Thursday, July 31, 2008
The heart says Palmer’s will never close
By Lorraine Thomas
Standing vacant and speaking at the decibel only audible to the heart, Palmer’s Grocery Store in Waterford holds fond memories for those familiar with its history.
Three popular items were their red rind bologna and hard cheese, teamed with “Jack’s” lemon cookies.
Frequented by friends and strangers from near and far, one could always count on a smile and be assured of a warm reception from owners, Bully (Harold) and Maxine Palmer. Visitors were always treated as neighbors; rather than customers.
The Palmers embraced the concept of community and understood that good folks were sometimes beset by hard times. To this revelation, they discreetly extended a helping hand in such a way that the person in need could always hold their head up a little higher.
In its glory days, Palmer's grocery was a hub of social activity. Election day generated conversation before the polls opened, followed by an analysis of the results the next day.
During their 28 years of public service, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer saw young boys and girls mature into fine men and women. They comforted and encouraged those who suffered the loss of a loved one and shared in the joy of new births. The Palmers were concerned about others and did not hesitate to make known this fact.
This was evident when the famous ice storm of 1994 set up its residence. With the humming of a generator hard at work, the Palmers managed to open for business and served all in need. Palmer’s Grocery did more than vend, they held a community together and believed that a man’s word was his bond and every man his brother’s keeper.
Although time may protest, the doors of Palmer’s Grocery will never close as long as the heart remembers.
Now retired for some years, Mrs. Palmer busies herself with her grandchildren, helps during polling time and performs other civic and community duties. Mr. Bully works for a private company and oversees the management of its day to day operations
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