Gardner Roberts Memorial Library trustees and officers had a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The meeting was at the library with only two trustees unable to be there. Discussed was the plan for the upcoming Celebration of Fall. Donations of yard sale items are being accepted. There will be a bake, book and craft sale. The event will take place Oct. 9 at the library and town buildings.
Officials of the library have been in contact with the Maine Department of Transportation in the hopes of getting a crosswalk across U.S. Route 2 (Main Street) to make it safer for children traveling between the library and the garden on Mill Hill Road. Because the speed limit is 40 MPH the DOT will not place a crosswalk but could put up pedestrian crossing signs.
A joint installation of officers for Rumford Grange, Alder River Grange and Pleasant Valley Grange took place Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Rumford Center Grange Hall. The installing officer was Vicky Huff assisted by Bob Burns, Ann Burns, Mike Griffin, Steve Seames, Deborah Ivers and Sybil Dupuis. Installed as Master at Rumford Grange was Vicki Clark; Alder River Grange, Ruby Bryant and Pleasant Valley Grange, John Applin. The remaining officers for Rumford Grange are Arnold Clark, overseer; Wendell Easter, steward; Pat Drapeau, lady assistant steward; Clem Worcester, assistant steward; Joyce Beliveau, gate keeper; Donna Worcester, secretary; Methyl Parks, chaplain and lecturer and Megan Walker, Flora. The Executive Committee is comprised of Joe Martin, Arnold Clark and Clem Worcester. A potluck dinner preceded the installation. Rumford Grange will host a harvest supper Oct. 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and a bake and craft sale Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those who have lived in our valley for a long time know that every so often a memory from the past turns up. We were pleased last week to receive an e-mail from Ralph Ogden. He grew up in Hanover first coming here when his parents Roger and Dorothy Ogden owned and operated a furniture-building mill and store on the Howard Pond Road. Later, while his dad worked in the paper mill, his parents moved into an apartment at Frank Linnell’s (now the Lyon’s Den) with Ralph and his sister Margaret (Cummings). Later the family moved to the Powers’ farm (adjacent to Laurie’s Lane). After college Ralph joined the US Marine Corps and was stationed at Yuma, Ari. The past 40 years he has remained in Yuma County working for the Sheriff’s Department where he has been sheriff for the last 18 years. He contacted us after chatting with Brenda Stearns Grady brought up memories of his childhood hometown.
Local area members of the Knights of Pythias traveled to Farmington Fair last Sunday to present a horse cooler blanket to the winner of the third race of the day.