Knox Town News

By Rita Doughty | May 03, 2013


News from Grace

Grace Stevenson visited for three weeks with Brent and Kathy Stevenson in Oxford. She attended the Maine Junior Angus Association Annual Banquet at the Manchester Lions Club and enjoyed a prime rib dinner.

Grace visited Natalie Harding Timberlake at the Norway Rehab Center. She was a classmate from the 1944 class at Crosby High School.

At the Rehab Center, she visited Arlene Proctor, 91 years old, a dear friend from the Rural Letter Carriers Auxiliary in Auburn.

Also, at the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Home she visited with Sarah Varney, 96 years old this year. She was previously a member of the Kynvetta Rebekah Lodge in Searsport.

Grace attended the funeral in Auburn of Past President Rebekah Assembly Priscilla Campbell.

Thank you

A big thank-you  to Steve and Kim Holmes, who worked many hours last Sunday cleaning up and cutting brush at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. It is most appreciated by all of us.

Cemetery news

The bid for the 2013 mowing season went to Michael Carver of Palermo Road in Freedom. It was nice to meet him and Juliann.

Turkey hunting

On Saturday, Youth Turkey Hunting Day, several youngsters were considered the lucky ones that bagged their turkey. Damien Doughty, (on his 12th birthday) got his weighed in at 21.5 pounds. Megan Elkins got one weighing 20 pounds (she was first to tag at Freedom General). Taylor Turner's was  21.5 pounds. Others sharing in the Youth Turkey Hunt were Matt Barnard, Hallee Reynolds and Mackenzie Jones. They were among the lucky hunters. Nice going, kids.

More turkey hunting

Damien's mom, Heidi Doughty, had a tom turkey weighing 21 pounds. Have seen quite a few big tom turkeys out in the nearby fields. Of course, I have had some narrow escapes with them being in the road here at home.


A very happy birthday was given to Jackie Bryant on May 1 at their property on Route 137. Family and friends gathered with refreshments, birthday ice cream cake and more. Everyone wanted to brighten the day for her, as two days before she and her husband, Bill, and their daughter, Sara, had lost their home in a terrible fire.


Looking up across the valley towards Route 137, I could see smoke and flames high in the sky on Monday, the 29th of April. It was the devastating loss of Bill and Jackie Bryant's home and all their possessions. They had lost everything. The barn was spared. Fire departments from all around the county showed up to help out. The Presque Isle turkey hunters staying up in the Crooker Rent A Cabin (they are firefighters) rushed to the scene to help. People stood by helpless, watching the inferno. It was so sad to see everything gone so quick. No one was injured. They did lose some pets. The home was formerly known to us locals as the Thorpe place. John and Edward Moore had lived there before the Bryants purchased it from John. They had done a lot of rehab on the old place, building onto the home a workshop and garage. It is believed that was the origin of the fire. The Bryants are staying in a travel mobile home. They would like to thank everyone who has helped them in any way, and are very grateful to the community for rallying around them at this time. It means a lot.

There will be a benefit chicken barbecue for them at their property May 18. No further details. Joyce posted this on Facebook this Friday morning.

Cold Comfort Theater

This is a traveling theater in partnership with Belfast Maskers. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Reserve by calling 930-7090. They will present "Almost Maine" on May 9-10 at the Belfast Boathouse, and May 11 at the Searsport Union Hall. Shows start at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are: adults $15, teens $10. Sounds like they have a good season of plays to enjoy.


Bernie Thomas, the Knox Mountain Man himself, predicts that "when the alder buds are the size of a mouse's ear, the fiddleheads are ready to harvest." Now I believe I must call him and place an order. Right on, Bernie! You are the Man.

Belated birthday wish

A very happy birthday May1 to Billy Blaisdell. May you have many more.

Grange supper

The Knox Station Grange will open its season of suppers on May 18 with a roast turkey supper and all the trimmings. 4:30-6 p.m. I will miss Ruth Worcester, who has moved to New Hampshire to be nearer family. Let's get out and support the local grange. These folks are older and need our support.


Gabe Doughty recently called to tell me that he had gotten his baseball uniform and was all excited about playing baseball. He is on the Milbridge Tigers team. Good for him. David Doughty had a practice game for the little fellers' Winslow teams Wednesday night. I like to froze to death watching, but to make the kids happy to see me come and watch them I will go. Love all the grandkids.


A very, very happy birthday to my Aunt Elsie Harris, 91 years. young in Norwood, Mass., on May 10. You are doing good, miss you so much.  She enjoys the Republican Journal every week, and that is why I try to submit a column each week.

A happy birthday to my daughter-in-law, April Rockwell Doughty, on May 12. Hope you have a nice day.

A very happy birthday to my granddaughter, Katie Doughty, who will be 11 on May 14. Enjoy your day, Miss Katie.

A Very Happy Birthday to my niece on May 10th Sonya Merrifield...Enjoy your day...

Ride the train

Make memories with your family by riding on the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad train. Rides start Memorial Day. Celebrate on board. There are pizza parties twice monthly. Watch, eat, breathe and  relax. Call 722-3899, board at City Point RR Museum. Weekend excursions depart at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


This is something different to try. It has four wheels, no balance required. Just leg muscles  to pedal you along the railroad track .Quietly propel along the rails. Call volunteer dispatcher Diana at 568-3523. I saw one that seated two people, and it looks like lots of fun to me. Something to try from Thorndike this spring and summer.


I saw that the Walker greenhouse is doing well. It would be nice to have greenhouses at all the schools for the children to participate in. They can learn so much and raise food for the kids to eat at the same time.

I'm going to really miss Half Moon Gardens Greenhouse and people this spring. Hope it gets to open again.

Phone call

I got to talk to my son, Lin, and he told me he had been to Hallowell and helped to move lots of things from the pre-release buildings that were closed and moved down east. He also got to go cut wood, fix trails, etc. at Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds. He has been busy working on the big garden.


Our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of Diane Larrabee Mylen, who passed away on Monday. We are thinking of you.

Belated Anniversary

I would like to wish A 25th Belated Happy Anniversary to Gary and Sonya Merrifield. Hope you have many more years to celebrate together. Love you.


Until next week, enjoy this warm sunshine. Get out and get the lawn all ready for mowing, grass is growing real fast now with the nice weather. The ice cream will be ready at Ridgetop Diner to enjoy. I celebrated Wayne's birthday with family in Winslow Wednesday night. Lots of May birthdays, and Kevin celebrated his, too, with family. Take care, everyone. Support the many benefits coming up. There will be fundraising for the Bryant family. So hard to lose everything you own. Send me some news. Email your kids' turkey hunt pictures to, and get them printed in the Journal. Thanks.

I would like to wish all the mother's a Very Happy Mother's Day on Sunday, Mother's Day.

























































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