April 07, 2020

In the fifth day of El Nino’s revenge, I think we owe some thanks to many people who have served us well through rain, sleet and ice. Though I didn’t see him today, and for good reason, my Bangor Daily News carrier has earned my everlasting admiration and respect for braving all the elements to put my morning paper at my door. My mail carrier, too, has served me well, and both these fine people have made their rounds at the same time as when good conditions prevail.

The city of Bangor has done a remarkable job of keeping streets clean and safe for necessary and prudent travel. I haven’t had need of fire or police services but I know these folks have been going the extra mile, as well. Fortunately, I haven’t needed many services or goods, but area businesses and their employees deserve gratitude from all residents for facing the task of driving in to open and serve us.

I’m very fortunate Bangor Hydro has kept power coming to me, particularly since I can see my neighbors across the street in darkness. Though I may yet join them in the dark, my thanks to the Hydro for keeping me in light for this long. My phone is still serving me well and I am utilizing both these utilities to compose this letter.

The people who plow the driveway and parking lot where I live have been more than hard-working in keeping us cleared out and sanded. The sound of their plows has assured us that we could get in and out safely when necessary. And, though last on the list, the one who keeps our walks clean and safe deserves one of the biggest thank yous. Seeing his red pickup coming five or six times a day with his shovel and big buckets of salt and sand has been most appreciated and reassuring. Thanks, Nathan. Iris N. Buzzell Bangor

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