Well wishes from Hanover to Clem Worcester, Town Clerk, and longtime Bethel Citizen columnist for whom this writer will be filling in. Clem has been seen out and about these past few weeks. In addition to putting in some time at Town Hall, Clem also been seen at recent gatherings. Best to you and your family, Clem, as you continue your recovery. Kelly Harrington, Deputy Clerk, has been assuming additional duties in the interim. Thank you, Kelly, for going the extra mile.
Last Saturday the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library hosted its 5th Annual “Celebration of Fall,” on the grounds by the Library and Hanover Town Hall. Supporters and friends, as well as passersby, traveling down Route 2 seeking small-town fall attractions, joined in the fun. Although the day was cloudy and cool, the weather did not dampen spirits, and once again the Library had another successful fundraising event this year.
A surprise visit by Ms. Julie Salatino was a joy to all and a bright spot of the day. Salatino, a Rumford icon and colorful lifelong waitress at the former Freddie’s restaurant, enjoyed reminiscing about old times and reconnecting with friends and classmates who were at the Festival.
Festival booths included a Book Sale, Bake Sale, Craft Corner, Trash and Treasure Barn, and Food. All items were donated and the booths were organized and manned by the many dedicated volunteers. The culminating event was the raffle drawing for the Quilt for All Seasons, made with love by the Library Bees and machine quilted by Kathy Thrall of the Quilt Shop at the Rostay in Bethel. The lucky winner of this beautifully crafted, reversible quilt was Karen Murphy of Rumford. The theme basket winners were Bob Susbury, Jr. of Byron (Blueberry Morning); Cheryl Knox of Canton (Holiday Breakfast); Amy Davis of Bethel (Man Basket); Laurie Dempsey of Hanover (Spirits and Games of the Past); Rosey Susbury of Byron (Oktoberfest); Amy Verrill of Hanover (Snowman Craze); Dottie Adams of Hanover (Quiltmaker’s Stash); Linda Percival of Andover (Raggedy Ann and Andy); and Andy Barlow of Hanover (Kids’ Basket).
All funds will support the Library, a non-profit independent organization which was founded in 1895, and incorporated in 1901. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made this a successful event. Your support, dedication, and hard work are valued throughout the year.
The new Hanover Picnic Pavilion is complete! The Town is fortunate to have this beautifully constructed permanent covered picnic shelter, thanks to Keith Crockett-Harrington, who led the building of the structure for his Eagle Scout project. Construction began just over 4 weeks ago and stayed on target for completion just in time for the Celebration of Fall. With the guidance and help of local area builders, volunteers, and Boy Scouts, Keith raised enough money to make it happen and led the successful completion of the shelter for use by the Library, Town, and visitors. Located between the Library and Town Hall, the Picnic Pavilion will provide a local gathering space for all to enjoy. Stay tuned for more news and details in the weeks to follow. Congratulations and thank you, Keith, on a job well done. The Picnic Pavilion is beautiful!
Neighbors in the Hanover Pines neighborhood gathered last Saturday for a potluck dinner and campfire. The still, calm, misty evening was perfect for a warming fire. New neighbors were welcomed and food and friends were enjoyed.
Prayers and condolences go out to the family and friends of Mary Ennis. A dear friend of the Library Bees, Mary was an avid gardener and quilter and shared her love and knowledge of her hobbies with the Bees, joining them regularly during the Tuesday afternoon meetings at the Library. Mary will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Enjoy the last of autumn’s beautiful colors.
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