Christmas in Lincoln
Lincoln's 2014 Christmas parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 around sundown, followed by the lighting of the town's Christmas tree.
To see photos and video from Lincoln's past Christmas celebrations, CLICK HERE!
More Christmas decorations!
Here's another beautifully decorated home from Lincoln's Christmas House Tour!
Christmas in Passadumkeag
December 25 - Merry Christmas to all our visitors! Recently we were privileged to receive an invitation to share some wonderful Christmas decorations with you. Kenton and Glenda Crosby of Passadumkeag enjoy decorating for the holidays. Thousands of lights and ornaments make their home bright during the holiday season, including many things that hold special memories of family members. The magic starts before Thanksgiving, and continues until the whole house is sparkling with holiday cheer. Around every corner is a smiling Santa or snowman. We tried to capture as much as possible in video and photos for you to enjoy.
Our thanks to Kenton and Glenda for their gracious hospitality, and we hope you enjoy the show!
Annual K of C Senior Citizens' Christmas Party
December 11 - Today the Knights of Columbus Hall in Lincoln was full of happy voices and fun as area seniors enjoyed the annual Christmas party put on by the K of C. Carol singers, a social time and a fine meal were followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus handing out gifts. Eighth graders from Mattanawcook Junior High helped out by serving the meal. For a photo slideshow, CLICK HERE.
Santa visits McDonald's
Festival of Lights parade and Christmas tree lighting
December 6 - Despite the messy weather, a crowd gathered downtown for Lincoln's annual Festival of Lights Christmas parade and the lighting of the town's Christmas tree. We were there to capture the festivities! CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow.
Breakfast with Santa
December 6 - Hundreds of kids filled the MA cafetorium this morning to enjoy breakfast with Santa. Pancakes, crafts, carol singing and dancers added to the festive atmosphere. A light snowfall didn't keep kids of all ages from their annual visit with Santa! CLICK HERE for plenty of photos of the fun.
Santa visits Machias Savings Bank
December 5 - Machias Savings Bank hosted Cookies with Santa on Friday December 5th. A donation was sent with Santa for Sarah's House. Sarah's House is the new Cancer Hospitality House, located on 80+ acres in Holden, Maine will offer:
· A short drive to the Lafayette Family Cancer Center
· Little or no cost to guests and their loved ones
· 9 individual guest rooms with room enough for two
· Indoor and outdoor shared spaces for encouraging support and sharing of experiences
· Television, chair/desk for writing, club chair for lounging, and wardrobe or closet in each room
Sarah Robinson was a remarkable human being… words on a page cannot describe her. Her laugh, smile, and sense of humor, coupled with her love for people, generosity and strength made her incredibly unique.
Sarah was born a twin in Greenville, Maine and moved to the town of Dexter at the age of three with her family. Sarah and her identical twin sister, Lindsay, were the youngest of nine brothers and sisters. They were infamously known as “the Turner Twins” on the athletic fields and courts as well as in the classroom. During high school Sarah met Ben Robinson; little did she know that at that first date she had met her future husband. After high school Sarah and Benny moved to Old Town where they would get married, attend college and have their daughter, Morgan.
Sarah’s sense of adventure and fun loving spirit led her down many paths, both personally and professionally. One such path was joining the Old Town Rotary Club. Sarah was drawn to the Rotarian way of life: “service above self.” In 2008 Sarah became a real estate agent and the club’s youngest member. She participated in countless charity events, service projects and fundraisers and loved being a part of helping her community and others.
Sarah and her twin sister, Lindsay, played in the same cover band. During a performance in 2010, Lindsay noted that her sister’s drum playing was less than perfect, and pointed it out to Sarah. Sarah complained of lack of feeling in her left arm, and Lindsay, a nurse, quickly decided to take Sarah to the EMMC emergency room. Multiple tests were done before an MRI detected a brain tumor.
Lindsay stayed with Sarah through the early days of the cancer diagnosis until Benny could be called home from Iraq on an emergency Red Cross message. Benny had been deployed for 9 months when the news came.
Sarah’s fight began quickly that spring. She underwent an open-awake craniotomy in Boston to remove the tumor and then had chemotherapy and radiation treatments using state of the art technology at the Lafayette Cancer Center in Brewer. It was during her treatment in Brewer that the idea of a Cancer Hospitality House first began.
