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NORTH NORWAY — The food drive last Saturday was a success. The food bank could always use more but we filled the shelves for a bit. Thanks to everyone who worked on this project and thanks to those who helped by giving space in newspapers, TV and radio announcements.
When the food was delivered there were many volunteers waiting to help unload and carry the food in. Some kind souls brought coffee and donuts to the Norway Savings Bank parking lot.
It was cold and the coffee was much appreciated. Hindsight is better than foresight but looking back I think it would have been nice to have a little social afterwards with coffee and refreshments.
We had a outstanding moment when a six-year-old came in with a donation. It was her birthday and she chose to donate to the food pantry rather than receive gifts from her parents. She is a very generous young lady and an inspiration to us all. Her name is Clara Rice and we all thank her especially for her fine example of unselfishness.
There is a continuing need for food in the food pantry so don't forget to bring a contribution to your monthly AARP meetings and any other organization where you meet and collect food.
Our next AARP meeting is Monday, October 29. This is because our usual meeting place is not available in November. We will meet at the First Congregational Church, same time, same place as usual. If you wish to donate for Christmas for Kids, this will be the time to do so.
In other news, Pat and Charlie Verrill attended the Senior Forum at Sunday River. Dr. Verrill was the featured speaker and gave a very informative speech. There were many workshops and Pat said they saw several old friends there. Henrietta and Wally Taft were there among others.
Mary Perham said Paula asked her to have her car out of the garage first thing Monday morning. So she left it out all night. Paula, Dana and crew showed up bright and early, cleaned the garage and put in their winter wood, all piled nice and neat and ready to use. Then off to the Mallard Mart for coffee and whatever.
Dana's job was delayed yet another week awaiting that one last final permit. The Governor is right when he says small business is inhibited by such things. Seems as if the permitting process could be improved and speeded up. Dewy and Dusty, two of Mary's cats, did not appreciate all the commotion while the wood was being stacked and hid in the basement area.
One of Dana's crew asked Frank if he had ever considered a pellet stove. Frank told him he didn't know where there were any pellet trees.
On another subject, our cat did not seem particularly perturbed by the earthquake, possibly because she was securely curled up in Dell's lap. It sounded as if there were tanks coming down the hill but the house stood secure with only a couple of dishes rattling. Took me a bit to realize what was happening.
We have been trying new treats on Rajah but she scorns every one of them. Are we trying to poison her or what, her eyes say. She is a big girl and can carry her 13 pounds but she only eats the same thing day after day, which seem monotonous but so be it.
The West Paris Historical Society visited Frank Perham's museum Monday night. Among those attending was Dell's cousin Vance Bacon. It was suggested that Frank supply chairs for those among us who are young at heart but slightly older in body.
He is taking that under advisement. I know I am thinking of putting glue on the seat of a chair, sitting on it until it sets and then when I walk around I will have a chair handy to sit in, my much preferred position.
Charlie spent some time at garages this week, getting his front end aligned and having new tires installed. I think I mean his car's front end but whatever. Hopefully, this will last awhile now the road has been improved from Norway to their place.
Norway's Main Street is rather an adventure but no wonder, the heavy loads that traverse it every day.
Dell's brother Duane had a bit of a setback in Market Square so any cards or visits would be appreciated to cheer him up. He didn't ask for this, it is my idea. If you have anyone in a nursing facility, do not neglect them but visit as often as you can. You can make a difference.
I want to remind everyone of something else. It is going to be a hard winter for some of our friends and neighbors. The Oxford Hills Clergy Association maintains a fund to help with heating oil.
To donate to this fund, make checks out to OHACA, 17 E. Main St., So. Paris, ME 04281. Don Mayberry is the treasurer. I know we are besieged for donations from everywhere but personally, I make local donations my priority.
As we listen to all the noise from the politicians these days, remember: Statistics are like bikinis. They show a lot but not everything. I think the caboose is simple - Free enterprise or socialism.