The biggest news last week was the Halloween storm. It started to rain hard at about 5 Thursday night, just before the trick-or-treaters started to come around. It would rain hard for a while and then it would let up and then it would start again.

During the night I was awakened by the rain on the window, the wind howling outside and the river roaring behind our house. It sounded terrible.

In the morning, the river was high but it was in its banks. I could see, however, where it had been on our lawn. It had come up halfway to our patio and had gone through my vegetable garden, but fortunately it didn’t do any damage.

In front of the house, however, a large limb came down on our neighbor’s lawn and hit the corner of his new building. I don’t think there was any damage to the building, though.

I had to cancel my radiation treatment on Friday in Burlington because the Hogback Road was flooded in three places and Route 109 out of Waterville was flooded. Plus, Jeffersonville and Cambridge were flooded. Roads were either flooded or washed out all over the place. What a mess!

The radiation people said it was all right to cancel one day and they would just add the day on at the end of my treatment, which would make my last day Nov. 18.

In Johnson, the water came up and surrounded our daughter’s house. They were all right and they could come and go on their tracker. Other places in town were flooded, including the Sterling Market parking lot and Route 15 as you go out of town toward Jeffersonville. 

We lost our power for two hours on Friday. A lot of people were without power for a couple of days and some are still without power. Edna Lafountain lost her phone service and her internet for two days.

Merilyn Clinger had 2 feet of water in her basement; the stream behind her house decided to go there. C.J. came to her rescue and had the basement pumped out.

The water came up so fast and it went down fast, too. By Saturday, roads were open again. I don’t think we’ll forget this storm.

On Sunday, it snowed up in Smugglers Notch and about seven cars had to be rescued from there. They probably didn’t have their snow tires on yet. Oh, well!

Even though it was raining Thursday night for trick-or-treating, I volunteered to take my grandchildren, Monty and Mackenzie, around from house to house. Of course, I drove to each house and had my umbrella ready for the kids as we went to the door of each house. But they didn’t stay under the umbrella. They ran ahead of me and got wet but we all had fun in spite of the rain.

Steve stayed at home and passed out candy to the six kids who came to the door, two of whom were our grandkids.

Edna Lafountain said she had 11 trick-or-treaters at her house, which was a few more than last year. I guess the rain didn’t stop the kids from going out.

I did one more thing on my to-do list last week, vacuuming both upstairs and down. This really tired me out. But I’m down to two items left on my list.

The Waterville Town Hall was used twice last weekend. On Saturday there was a birthday party for Nicole Whittemore and on Sunday there was another birthday party, this one was for Andrea Nolan, who is Donnie Tilton’s wife’s mother. A Happy Birthday to both of you ladies.

Dereck and Edna went to a birthday party for Mary Severance down at Mann’s Meadow in Jeffersonville on Sunday afternoon. She turned 90 years old. Happy birthday, Mary.

November 16 is quickly approaching. That is when the Mud City Ramblers will be in concert at the Waterville Town Hall as a fundraiser for the sixth-graders. Entrance will be $10 for adults and children 12 and under will get in free.

A Happy Birthday goes to Charles Burt and to Lorraine Simay, both on Nov. 8, and to Marlene Tobin on Nov. 10.

Have a great week, everyone!

— Susan Davis, 644-5111

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