LIVERMORE FALLS – Muriel Bowerman of Livermore has been re-elected president of the Livermore-Livermore Falls Historical Society.

Serving with her this year will be Lew Lyman as vice president; Don Newcomb, secretary; Linda Lyman, treasurer; and Ruth Gammon, program chairwoman.

Also serving on the Program Committee will be Dennis Stires, with Marge Smith as head of the Calling Committee and Ralph Campbell as a trustee.

Members and friends are working each Tuesday at the society’s home in North Livermore, the former Reading Club building. They are sanding and painting and David Beall is doing repairs in keeping with the era of the house.

The society has received an easement deed from the town so it can drill a well on the common where the building is located.

Stires reported recently on the Maine History Day, which is supported by the group with sponsorship of the plaque and trophy.

He also spoke about the various names under which the local weekly newspaper has been known, such as the Advertiser and Gazette. The society would like to be able to put the available copies on microfilm.

Gammon reported on highlights of the year, which will include a visit with the Jay Historical Society at the Jay-Niles Memorial Library in North Jay, a talk on covered bridges and another on Riley Village.

The annual trip in May was to Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth, N.H., and a lawn sale was held June 18.

Representatives of the local libraries, Penny Brown of Livermore and Fran Goodine of Treat Memorial, and a local book dealer, Elaine Smith of the Book Nook, were the guest speakers, telling about the many Maine authors who are represented in their respective collections.

Mentioned were such wide read favorites as Stephen King, Kate Douglas Wiggins, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Elizabeth Oglivie, as well as area authors including Woody Hanstein and Kathy Lynn Emerson.

Then the topic turned to local authors, including Ira Monroe, the Washburns, Ceylon Barclay, Reginald and Arnold Sturtevant, Larry Fournier, Florence Nelson, Louise Bogan, Berneice Richmond, Lois Ault, Brenda Shaw, Tammy Paradis,Willi Irish and Norma Boothby.

Goodine told the group that Treat has most of the high school yearbooks in its collection and that books can be ordered from other libraries across the country for the change of $2 return postage.

Brown listed the extensive collection of Maine authors available at Livermore, and Smith told about one of her services, going on the Internet to purchase books.


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