POLAND – A gathering was held recently in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Ernest and Janice Fitts of Poland. The event was planned by children of the couple and was held at the Mechanic Falls Legion Hall.

The couple was married on Aug. 12, 1954, and have resided in Poland since then. She is a retired 911 dispatcher and he is a retired Poland fire chief. They enjoy their winters in Florida and their summers camping in the woods of northern Maine.

They have six children, Ernie, Ronnie and Richard, all of South Paris, Jimmy of North Carolina, Sandy of Poland and Kathy of West Bowdoin.

The golden anniversary celebration brought friends and relatives from as far away as Texas, Florida, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire. Nearly 100 people attended the joyous occasion.

The afternoon began with guests socializing and taking many photos. A musical slide show of the life they have spent together was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Their granddaughter, Erin Goforth, captured many special memories of their 50 years together.

Anita White, the family minister, honored the couple with a prayer acknowledging the love, support and togetherness at the gathering of friends and family. All enjoyed the hot meal that followed.

Guest speakers were their daughter, Kathy and their son, Ernie. They spoke for all the children when they spoke of their parents throughout the years. Roger, the “Mountain Man” from Vermont, had a few special words to say about his friends, whom he met camping at Big Bog.

A three-tier gold and white cake was made by Kathy, Ernie’s wife. The couple enjoyed cutting that first piece and feeding the first bite to each other.

Tracy and Ronnie Fitts made picture place mats for the couple, depicting their 50 years together. Sandy and her husband, Richard, provided the music. It started with the couple dancing to the “Anniversary Waltz” and then joined by their children and their partners for the next song. Music ranged from the golden oldies to country and today’s hits.

The couple provided a loving and supportive home for their six children. They continue to provide love and support to their children, children’s partners, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends.

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