Annual haunted house a 'no go' in Waldoboro

By Beth A. Birmingham | Oct 10, 2018
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham The rear view of the former AD Gray School in Waldoboro shows recent vandalism.

Waldoboro — The Annual Haunted House sponsored by the Waldoboro Firemen's Association at the former AD Gray School, will not be held this year.

According to Town Manager Julie Keizer, the fire department toured the school -- which has been vandalized several times -- and found it not suitable for the event this year.

Fire Chief Paul Smeltzer said Oct. 10 that following several break-ins, he felt there should be a more secure place.

"The thought of putting people in there made me nervous," he said.

"We have fun and the public enjoys it," Smeltzer said. "It's sad not to be able to do it, but we have to put safety first and feel we made the right decision."

Instead, Smeltzer said the Philippe Guillerm Gallery at 882 Main St. has donated its parking lot, where firefighters will hand out candy on Halloween beginning at 6 p.m.

Smeltzer said he hopes to be able to find a different place for the haunted house next year.

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