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Editor's Note: We are pleased to welcome new Winterport town columnist Jacob Gran. Jacob has kindly offered to assume responsibility for the weekly column following the retirement earlier this year of longtime town columnist Ruth Moran.

An introduction

What an honor it is to be writing for my favorite local newspaper about my favorite town. I must first acknowledge and thank my predecessor to this column, Ruth Moran, for her many years of time and articles. I look forward to continuing this feature as I write about the wonderful town of Winterport.

A bit about myself. My wife and I recently purchased our first home together, a 1890s Cape located in "In-Town" Winterport, where we reside with our retired racing greyhound, Flora. Having grown up in Winterport, it was important to me that we would raise our family here. I currently am the deputy clerk and registrar of voters for the town, and also serve as pastor of the Frankfort Congregational Church. I will eagerly and enthusiastically do my best to bring you all the news from this old river town settled in 1776.

Town manager search

With the retirement of Town Manager Phillip G. Pitula (who has served as the town's chief deputy for the past 13 years) happening at the end of December, the Town Council as sought applicants to fill the upcoming vacant position.

The council has chosen to outsource the application process to Maine Municipal Association, an organization that provides various legal and professional services to municipalities, which, in turn, has forwarded five resumes of possible interviewees. More information will be available on this as decisions are made and announced.

Craft Fair

The Recreation Department will be hosting its fourth annual Craft Fair on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Leroy H. Smith School. There will be over 50 vendors with 60 tables of 100-percent handmade crafts. A 50/50 raffle will be held with proceeds to be donated to the Winterport Woman's Club.

All funds raised at the concession stand will be donated to the Smith School Christmas Fund, which will be used to benefit local families in need. They also will be accepting clean, used winter jackets and snow pants to be given to local schools.

Committees

The town has formed a Waterfront Access Committee and has revived the once-inactive Conservation Committee. The Waterfront Committee will be meeting Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Town Office. The Conservation Committee will be meeting Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Grant Civic Center.

There are several new businesses in town that I'm looking forward to visiting and writing about.

As I look out my window and see the falling leaves, it's evident that fall is upon us. Fall happens to be my wife's favorite season. The brisk mornings, sweaters, and pumpkin coffee happen to be very appealing to her. I, on the other hand, am a summer type of guy. Whatever our favorite season, we can be rest assured that it will one day return.

Until next time, that's all for now from the only place that is called "Winterport."