News of Neighbors



One morning shortly after arriving home from our yearly circuit of family visits down through Texas, Mississippi and Florida, a noise awoke me …. the startling realization of being back in North Country, for a loud, reverberating rumble was coming closer up the hill, and then, the audible scraping of a gigantic snow plow along Taunton Drive! After a few sips of hot herbal tea, I remembered that we had made it home around 1 a.m. and then a few minutes later, the big storm hit — forecast of 2 feet of snow, now a reality!

A couple of days later while sorting through the stacks of mail collection for the month of February, I looked through the Sullivan Town Crier for newsworthy items, and read the clip about another benefit supper for the recreation center, a casual check on the calendar — to my dismay, saw that it was scheduled for that weekend! With all the unpacking and getting things back in order from our long trip, I certainly didn’t have time to bake an elaborate dessert or concentrate on what main dish to donate, so it was a quick, black bean, yellow rice platter and a chilled bowl of “ambrosia”!

The benefit supper was another joyous event, mingling with neighbors over a gourmet spread of luscious dishes! I stopped first to chat with Rob and Candy Eaton to tell them about the grandchildren in Texas and Mississippi, and of a successful venture at my two-day craft show at the Country Side Mall in Clearwater, Fla. Then Troy and I greeted several neighbors together, and while conversing with Jean Gimscheid, a pleasant gentleman ambled up to the table, and speaking in a perky-toned voice in Jean’s direction said “I want to know who made that wonderful fruit salad!” I glanced up and immediately answered him with appreciation of it being a concoction from my kitchen. After a few moments of introduction and also meeting his wife, Dianne, Terry Arne gave his “assent” to my mention of our encounter in this column. Helen Gordon reported toward the end of the evening before our departure that a total of $500. was raised for help with the heating system!

A couple of Sullinarians have been “under the weather” during these winter months. Mary Murphy is recuperating from recent surgery, and Eleanor Dunbar is recovering from “cat scratch fever.”

With our “hit-the-ground-running” since being back home, I have felt very much like the March lion that “roared in” here with his bout of severe winter storms to keep Mainers on track for survival chores! Wishes for a blessed Easter for everyone, and “Mimi Kea” has a new Easter hat!

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]