Local photographer and author Patrisha McLean will sign copies of her book “Maine Street” at a benefit auction Sunday, Sept. 18 at the American Legion Hall, 91 Pearl St. Down East Books of Rockport has generously offered to donate as many copies of the book as people wish to bid on.

Subtitled “Faces and stories from a small town,” the book features photographs and short stories on the lives of people who live in the Midcoast area. One of those featured will be the beneficiary of the auction’s proceeds and another is the auctioneer.

Chandra Moholland is the subject of one of McLean’s photographs. Shown with her four children, Moholland’s story is set just after she and her husband, Kevin, had moved into a Habitat for Humanity house in Thomaston and she was “still in shock that I’m getting a house, because this is what I’ve always dreamed of …” The Mohollands had been living in a decrepit two-bedroom trailer with five children and, sometimes, her mother.

On July 16, Kevin, age 45, died suddenly at home following his work day as a cook at the Elm St. Grille in Camden, ending what Chandra calls in the book “my little love story.” Chandra’s piece is subtitled, “Looking for a new beginning” and for a while, she had it.

“When we started dating,” she told McLean, “He’d send me roses.” On the first day of a job at Renys, he sent a dozen yellow roses “just to say ‘I know you’re working hard.’ I am spoiled rotten.”

McLean offered to autograph her books, and volunteers from Habitat for Humanity are working on the benefit auction because they were so taken with the Mohollands when the family was awarded the house and worked hard to help build it.

Rosey Gerry of Lincolnville will be the auctioneer at the fundraising event. His piece in the book is subtitled “Woodcutter.” Gerry is this and much more. Besides woodcutter, he is a street rod builder and racer, playwright, actor, musician and auctioneer. He also performs wedding ceremonies. As an auctioneer, he is well-known for his colorful antics. Terry Bregy, salesman at Down East Books, is encouraging any and all of the other local people featured in “Maine Street” to attend the auction and sign their pages in the book.

The book-signing and silent auction will start at 4 p.m. At the same time, potential buyers may view the live auction items. A lobster bake will start at 5 p.m., and the live auction will begin at 6 p.m. Auction items include a vintage Fender Telecaster guitar, a vintage model Fender amp, stays at the Country Inn and the Cedar Crest motel, handyman services, CDs, jewelry, several signed Down East books by other local authors, gift certificates to local businesses and restaurants, and much more.

Bill Hahn, inn owner and musician, will be cooking lobsters for the dinner. The $25 tickets for the lobster bake are for sale in advance of the event at Thomaston Grocery and Stop ‘n Go in Camden; and may also be purchased on site or over the phone by credit card from the Cedar Crest Inn and Elm Street Grille, 115 Elm St. (236-7722); or the Country Inn, just off Route 1 in Rockport (236-2725).