News of Neighbors

I am absolutely amazed at how fast March is flying by. The time has come again for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt that is hosted at the home of Brenda and John Dickens. For several years this event has been organized and sponsored by the entire Dickens family. They go to great lengths to make sure this is a memorable experience for all the children who attend. So on April 11 at 10 a.m. come and join in the fun watching the children, infant through fourth grade, scurry around in an attempt to fill their baskets with eggs that have been stuffed with goodies.

The Eastbrook Baptist Church will be very busy during the month of April. Palm Sunday services on April 5 will begin at 11 a.m. Maundy Thursday Services will be held on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. A light dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. before the service and all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Friday, April 10, at noon will mark the beginning of the prayer vigil and last until 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 12. Easter Sunday Sunrise Services will start at 6 a.m. There will also be a free breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. for anybody wishing to attend. April 12 church services will begin at 10 a.m., but there will be no Sunday School that day. Please unite with the Eastbrook Baptist Church to enjoy these spiritually moving ceremonies. If you have any questions regarding these services, contact Pastor Jim Flye at 565-8889.

April 12 also marks my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Congratulations to the both of you and may there be many, many more. I am proud of your commitment to each other and the vows you took 40 years ago.

I personally would like to thank the entire cross-country team for flowers and cards I received on Awards Night as a thank you for helping coach the team this past fall. We had a large team and through the mud, muck, blood, sweat and stitches they all persevered. I am so proud of all of you and especially proud to have been part of your team.

The Fire Department has expressed that it is in desperate need of bottle and can donations. Please remember that this is a volunteer fire department and any help you can send their way would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Rick McNeil at 565-8907. Also, if you know or see any of our volunteer firefighters around town, take a minute to thank them for their time and commitment, often putting their lives on the line to save our homes and property.

With this said, I feel it is extremely important to acknowledge all of those who make the choice, regardless of what else they may have going on in their life, to volunteer their time to make a difference in the world we live in. I often hear the excuse that others “just don’t have the time” and I honestly don’t believe it is about having the time or not having the time, it is about taking the time and making a difference. My definition of volunteerism would be one who gives unconditionally without the expectation of payment, recognition or acknowledgment. To volunteer fulfills an inner need to make a difference in other peoples lives. It is my opinion that volunteers are the heroes of the world. Some have claimed that people who devote their time volunteering are only trying to fill a selfish need to be recognized. It has been my experience that the word volunteer and selfish just do not go together and shouldn’t. So to all those out there who choose to volunteer, whether it be at a hospital, hospice, homeless shelter, school, fire department, etc., I thank you. Without this type of dedication, I believe the world would be a darker place.

Please contact me at [email protected] if there is any general information, birthday or anniversary acknowledgements that you would like to see in the Eastbrook News. Have a blessed week.

Nicole Ouellette

Nicole Ouellette

When Nicole isn't giving advice she's completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who'll talk back. [email protected]