Mariaville-Otis News of Neighbors

The town of Otis will be honoring three of its oldest citizens at a community potluck supper at Beech Hill School on Nov. 7 at 5 p.m.

Velma Pollard was born on April 26, 1917. Betty Okeefe and Alta Tate were born on Aug. 17, 1919, and Jan. 1, 1920, respectively. Each will be presented with a key to the town on a plaque designed and donated by Jeff and Renee Weisner of Otis. Many thanks to them for this special gift. All community and family members are invited to bring a dish and help to make this a memorable occasion for these three special ladies. And, by the way, if you’re relatively new to the area and curious about what local life was like in the early days of the last century, come and speak to the honorees. I totally enjoyed a phone conversation with Velma last year when she shared her memories with me.


Profit from the recent Haunted School event exceeded $1,000. The eighth grade class and the PTC are grateful to all who helped make it a success. But wait, just when you thought they’d take a short break to rest up, they’ve begun the next round of fund raising for their class trip and scholarship fund. Christmas wreaths and Little Caesar’s pizza kits will be on sale through Nov. 16 and available for pick-up at the school on Dec. 1. Please place your order with any eighth-grader you are fast enough to catch up with.

Student council results for this academic year are as follows: grade eight – Dallas Tate, Samantha Goddard, Ciera Petrello, grade seven – Cheyenne Shelton, Stephanie Crossman, Jasmine Paine, grade 6- Grace Jordan, Ryan Voisine, Jocelyn Davis, grade 5 – Tanner Fishburn, Jacob Bragg, Dakota Bowen. Student council members develop leadership skills while promoting school and community pride, friendship, citizenship and good sportsmanship. Congratulations to those chosen to represent their classes.

Last, but not least this week, Joyce Spencer of Otis will celebrate her birthday on Oct. 30, as will Nola Higgins of Mariaville on Oct. 29. And happy belated birthday to Sgt. Justin Smith (Oct. 23), who is currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq, and his wife, Jessica (Oct. 6), of Fort Benning, Ga.

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