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Livermore awards paving bid to Anson Company

Tuesday night, May 24, Livermore Selectperson Randy Ouellette is holding a show for the city’s Boston Post Cane. Resident Dave Townsend created the exhibit while resident Katie Botka Quirrion made the plaque identifying it as the original Boston Post cane. Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls Announcer

LIVERMORE – Selectpersons on Tuesday evening, May 24, unanimously approved the $354,769 paving bid submitted by Manzer’s Fine Grade and Earthwork of Anson.

Administrative assistant Aaron Miller said three offers were received.

Fairfield’s Pike Industries bid was $397,635.50. Northeast Paving in Lewiston was $382,600.

Paving is for River Road from Strickland Ferry south to Route 108.

The money for the paving will come from the budget cycle which begins July 1. Paving must be completed by October 15.

In other business, Miller showed the display that Dave Townsend made to hold the city’s original Boston Post Cane.

“He’s done a great job here, great craftsmanship,” Miller said. “Katie Botka Quirrion made (the) small plate. We will put the names of the Boston Post Cane recipients at the very bottom (on the side). »

Townsend and Quirrion volunteered their time and materials, so there was no cost to the city, Miller said.

Coach Brett Deyling asked what would be displayed. The recipient’s name, year of birth, year of death, age at death, and length of life in Livermore were possibilities he raised.

A decision will be made later.

Miller said only a fraction of the original canes remained.

In September, select individuals approved the purchase of a replica Boston Post Cane to feature the recipient. They also approved the display of a plaque at the municipal office indicating the recipients.

According to a November 2007 article in the Sun Journal, John Campbell was the Boston Post Cane’s first Livermore recipient. He was 97 when he received the cane sometime before September 7, 1909.

The article continued: “Livermore received his Boston Post Cane in 1909 from publisher Edwin A. Grozier. He sent over 700 canes to towns in New England to help advertise his daily newspaper. The canes were made of Congo ebony in Africa and prepared by the Fradley Co. of NYC. Each was surmounted by a 14 carat gold handle on which was inscribed the name of the city. The canes continue to advertise the Boston Post, which closed in 1957.”

Selectors from towns in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island received the rods to present in a ceremony to the town’s oldest living man. Women were added to the custom in 1930.

Joan Lauzier, 96, received the replica cane from the city in December 2021.

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