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Town officials keep Alcohol Mary Road name

UPI News Service, 06/23/2011 

Officials in a Maine town voted to keep the name of Alcohol Mary Road against the wishes of a family mistakenly thought to be related to the road's namesake.

The Greenwood Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to preserve the name of the road, which honors a woman known as Alcohol Mary who allegedly made alcohol during prohibition, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported Thursday.

The decision came as a blow to Arthur and Edwin Hertell, residents of the road who said they are tired of getting calls from people mistaking their grandmother, who was also named Mary and lived on the road, for Alcohol Mary.

"They're not trying to tell you what to do with your town," Jennifer Kreckel, a lawyer for the Hertell family, told the board before the vote. "They hold her sainted in their memories, and to have Alcohol Mary associated with that is sort of a desecration of the memory."

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