Happy New Year, everyone.
First plowable snow storm here. Looks like we got about four inches. Glad we live closer to the ocean than further inland where they were to get eight inches or more. This is enough for me for the rest of the winter. Strange, all the energy used to remove snow, when in a day or so, rain will probably come and take it all away. Hate to shovel now, did enough of it when I was younger.
Dec. 23 we had our family gathering for Christmas meal at the Community Club dining room. Circumstances prevented all the grandchildren from being here, but they were in our thoughts. Grandson Benjamin Herbest and wife Malessa of Pittsfield were here, along with grandson Thomas Herbest, wife Lelia and daughters Elizabeth and Ariana of Hampden, granddaughter Amber Herbest and friend Robert Harriman of Carmel -- son Freeman was at his father’s, Granddaughter Claire Valenoti and her son, Zack, and daughter, Bailee, of Bucksport; daughter Rosemarie Webster of Pittston, daughter Lisa and husband Dwayne Sutherland and their children Adam and daughter Sarah and Sarah’s boyfriend, Jeremy Lanpher, all of Bucksport, Jenny McVeigh and Skip McCormick of town -- two good friends who did not have any family here for the holiday so adopted them for the day and then Paul and me. It was wonderful to get together with them all. Life has been so busy that we do not have the time to visit with family like they used to do, much less friends.
For all of the people who are celebrating their birthday or anniversary in the month of January, I wish you many more happy years.
The Prospect Budget Committee will be meeting Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Town Office for the purpose of receiving and reviewing requests from organizations that request the townspeople to vote on in the Town Meeting in March. It is advised that organizations write a request or attend the meeting to present their request for funds.
All the years that we have watched the birds on our deck, have never seen a blue jay taking a bath in the bird bath. They love the suet and seeds and drink from the bath, but the other day, a blue jay was in the middle of it splashing away. It is a heated bird bath and the other birds are also taking a bath in it, regardless of the temperature. Brrrr!
Apologies to Francis Larrabee -- the new net and backboard have been put up down on the basketball court. He did that before the fence was fixed. Still do not know who was the kind person to remove that tree that had fallen on the fence and broke a part of it -- that, too, is also fixed.
The Prospect Fire Department will hold its meeting in the Fire House Jan.7 at 7 p.m. They can always use more people; if you are interested, call Fire Capt. Tim Terry or come to the meeting.
Keep in mind the benefit spaghetti and meatball supper coming up Jan. 19 4-6 p.m. In the dining room. We'll be serving spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, pies and cakes and beverages. Donations will be accepted at the door. The proceeds from this supper, along with another one to be held Feb. 9, will go to the Prospect Concerns account to help people with emergency heating. So far, we have had seven cases and have been able to provide them with either 100 gallons of Number 2 oil or kerosene, but with the cost of fuel going up, it requires more money to do this. This fund was created by the Town, Fire Department and Community Club and is administered by a three-member group with me being the person to call -- 567-3267.
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.