Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week, but want to wish you all a wonderful day of family and food. Got a notice from Dick Desmarais that the Searsport Lion’s Club will be offering a free Thanksgiving dinner at their clubhouse on Prospect Street in Searsport to anyone in need of food, friendship or a good time. It will take place 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be their second year of doing this. Bless you all.
Hunters’ breakfasts are over in Prospect. The Fire Dept. held theirs Nov. 10 to a good crowd and the winner of the 50-50 was Jason Bennett of Bucksport. Thanks to everyone who attended.
Sadly, the first snowstorm happened Nov. 7, followed by heavy rain the next day and night. Billy Dunham of Frankfort was involved in a head-on car crash down on the bridge by the former Merrill Bennett’s home and lost his life. The passengers in the other car were injured and sent to the hospital with serious injuries. The Johnson’s from Frankfort had their dog in the car with them, but afterward the sirens and noises from the removal of a car door spooked him and he took off. He has not been seen since that night and many people are searching for him. If you see a black, sleek-looking Lab with a collar, call the Johnsons at 944-1677. It would be nice if he returned home for Thanksgiving -- your pets are your children also, and I know how we would feel if anything happened to our dog.
Town Clerk Lisa Donna wanted to thank the ballot clerks, Edna Leach, Glendora Webster, Gloria Boynton, Nancy Quigley and Jill Orestis, for their hard work on Election Day. It was a long and tiring day, but they finished up at 1:30 a.m.
Nov. 12 Katelyn Webster was born up in Healy, Alaska, to Andrew and Jenn Webster. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and has an adorable, fat face. Andy and Jenn are both in the Air National Guard and have two other children from Jenn’s first marriage, whom Andy adopted, living at home with them. Andrew was just recently promoted to master sergeant. He also has two children from his former marriage living in Maine with their mother. Andy’s father, Tim, lives in Prospect and his mother, Rosemarie Webster, lives in Pittston. Katelyn just made me a great-grandmother for the twelfth time. The family keeps on growing.
For many years, people in town have heard about the preservation of the old Marsh School but there has been no action. Well, this coming week, Baxter Cook of Searsport will be working on the foundation and stabilizing the cement stones. After this is done, when the weather allows, there will be a French drain installed around the back and sides of the building to redirect the water drainage from under the building to the side. With this project we hope that people will start to see that the Society is trying to get the building fixed so it can be used productively again.
There will be more coming up in the spring, and I do ask for your donations, regardless of size, so we can do more projects. It takes time and money. At the Prospect Historical Society meeting Oct. 12, they were told that the selectmen have supported taking the money from the Capitol Reserve Fund for the maintenance of the old school and using it to get this project started. This information was gladly received, and now the money in the treasury will be applied to another project.
Eddie Harriman of Cannan was at the Society meeting and had two big notebooks full of pictures and information on his ancestors. It was all very interesting, and more will be shown in the spring when we can set up a day to display some of the items and pictures that have been collected. I was glad to welcome Jack Emack to the meeting. He and I worked together at the Bucksport Mill for many years. A favorite greeting we had was “hiddie hoo,” based on a phone call that I had received in my office. Brought back some memories. The annual Christmas party for the Society will be Dec. 8 at noon with a potluck meal at the home of Don and Carol Johnson on Spout Hill. If you plan to attend, call Carol at 567-3371 and let her know what you are planning to bring or check to see what she has already planned on. The next business meeting will be in May 2013.
Maddie’s Place will be closed Thanksgiving Day so they may share the day with family.
Also, the Town Office will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 because of the holiday.
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.