LIVERMORE FALLS — It was a blast from the past Friday evening as dozens of people braved intermittent rain to attend Livermore Falls History Night.

At Fitness Stylz, a film about the history of Spruce Mountain Ski Slope was shown. It was standing-room only as “A Town That Moved a Mountain” was shown twice to an appreciative audience.

“It was a fun project,” screenwriter Rick Groleau said. “You meet a lot of nice people.”

“Spruce has changed a lot of our lives,” said Livermore Falls resident Kenny Jacques, who organized History Night and grew up skiing at Spruce Mountain. “My brother and I wouldn’t be where we are without our mother dropping us off at Spruce.”

Across Depot Street in the parking lot by the Livermore Falls Water District, Livermore resident Ron Morin showed his 1971 Dodge “Los Angels” firetruck. It’s a replica of Squad 51 from the 1970s television series “Emergency!”

“I spent 40 years in EMS,” Morin said. “I was inspired by this show to become a paramedic.”

He explained that he had collected ’70s medical equipment for the vehicle, and some people had come forward with equipment donations. For the past year, he has been traveling all over the country with the truck, visiting awards shows for fire departments and showing the truck to attendees of all ages.

Morin said it’s his way of giving back to a profession that has meant so much to him, passing his enthusiasm down to younger generations while triggering nostalgia from those old enough to remember “Emergency!”

At Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum, a yard sale raised money for the museum. Inside, volunteer Greg Bizier led tours of the museum and showed artifacts in the rooms related to papermaking.

“People come in that have never been in before and find out about us,” museum President Sherry Judd said. “A lot of people bring in artifacts.”

Mark LeBlanc gave a talk about his grandfather’s experiences in World War I between showings of “A Town That Moved a Mountain.” He retraced his footsteps through Europe a few years ago.

Across the street next to the water district in the old Sears building, Don LeSuer, Mike Pelletier, Adam Mitchell and Cody DeMillo performed live music. Hot dogs, drinks, snacks and the Treat Memorial Library plant sale were also available nearby.

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Ron Morin of Livermore poses with his replica of Squad 51 from the 1970s television series “Emergency!” at Livermore Falls History Night on Friday.

Livermore Falls History Night organizer Kenny Jacques, left, listens as screenwriter Rick Groleau discusses the film “A Town That Moved a Mountain” on Friday night at Fitness Stylz. The film is about the history of Spruce Mountain Ski Slope.

Tour guide Greg Bizier, center, shows guests around Maine’s Paper & Heritage Museum during Livermore Falls History Night on Friday.


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