It was nice to see plenty of sunshine this past weekend even though it was cold.
My brother, Steve McLain, was busy last Saturday delivering town reports to residents on the Bog Road. He got to visit with a few residents and some of their four-footed friends. Most of the dogs were friendly and wanted to be patted.
I was saddened to hear that Nancy Corriveau, a former Gilead resident, and Jim Monahan, a current resident, passed away recently. Condolences go out to their families.
Mary Tyler called to compare birds at the feeder. We have both seen the Red-Breasted Nuthatch, the White-Breasted Nuthatch, Purple Grackles, Starlings and Red-Winged Blackbirds. Maybe spring is going to come after all! Just a few more snow storms before we get there. Mary has also seen the gray fox trying to get to her bird feeders after dark.
One evening last week, we heard a commotion out front of the house. It was quite a racket and almost sounded like a cat fight. We looked out and saw a small animal chasing another one across Depot Street, over the snow bank and across the railroad tracks. It was really too dark to tell what they were, so we watched and one of them returned. It came close enough to the house that when we turned the outside light on, we could see that it was a very large raccoon. It went across the driveway and disappeared around the end of the house.
Mary Tyler had some company last week. Her niece, Brenda Bergeron and daughter, Christie Cole, from Berlin, N.H., stopped by for a visit.
Lise McLain attended the Senior Club luncheon at the Rooster’s Restaurant on Wednesday, March 13.
Nancy Corriveau was Lise’s neighbor in Gilead, as she lived near Lise’s parents’ house in the former Decoster home. Lise would also like to send her condolences.
Lise McLain visited with her 87-year-old father at Ledgeview on Saturday, March16. Last week he was transported to the emergency room at Stephens Memorial Hospital due to a developing medical issue which has since been resolved.
Lise McLain will be celebrating her birthday on March 20 and received a wonderful book called “Write Quick” bought by her husband, Steve, at the Bethel Historical Society. Lise has acquired a love of books and has a rather large selection of books in her library. Her favorite subjects are history and law and particularly the Civil War. She never leaves her home without a couple of books in her tote bag. She also visits many antique bookstores and recently bought six (6) antique books ranging in topics, for example, an 1841 Maine Law book, a 1914 Bouvier’s Law Dictionary which was a rare find, and the other four (4) were written in the 1800s. She also purchases new books, and the latest book that she has read is called “ObamaCare Survival Guide” by Nick J. Tate, which is very educational regarding the massive cuts to be made in Medicare. She also reads plenty of articles written by professionals pertaining to a variety of topics. Overall, reading is a lot of fun, and it is quite a learning experience as you can see.
Lise McLain has signed a contract with a publishing company in December 2012 so she can now become an author. Her research is almost complete, and hopefully the book will be published in November or December of 2013. This has been the “dream” of her life since she is a lover of books.
Steve and Lise McLain gave $20 worth of “Lucky for Life” tickets to their son, Bradley McLain, for his birthday, and he won $100 from that transaction. Congratulations, Bradley!
The 2012 Annual Town Report is done and delivered. The selectmen delivered to residents last weekend. As mentioned earlier, Steve McLain delivered reports on the Bog Road, Alfred Leighton dropped them off around town and Jeremy Morin traveled up and down the North Road to finish off the deliveries. Hopefully, everyone will bring their copies to the Annual Town Meeting on March 30, since there are not a lot of copies left over.
This year’s report was compiled by Lin Chapman, Town Clerk and Judy Perrille, Tax Collector and Administrative Assistant. Judy was appointed and sworn in at the selectmen’s meeting on March 13 to complete the term after the resignation of Leann Caruso.
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