Since the cold weather has arrived, it feels more like January. The thermometer got up to just a little above zero last week and colder weather is predicted for this week.
My brother, Steve McLain, spent last Saturday at the Transfer Station as the Transfer Station Attendant, since Scott was called out of town.
Scott Bogart received word this past week that his mother had passed away. He and Cheryl made the trip to be with the family. Condolences to their family.
My brother has found another loyal reader of this column. He was speaking with Burnie Rice the other day and Burnie said that he likes to read it to keep up with the latest in Gilead.
Brad McLain and Carole Mason stopped by our house for a visit last Sunday on their way to Gorham, N.H.
Later in the afternoon, our son, Tim, and our granddaughter, Sidney, arrived for a visit. Sid was telling us about playing hockey the day before. She really enjoys the sport and is planning on playing in the older league next year.
Happy Birthday wishes go out to our grandson, Ben Chapman, whose turns 21 years old on Jan. 29. Also, two of our nephews have birthdays in January. Stephen McLain, III will celebrate on Jan 27 and his brother, Joe McLain’s birthday is on Jan. 30. Stephen and Joe are the sons of Steve and Lise McLain. Happy Birthday to Carole Mason whose birthday is on the same day as Joe’s.
Bill and Gale Tout were spotted on Main Street in Bethel last week. They were in town for a few days to check on the house that they are having built on the North Road.
Luella Cole stopped by with some news that her husband, Dan, may be able to come home in a couple of weeks. She wanted to express thanks from the Cole family to the Gilead Fire Department for being thoughtful enough to put on the benefit breakfast recently and to all those who came to support the effort. They also would like everyone to know that all the cards and well wishes have been appreciated.
Rapid Renewal has finally arrived for Gilead residents! Thanks to the hard work and persistence of Gilead’s Tax Collector, Leann Caruso, this service is now available for Gilead residents to be able to re-register their motor vehicles on line if they choose to do so. Those that do not want to, can still re-register their vehicles at the town office as usual. Many thanks to Leann for all the time she put into this project.
The Town of Gilead is the latest town in Maine to offer this online service. The Town even made the news! There was an article in the Lewiston Sun Journal on Jan. 17 and also on the Channel 6 website: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/article/227882/314/Rapid-Renewal-service-sprea....
To access Rapid Renewal visit the State of Maine website page for online services at http://www.maine.gov/sos/online_services/index.html and choose Rapid Renewal, renew vehicle (trailer) and then choose Gilead from the list of towns and follow the instructions. Be sure to gather all necessary information beforehand. This would be the same documentation needed when registering at the Town Office, such as insurance and odometer information.
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