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Book looks back at New Scotland

Current, former residents contribute stories

Peg Dorgan with the  New Scotland Historical Association's newest book, “Times of Ours Lives: New Scotland Memories.”

Peg Dorgan with the New Scotland Historical Association's newest book, “Times of Ours Lives: New Scotland Memories.” Photo by Marcy Velte.

— Kimes said her father raised chickens and had an egg route. On Easter, many of the families in Albany would by pets for their children on Easter like baby chicks, rabbits and ducklings. Soon they realized having such pets in an apartment complex wasn’t the best of ideas, and they needed to get rid of them.

“Wilbur was an Easter rescue, we adopted him,” she said. “Of course we were surprised some time later when he turned out to be a girl. We found out because he started laying eggs, but we never changed the name.”

Kimes said she wanted to contribute because she enjoyed that period of her life and she wanted to pass on what she remembered. “Plus, I like hearing other people’s memories as well.”

Dorgan said the book could be used as a teaching tool in local schools, but did warn memories can be faulty, so readers should beware.

Since its first publishing in May 2011, nearly 400 books have been sold. Because of its popularity the historical association is again taking orders for a second publishing of the book. Dorgan also said the group received so many stories and got such good feedback, they have enough to put together a second book.

All of the profits from the book will help the raise funds for the historical society, but Dorgan said “the money is really not what’s important.”

“It’s more about sharing the stories,” she said.

Each book costs $20 and can be found at the New Scotland Town Hall and Museum.

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