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September 10, 2012

Generations care for family retreat

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Gus was born and raised in Owl’s Head, spending much of his youth on Matamek with his father. After a 20-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, he returned to his roots in 1986, hoping that the North Country had not yet been touched by the scourge of drugs he saw in other places around the country he had visited.

“I was correct at that point. I wish it was the same today.”

‘A LITTLE PEBBLE’

As Gus passes the torch on to a new caretaker, from outside his family this time, his routines may not change much at all. He has been asked by the Matamek Board of Directors to stay on as a maintenance man for as long as he would like. He has also been granted lifetime use of the property he so loves.

He will turn 70 in January.

“Gus may be relaxing his schedule a bit,” said Matamek’s president, Frank Anthony, in a prepared statement. “But our extended families still share several generations of memories.”

Along with his stewardship of the land, Gus hopes he has had an equally positive effect on the lives of the people who have worked for him. They have included a number of teenagers over the years, during summer breaks from school. He has kept an eye on where they have gone in their lives, and points to several who have entered police work or corrections, Border Patrol, and others to equally successful careers.

“A lot of them have made very good on their lives,” he said. “I’d like to think I was a little pebble helping them along the way.”

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