Guilford facility to be named after Dr. Lightbody

Posted Sept. 08, 2010, at 10:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

GUILFORD, Maine — The late Dr. Charles H. Lightbody of Guilford devoted much of his life caring for people in the region in his private practice and later as chief of the medical staff at Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft.

Lightbody died July 21 at the age of 85. There were stories told at his recent funeral of how the doctor went out of his way to tend to the ill or injured, even donning snowshoes to make house calls during the middle of the winter.

Lightbody also was one of the driving forces behind the construction of the medical building in Guilford. He believed that with the building and a guaranteed salary, young doctors would be enticed to the community, and that has been the case, according to Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette.

“He was just a solid citizen,” Goulette said Wednesday. Such a caring citizen that Goulette felt some local recognition was needed.

The town manager told selectmen Tuesday that his suggestion to name the Guilford medical building the C. H. Lightbody Medical Center was wholeheartedly supported by the town’s medical building committee. A sign bearing that recognition will soon be placed on the building, he said.

In another matter, selectmen learned Tuesday that resident Sherry French has initiated an “adopt-a-pole” program to provide electrical connections for lighted wreaths during the Christmas season. The wreaths will be installed at up to 28 locations in town at a cost of $160 per pole.

Goulette said Jeff Moore of Moore Electric has offered to donate his labor to install the equipment. To date, funds for 17 lighted wreaths have been donated. Anyone wishing to donate funds for the project should contact the town office at 876-2202 by Oct. 15.

The town will sponsor a “leaf peepers” tour on Oct. 2 to the Living History Days at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley. Two buses have been contracted and sign-up sheets have been posted in the town office, according to Goulette.

Goulette also reported that the Guilford Historical Society will hold its annual Harvest Fair on Oct. 9.

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