By Beverly Ludden
Turned out great. There was 27of us present. Some couldn’t make it. All kinds of meat, casseroles, salads, desserts, as Shirley made several. One was our mother’s molasses cookies and many took a couple home. Even last night I asked Michelle to pass mine to me. She commented those are like what Great Gram used to make. There were none left when we left Shirley’s.
Most of us ate out back of Shirley’s house where Dana has made her a deck she can get to with her wheel chair. Have a nice lawn, picnic tables, swimming pool, and a nice garden. There were even cows in the pasture, which we all enjoy. Folks lets plan first Sunday in August next year.
The kids had fun looking for baby kittens in the barn, seeing and petting calves, and ah yes, jumping on the hay.
Was great to sit and eat, talk etc. We’re all so busy and don’t have a chance to visit. Was nice to see Lucille’s 2 sons and family’s come too. Wish more could have made it but some had to work and do other things.
Got a knock on my door today (Tuesday) and it was cousins Char and Emma. They wanted directions to Shirley’s. Good thing Lindsey was there and she understood where I meant.
I start… I have a lot of notes…. Of course baseball in Bangor, it’s a good thing I don’t live up there, just different size players and they’re from everywhere. Bangor has hung in there until this week. Must be hard to understand them but I think most countries speak English. It’s us who will have the problem.
Then there’s Little League World Series that getting down to the last ones….they are from Panama, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Japan, then all parts of the US that are playing until they lose and are eliminated.
Even some girls remember when Lisa was Little League age and I wanted her to play but her dad, a coach in Brooks, wouldn’t hear of it. It was for boys, really, so Janice and I started a Jackson team that had a lot of girls. Their T-shirts and hats were all alike and they played other towns like Unity and Searsport and I know there were others.
Then Lisa and Pam started a girls’ team of Little League age, when their kids were old enough. They had a big team and a lot of fun with a bunch of girls from Jackson and Brooks.
There’s now 2 million Little League players, the largest youth organized group in the world.
Ah, enough baseball… ha oh yes, the Red Sox are 72 (wins) – 51. I think they lost to the Yankees last night. I turned it over it was so bad. Ok, I’m done talking about baseball now.
Did you see where mid Maine is laying off. EMMC is going to too. I understand but they are building a big new building…both of them. EMMC is a mess. Have you tried to get to the main entrance and park? It’s a mess once you get in the parking garage you have to go around and around.
Showed them making Maine sea salt…very interesting. They fill a big truck (like a milk truck) then put it into a greenhouse to evaporate. Then it’s like snow sort of and they shovel it up, grind it, then its Maine Sea Salt.
A child born into 2012 will cost you $241,000 plus to raise until they’re 18. Unreal… try Next Gen Alfond savings for a child under 1 year old or there’s also an option for kids that are a little older than 1 that will help some. I have done this for my 2 great grandkids…it’s not worth it for older kids.
For Earl Littlefield on August 31st from 4:30 to 7:00 at the Thorndike Town Office. Donations accepted.
Looking for Items
Do you have any cake pedestals that you want to get rid of? Don’t need the tops but will take them too. Also looking for a stationary bike. Do you have one that you’re not using or hanging cloths off of? If you have either of these items or both, call Allyn at 722-4227.
Jackson Community Center
BENEFIT: On August 31st from 2:00PM – 9:00PM, at the Jackson Community Center, get ready for some live Music and BBQ Chicken. The Labor Day weekend outdoor event is a fundraiser for the Jackson Community Center. Dinner includes half a Chicken, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, Roll and a drink for $12.00. For BBQ Chicken tickets you can stop by the Milk Room farmstand and get yours or you can get them at the door. Admission is FREE. If you have any questions you can call Jenny at 722-4228 or Debbie at 722-3195. Rain or Shine, I’ll see you there!
The Milk Room Market
The Milk Room market has fresh corn, meats and veggies. The market is open every weekend, Friday 11 to 6, Saturday 10 to 4 and Sunday 10 to 4. Don’t forget you can get your chicken dinner tickets too.
This and That
Jackson Pre-School Story Hour is on Friday from 10:00 am - 11:00 a.m. on August 23rdth. Story hour is held at the Jackson Library on Route 7 behind the Town Office. All Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reminder: The Jackson Book Club is reading "The Mammoth Cheese" by Sheri Holman. The next book club meeting that will be held in September: The book club meets at the Jackson Library on route 7. The Jackson Book Club welcomes new members. For information email Jo Cooley at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or call 722-3362."
-To other correspondents
Mindy from Morrill…all the nice comments about Rowena Kinney are so true. I got to know her when I worked at Tall Pines. She was there to visit Aunt Ada. She was a wonderful person who always gave back to others and gave a hug at the 1st day of school.
Tom didn’t realize there were so many mushrooms. I love them but they don’t like me.
Janet so glad you are feeling better and back to writing although the other lady did great, get well!.
Welcome to Frank Monzaley…it’s really fun if you have the time.
Miss your column, April.