Local poet to read in Portland

Gary Rainford will be the guest speaker at the Portland Public Library’s Local Author Series on Friday, April 17, from 12-1 p.m. He will read new poems, selections from “Salty Liquor” and sign books. You also can catch him at Farmington Public Library’s poetry reading and signing event on Thursday, May 14, from 7-8 p.m.

Selectman Sonny Sprague was recently heard reading poetry during Poetry Day at the Statehouse Hall of Flags in Augusta. In company with Sonny were poet laureate Wes McNair, Senator Saviello, novelist Cathie Pelletier, Maine TV personality/journalist Bill Green and novelist Richard Russo. We are proud of you, Sonny.

The Swan’s Island Historical Society is sponsoring “Let the Games Begin!,” an enjoyable time of playing games from Swans Island’s past. Games played will be Rook, Parchese, 83 or 63, Checkers, Contack and more. Meet at the library on Monday, April 20, from 3-5 p.m. Bring a friend and have fun.

Al Buswell sent me a C-Span clip that had shots of his son, Philip Buswell, seated behind a general. He explains, “My son, Philip Buswell, is a major in the Special Forces, a Green Beret, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor device and other decorations. He was selected after his most recent tour in Afghanistan to be Aide de Camp to four-star General Rodriguez of Africa Command. The C-Span clip was of a recent Senate Hearing with General Rodriguez and two other top generals testifying. Phil is visible seated directly behind General Rodriguez. Phil’s job requires much travel from headquarters in Germany to various countries in Africa, to Washington, Florida, etc. He reports that he does not care for camel meat.”

Dexter Lee informs us that the hours for the transfer station have recently changed. The new hours are Sunday from 12-5 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m. These hours, with the addition of 12-3 p.m. on Saturdays in July and August, are in effect through Friday, Sept. 25.

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Richard Dysart, especially to nephew Gary Hoyle.

Happy birthday to Michael Joyce, Jason Matthews, Richie Davis, Heidi Martin, and Esther Ruth LeMoine. Anniversary blessings to Lenny and Vanessa May and Theodore L. and Bonnie L. Turner.

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