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hen we think of Summer in Maine, we think of our natural beauty which of course includes our mountains, forests, ponds, lakes, rivers, and our magnificent coastline. Most of us will also think of lobsters.

In this issue we have a story about a multigenerational family who make their living as lobstermen. The Hawkes family of Cundy’s Harbor share their passion for this great Maine heritage. Maine is also very fortunate to have inspired world class artists who have captured so much of our culture, beauty, and more. In our story on Jamie Wyeth, we have a glimpse into the world of the most famous family of Maine artists. Jamie shares with us that his grandfather, NC Wyeth, his father, Andrew Wyeth, and Maine’s natural beauty, have all been an inspiration to his art.

As an artist, Jamie has become an iconic part of Maine and its promotion, as much as LL Bean and Down East Magazine have been in their respective ways. We all have plenty to enjoy and be proud of here in the Great State of Maine. Yet, our greatest asset is Senior Power. Maine has the highest volunteer rate in the nation, due to the high level of participation of our senior population. You, our senior partners, serve as mentors, are the philanthropists, and ensure that Maine continues to have its small-town, friendly, community way of life. Senior Power is Maine’s greatest natural resource! To all of our senior partners, thank you and enjoy the summer.



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The Featured Contributor for this issue is Peter Ralston.


eter Ralston has photographed the coast of Maine since 1978, drawn especially to the working communities that define coastal Maine’s character. His work has been seen in countless books and magazines, featured on network television and has been exhibited in galleries, collections and museums throughout the United States and abroad. In 2003, due to his photography as well as his role as co-founder of the Island Institute, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree at Colby College. In 2010 an independent documentary short was produced about his work. Photo by Terri Harper

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Although, as a young man, Ralston studied very briefly under Ansel Adams, he acknowledges the far greater artistic influence of a lifetime of association with the Wyeths—close friends and incisive mentors. Instrumental in forming the Island Institute in 1983, Peter Ralston contributed most of the photography and served as art director for the Institute's Island Journal until 2009. Ralston was also the Wyeth family's reproduction photographer for almost two decades. He continues to spend as much time as he possibly can on and around islands. He lives with his wife Terri in Rockport, Maine. A special thank you to Peter from all of us at Maine Seniors Magazine for your generous contributions to our story on Jamie Wyeth. The Ralston Gallery features photographs of the coast of Maine, as well as Andrew and Jamie’s limited edition prints. For more details about Peter’s work, visit MSM

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e is a gracious and charming third generation American artist. When he is in Maine, he lives on his own private lighthouse island—Southern Island, which is located at the mouth of Tenants Harbor—and he occasionally stays at his home on Monhegan Island. Childhood

Maine's great artists: Jamie Wyeth with his father Andrew Wyeth Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein

James Browning Wyeth (Jamie) was born on July 6, 1946 in Wilmington, Delaware. As a child, Jamie and his family would visit Maine several times a year. They were in Maine all summer until very late into the fall. Jamie attended the Cushing, Maine oneroom school until he left in the sixth grade to be privately tutored, which was what he wanted as it gave him a lot more freedom. After that, he and his family spent six months in Maine until the end of October, then six months in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania.

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“My mentors were my family and certainly my father by example. Our house was his studio—his work was right there."

Jamie says, “My mentors were certainly my family and certainly my father by example. Our house was his studio—his work was right there. My grandfather died a year before I was born, but his presence was felt by me. Physically, my grandfather had an enormous studio, which was up the hill from our house in Chadd’s Ford. It was full of costumes, guns, swords, and cutlasses all from his illustrations of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Robin Hood and all those books.”

Jamie’s parents are the famous American painter, Andrew Wyeth, who died in 2009, and Betsy (James) Wyeth, who is 95 years old. When she is in Maine, Betsy is an island person too; she lives on an island near Jamie’s. Jamie has an older brother named Nicholas. Their grandfather was N.C. Wyeth, who was famous for illustrating children’s books.

“For me it was much more exciting at my grandfather’s studio; it had a profound influence on me.” Jamie continues, “As a child, I would wander up to this enormous studio—at that time a lot of his illustrations were still stacked up. I would pore through those— it was magical.” Jamie’s father felt that he should get some formal training so he studied with his Aunt Carolyn, who was his father’s sister and also

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an artist. Jamie relates,“She was a big influence. She was a fascinating figure, who as a child was a great thorn in my grandfather’s side— she was a non-conformist. When her father died, she sort of became him—she dressed in his clothes.” When his Aunt died, she left her father’s studio to Jamie. He felt he could not work in that enormous studio, so he donated it to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania. Following his father Andrew’s death, he gave his studio to the Brandywine Museum as well. Jamie says,“Now, it is interesting for young and old people to visit. They go to the N.C. Wyeth studio and see all these costumes, enormous scaffolding and the big mural of N.C. Wyeth. Then they go to the Andrew Wyeth studio and it is just four walls; there is nothing there. It is an indication of how creativity works; I mean it can work in both environments.”

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Jamie said that a friend of his family, Lincoln Kirstein, who created the New York City Ballet, was also an enormous influence on him as a child. When he was younger, Jamie painted Kirstein’s portrait and also painted the famous portrait of the ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev, whom he met through Kirstein. In the 1970’s, Jamie painted portraits of his friends Andy Warhol and Arnold Schwarzenegger. While Jamie is a realistic painter, he says that he tends to shy away from things that seem attractive and things that people will want to look at. Jamie says, “Painting is a highly personal thing. Of all the disciplines, I think it’s probably the most individual in that it requires no editors, no musicians, no printers, no cameramen or light person. I have no preconceived sort of goals. I find that if I start doing that, it freezes me in my work. I think it is better to keep working and record my world and life as best I can, rather than theorizing: which way I’m going or is this better, or more successful.”

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“When I am at the farm [in Chadd’s Ford] I’m painting; I paint in the barn and all over the place.” Jamie continues, “My dogs, pigs, horses and cattle are my models. When I am on Southern Island, the seagulls, eagles and osprey are my models. Living and working on an island does tend to give you focus. Like everyone, I want to see every new movie, every new play, and read every book. We are in the age of so much information that I find it overwhelming. So, to physically isolate myself, I think works to my advantage. It at least helps me concentrate and get some focus and, living on an island really does that. You can’t just jump in a car and drive off, nor can someone just arrive and say,‘Hi, I’m here Jamie!’” Doug Boynton is a Monhegan Island lobsterman who has been a friend of Jamie’s since the late 60’s. Doug shares,“Jamie, like most of the people here on the island, is a hermit who stays engaged with people. His love of people is shown in his portraits. He doesn’t just see a person, he sees an individual in his work. Jamie knows a wide range of people and treats them equally. He stays involved with this community. He is extremely hard–working. He is the only person that I am likely to see when I go out lobstering at dawn.”

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Mary Beth Dolan is Jamie’s Collection Manager/Curator/ Assistant. She has known Jamie for 45 years. She manages a database of all his paintings and works with museums, publishers, and writers involving Jamie’s artwork. She also prints limited editions of his art—Jamie does the proofing. He has a website that she manages for him: Mary Beth was a teacher and a librarian on Monhegan Island. She began working for Jamie in 2000 when the Wyeth Center was built in Rockland. She has cataloged all of his works including the description and biographies, his exhibitions, and publications. Mary Beth also has cataloged over 3,000 of his art images; 800 are his childhood drawings that his mother Betsy had collected and 2,200 are of paintings that he has created over the course of his life. Mary Beth says,“It has been a real journey and quite an experience working for Jamie. He is obviously very talented and is a really good, New England’s Trusted Appraisal & Auction Professionals

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nice person. Also, he has an absurd sense of humor. I think that it shows up in his paintings; that odd slant on life.” Mary Beth continues,“He paints a lot of dogs. His subject may be a dog or an animal, but oftentimes there are other things going on. With his painting,“A Very Small Dog”, you see a dog in a beautiful wicker carriage. But, if you look closer, the dog is a teeny, snarling, horrible little dog.”

