North Haven news
As the leaves turn color and start to fall it can be seen all over North Haven that this past summer season was a perfect blend of sun and rain. This blend created one of the most prolific apple crops in the past few years. Everywhere you turn on North Haven there is an apple tree and I can attest to the fact that the bulk of them are delicious eating apples. For about a month now I have been gathering apples for my pigs; from Crabtree Point to the North Shore, downtown, the Beverage Colony, and the Waterman Farm have all provided lots of delicious apples not only for our pigs but for the freezer as well. The wide variety of new, old, red, yellow and even crabapple makes the thought of buying apples (or even cider) just that, a thought. Now all we need is the wind and raccoons to hold off for another three weeks so we can continue to collect apples, make cider and perhaps have an easier hunt of that not so elusive white tail.
2013 has been a sad year for many on North Haven and this past week was no exception. It is with great sadness that I have to write about the recent loss of Joe Brown. Having only known Joe for the past eight years I’m sure I will be leaving out many good stories of the past but it is with pleasure that I write of the Joe that I met eight years ago and continued to get to know until this past week.
My first encounter with Joe was him blocking me in a road (near his house), that I shouldn’t have been on, and then proceeding to yell at me and call me names that one would have used as insults back in the '60s. His demeanor and choice of words were so funny that all I could do was sit there and wonder to myself “who is this guy”? After that I thought I would never get any help from him down at the yard. Ironically it wasn’t for a few more years that I realized that Joe didn’t actually work at Brown’s, but you could always find him there. In fact, it was there that I would learn fencing techniques, new knots, tricks for pressing bearings, gardening ideas and many other tidbits, and all while getting gas or buying some nuts and bolts. Joe’s presence at Browns and around town will be greatly missed. It wasn’t until after his passing that I came to realize how many people Joe had a positive impact on. He may have been a man of few words but those words will undoubtedly stick with many of us. To Joe: may you rest in peace, and to the lives he touched I’m sure he wouldn’t object to a drink of ginger brandy in his honor.
Without a suitable segue I’m just going to go into the next couple of things. On Oct. 13 one of North Haven’s most beautiful couples (Raymond and Patsy’s words) will be tying the knot. Foster Bartovics and Liz Lovell will be making it official on Sunday at Cider Hill Farm. Here is hoping for good weather next weekend. On another note I send my best to Sam and the Cabot family. We’re all wishing you a speedy recovery. Until next time stay safe, happy and warm.