PORTLAND — The Maine Extension Homemakers Council recently held its 2016 fall meeting in Portland, with President Marie Temm presiding.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Extension Homemakers Creed, written by the late Caroline Mayo, a Maine Extension Homemaker from Franklin County.

The theme was A Beacon to the Future. The two-day event featured tours of Portland and Portland Head Light, Baxter House Museum and a video presentation by historian David Richards, PhD, about the Spring Point Lighthouse.

Entertainment was by the Lighthouse Jubilees, which sang songs of the 1950s.

The meeting session speakers were John Rebar, University of Maine Cooperative Extension director, and Lisa Phelp, UMaine Cooperative Extension program director.

MEHC Immediate Past President Barbara Hathaway of Wilton installed Barbara Lord of Somerset as president for 2017-18.

Pam Dupont of Bucksport, MEHC past president, installed Bea LaPlante of Somerset as vice president.

The afternoon session included photos and a talk by retired U.S. Coast Guard member Ernie G. DeRaps, artist and author of “Lighthouse Keeping.” The book included a journal depicting family life on three Penobscot Bay lighthouses, written by DeRaps’ wife, Pauline E. Fitzgerald DeRaps.

Phil Chin of AARP gave a presentation on information about scam alerts.

Lisa Fishman, past president adviser, and Betty Robshaw presented certificates and 25-year pins and thanked members for all that they do.

For more information or to become a member, contact a local County Extension office.

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