To the Editor:
On Dec. 26, I was caught in the 4-8 inches of snow that “surprised” Lincoln County. I left my work in Freeport at 10 p.m. to make the usual trip up I-295 and Route 1. Nothing about the trip that night was usual. The Interstate was clogged with snow and Route 1 was barely recognizable.
I made my way through Damariscotta and turned onto a rough Biscay Road. At midnight, within five minutes of home, I turned onto an unplowed Fogler Road believing that if I just “gunned it,” I would make it home. I gunned it…and ended up in a ditch. Then, all that is good about living in a small town in midcoast Maine became apparent.
Paul Blomquist was heading into town to begin plowing and came upon my stranded car. He attempted to push me out. Thank you, Paul. Next, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived and remained with me until the AAA tow truck arrived. The driver from Quick Turn Auto in Damariscotta quickly plowed a spot bare and pulled my car free. Now, all I needed to make it home was to wait for Fogler Road to be plowed.
The deputy left in search of Jody Sprague, Bremen’s plow-guy. Within minutes, Jody was on the scene and plowed Fogler Road, allowing me to end my three hour journey from Freeport, but it didn’t end there.
Jody cleared the entrance to my driveway, allowing me to get my car off the road safely for the night. At 1 a.m., I left a message for my usual plow guy, Jake Braley, that my driveway was blocked, though I would be leaving at 7 am. I arrived home tonight to a wonderfully clear driveway!
My point is this: we are fortunate to live in a community where neighbors care for neighbors. I, for one, look forward to paying forward the many kindnesses I experienced last night in 2014.
By the way, there is another individual who consistently goes above and beyond and that is Eric, our UPS driver. Time after time he has gone out of his way to ensure safe delivery of my holiday parcels. Would this happen in a big city, even in Maine? I doubt it. Again, let’s be thankful of all who take such good care of us this holiday season.