CARRABASSETT VALLEY — A retirement party for Game Warden Blaine Holding of Stratton was held at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center recently. Holding retired after 25 years of service to his community and the state.

Stories of Holding’s passion for protecting the region’s fish and wildlife resources, his care and kindness to those he encountered and many humorous anecdotes were shared by some of the more than 150 well-wishers, family and friends in attendance.

During his career, Holding was involved in numerous life-saving search and rescue operations and some of those Holding helped find were also in attendance. Holding’s wife Bonnie, a Registered Maine Guide, was also commended and recognized as “Blaine’s better half” and constant helper and supporter.

In 2003, Holding received Game Warden of the Year honors for his career long efforts. Warden Colonel Joel Wilkinson, chief of the Maine Warden Service, Deputy Chief Gregg Sanborn and Lt. Adam Gormley closed out the ceremonies by presenting Holding with his uniform in a framed shadow box. Friends and family provided the food and there were smiles all around as Holding’s career was celebrated.

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