Veterinarian Al Andrews to address historical society May 9

May 07, 2017

Searsport — Dr. Elmore “Al” Andrews, retired Searsport veterinarian, will be guest speaker at the Searsport Historical Society on Tuesday evening, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Searsport.

Andrews  graduated from Cornell University in 1961 and set up his practice in Searsport in October 1963, retiring in 1999. He first worked in New Hampshire for a year and in Augusta before moving to Searsport. After retiring, he and his wife Joan went on a personal mission to Eastern Kentucky, where he helped with home repair work and Joan did child care and worked as a camp nurse.

Dr. Andrews examined and worked with all kinds of animals, both farm and domesticated, plus wild animals, birds and a pet iguana. He added a grooming business to the clinic hospital, and eventually opened a second practice in Bucksport for a while. He visited Castine once or twice a month and via boat during the summer months.

Andrews' practice was like that of James Herriot in Great Britain, working 24 hours and seven days a week, always on call.

With his colorful wit, and known locally throughout Waldo County for his fiddle playing, Andrews brings many colorful and enjoyable stories of his time in practice in Searsport. Be prepared to see many of the old tools of the trade he will have on display.

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