Weekend fire destroys home

16 years ago

House fire
Bernard Hussey lost his Main Street home, as well as his car and furnishings, due to a Sunday afternoon fire. Thanks to the quick actions of a neighbor who spotted the fire and rushed to the house to alert the owner, Bernard, who lives alone, was able to get out safely. Bernard reported having difficulty with his car after church on Sunday.

He returned home and parked his vehicle in the garage, where the fire is believed to have started, leading officials to think the car might have had something to do with the blaze. Firemen were able to get his most treasured belongings out and his clothes may be salvaged with a good washing, but everything else was lost. Firefighters from Easton, aided by those from Presque Isle, Mars Hill, Fort Fairfield and Limestone departments, fought the fire for some time, hampered by Sunday’s bitter cold. There is talk in the community about a possible fund-raiser for Bernard. Following the fire, Bernard stayed overnight at Kevin and Cindy Marquis’ residence.
The Easton Kiwanis Club held their Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Odd Fellows Hall, with 18 in attendance. A great potluck supper was enjoyed by everyone and was followed by a Yankee Swap for Christmas gifts. I said I would tell the world how mean Ann Osgood was for taking the poly blanket from me, the one that I took from Loris Allen – of course that was different. Clair Carter won the door prize of a book of 50 state quarters. Everyone had a good time and got home at 8 p.m. Those attending were members: Mike and Loris Allen, Vaughn Martin, Ann and Tom Osgood – Tom isn’t a member yet, Bernie Hussey, Vicki Saucier, Barbara Blackstone, Jessica Blackstone, Esther Richardson, Mike Cyr, Clair and Eldora Carter – Eldora isn’t a member either. Those from the Presque Isle Kiwanis were Sue and George Watson, Kirk Carroll, Dan Lee and Amanda Scott.
Eldora and Clair Carter returned home Tuesday before last, in time to attend the Kiwanis Christmas party. They drove to Pittston on Thursday, Dec. 11, and stayed overnight with Eldora’s brother and wife, Darrell and Norma Porter. The next day Darrell drove them up to Togus for an appointment and after that the Carters drove on to Scarborough to their son Dana’s home. It was not a fun trip. Their car gave them trouble, the power went off and remained off at Dana’s for two days, but they had some electricity from a small generator but not much heat. Their son Mike and wife, Beth, were out for only a few hours but without a car they were house-bound. And the other son, Wendell, in Saco, was out of power for three days, except for a small generator on the last day. Even so, the boys and Beth all got together on Saturday evening at Dana’s to celebrate their mother’s 80th birthday. Wendell’s wife, Doreen, had baked a cake the day before the power went off but didn’t want to leave the house with a kerosene heater on so couldn’t celebrate with them. The car got fixed on Monday and all was well on the trip home the next day.
Our sympathy goes out to Jan Larsen and his wife, Bridget, of Easton, and to Sherrill Osgood, of Waldoboro, on the death of their mother, Norma Larsen, of Waldoboro. Norma, 93, passed away on Dec. 12, 2008, at her home. She attended schools in Easton; Tacony, Pa.; and Houlton; and spent her summers with her father, Fred Henderson, in Easton. She met and married Vernon “B” Larsen here in Easton and they built a home on their farm on the Bangor Road. In 1984 they moved to an apartment in Edgecomb where “B” died in 1989. Norma then moved into an apartment in Sherrill and C.B.’s home. She loved sewing, decorating and feeding the raccoons on her deck in the later years. Besides her son and wife, and daughter, she leaves grandsons: Mark Dobson of Wiscassett and family; Troy Dobson and family of Hartford , Conn.; Aaron Osgood and family of Falmouth; and 11 great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. In the spring there will be a small memorial in the family plot on Jan Larsen’s property in Easton where her husband is buried.
Our sympathy also goes out to the family of 62-year-old Lucille Sowers, of Presque Isle, who passed away at her home on Dec. 11, 2008. She worked at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle for 15 years as a housekeeper. She loved to knit and crochet and spend time with her family and friends and she always greeted people with a smile. She leaves: her father, Earl Sowers, of Mapleton; two sons, Lawrence “Larry” Hammond Jr., and companion, Rachael Corriveau. of Frenchville; and Douglas Hammond and wife Kimberly, of Easton. She will also be missed by: her two daughters, Penny Jones and husband, Jimmy, of New Sweden, and Lisa Cyr and husband, Dana, of Easton; a brother, David Sowers, and a sister, Rose Mary Piccolella, of Caribou. She leaves seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at the Duncan Graves Funeral Home on Dec. 16, 2008, with the Very Rev. Jean LaBrie officiating. Lucille will be buried in the spring at the Fairmount Cemetery in Presque Isle. Donations in her memory may be mailed to her daughter, Penny Jones, 474 Station road, New Sweden, ME 04762.
The doll with wardrobe that the Easton Parent/Community Organization has on tickets was not donated by Suzanne Flewelling. Suzzie has not donated the doll and wardrobe for a couple of years now. The set was made and donated by Jackie O’Clair of Washburn. Mrs. O’Clair is the mother of Heidi O’Clair Thompson who is a member of the EPCO. Sorry for the error!
Easton Rec schedule
Wednesday, Dec. 24 – Seniors’ Christmas Eve nreakfast at the manor recreation room at 9 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 26 – Grade 5 and 6 girls’ basketball practice from 10-11:30 a.m. Grade 5 and 6 boys’ basketball practice from 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 29 – Grade 5 and 6 boys’ pre-season basketball tournament in Mars Hill. The boys will play Madawaska at 9:45 a.m. and Ashland at 11:15 a.m. Carpooling from the Hall at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 30 – Grade 5 and 6 girls’ pre-season basketball tournament in Ashland. The girls will play Caribou at 11:15 a.m. and Fort Fairfield at noon. Carpooling from the Hall at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 – Snow tubing field trip open to the entire community. The bus will depart from the Hall at 9:40 a.m. and return at approximately 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. A specific release form is required for this outing.