2015-09-18 / Front Page

She’s golden



Marita Gould, left, is honored Sept. 12 with a proclamation by South Portland Mayor Linda Cohen, right, marking it “Marita Gould Day” in the city, in honor not only of Gould’s longevity, but her tireless energy. Even today at age 101, Gould continues to give piano lessons, as she has done in Ferry Village since 1930, instructing more than 1,000 students over the years. See more photos on page 2. (Duke Harrington photos) Marita Gould, left, is honored Sept. 12 with a proclamation by South Portland Mayor Linda Cohen, right, marking it “Marita Gould Day” in the city, in honor not only of Gould’s longevity, but her tireless energy. Even today at age 101, Gould continues to give piano lessons, as she has done in Ferry Village since 1930, instructing more than 1,000 students over the years. See more photos on page 2. (Duke Harrington photos)

At a special block party Sept. 12, Rob Sellin, right, cuts a cake marking the 30th anniversary of the Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association, association treasurer Jennifer Kirk delivers the goods to young celebrants. “This is an amazing place,” she said. “I’m confident that if anything were ever to happen, I could knock on any door for help. The people here are phenomenal. It’s really changed in my lifetime. I remember when the Boys and Girls Club first came in, kids were told not to come down here, but now everyone wants to move in here. People love it here. It’s booming. Houses are put on the market and literally within hours they are contracted.” Kirk’s parents, Clif and Judy Sargent, founded the home improvement association that was the forerunner to the FVNCA and led resurgence of the area. At a special block party Sept. 12, Rob Sellin, right, cuts a cake marking the 30th anniversary of the Ferry Village Neighborhood Conservation Association, association treasurer Jennifer Kirk delivers the goods to young celebrants. “This is an amazing place,” she said. “I’m confident that if anything were ever to happen, I could knock on any door for help. The people here are phenomenal. It’s really changed in my lifetime. I remember when the Boys and Girls Club first came in, kids were told not to come down here, but now everyone wants to move in here. People love it here. It’s booming. Houses are put on the market and literally within hours they are contracted.” Kirk’s parents, Clif and Judy Sargent, founded the home improvement association that was the forerunner to the FVNCA and led resurgence of the area.

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