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Kay Bell reminisces about the German POWs housed at a prison camp in Houlton during World War II.

It’s hard to imagine, but during World War II there were a handful of German P.O.W. camps in Maine. German soldiers were captured, brought to the states, and taken to places like Houlton. Kay Bell remembers. She says P.O.W.’s worked on her father’s potato farm.

Kay was recorded at the Houlton Historical Society in the fall of 2010.

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Tad makes a turn to cut another row. Photo by Peter Dembski.

rTad Hunter makes a turn in his tractor to cut another row of hay. Photo by Peter Dembski.

1.TH at Barn

Tad Hunter surveys his field. Photo by Peter Dembski.

Cutting hay is an art for Tad Hunter. Instead of just mowing back and forth and back and forth, Tad creates patterns and designs in the fields he mows. Each time he turns to cut a new row, he says his view of the world changes through window of his tractor. He relishes the small variations in his landscape over the course of an afternoon of haying – the movement of the sun, the flight of a seagull, the appearance and disappearance of a fox.

Tad lives in Tosham, Maine. He’s a farmer and the director of the Topsham Fair. He was interviewed by Brenda Cummings in 2009 at Fort Andross, Brunswick in conjunction with the Five Rivers Arts Alliance.

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