Submitted by Walter Boomsma, Publicity Director-Piscataquis Pomona
Just a quick post to point you to a recent article in the Bangor Daily News that featured Brother Guy and Sister Nancy Ellms from South Sangerville Grange. Just to give you a taste of what you’ll read:
“Guy and Nancy Ellms have been walking hand in hand in Bangor parades since 1997,” said Cole Museum founder Galen Cole.
“Never in my life have I known a couple with the joint enthusiasm and the ‘can-do’ attitude of Guy and Nancy Ellms,” Cole said. “Their life’s story is simply remarkable. In this year’s parade, we can expect fewer than 30 World War II veterans. The Ellmses will be marching alone up front, leading the World War II group and will be available to shake hands both before the parade starts and at the Cole Museum at noontime.”
Many of us around Piscataquis Pomona have had the opportunity to experience Guy’s firm handshake and Nancy’s enchanting smile. They are an amazing couple! Guy’s 92 and Nancy is 85 and they are the last remaining married couple from WWII still marching in the Bangor Parade. One thing that made this year’s march especially meaningful was that Guy had a serious woods accident last fall that left his leg laid open and him laid up for a while. But they joined hands both figuratively and literally, walking up hills in their neighborhood to get in shape.
Certainly these are two people who deserve recognition and appreciation for their service to our country… but also for their indomitable spirit. Would that more Grangers had their energy and determination–even at much younger ages!
They probably won’t see this because they are not “online,” but you can drop them a card or note:Guy and Nancy Ellms 109 Prospect Street Dexter ME 04930