I am proud to be a Gardiner resident.

On July 16, the downtown suffered a devastating fire, displacing residents and affecting businesses. From the moment the fire was discovered to now, as we begin the process of finding a new normal, efforts from so many community members have made this painful course much smoother for those affected. This strong sense of community, the collaborative approach among leaders and organizations, the generosity, all highlight just why I am so thankful that we discovered Gardiner when we were seeking a place to raise our family.

There is little more meaningful than the sense that individuals in a community extend their hearts to one another, both in times of crisis and in the day-to-day developing and maintaining the character and integrity of place. There is something very special about Gardiner, the way folks pour their hearts and souls into whatever it is they bring to the community, and it is evident in the response to this downtown fire.

My gratitude to the first responders, Gardiner Fire Department, and all the assisting towns, for their great job in containing the fire; to the city of Gardiner for the quick and compassionate response; to all the organizations, businesses and individuals who have offered assistance, spear-headed fundraisers; to the many individuals who have opened their wallets, homes and hearts to folks who were displaced, to donate items and funds, and to support the Water Street businesses affected by the fire and the street closure.

Deb Files


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