Valentines memories that stuck

Posted Feb. 13, 2011, at 6:58 p.m.

These days, a valentine from my dad doesn’t travel in an envelope or have a stamp on it. It’s not signed with his name.

Rather, it arrives as an e-mailed picture via my son Scott, who finally got out the nut drivers.

More than 30 years ago, my dad hauled out his set of nut drivers — screwdriver-type tools with a round tip that could be used to install a nut of a specific size.

Each driver had a handle of a particular size so the tool would fit in its place in a wooden brace of six holes of different sizes.

Scott found it fascinating, as many small children do, to match up each item with the proper hole.

My dad has been gone for more than eight years, and now Scott has his own precious family, including a 1½-year-old who likes to scootch down, diaper not quite touching the floor, and arrange Great-grampy’s nut drivers in their proper order — more or less.

As Memere, I will write down some of these little memories for my grandchildren to share when they are older with families of their own:

Lexie, 7, you were the first to want to ride with Pepere in his wheelchair.

Andrew, 4, you used to call our garage “Gae-yen’s house.”

Aidan, 2, you’ve always loved drills, and your daddy has Great-grampy’s drill.

Dylan, you play with the nut drivers, just like your daddy used to do.

A memory, a picture, a memento will someday be a valentine to the next generation, and even to those who come later.

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You may be most familiar with Heritage Books Inc. as a re-printer of old volumes.

But the Maryland-based company publishes some fine “new” books, as well.

Carol B. Smith Fisher of Bangor and Camden is excited to have her book cover on the front of Heritage Books’ new catalog: “The Rev. Seth Noble: A Revolutionary War Soldier’s Promise of America and the Founding of Bangor, Maine and Columbus, Ohio.”

You can receive a free copy of the catalog by writing Heritage Books at 100 Railroad Ave. Suite 104, Westminster, MD 21157; or by e-mailing orders@heritagebooks.com.

You also may check the website at www.heritagebooks.com.

Fisher Smith’s book is available for $24 plus mailing.

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The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the Lecture Hall on the third floor at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

My topic will be “My Great-great-grandmother’s Scrapbook — When Did Those People Die?”

We hope you will brave the winter weather and join us for an interesting meeting.

The program was inspired by the complexities of trying to track down death dates for some of the undated obits I found in a little scrapbook belonging to my great-great-grandmother, who lived until 1954. Of course the state death index doesn’t start until 1960, so some of these can be hard to track down.

There are several resources that are especially helpful for searching the Bangor area.

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Bring an item for “Show and Tell” to the meeting of the Orrington Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the Orrington Town Hall on Center Drive. For information, contact Henry Wiswell at 989-7546 or Judith Gillis at 825-8965. All are welcome, and there is easy access to the meeting room.

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“Bootleggers, Lobstermen and Lumberjacks: 50 of the Grittiest Moments in the History of Hardscrabble New England” covers nearly 400 years of history — including a local favorite, the slaying of the Al Brady Gang in Bangor in 1937.

Matthew P. Mayo’s latest book is a homecoming of sorts.

The Northport author was raised in Rhode Island and Vermont, yet felt a pull toward the West. But his interest has moved home.

This book, focusing on New England, costs $16.95 and was published by Globe Pequot Press in Guilford, Conn.

Send queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail <a href=”mailto:familyti@bangordailynews.com?subject=Bangor%20Daily%20News%20Article”>familyti@bangordailynews.com</a>.

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