ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

50th Anniversary



Daniel and Rita Chalmers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 11. The couple met in Wichita, Kan., while Danny was stationed at McConnell Air Force Base after serving in the Vietnam War. They were married at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Rita’s hometown of Garden Plan, Kan., in Oct. 11, 1969. After Danny’s honorable discharge from the Air Force, they moved back to his hometown of Manset. There, Danny was an independent lobster fisherman for many years and Rita ran the household and raised their children. Over the years, Dan and Rita worked to establish a float and mooring business, as well as a boat storage and transportation company. Moving into retirement, Dan returned to his passion for being on the water as a lobster fisherman, and Rita continues to help her son-in-law with the family boat business. Dan and Rita have two daughters, Denise MacDuff and husband, Andy, of West Monroe, N.Y., and Maria and husband, Ryan, of Southwest Harbor. They have four grandchildren, Ainsley and Morgan MacDuff and Riley and Alex Donahue. They enjoy spending time with their grandkids and traveling to visit family throughout the Northeast and Midwest. In April, they celebrated their anniversary with their daughters and grandchildren by taking a cross-country train trip to Colorado and Utah, visiting national parks along the way.

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