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9 February, 2018 THE QUODDY TIDES Page 19 VALENTINES SHARE (from page 1) the time, "I married somebody like that." "We had a small wedding at the Den- nysville parsonage with a sister and broth- er and a couple of friends," Sandra ~ays. "And then we went all the way to Bangor for our honeymoon, which was a long way back then, visiting Bar Harbor and just getting to know the State of Maine." grew to three boys and two girls, lived in Paris, France; Alaska; Fort Devens, Mass.; and Washington, D.C. "And he went on two unoccupied tours in Korea and Viet- nam," adds Cynthia. Art's parents, Samuel Carter and Alice Goodwin, were both Washington County natives, "and my father had built this place in Charlotte, which my sister didn't want after he passed away in 1984. So in 1994 Cynthia and I decided to fix it up and stay." Over the years, their family has grown to 10 grandchildren and one great-grand- child, and Art and Cynthia have been in- volved with many groups and organizations, including Down East Hos- pice, local historical societies and the ecu- menical food pantry in Calais. They have been very happy with their choice to retire in Charlotte. RUSSELL AND SANDRA GARNETT "He's a tease, and sometimes it aggra- vates me, but I knew what I was in for," notes Sandra of her now 80-year-old hus- band. "His mother told me that when his elderly grandmother lived with them in Machias, Russell would stop in and tease her mercilessly, but she loved him for it." The Garnetts became parents to a daughter and twin boys and now have "four beautiful grandchildren and two great-grandchildren." "They live in Madi- son, so I'm glad that we can see them once in a while because we love them to pieces." ARTHUR AND CYNTHIA CARTER Couple took pastor's advice Like the Gametts, Arthur and Cynthia Carter of Charlotte credit advice on their wedding day 61 years ago for helping their marriage last. "The priest said, "Don't ever go to bed angry," recalls Cynthia. "We've both tried to follow that. Although sometimes I have needed to stay awake longer than him," she adds with a chuckle. "I do family genealogy, and I can defi- nitely say we have real good genes," points out Art. Art had just come back from serving in Korea and was attending Ithaca College of Technology, and Cynthia Coupe had recefitly moved with her family from Har- risville, R.I when friends introduced them at a dinner in North Chelmsford, Mass. "I thought she was beautiful, and she fell for my 1950 Oldsmobile 88," laughs Art, while Cynthia points out, "The car had nothing to do with it." Four years apart in age, they dated for 24 months before being joined in a big church wedding with family and friends in September of 1956. Art went back into the military and re- tired as a major after 21 years of service. He and Cynthia and their family, which KEITH AND BELLMON PENDLETON A shared faith They courted for five years before tying the knot, so Keith and BeUmon Pendleton of Deer Island have known each other for a long time, and the secret to their long lasting love for one another is their commit- ment to attending church regularly. "I met him when I was 12 years old," recalls Bellmon, whose father, Merton Newman, was the captain of the mailboat Rex/Vwhen they moved from Campobel- lo to Lords' Cove, Deer Island. "I met Keith the next morning in my homeroom, and we got together. He and his cousin were after the 'new girl,' and he jokes that my sister and I were the only other stu- dents who weren't a cousin! Everyone else was related." "He and his cousin were both nice, but Keith was awfully good looking, and I chose him," recalls Bellmon. "After a few years, my parents went back to Campobello, but I stayed behind with my older sister Constance." Keith and Bellmon, who are now 86 years old, were only 17 when they mar- ried on April 17, 1949, in the Lord's Cove Church of Christ. "Keith and his brothers all fished to- gether," she points out. "On days like this [February 1], they had to smash through the ice to get to the boats. And all of our boys worked with him as they grew up, although one became a civil engineer." "I think we have been happy all of those years because we still go to church every Sunday, and although we lost three sons in our [family of seven children], we are close to the others." "We are living across the road from one. We bought the little house on the edge of the water so we can see everything." Phone HOMESCHOOLERS met at the Pembroke Library this past month and found it a great place to browse books and study. Three families currently utilize the available space for their academic pursuits. (Fred Gralenski photo) SELECTMEN'S MEETING A the January 29 selectmen's meeting, a contract for $850 with the Town of Per- ry to house Pembroke's stray dogs was accepted. A