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Community will remember Arnie

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 165, No. 4, January 22, 2003

To the editor:

There was a shift in the wind this week. It was subtle, just a stir, barely noticeable, but people sensed the change.

Neighbors phoned each other saying, "Have you seen Arnie?" Jean called to say he'd seemed awful weak; someone should look in on him. Glen and Sonny said they'd been thinking of him and planned to ride by his place on their snowmobiles. Betty wondered about him. He was always around if you needed a hand with something; how was he doing? Someone thought his goat was supposed to be living on the Downs Road but it was running wild in Atkinson. Pat said he'd come by and given her his beautiful Rhode Island Red Rooster. Cara was concerned that if he was giving away the things he loved we'd better look out for him. Melinda blended yesterday's soup at the village cafe and sent it up for a little nourishment with David. Bob took two trips up over the icy trail to see if everything was okay, if there was anything he needed, if he wouldn't come out and go to the hospital. But Amie whispered "no," he wasn't going back to prison, but he let Bob start his snowsled for him twice - once coming out and once going back in. Stephen left a note on Amie's door saying he'd taken him to the hospital, but we all know now that he escaped that sterile room.

There was a small shift in the universe this weekend that caused a slight crack in the winter sky that Amie found his Way through - into that great beyond where the lost wails of coyotes wander and you can touch the great wonder of a night sky. Up on the quiet ridge the star shaped beams of Amie's rooftop are sparkling with new snow. The fire is cold, but the hearth remembers. In the village a group of neighbors tried to lend a hand, to make the journey easier, and a sweet old song came into my head as I realized what I'd just been shown - it was "the dear hearts and gentle people who live in my hometown."

Jayne Lello

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.