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As of Sunday morning, donors had contributed $1,685 in six days, bringing Skelton well on his way to a new freezer.

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«We’ve turned it around to say, ‘We’re going to stay standing,'» he said. «We’ll get through it.»

canada goose outlet in usa «I hope that people in the community feel like it’s a worthwhile thing to save,» Hackett said. «I think there’s a big focus in Bowdoinham on buying locally we even have stickers that say ‘Buy Bowdoinham.’ For a lot of people I think that means supporting farmers and artisans, but I think it means small business people too, and all the other people in town trying to make a living. That’s the store in town. It’d be nice to see it stay.» canada goose outlet in usa.

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