The great ice storm has passed, but it will remain indelibly etched in our collectie memories for the rest of our lives.
As an Orono citizen and town councilor living in view of our business district and school complex, the days immediately following the storm were eerie at best, especially in the early evening and early morning hours. The darkness and sound of silence in a usually bustling “uptown” as seen from the top of the Forest Avenue hill gave me a sense of profound emptiness.
However, there was a big exception to this emptiness. It was the oasis provided at the Orono Municipal Building, Fire Station, and police headquarters. The Municipal Building’s council chamber, usually the site of town government meetings and hearings, was transformed into a refuge from the cold suffered by so many of Oron’s citiizens. Meals were provided, volunteers shared their time with families, children, senior citizens and each other. The team effort of our police force, fire department, muncipal administrators and other municipal departments provided a great service well above and beyond expectations.
Local churches and businesses pitched in with donations of food, time and service. Our public works department worked round the clock to keep our roads safe and storm drains clear. The effort put forth was monumental and I think I speak for all of Orono’s town councilors when I say thank you. I feel both grateful and blessed to be part of this community of caring people. Lianne S. Harris Orono