June 19, 2018
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Country star Alan Jackson lavishes Brunswick woman with gifts on her 100th birthday

By The Times Record, Special to the BDN

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Barbara Bowden, a resident of Horizons Living and Rehabilitation Center in Brunswick, celebrated her 100th birthday Tuesday with her daughter, Cheryl Sedgwick, and Melinda Fournier, Horizons office manager and the celebrant’s “adopted granddaughter.”

And country music superstar Alan Jackson. At least in spirit, which is more of Jackson than most people get at their birthday parties.

Jackson sent the new centenarian a hat, signed T-shirt, several autographed CDs and a letter of congratulations.

“We tried to get him here for an appearance and to sing ‘Happy Birthday,’” Sedgwick said, “but he’s touring in Australia.”

Jackson last performed in Maine at a 2010 Waterfront Concert in Bangor. The megastar has had 35 Billboard country chart toppers, including 2001’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and 2007’s “Small Town Southern Man.” His accolades include two Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards and a slew of Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association honors.

BDN Portland bureau chief Seth Koenig contributed to this report.

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