I want to extend my sympathy to the family of Owen Krause of Stockton Springs. Owen died in a head-on collision with a big dump truck driven by Thomas Drew of Winterport Sept. 17 near Ray Webb’s gravel pit entrance on Route1A. Tom is the son of Clarence Drew of town, and he received an ankle injury and some bruises. Witnesses said Owen drifted across the center line directly into the dump truck. My heart aches for the family for their tragic loss, and I pray that they will support each other to get through the hard times ahead, and there will be many. May an angel watch over you all.
The winner of the three-wheeled bike that the Friends of Hailey Mello were selling tickets for was won by Shannon Arce of Hermon. One of her children had just had a birthday, so she was very pleased to win the bike. Hailey is reportedly doing well, and I pray that a prosthesis will enable her to walk around and be a happy, normal little 2-year-old. Shelly Stenta, J.R. Moody and their crew did an excellent job, and the family thank everyone for their donations.
Last week I reported what the Prospect Community Club does with the money that is raised by suppers and rentals. This week I want to acknowledge the main spoke in the wheel -- the people of Prospect who donate the cooked food and provide the money to buy the beans in bulk: Ed and Miriam Perry for buying half the hot dogs, and the many people who work on the suppers and come back the next month to do it again. Without all the help, the Community Club would not be able to do the projects we do and for this, we thank you very much.
My sister-in-law, Pat Herbest, of Evergreen, Ala., has been here in Maine since Sept. 5 visiting with her sister, Donna, and husband Bill Fraiser of Cape Jellison, her son, Dana Herbest, and wife Roberta and children of Swanville and sister-in-law, Francis Clark, widow of Wayne Clark, also in Swansville, cousins and old friends, and now she is staying with us for five days. Our dog likes her company also, and will miss her greatly when she returns home this coming Friday. Pat and I became friends when we went to high school together and then later, she and I married brothers. Then, due to death of her husband, Frederick, and the divorce of my husband, Richard, regardless of where she lived, our friendship has endured for the past 57 years and is still going strong.
Rose Otis is now home after a stay at the hospital followed by a time in Harbor Hill for rehab and then a short stay at the Boarding Home in Searsport. Do hope that now she will be able to enjoy her home again and get stronger. Rose is the holder of the Boston Globe Gold Headed Cane for being the most senior person in town. Welcome home, Rose.
Thank you, Maine DOT, for the work done on the bridge down over the hill from our house and Thibodeau’s. Every since the rebuild of that small bridge, going over it was like hitting a big pothole and not good on tires, but this past week they ground down the rough edges and put some hot top over the seams, and it is much smoother now.
Oct. 13 will be here before you know it, and I just want to keep reminding people to gather up items that you want to dispose of -- furniture, appliances, etc., and have them at the end of your driveway that morning by 7 a.m. There's a list is in the Town Office of items that can be put out.
I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week and please remember those who need a card or a prayer. God bless you all.