Union Historical Society will meet at the Old Town House on Town House Road, just off Union Common, Wednesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m.

John Ford Sr., retired Maine Game Warden, author, and gifted raconteur will present a talk on Warden Work and Being Sheriff, based on the funny and unfunny things that happened during his service as Waldo County Game Warden from 1970 to 1990.

Raised in York County, Ford came from a family that was law enforcement orientated, with his grandfather, father and stepfather serving respectively as state trooper, sheriff’s deputy and Maine Game Warden, while his mother was a wildlife rehabilitator for the state fish and game department.

Appointed as a district game warden September 1970, Ford was first assigned to Central Maine in the Burnham area and then to Waldo County, where he served for 20 years. He retired from the Warden Service in 1990 and­ was elected as sheriff for Waldo County, where he continued to serve until 1999. He was selected by his peers for the highly prestigious award as the Maine Legendary Game Warden in April 2000. He also was made an honorary member of the Maine State Police in 1984.

He is an accomplished wildlife artist and in 1983 created and marketed The Sportsman’s Wildlife Calendar in 1983 using his own wildlife art. The popular wildlife calendar was sold around the country from 1983-­2000 and was a big hit with many sportsmen. Ford wrote a bi-weekly article for a local newspaper from 2000-2009 based on memories culled from the diaries he kept during his years as a game warden. He received a second place award in 2005 and a first place award in 2007 from the Maine Press Association's Better Newspaper contest for those contributions.

Today Ford is a contributing columnist for North Woods Sporting Journal. In between many speaking engagements and book signings for his well-received published books, “Suddenly the Cider Didn't Taste So Good” and “This Cider Still Tastes Funny”, Ford serves civil process for the Waldo County Sheriff's Office. Copies of Ford’s books will be available at the meeting.

After the meeting refreshments will be served by hosts Connie Day, Betty Nims and Kay Santorineos. All meetings of Union Historical Society are free and open to the public. Union Historical Society owns and maintains the Robbins House on Union Common, the Cobb’s Ledge historic site on Town House Road, and the Old Town House, also located on Town House Road and available to rent for functions. Membership is $5 per year. For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or visit unionhistoricalsociety.org.