August 2019 Bulletin

Kenneth Rand, a life-long resident of Marshfield, passed away on June 28, 2019 at the age of 83 after years of living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

His passing was peaceful with his family by his side. Son of the late Ellis and Janet Rand; husband of Maureen (Meagher) Rand; devoted father of Diana “Dee” Doheny and her husband Michael of New London, NH, David Rand and his wife DeAnne of Anchorage, AK, and Kyle Rand and his wife Carissa of Marshfield; loving grandfather of Margaret, Catherine, and Jonathan Doheny, Nolan and Evan Rand, and Molly and Will Rand; dear brother of Nancy Parent and her late husband Dick of Michigan. Ken was a graduate of Marshfield High School and the University of Maine. For many years he was the owner and operator of Rand-Handy Oil Company and Shore Pools of Marshfield.

Ken also served the Town of Marshfield in various roles in youth sports, local organizations and committees. Most notably, he was a volunteer firefighter in the Marshfield Fire Department where he responded to calls for over 35 years. Ken enjoyed many years as a member of the Marshfield Country Club. He was also an avid skier who enjoyed years of great winters with family and friends in New London, NH.

Ken was very proud of the town of Marshfield where he lived and worked for all of his life. In lieu of flowers and in the spirit of keeping it local, donations in Ken’s memory can be made to the Marshfield Boys and Girls Club.


Hard to believe, I know, but the budget season of 2019-20 starts with this month’s billing. Please note your new budget amount. If you have scheduled automatic billing with your banking institution, you may want to check and make sure that your payment amount reflects your new monthly budget amount. Those of you who opt for automatic charge to your credit card need not make any changes.

Most of you will note that your budget amount has risen for this season. There could be several reasons for this- the most obvious being the cost of fuel oil. Also, you may have carried a credit balance into the 2018-19 budget season from the previous winter (2 winters ago) which reduced your budget payments for last season. But be assured that your usage has been checked and compared with prior usage and the figures seem accurate. We do try and be as accurate as possible – the idea being that what you use during the season equals what you’ve paid in come June 2020.

Should you still have questions, or if you feel your monthly amount needs adjustment, please call us and we’ll gladly go over your account with you.


Use of fans instead of air-conditioners can be both practical and economical if done properly.

By nature, warm air rises to the ceiling and cool air settles to the floor. Opening a window at the top lets warm air out. By opening the lower portion of a window on the opposite side of the room, you achieve air flow. Opening doors in stair hallways allows air to move up stairways and out through second floor windows– as you would expect, fans will do this faster. A fan at the top of a second floor window exhausting warm air is more efficient than one pushing air from below.

If you use a fan to draw cool air into the house, be sure and do it from the shaded side of the house, not the sunny side. Other suggestions: Close up early. Before the days heat arrives, close all windows and doors and pull shades on the sunny side of the house. Go easy on cooking or hot jobs – wait until it’s cooler or use smaller appliances. Turn off some lights. Don’t boil on the stove or take long hot showers – 1this will increase humidity.

“Keep it Local”

I’m sure you have all heard that expression, but what does it really mean to you? Ac-cording to a government website, small businesses make up more than 99.7% of all employers in the United States. Small businesses also create 75% of the new net jobs in our economy. The facts alone will tell you the importance of shopping local, but we feel there is more to it. To us, being local means keeping it personal. We know all of you by name and can usually come up with your address from memory before you say it. We know your house, your habits, and know what’s special about each one of you. We have always prided ourselves on great customer service, and being local makes it that much easier. When it comes to choosing your oil and service provider, we know you have several choices and that’s why the personal service means so much to us. We appreciate all you do for us and the loyalty you show us as a customer, so we make an extra effort to repay you with the quality work and professionalism you deserve. We are always here for you, so please don’t hesitate to call. Thank you!


The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of yore when engines were pulled by horses. The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight staircases.

The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle. A group of geese in the air is a skein.


In the days when things cost less, a 10 year old boy entered a coffee shop and sat at a table. As a waitress put a glass of water in front of him, he asked, “How much is an ice cream sundae?” “Fifty cents,” she replied. The boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the number of coins. “How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress somewhat impatiently answered, “Thirty-five cents.” The little boy again counted the coins and said, “I’ll have the plain ice cream.” The waitress brought the dish, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the waitress came back, she be-gan wiping the table and swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish were two nickels and five pennies—her tip.

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