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Bush birthday brings back memories for former Hollis police chief
Hearing of the former commander-in-chief’s latest adventures on the morning news, memories of a special trip to the Bush homestead in Kennebunkport, Maine, came flooding back for Hollis resident Richard Darling.
The elder Bush was then serving as vice president and was fresh off a successful presidential campaign in the New Hampshire Primary and wanted to extend his thanks to the state’s law enforcement.
Darling, who traveled to Kennebunkport with his wife, Sandy, said he’ll never forget his presidential encounter.
“He told us that these people aren’t his servants, that they’re like members of his family,” Darling said. “Then the cooks all sat down and had dinner with us.”
“We all talked like we were family,” Darling recalled. “It was wonderful.”
Sandy Darling, a retired teacher, recalled being encouraged to roam freely through the home. She recalled spying a handwritten note Barbara Bush had taped by a doorway, reminding the Bush children to put away their laundry so as not to cause the housekeeper any extra hassle.
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