Brian K. Simm

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Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

Brian Simm lives some hundred miles from the nearest ocean, but part of his regimen in retirement is to make an annual pilgrimage to New Harbor, on the Maine coast, where he spends two weeks painting intensely. Lobster boats, harbors, a multitude of light houses, bridges -- for he is surrounded by the quaint beauty of this small fishing village.

He is a watercolorist, and an exceptionally good one. He is also a native of Melrose, MHS class of 1949 -- but he and wife Priscilla retired to a beautiful country home they built in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. From their solar-heated sunroom they overlook rolling fields and the picturesque valley of Beard Brook, a small rambling river that drains the southern foothills of the Sunapee range.

Brian went to the University of Maine in Orono to learn forestry back in the early fifties. After a couple of years with the army, he joined the Maine Forestry Service and worked in the area of Millinocket -- so far north of Melrose that you need an overnight to get there. One year later the New Hampshire Forestry Service spotted his talent and he moved to Hillsboro, where he and Priscilla bought a huge white 200-year-old home with carriage house, hay loft, workshed and barn, all stretched out together. There they raised their two sons, Scott and Steven, in that old farm house.

Now, in retirement, he and Priscilla occasionally serve as volunteer rangers in the Federal park system. Two years ago they spent two months at the Painted Desert National Park, and recently spent time at a similar post at the Okeefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Both of them also spent one week as volunteer chefs at the weather station atop Mount Washington in summer of '97, and Brian returned in January with his brother-in-law, Dick Lindstrom (another MHS '49er) for an experience of a lifetime -- winter on Mount Washington with temperatures at 50 below zero and winds of a hundred miles an hour.

Incidentally, Priscilla (who recently returned from hiking in the Austrian Alps with the AMC) is also an MHS grad, class of '51. Her sister Carolyn married Dick Lindstrom, and they live in nearby Reading. The Powers family was closely associated with the First Baptist Church in Melrose.

Upon his retirement, Brian bought his first computer and now spends much of his time on the internet, where he has a web page for his forestry consulting service. Between all his other activities, he does find time to paint. It's in his blood.

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