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By Charlotte Henderson | Feb 18, 2021

Grinnell is a Husson University honoree

Emily Grinnell, a sophomore at Husson University in Bangor, was named this month to the school’s fall 2020 president’s list.

Emily, daughter of Jeff and Stephanie Grinnell, is a graduate of Medomak Valley High School, enrolled in Husson’s bachelor's degree program in exercise science/doctor of physical therapy.

In order to be named to the president’s list, students must maintain a GPA of 3.8 to 4.0 while carrying at least 12 credit hours of class work and, along with other students everywhere, deal with the challenges from the COVID-19 restrictions.

Emily plans to follow the exercise science curriculum through to the doctorate degree. She believes the advanced degree will offer her a wide choice of career opportunities after commencement. Her interest in physical therapy grew out of her own experience as a patient when she was just 13 years old.

At the time, Emily’s personal therapist was very helpful and inspiring to her through her recovery from a rotator cuff injury. It was then she began to think about doing the same for others. She was also influenced by her dad, Jeff, now a lieutenant with Scarborough Fire Department, whose work as a paramedic made an impression on her. Emily is on the Husson University swimming and diving team and will volunteer at the university’s pro bono clinic in the future.

In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking, paddle boarding and other outdoor activities. Congratulations Emily, and continuing success to you!

Fishing Derby best in years

Washington Hill and Gully Riders Snowmobile Club had a great day last Saturday with its 35th Fishing Derby. The weather was good, and the fish were plentiful and big. Club President Matt Kopishke, said it was the best day in a long time.

The largest fish overall was Daniel Harrington’s 4 lb. 10 oz. large mouth bass. The junior largest fish was Joel Woodman’s 4 lb. 9 oz. large mouth bass.

Other categories were Brooke trout, going to Liberty Leavette at 15 oz.; yellow perch with Blake Monroe at 11.8 oz; white perch: Blake Monroe 1 lb. 5.7oz; Small mouth bass: Josh St. Clair 1 lb. 8.2oz; Large mouth bass: Sam Vose 3 lb. 15oz.

The snowmobile club thanks all the fishermen and friends who came out this year. Many thanks also from Hill and Gully Riders to sponsors and donors: Sweet Grass Winery, Washington Auto Parts, Mic Mac Market, DJ's Bait Shop, Fisher Engineering, St. George Brewing, Linscott's Inc., Washington General, Jackson's Corner Store, Burkettville General Store and Fortune Forestry and Trucking. More details and fab photos at Hill and  gully’s Facebook page at

Fishing free three more days

The Hill and Gully Riders Fishing Derby last weekend kicked off a full week of “Free Fishing License Week” which runs through Sunday, Feb. 21.

You have to register, but residents and non-residents can fish free without a license for three more days. The registration site is The site also has some tips on ice fishing in case you haven’t tried it. If you decide you want more fishing, a season license is $25 for residents and $64 for non-residents 16 years of age and older.

To find locations that were stocked recently, visit

Still room for you

Just a reminder that there are openings on a couple of the town committees. Both the Planning Board and the Appeals Board have an alternate seat waiting for a volunteer.

Both boards meet about once a month — the Planning board on the second Tuesday and the Appeals Board on the second Thursday. Both groups deal with application of and compliance with the town’s ordinances or regulations. It’s a great way to learn how things work. The town office can give you more information.

Covid vaccine — one down

Last week, I got my first of two COVID-19 vaccinations. Having wrestled early on with the yes-get-the-shot/no-don’t get the shot decision, I was actually looking forward to it.

Jere and I were able to get concurring appointments in an amazingly smooth operation start to finish. Well-organized entry into the building, carefully distanced sign-in tables, registration desks and individual table seating for the actual inoculation made for a fluid progress that totaled a mere 30 minutes.

After the injection, a timer ticked off 15 minutes to observe any signs of a reaction. Having none, we moved to the final table, where we were assigned our second vaccination appointment. The calm and easy-flowing management was impressive, for sure. My arm was very sore for the drive home and through the evening but I needed no Tylenol or anything, slept fine and woke to no discomfort or other after effects at all.

Lucky and grateful, had another milestone in this crazy and amazing COVID-19 adventure.

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