Convention watch party held

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EAST WILTON – On Aug. 28, as residents of communities throughout Maine attended Convention watch parties, some Franklin County folks gathered at the East Wilton home of Chris and Gary Krauss to watch Barack Obama accept the nomination for President of the United States.

Conversation quickly ceased as the group clustered to hear the nation’s first African American presidential nominee give a moving and powerful address to more than 80,000 cheering constituents in a packed Denver stadium. Amid rousing cheers of “Yes we can” the Democratic candidate for the country’

s highest office called for an end to dependence on Big Oil and the war in Iraq. Declaring a need for change in the nation’s direction, Obama pointed out that his opponent, John McCain, has voted 90 percent of the time in support of the failed policies of George W. Bush.

Sweet Selection event attendees were: Chris Krauss, Gary Krauss, Danielle Keene, David Olson, Paula Widmer, Jeremy Hartman, Chester Hartman, Amy Fine, Glen Evans, Ruth Evans, Michael Hohne, Angela Werner, Nancy Prince, Lee Sharkey, Al Bersbach, Kimberly Weeks, Karen Schuler and Craig Schuler. Not pictured were Rep. Janet Mills and Chris Keene.

On the 45th anniversary of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the assemblage of friends and neighbors spoke of restoring the American Dream. Some told of concerns about the possibility of losing their family home, being forced to return to work from retirement, fearing that many community residents will be cold in their homes in the coming winter. They expressed the hope that a new leadership in the White House will restore the feeling of security that was prevalent prior to the Bush years. It was a memorable experience, inspiring action for change.

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