Appleton resident Estelle Libby, who celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this year, received the town's Boston Post Cane on Jan. 26.

The cane is one of 700 distributed to towns throughout New England in the early 1900s by Edwin Grozier, the then publisher of the Boston Post newspaper. Crafted of ebony and gold, the canes were entrusted to the select boards of each town to be passed on to the community’s oldest living resident.

Appleton Selectmen John Fenner and Jason Gushee presented Libby with the cane at her home, where she was joined by her son, Dennis, and his wife, Tanya.

"I never thought I'd make it to 95, but I try not to act my age," said Libby, who remembers when the Camden Snow Bowl was just a field across the street from its current location.

Libby has spent the past 50 years in Appleton, before which she lived in Hope and Rockport. She recalled the years she spent picking blueberries, strawberries and working at a fish factory before she went to work in the food service industry for SAD 28. She spent 22 years serving lunch to high school students.

Libby said that was her favorite job; being around the children and always keeping a smile on her face.

"If you're good to them, they'd be good to you," said Libby of the students.

Having spent nearly a century without ever driving a car, she used to wait at the end of her street, trudging through snow drifts, to catch a ride to work.

"I moved to Hope when I was eight years old, and went to a one-room school house," said Libby, who graduated from Camden High School in 1941.

"Would I want to live another 95 years? Not the way the world is going," said Libby with a laugh. She says her secret to longevity has been hard work, and the occasional meals of venison and rabbit.

"I have both of my legs and I can walk. I like it, living out here in the country," said Libby whose family lives just down the road from her. Asked how he would describe his mother, Dennis used one word:

"Happy."