset, Mass. This is the second monetary donation plus several items that have been in their family for years. These donations are much appreciated.
Valery and Paul Doody have a 36” wide, double door refrigerator with water and ice dispenser on the door of a 24 cf. refrigerator for anyone that wants it. As far as I know, it is still in their garage as they have their new one in the kitchen. Call them at 567-6033 for information. It is in very good condition.
The Prospect Community Club provided 4 children with a new warm jacket and hope that it will keep them warm this winter. Have you checked into the Joe for Oil program run by Joe Kennedy? The number to call and fill out an application for 100 gallons of heating oil is Toll Free 1-877-563-4645. No guarantee but never know unless you try. Every little bit helps. The Community Club and the Prospect Fire Dept. have a Community Concerns Fund from which 4 families have received help from already this winter. There will be 2 Spaghetti and Meatball Suppers to raise money for the fund in January 19th. and February 9th. 2013. More on it later.
Have a safe and healthy week and Holiday and please remember those that need a card or a prayer. God Bless You All.