Hello All,

I guess we got some more of our usual rainy weather. Half my wet lawn is mowed, but it will dry out sometime this summer I guess. Haha. All in time.

I had finally got my dandelion greens, and they were yummy still. What a job that is with a bum leg and a back that constantly aches, wow this getting old stuff is really something else to deal with. If my body would work with my brain I'd be all set, thinking I can do what I want, but realizing it is not always just so.

So to all you who are elderly, keep on keeping on. Thanks to all of you that tell me you enjoy my news column. I do it for you.


Our sympathy to the Doughty family in town and families on the tragic death of Whitney Doughty, 25 years old, daughter of Timmy and Dawn Dunbar Doughty, son Allen, and family members of Sullivan. She died May 21 in an ATV accident. Celebration of life was on Sunday, May 26. She was the granddaughter of Clifton and Gloria Doughty of town.

Retirement get-together

On Friday, May 31, 11:30 a.m. for Edwin Larrabee at MVHS bus garage. Info contact Cindy Ludden at 722-3205. Note this is new date change.


A very happy 91st birthday to Edna Mitchell. May you have many more.

Togus Pow Wow

The Togus Pow Wow known as the Veterans Memorial Intertribal Pow Wow is going to be on June 15 at Togus VA. Gates open at 10 a.m., grand entry at noon, and closing at 5 p.m. Twenty vendors selling Native American crafts. There will be food trucks available.

Wolf Lodge Refuge from Bristol will provide educational information about wolves and their habitat. There will be a corral of Spanish Mustangs that are direct descendants from the original Spanish Mustangs brought to America.

A service dog instructor will explain how to train and obtain service dogs for veterans. There will be tepee and dream catcher displays, and also Native dancing and drumming. A true cultural event.

Since this is a federal facility, no weapons, drugs or alcohol are permitted. Contact info: Maureen McCormick Haley at 207-570-8764. Hopefully some veterans can go to the events, or offer to take someone. This event sounds like a good time, and very interesting. Open to anyone.

Last ride

A spring burial for Clayton Larrabee was held Friday at Knox Ridge Cemetery. He got his last ride from Larrabee Field Abbott Road with the truck and lowbed trailer up Route 137 to the cemetery. A procession followed. RIP, Clayton, you will be missed by many.

Sports, softball

Congrats to Kelsea Doughty who pitched a great game recently. Her team is doing good. Congrats to all the players. The two biggest, littlest cheerleaders are Destinee and Arianna.

Barn repair-renovation

Going by the Bessey place on the ridge toward MVHS, the barn is looking really nice now. The fields are looking good as the wood, and brush is being cut off and will make a pretty sight. I noticed what I thought was stone walls left. I am sure Shirley would be happy to see the barn now.


The mountain gate is still not open to get on Frye Mountain for the cemetery, I'm sure because of wet weather and mud. We will have to wait on putting flowers out. Some other places are dealing with this same problem, too.

Horse shows

Joy Valley Riders has an Equitation Show coming up on Sunday, June 2, 9 a.m. Also on Saturday, June 8, Noni is having an Obstacle Course Challenge at 9 a.m. Register 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Abbott Road show ring area. Come on out and watch them, it is really fun to watch. Info, call Noni at 568-3475. Wanted: Holly Ingraham is looking for a mini-pony, or a small pony for two little youngsters, age 4 and 5, they can lead and get on by themselves. It would have a great home with lots of care. Aged is great. Contact Holly Ingraham at Pleasant View Stable.


A baby girl, Moxie Marie Dakin, was born on May 23, 2019 weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and 20.5 inches long. She joins her brother Colton, and parents Scott Dakin and Jennifer Bailey. Congratulations to all.

Open house

Okay all you biker friends and lovers of bikes, the North Country Harley Davidson business has an open house on Saturday, June 1, 8:30 a.m.

Freedom Congregational Church supper

On Saturday, June 1, 4:30 p.m., a Baked Ham Supper will be served with all kinds of goodies with it.

Quilt winner

The quilt raffle by the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association was won by Bob and Marty Price’s daughter Kim Widmer and hubby. Congrats!

Thanks to all those that purchased tickets, and those that supported the silent auction. The chicken barbecue was a great success. Thanks to Freedom Fire Department for cooking the chicken.

Until next week,

Have a good week. Happy birthday to retired dairy farmer Jack Larrabee on May 30. Stay safe, everyone, and keep warm. Those darned black flies are alive, and the ticks are out. Check the kiddos good.