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“Jamie paints every day—all day. He is very disciplined. Right now he is working on a series of paintings. The second in the series is titled, ‘Portrait of Rockwell Kent—Second in a Suite of Untoward Occurrences on Monhegan Island’. It is a posthumous portrait of Rockwell Kent, an artist from Monhegan Island. In the background of the painting you see a body falling off a Monhegan cliff. The woman was a New York socialite (and mistress of the artist) who disappeared from the island back in the 1950’s. Her body was found three weeks later near Portland. The case is still unsolved.”

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Peter Ralston has known Jamie and his parents since childhood when Peter’s family and the Wyeths were neighbors in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania. He relates,“Jamie is four years older than I, so I did not get to know him until later on when we were in our 20’s.” As a young adult, Ralston was a freelance photojournalist who moved to Maine due to Betsy’s and Andrew’s prompting. He got to see the people that Andrew painted and fell in love with Maine. When Betsy bought Allen Island, she encouraged him to figure out what to do with it. It was on Allen Island that he co-founded the Island Institute with Philip Conkling. Since the Wyeths, including Jamie, needed a photographer to make exacting copies of their paintings, they encouraged him to do this work for them. Peter photographed Jamie’s first book and it evolved from there. Peter states,“Jamie is as brilliant as they come.” Jamie Wyeth’s Art Dealer in New York City is the Adelson Galleries in the Crown Building. Warren Adelson, President of the galleries Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum

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relates, “Jamie is a very charismatic, kind, and thoughtful person. I met him in 1974 when I first began to represent him. I have always loved his work and have watched it evolve over the years. Over the past ten years, his style has loosened and he has become more ‘painterly’. His subject matter is less realistic and more concerned with his perception of the world.” The Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine has one of the nation’s largest collections of paintings of the Wyeth family: N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Two of its six buildings are dedicated to a Wyeth focus: The Wyeth Study Center and the Wyeth Center. Chris Brownawell is the Director of the Farnsworth Art Museum. He relates, “Jamie is a member of one of the first families in American art. We exhibit Jamie’s work periodically, along with

Jamie is a very charismatic,

kind, and thoughtful person. I met him in 1974 when I first began to represent him. I have always loved his work and have watched it evolve over the years.

Photo by Peter Ralston

Peter Ralston & Philip Conkling


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his grandfather's and father’s works. This summer, 2017, we will be commemorating his father’s 100th birthday. We have five exhibitions of Andrew’s work that will be on view.”


Jamie and his wife, Phyllis, are among the largest supporters of this institution. Many of the Farnsworth’s community outreach programs, such as the Christmastime “Share the Wonder” events, are sponsored by the Wyeths.

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And Then into the Deep Gorge

“Sketch of My Father at the Easel” by Jamie at age 10

The Allen Island Project

Philip Conkling has known Jamie for close to 40 years. He met Jamie when Philip was hired by Jamie’s mother, Betsy, to do a forest management and ecological survey of Allen Island, in Muscongus Bay, Maine, which she had purchased. In 1981, he met Peter Ralston, who was a trusted advisor to Betsy, and they developed a plan to open up the island for lobstering and agricultural uses. Betsy Wyeth created the Up East Foundation, and donated Allen Island to the foundation for educational and charitable uses. In 2013, Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth asked Philip Conkling to help identify partners who were interested in using Allen Island. Conkling and his associates have been working on this project for almost four years now. It began as a summer faculty research center for Unity


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College. Now it will be used in collaboration with multiple groups: Up East Foundation, Herring Gut Learning Center, Unity College, Colby College, and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Jamie and Phyllis Wyeth’s concept of the Allen Island project, including a major 10-year agreement with Colby College, will involve students and faculty with an integrated study of Allen Island’s: Archeological history—prior to its settlement, early in the colonial era History of its 19—20th century year-round community Ecological resources—450 acres of sea birds, mammals, and marine life Art history—the landscape that inspired three generations of Wyeth artistic creations. (Wyeth artwork is housed at the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Wyeth Study Center.) Portrait of Shorty

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PRIME MOVER Jamie at His Lighthouse Table

Philip Conkling states, “Jamie and Phyllis are continuing Betsy Wyeth’s original vision to carefully develop Allen Island into a serious research center in ways that will not compromise the beauty of the island. This is an invaluable gift from the Wyeths. You could not put a price tag on their generosity to the students, faculty and the people of Maine.” A Living Legend

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Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree declares,“I’ve always loved the work of Jamie Wyeth who, like his father before him, has a gift for taking the ordinary aspects of life and elevating them to the extraordinary. Through his paintings, we see the world around us with a deeper and different lens.” “But he is more than just a great artist.” Congresswoman Pingree continues, “I applaud Jamie and his wife, Phyllis, for carrying on the Wyeth family’s longtime commitment to the people of Maine and gracious support of many of our state’s critical organizations.” Jamie Wyeth is a living art legend. We are proud to call him a Maine Senior and are grateful that he chose to honor the people of Maine and its landscapes with his beautiful art. MSM

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Linda Bean’s Wyeth Gallery & Boat Tour Linda Bean by Jamie Wyeth

Linda Bean Features Black Spruce Ledge


ne of Jamie’s Wyeth’s biggest fans and friend is Linda Lorraine Bean. She is the granddaughter of Leon Leonwood Bean who was the founder of the famous Freeport store, L.L. Bean. In 2015, Linda initiated Linda Bean’s Maine Wyeth Gallery on the second floor of the Port Clyde General Store and Port Kitchen restaurant. Ron Crusan is the Director of Linda’s Wyeth Gallery. He states,“Linda started the gallery here to draw attention to the fact that the Wyeths are as much a part of Maine as Pennsylvania. The Wyeths have homes and property here in Maine and have summered in this area for nearly a hundred years but Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania was known as Wyeth Country. So, what we have been doing here at the gallery is developing that brand, if you will, of the Wyeths in Maine. Some of the Wyeths most famous paintings were painted here.” The Wyeth Gallery has original Wyeth art, books, gifts, and unsigned and signed prints of N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, and Jamie Wyeth. Linda also offers “Wyeths by Water” art excursions on her converted lobster boat,“Linderin Losh”, from her Port Clyde dock. On the excursions, various viewpoints are featured that are captured in famous Wyeth paintings.

Left: Port Clyde General Store

Bottom: Wyeth Gallery Director Ron Crusan

Linda created a photo while on her boat. She held up a frame in front of Black Spruce Ledge – the site of N.C. Wyeth’s famous painting, “Lobstering Off Black Spruce Ledge”. Jamie Wyeth created a similar painting for Linda in which she holds up a frame surrounding her home on the water.

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PRIME MOVER Gary and Sue at Holbrook’s Snack Bar where they first met


Gary and Sue Hawkes, who have been married for 48 years, live and work in the idyllic fishing village of Cundy’s Harbor in Harpswell, Maine.


ary is a lobster fisherman and Sue runs their lobster pound and gift shop. Their family business, ‘Hawkes Lobster’ is located on the wharf that Gary built. All of their relatives – parents, siblings, children, and grandchildren - live within 2 miles of each other. Sue can trace her family in Cundy’s Harbor back to the early 1700’s. Gary is originally from Winnegance (West Bath), which is right across the New Meadows River from Cundy’s Harbor. His family history in Maine can be traced back about as far as Sue’s.


Sabascodegan (Great Island) contains the little village of Cundy’s Harbor. It is the eastern part of a group of islands that are part of Harpswell, located south of Brunswick. The village was named after William Condy, who settled there in 1733. Sue’s distant relative, Susannah Eastman, owned a tavern at the end of Cundy’s Harbor. Family history states that she was not prejudiced – she sold to Whigs and Tories alike! Holbrook’s Snack Bar, where Gary and Sue first met, is located right next to Hawkes Lobster’s wharf. In those days, Sue was working at Holbrook’s snack bar for Christine Miller while she was in high school and Gary was a young lobsterman who sold his lobsters to Holbrook’s for extra money while he was in high school and college.

PRIME MOVER • The Hawkes of Cundy's Harbor

Captain Gary Hawkes

Sue can trace her family in Cundy’s Harbor back to the early 1700’s. Gary is originally from Winnegance, which is right across the New Meadows River from Cundy’s Harbor. In 2006, Sue was part of the original committee that turned Holbrook’s into a non-profit to keep the history of the store and wharf alive. They are founding members of the Holbrook Community Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the Holbrook working waterfront, supporting commercial fishing in Harpswell, and providing opportunities for education about their marine environment for the benefit of the local community.

