The third annual Celebration of Fall was at Gardner Roberts Memorial Library last Saturday. The weather cooperated as there was no rain but the chilly wind kept folks moving around to stay warm. Enthusiasm was noted at all the sections. Many people came to the yard sale, bake sale, book sale and craft sale. Very popular was the hot chili headed up by Dan Force and Lori Dempsey. Friendly Fred from the Children's Garden participated.
Also attracting interest was the awarding of 11 theme baskets and three individual prizes selected at the end of the day. The winners and their prizes were: Catherine Seeley, A Movie Date; Viola Schneider, It's a Man's World and Loon Pillow (by Dottie Adams); Vicki Amoroso, Apple of Your Eye; Yvette Currier, "For the Birds"; Marjorie Hannawalt, Ghost's Alive; Pam Devons, Tea for Two Treasure Chest; Linda Belmain, Decked Out for Christmas; Dan Force, A Hike'n We Will Go; Ted Theriault, Fisherman's Dream; Deb Smith, Piemaker; Gail Parent, A "kit and Kaboddle" for Quilters; Marcia Stearns, Gail's Tree in Fall (by Chris Howe); Barb Robinson, Sleepy Santa Claus (by D. Mahar).
The craft sale will continue inside the library for several weeks and a 50/50 draw will take place Nov. 2. The Saturday event was made possible due to the efforts of library members, the Library Bees, and volunteer helpers. Next year's event is already being planned.
A harvest dinner was served at the Rumford Grange at Rumford Center last Sunday, Oct. 10. It proved to be very popular.
Sympathy is extended to Lynne and Paul Ramsey on the passing of Lynne's mother recently.
Barbara Butler lives at Howard Pond at a house in the woods. She often sees wild animals wandering past her home. Her guest this past week was a bobcat that stopped by to visit. After an eyeball-to-eyeball contact the bobcat slithered away and Barbara went inside. Darlene Baker reports seeing a bull moose wandering through Hanover Village last week.
There is a loon chick in dire distress at Howard Pond. The chick has a head injury possibly caused by a rogue loon and also was caught in fishing tackle. According to Peg Susbury it swims in the pond with an adult loon but does not seem able to fly. A veterinarian has agreed to look at the chick and treat it but it needs first to be rescued. It is important to report sightings of the loon and attempt to identify its nighttime location. Information should be forwarded to Peg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 364-4492. Catching the loon chick should not be attempted. It is a job for a trained rescue team.
Hanover officials have expressed appreciation to Anne Wheeler for the donation of a refrigerator to the town office.