We are hoping someone has seen or found Sammy, a 5-year-old golden retriever missing since 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in Stetson.
Sammy’s owners are Victor and Anna Grob of West Penobscot, but Sammy was staying with their daughter and son-in-law, Annaleis and Brent Hafford in Stetson.
Victor Grob underwent surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor a week ago. He has been released from the hospital but the couple is staying at the Riverside Inn in the hospital complex because their home is still without electricity.
Sammy could have gone to a kennel, Anna Grob told us, but he really doesn’t do well in kennels so it seemed a better idea for him to stay with family.
“Brent took Sammy outside with him Tuesday while he chopped ice,” she said. “But when he looked up, the dog was gone.”
The Haffords searched several hours, going door-to-door looking for Sammy. They placed a notice at the local store, and called the Sheriff’s Office and animal shelters.
The family is concerned because Sammy is “wimpy,” Anna said of the shy dog. “He comes when I call him or when Victor calls, but even Brent said he didn’t come when he called him.”
Sammy is also known as Sam, but if you find him and look at his collar, you will find the name “Anna” on his tag, along with the Grob’s West Penobscot telephone number. Due to the storm, however, no one is at home.
So if you have Sammy or know his whereabouts, call the Haffords at 296-2264.
Mainers have been helping each other in a variety of ways — from emergency telethons to donations at local supermarkets to providing shelter — during the Ice Storm of ’98, which got even worse Monday night with plummeting temperatures and high winds that came through eastern, central and northern Maine.
Most of the funds being raised are going to the American Red Cross Maine Disaster Relief Fund.
A telethon put together in a matter of hours Tuesday by the staff of WLBZ-TV, Channel 2, in Bangor with help from the ARC raised more than $14,000 to add to the more than $90,000 in donations made to the fund through corporate and individual contributions. Proceeds from the fund will be used to help families without heat or electricity, and those in need of food and other emergency supplies.
Hannaford Bros. Co., owners of 46 Shop ‘n Save supermarkets from Calais to Wells, is doing its part, too, with the help of customers and associates.
An in-store fund-raiser in which customers can make donations to the Maine Chapter of the American Red Cross has been set up at each cash register.
This week, Hannaford Bros. has given checks totaling $30,000 to the ARC, and its store managers have provided $25,000 worth of products to shelters in the communities served by Shop ‘n Save.
The Maine Veterans Shelter at 23 College Ave. in Waterville got its power back Wednesday morning but has extensive plumbing and boiler damage. “We will be open as soon as everything is fixed,” director Dick Hammond said.
In the meantine, the Maine Veterans Shelter Thrift Store next door is serving as a temporary shelter for those unable to be in their homes.
“We have hot soup, coffee, water but no showers,” Hammond said. “And we will pick people up and bring them here. But we’re finding a lot of them won’t go out of their homes so we’re taking blankets — anything we can — to them.”
Hammond said the temporary shelter “will take in anybody we can, and any help will be appreciated. We could use extra blankets and coats — we’ve given out 80 already — and shoes for kids. If anyone wants to kick in a buck or two for fuel, we’d appreciate that, too.”
Hammond, who is national director of the 40-8 Disaster Relief Fund of the American Legion, reported Wednesday afternoon the 40-8 Audrey Fund is providing $15,000 “to help families who need clothing for children. I can make out vouchers for up to $50 per child and, with extenuating circumstances, up to $100 per child.”
To receive the funds you need, call Hammond or visit the MVS Thrift Store. Be sure to have your children’s Social Security numbers and Hammond will provide the vouchers.
If you need a ride, a blanket or a voucher to clothe a child, or you want to offer your help, call 873-5555.
Our thoughts and prayers are with our friend Dot Ohmart and her family as we mourn the death of Les Ohmart of Brewer.
If ever there was one person who exemplified why it is that, historically, pharmacists are the professionals Americans trust the most, that person was Les Ohmart.
One, two, three times daily countless people put their lives in his hands when they reached for a prescription with his name on it, and never would a shadow of a doubt exist that their lives would be anything other than better for it. He was the consummate pharmacist: the man you trusted with your life.
But more than that, Les Ohmart was a family man, and his was a very large family because it included every one of us.
You felt that in his presence, whether you had known him for a day, a week or a lifetime. His smile, understanding, concern and interest in you was genuine. When he walked you to your car to make sure you got there safely, it was because he cared.
The city of Brewer was so much his family that no matter where you lived in Maine, when you heard the name Ohmart you knew it meant Brewer. He was one of the best boosters that city ever had.
Les Ohmart will be missed. He was a credit to his family, his profession and his community. No one can ask for more.
The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.