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Winn Community Rallies Behind Fire Victims 

Few things in life can be as devastating as a house fire. While Meghan and Richard Plaisted of Winn watched helplessly as flames ripped through their home on Old Military Road, aome of their closest friends in the community had already sprung into action. “Within hours we had them a place to stay, we had people coming wanting to know what they could do with the clothes, the animals, whatever they could do.” Said Robert Fogg, a close family friend.A Winn native Fogg has been instrumental in the relief effort. Megan Plaisted, a pregnant mother of six, says she’s grateful to everyone who has helped her and her family, but wants to say a special thanks to one person in particular. “Karen Michaud has done an awful lot for me.” Says Plaisted, “Helping to get everything together and what not and a lot of people have stopped by with donations.”Michaud manages the Winn General Store and she’s not the least bit surprised by the incredible outpouring of support from the community. “It’s awesome.” Says Michaud. “There’s no town like Winn, I’m from South Carolina and small communities stick together and it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here a day or if you’ve been here fifty years we’re still gonna help no matter what.”Michaud has organized a bake sale this Saturday from 9-12 at the Winn Town Hall. In the coming weeks they will also have a pot luck supper as well as clothing drives. There has also been an account set up at the Machias Savings bank in Lincoln under the name Plaisted. Anyone wishing to donate money can contact the bank.The Plaisted children range in age from 3-19. Their son, Forest Zimmerman, graduated last week from Lee Academy and will be attending Thomas College in Waterville on a partial scholarship.As for the Plaisted family, they’re hoping to rebuild as soon as possible on the same site where their old house once stood. Megan Plaisted is due to give birth to the couple’s seventh child in November. The people in the Winn community plan to help them out as long as they need it. “We’re just trying to keep them going long enough for the insurance to kick into gear and get them housed.” Says Fogg. “They’ll be back in business, they’ll be farming again.”