Sue (Welner) Hawkes was born in 1951 in Topsham. Her father, James Welner (deceased) came from Topsham. Her mother, Mary Eastman Welner (88 years old) has a family genealogy that includes a long line of Cundy’s Harbor sea captains and fishermen. Sue has two brothers and a sister (deceased). When Sue was a freshman at Brunswick High School (her alma mater), her family bought the property where Hawkes Lobster is now located and moved there. Sue and Gary have owned Hawkes Lobster since 1986, when they bought the property from Sue’s parents. Gary built the original 100-foot wharf with wood from his father’s mill. Sue’s gift shop, which she opened in 1990, was originally her mom’s garage. The wharf was rebuilt in 2016 and is now 140 feet. Gary Hawkes was born in 1949 in Winnegance (West Bath). His parents are Edward Garfield Hawkes (deceased) and Marjorie Jean (Rogers) Hawkes (86 years old). Gary attended Morse SUMMER 2017 • 2 2

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High School and studied Marine Technology & Oceanography at Southern Maine Technical Vocational College. He started fishing with his dad in Brigham’s Cove, West Bath when he was a young boy. He put himself through college with his lobstering money. Gary began lobstering full-time after graduation. Gary has six brothers and sisters. The Hawkes have three children. Their daughter, Jen is an activities director at a nursing home. Their sons, Gary and Cory are lobstermen. They have their own boats and sell their lobsters to Sue. She sells wholesale and retail lobster from her shop and ships lobster anywhere in the continental United States. Call today for an appointment

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Gary's Lobster Boat

their granddaughters, including Ema (14) and Hannah (12) are apprentice lobstermen as well. The younger children have traps, which are so small that they are called, “mouse traps”. The smaller size of the traps helps the children manage the haul on their own. In order to receive a commercial lobstering license in Maine, without being put on a wait list, students can enter the lobster fishing apprentice program. The young apprentice must be a fulltime student, 8 to 23 years old. They must work with a licensed adult sponsor, log 200 fishing days, 1,000 hours, and successfully complete a Safety Education Course. After the completion of the apprentice program, they must be 17 years of age to purchase a commercial license. The Hawkes grandchildren are preparing themselves in this way in order to carry on their family’s legacy. In 2016, Maine lobstermen set a record for the highest catch and 25 • MAINE SENIORS

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Gary, his sons, and their stern men fish for lobster all year long (including the middle of the winter in the dark). At night, they have searchlights on their boats to assist them in finding the buoys and hauling the traps. The one thing that will stop them is strong winds and it seems that all of these lobstermen have a story about falling off a boat. Gary has fallen overboard at least twice in his career. He keeps a boarding ladder handy – just in case anyone falls in. Some, like Cory Hawkes, have traps located 40 miles away from shore. They go out for three or more days at a time, sleeping on the boat out at sea. Linda Prybylo is a long-time neighbor and friend of the Hawkes. She relates, “Whenever the summer population arrives, Sue and Gary’s wharf is the first place many of us go. Sue is there to welcome you with her smile and booming laugh and if Gary is around, there can be a lively discussion about fishing. Their wharf, with the store and lobsters, is what all visitors think of when they think of Maine. It looks like a picture postcard but it is a real working wharf.”

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Gary, his sons, and their stern men fish for lobster all year long (including the middle of the winter in the dark). Sue and Gary always take on a large role in their community leadership and in celebrating the harbor during the summertime Cundy’s Harbor Days. Sue is also on the board of the Cundy’s Harbor Church, an auxiliary member of the fire department, and is a past President of the Cundy’s Harbor Library Board. Linda continues, “Sue is an anchor in our community. After the success of purchasing Holbrook’s and establishing a Foundation, Sue and other community members turned to the library building when it was time for an addition that included a bathroom. Not too many communities can boast of a waterfront library. Sue, along with the Board is still a driving force in fundraising for the library. It isn’t just for the money, it’s because of the opportunity to bring community members together - especially during the winter.” The Hawkes have a natural intelligence and their culture is centered around family. Sue sums it up, “We are happy with our lives. The atmosphere in Cundy’s Harbor is hardworking but relaxed. We have more than what we need and we all share. Whatever the weather is – it is always beautiful and we still find it fascinating." MSM

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D.O.s or M.D.s? That is the question (not really!) I need to make a confession right off the bat. I have come to realize that I am apparently quite ignorant about certain things that are common knowledge to others.


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Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and most recently Osteopathic Physicians. I am ready to say, Marcus Welby, M.D. watch out, or at least move over and make room, in case you haven’t already, there are new sheriffs (so to speak) in town. The fact is, I’m thinking I must have been living an extremely sheltered life that led to some unfortunate ignorant and erroneous thinking on my part about the provision of medical care. My narrow, traditional view of such care (I am embarrassed to say) also distorted, at least initially, my thinking of whom I should turn to for personal medical treatment. Let me offer you an example. My wife Dyan and I have problematic lower backs. The culprit, in both our cases, appears to be the sacrum, the part of the spinal column that forms a part of the pelvis and is made up of five fused vertebrae. Our lower backs seem to be constantly getting strained for one reason or another. About eight months ago, mine was bothering me a lot and Dyan, who had been seeing a D.O. for manipulative treatment of her back, encouraged that I do the same. I resisted, arguing that nothing could be done,

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I brood, sulk, pop a sedative, put on my ratty running shoes, slip on elbow pads, and consult my weathered military manual of battlefield strategy.


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You see, I’m preparing to parachute into foreign territory and to fulfill my operational mission, to engage the dreaded grocery store. I consider sending in a forward observer. I believe the grocery store is ill-suited to most men’s makeup; speaking for myself, I lack the necessary endurance and I feel incompetent there. The words "stumble bumble" come to mind. Erma Bombeck wrote, “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.” To point, I’ve read that some forward thinking corporate executives who elected to make their grocery stores more “man-friendly.” Realizing most men are impulse shoppers and desire a fast lane experience, they’ve designed “man-aisles” for men. Got that: beer, barbeque sauce, chips, dip, frozen pizza, doggie treats, and out the


door, some quick. Sounds sweet to me, kinda like an oil change at Jiffy Lube. An online piece from “Fortune/Retail” said,“Target is trying a new layout to adapt to changing shopping behaviors: separate entrances for those in a hurry and those who want to browse … a so-called ‘speed’ entrance will direct customers to an overhauled grocery section stocked with items such as grab-and-go goods.” From man-cave to man-aisle. Some stores even designed tours for men. Let’s take a mud soldier Waldo Tour through the grocery store trenches. Wary, I approach the store, select and sanitize a cart, and shove it tank-like into the fray, that is until a wheel does the inevitable wobbly thing; then, I have to start all over. A bad beginning.

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I retrieve my scribbled list. There’s no order to it, a sure way to screw up the battle plan. If it were directions to a specific destination, I’d be lost. Remember the old Maine saying,“You can’t get there from here.” Next, I sweep into the L.A. Freeway-like gridlock where I pump the brakes, confronted with an aisle traffic jam clogged with slow strollers, dillydallyers, bewildered men, staring and paralyzed folks over-thinking which beets to purchase, shelf stockers, and display stands. It reminds me of the claustrophobic feeling you get when an airliner lands and all the passengers stand and reach for their carry-ons—total bedlam. And doncha love those screaming and kicking kids drowning out the Tony Bennett background music. In particular, I’m mighty annoyed when I stop for a split second to reach for an item and an impatient person thrusts a hand in front of my face. Don’t do that. Oh, stores should require that cellphones be checked at the front. Nothing like being jammed against the Wheaties and some dude, in a loud voice, calls his wife to see whether she wanted Shredded Wheat or Cheerios. Get a life. And the deli. The person in front of you wants 2 ounces of this, 4 ounces of that … you decide to pitch a tent because the store frowns on its customers choking each other. And never make eye contact. I hate it when a nice lady comments on my selection of Charmin toilet paper. “Oh, I love that brand, letmetellya, it’s so soft.” Please don’t. So, I’ve learned to practice defensive mechanisms to keep irritating folks at bay, like grunts and groans, scowls and glares—talking to myself works wonders.

