IF WALLS COULD TALK: Week of July 21, 2016

Katie Ouilette
by Katie Ouilette

WALLS, just ‘where’ will you begin and end with this column?  There sure is a lot on our plate this week!  Eat up, faithful readers, and in case you are one that says there’s nothing to do here, read on!

WALLS, it’s time for you to speak loud and clear, as last Saturday, the Lake Wesserunsett Association had its annual meeting and it was superb.  Yes, first there was breakfast served to almost everyone attending at the East Madison Grange Hall.  Oh, breakfast was prepared by East Madison Grange members.  Then, upstairs we went for the meeting which was brought to order by “Gene” Chiappetta, and we all wished him well as he left his presidency, and that office was assumed by Mark Doty, who lives at the inlet end of Lake Wesserunsett.  We learned a lot about Somerset Woods Association from our peaker, Jack Gibson.  By the way, Somerset Woods was, first, located on U.S. Route 2 and was a gift of Governor Abner Coburn’s sister, Helen.  Now, the association owns many tracts of land and are preserving the lands for us to enjoy.

East Madison Fire Department was host to the Madison selectmen’s meeting on July 11 and a truly great meeting it was!  First, WALLS, let faithful readers know how very lucky we of East Madison are to have such loyal selectmen, who are willing to hold their meeting in East Madison every five months, so that all attending can tell their thoughts and get answers from each selectman to whom the questions are addressed.  Frankly, we must be grateful to Madison Town Manager Tim Curtis, for his always vital interest in East Madison.

Speaking of the great things that are happening for area folks and tourists to attend, the annual kneading conference will be held at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds on July 28, 29 and 30 and we must thank Amber Lambke and her committee, which includes members of Great Grains, Plus, those great bread makers that join in the entire ‘learning and baking weekend.’. Be prepared to have the great bread fair at your fingertips, faithful readers.

WALLS, for sure you would be remiss if you didn’t at least tell our tourists and visitors about the Skowhegan Free Public Library, a gift of Gov. Abner Coburn  His sister, Helen, gave Skowhegan its History House.  Yes, the History House is now called the Research Center, also, and its executive  director, Melvin Burnham, gives lectures at Skowhegan’s historic locations at least once a month and all are invited to attend.  The Skowhegan Free Public Library also has a Genealogy Research Center that has recently been completed by Steve Dionne, owner of Lake George Construction.

So, WALLS, now you can leave the ‘exploring’ for folk’s own interests….but, for sure, there is a lot to experience in this central Maine area.


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