Several members of the Thorndike Fire Department delivered Thanksgiving baskets, supplied by Waldo CAP, to several Thorndike residents on a recent snowy Saturday morning. The firemen are always helping the Town's people in many different ways.

Condolences are being sent to the families and friends of John Ford and Joe Bryant. To lose two icons on the same day is very sad. They were both such characters, that anyone lucky enough to be in their presence was sure to sport a smile or two. I, personally, will miss them both. Rest in peace, guys.

The Festival of Trees will be held at the Unity Community Center on Friday, Nov. 30, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Unity Boosters are expecting 10 trees this year, supplied by local businesses. Free admission. Purchase tickets to win a tree, decorations and gifts. Winners will be drawn on Sunday at 2 p.m. This is being hosted by the Unity Boosters.

UBX is hosting Yuletide Festivities on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 4:30 p.m. with Santa's arrival and tree-lighting on the corner of Main and Depot streets, followed by activities at the Unity Elementary School gym.

Free photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, dancing by Cassie's School of Dance, cookie decorating, free hot dogs, popcorn, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies. A free and fun family event that is open to the public.

In Thorndike, let's not forget the Santa's Snowbird Express, making runs from the Unity Station Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus the entire week prior to Christmas, 11 a.m. (with lunch), 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dress warmly. Details/reservations at

The Thorndike Congregational Church is hosting their annual Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is always some good food at this sale. Maybe Santa will make an appearance?

Dustin and I hosted a Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, and everyone came and ate with us, and on Thanksgiving, we served spaghetti, meatballs, tossed salad, garlic bread and peanut butter pie for dessert. And many came back to have spaghetti.

Tanner got his deer on Thanksgiving Day at his grandfather's woodlot. It was a perfect day.

Maya Angelou was quoted as saying, "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."