WEST PARIS – As part of a tribute to the late Vernon Inman and Harlan Abbot of West Paris, the Friends of the Library are organizing a book signing by co-authors Tom and Steve Remington as part of Old Home Days.

Their book “The Legend of Grey Ghost and Other Tales from the Maine Woods,” is filled with short, anecdotal stories of growing up in rural Maine and spending time with their fathers experiencing the wonders of the woods and learning to hunt.

The Remingtons have spent years at the hunting camp of the Inman family of West. Paris. More than 50 years ago, Milt Inman bought the old run-down camp and fixed it up so it could be used as a hunting camp for his family and friends. It continues to this day. Much of the book is a recollection of the events that transpired at that camp and in the woods surrounding it.

Vernon Inman was a regular at camp and the subject of many of the stories told. His brother and owner of the camp, Milt, and Milt’s friend, Vance Bacon, were featured last fall on an episode of “Bill Green’s Maine” in which Green talks with the men about their 50-plus years at the Albany camp. A poem that Bacon wrote in November of 1982 is featured in the back of the book.

The book is dedicated to Tom’s father and Steven’s grandfather, Clarence Remington, who died in 1975 and to Milt Inman, who both played an integral role in the lives of Tom and Steve.

To make the book signing special, the Friends of the Library decided it would be fitting to pay tribute to Vernon Inman and Harlan Abbott during the celebration of the West Paris Old Home Days. While Abbott is not a character in the book, the tales exemplify his love of hunting, family and being with friends.

The Friends are attempting to gather as many of the “characters” written about in the book along with the authors Saturday, June 5. In addition to Milt and Vernon Inman’s family, they hope to have locals Vance Bacon, Joe Perham and Dennis Doyon. The book signing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. All are invited.


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