Franklin Countys First News

Someone You Know: Bob

There are some faces around town that everyone knows. Known since they were a kid even. They are people that we've always said hi to, or maybe always wished we could say hi to, or people who we have wondered about, silently, with no hellos in mind. Where does their story start? What subject makes them talk fast? Where do they go at the end of the day? Someone You Know offers crumbs. Teasers. The tidbits of those familiar faces, with the goal of pushing people to connect more. Say hi. Wonder out loud. Find what makes them talk fast.

Bob Hallman helps a group of people cross Middle Street.

FARMINGTON - Most likely, if you spent your school days in RSU 9, you waved to Bob Hallman at some point.

Whether on a walking field trip to the Pierce House to deliver hand-drawn cards, or passing canned goods from one another during Helping Hands, or simply heading to the Rec. Center after school, Bob was most likely the one who signaled for you to safely cross Middle Street.

"Sometimes it doesn't seem possible. I see the kids as tots, then middle schoolers, then next thing I know they're driving by, waving," he said.

Bob has been the anchor crossing guard for Mallett School for the last 23 years. It wasn't a job he necessarily saw himself having as a younger airmen for the U.S. Air Force, and then a lineman for Central Maine Power, but he's enjoyed every minute of it.

"I'm an outdoorsman, so it suits me," Bob said.

Bob grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where his outdoorsy lifestyle took root. It wasn't very different than the rural woods of Maine, Bob said. They did a lot of fishing and ice fishing and they even had a little, friendly ski mountain that started out with a rope tow lift. He was in the Air Force for four years before getting discharged while at base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A short stint in Connecticut confirmed Bob's preference for the rural, outdoorsy lifestyle, so he made his way to Farmington where he had some family.

When he walked past the, literally, open door of CMP on Church Street, Bob walked in and asked for an application. He became a lineman not long after.

"We didn't have the aerial equipment back then so it was just hooks and belts, climbing up the poles," he said.

There were no classes or trainings back then, so Bob had to learn on the job.

"I wasn't scared. It's like anything- you're taught the right thing and you respect the different parts of the job. It's all in how you approach yourself, and paying attention."

Bob worked as a lineman for 27 years before retiring. He took up his job as crossing guard two years later, where he's been ever since.

"I enjoy it. I enjoy the kids," he said. "And I still get to be outside."

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

12 Responses »

  1. Also an active member of the American Legion Post 28. Look for him leading the parades, part of the honor guard.

  2. As a bus driver for this district I can tell you we so appreciate Bob, we depend on him being there, we trust his actions. Always a friendly smile and wave.
    Let’s just say, that when Bob is out for the day we really notice his absence.
    Rock on Bob. Rsu9 Love and Appreciates you.
    Stay safe and be well. Susie B Monk

  3. Great article. Bob also has another important job in the community. Bob is the linemen who supervisors the 3 phase overhead power lines at the Farmington Fair.

  4. Thanks, Bob. Kids are safer with you managing the crossing.

  5. I've been through all of the Farmington schools and Bob was a key part of my schooling experience. Even to this day. He was always so nice and funny with us kids! So happy he is finally being recognized as a standout community member!

  6. Bob is an amazing guy; a favorite of the Mallett students and staff. He always seems to show up when any kind of help is needed - Kindergarten Screening, Food Pantry, and now meal delivery - always in a low-key way. Thanks, Bob, we all appreciate you!
    Tracy Williams

  7. Thanks Bob! God bless

  8. go bob .

  9. Thank you Amber for interview/article of local people. Thank you Bob for All that YOU Do! Nice to get to know a bit more about the people we get to meet and greet at the corner or the local post office. Keep on the friendly wave ~ and stay well!
    Susan Siegler

  10. BOB!! He was also a lift attendant for the Pony Lift at Titcomb Mt, helping the kiddos get their first thrills of skiing and snowboarding. A man of many talents. Thanks for all you do!

  11. Keep smiling Bob...and stay safe😀

  12. Bob, I miss our morning waves and smiles!! Hope to see you on Middle Street the next time I am home.
    (Or I'll stop by Ron's Market and see you there!) :)