by Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979
Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!
Stewart Public Library in North Anson will hold its annual book sale, Saturday, June 30, 9 a. m. to 2 p.m., at the North Anson Fire Station. Books, audio books, magazines for adults and children. Come and stock up for summer and winter reading!
Comedian Bob Marley will be at Embden Community Center on Friday, June 29 (7:30 – 9:30). Tickets are available online at www.bmarley.com and at the door.
The Solon Pine Tree 4H Club met on Saturday, June 9, with Cooper Dellarma presiding.
The members discussed doing an educational exhibit at Skowhegan Fair in August.
Seven members, two parents and one leader are planning to attend 4-H Fun Day at Lake George on Wednesday June 20th.
After the meeting the club members, leaders and parents went to the Kennerson Farm in South Solon. for an educational tour. The Kennersons told how they got started with Lamers and Buffalo. A great time was had by all.
The next meeting will be July 13 – 15 at the Evergreen Campground for a weekend of camping.
The Madison Kennebec Valley Grange will be having a Father’s Day ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 17. For more information you may call 474-5006.
I am putting in some news rather early in the month so it will surely get to be read. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to fly by, and another month has come and gone already!
The above real news is all I have to share with you this week, and as always I would love to hear from more of you. I truly do appreciate when you share your news with all of us. (I am amazed to hear from so many of you about how much you like this column, it makes my day!)
And so with July 4 fast approaching, I came across one of those old yellowed newspaper clippings about the last celebration of July 4th in Flagstaff! In large letters it starts with, Rev. Arthur MacDougal To Give Address: One of the highlights of the entire celebration will be a fitting address to be delivered by Rev. Arthur MacDougal, of Bingham, well-known preacher and sportsman. A softball game between Flagstaff and Dead River will occupy the attention of the crowd from 3 to 4 p.m., and this will be followed by a baseball game.
Street Dancing Will End Celebration: Promptly at 8 p.m., there will be heard the strains of music from the instruments of Keefe’s Orchestra, well known to the dance lovers in this section. Dancing will continue until midnight, and when the last street dancer has finally decided to call it the end of another day, there will be happiness in the hearts of some, while to many it will be a sad affair – the thought of never treading on the streets of their home town again. Then the next headline states: Town Will Be Flooded Next Year: The cause for all the excitement and celebration is all due to the fact that just a year ago, July 5 to be exact, work was begun on the clearing of the famous Dead River Storage Project with the Central Maine Power Company, Great Northern Paper Company, Hollingsworth & Whitney Paper Co taking active part in this gigantic project which is expected to be finished in its entirety by July 1950. When the land is cleared and the houses removed, it will be the end of something for which plans had been made nearly a quarter of a century ago. Surveys and buying of property began as far back as 1926.
O. K., I’m sure Percy would not have let me put in all that sad news, if he was still here, so his memoirs this week are:
Sow a word of praise today,
Plant a kindness-seed;
Listen to a troubled friend,
Help someone in need.
Compliment a weary soul
Too fatigued to try;
Shine forth rays of hope on all,
Comfort those who cry.
Scatter deeds of love each day,
Plant each row with care;
Sprinkle joy along your way,
Soak each one in prayer.
Ask the Lord to bless each one,
And one day you’ll reap
A harvestful of loving friends
To cherish and to keep.
(words by Connie Hinndn.)
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