Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An early morning bank robbery occurred in the quiet town of Bristol (aka New Harbor). What a way to stir up a bit of excitement after a long winter’s nap!
It happened on Monday morning, April 2, just after the bank opened up after the Easter holiday. My first clue that something was happening was from a conversation with my daughter-in-law, Meaghan, when she asked if I knew why she had been seeing undercover police vehicles going by headed down my way. Then, at lunchtime, with the noon news on in the background, I heard “Lincoln County” come over, so I looked at the TV and saw a headline that read “Bank Robbery in Bristol” and there was a picture of the DB&T bank in New Harbor.
We found out through the grapevine that it was a woman and she hadn’t been apprehended yet. Still nothing mentioned on the 4:30-6 p.m. news report. But come Tuesday morning, they had picked her up at her home in Waldoboro after learning her identity (46-year-old April Blake) from security cameras at Reilly’s, where she had been before she went to the bank.
Now that that’s over, I’ll go back to looking for that “dull moment” I’ve been searching for.
Easter Sunday fell on April 1 this year – All Fools Day/April Fool’s Day — and I saw that there were some clever Easter-minded jokes played on children of all ages.
My morning got off to a late start, and I was just waking up as Mom and Scott were pulling down the driveway to pick us up for sunrise service at Pemaquid Point. It was a nice ride, but we were too late for the service. I blame it on the recent time change.
This year, Easter dinner was hosted by Colleen and Tim at their new digs in New Harbor. It was nice to have the room to hold 19 of us: Craig and Donna Leeman, just back from Florida; Chris and Heather, Norma, Patrick (all Leemans); and Kyna Kindell. Then there was Colleen’s crew consisting of Rig and Charlotte Simmons; Steve and Vicki; Steven, Ross, and Meaghan (all Nicholses); Jay Pinkerton (Kathy went to Connecticut to visit with family); and Kory and Myles Whitfield. Now you have to admit that was quite a gathering!
It all went very smoothly, as everyone in attendance pitched in to bring something to the dinner. And the dinner itself was delicious, with a wide offering of dishes to choose.
To Tim and Colleen, we — the collective “we” — say “thank you” for opening your home and providing another opportunity to get together.
The snowbirds are coming back to our area. Welcome back!
Spring is on the way despite these little snow starts and fits that are forecasted for the first two weeks of April. Me, I’m hoping for just enough to complete the three remaining cat trackers predicted for the 2017-2018 winter storms.
Signs of spring that I’ve seen or heard recently – robins, woodcock, osprey, skunk, cardinals (male feeding the female — love this action), many songbirds, and other varieties too numerous to mention. The bulbs are showing, and thanks to a phone conversation with my mother, I went and uncovered my little patch of snowdrops, which upon finding were being weighted down by a tree used in banking the house and were yellowed due to lack of sunlight, but they are recovering quickly and will flower very soon; buds are swelling, lakes and ponds are open or near to letting go.
Whereas two weeks ago we had about 50 inches of snow on the ground and things were looking very white, today the ground is bare except for a few piles that don’t see the sun. It is so amazing to witness the transformation that takes place this time of year — new life all around. And two of my favorites: green and gardening!
Oh, I have other big news to note – another baby pineapple has arrived at my house! A Maine-grown, incredible, edible fruit to enjoy sometime in September! It’s such a treat and the most incredible flavor — very different from ones bought at the store. Pictures will be ongoing throughout the process.
Sympathy is extended to our neighbor Wayne Chickering at the loss of his wife, Sharon (Bickford).
That’s all I’ve got time for this week, and I will try to pick up the pace a bit as far as writing goes, but I can give no guarantees for we are coming to garden season. Stay well. And have a good one!