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Official Fort Kent town song to be premiered during annual ployes festival

July 9, 2004

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At a ceremony in front of the Fort Kent Town Office on Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. the community will have the opportunity to hear "The Little Town That Could" the recently adopted official town song.

The idea for the musical piece was conceived by Peggy Moore immediately following the 2004 Biathlon World Cup in March. Moore, a citizen who felt a great deal of pride in her hometown, took it upon herself to get the ball rolling on the project. Since that time much work has been put into its creation.

"I'm thrilled! Just thrilled," she remarked about the song's upcoming premiere. "This has been a dream of mine for some time."

The title of the song was first coined on a First Citizens Bank marquee that was used as a community-wide thank you immediately following the World Cup Biathlon.

Moore felt that "The Little Town That Could" embodied her feelings about the town of Fort Kent and that it should be the theme for this endeavor. She presented her idea to Charles Closser Jr., professor of oral communications and Scott Brickman, assistant professor of music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent, who spent two busy months coming up with the lyrics and musical composition for the song.

"I am very, very thankful to Chuck and Scott for writing this song," Moore added.

With the musical piece now complete and the effort behind them, Closser says that he is delighted for the town to get a chance to hear it at last.

"I am hoping that this song will be useful for the town of Fort Kent, that they will be able to use it to boost tourism and local business. Anything that will help Fort Kent be seen and noticed," Closser said.

"I feel honored that I was asked to write this song and that the town council unanimously adopted it," Brickman stated. "Eight years ago I came here because of a job and found a home in this community. I am very grateful for the opportunity to express my gratitude in this fashion."

The song speaks to life in Fort Kent. It covers the seasons, people, culture and traditions of the town. The refrain of the song is "On parle Francais ici, joyful we all sing free-Fort Kent is the place to be, people so friendly."

The July 23rd premiere will feature the voices of a live group ensemble brought together especially for the first public singing of the piece.

It is the wish for all involved to have this song emulate the affection that the population of Fort Kent has for their town and its residents.

Moore hopes that the new motto will be used on town letterhead and that the song will be sung at town functions with lots of pride.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the premiere of "The Little Town That Could" at the Fort Kent Town Office on the opening day of the Ployes Festival, Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.