letter was read from the Downeast Salmon Federation and the Passamaquod- UNITED FARMERS VETERANS dy Tribe requesting support from Pem- Many area businesses came together to broke for a grant to repair fish ladders at donate time and resources for the fund- the lower dam on the Pennamaquan Riv- raising fair, including Pembroke Irving, er. After some discussion on the matter, a Dr. Karen Delaney, Eastern Plumbing, motion not to sign the support letter was Preston Septic and local artisans and ven- approved, dors. Some even travelled 125 miles to A letter has been received from the De- take part in the event at the Pembroke partment of Transportation requiting the Elementary School. Organizers Brian and town to post the East 'River Road Bridge Bonita Jones were grateful for the idea at a maximum 5-ton limit. The selectmen from Michael and Cari Anne Lawson. will order the signs to post the bridge from Anyone who missed this opportunity and the state, would like to donate can call United Farm- REPUBLICAN CAUCUS er Veterans of Maine at 322-7625 Mon- Shane Curtis, chair of the Pembroke day through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Republican Committee, has announced that the Pembroke Republicans will cau- cus on Thursday, February 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Pembroke Town Office. All Pembroke Republicans are urged to at- tend this event. Local Republican candi- dates for the State House, State Senate, Washington County sheriff and district at- torney have been invited to speak. The state convention will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, at the Augusta Civic Center. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Principal Debbie Jamieson presented the school report at the February 6 meet- ing of the Pembroke School Committee. The Parent Teacher Community is having a Chinese raffle fundraiser on Saturday, February 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Funds raised will support student activities. Basketball season will begin after Feb- ruary vacation. Washington County Com- munity College's outdoor recreation department will be bringing cross country skis and snowshoes for students to use as part of gym activities on Friday, February 9. Grades 3-8 will be going ice fishing on Friday, February 16. The water faucet in the Grade 1 room that tested high for lead has been replaced. Focus School Literacy Coach Darlene Bassett will be working with teachers and students on Mondays, February 12 and 26, and school coach A1 Phifier will be visiting on Wednesday, February 28. Teachers in grades 3-8 will participate Well-Drilling 1260 Airline Road, Alexander, Maine 04694 New Competitive Prices Quality Work Need a well today? Don't delay!! 207-454-2612 1-800-287-LORD FAX207-454-7225 by Melissa Cushing, Tel. 726-4795 < melissapembroke@aol.com > in a reading strategies workshop on March 5. The Maine Autism Institute for Educa- tional Research is presenting a series of autism workshops. The school special ed- ucation teacher will attend one on Thurs- day, February 15. PEMBROKE LIBRARY The theme of the Wednesday, February 14, chantey sing at the Pembroke Library is "Sailors & Sweethearts: Songs of Seafaring Lovers in the Age of Sail." This perfor- mance features the group From Away Downeast and begins at 6:30 p.m. Admis- sion is free, but donations are accepted. The next Downeast Amateur Astrono- my meeting will be Saturday, February 17, at 7 p.m. at the Pembroke Library. The guest speaker this month is Jim Cormier, who will give a talk on "Binocular As- tronomy." Knitters meet every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the quilters at 6 p.m. The spinners meet every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon except on the third Sat- urday of the month when quilters meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Once again the unknown Good Samari- tans plowed and shoveled the Pembroke United Methodist Church for Sunday ser- vice. Another Good Samaritan is John Ashby, who arranged and helped with the installation of a replacement fumace for the vestry. It was a very welcome addition to the heating system. Lay members of the congregation are filling in and conducting Sunday service while Pastor David Peter- son is temporarily out of action. Prayers of concern were offered for Pastor David, Pauline and many others who are sick. Plans are under way for a celebratory pot- luck supper and hymn sing in February or early March to welcome the return of bet- ter weather and healthier members. The group is also planning to be part of the Lenten Soup and Sermon luncheons in February and March. Regular Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor David Peterson, and the Bible study group will resume meeting on Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m weath- er permitting.