by Clem Worcester
Norman K. Ferguson Jr. died Feb. 22 at Hospice House in Auburn after a lengthy illness. Funeral services were Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Rumford Point Church. Interment with Military Honors will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Hanover Cemetery. The Hospice House 5K Race and Remem-brance Walk is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, in Auburn. The Ferguson family is forming a team to participate in the event in memory of Norman. As many as 14 or more family team members from age 8 up are challenging each other to see who can collect the most pledges. For more information about forming a team find the website ahch.org or call 795-9428.
We visited by phone with our friend Jim Ray last weekend. Soon we expect to see Jim and his grandson, Patrick Ray, at Howard Pond.
Hanover Volunteer Day was Saturday, May 15. Workers began yard clean-up work at 8 a,m. around the campus of the Hanover Town Office and Gardner Roberts Memorial Library. Many hands and busy workers finished the clean-up job in record time, finishing around 10:30 a.m. Among those working were Frank Morrison, Richard Stratton, Jeff Eaton, Brenda and Brian Gross, Bob and Peg Susbury, Kelly Harrington, Keith Crockett, Amy Verrill, Donna and Clem Worcester, Kaylynn Worcester and the highway clean-up crew was Dottie and Herb Adams.
The DA Wilson crew has had grading equipment working on the South Shore Road getting it in shape for summer travel.
Barbara Butler has returned to her Hanover home.
Pennies for Charity is the name for a fundraiser sponsored by the Rumford Grange. Recipient of the funds collected will the Barbara Bush Children’s Center at Maine Medical Center. A collection jar will be displayed at Grange events at the Rumford Center Grange Hall. The next Grange dinner will be Sunday, June 13.
Note: The Citizen inadvertently printed the wrong column for last week's Hanover column. The correct one follows:
Several weeks ago we reported about plans to demolish the large rock that sits in the road right of way along the Howard Pond Road. It was felt to be necessary to make way for a proposed house and garage construction. That started quite a ruckus around Hanover circles. Folks lined up behind the “want to destroy” people and the “save the rock” contingent. A group of little old ladies promised to chain themselves to the rock to prevent its demise. The Board of Select Persons reviewed the situation at their April meeting. The problem quietly was resolved last week at the Hanover Planning Board meeting following a site visit to the rock. The owners had reformulated their plans to make room for their new house and leave the rock where it has been for thousands of years. Permits were issued for the new construction.
Also at the Planning Board Meeting the Board approved alterations to a South Shore Road property so that it could more easily be used year round and prevents erosion into Howard Pond. Code Enforcement Officer John Gauthier said he had visited the Hanover Pines Subdivision and he reported all 14 lots had been sold with buildings in various stages of construction on about half of them.
Get well wishes to Elsie Fortin who is recuperating at home after surgery at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Also improving after surgery is Janice Bennett of Milton Township.
While Wendell Easter was around Hanover tilling gardens he plowed up the garden spot belonging to Scott and Carol Gould who now live in Bethel. The Goulds have graciously loaned the space to Gardner Roberts Memorial Library for use as a children’s garden project this summer.
Visiting Donna Worcester for Mother's Day were Jenny and Matt Tirrell from Oxford and Brian, Sara, Shawnee and Makala Worcester from Carthage. Despite the cold wind that day they had a barbecue.