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The unpleasant sortie ends at the check-out line. The cashier asks, “Did you find everything you wanted sir?” Hmm. My standard response,“No, where the heck are the Maine blueberries, potatoes, and fish—hey, I DO live here in Maine.” Ah, the silence. And the bill. My word. In 2014, the Department of Agriculture stated that the average bill for 2 people in a month was $436—that’s $5232/year, a big chunk out of the tight budget. Finally, I escape to the parking lot, relieved until I spot a rusty cart embedded in my driver’s side door, leaving a deep scratch. I wonder if I should contact Homeland Security and I think of General Douglas MacArthur and his famous words, “I came through and I shall return.” That night, I open the magic brown bag, the one with 2 scrumptious Boston Cream Doughnuts, and grasp the fact that all the pain and anguish was worth it. I shall return. MSM

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lived in New York City for years and somehow I never made it to the Statue of Liberty (except on a class trip around the harbor on a very tippy boat) and it took years (and a visit from an out-of-towner) before I took in the sights from the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building. On the other hand, I did find some hidden gems thanks to my father who took me to the Museum of Broadcasting, the Cloisters and the Frick Museum. Even now, if I venture to my childhood home, I find that I prefer to return to these places that are more familiar rather than explore new climes. Have I become too nostalgic to be adventurous? Surely, this isn’t laziness. 37 • MAINE SENIORS

Since coming to Maine, I have been informed of several “mustsees” and I think it is time to put them on a check-off list. Thanks to my job, several community-based initiatives have brought me as far north as Fort Kent and Madawaska, and as far south as Sanford. This year, I’ll be working in collaboration with the Maine State Fire Marshal’s office on a public safety and scam awareness program that will take me to Eastport. Still, there are many points in between and I have sought the guidance of a few friends to start a list and begin the check-off process. First of all, one of the most obvious: Baxter State Park. I actually climbed part of Mt. Katahdin on a trip to Maine decades ago, but it’s time to further my exploration. More than 201,000 acres await! I’m not much for camping (I’m too inexperienced, plus I have seen way too many scary movies), but I plan to try out my kayaking skills.


I have had just one lesson, but I’m fairly confident I can stay afloat. According to the park’s website, I can rent a kayak or a canoe for $1 per hour under the honor system.


Secondly, Rangeley beckons. I am told that both Angel Falls and Height of Land will take my breath away. There is a terrific (and free) online trail location service called Maine Trail Finder ( which makes it easy to find any trail in the state. In my neck of the woods, I found the Sebago to the Sea Trail which connects Casco Bay with Sebago Lake. There is even a paddling route as part of the trail so this will be a multi-skill excursion. Each trail on the site is designated by difficulty, length and location. For multi-generational families, it won’t be hard to find age-friendly trails that are stroller and wheel chair-accessible. I’m excited to begin my backyard vacation adventures in earnest. I’m happy to undertake the easier treks for now and leave white

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Stephen contacted this talented rider and experienced instructor, and without hesitation, she invited us to Some Day Farm, her home and dream come true, to try a lesson. She believed in me too. So weekly, Stephen drove me to Some Day Farm where I incrementally increased my riding time, competence, and confidence on Riddle, a red quarter-horse mare with a backwards question mark on her face. In her wisdom and with great knowledge and skill, Sandi introduced me to the horse who would heal me, and with whom I have a lifelong connection. As we got to know one another, Sandi became aware of the passion that Stephen and I both had for horses. Unbeknownst to her, she spearheaded our journey towards our dream, matching two older horses who needed a retirement home with our novice horse farming capabilities and facilities. We had a big old and a bit run down red barn and enough fenced-in land to nurture these wonderful companions while they lived out their lives as pasture pets. They provoked our first lesson in imagination and one that is a foundation not only of managing, but enjoying daily life with

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large animals. We listened and learned about horse care guidelines but imagined how we could do things a little differently. While many barns stall their horses, we instead chose to use the barn as a shelter, a run-in shed in horse speak, so that both horses could go in and out on their own. This decision was both healthy for the horses and for us, eliminating the heavy lifting required to manage stall bedding. My dear friend Heather MacDuffie was visiting one day and after watching me bending and hearing me groan, she did what only the best of friends would do. With her own ingenuity, she took it upon herself to build raised feed bins. VoilĂ , no Raised bins with buckets on hooks

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bending, no pain and everything to gain. We improved on her design by simply placing bucket hangers on the bins for ease of filling. The day that I saddled Riddle, rode for an hour in a lesson, walked her into the barn and completed all of the horse grooming and care myself, Stephen gave me the gift of ownership. Riddle stayed at Some Day Farm as a boarder for quite a few years, while Stephen and I split our horse time between our home and Hermon. Stephen tried riding, but it was not a simple task with a fused hip.

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That limitation positioned him asymmetrically in the saddle and thus a special horse was needed to carry him. We probably should not have been surprised the day that Sandi drove her trailer up to her barn and led a handsome bay gelding out onto the lawn. Versa Place Rap, VP, for short, quickly became Stephen’s beloved horse, willingly working in the riding arena with Sandi and Stephen.

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We not only manage but we revel in getting up daily, caring for our equine companions and thinking about how to accomplish tasks in unconventional,“imaginative” ways. Rethinking how items that are used in other contexts could be useful in our barn is a major part of imagining. For example, Stephen brought home a motorized wheel barrow used in gardening.

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Minutes from the charming, historic downtown village of Damariscotta, Schooner Cove’s shingle-style architecture, elegant common areas and beautifully landscaped grounds frame stunning views of the tidal Damariscotta River. Our residents choose independent living at Schooner Cove not just for extraordinary waterfront views, but for the luxuries of a carefree lifestyle and the vibrant community of dynamic, friendly residents. Each of our spacious, resident-owned apartments is lightfilled and elegant, and both one and two-bedroom options


are available. Many feature private porches and balconies with views of the river. Residents delight in homemade meals in the beautiful, restaurant-style dining room, enjoying pleasant conversations and richly tinted sunsets. Our seniors love living so close to downtown Damariscotta because there’s so much to do and explore. Residents spend their days shopping at nearby antique shops and clothing boutiques, relaxing on river cruises, dining at restaurants and cafes, and enjoying performances at concert halls and theaters.

Testimonials “At Schooner Cove, residents move here from around the country, with all different careers and lifestyles. The one thing that we all share is a connection to the area—many of us vacationed here for years before moving here. We visited the Damariscotta area each summer for more than 20 years. When it was time to retire, we knew this is where we wanted to be.” —David Christian and Bill Halbert, New Braunfels, Texas “We enjoy being close to downtown Damariscotta, the jewel of Midcoast Maine. Damariscotta is small, picturesque, and has outstanding theater and music. Within walking distance are our dentist, our doctors and, when we need it, one of the best small hospitals in the U.S. (part of MaineHealth).” —Anton and Alison Lahnston, Princeton, New Jersey

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St. Andrews Village: Gracious retirement living in Boothbay Harbor

St. Andrews Village is located in the heart of Boothbay Harbor, a thriving, historic seaside village that has been a favorite coastal destination for generations. Residents at St. Andrews Village may choose from either a private cottage or the convenience of apartment-style living in our Main Inn. Our cottages feature spacious, elegant floor plans and sunrooms. Residents appreciate the impeccable design and construction as well as the delightful, home-like details that our cottages and apartments offer. At the Inn, common areas such as the living room, library, and beautifully appointed dining areas are outfitted for your enjoyment. New residents are quickly pulled into the lively currents of community living. They actively participate in clubs and classes, performances and parties. Living in a coastal Maine retirement community really can’t be beat—explore the area shops, restaurants and arts venues. Cultural opportunities and recreational activities, both indoors and out, are plentiful and diverse. The nationally-recognized Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are just minutes away, as well as the luxurious Boothbay Harbor Country Club.

