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Fire Department news

The bottle and can redemption at the Fire Station continues to grow. Current monies are being placed in the Ladies Auxiliary building account fund. These monies will be used for assisting the town in adding a training/community room, kitchen, toilets and Fire Department offices at some point to the current fire station.

If you see plastic bags hanging on the outside of the redemption cage, please take them if you need them. We are trying to recycle the better bags. Also tie your bags so that the cans and bottles don’t spill out.

Thanks to the Morrill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary’s past and current fundraising, the Fire Station walls and ceiling were painted this year by department volunteers. Over 90% of the cost was donated by your Auxiliary.

They also donated $1,250 toward the purchase of a new rescue saw which the department has not had for a few years as the old one was taken out of service.

The new one was almost $1,575. Thank you, Auxiliary.

Activity has been light over past two weeks. The department was called to Quantabacook Lake for a boater with engine failure. Not much we could do. Upon arrival, Joel Cox of the Searsmont Fire Department, with his own boat, did the job. Thanks, Joel.

Next, we were called to the Belfast Station for coverage as Belfast was dealing with a motor vehicle accident as well as a broken propane pipe in a business. Engine 32 and Tanker responded and stood by drinking their soda. Thanks guys and ladies for your hospitality.

We have a profile of one of firefighters this week. Lee Pellecchia is a recent resident of Morrill. She and her spouse live in the home next to the Mill pond, across the cove from the parsonage. Last winter, Lee attended the basic fire school held for Waldo County firefighters. Along with two other Morrill residents, she completed this 72-hour course and achieved her Basic Certification.

Lee has shown us already that she is an asset to the department. Lee has now been certified as an apparatus operator for Utility 30 and is working on certification for Engine 34. We welcome Lee to our department and as a neighbor, a new resident who is giving back to her new community.

‘Til next time, be safe, stay hydrated and smile at folks. — Jethro Pease

Reggie Brewer has a childhood and longtime friend Gary who came to visit for little over three weeks. Reggie and Cheryl had a great time while he was here. Mom and I got to know Gary; what a great guy and friend! Gary went back to North Carlolina. He grew up in Millinocket. Hoping he will come back and visit again.

Special town meeting

The town of Morrill is holding a special town meeting to decide if the town would like to hold a board position on the Midcoast Internet Development Corp.

This is to establish improved broadband throughout the entire town using fiber-optic cable. Hope everyone will attend so we can get better internet service. So please mark your calendar.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Please smile and say Hi to people. We all need to smile more and be happier; life is too short.

Sympathy

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Peter Watt. My dad and our family knew him for many years. He was such a great person and friend. Peter, you will be missed by all.

Quote of the week

A good attitude doesn’t come from having the best of everything in life; it comes from making the best of everything in life! — Explore.com