The Waldoboro Day Committee has selected Sally Pennington as the grand marshal for the June 15 parade.

This year’s theme of Old Time Values and Traditions will be well represented by a woman with great work ethics, a business entrepreneur and a mother of five children. Sally and her husband Sam, who died in 2008, have made many significant contributions to the community during the last 40 years.

Pennington is more than 80 years old and still goes to work every day at the Maine Antique Digest. She and her late husband Sam started the business after he retired in 1973 and they settled in Waldoboro. She was born in Texas and never went north of the Mason/Dixon Line until she married Sam and he brought her to Maine in 1958. She was a sixth-grade school teacher in Fort Worth, Texas and Sam was a navigator in the Air Force. She was 26 and he was 29 when they got married and began a family career in the Air Force, moving every few years to wherever the next assignment was located. They lived in Texas, Louisiana, Newfoundland, Maine, Labrador and California.

She also taught school in 1958-1959 in Shreveport, La. at the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and in 1972-1973 in Labrador. At that time, her children were just beginning to appreciate the great role model that she has become.

During Sam and Sally's visit to Waldoboro in 1958 they bought the house on Friendship Street that is now the Blue Skye Farm B&B. When they settled down in that house in 1973, they continued to raise their five children and began publishing the Maine Antique Digest from one of the back rooms. As the business grew they moved it to the building now housing the Movie & Pizza Shoppe, and then they included the second floor of what is now the Taction facility. Running back and forth across the street between offices proved to be inefficient, so the new building at 911 Main St. with the design by architect Bill Sepe was built in 1985.

Sam's love of interviewing people and writing articles, along with owning a complete set of type-setting equipment and the lack of a Waldoboro newspaper, led them to create the Waldoboro Weekly in July 1978. Sally was the ever-reliable editor for the two years of that paper's existence. Some of you may remember that publication or the weekly program on LCTV hosted by Sam and Art Mayers. Some of those videos were actually filmed at the current location of the Maine Antique Digest.

Sally has volunteered for the Waldoboro Public Library, served on the board of directors for the Medomak Valley Land Trust and tutored teenagers preparing to get their GED. She is a great role model for combining a career and raising a family. Her daughter Kate mentioned that her parents made time to get to all their children’s school activities despite their busy professional lives. Sally’s business, the Maine Antique Digest has been a longtime employer in our town and is an avid supporter of many of our community organizations.

To volunteer to help out with the kid’s games, traffic control, table and chair set-up or clean-up during Waldoboro Day, please sign the form in the town office or contact Caren Clark at 832-0633 or cbcon3@roadrunner.com.