Friday, June 20, 2008
WISCASSET (NEWS CENTER) -- Al Gagnon is being remembered as a devoted Dad, a great friend and a guy who turned a small take-out restaurant into a tourist magnet.
Gagnon, the owner of Red's Eats on Main Street in Wiscasset, died last week at the age of 71.
Al bought red's Eats back in 1977. He and all four of his children worked there, along with scores of young people from the area selling hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and onion rings --- and lobster rolls. His lobster roll, which was made with the meat from an entire lobster, won national publicity for Red's Eats.
Newspapers and magazines wrote about the little business. National and even international TV networks and travel shows featured the business and its food.
The location didn't hurt - right on Route One, on Main Street, where tens of thousands of tourists pass by every day.
Maine humorist Tim Sample, who had become a friend of Gagnon's, remembered him as a great character and a hard worker. He says Red's Eats became so popular with people "from away" because of good food, but also because it represents the kind of place so many of us remember from the past, and the kind of place that's becoming rare in the modern world.
Phil Divece, a Wiscasset selectman who also used to publish a local newspaper, says Al and Red's Eats are both beloved by local people. He says the annual opening of Red's has always been a sign that summer is coming. And he called Al Gagnon "one of the vices guys", and a man who was always very generous in helping local causes and people.
Al's daughter, Debbie, summed it up this way: "My father was the most charismatic, charming generous loving man. He always knew what was correct, he could talk to anybody and he could always make anybody feel special."
Debbie and her sister Cindy say they will continue to run the restaurant and plan to keep things just the way they are.
My Dad & Mom made frequent visits to this landmark. My sis & brother-n-law loved this place too & would make a stop when they visited Maine. My BF wants to go, but where hs the time gone?? Make the stop!!!!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
We had HMR's 13th b-day party yesterday, and what a day is was! Beautiful weather also!
HMR Mom's BF had a boat so all could go tubbing & I was on the Seadoo following w/her Mom taking pictures.
The Princess of the day had an AWESOME day. To complete it all her Mom got her something she really wanted................
Watch out Andrew, you may have some competition if she keeps practicing!
We ended the day w/a sleep over & S'mores!!!!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
You know, time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years.
It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all...
And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams... But, here it is...the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...
How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my babies go? And where did my youth go?
I remember well... seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...
But, here it is...wife retired and she's really getting gray...she moves slower and I see an older woman now. She's in better shape than me... but, I see the great change... Not the one I married who was young and vibrant... but, like me, her age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my own free will...I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things.
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...This I know, that when it's over...its over....Yes , I have regrets .There are things I wish I hadn't done ,,,,,things I should have done. But indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. Its all in a lifetime.. .
So, if you're not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!
Life goes by quickly So, do what you can today, because you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember...
"Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who came after. Make it a fantastic one."
LIVE IT WELL!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
MCR's family.....I know, not the day after, but still some great photo's. MCR, JR, FR, and their Mom, RR.
The Best Man & his family.
THE CAKE........yummy! The Bride & Groom had fun & it was too hot for them to stay in their gown & tux!
And if you can believe this, in the HEAT, basketball game after basketball game!! Even MCR teamed up w/his brother against the Best man & the other great friend! I hate to say it Brothers won both games & the losers, well I won't tell you what the penalty was!! Let's just say the losers really didn't mind the punishment in the heat! If you ever "chugged" any kind of drink, well they just put a new meaning on "chugging!!!"
Now, the day after festivities!!
The girls in the tree climbing & having fun just hanging out!
Good food made by an awesome cook!
Just hanging out w/the family & especially BR @ 8 months old! What a way to end the weekend, laying around!
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Here's to the OFFICIAL new family!! My BF's "little" brother, 10 yrs younger than him, finally tied the knot yesterday(after 6 1/2 yrs)!!! So here's to JR, BR and their 2 little one's, AR & BR!!!!
The three best buds!!!! Matt, Vin, and Van!!!
A very casual wedding & glad it was. I believe it was in the high 80's if not 90's & humidity, whew!!!!!!! MCR wouldn't join in & shave his head!!
MCR's dad gave away the bride.
We all had a great time! The weather was perfect, except the humidity! More pictures to follow, late & I am beat!