More about Ann and Peter Bako from Connie Bellet of the Palermo Community Foundation:

House fire causes total loss

“Fire!” screamed Ann Bako as she and her husband, Peter, drove into their driveway after midnight, after a very long work day. Their house was totally engulfed in flames. They drove to a neighbor’s house to call 911, and then figured out where to stay for a few days to take stock and get help. All they had were their vehicles, their beloved dog, the clothes on their backs — and each other. The house was not insured.

Friends, relatives and neighbors immediately offered what help they could, as Ann and Peter Bako have worked hard for a very long time serving their community. Ann is past-president of the Palermo Grange and works in elder care. She helps distribute food to families in need through the Palermo Food Pantry and is always on hand to help with community events and fundraisers for others. Now it’s our turn to help them.

The Palermo Community Foundation has set up a donation account to receive monetary donations.  One hundred percent of the funds received will go to the Bakos, and are tax exempt for both the donors and the recipients, according to the IRS. The Palermo Community Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation, EIN 01-0510937. Checks may be sent to Palermo Community Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Palermo, ME 04354. Please note on the memo line of your check: BAKO 23. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Also, Mary Haskell is setting up a Community Benefit Dinner at Erskine Academy on Jan. 28, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Snow date is Sunday the 29th. This will be a spaghetti dinner with garden salad or Caesar salad, a beverage, cupcakes and cookies, and a pie auction. There may be a 50/50 raffle. Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults; $5 for children under age 10. For more info, please contact Cheryl Parkman at or Connie Bellet at 993-2294.