We were lucky when Super Storm Sandy blew through last week. Mostly rain fell here and a few trees fell over but the village area didn’t even lose the power. It was a much different case in states further south. Large areas were flooded and homes destroyed by the huge ocean surge and storm. Many people found themselves with no home after the devastating storm. Howard Pond summer resident Liz Urtecho who lives in the Hoboken, N.J., area has been supportive of the library and the Children’s Garden Project. Area folks that worked with Liz are prepared to help her storm recovery efforts. Checks and cash can be sent to Liz to distribute to local charities along with purchased goods needed by her neighbors. Gardner Roberts Memorial Library and the GRML Bees will act as go between by collecting and forwarding funds. Send donations to GRML: Hurricane Sandy. Call Peg at 364-3045 for more information.
The Library Gift Shop is doing well, a great place for specialty items for the Christmas season.
Have you checked the windows on your house? A pellet gun shooting spree that damaged 45 properties in the area began Wednesday last week. Locally both Gordie Howe’s Store and a truck parked next to Route 2 had window damage. Police forces from the area investigated and located two Dixfield men who were arrested and jailed for the incident that caused over $10,000 in damage. More pellet gun damage occurred Friday or Saturday when windows were broken out at the Rumford Grange Hall in Rumford Center.
Hunting season continues with seven deer being tagged at Gordie Howe’s Store last week. One deer tagged had a certified dressed weight of 255 pounds.
Rumford Grange had a Veterans Day dinner which served an overflow crowd last Sunday. Twenty-three veterans from the area received a free meal. The next Grange event will be a craft fair on Saturday, November 24, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to see handcrafted items by local crafters. There will also be a food sale and a lunch will be available featuring corn chowder.