I know this blog is a “travel” blog, but it’s been a busy week since last posting. Pumpkin carving, Halloween, and then on Tuesday, it was “Election Day.” I am a local “poll clerk” in Lisbon’s Ward Two. My mother, a civic minded gal since her graduation from St. Dom’s Academy back in the day, served Ward Two as a “poll clerk” for about 30 years and when she retired, I took her place.
Sure, it gets a little tiresome, responding to the “Where’s Helen?”
I do the best I can to reassure voters Helen is just fine.
The day at the polls is long. Poll workers report for duty at 6:30 a.m. and the polls close at 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday morning, I was tired and although it was a beautiful day, I couldn’t muster enough energy to jump in the Jeep and go exploring. So I got on my bicycle and pedaled Mary Poppins-style down to the river. As Sun Journal readers know, a new bridge between Lisbon Falls and Durham is under construction now, slated to open in 2016.
One thing some readers might not know is that the old bridge was and probably still is a “go to” place to “hang out.” Sure, it’s not a place for which you’d dress up and twist a high-heeled ankle; it’s more of a flannel shirt and sneaker destination. When I was in high school, it was a great place to go on a Saturday afternoon with a soda and a bag of chips.
These days, there’s a set of stairs down to the river; for the construction workers and for people who fish. There’s some new graffiti to accompany the “79” still showing on the Lisbon Falls side of the bridge.
Lady Alone Foot Traveler.
I’ll be running the roads again on Saturday, stoking up the car for a trip to the Saint Dom’s Holiday Fair. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. at 121 Gracelawn Road in Auburn. It’s their 10th fair and from what I’ve heard, it should be the best one yet. Then, I plan to hit any other events which jump out at me on my way to lunch at The Mill Street Café in Jay.
See you around!