Testimonial “I’ve lived at the Village for many years. I first owned a cottage, then moved to an independent living apartment, and most recently made a move to assisted living. I chose St. Andrews Village because I knew that if I ever needed any other levels of care, I wouldn’t have to leave my friends and the place I’ve called home all these years.” —Don Walker, Reading, Massachusetts



Testimonial “My parents moved to St. Andrews Village after considering several other retirement facilities located out of state. The options and services at The Village were perfectly suited and later, as my father’s health declined, we were impressed by how the community rose in support of our family. The buildings and grounds are both lovely and peaceful and the staff is accessible, professional and caring.” —Daughter of two current residents

Why should I live in a retirement community? Friendships

When you live in a retirement community, there are endless opportunities to develop close connections and friendships. You get to decide how social you want your life to be. Many of our residents consider these friendships the best part of living here. Maintenance-Free Living

Maintenance-free living allows you to spend your time how you desire, whether it be playing a round of golf, exploring a lighthouse, or skiing at a nearby mountain. There is no need to worry about day-to-day concerns like housekeeping or home and yard maintenance. St. Andrews Village and Schooner Cove provide weekly cleaning services for your apartment, and timely maintenance, repairs and groundskeeping are included in your monthly fee. Easy Access to Healthcare Professionals

When you know the care you need is there when you need it, you have the confidence to live life to the fullest. Our residents enjoy the benefits of Schooner Cove and St. Andrews Village’s affiliation with LincolnHealth, a member organization of MaineHealth, the largest healthcare organization in Maine. Schooner Cove is just steps away from a hospital, medical practices, and a full continuum of care. St. Andrews Village

features independent living cottages that are spread throughout the property, in addition to a Main Inn that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled rehabilitation, memory care, and long-term care. This allows our residents to smoothly move from one level of care to another, and back again, as needed, without having to leave their homes. Less Cooking and More Gourmet Dining

Many retirement communities offer meals for residents so all they need to do is enjoy. At Schooner Cove and St. Andrews Village, we pride ourselves on our outstanding food. The dining rooms feature our signature Coastal Cuisine menu options, and our professional chefs buy directly from local fisherman and farms to provide you with the finest cuisine. Both Schooner Cove and St. Andrews Village offer dinner service nightly Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, lunch is served at Schooner Cove and St. Andrews Village offers either a brunch or dinner on alternating weeks. Activities and Lifestyle

Retirement communities often have schedules of engaging activities and outings to choose from every month. At Schooner Cove and St. Andrews Village, we offer fitness classes and modern equipment that support your wellness goals as well as your enjoyment. Some of our most popular activities and events include performances by the Daponte String Quartet and Salt Bay Chamberfest, outings to theaters and museums, a classic car show, holiday celebrations, educational lectures and more. MSM We would love to welcome you to one or both of our retirement communities for a private tour, dining experience, and/or event. To schedule a tour of Schooner Cove (, please call Bruce Hardina at (207) 563-4631. To schedule a tour of St. Andrews Village (, please call Bob Drury at (207) 633-0920.

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Nestled in the hills near the White Mountain National Forest, the village of North Waterford, Maine, is a quaint, quiet place, except for three days in mid-July each year when the Waterford World’s Fair is open.


o one knows where the name “World’s Fair” came from. Fair society records show that the name appeared on the formal incorporation papers filed in Augusta in 1928, but the history of an agricultural fair held in North Waterford goes back to 1850. The fairgrounds are on a hillside behind the classic, white-clapboard North Waterford Congregational Church.

Too many years ago, my wife and I drove to North Waterford on a hot July afternoon to attend the World’s Fair. We planned to watch the pulling contests from the shade of the grandstand. But there was a row of 15 tall softwood trees with their branches removed that were obviously brought in and placed in holes in the ground for some reason. A crowd was gathering. We decided to investigate. It was a woodsmen’s contest. The object was for each contestant to determine where he would fell his tree and put a large steel spike in the ground there, then to cut the tree down and hit the spike with the tree. This was a timed event, one contestant at a time, with a one-second penalty for each foot that was between the felled tree and the spike.

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As their turns came up, the contestants first had to place their spike. This was a lot like lining up a golf putt. There was a lot of looking the tree over and arms pointed at the tree while trying to figure out if it was vertical and exactly where it would land. Then the spike was set. This part wasn’t timed. This contest was further spiced up by having a Le Mans style start. The contestant had to place his chainsaw at the foot of his tree and return to the starting line about 100 feet away. At “go,” he had to run to his tree, start his saw, cut the tree, and hit the spike, all as quickly as possible. This was an event you don’t see every day. The first few contestants cut their trees and came pretty close to hitting their spike. The crowd applauded appreciatively. Then a contestant hit his spike! Nailed it right into the ground. The crowd cheered. The next contestant had a tree that looked like a curly fry. The crowd chuckled as the fellow came out with his spike in


hand and a sheepish grin on his face. The PA announcer told us that this contestant had drawn “lucky number five”. The crowd chuckled some more as the guy put his hands together and raised them over his head, shaking them like a champion. Then he got down to the serious business of placing his spike. It didn’t seem possible that he could come anywhere near hitting the spike with that corkscrew tree. He placed his spike fairly quickly, put his saw next to his “lucky” tree, and returned to the starting line. It was dead quiet when the PA announcer said “go!” The contestant ran to the tree and yanked the saw’s starter cord. It sprang to life. Without hesitating, he made two quick cuts in the tree and felled it. He hit the spike dead-on! The crowd roared its approval. Smiling broadly and clearly relieved, he walked back to the starting line and to handshakes and congratulations all around. A bit later, another contestant, Tom, went through the spikeplacing ritual. On “go!” he ran to his tree and yanked the starter cord. The cord came completely out of his saw! The crowd groaned. Clearly disappointed, he trudged, with his lifeless saw, back to the starting line. We thought he was disqualified. Then a huddle formed with all the contestants and the PA announcer involved. After a couple of minutes, the announcer went back to his mike and told the crowd, “All the contestants have agreed to give Tom a re-start. His re-start will be at the end of the contest to give him time to fix his saw.” The crowd cheered and applauded. Tom got his re-start. He didn’t do too well. Who could blame him? He still received a good round of applause, as did the winners and all the contestants. Mr. Curly-cue came in second. My wife and I went over and watched horse pulls for a while. Then we returned home, feeling good about human nature as put on display at the Waterford World’s Fair. MSM For information on the Waterford World’s Fair July 14-16, 2017, go to their website at or call (207) 595-1601.

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Blue Hill

A perfect combination creating a deeper sense of community

Blue Hill, in Hancock County, settled in 1792, is the gateway to the Blue Hill Peninsula.


he peninsula encompasses several other villages including Deer Isle, Stonington, Brooksville, Brooklin, Castine, Surry and Sedgwick. The sweeping sea views, hills, valleys and coastline offer adventures of all kinds.

This stunning area was first home to Maine's Native Americans for 4,000 years before the arrival of early settlers. Early industry flourished first with shipbuilding and then granite quarries and copper mining. Blue Hill granite was shipped far and wide during the 1800's. The latter part of that century 59 • MAINE SENIORS

saw a new industry begin to develop--the tourist industry. Summer visitors began to arrive by steamship and eventually railcar from the bustling cities of the northeast. The original settlers and newcomers alike have generously contributed money, time and talent to Blue Hill's first-rate library, fine schools and numerous art, music and theater establishments. Blue Hill Memorial Hospital is a striking example of collaboration between dedicated management and community support. Blue Hill Heritage Trust is an admirable example of the area’s forward-thinking residents, who have entrusted thousands of acres of land held for the enjoyment of current and future citizens. Today's homegrown entrepreneurs such as farmers, artisans, craftsmen and res-


Each summer, Parker Ridge— a proud supporter of the arts— is privileged to host weekly

