2018-10-11 / Editorial

Frankenfamily apocalypse

By Melanie Taylor Coombs Special to the Courier

911: What is your emergency? DOG: People gone 1 second! 911: Have you tried eating the couch?

This was a message John Getchell from Arundel posted on his famous sign in front of his house.

According to newspaper accounts, Getchell was at Sam’s Club and noticed a commercial sign for sale. As he stood in the store, pondering how to change the message, an idea struck him like a sign from above.

If he owned the sign, he could change the message every day. And that is how Sign of the Apocalypse began.

Every day at his home on River Road, John Getchell changes the message on his sign. Initially he thought the town would shut him down, but it still stands and works well at slowing traffic in the area. The snort-worthy messages generated enough attention to create a popular book, released in 2017 and a page-a-day calendar for 2019.

John Getchell, humorist and local celebrity will be at McArthur Library on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to share his individual sense of humor. Please come for a belly laugh and free cookies.

The same week, the library will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly’s masterpiece, Frankenstein.

The reading is part of an international program called Frankenreads. Frankenstein is also one of America’s favorite 100 books as noted by the Great American Reads program on PBS.

This is a great time to read or re-read Frankenstein. The discussion will take place Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. as part of our regular book club meetings.

All are welcome to attend.

October is Family History Month at McArthur Library.

If you ever wondered if Frankenstein was your great, great uncle, now is the time to find out. Every Monday evening in October from 6 to 7:30 p.m., professional reference staff will be on hand to help you start your research.

The library provides free access to Ancestry.com and a variety of local vital records. There is also a huge collection of historic photos accessible through our website.

This month we have invited Dr. Carol McCoy to the library to lead a workshop on Learning about Ancestors’ Life and Times. McCoy is the current president of the Maine Genealogical Society and specializes in teaching good research techniques.

On Oct. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. she will return to the library to work with genealogists interested in leafing out their family trees. All are welcome and there is no fee for the session.

Please stop by the library in person or online to check out the wide variety of programs we offer.

For more information, please contact Melanie@McArthur.lib.me.us.

Melanie Taylor Coombs is adult services supervisor for McArthur Public Library.

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