Sarah’s idea was born out of interactions with two women that were receiving radiation treatment at the Lafayette Cancer Center at the same time Sarah was there. These women were both traveling great distances to get to treatments. One woman came from Eastport — five hours round trip, every day, five days a week, for six weeks! Sarah couldn’t imagine the added hardships caused by travel to and from the Cancer Center, and she said to Lindsay and Benny: “They can just stay the night at our house. Let’s go buy bunk beds and set them up downstairs for people to sleep on.”
Sarah knew that buying bunk beds was not the solution to a much bigger problem, and she was serious about the idea of helping these patients find a place to stay. She took her idea to the Old Town Rotary Club where it picked up support and momentum.
“It needs to be bigger; we need a house!” she said.
And so it was born, the idea to build a cancer hospitality house to serve our region and the biggest, most rural part of our state. Sarah met with the people she knew through Rotary and her work in the community, and the process of creating the Cancer Hospitality House of Maine began.
Sarah was featured as a cancer survivor the summer before she passed and was quoted: “It was in my battle with cancer that I found my purpose for living.”
After her work on the cancer hospitality house began, Sarah started back at work and continued on in her Rotary Club efforts. In August of 2011, Sarah’s cancer returned. This time an operation was not possible. With her sense of humor intact and her courageous spirit unbroken, Sarah spent her last days at home with her loving family and friends. Her family all said the same things about her near the end: “She made us laugh every single day. She was not afraid…her faith was so strong…”
Sarah Lunette Robinson, 26, died Sunday, December 4, 2011. A faithful Christian, a loyal wife, a loving mother, a protective sister, a Rotarian, a tenacious competitor, a talented musician and a bright and cheerful soul, Sarah will be remembered always.
Since her death Benny and Lindsay have received multiple awards on Sarah’s behalf for her work during her fight, including; the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2011-2012 and the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, presented at the 2012 Champion the Cure Challenge.
Fundraising efforts have already begun for the new Cancer Hospitality House, including Sarah’s six-year-old daughter Morgan’s efforts selling lemonade and eggs from her chickens to make sure her mother’s dream comes true.
We wish you a Merry Christmas!
Tree of Life lighted at PVH
December 4 - The Penobscot Valley Hospital Auxiliary Tree of Life lighting ceremony was held tonight at the hospital, with the RSU 67 chorus and director Nancy Kinkaide singing Christmas carols while Jesse Barker flipped the switch to light the tree. Auxiliary co-chairman Julie Thibodeau addressed those gathered in the cold to watch the ceremony. The carolers entertained PVH patients after the tree lighting, and refreshments were served.
"Home for the Holidays" House Tour
Santa Paws Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 13at 11:00am - 1:00pm
Golden Key Senior Center
51 Main St, Lincoln, Maine 04457
Please join us for a fun- filled day with your pets while helping to support Silent Sidekicks' animal-assisted therapy, activities, and educational programs!
- Goodies and Hot Chocolate Bar
- Have your picture taken in a holiday setting with your family/pet
- Pet Friendly items will be on sale
Admission: $ 5.00 per person or $ 10.00 per family
The Silent Sidekicks Holiday Celebration
The Silent Sidekicks Holiday Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 6th, from 2-4pm at the Gazebo before the Annual Lights Parade and the Town of Lincoln’s tree lighting ceremony. Warm refreshments will be served, music will be played, and a festive time will be had by all!
For $5, Silent Sidekicks’ supporters may purchase an ornament in honor or memory of an animal who has touched their lives, their own Sidekick. Customized ornaments with each animal’s name on it will be handmade by Silent Sidekicks’ volunteers and will be placed on the Silent Sidekicks’ Holiday Tree that will be located at the Gazebo on Main St.
At 3:30pm, a drawing will take place selecting one animal to be honored and to have his or her name on the Sidekick Star on top of the tree.
Ornaments may be preordered online on our Facebook page using the “$5 Ornament Fundraiser” tab on the left side of the page,
at http://silentsidekicks.wix.com/ornamentfundraiser , or in person from a Silent Sidekicks’ volunteer. Supporters who are not able to attend the event (due to distance or otherwise) are still invited to purchase an ornament in honor/memory of an animal, and a Silent Sidekicks’ volunteer will place it on the tree for you during the event.