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The Town of Fort Fairfield, Public Works Department is accepting applications for an equipment operator.

Applicants must have a Class B license, the ability to operate a variety of motor vehicles and construction equipment used for road maintenance and repair, and experience in plowing snow. The ability to perform preventive maintenance on equipment and vehicles is also required.

This full-time position offers a great benefits package that includes: Health Insurance, Retirement Plan, Paid Holidays and Vacation. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send application and resume to:
Town of Fort Fairfield, ATTN Personnel Director, 18 Community Center Drive, Fort Fairfield, Maine 04742.

Applications may be obtained from the Fort Fairfield Clerk’s Office, 18 Community Center Drive or website (www.fortfairfield.org) and will be accepted until June 15.

The Town of Fort Fairfield is an equal opportunity employer.
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For Immediate Release

January 23, 2018

Hegemann Named Festival Director

Fort Fairfield native, Meg McLaughlin Hegemann has been named as the new director of the Maine Potato Blossom Festival.

Hegemann has experience planning a variety of events, as well as a deep love for the potato industry and the festival that celebrates it.meg 350 “Working the fields gave me a connection to the land here such that no other place felt like home.” After decades in Missouri, Meg and her husband, Brad, moved to Fort Fairfield in June 2016.

As director, Hegemann will work with existing volunteers and recruit new ones to facilitate the week long event. “The Festival doesn't just celebrate the town of Fort Fairfield, it celebrates an industry that in many ways defines the County. It takes cooperation from a lot of people and places to make it happen. I look forward to working together to make the 2018 Festival one of the best.”

The 2018 Maine Potato Blossom Festival will take place July 14 – 22 with the parade on Saturday, July 21. To sponsor an event or volunteer, contact Hegemann at mpbf@fortfairfield.org.
She has greeted guests at the entrance to the Fort Fairfield Public Library for nearly 100 years, but time and teens have taken their toll.  Joan of Arc, a plaster statue donated to the library in 1916, showed many signs of her age with worn paint, gouges and graffiti covering much of her surface. 

                “This beautiful statue of Joan of Arc has sat in the entrance way to the library for decades,” explained head librarian, Jennifer Gaenzle.  “The location wasn’t perfect though, because she was hidden behind the door when people entered, and the space is not climate controlled, so the cold and the heat helped play a part in wearing off her finish.”

Gaenzle says the statue also received some damage caused by people mistakenly knocking into her, and by others who wanted to make their mark on a piece of history. 

“Unfortunately, visitors have carved their names and initials into the soft plaster for decades,” she said.  “Believe it or not, some of the graffiti dates all the way back to the 1940s!”

With the 100th anniversary of her arrival quickly drawing near, the Fort Fairfield Library’s Board of Trustees voted to bring in experts to refinish the statue and return it to its former glory. 

In early October, Lisa Benson, and her mother Kathleen Shure, from the Guist Gallery in Boston began the painstaking restoration process.  Armed with sandpaper and an assortment of brushes, they began removing chipped paint, filling in gouges and preparing the plaster for a fresh coat of paint.   

“Most of the original paint had worn away,” stated Lisa Benson.  “Now we are getting rid of the dirt and damage and are working to make the art look new and fresh again.”

The process of repairing the patina, repainting and protecting the plaster took roughly two days to complete.  Now that the work is finished, the statue has been moved to a new location inside the building to help protect the restored statue and showcase her for decades to come.

The statue was donated to the library in 1916 by Alforetta & Adelaide Edwards in memory of their husband and father D.E. (Delmer) Edwards to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the settlement of Fort Fairfield.  The library plans to rededicate the statue during the Maine Potato Blossom Festival, coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the town’s settlement next year. 

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