I have to start by thanking the people who attended the benefit supper last Saturday, Jan.19. It was reportedly a small crowd, but they were very generous with their donations. $552 was raised at the supper, and then $100 came in the mail. These donations are from people who are facing high heating bills themselves, but care to help their neighbors in need. This is a classic example of a small town pulling together. There will be another benefit spaghetti and meatball supper Feb. 9 4-6 p.m. in the community dining room. A big thank-you to the people who baked cakes, rolls and pies, and to the great bunch working on the supper. Because of sickness, I wasn’t able to be there, but I understand it all went smoothly.
There has been so much sickness in town all month. I sure hope that people are getting better -- but it takes a lot out of a person, so it requires plenty of fluids and rest.
Friday, Jan.25. Maddie’s Place will be under new management. D.J. Moody and Ruth Helbig are the new owners. I want to thank Fred and Diane for starting the business almost four years ago, and I’m sure it will be bittersweet for them, but now they can get back to a regular life. Hope they enjoy it. D.J. is the son of Dwight and Janice Moody of town and Ruth Helbig is the daughter of Steve and Mary-Anne Helbig of town also. Ruth lives out of state,, but will be much involved thanks to email and texting. She is here for a week or so and then will return to New Jersey. She will be commuting back and forth. Stop in and congratulate them.
The Community Club has a new sign that is put out by the road to advertise the suppers and events. The letters are smaller than the old sign -- 10 inches high. If you know of someone who would like to buy them, we will sell them for $25 -- a bargain, as there are two sets of them and they cost us more than $100. Call me at 567-3267 and I”ll give you the information.
At the budget meeting Tuesday night, the committee could not finish the budget, as it is not known yet as to the extent that the state will be reducing the Homestead exemption, how much state revenue-sharing we will receive and a few other items that are unknown now. They plan to have another budget meeting in March to finalize their recommendations on the monetary articles.
I was glad to see in the Bangor Daily News today that there are more people like me who would like to eliminate the Electoral College to elect the president. I want my vote to count but do not feel it is under the present set up. Maybe someday.
Suppose the groundhog will see his shadow next Saturday, Feb.2? Next week we are supposed to have a warming trend coming, so we will be able to go outside without freezing.
The Prospect Fire Department will meet at its office Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.
Remember that there will be a $25 fee attached to unpaid dog taxes by Feb. 1. Better hustle in and get them paid before then.
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.