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Presentation of the Boston Post Cane
May 29, 2021
In 1909 the now defunct Boston Post newspaper distributed the walking canes to 700 New England towns, an idea they hoped would boost readership.
The canes were made of ebony imported from Africa and crowned with 14 karat gold and were presented in varying degrees of ceremonial pomp to the oldest living male of those communities.
Women were added to the list of cane recipients starting in 1930.
Along the way many towns have had their canes stolen or lost. At some point in time Porter lost its cane, however, someone spotted it at a yard sale, purchased it and returned it to Porter.
Because of that kind deed we are happy to present our Boston Post Cane to Adrian Durgin.
Adrian was born on September 16, 1924 in Porter and graduated from Porter High School in 1942. He joined the Air Force during World War II and returned to Porter following his time in the Air Force. He left us for a time to work at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, but returned when he retired. He was a driving force behind our beautiful Porter Veterans Park.
Thank you, Adrian, for your service to our country and the Town of Porter.
As you may know, Rob Heard has retired as Selectman.
A lot has been accomplished during his tenure on the select board; many road repairs, the Pine Street bridge replaced, dam repairs and maintenance, to name a few, and of course the new town hall.
It has truly been a pleasure to have worked with you the past few years. To show our appreciation we presented him with a plaque detailing how he has served the Town of Porter. We tried to find out when he first started serving the Town of Porter, but had trouble determining when Rob started serving the Town. That’s when Janice and Hannah did a little digging and found the following:
1983 – present Saco River Corridor Commission
1983 – 1989 Porter Conservation Commission
1993 – 2000 Porter Planning Board
2003 – 2021 Porter Selectman (Chair 16 years)
2003 – Present Kezar Falls Fire Dept. Board of Directors
2005 – 2018 Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission
For a total of 38 years, very impressive. Thank you for all that work.
We all wish you a long and healthy retirement.
Photos by Jamie Gleason
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Municipal Building info:
71 Main Street
Porter, Maine 04068
Porter is located fifty (50) miles southwest of Paris in the southern end of Oxford County. Formerly called Porterfield Plantation. It was settled about 1781 and named for Dr. Aaron Porter, and was incorporated on February 20, 1807.
Our population is 1498, and we are part of Maine School Administrative District 55 along with the towns of Baldwin, Cornish, Hiram, and Parsonsfield.
The memorial project was initiated by the building committee to commemorate the site of the old Porter High School. The original cornerstone was incorporated into the design of the monument along with the capstone with an etching of the old school.
The project committee was formed of former PHS alumni: Jan (McDonald) Iler, Becky (Weeks) Carpenter, Cindy (McDonald) Berube, Sylvia (Trueworthy) Pease, Vanessa (Johnson) Trueworthy, and Denise (Jordan) Day, Porter Building Committee Liaison.
The initial design idea was created and presented to our citizens by Denise Day at one of our public hearings. However, due to the cost of the initial design, the committee decided it was too expensive to ask the townspeople to fund. Thus, the committee decided to use a single pillar design instead of the more expensive two pillar design.
Others involved were:
· Steve Estes notifying 'Dig Safe' for us.
· Luc Collette of Collette Monuments, Lewiston for the etched capstone & delivery
· John Foss & his helper of Foss Masonry Inc., Limerick set the PHS cornerstone pillar
(New brick was used for the base & column because of the age of the old PHS brick saved)
· Mike Jordan of Porter (helping to set the cornerstone with his tractor/loader?
· Nicholas Storer & helper, Samantha Staples of Stone Hill Landscaping, Limerick layed the walkway using the brick from the base of the PHS building which was an important factor in the conception of the entire project.
We would like to thank all the above people and businesses who helped make this project possible.
The monument is located on the left side of the building near the entrance to the Meeting Room. If you have not seen it yet, stop by sometime. It is very impressive, and a job well done.
See photos below.