Goodbye to great coach

I can’t lead off this column any other way today other than to say goodbye to a dear, special man. Coach Danny Dors, a beloved cross-country coach at Lake Region High School, passed away this week. My daughters were not alone in the deep admiration and love they felt for him. He always had a smile and encouraging word for the kids. He was a huge jokester, always calling me the girls Sister. “Hey Girls,” he’d say, “Where’s your sister?” He was kind and compassionate, yet commanded respect from the kids. They most certainly gave that to him. Coach Dors, we love you! Thank you for being an amazing person and role model for the kids.

Lake Region Middle School play

Come check out this cute play written by middle school students! “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.” is, of course, based on the famous Disney classic of (almost) the same name. The kids worked hard on it, let’s cheer them on. Free performances are Friday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Region High School on Route 302.

Dudley returns home

Naples residents and newlyweds, Linda and Frank Coyne, decided that a new pup would be a great way to start their new life together. On Dec. 29, they traveled eight hours to Vermont to visit a rescue pup, 12-week-old Dudley, thought to be part Newfoundland, part Labrador retriever. Linda posted pictures on Facebook announcing the visit and also, if all went well, they’d be bringing back to Maine the newest addition to their family. It was love at first sight. The couple brought back their soft, cuddly, chocolate brown pooch and all seemed right in the world. Then the unthinkable happened. Dudley, frightened by his new surroundings, bolted away in the subzero temperatures. Frantic, the couple searched high and low, but no luck. They enlisted friends and family to help, posting flyers, cooking outdoors at night to lure Dudley to them with the smell of meat, but to no avail. It seemed Dudley was not coming back (at least on Facebook it did. Being one of Linda’s friends, I honestly figured minus 18 degrees was way too cold for that poor pup to survive). Day after day, no sign of Dudley. It was looking rather grim. The Coynes were determined to bring Dudley home. Using Facebook as a tool, the story went viral, receiving 3,500 shares in a matter of hours. Then Animal Control Officer Jessica Jackson put the family in touch with the Maine Lost Dog Recovery, a nonprofit group that helps find lost dogs. Their expertise helped bring the Dudley home. “If it were not for the help of the Maine Lost Dog Recovery, and hours of behind the scenes work, we would not have been able to bring Dudley home,” Linda said. The family, which includes her new husband Frank, and Linda’s son, Brandon, would like to thank the community for their love and prayers. Dudley was lost in the frozen woods for four days and five nights. We are so happy he’s home safe and sound.

Transportation options

My daughters are of the age where they can go out on their own, but perhaps they can’t drive their friends around due to the new license regulations, or maybe they don’t have their own vehicle yet. The point is, now there is Saturday Service through the Lake Region Explorer, the first bus service of its kind in the Lake Region area. Visit www.rtprides.org for more information.

Valentine’s Events

The American Legion in Naples is hosting a Valentine’s Dance on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. The musical entertainment for the evening is the Buckstop Band featuring Mike Preston and Kim Curry. There is a $5 cover charge.

Fountain of You Event Space in Naples is hosting, along with the Rooted Moon, “Open your Heart,” an uplifting and empowering event to open your heart chakra. Not sure what that is? This is the perfect opportunity to come and find out. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m. at 703 Roosevelt Trail on Feb. 10. Included will be an introduction to the heart chakra, guided meditation, yoga, affirmations and more. The duo from The Rooted Moon will be offering Reiki appointments. To register, email therootedmoon@gmail.com Tickets are $25 per person.