Henry and Gloria Stover celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 25 with a party hosted by family members at the Belfast Public Library. The event was attended by many family and friends. The couple were married Sept. 28, 1940, in St. Johnsbury, Vt.

Henry was associated with Stover’s Jewelry on Main Street for some 32 years beginning in 1936, and was owner-manager from 1954-1968. He had some time out during World War II, serving in the Army from 1942-1946, mostly in Massachusetts. Henry was custodian of the Belfast town clock for 30 years.

Both Henry and Gloria helped with Boy Scouts in Belfast and beyond, being members of the Waldo District Committee, a group serving Scout units in Waldo County. Gloria was a 50-year member of Belfast’s Cub Pack 30, first as a den mother, and later, for more than 20 years as secretary/treasurer.

For five years in the 1970s, Henry and Gloria worked as volunteers in the Waldo County Red Cross chapter, serving local people and military personnel countrywide. For more than 30 years (starting during their Red Cross time) Gloria — with a little help from Henry — served as a volunteer income tax preparer.

Each January, both of them attended a four-day school put on by the Internal Revenue Service, and from February through April, Gloria did dozens of tax returns for free — some easy, some difficult — amounting to more than 1,000 through the years.

The Stovers have two and a half sons — Bob Jr. of Belfast, their nephew, who lived with them for 15 years, David and his wife, Lilo, of Waldo and Daniel and his wife, Noreen, of Hampden. Their grandchildren are Nathan and his wife, Kelly Stover, An-je Estabrook and Ken, Michael and Ian Stover, all of Waldo, Denise S. Golding of Eddington and Jonathan Stover of Hampden. There are 10 great-grandchildren.

In recent months, Henry and Gloria have been living in Waldo with David and Lilo.