LIBERTY — A potluck dinner is planned for Wednesday, Aug. 4, to benefit the Totman family after a tragic accident claimed the life of 9-year-old Bryan L. W. Totman in Belfast July 19.

The supper will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Liberty Community Hall on Pinnacle Road. Those attending are encouraged to bring a dish if they can and donations for the family will be accepted at the door. Donations may also be sent directly to the family at 369 Augusta Road, Belmont, ME 04952.

Event organizer Tammy Reynolds said the Totmans are among the most giving people in the community. “Susan helps us with the dinners at the Community Center and she is also involved in the Joy to be Bald” effort, she said, referring to the annual fundraiser benefiting local cancer patients.

“I am glad to help,” Reynolds said.

Several businesses are also pitching in to help the family. Tina Cook, owner of Chef on the Run, the purple food truck currently located at Lake St. George Brewery, which serves locally sourced burgers, fries, grilled sandwiches and desserts, posted on Facebook that Monday, July 26, she will donate 100% of her profits to the Totman family.

She will be open from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the brewery on Route 3. Also, Munro’s Lakeside Takeout, across from the Lake St. George boat landing, will donate 10% of its total sales for Saturday, July 24. A GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral costs has been started. To donate, click here.

In another show of support, Liberty Fire Chief Bill Gillespie recently posted on the department’s Facebook page a video showing all fire trucks at the Liberty station with their emergency lights flashing. (

“I’m asking all departments in Waldo County and surrounding areas to become Totman Strong at this time,” he said, to support the family.

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