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taurateurs co-exist with these cultural offerings to create this unique region. In 1992 Blue Hill began attracting yet another population of residents. Constructed high on a ridge overlooking Blue Hill Bay is a rare gem called Parker Ridge Retirement Community. This graciously designed community is a haven that includes an inn of 34 apartments and 13 assisted living suites as well as 24 cottages surrounding a village green. Since its inception, the residents have come to this unique property not only from the surrounding villages, but from various states around the country. Some residents are “locals” and some are from the generations of "summer people", and others have discovered this community through research and visits to the area. Seeking a place of tranquility, beauty and cultural opportunities, they have chosen to call Parker Ridge and Blue Hill their home. Each summer, Parker Ridge is privileged to host weekly chamber music performances by Kneisel Hall's "Young Artists". This summer music school is an intensive program where musicians from around the world study chamber music with guidance from a distinguished faculty. Kneisel Hall's superb festival and programs are renowned throughout the entire area and beyond. Parker Ridge is a proud supporter of the arts. The origin of the Blue Hill Public Library extends back to 1796 when books were first loaned from a grocery store. A fundraising effort and a federal grant finally allowed the Blue Hill citizens to open the doors of a lovely new building in 1940. Since then, three wings have been added. It is amazSUMMER 2017 • 6 0


Parker Ridge residents, along

with those of the surrounding communities, consider themselves fortunate to have quick and easy access to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital. ing that this public library in the village of Blue Hill provides hundreds of thousands of lending transactions, over four hundred cultural programs and four hundred and fifty community meetings in the course of a year. Parker Ridge residents are dedicated patrons of this wonderful library. Parker Ridge residents, along with those of the surrounding communities, consider themselves fortunate to have quick and easy access to Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (BHMH). This 25-bed critical access hospital offers primary and selected specialty healthcare services. Donated by Mrs. F.B. Richards in 1922, this hospital is still operating 95 years later. BHMH is one of the largest employers in the region and is an affiliate of Eastern Maine Healthcare System, with additional offices in Castine and Stonington. Kollegewidgwok Yacht Club of Blue Hill originated in 1920 with the goal of teaching children how to sail. This unusual name is derived from a local Indian name which means “mixed rapids”. In its early years, the club’s objective was to host a race twice per week. Later, after WW ll, a location was chosen between Blue Hill and East Blue Hill, in an area with excellent anchorage. After a fundraising effort, a lovely clubhouse was built, and the club’s existence was formalized. The Kollegewidgwok Sailing Education Association is a non-profit sailing school. Sailing classes are offered each summer for beginners through advanced level with certified instructors. The club is another special attribute for a small community such as Blue Hill. These are just some of the assets that make Blue Hill remarkable, and in turn make Parker Ridge a wonderful place to retire.



Kneisel Hall Students at Parker Ridge

Additional area resources enjoyed by the residents of Parker Ridge include the Blue Hill Country Club’s 9-hole golf course, which opened in 1906 and is located in a picturesque setting along the water on Parker Point Road. The Blue Hill Fairgrounds are not far from the base of Blue Hill Mountain on the Ellsworth Road. The annual country fair is a favorite of all generations on the Blue Hill Peninsula. It draws thousands from around the state and, this year, is scheduled from August 31 through Labor Day. The nearby Blue Hill Co-op is a natural food grocery store and café with a large selection of local and organic produce, cheese, wine, vitamins and supplements, health and beauty items and much more. Founded in 1974, the co-op has been a gathering place for the Blue Hill Peninsula community for over 30 years.

The rich history and wealth of natural resources that make up the Blue Hill area are thoughtfully maintained and preserved by two great organizations. The Blue Hill Historical Society was founded in 1902 for the purpose of preserving the heritage of the Town of Blue Hill. The Society’s home and headquarters is the Holt House, which was built in 1815, and serves as a museum and repository of artifacts and archives relevant to local history. The Blue Hill Heritage Trust is a membership-based land conservation organization founded in 1985 by residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula. The staff and members work tirelessly to conserve the pristine natural landscape of the area. Together, these two groups serve to keep the history and natural beauty of Blue Hill alive and well.

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The residents of Parker Ridge enjoy Blue Hill's wealth of recreational and cultural opportunities. They also enjoy being a part of the greater Blue Hill community--a community with a rich history and majestic surroundings. With so many engaging opportunities for residents to enjoy throughout the year, Parker Ridge and Blue Hill really are the ideal combination for retirement living. For more details about this community, please call Marilyn Phinney at 207.374.2306 or visit them online at You can also find them on Facebook at MSM

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t's customary to bring macaroni or potato salad, but in case you're getting a little tired of turning up to the party with the usual suspects, here are a few new twists on the classic theme.

It's easy to make any party a fiesta with chicken taco pasta salad. Spicy and cool at the same time, it boasts a wealth of textures and a flavorful pop that many pasta salads can't deliver. Bonus ­—it's a great, easy way to get a few extra veggies into your kids and grandkids at what can be an unbalanced, indulgent event. Spinach and artichoke dip is a favorite at all kinds of family events. It's creamy, salty, savory and just a little spicy, and now, you can have it in potato salad form. It's potato salad like you've never had it, can be served warm or cold, and you won't even miss the chips. 65 • MAINE SENIORS


Don't count on leftovers coming home from the party, though. These dishes are sure to please a crowd and you'll be getting invitations for repeat performances. MSM


Featured Recipes CHICKEN TACO PASTA SALAD INGREDIENTS:  1 lb. chicken breast, diced  1 package taco seasoning mix  1 tbsp. canola oil  1 lb. pasta (I used gemelli)  1 tbsp. salt (for pasta water)  ½ cup mayonnaise  ½ cup sour cream, plus more to top  1 cup salsa  1 can black beans, drained (rinse if desired)  1 can black olives, drained and sliced  1 can sweet corn, drained  Shredded lettuce  Shredded cheddar cheese  Corn chips or corn tortilla chips  Chopped scallions (optional) DIRECTIONS: 1. In a pot on the stove, bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions, or until al dente. Drain and set aside to cool. 2. In a skillet, heat canola oil. Add chicken and taco seasoning, saute until cooked through, and set aside to cool. 3. In a large bowl, combine cooled pasta and chicken with mayo, sour cream and salsa. Add beans, olives and corn. Chill 8 hours or overnight to allow flavors to meld. 4. Top serving bowl with garnishes, or provide them on the side for guests to top their own portion.

SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP POTATO SALAD INGREDIENTS:  3 lbs. potatoes (I used Yukon golds)  8 oz. cream cheese  ½ cup mayonnaise  ½ cup sour cream  ½ cup Parmesan cheese  1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped  1 can chopped spinach, drained well  1 tsp. red pepper flakes  Salt and pepper to taste DIRECTIONS: 1. Prepare potatoes as desired. Some people boil them whole, allow them to cool part way, and then peel and dice before dressing. If you're in a time crunch, I like to peel and dice them first, put them on the stove in cold, salted water, and put them on medium heat for about 20 minutes. Because everyone's stove is different, always check them periodically to make sure they don't overcook. Mashed potato salad is still delicious, but tender chunks of potato make for a much more pleasing texture. 2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat cream cheese for 1-2 minutes. (If you hear it pop, it's hot enough.) 3. Add mayo and sour cream and mix well. Stir in Parmesan cheese, red pepper flakes, artichoke hearts and spinach. Season as desired. When evenly mixed, add to warm potatoes and combine. Serve warm or chilled.

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Cathy Barry and Elizabeth Badger at Senior Expo in Scarborough May 2017

Sharing Stories at Senior Expos W ith a wide smile, Elizabeth Badger, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Maine, cheerfully greets people as they stop by her booth at the Senior Expo being held at Saint Maximilian Kolbe Church in Scarborough. Spending time with people, she says, is one of the joys of her job.

Elizabeth attends six to eight senior expos around the state each year to educate people about the work of the Catholic Foundation of Maine. The Foundation helps those who want to leave a lasting legacy through supporting the Church in Maine. It assists in establishing endowments and manages them to make sure that the charitable wishes of the donors are met.

“It gets me so excited to meet the people at these senior expos,” she says.“We hear so many good stories of people’s Catholic faith, from the shy gentleman who came by and said,‘Can I have a rosary? I’m going to teach my 11-year-old son the rosary,’ to another lady who said,‘I didn’t know that there was a Foundation and that there was an endowment for my church.’ She was so excited.”

She says people who stop by her booth are pleased to learn that the Foundation will guide them through the process of making a planned gift to the Church they love. They’re also excited to learn about the many endowments already benefitting parishes, schools, and ministries across the diocese. There are currently 113 different funds.



