2008-11-26 / Irregular Regulars

OUT & ABOUT WITH LAURA

by Laura Dunham

Nine members of the Red Hat Society in Kingfield met in November at Tufullio's Restaurant in Carrabassett Valley. The "girls" enjoyed a wonderful dinner with everyone present receiving a door prize. It was noted that member Dawn Taylor had been hospitalized; flowers were delivered to her by Queen Mum Laura. The next outing will be the Christmas party at the Grand Herbert Hotel hosted by Marcie Herrick. Each one is asked to bring a potluck item to share and a gift not to exceed $10 to exchange. Anyone over 50 should wear a red hat... that's all the qualifications you need. Oh yes, and you need to "be silly," after all we are the red and purple clan... so come join us. I read a letter from the Economic Ministry food bank thanking the red hatters for gathering up three bagfuls of food for their pantry.

Seven members of the Central Girls went to the Country Bumpkin in Avon for lunch. The lobster stew and hot bread was to die for and those desserts are sinful. On Dec. 17 the members will meet at noon at home of Dise Dunham for a potluck at noon those attending are asked to bring a gift not to exceed $5 in a brown bag to exchange.

"Birthday girl" Naida Woodcock sports a purple plume hat at the Red Hatters dinner recently at Tufullio's Restaurant in Carrabassett Valley. (Laura Dunham photo) "Birthday girl" Naida Woodcock sports a purple plume hat at the Red Hatters dinner recently at Tufullio's Restaurant in Carrabassett Valley. (Laura Dunham photo) For those of you who might not know about it, you can join the New Portland Community Library 100 Club. Your membership entitled you to entry into a weekly drawing of three prizes $25, $15 and $10. You can contact Deb Clague at 628-6561 for more information. Deb said that this year the library has been able to add five more computers and wireless access for those who wish to use it with their laptop at the library. "Our new librarian, Jill Lattin, brings professional skills and expertise to facilitate these improvements," Deb said.

I don't know about you, but if you have computer access I hope you're not getting as many "chances to be a millionaire" in one day as I have been getting. One of the letters was from Mr. Poon Chung Yin Joseph a CEO at a bank in Hong Kong —all you had to do is send him your name, telephone, address, occupation, age and sex and you are in line to get $21 million with 40 percent being transferred to your bank account. Now in one day I got 10 of these offers. I spoke with my friend Carrabassett Valley Police Chief Scott Nichols who said that if they can get just one person out of hundreds of thousands to send their name or account numbers, they have it made. "These kind of people prey on the elderly who use their machines to keep in touch with their family. They are desperate and with the bad economic times they want to get someone's identity and ruin that person's life," Scott said. "Be very careful and please don't call them or send them an e-mail. Some of the people if you call them will even say they will come to your homes," Scott said.

Don't forget this year when you are making out your Christmas cards to send one to: A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue NW Washington D.C. 20307-5001.

Congratulations to Deb Robie who got her American citizenship just in time to vote in this year's elections.

Several people from our Mt. Abram Regional Health Center traveled to Augusta last Saturday night for the annual 2008 Employee and Volunteer Recognition dinner at the Augusta Elks Lodge. Those attending from Kingfield included Dr. Jacobs and his wife, Marilyn Howe, Sharon Newell and Dulcie Holbrook. One of those receiving special awards was Jewellyn Baker from the Strong Health Center.

Special prayers go out to those hospitalized or not feeling up to par —Fred Niidas, Rod Dunham and my husband Howard.

Also prayers to the family and loved ones of the late George Lane and Irene Corson and to the girls who worked so hard at the American Legion Hall on Saturday putting on the dinner after Irene's funeral. It makes you glad that you live in a small community where people care about each other.

I know times are tough and money is hard to find but I couldn't believe it when I came out of bingo Saturday night from the American Legion Hall. Joan Henderson, who had come to join us from Salem, found that while she was inside someone had siphoned the gas from her pick-up. What next!

I was sorry to read this weekend of the death of former New Portland resident Charles Clark. It was back in 1962 that I was working at the former Red Stallion Inn when I went up to the new Capricorn Lodge to work at the restaurant for the new owner Charlie Clark. My late brother Emery Hall was the contractor who built the lodge that is now the Carrabassett Valley Academy.

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