Gilead June 17
This past Friday was a busy day for several high school graduations around the state. At least the weather cooperated and was nice.
My brother, Steve McLain, had some help from his son, Brad, this past weekend. Brad finished the rotor-tilling so they could get the rest of the seeds planted. I can’t wait for those delicious yellow beans that come out of that garden!
Gerard Dupont went to Gorham last week for a doctor’s appointment. His daughter, Lise McLain, was his chauffeur.
Bob and Judy Bishop stopped by the house last Monday to do some paperwork for the Gilead Historical Society.
Our son, Chris, his fiancée, Kym, and her daughter, Mariyah, arrived from Saint Cloud, Minn. last Thursday for a visit. Since Mariyah can drive now, they drove straight through. We headed for Ellsworth, Maine on Friday to attend graduation. Our other son, Tim, his fiancée, Michele, and their daughter, Sidney, went with us. Chris’ son, Benjamin Chapman, graduated with honors from Ellsworth High School. Ben will be attending the University of Maine in Orono this fall.
On Friday night, we stayed at the Four Points Sheraton in Bangor, since it was too late to head back to Gilead. The next day we did a tour of Bar Harbor, which included Cadillac Mountain. We arrived home late Saturday night.
On Sunday, Chris, Kym, Tim, Michele and Sidney took a ride up through Crawford Notch and stopped at the Mount Washington Hotel and a few other scenic spots. They saw a mother bear with cubs crossing the road. Kym has been hoping to spot a moose, but no luck as yet. We have decided that she must be moose repellent. Sunday evening, we went to Tim and Michele’s for a cookout. Good food and good company.
On Monday, they headed back to Minnesota. Ben went with them. He arrived from Ellsworth around noon, and they packed up the car and headed out. We followed them to Bethel and stopped by to visit with my brother, Steve McLain, AKA Uncle Mac.
Ben is going to spend about three weeks out there. He is going to help his dad with the Great Minnesota Air Show on June 26 and 27. Chris is the chairman for the event that features the Blue Angels. It was just a wonderful weekend having both the families together and just hanging out.
Gilead Historical Society
Friends and Family Day will be held this Saturday, June 19. Bring your friends and family and check things out. There will be historical displays to view, children’s games, baked goods to enjoy and lunch to purchase from the Gilead Fire Department. Bobo T Clown will be there for the children’s parade and his show afterwards. Dean Bennett will speak at 1 p.m. on his recent book, “Nature and Renewal, Wild River Valley & Beyond.”
The Gilead Schoolhouse will be open for people to look at even though there has not been any restoration work done yet. We will be making plans for that later on and raising funds to carry out the many projects that will have to be done. Hopefully, visiting the school will bring back some fond, or not so fond, memories for some of the former students. We will have a memory book available for them to write in.
The quilt squares for the memory quilt will be on sale. The squares sell for $5 apiece and the name that is written on them can be of your choice. It can be your own name, your children, your grandchildren or in the memory of someone. This is a fundraiser for restoration of the schoolhouse and when it is finished, it will be hung in the school.
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