Franklin County group to visit Lac-Megantic

Posted July 16, 2013, at 8:02 p.m.

FARMINGTON, Maine — So many people here want to give but what will help Lac-Megantic the most?

That’s the question a local group intends to ask the Mayor of Lac-Megantic, Colette Roy-Laroche, when they travel there for a brief meeting Wednesday, said Ryan Morgan, chair of the Farmington Board of Selectmen.

Morgan will be joined by State Sen. Tom Saviello, Scott Landry from the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Philbrick from the Rangeley Chamber, a French-speaking employee from Gov. LePage’s office and a private citizen.

“We’re going because they are our neighbors. One hundred miles in Maine is not a long way … you just have to go through a border check point,” said Morgan who wants to revitalize the Sister City connection started in 1991 between Lac-Megantic and Farmington.

Landry also recognized the importance of going to Lac-Megantic. The Chamber was instrumental in beginning the sister city relationship, he said.

While the citizens of Lac-Megantic continue their work to recover from the destruction caused July 6 after a train carrying crude oil derailed, sparking several explosions and deaths, Morgan expects the meeting to be short.

“We’ll offer our assistance and basically see what they need,” he said.

People and groups want to do things and give. The library wants to collect books, the Rotary is considering a fundraiser, others want to collect clothes and furniture, he said.

Morgan realized this group may not be a high priority on Lac-Megantic’s list right now.

“They are still struggling but we need to make that first contact, see what we can do to help and then have a goal to work towards,” he said.

Financial contributions are still being received through an account started by Farmington Selectmen with a donation of $500.

The Lac-Megantic Relief Fund is set up at TD Bank in Farmington, Town Manager Richard Davis said last week. People can either mail checks to any branch or visit a branch, he said, so long as Lac-Megantic is on the check.

 

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