letter to the editor

Rising above the ashes

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 3:15pm

Dear Editor:

November 28, 2018 was one of the worst days of my life. I lost everything to a fire, except my little dog! It was one of my darkest days. Being 79, alone, I didn’t know where to turn or what to do. The Red Cross put me up in a hotel for a couple of days. Friends found me, starting calling others, and soon I was surrounded with help and support like I have never experienced before.

Friends took me into their home, dog and all. The next week, it was just a blur! People brought clothes, food, found a place that I could live in until a new home could be put back on the property. People donated to a Go Fund Me Page and to an account set up on my behalf. I was in shock!

You see, I am not from here. I moved here from Connecticut 17 years ago. Not being from a small town, I never have experienced such love, and support that this community has given me. I feel like I am the luckiest man alive, to have found a community such as this! There is not enough words to express my heartfelt gratitude to this community for all your support.

I would like to take this time to thank those people for whom I am forever grateful: E M Wood Construction, Ruth and Alan Watts, Glen and Kim Hodgdon, Townsend Enterprises, Northern Lights Electric, Tim Stover, Topside Inn, Melissa Neal, Paul Coulombe, Brandy and Spencer Pottle, Rotary Club, Brenda Blackman and the girls at The First, and Rebuilding Together. To all those that donated from near and far, I don’t know your names, but thank you and God Bless you all!

Norman “Tootie” Fogg

Boothbay Harbor