There was a smell of wood burning the other night when it was cool. I love a wood stove, but enjoy going to the thermostat and just turning the dial even better. We had our first delivery of kerosene Wednesday, but I hope the furnace doesn’t have to run for a while. The price of gas is bad enough, and couple it with the price of heating oil, it is a double-whammy. The Prospect Community Club has an account for Prospect Concerns to help townspeople with emergency heating and hopefully the government will not cut the LHEAP program, as they were discussing earlier this fall. This account has been made possible with the help of the Prospect Fire Department and the people at Town Meeting approving an article to use the money that would have gone to a food cupboard. The Community Club will be having two spaghetti and meatball benefits this winter: one in January, and the other in February. If anyone would like to make a donation to this account, send it to our treasurer, Valery Doody, 477 N. Searsport Road, Prospect, ME 04981 and write "Community Concerns" on the memo line.
Rose Otis only came home for a short evaluation and then she returned to Harbor Hill Center, 2 Footbridge Rd., Belfast, ME 04915. I’m sure a card from friends would be much appreciated.
Frank Coombs is antsy about getting home after having surgery to remove his bladder to eliminate any chance of the cancer returning as it did before. He went through the operation well and hopes to be home soon. Take it easy, Frank.
When I wrote about Vivian Smart’s family all gathering for a few days, I didn't mention the names of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so I will type them now. Along with Vivian’s five children were Chuck and Heather Boynton with their children, Brody and Tucker, of Prospect, Kelley and Gary Scanlan and their daughters of Bucksport and Larry Boynton of Prospect.
Tucker Boynton has not been able to start school yet, as he broke his ankle early this summer and it did not heal properly, so he had an operation on the ankle. That did not help, either, so he went to Portland and they reconstructed his ankle and put a cast on it. As a result, Chuck and Heather have to take him to Portland again in another two weeks to have another cast put on so the ankle will grow properly. His brother, Brody, also broke his ankle this summer, but blessedly, his healed properly. This has been quite a summer for the family. I do hope that Tucker will be able to get around soon as he can only stand on his foot for 15 minutes at a time.
Now that the ospreys have flown south, work is starting on the old Waldo-Hancock Bridge and it will be dismantled starting Nov. 1. What makes me mad is that Cianbro stabilized the bridge so traffic could continue to use it, and then they also built the new Penobscot Narrows Bridge, but an out-of-state company will have the job of taking the Waldo-Hancock bridge down because their bid was lower. According to the figures that were published, $320,000 lower than Cianbro’s, but Cianbro would have used Maine workers, who badly need jobs. Will this other company employ Maine workers or bring in a crew from out of state? Think it over.
Absentee ballots are now in at the Town Hall for the Nov. 6 election. Their office hours are Tuesday 1-7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-noon & 1-5 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m. Election Day balloting will open at 10 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. This will be a very important election and I hope that everyone will exercise their right to vote.
The Prospect Fire Department will be having a Halloween giveaway for the children in town as it has done for the past several years. They will be in the Fire Station from 5-8 p.m., Oct. 31 to give out candy. Just watch out for the goblins that night.
Fright at The Fort will be held Oct. 19 & 20 and Oct. 26 & 27 5:30-9 p.m. This always brings in a big crowd and a lot of traffic.
Paul and Valery Doody have returned from San Antonio after spending a week and a half visiting with her daughters, sister & family. They had a very relaxing time. Paul said they didn’t go out to eat once, but enjoyed home-cooking. Their flight was very smooth and the time coming home was shortened because of the tailwinds.
Remember, the fall cleanup day is Oct. 13. A list of items that you can dispose of is in the Town Office. Have your items by the side of the road by 7 a.m., as they start pickup early.
The Prospect Historical Society has received many donations of items from past members of town and some in town. As there is no place to display them, Carol and Don Johnson have some stored at their house and there is a room in the former Ronnie Eames house where more items are stored. This coming summer the society is talking about having an open house at the Marsh School with a display of what we have. More info on that this spring. Carol has been cataloging every item and who donated it and I will start to print some of them each week.
Received from Robert and Caroline Nelson of Pocasset, Mass., a receipt for $200 dated Apr. 30, 1867, to Overseers of The Poor signed by -------C. Ginn, International Correspondence School Certificate to Harry K. Grant pertaining to Blacksmithing and Forging, Copy of The Staples Genealogy by the Rev. Chas. N. Sincott, photos of the Shore of Prospect Ferry Cemetery and two copies of Bio of Leonard Harriman. Also School Registers of Marsh School, Mountain School (remember where this was?), Point School and the Ferry School. Carol has given me 13 pages, listing all the donations and who donated them. This took considerable time and we all owe her a thank-you for doing this. There are several others, namely Vera Dyer and Diane Terry, who have been receiving donations of items and each meeting. They always bring something new. It's amazing how some of the books and receipts have survived this long.
Hunter’s breakfast season will be here soon, and the Sandy Point American Legion will start it off by having a breakfast Oct. 27 from 4-8 a.m. in the Community Building on Route 1. There will be a 50-50 sale at the door also.
The Prospect Community Club will sponsor a hunter's breakfast Nov. 3 in the dining room from 5-9 a.m. with ham, eggs, pancakes (blueberry and plain), toast, juice, home fries, doughnuts and plenty of coffee. This year because of the increase in food prices the cost will be $6 for adults and $2 for children under 12.
The following Saturday, Nov.10, the Prospect Fire Department will have a hunter’s breakfast from 4-8 a.m.with basically the same menu, but they also have biscuits for the same price, $6 for adults and $2 for children under 12. There will be 50-50 sales at both breakfasts.
I want to wish you all a safe and healthy week, and please remember a card or a prayer to those who need it. God bless you all.