Jimmy Cromwell showed obvious emotion when looking around at the crowd that filled the Old Town Hall on Saturday night…family, friends, and neighbors. “I didn’t know I knew this many people.” Others were as moved, “Makes you feel good to see this many people. This is a good community.” “I’ve lived here half my life. I’m embarrassed because I don’t usually show myself at these events; but Jimmy’s a good guy, and I want to support him.” Common thoughts.
Despite all the people, there was food left over to feed as many because those that couldn’t come brought food, checks, raffle items, and good wishes. The organizers “done good” — unfortunately, at least two had to work and couldn’t be there to see the fruits of their kindness and labor.
When Jimmy was laying in a heap on August 7, he was frightened by his pain and inability to move. He sustained fractures to his neck, spine, sternum, and ribs at a work site accident in which he lost his balance on a ladder, fell onto a railing, and rolled over the railing onto the floor a flight below. The first responders were all friends. It was tough on everybody at the scene; and it seemed forever before the nearest life flight arrived from New Hampshire. The good news: the breaks were clean, no surgery, and family and friends have had his back and been by his side.
No work and not much independence for awhile…just time to reflect on what matters most.
We’re giving thanks that Jimmy C. is back on his feet, and the prospects for a full recovery are good. Take heart Jimmy C. You have friends here on Westport Island and beyond…
Donations can still be made to:
James Cromwell Benefit Fund
c/o First N.A.
Attn: Mitchell Wellman
P.O. Box 940
Damariscotta, ME 04543
Back to some basic neighborhood fun
The Fire Department and the Community Association joined efforts to serve up an exceptional summer barbeque last Saturday. A good turn out, good food, good music, and good fun… As my ex-partner used to say, “it was all that and a bag of chips” — because the annual fundraiser brought in about $1,700 for the fire department’s annual operating budget.
Fire Chief Bob Mooney was the organizer in chief of all the work that went into turning out 200 servings of chicken and accompaniments. Chaplain Valerie Lovelace spoke for all of us in a thank you to her fire department co-workers: “thanks for all the hard work par-boiling, cabbage chopping, corn-shuckin’, onion slicin’, chicken-n-dog grillin’ and the list goes on…”
The community thank you extends to the Westport Island Community Association and the Back to Basics Bluegrass Band who contributed the site, the sweets and the summer sounds. If you missed the barbeque and would like to make a tax-deductible donation to benefit Island fire and rescue services, checks should be made out to the Westport Volunteer Fire Department and mailed to the Westport Island Town Office, 6 Fowles Point Rd., Westport Island, ME 04578, ATTN: Fire Department.