Hello to All,

It seems like the days are flying by faster than I can imagine. I cannot seem to catch up with all the things I do. Maybe I try to do too much. Hmm, never realized that. I am just a doer, and helping folks out makes me happy in my world.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving Day. I went to Waterville to be with Louise Proulx, her mom, Marilyn Lohnes (these are Wayne's wife Laura's mom and gram), Linwood and Karen Doughty, Wayne and Laura, Cody, Sara, David and me. We all had a good time, and ate too much. The pies were supper good, and after turkey and all the fixings I was stuffed. So nice to spend time with family and friends.

A big buck, yep!

My sister Marilyn McKenney got a big buck. Also Megan Elkins got a buck. And including Heidi Doughty, these ladies all got bucks. And from my sister, "us girls gotta stick together." The names have been posted at Freedom General Store, Carrie has assured me. I am glad, need to check it out to see who’s gotten a deer. Need to fill the freezer for winter with some good ole venison. I miss my Mom's mincemeat. Happy hunting, black powder season is next.

Last night Marilyn and I narrowly missed hitting a big buck with her pickup. Tonight I narrowly missed a big buck myself. Good thing we are quick to react and always looking at roadsides. Be safe all, the deer are roaming, looking for that green grass under the snow. I noticed a field all pawed up with the deer searching for feed. I believe winter has come early with this snow.


On Nov. 16, a longtime friend and classmate, Sandra L. Whittier, 76, of Thomaston passed away. She once lived in Freedom in the big house next to Freedom General with her grandmother, Anna Bryant. I used to go stay there with her back in our school days as we were both cheerleaders, and needed to catch the bus for basketball games. That was in the ’50s. Graduation was 1960. She had moved on by then.

It is with great sadness that I report that Joe Bryant Jr., 87, has passed away. I didn't get the notice in time for last week's paper. He was an awesome person to know. Thinking of his family at this time.

I had rides in his old cars from long ago with my family, and it seemed he loved to go through the brook at Chap Larrabee's and for sure, the water would splash on everyone, and he got a big kick out of it. There you'd be sitting in the brook in the open car, and all wet. My grandmother, Christine Stewart; my mom, Evelyn Drew; and sister Elsie Harris, along with Dad, Roger Drew and Uncle George Harris, all laughing at Joe's antics. We always had at least two or three cars to go riding in.

It seemed like a great pastime to go to Bryant's Steel Works back in the day long ago. We never forgot the rides with Bea and Joe, and their children. On weekends we rode a lot, too. Joe was so much fun, and this was when he still lived in Knox.

He will be missed by so many from far and near. Rest in peace, you earned your angel wings for sure. His funeral was Nov. 24 at Knox Ridge Church. When you have time, go visit with Bea.

I also noticed an obit for Sandy George of Montville, that she recently passed away. I remember her fondly. I loved all the flowers and herbs she raised. She lived in the old house that my ancestors once owned, Ora and Jennie Walker Morse.

Diet, no I guess not

I have a good excuse of no dieting as the romaine lettuce is making people sick with the e-coli I hear. That helps my cause. Good idea, I think. It is always something getting recalled lately.

A Facebook party by Rachel

I didn't pay attention, but Rachel Littlefield posted on Facebook of an article I admired. It is Orders can be placed now until Nov. 27. Trade of Hope is a business that partners with women artisans from all over the world, and helps them to have sustainable income empowering them out of poverty and desperate life situations. Very interesting.

Festival of Trees in Unity

A first-ever Festival of Trees at the Community Center Friday, Nov. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. See Pam Niles to have a tree there. Also see Lori Nason for further info. Trees will be drawn on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Purchase some tickets to help support the Unity Boosters who are hosting this event. Support the local Boosters, and thanks. Perhaps you'll win a tree, all decorated with a special theme. One never knows.


Happy birthday Nov. 26 to Kami Keithan! Happy birthday Nov. 28 to Arthur Harris! Happy birthday Nov. 29 to Derek McKenney! All relatives of ours.

Upcoming this week:

The MVHS Craft Fair at the high school, both gyms and cafeteria will be full. Dec. 1 starting at 9 a.m.

Merry and Bright in Thorndike Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. at Mc Kay Farm.

On Dec. 2 holiday pet photos at Muddy Paws Grooming, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Freedom Rec Christmas Craft Fair Dec. 8. Starts at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall.

Montville Historical Society Open House at the Kingdom School Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Next door at Union Harvest Grange is the Bazaar, live music, crafts and more.

Christmas help

If you live in our town and need a food box for Christmas, the Town Office has applications through the People for People program from Waldo CAP. The deadline is Dec. 10, so hurry and get one, and they will fax it in for you. Most town offices have these forms to fill out. The Community Center in Unity had some also. But hurry.


A hello to Bev Ludden, as I want you to know I have been thinking of you. She is at Harbor Hill.

Wedding recently

Congratulations to Damien and Sarah Ingraham on your recent wedding. I am not sure if I had posted this or not. To many happy years for you two and family.

Santa's Snowbird Express is running

Yes, the train is going to Unity and Thorndike and back. Santa is on board. I saw his pic tonight and he didn't look jolly at all. He must have been cold. Visit and for further info and to get tickets. Diana Prizio also has info. Sounds like fun, too, as you get to check out the Thorndike Mill site and Farwell's old store. From now till Christmas.


Yes, the kiddos are enjoying the snow, sliding and playing in it. It had been fluffy snow so far, and easy to shovel. Looks nice the ground is all covered in white. But rain is coming.

New toy and gift auctions

On Nov. 30, Santa will be at Jackson Community Center for a visit! It is also auction preview night, 4 to 7 p.m., for Jackson Food Pantry. Stocking Stuffer Sale, too. Dec. 1, live auction, 9 a.m. Dec. 2, 8 a.m. Auction item store opens and 10 a.m. bingo, for gifts, no cash. Some good deals are brewing, as the money raised buys food to feed the bellies. Come and check it out. Cindy will be happy to see you all. More info, 722-3205 or 722-3373.

Book tours end

It is sad that Mark Nickerson and John Ford will not be having any more tours together. John's new book is on, "Living the Dream." We will remember John for his laughter in his books that we find as we read along, and smile about it.

Until next week,

Have a great week, be safe and warm. There are some virus bugs going around. Wash those hands. Keep the germs away. Gram always told us washing your hands cured the battle bugs after you.

She made a mean molasses cookie, and fudge. I wish my kids and grands could have had time to play cards with Gram Stewart; she loved poker, and taught the kids how to play. Aunt Shirley would mail the families a box of Christmas goodies, little presents individually wrapped all pretty for all in Maine. I believe my three boys probably played cards with Gram. I myself was not a lover of cards.

Take care, all. Be careful of those buses going, people are passing them with red lights flashing. Keep our kids safe.