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2017 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Young participant in the 2017 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Veterans on parade

(Harrison ME) It is the question that separates the first-timers from the veterans: “Is that it?”

The first-timer to the Grand Parade at Harrison’s Old Home Days is never prepared for the length of this parade.

Come a little late and you find that the percentage of the parade missed is surprisingly significant.

This year’s edition lasted fifteen minutes.  That was all of it!

And I enjoyed it.

Eagle overhead

I also enjoyed checking out geese parading, a young man jumping into Long Lake, and catching an eagle overhead while waiting for the parade to start.  What an area!

The parade wasted no time with the minimum of frills.

On a hot Saturday afternoon, with Long Lake rippling nearby, an uncomplicated collection of representations was perfect.

Fire equipment is a staple.  I always like to get a picture of little ones riding up front.

In a non-election year there were no politicians to be found.  Funny how they find time in election years to attend.

No sign of the Kora little cars this year.  I’m starting to think that they come every other year.

Volunteer marching band

I was impressed with the volunteer band.  The sound was good and they looked like they were enjoying themselves.

Camp Wigwam was on hand with a nifty assortment of water guns.  My camera did not get fired at which spared the camp a possible lawsuit…..just kidding.

Averill Davis continued his string of appearances with his Woody.

Brian and his John Deere tractor were back in the parade.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Parade heads toward downtown Harrison

Girls afloat

Talent on the street

Camp Wigwam counselor

Water in the air

Brian with his John Deere tractor

Averill Davis


Volunteer drummer

Volunteer drummer

clarinet player

Stirred up Long Lake

Jumping into Harrison Bay

Geese in parade


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Dom Sclafani runs away with 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Dom Sclafani of Harrison captured the 2017 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Notice in the header above that early on Dom was in total command.

(Harrison ME) Fifty yards into Wednesday’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake Dominic Sclafani had a twenty yard lead.

Then the Oxford Hills graduate really took off!

Dominic would finish the course in an impressive 17:32 leaving the competition far behind.

Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was the first of the 100+ runners chasing second place to arrive.  Gavin arrived over 1 ½ minutes after Dominic reached the Harrison Post Office parking lot.

Two years ago, Dominic finished second in this race as a 15-year-old recording a time of 19:13. The Harrison native has obviously benefitted from spending the last two seasons connected to the Oxford Hills track program.

I could have figured Dominic for an easy night in this race if I had checked further into the results of Tuesday’s prestigious Bridgton 4 on the Fourth.  Dominic was terrific in that event missing a 13th place finish by only two seconds.

Nancy Sullivan was the first female finisher

Nancy Sullivan from Ann Arbor, Michigan timed in at 21:58 to pace the female finishers.

Erik Martin took 3rd this time around after getting 2nd in 2016.

Noah Currier and Arno Bommer were also again among the race’s top ten finishers.  Noah moved up to 5th after being 8th last year.  Arno was 6th which was a place better than 2016.

Jordan Cole, who won this race in 2015 with a time of 18:49, returned to the event and placed 7th.

Eleven-year-old Amelia Bommer dropped thirty seconds from last year’s time and she became the second female to finish the event.

The weather was perfect.  The 7PM start brought on the cooler temperatures.  Running along the lake (Long Lake) added breezes.

Strong effort made, and accomplished, to minimize the effect the race has on Harrison traffic.  Keeping the nearly 200 runners in the breakdown lane eliminated stop-and-waits for those driving through.

Race results

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Gavin Kuns of Bridgton was second.

Erik Martin (3rd)

Battle for 4th

Max Forbes (4th)

Noah Currier (5th) chased by Arno Bommer (6th)

Jordan Cole and Mark Hogan

Tim Moore finished 9th

Colin Gilmore and Bear Brooks

Spencer Smith

Amelia Bommer had a thirty-second improvement in her time over last year

Jillian Davis of Gray (ME) was the 3rd female to finish

Dimitri DiBiase and Mary Humphrey

Encouragement near the finish

Kevin O’Brien

Amy Milo and Leighann Dufresne

Aiden Baker of Harrison




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Rob Gomez and Heather Mahoney win 2017 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Rob Gomez (Windham ME) takes the men’s title.

(Bridgton ME) Three days after a tornado roared into sections of Bridgton, over two thousand runners raced through an area of the town hit hardest by the storm.  Talk about resilience!

Beautiful weather for the 41st edition of the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth on Tuesday morning.

First-timer Rob Gomez of Windham (ME) ran away from the field that included 3-time champion Moninda Marube.

Moninda was only four second off his winning time in 2016 but, against one of state of Maine’s best runners, he was defeated by a significant twenty-five seconds (20:18).

Another first-timer, Heather Mahoney of Westford (MA), was the first woman to finish (24:14).  Heather was 24th overall.  Her husband, Chris, crossed 8th overall.

Heather Mahoney (Westford MA) was the top woman.

Two seniors from Principia College (Elsah IL), who work at Camp Owatonna in Harrison (ME), were among the top finishers.  Shane Witters Hicks was 3rd while teammate Nate Richards was 6th.

In fourth place was Colby grad Silas Eastman.  Silas has won this race in the past.

Osman Doolow (Lewiston ME) was another successful newcomer to this event.  Osman had a remarkable high school running season in 2015-2016 winning several Maine state titles.

Robert Hollis (Farmington ME) was back at 7th again.

Nick Brown (UNH freshman) took over thirty seconds off his time last year to claim 9th.

Patrick Carty (Emmanuel College) from nearby Sweden reached 10th.

Looking for a most-improved runner?  Without much research, I’ll take Anna Lastra.  Anna was a good runner for Fryeburg Academy but has now moved on to run at Stonehill College (Easton MA).  Last year’s time: 25:46 and 46th overall.  This year’s time: 24:37 and 26th overall.  Watch out for Anna if she runs the Bridgton race next year.

Grady Rockwell shows the colors

Mary Pardi of Falmouth, who has competed in Bridgton many times, ended up as the 3rd woman to finish.

The excitement, to me, in the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth is that you never know what runners will appear.  The way that Moninda Marube had easily won the three races he had run at Bridgton had me thinking that the battle would be for second.  Silly me!  If I had known who Rob Gomez was I would have certainly hedged my assumption.

Rob is a graduate of Medomak Valley and Bates.  He was the 5th Mainer to finish the Beach to Beacon 10K last year.  He was Maine’s “Runner of the Year” in 2013 according to New England Runner Magazine.  He has had two top-forty finishes in the Boston Marathon.  He owns the Eastern Shore Training company.  He’s into running!

The Bridgton race is serious for some but for many it is a social event.  It is not uncommon for runners to move into the crowd for a high-five or a hug.

A good collection of patriotic gear was in evidence.

Race Results

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Rob Gomez follows the Bridgton cruiser

Rob Gomez with Moninda Marube in the distance

Moninda Marube followed by Shane Witters Hicks

Silas Eastman followed by Osman Doolow, Nate Richards, and Robert Hollis

Osman Doolow followed by Nate Richards

Chris Mahoney (8th)

Zachary Matthiesen, Patrick Carty, Nick Brown

Anna Lastra (Bridgton ME)

Cooper Ashcroft (Canton MA)

Mike Brooks, Bear Brooks, George Voigt

Paige Lipman, Sara Shipon, Caroline Green

Amelia Bommer

Brad Richards

Nearby camps sent runners to Bridgton

Ken Shaw gives his daughter a 4-mile ride

Patriotic look

Bill Wood of Harrison ME





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