This is the last column for September! This month just flew by. Now if winter could move as fast as summer and fall do, it would be great.
My brother, Steve McLain, stopped by early Saturday morning to see if there was anything he could do to help with setting up for the Gilead Historical Society’s meeting later that day.
Hugh and I took a ride up Route 113 to check out the new foot bridge over Wild River near Hastings Campground. We used to call it the swinging bridge, but this one is made of steel and is built so it no longer swings at all. The last bridge was taken out by high water during Hurricane Irene in 2011.
The new owners of the Gillander House (on left by the turn onto Route 113 off from Route 2), Peter and Claudia Risbara stopped by the Town Office on Tuesday evening and dropped off some beautiful mums. They look great out on the front steps to the Office. They are the owners of Risbara’s Greenhouse on Randolph Street in Portland. Visit them at www.risbarasgreenhouse.com.
Gilead Historical Society
The GHS held its Annual Meeting and Pot Luck Lunch. There was plenty of delicious food to sample, for all of those who attended.
After lunch, the business meeting was held. The nomination committee presented a slate of new officers and the members voted them into office. Mary Tyler was re-elected as President and Norm Buttrick was re-elected as Vice-President. Lin Chapman was elected into the office as Treasurer, since Bob Bishop’s three years were up. Hugh Chapman will serve as the Secretary for the next year. Andre Dupont finished his three-year term as a Trustee and Bob Bishop was voted in to fill the position. Many thanks to Andre and Bob for supporting the GHS by serving as officers.
The GHS presented Honorary Membership Certificates to two of the members. Norm Buttrick has served as an officer and resident Archaeologist. He has completed three site reviews in Gilead since the GHS was formed – Village School, North Road, Bog Road school site. These were all written up and recorded with the state. Mary Tyler has also served as an officer and has held the title of Genealogist for the GHS. She has done extensive research on families from Gilead’s past and donated several notebooks for the GHS to have as research material. The GHS would like to thank them for their dedication.
Next year’s Friends and Family Day was discussed. This will be the 10th Anniversary of the GHS, so we are working on a theme and finding a speaker to make the day interesting.
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