My First Firearm - Age 10

In the summer of 1974, I walked out the front door of my early childhood home at 114 South Main Street. I strode that morning with a sense of urgency as I was a man with a mission. The half mile stroll carried me past Maine Central Institute (MCI), the First Baptist Church and the Carnegie Library before crossing the railroad tracks where the sidewalk delivered this Toughskin clad ten-year-old to Bill Varney’s Western Auto in the center of Pittsfield, Maine’s thriving downtown. At last the day had arrived. Throughout the previous winter, I had risen in the darkness before school to deliver The Waterville Sentinel newspapers to customers along my three-mile route as a paperboy for dollars

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