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Old 12-11-2009, 11:01 AM
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We had a neighbor here we called the "Goat Lady" because she had goats and lived in this terrible shack. (literally). The poor thing was vacated from her original home by Eminent Domain when Mt View went in (the first school). Then as she neared 90 years old, the state came in and said it was not hospitable...no running water, no bathroom, no kitchen...nothing. But they also hired a lawyer to help defend her, so it was the state paying to put her in a nursing home, and the state paying to keep her out. It was crazy.

We all stuck up for her and eventually she died...right where she wanted to be. Well sort of, she liked her first place better, but never held a grudge about it.

When I grew up there was a dozen "hovels" where the widowers and hermits lived. Today low income housing took care of that. I preferred the ole days with the old hermits that help out around the farm when they need the money, and never asked much from anyone...well a cider barrel now and then. I think everyone was happier back then...and the state had more money too.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:04 AM
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Originally Posted by Northern Maine Land Man View Post
I had a neighbor who got along on a social security check of $287 a month. He cut his own wood, grew a garden and fished in the lake. I got him eyeglasses at Hannafords, gave him moose meat and fish etc. He was offered meals on wheels and various other services by the state, but he would not sign over his his modest trailer on one acre to the state. He could have gone into a government subsidized facility, but he just wouldn't do that. He lived out his days on his own.

I grew up knowing many of these kinds of "Maineahs"

I have a friend that takes home-baked bread and other goodies in exchange for plowing an elderly lady's driveway. He'd do it for free, but she won't have that.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:47 AM
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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My 90 year old father has lived with us for 8 1/2 years, since my mother died in 2001. Until this past year, when we came to our house in Eastport for the summer, he came along. Here in WV, he has his own place with its' own outside door. We are lucky to have a mother-in-law suite in this house. In Eastport, he has his own room, with a dorm fridge, TV, VCR, bed, chair and dresser.

Last year the journey from WV to Eastport became too long for him so hubby caretakes him in the summer unless he's up here with me, which is about 3 weeks spread out over the summer and then the capable church ladies check in with Daddy several times a day to make sure he's alright. Works out for everybody just fine, so far.
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