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Hanna’s history shared with Bristol Area Lions Club 10/16/2014

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Hanna’s General Store and Garage, New Harbor, Maine. (photo: Visions of America, LLC)

Hanna’s in New Harbor owner David DeLong was the speaker at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Bristol Area Lions Club. He is originally from Westborough, MA and started coming to the area in 1958 with his parents. They rented a cabin named “Slabwood” which was on the shore next to the Fort House.

DeLong attended Eastern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in Calais and married Cindy Hanna. He moved permanently to the area in 1976 and worked at Poole Brothers and Konitzy’s Boat Yard. In 1991 he took over ownership of Hanna’s from his father-in-law Paul Hanna.

The building housing the business was acquired by Paul Hanna’s father in the early 1930’s. At that time they sold a diverse number of products including dynamite, black powder, firearms, hunting and fishing gear, clothes and did engine repairs on boats and automobiles. There was a dance hall upstairs and a soda fountain downstairs in the store.

Initially Hanna’s sold Sacony Gasoline, which later became Mobil. In 2008, when Mobil requested that they add an island, install new digital pumps to allow credit card payment at the pumps, they switched to Apex which allowed existing pumps to continue to be used.

Lion President Brendon Donegan thanks speaker David DeLong of Hanna’s for his presentation.

Lion President Brendon Donegan thanks speaker David DeLong of Hanna’s for his presentation.

Toda, Hanna’s no longer sells firearms, but it is licensed to accept firearms ordered on line for customers. It still sells ammunition and hunting gear, marine hoses, chain, line, paints and supplies, fishing boots, rods and reels, and fishing lures, selling over 800 of the latter each summer. Hanna’s stocks flannel hunting shirts, sweat shirts, t-shirts and work gloves; plumbing parts and supplies, light bulbs and electrical supplies, auto cleaners, waxes and polishes; brooms, rakes and shovels; duct, masking and electrical tapes; and even candy, newspapers and coffee to go. It still is a real old-fashioned general store with a bit of everything.

Before you drive up to Damariscotta, see if Hanna’s has what you need. Or stop by sometime to see the variety of products in stock.

The next meeting of the Bristol Lions takes place on Monday, Oct. 20 at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor, featuring Alna resident Peter Tischbein speaking on the role of the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers in Maine. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call Herb Watson at 677-6191.

To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584

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