The Foundation helps those who want to leave a lasting legacy through supporting the Church in Maine.

“We will be granting over $890,000 this year in our annual grant distribution through the endowments. The grants go to parishes, schools, seminarians, Catholic Charities and so many more ministries. One of our largest grant-making vehicles is the Lay Continuing Education Program, which is for parishioners who might take a continuing education course to further their faith,” she explains. Elizabeth says many people are surprised to find a Catholic presence among the many retirement communities and healthcare agencies present at the expos, but she believes it’s an important addition because faith is such a significant part of many seniors’ lives. She offers rosaries, rosary prayer booklets, and prayer cards free for the taking. And she’s ready to field a variety of questions, everything from how to pray the “Act of Contrition” to local Mass times.

Catholic Foundation table at Senior Expo with interested visitor Elizabeth Badger and Diane at Scarborough Senior Expo

“I like to share information on the other parts of the Catholic faith in Maine,” she says. MSM If you would like to learn more about the work of the Catholic Foundation, Elizabeth can be reached at 207.321.7820 or elizabeth.badger@portlanddiocese. org. You may also visit

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It’s summer, no room for serious stuff. Besides, we Mainers do covet a dash of nonsense, even a dab of silliness. To point, actress Shirley MacLaine once said, “If I had to live my life all over again, I’d put more silliness in it.” And speaking of that …

smile and possessed a rigorous zeal for life. Sadie, smaller than her husband, originally from Scotland, descended from a long line of bakers. Constantly holding hands, they were inseparable.

y good friend, Seth Spring, retired from the CIA, lives in Castaway Cove, a hamlet hidden away from the world’s hustle and bustle, down a long, slender peninsula, on mid-coast Maine. Don’t look for it on the map, you won’t find it.


The Shortcakes hustled up Seth’s stairs like two chipmunks scrambling up a rock wall.“Are you bearing gifts?” Seth said. Sadie handed him a white paper bag. He peeked inside and grinned. Two huge succulent-looking raisin cinnamon rolls covered with a rich, oozing sugary glaze filled the bag. Seth stood and hugged her. “Come sit a spell.” They chose the hammock, their feet dangling above the porch floor.

Town folk respected Seth for his uncanny wisdom and wicked good Downeast humor. They often sought him out for advice. Last July, he rocked away on his veranda which looked out on the town common. Seth spotted Shorty and Sadie Shortcakes coming down the sidewalk. They owned the local bakery renowned for its delicious cinnamon rolls and homemade raspberry and blueberry pies. Shorty, at best, stood five feet three inches. He wore an easy

“Want to hear about the latest Grunty Granny caper?” Sadie said. Noticing a devilish-like glint in her eyes, feigning interest, Seth nodded. In a contentious election, eighty-year-old Granny had upset the current incumbent, Mayor Wellspeak. She’d lived in Castaway Cove all her life—some said she never left. Feisty and famous for whacking others with her walking stick, for her cutting, “Cut the Crap” retorts, and for her sour moods, she defined the



words "no nonsense." Folks took on Granny at their peril. “What’s she up to now, Sadie?” She pushed herself out of the hammock and paced the porch. “Seems that too many tourists have presented Granny with a delicate, public nuisance problem.” Seth smiled.“Now there, many local folk think Granny’s a public nuisance.” Sadie shook an admonishing finger at him.“Now be nice. Granny’s doing right fine. Anyway, Driftwood Deke, the retired lobsterman, occasionally pees off his pier. Bit disturbed, you know.” Seth leaned back and reached for his pipe. “What’s wrong with that? All lobstermen pee off the planks—it’s a privilege, better yet a tradition here in Maine, goes with the turf, and that’s that. Besides, Deke’s earned the right to whiz off his own wharf. Hmm … no doubt the tourists complained?”

“You got it. But, they came and went, no harm done. That is until that rascal columnist Dash Donagan of our own Castaway Cove Chronicle wrote, ‘Don’t dare tie up your dory under Deke’s dock.’ Hear tell, subscriptions went up in anticipation of more Deke shenanigans.” “And Deke delivered …“ “He delivered big time. One night, a 46-foot yacht loaded with yellow and pink shirt yuppies pulled up to his wharf. The captain, crew, and the well-heeled city folk celebrated their long journey from West Palm Beach with copious amounts of mussels, crab cakes, and Sonoma sauvignon blanc. Some wines need more acid structure but not the kind Deke provided in one poor fella’s glass.” Seth shot out of his chair.“You mean … no!” Sadie scratched her nose. “Didn’t do it on purpose, give him that. You see, he’d been swigging some of his old friend, Jack Daniels.

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Dusk had turned to dark and he needed to go—his hearing ain’t so good, eyesight neither. He leaked Jack over the side. The captain went nuts. He threatened police chief Pushka saying that he’d notify the Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation, and all the sailing clubs along the coast from Florida to Maine. Dimwitted Pushka said he’d send Deke to a wine course. The captain didn’t appreciate the humor.” “So Pushka had to go to Granny. Oh boy.” Sadie grinned. “Yep, elevated it to the mayoral level. Problem is, Pushka can’t stand Granny and Granny loathes him. He pleaded with her—she needed to corral the town’s persistent peer, even suggesting she get an ordinance passed against wharf peeing. Well, everyone knows that would cause an awful ruckus. Besides, Granny’s a fierce proponent of fishermen’s rights; more so, Granny and Deke grew up together, two peas in a pod so to speak. Then, she quoted Adlai Stevenson, who said,‘Laws are never effective as habits.’” “That’s great stuff, Sadie.” I suppose that the last thing Castaway Cove needs is a public outcry. But something tells me there’s more?” “Granny sure knows how to seize the day. In a flat-out tizzy, she cornered Deke in his bait shed, smacked her walking stick on the floor, jabbed her thumb right under his nose, whispered into his ear, shoved him aside, and stormed out.

“Deke’s given Jack the heave ho. He’s switched to sauvignon blanc. Sure looks grand swirling that savory white as he regales tourists with his tales of lobstering on the high seas. It only costs $15.00 to spend an hour with him in his bait shed. He’s become quite the wine connoisseur and enjoys charging $10.00 more for a glass of sauvignon and a side of sardines and Ritz Crackers. He even wears his weather-beaten yellow slicker. Hear tell, a writer from the Wine Spectator magazine is coming to interview Castaway Cove’s new celebrity.” Seth roared for all he was worth.“Well, sounds like Deke’s not guilty of willful ignorance. And that Granny’s some crafty. Let’s tally this up: Town folk and tourists share a common bond, town tradition remains intact, and town revenues have increased. One question though. How does Deke afford his new friend, Sauvignon?” Sadie snickered. “Didn’t you know, Granny’s got quite the wine cellar.” Seth started for the stairs.“Where you going in such a hurry?” “Granny’s. I’m anxious to meet Deke’s friend, Sauvignon.” ASSISTED LIVING SUITES • INDEPENDENT APARTMENTS • RETIREMENT COTTAGES

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“I’m waiting, Sadie.” “Next day, town maintenance workers constructed a fence with three doors at the end of Deke’s wharf. Above each door, there’s a sign: Door 1: Lobstermen—Free Pee Zone Door 2: Tourists—Pee Alone—5 Cents Door 3: Tourists—Pee with Deke—25 Cents Seth stoked his pipe.“You’re funnin’ with me. I’m not that daft, Sadie.” “Am not. Check it out. Tourists love it—those pennies are adding up, town coffers too. Granny’s getting high marks for dealing with our revenue shortage. So far, the tourists are a little timid though, choosing door 2. But the little lads love it, you know, peeing with an authentic lobsterman.” “Go on!” 71 • MAINE SENIORS

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I blame it on my 92-year old mother-in-law; she’s got me addicted to Jeopardy, the venerable television game show with Alex Trebek as host.


hen Muriel comes to visit, which she does for a few days every now and then, she has to have her nightly dose of the answer-and-question format, following the evening news. She is certain that it helps maintain her mental acuity, and she surprises me sometimes with her breadth of knowledge. Then again, she’s been around for a while and witnessed, first-hand, a little history—the Great Depression, World War II, Korea, the space race, automobiles, and many, many movies. Also, she reads the newspaper.

