Condolences are being sent to all the many relatives and friends of Helen Furrow. She was an awesome person and was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.

Also, condolences to the Autotronics family in Bangor. Their shop manager, Richard Levesque, lost his battle with cancer recently. I thoroughly enjoyed my many trips to Autotronics because of his terrific personality. Rich, you will be missed.

I have a special request from a reader in Palm Coast, Florida.  Lucille Pica sent a very special happy birthday wish to her cousin, Mary Benjamin.  We all wish Mary the happiest of birthdays.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 1 p.m., the Thorndike Congregational Church will host a "decorate your own trick or treat bag."  Just bring your friends; all supplies are provided at no charge. There will be prizes for the most original, the scariest and the cutest. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call 568-3730.

The season of Halloween parties is upon us. Freedom Recreation Committee will be holding its Halloween party on Sunday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Freedom Election Hall.

Haunted Thorndike will be back on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the McKay Greenhouse and Research Center. Go through a haunted greenhouse, trick or treat up and down Gordon Hill Road, trunk or treat at the Thorndike Congregational Church, and much more. More details next week.

Papa Dixon visited with Dustin one day recently.

Fred Rogers is quoted as saying, "Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else."

Remember to call me with your news items no later than Thursday evening.