Well folks, I find this warm weather a little unsettling. But I also really enjoy Sweatah Weathah and still wear t-shirts. And of course, the ticks are enjoying the t-shirt weather, so check yourself in the mirror more often than usual.
Despite the warm days, the National Weather Service told us that in October in Bangor there were 13 nights with a low of 32 degrees or less, while our normal average number of nights that fall to freezing is just 8. The warm days certainly compensated for the cool nights.
fire at home
I am sad to report that on Sunday October 23rd our friend and neighbor Mike Comer lost his home and all his belongings in a tragic house fire. Luckily there were no people or animals at home. Mike had this to share with us:
“The house and garage are a total loss. Fire departments from five cities responded: Jackson, Monroe, Brooks, Thorndike, Troy (these fire departments all have a mutual aid pact with Jackson), and Dixmont. The fire was spotted by a neighbor around 6:15 a.m. The garage was quickly engulfed and then spread out from there via a connecting passage to the house.”
Maggie and Mike Comer came to Jackson in the ’70s. They built their log home in 1985. They raised their two children there and loved, laughed and cried with their extended family for all the years it was there. It was truly a magical place for her.
Mike is planning a remodel. He also wants to thank the community for the outpouring of concern, sympathy and offers of support, not to mention the valiant efforts of the firefighters from the five fire departments who worked so hard to save the place.
“And to all my wonderful friends and neighbors, don’t worry about me. I have a wonderful support system. However, if you would like to help and support people who could really use it, please contact Waldo CAP in Belfast. There are local families who have recently lost their homes to fire and could use the support a lot more than I do. Contact WaldoCAP at 338-6809.”
Our Fire Chief Don Nickerson said: “Two firefighters required treatment for smoke inhalation. The challenge was that the wind had increased and was very variable. The firefighters held hoses to the seat of the fire and could not quickly move out of the smoke path. Five tankers drove non-stop, pouring water all over the building. We were lucky that it rained so much that the fire did not spread to the fields.”
Chief Nickerson also has some memories of people helping firefighters save your home in the unfortunate event of a fire. Every minute counts, so it’s best to call 911 first before attempting to do anything on your own. If you live on a long private driveway, it can be crucial to have a wide, solid driveway with a turning facility for emergency vehicles.
The church office will be closed from Friday 11th November to Monday 14th November. The transfer station will go into winter service on November 13 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Thanks to everyone who served. May everyone have a peaceful and relaxed Veterans Day.