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Town of Shirley Celebrates 175 Years 

Folks in the town of Shirley celebrated a big birthday Saturday…175 years.The Piscataquis County community of 200 people came together for a celebration that’s been a long time in the making.They honored their heritage with a full slate of activities, from a parade to barbecues and a fireworks show.There were also tours of the recently closed Shirley School…the only inland one-room schoolhouse in the state.Senator Susan Collins was the featured speaker at the fesivities…she says it’s important for communities like Shirley to celebrate their heritage as they move forward.Next year, it will be nearby Greenville’s turn to celebrate its 175th birthday.