James Balano will speak about the Balano family’s long connection with Port Clyde at the St. George Historical Society's meeting July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. George Grange Hall, Wiley's Corner Road.

The first Balano appeared in South St. George in the mid 1800s. Balanos married in with the old local families, Walls, Huppers and others, so Balano’s roots go back to the days of the earliest settlement.

The most notable of the Balanos was Capt. James W. Balano, the speaker’s grandfather. Capt. James had a three-masted schooner built in Port Clyde in 1894, which he named for himself. Prosperous and industrious, he was much involved in the civic and commercial development of Port Clyde until his untimely death in 1912.

The speaker’s father, now deceased, wrote “The Log of The Skipper’s Wife,” published in 1979, based on journals kept by Capt. James’s wife, Dorothea, on her voyages with her husband.

The program will be preceded by a potluck supper at 6:30.

There is no charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

For more information call James Skoglund 372-8893.Those who call must  speak to the machine, or he won’t answer.