Here’s something a little different. I will begin this week’s column with a history note. This was written and published by the WPA in 1937. And here we thought they only built roads and dams.

“FRANKFORT (alt. 180, Frankfort Town, pop. 468, a village shaded by huge century-old elms, belies its history of industrial prosperity. Log cabins first appeared here in 1756, and a permanent settlement was made in 1760. Shipbuilding began early and, by the time of the Revolution, Frankfort was important enough to draw the attention of the British Navy. Many of the 33 ships destroyed along the Penobscot in 1779 were tied up, or under construction, in this port. The English bombarded the settlement in 1814, subsequently occupying it.

“In the vicinity of Frankfort, the road, which is very hilly and winding, affords many panoramas of the valley. Small farms cling to the hillsides.”

Frankfort numbers among a handful of Maine towns to be occupied by an enemy invader. Let’s hope the last time remains the last time.


The Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department held its annual plant sale last week and by the looks of things, it was well attended. I enjoy this sale because it helps cut down on trips to the greenhouse.

Next, the Frankfort Congregational Church will host its own plant/yard sale on Saturday, May 21, beginning at 8 a.m. Come early and get the best buys. The following Saturday, the church will host its first takeout Turkey Dinner of the season. I’ll announce details in next week’s column.

Here’s a note to the kind reader who left me a phone message regarding her “pay-ahead” experience. Please call me again so I can get the full details.

Weekly quote

“Who doffs his coat on a winter’s day will gladly put it on in May.” – Old English saying