The Bartlett Public Library will be hosting a book discussion of "The Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See, on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. If you have never been to one of the Tuesday discussions and would like to check it out (even if you have not read or finished the book) please drop in. This is a changing and fluid group and all are welcome. You may discover a new interest or even just a new title to add to your reading list.

The congregants at the Bartlett Congregational Church have been very active with yard sales, potluck dinners for those attending church and spreading mulch on the gardens around the church.

There is a lot of positive energy felt by those attending the services, also shared during the social hour following the service, and definitely during meetings where plans are discussed for more activities. The members, friends and guests attending service on Sunday continue to enjoy guest ministers and preachers. They have the schedule for June set already.

Pastor Susan Davidson will preach the next two Sundays, June 12 and 19. This week’s message will be "The Mystery of Wisdom and Spirit." The scripture readings will be from Proverbs, Chapter 8 and John Chapter 16, Verses 12-15.

As always, you are invited to join in singing familiar hymns such as "For the Beauty of the Earth" or "Holy, Holy, Holy," supported by organist Ellen Hayes. Other music is provided by Sandy Hatch, violinist. .

The church’s friend and neighbor, Pastor Charles Monaghan will be back on June 26. All are welcome to join the Bartlett Congregational Church services and social hour any Sunday. There is always music and fun in addition to the uplifting spiritual messages of their guest preachers; all returning by popular demand of the congregants. 

Come join in all the festivities on July 4. Parade, food, entertainment and corn hole tournament. Bartlett’s annual Hellen Hayes Memorial Fourth of July parade will start at 11 a.m. on July 4 at Black Fly Field and will go east on Route 302, it will take a right at the Bartlett school and end at Hodgkin’s Park located behind the school. Register online at bartlettrec.org/4th-of-july-2022/  Cash prizes awarded. As in the past you are asked to please pre-register. Also, they need volunteers to help that day.

The double elimination corn hole tournament will be at 1 p.m. on July 4 at Hodgkin’s Veterans Memorial Park. Two-person teams. There is a $20 entry fee. Register at bartlettrec.org/4th-of-july-cornhole-tournament. The registration deadline is June 27. 

I hope everyone has a great week. I am totally amazed at the number of caterpillars on and around my house. This year and last year have been like something out of a horror movie. If anyone has any great ideas about how to control them, I would love to know, please.

Well, the school year is almost done, I know the kids are definitely ready for summer. I would like to give kudos to the staff and students for making it through another pandemic year. It sure has been unprecedented.

Take care and if you have any news to share please email me at adeshais18@gmail.com.

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