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By Penny Picard Sampson | Apr 29, 2021

I always set aside a block of hours on the first Saturday in May to watch the Kentucky Derby; anyone that knows me is aware of my affection for horses. My pick for the 147th "Run for the Roses" is Hot Rod Charlie owned by Roadrunner Racing. Why? Because my dad, Charlie, loves hot rods and he owned a couple of Plymouth Roadrunners. How can I go wrong?

I stopped by Pond and Fowler cemeteries this week to check on stones. While at Pond I cleaned one of the Shorey family stones that I promised a gentleman last year that I would do. While there, a couple of other stones "spoke" to me and I cleaned them as well. One was Lyle and Agnes Adams' stone; the other was Grace Beaudreau's. Mrs. Beaudreau was a "little old lady" who lived down the hill from my parents and she was often the babysitter for me and my brother Matthew while my parents were out dancing on a Saturday night.

Mrs. Mary Knox and her son Steven Drake attended the Planning Board meeting this week. She surprised me with some copies of pictures from Main Street in the early 1950s. Unity Hardware and the post office were in the building now occupied by UHOP. Stan's Dairy Bar was located near the neckdowns and was operated by Stan's mother Annie Knox. Also included were pictures of the Mobil gas and service station being erected, next to where Unitel now resides.

At the meeting we were commenting on COVID protocols. Mrs. Knox, with her wry sense of humor, had us in stitches when she remarked, "I don't shut my mouth, but I do cover it."

Friends of Lake Winnecook is looking to staff a part-time boat launch monitor and Courtesy Boat Inspector. The position serves an important role in keeping the Kanokolus Beach and Boat launch area clean and safe for all to use, as well as preserving the quality of the lake by educating boaters and preventing invasive species from being accidentally introduced.

They are looking for a responsible person who can reliably staff weekend and holiday hours at Kanokolus boat launch, for approximately 15 hours a week at $12.15 per hour. The position runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekends. If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please send a Facebook message to FOLW or email to FOLW and they’ll let you know how to apply! (

More good-deed-doers! Amelia and Phoebe Picard cleaned up four bags of trash from The Field of Dreams. Great work, girls! Also, Girl Scout Troop 1887 was at the Benjamin Berry American Legion Post 50 on Windermere Lane on April 27, clearing the yard of leaves and pinecones.

Did you know Regional School Unit 3 has a YouTube channel just for athletics? They're livestreaming or recording as many games as they can. All previous games are archived on the YouTube channel, so if you miss one you can still always find it!

Need child care? Check out This is a great site from that allows you to search for child care programs (home or center-based) by town. It provides a lot of helpful information (ages served, contact information, quality rating, licensing information, etc.). Just type in the town you're interested in and it will give you a list of the child care services that are in that town.

It's spring! Do you have seeds to share, or are you looking to pick up a few new varieties to try? Stop by the Community Center on School Street and try out their seed exchange!

A special offer for Cassie's School of Dance Unity students who are missing dance classes this year! One free four-week combo workshop at the Bangor location for "Unity" dancers 6-12 years of age! Contact Cassie to register: 692-6653.


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