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Portland native honored at Veterans’ Home
The late Sidney Thorne was named Veteran of the Month for August at Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough.
Thorne died in early August before he received the honor, according to a spokesperson for the Veterans’ Home.
A registered Maine Guide, Thorne was born and raised in Portland and from an early age was taught skills that prepared him for Maine’s rugged wilderness and the beautiful but sometimes unforgiving coast, according to a prepared release from the Veterans’ Home.
Before he was drafted in 1954 at age 19 to serve in the Korean War, Thorne married the love of his life, with whom he had four children. After the war, his fondness and expertise in the Maine wilderness grew stronger, and eventually, he studied to become a Maine Guide. His primary job was to accompany those “from away” on outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and camping. Among the many stories he told from that time in his life was one about when he helped catch a 477-pound bluefin tuna and another about when he bagged an 800-pound moose.
Thorne could recall almost anything about Maine’s rich history in the last half-century, from Muhammed …
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