When Joe and Neil Bernier and John Sweatt went for a snowmobile ride on Sunday afternoon, they saw a sign on the York Pond Road which owners of two lost beagles had posted. When they got back to Pappy's road, there were the two miniature beagles, who'd been missing since 9 p.m. on Saturday. Joe drove back to York Pond Road to get the phone number from the sign and Neil and John each snuggled a very cold, very tired dog under their snowmobile coats and took them to Joe's and Penny's house. The dogs got warmed up, devoured the food Neil gave them, and lapped up all the water. Phone messages were left at the number on the "lost" sign.
Shortly after Neil had provided a snuggly, warm place for them in the barn, the dogs' owners, from Naples, Maine, showed up; they'd been driving on every road in town since the day before searching for their dogs. The dogs' owners said there were seven children that were going to be very, very happy that their dogs were found, safe, and had been returned. Joe said the man himself was pretty choked-up at the sight of his dogs safe and sound. Nice ending to what could have been a tragedy -- it was below zero Saturday night.
The Ladies Aid is sponsoring a Pampered Chef party at their building on Friday, Jan. 28, beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited!
On Feb. 18, also on a Friday night, there will be a skating/sliding party on Barnes Road at the home of Charlie Felt and Carol Norman. There will be a bonfire, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and lots of other yummy treats! Bring your sleds and your skates. Carol has collected an assortment of ice skates in different styles and sizes for those who might need them. Last year, the party lasted until midnight! This annual activity is free and open to the public -- it's a "thank-you" from the Ladies Aid Association, a way to "give back" to local folks, neighboring townsfolk, and people with camps in the area for the participation and support they've given the Ladies Aid throughout the year. Come to skate, to slide, to sit by the bonfire, to socialize or all of those things combined.
On Saturday, Feb. 19, there will be an Italian Buffet at the Ladies Aid building; more info next week.
Thirty-two people gathered at John Sweatt's camp on Saturday night to surprise Andre and Flossie Bernier, of Bryant Pond, with birthday cakes. The shindig was definitely a surprise for them both, and a success. Andre turned 60 on Christmas day. Flossie's birthday was Jan. 12, and her age shall remain undisclosed in this column -- but, it should be mentioned that she's younger than her husband!
Have a wonderful week! Selah