Patti’s Feb. 26 “Inside New Gloucester” column

Hillary Bush, Nathan Lewis and Malia Lewis drop off a greeting card for Suzan Hawkins expressing their thanks and well wishes to the former library director who recently retired. Community members stopped by the Meetinghouse on Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 to record messages for a video being made for Hawkins. Patti Mikkelsen / For Lakes Region Weekly

‘Sue Stories’

The New Gloucester Public Library Board of Trustees wanted to show their appreciation for Suzan Hawkins, who recently retired after serving as a librarian there for 38 years, but a party was not an option given the pandemic. Board member Tim Terranova devised a COVID-compliant plan: recording a video featuring community members recounting library “Sue Stories” and expressing their thanks to her on camera.

Featured on the video were Lenny Brooks, Cathy Driscoll Gregory, Julie and Michael Fralich, Patti Mikkelsen, an email from Claire Tisdale (read by Tim Terranova), Lila Littlefield, Grace Christian, Joanne Rawlings-Sekunda, Lori Fowler, Nona Wills, Rebecca Klotzle with her dog Fozzie, Beth Sutherland and Terranova.

The masked speakers recorded their congenial messages at the Meetinghouse in a safe, socially distant manner. Two volunteers from the town’s Cable TV Committee provided the technical work necessary to prepare and finalize the video to be given to Hawkins.

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