Looks like they're gonna need a bigger grill.

Proving once again that some of the nicest people on the planet reside in Washington County, another police department there will be grilling hot dogs for the public, and for a good cause as well.

This morning, the Machias Police Department announced a planned charcoal grilled hot dog sale, and it's to benefit Andy Foss, a long-time law enforcement official in Washington County, who is currently battling something nasty called Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

As of this writing, the Facebook post by the Machias Police Department announcing the event is only an hour old and has been shared well over 100 times.

The post tells us that the men and women from the Department will have the grill fired up this Friday and will be dishing out 100 hot dogs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 17 Stackpole Road, which is off Elm Street across from the blueberry factory. The dogs are $3 each and 2 for $5. You'll also get a homemade cookie.

Now we don't mean to be an alarmist, but it sounds to us that them there weenies are gonna be gone before high noon.

Somebody ought to head on over to Hannaford and prepare for an onslaught. Better get whomever is in the kitchen baking more of those cookies as well.

Maine State Police Trooper Andy Foss is a well-known and very much respected person to those that live in Washington County, after also working over the years with the Lubec Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Department, and the Maine Marine Patrol.

We wish he and his family wellness.

We also wish that we could get to Machias this Friday for the cookout, but we're sure that the public will be well represented and that the Machias Police Department may be in crisis control by 11:30.

The General Stores Of Downeast Maine

These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that you grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.

They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.

They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.

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