By Seneca Corriveau
I hope everyone had a memorable Memorial Day, we sure did. We started off the day with a breakfast of hearty omelets, artfully crafted by Freeman. Soon after that we were off to Locke Mills and then Bethel where our daughter, Kaiya, marched with her Girl Scout Troop in both of their parades.
Bethel’s parade ended on the Bethel Common with a tribute to the many men and women who have graciously and honorably served their country. There were many veterans surrounded by proud onlookers and the youth to which their legacy will pass. The local Girl and Boy Scouts sat and stood along the grassy common listening to the speeches, songs and prayers. I was proud to be among the crowd, greatly touched by the moving oration, deftly humbled by the sacrifices of our veterans. People whom I will never know, who have earned our freedom, the freedom that we greedily take for granted. I paused at 3 p.m. to reflect on just that. Of course I was mid stream of Bear River with a three year old in tow…
After lunch Freeman and I, along with our three children, our dogs, Indy and Maggie, and our new neighbors, Melissa and Gavin Mitchell, formerly of Pa., their two children and dog, Harley, all donned our play clothes and headed up the river. We waded right up the brook. The water was chilly at first but by the end of our adventure even the two toddlers were happily soaked. Several hours later we arrived home wet and wonderfully refreshed.
I received an e-mail from Angela Wheeler. She and I spent many a hot summer day splashing around in the dips and rips of our river but that was many years ago! She is now living in Missouri and has recently completed her associates degree in IT/Visual Communications with the University of Phoenix. Commencement ceremonies will be held June 12 in Springfield, Mo. Congratulations Angie!
Just a reminder that there are several events this weekend that you won’t want to miss out on! Firstly, the Wellness Weekend at the Mahoosuc Mountain Lodge, going on all weekend long. You can call 824-2073 for more info. On Saturday, June 5, an open house and cookout for Newry’s own newest business, Western Maine Water Services, at 1 p.m., Route 2 in Mayville. There will be plenty of wet fun for children of “all” ages. At 4 p.m. at the Legion is the benefit for Rhonda Buker with spaghetti, live music and raffles. Be a good neighbor, come and join in all the weekend’s festivities. Hope to see you there!
Have a great week and don’t be shy, call or e-mail me with your news. Yes, we do want to hear about it. email@example.com or 824-0836.