By Rita Doughty | Apr 13, 2018

Hello Folks: Another week...the sun is shining, and it has warmed up. The snow is melting fast out there. Seems good to hear some of the birds singing. We are supposed to get some more cold weather coming in.


It is with a sad heart that I announce my special Lady Veteran friend Gloria Pacheco, of Freedom, ( for many years ) Unity, and then Maine Veterans Home in Augusta passed on April 9th at 83 years young. She was there for three months before she passed from her COPD she lived with. One thing I was thankful for, was her moving to Unity which made it so much better for her. You will be missed by me. RIP. A Korean Vet. I have posted on mine and her facebook, that they are looking for donations to get another tandem bicycle for the Veterans home there, and through our Dept. of Maine ALA, donations may be sent for this in Memory of Gloria. Info email me, or call me.


Yes, the Jackson Food Pantry won a $5000. grant from Bangor Savings Bank, Community Matters More. Thanks to all that I asked, along with my friends to Vote for them, as well as 2 other groups. It is most appreciated. Great big thanks to those that helped.

X-Treme Gymnastics and Tumbling

Little 10 year old, Mylee Grant was on channel 5 for an interview of her gymnastics, and dream. She participates in four events she said. And her big dream, is to go someday to the Olympic's. Way to go Mylee, reach for the star's !!!

Special Olympics State Meet

Bryce Hubbard of town was participating in a swim meet in Lewiston recently. He placed third and received a bronze medal for the 25 meter race. Great job !!

Belated Birthday

Wishing a Happy 85th Birthday to John Cushman of Searsmont. Hope you are doing well.


Our condolences to the Raven Family on the recent passing of Merle Raven, 81, who passed away on April 5th. Thinking of his two sisters nearby here.

Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association

The board, and officers met on April 10th at Freedom. It was noted that the late Mark Talty had restored the two avenue roads last fall with grading and gravel, making it better for getting in and out of the Cemetery.  Please do not try to drive in yet, as it is not passable. Someone got stuck in there. Please note :  I guess it is time we install the chains and posts we voted to buy to close it off when necessary. The Ranlet stone was fixed on it's base as well. In May the 19th we plan to have the Chicken BBQ, with our Quilt Raffle, this helps to continue with upkeep, and maintenance. A newsletter will be sent out. If you do not receive one, please let us know.

Pharmacy Robbery

The Unity Pharmacy was robbed, and so far I have heard no one has been caught for this on April 9th. It is scary to know this happens in a place that is very busy, and full of people at the Store there as well. All we know is he was tall, and blue-eyed, and drove a red car. Steve Cole met a car on the Mile road that day traveling very fast, and who know's may have been the robber. Regardless, it is scary. Keep the door's locked.

Scam Calls

Yes, it is awful. I get so many a day, thank goodness for the answering machine. Spread the word for our elderly do not fall for these calls wanting to get your money. If you did not call anyplace to order something, or deal with the IRS, and have a relative they say something has happened to, call someone to help you. Do NOT send any kind of a gift card,  ( $1000. ) that you are told to keep a secret. Never !! Do not fall for this. It is so maddening we cannot block these calls.

Farwell's is Opening

Farwell's General and the Attic will open on April 19th, Thurs.-Sat. 10-5. Benefitting the restoration of the 1873 mill. Check them out. Thorndike Village.

In Alaska Now

Stephen and Louanne Littlefield are in Seward, Alaska now where he will be Captaining a tourist boat I believe. It is for several months, then back to Maine for the Winter. He was laid off in January, retired from the Gulf oil rig's where he was a Captain at the time. I hope to post pictures of the area in my column that he will send me. Stay tuned for Stevie. Sounds very interesting in that area.

Rescheduled  Because of Wintery Weather

The Second Annual "Shine on Cass" event is being rescheduled to Sunday, April 22nd,. 2-4 PM. Plans are for the children for an Easter Egg Hunt, face painting, Spring Crafts and games.  Meet baby calves and goats. See the Easter Bunny. At Hart-to Hart Farm on 16 Duck Pond Lane in nearby Albion. Reimagined Animal baby shower, bring a pet item to be donated to the Waterville Area Humane Society. This is in honor of Cassidy Charette who passed. Info 237-2441 or Sounds like fun for the kiddos.

Open House

The Ingraham Equipment open house was well attended. Nice to see folks I knew there.

VRFP Education

The VRFP Committee presents Springtime Crafts on Wed. April 25th 5-7 PM at the unity Community Center. Come learn how to make a bird feeder, spring wreath, and more items. Free class, donations always welcome. All welcome. Snacks provided. To sign up 948-3497, or

Raffle Tickets

I have finally got the DDVP Raffle white tickets in the mail, sending to all Units of the, ALA Ladies Auxiliary in the State. I am still chairman of ways and means,( fund-raising) and for another year. Looking for ladies to be on the committee. Always need donations of items for our Raffle. And a Quilt..

Get Well

A speedy Get Well to my Vietnam Vet friend, Gary Bulger. I hope you are doing OK now you are home from Togus VA.

Fresh Eggs

I see signs for fresh eggs in various places now. The hens are a-laying.

Slide Presentation – Kingdom Schoolhouse, Center Road, Center Montville

On April 22, at 3:00 PM, the Montville Historical Society will offer a slide presentation by George and Karin Look on the history of the 1813 True-Randall Farm, which is now their home in South Montville. George and Karin did extensive research on their property and the timber frame construction of the era before beginning restoration of the barn and house. A discussion will follow the presentation and light refreshments will be served.


The Memorial Services for Lois Hacik on April 22nd 1 PM will now be held at the Masonic Hall in Unity, not the Snowdusters Club.

Until next week,

Have a good week. Hopefully the flu bugs will soon be gone and other ailments. I see people out brook fishing. Take care to all. Smile !! That is the best thing ever.

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