Happy birthday to Diana Pease on Nov.15, to Carol Place Larrabee on Nov. 11, and to Harper Reynolds on Nov. 16. Hope you all have happy and joyful birthdays and that all your wishes come true.

New neighbors

Gretchen and Tom Fish with 8-month-old Leo have moved into the farmhouse formerly owned by Robert Holmbraker and they have been doing a lot of renewal work on this older home. Welcome!

Fire Department news

The Fire Department responded to a devastating house fire here in town on Weymouth Road on the morning of Friday, Oct. 29, shortly after 7:30 a.m. Engines 34 and 32 and Tanker 35 responded, along with six Morrill firefighters. Mutual aid was requested by Capt. Brian Simmons, first on scene. Knowing that a daytime fire was going to find most departments with limited manpower, Brian didn’t hesitate in making this decision.

Responding were neighboring departments from Searsmont, Waldo, Belmont, Belfast and Montville. Water supply was set up first at the Simmons farm and then at Ruffingham Meadow. Tankers were put in service hauling and providing water to both Morrill engines as well as Searsmont unit 42.

It is sad to report that the home of Cliff and Allison Littlefield, which they built with their own hands and help from others, was a total loss. With all the equipment and water used, the pain of this loss was felt by all those responding as well. Father to Cliff, Kippy Littlefield assisted, first with a pulp loader to open some walls to allow better water penetration and then with an excavator. Even with that assistance, water was still flowed for another two hours.

Morrill Chief Dean Rowlands extends his thanks to all the responding departments as well as Waldo County dispatch. It was amazing to see these departments work together under the command of Morrill Assistant Chief Randy Markham for most of the duration. We will end this part of our news with the
reminder, we all need more volunteers we can train to do various jobs needed.

On Sunday morning, Oct. 31, at approximately 6:42 a.m., the fire department was called for mutual aid to Belmont as they were not available. Engine 34 and Utility 30 responded to Back Belmont Road with six people to deal with a flooded cellar.

Over the last few days we have been asked how to help us without being a member. Right now we could use a couple of cases of water to put on the trucks, soda, paper towels and clean rags for use at the Fire Station. Be warm, be safe.

You all stay safe and have a great week.

Quote of the week

“Be yourself no matter what. Some will adore you and some will hate everything about you. But who cares? It’s your life, make the most of it.” — Simple Reminders