Author and humorist John Ford and his Maine State Trooper sidekick Mark Nickerson will speak Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Stockton Springs Community Library, 6 Station St.

The men will share stories of their humorous and serious adventures. They have been doing presentations together at libraries and other venues in the state and are, reportedly, “a real hoot!” A book signing will follow this free presentation, and autographed books will be available for purchase, as well.

Ford, a retired Maine game warden, is the author of two books, “Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good: Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine: (Islandport Press, 2012) and “This Cider Still Tastes Funny!: Further Adventures of a Maine Game Warden” (Islandport Press, 2013). Nickerson is the author of “Blue Lights in the Night: Real Life Stories of Maine State Trooper” (North Country Press, 2013).

Ford, a natural storyteller, comes from a long line of Maine game wardens. He was sworn into the service shortly after finishing up a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force and spent his 20-year warden career in Waldo County. Upon his retirement in 1990, he was elected as county sheriff and re-elected in 1994. He has written a local newspaper column and is a regular contributor to the Northwoods Sporting Journal.

Nickerson, born and raised in a state police family from Vassalboro, got to know many of the original 1925 Maine troopers as they congregated at the Nickerson home once a month for a friendly game of cards. He became a Maine State Trooper himself in 1977, first assigned to the Moosehead Lake region and living in Greenville Junction. Transferring in 1982 to Unity, Nickerson spent the remainder of his career patrolling the roads of Waldo and Kennebec counties. After 28 years, he retired and went on to write a column in local papers, “Real Life Stories from a Maine State Trooper,” in which he related the both harrowing and humorous experience of being a trooper.

Light refreshments will be served. The program is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit

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