Following her lead, then, I’ve done my best to keep up with her. I find, though, that the program’s contestants are usually much quicker on the signaling device than I am. If I had a few more seconds, I could come up with the correct response, but that’s way too late in the competition.


Those of a certain age may recall the program I consider to be Jeopardy’s predecessor, and possible inspiration: College Bowl. That show had several incarnations, but I remember best the one that ran in the late sixties. Allen Ludden hosted the program from 1959 to 1962, when Robert Earle took over. Broadcast weekly, initially in black-and-white, two four-person teams from different colleges competed for bragging rights and a grant paid to the winning college. Originally conceived as a USO presentation during World War II, the program aired first on radio, beginning in 1953, then moved to television in ’59, when CBS introduced it. The show was picked up by NBC in 1963, where it ran until 1970; that’s likely the one I recall. The prizes, by today’s standards, would be considered piddling. At the show’s outset, champs took home $500.00 for their college. Teams could play up to five weeks, if they kept winning; they then retired as undefeated champions. Gradually, the prize amounts increased until, by 1967, a retiring, undefeated team would receive $19,500.00 for their school. Today’s Jeopardy contestants, in comparison, can commonly win up to and more than $20,000.00


in a single game, and the show airs daily, not once a week, with no limit to the number of games the winner can play. One contestant played 75 consecutive games, and totaled $2.5 million in winnings. In my few short years as a teacher, in the early ’70’s, I had my students play a game similar to College Bowl, with questions derived from the week’s lessons. We called it Quick Quiz. The kids were randomly assigned to teams, and we played every Friday afternoon. We kept standings of the different teams, and a season lasted half the school year. Then we formed new teams. I don’t know if today’s children are as competitive, but back then, it was quite intense. The kids loved that game, and what a learning motivator it was. It might have been rote, to an extent, and not considered optimal “content integration” by today’s educational or learning standards, but they sure had a good time. Everybody looked forward to Friday—TGIF and Quick Quiz all rolled into one happy afternoon. Interestingly, a few years after the end of College Bowl’s run, it returned to radio (from 1979 to 1982), with Art Fleming, the original host of Jeopardy, as emcee. I knew there had to be a connection. But I’ll bet my mother-in-law knew that. MSM


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The misunderstood and sometimes persecuted snapping turtles are now traversing roadways and laying eggs. Keep an eye out for them, and their hatchlings at the end of summer.


t’s not uncommon to see snapping turtles lumbering across our paved roads over the summer. This is when the females are seeking soft soil and sand to lay their eggs. Perfect nesting conditions are often found along roadways and even backyard gardens. Snapping turtles range in size from a dinner plate to a manhole cover. They can get huge and imposing. These creatures are often persecuted because of their menacing appearance and nasty disposition when harassed. Their snapping jaws, hissing, and stinky glands are defense mechanisms. They can’t completely withdraw into their shell so are exposed and vulnerable to predators. Many never make it across roads but are run over, sometimes purposely. Kinder souls drive around them or even stop to help them. I always picked them up by the tail, which keeps their snapping jaws away from digits, but it’s now believed this may actually harm the turtle. There are ways to grasp the back of the shell or carapace without getting bitten, but it’s generally best to leave them alone. I’ve read that it is suggested to grasp the rear of the shell and drag it backwards on the pavement in the direction 75 • MAINE SENIORS

it was headed, and then turn it around. I cringe at that since I feel this can harm its lower shell or plastron. It’s better to place it on a car mat or tarp or a piece of wood and drag it that way. If you aren’t comfortable handling a snapper you can stand back and keep watch, which may deter any turtle crushers. Attitudes towards snapping turtles have changed for the better since I was young. I grew up close to an Audubon Sanctuary consisting of ponds and marshes. At that time the belief, even amongst wildlife professionals, was that snapping turtles killed too many ducklings and goslings. The director of the Audubon Sanctuary paid a friend and me twenty-five cents apiece for every snapper we caught. Snapping turtles prefer shallow water with a muddy bottom where they lay low waiting for something tasty to swim by or above their snout. We would paddle along the edges of the ponds and marshland in a small rowboat manned with huge landing nets. Once disturbed by our presence the turtles would move leaving clouds of disturbed mud and telltale bubbles. Then the chase was on. One of us would maneuver the boat while the other tried to

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These creatures are often persecuted because of their menacing appearance and nasty disposition when harassed. scoop up the turtle with the net. If successful, a “keystone cops” routine ensued with two kids in a rocking rowboat with a 20-30 pound very angry snapping turtle at our feet. We never capsized but I do remember bailing out and slogging waist deep through the marsh and mud dragging the now commandeered rowboat to shore. We were told our catch was relocated, but suspect something less pleasant became of our bounty. As summer wanes the 20-40, white, ping-pong-ball sized eggs will begin to hatch and the hatchlings will dig their way out of the shallow nests. That’s if the eggs haven’t already been dug up and eaten by raccoons, skunks, and crows. It is estimated that 90% of snapping turtle nests are destroyed before they hatch. The

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As we grow older, our minds often wander back in time— It’s an addiction, in that we require a nostalgic fix, a memory journey into the past, perhaps to a simpler place in time.

providing comforting warmth on chilly, foggy summer nights. In those days, the kitchen was the family room. Here, folks gathered for old-fashioned conversation.

ike old vines, their roots deep in the soil, still producing top notch wine, certain memories invigorate our soul giving us sustenance—I call it nostalgic nourishment. Seasons seep away. Hair fades to gray. Gray matter fogs our Maine memories.

I remember a faint red spot on the wooden banister leading to the second floor. Where did it come from? I slept in the “sewing room,” which contained just enough space to squeeze in a bed and dresser. The mattress had more curve in it than a boomerang; it may have been a chiropractor’s dream but I’ve never slept better. At night, I’d raise the faded green shade and listen to the forlorn foghorn.


But not for my Jonesport grandmother. She grabbed on to Old Father Time with all the gusto of a fast moving tide. I called her nostalgic fixes spontaneous memory outbursts. She’d open her rich memory bank, pick a topic, the further back in years the better, and recite facts and events with intense clarity and enthusiasm. Her frenzied descriptions exploded from her mouth faster than a rapidly firing machine gun. Oscar Wilde said,“Memory is the diary that we all carry with us.” I remember vacationing in Jonesport. Even as a kid, I knew I was somewhere different, an authentic piece of Down East Maine where hard-working people barely managed a living. My grandparents lived on a tranquil lane that dead-ended at Sawyer Cove. The house looked across Moosabec Reach to Beals Island. My grandfather had served in the Coast Guard for 26 years. After retiring, he lobstered, painted, worked as an assistant sheriff, and drove a taxi picking up foreigners at the train station in Columbia Falls. My grandmother worked in the sardine factory, a vibrant industry in those days. She’d arrive home with multiple cuts on her hands—Johnson & Johnson should have put her in a Band-Aid ad. I remember the crushed seashell driveway, the squeak on the rear screen door, the mud room with twisted wire hooks for hanging slickers, and the shed with a practical sliding door to the outside. An imposing match-lit black propane-fed stove anchored the kitchen 79 • MAINE SENIORS

I remember the silver doorbell on the seldom used front door—it had a shrill ring. On the porch, I’d lie in a worn gray navy hammock reading the adventures of the Hardy Boys. Best of all, I’d steal my grandfather’s BB gun, swipe empty milk bottles from a neighbor’s doorstep, and pop ‘em on the rocks below. I remember the cheerleader’s megaphone abandoned in the rafters high above the workshop, the Aunt Jemima cookie jar chock full of treats, and the cistern that supplied backup water for the house. My grandparents practiced water conservation so the Chevys and Fords seldom got cleaned. I remember the penny candy store in a timeworn shack up the road, Danny Hall’s general store where I purchased rubber balls to toss against the back of the barn, and the tiny post office where individual wooden boxes held the mail. Willa Cather once said, “Some memories are realities and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.” In melancholy moments, when I need nostalgic nourishment, I think back to the joy in Jonesport. I sure miss it. It’s a good place to make memories in, our Maine. MSM


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