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Page 18 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 Welsh resigns as Machias hospital CEO The Down East Community Hospital cial improvement and increases in patient board of trustees has announced that CEO satisfaction and consumer confidence. Ac- Dennis Welsh has tendered his resigna- cording to the board, he has built strong tion. collaborative relationships across the re- Welsh joined the hospital in April 2015 gion and state, positioning the hospital to as president and chief executive. His dedi- continually improve quality and services cation and leadership has repositioned for the communities it serves. DECH towards a strong future of sustain- In the search for a replacement, the ability. He has played an integral role in DECH board of trustees has formed an ad the growth and development of the orga- hoc search committee that will begin its nization, which has led to a nationally rec- work immediately to ensure that a ognized award for quality, sustainable thoughtful and smooth transition will take growth, operational development, finan- place before Welsh leaves in January 2019. JACK GRAY (right) and his brother Bob in front of the tent where they slept while in camp with the tar crews that used to work in Washington County. History of Maine's tar crews remembered by Susan Esposito Brother Bob and I would go down with One man+fears that the history of the tar mom to that post office to get the mail for crews who worked to improve roads all the crew that stayed in these camps all over Maine in the early 1950s has been week. The next places varied - a couple mostly forgcrtten. Jack Gray, who now times just past Woodland on the road to lives in Ellsworth, looks back on those Grand Falls, which was dirt then. There days with fondness, was a gravel pit or two in there the state "Those were fun times as a kid in those took care of." camps - the gypsy life," recalls Gray, "Then a couple of years at the POW whose parents Clyde and Jennie Gray camp in Princeton," Gray adds. "Two or were foreman and cook, respectively, three towers were still standing. Brother working with the Maine State Highway Bob and I would climb them. Was a bunch Commission through the summers. "I can of concrete pads around where the build- find very little about the old tar crews ings used to be. A couple or three times [today], even though many men worked we would camp further in right in the in the camps and many hired their dump pines at the mouth of Grand Lake Stream trucks. Those tar crews are almost a for- road. The University of Maine forestry gotten piece of history now." camps were across the road." Jack, older brother Ron and younger Recalls Gray, "I don't think we camped brother Bob stayed with their grandmoth- in Brookton but remember being on the er in Deblois, and when they lived in Hat- Forest City road with the crew. Next we rington, "Cheryl Emerson Worcester's camped in Topsfield, usually at the inter- mother Susie stayed with us until school section of Route 1 and 6 but a couple of got out and we went with the camp." times about two miles out 6 towards Van- "They started in East Machias, just ceboro in a pit on the right. about a mile past the sharp comer where "Also a couple of years we camped in Ella Clark lived," recalls Gray. "The next Springfield right on top of the hill before camp was usually in Edmunds on an old going down into town - an intersection. piece of road on tidal waters a ways past Also the road past the fairground was dirt the Lubec turn off, then in Pembroke just back then. The last camp was in Danforth before Knowlton's Dairy. Mom got the at the fairgrounds ball field on the right big cans of milk off them for the cook just before going down a little hill into shack." town." "Nextwe camped in Bating a couple of "It was a great childhood. I didn't real- times in the old piece of road where the ize it at the time [that] all these different eagle platform is, and a couple of times in places in eastern Washington County the Woodland end in Bill Seaman's field, would stick in my mind." ~~~:~@~.'~ "3 - ~" :~ ~ .~ Great service you have come to know and expect Proudly serving Downeast Maine LOCAL FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED Due to volatile market conditions we reserve the right to end this offer at any time. 263 U.S. Route 1, Dennysville 207-726-4700 or 1-877-744-7977 18 Toll Bridge Road, Eastport 207-853-4321 VALDINE ATWOOD is shown in front of the Burnham Tavern Museum in Machias sitting on a new concrete bench of recognition, which has her name and the names of several others inscribed on it. The bench was purchased through the Fort O'Brien Chapter, Children of the American Revolution (CAR) under former CAR President Lydia Sprague's fundraising efforts and overseen by Susan Dennison, former state president, CAR. Shown with Atwood are the men who set the bench, Benjamin York IV and Fred Wieninger of Wieninger Monumental Works of Milbridge. There will be a dedication ceremony for the bench at a later date. fundraising challenge issued Albert Carver and A.C. /nc. of Beals friend and classmate as well as a support- will match up to $10,000 in donations erofthe organization, has personallywit- made through July 31 to Let's All Have a nessed thegroup's last-minute struggle to Merrier Christmas, a nonprofit group that raise the funds necessary to provide for provides warm clothing and new toys to more than 600 children each year. "In an local children. A.C. Inc along with the effort to allow us to focus our efforts on nonprofit's sponsors and volunteers, en- purchasing the gifts, he felt [the need] to tered a float in the Moosabec Summerfest put the challenge out early," French says. parade. It was during this parade that A.C. Let" s All Have a Merrier Christmas will Inc. announced the challenge. "The pur- be' posting donations daily to keep every- pose of issuing the challenge early in the one updated on the group's progress to- season is to allow us ample time to raise ward its $10,000 goal. Donations can be the funds necessary for this monumental made via the group's website or by send- program," says Rhonda French, Let's All ing a check or money order to Let's All Have a Merrier Christmas chair. Have a Merrier Christmas, P.O. Box 35, She said Carver, who is her longtime Jonesport, 04649. by Mary Alice Look Tel. 733-2826 TOWN NEWS 3 p.m. at the Union Meting House. Every- Nomination papers for one member of one is welcome. the board of selectmen and one member There will be a guest speaker, Adam of the school committee,each for a three- Joy, at the meeting of the group on Au- year term, must be returned to the town gust 19, at 3 p.m. at the Community Cen- office with the required number of signa- ter. Please note that this is a change from tures by Friday, July 27, by5 p.m the regular meeting schedule of the last Bids on two pieces Of tax-acquired Sunday of each month. His topic will be property will be opened at the next select- "The Vikings" at this free event, which is men's meeting on Monday, August 13. open to the public. Donations will be The sealed bids must be in the town office gratefully accepted. by 5 p.m. the day prior to the selectmen's meeting. Blood drive to be At the last board of selectmen's meet- ing on July 9, contracts were signed for held in Machias weekly trash pick-up and for the assessing A Red Cross blood drive will be held agent. Needs of the community building were also discussed, on Monday, August 6, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Maine Veterans' Homes, 32: Veterans HISTORICAL SOCIETY Way, Machias. 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