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Community, Economy, Government, Education, Sports and Recreation.

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ocal government in Maine provides many essential ser vices its citizens, including road construc tion and maintenance, solid waste disposal, water utilities and waste water treatment, police and fire protection and emergency rescue, land use planning and building inspection, welfare, and public education for grades Kindergarten through 12. Municipal government in Maine enjoys a special authority called “home rule.� This authority is given to the towns and cities of Maine in the state’s Constitution. Under “home rule,� municipalities may govern themselves in any way that is not denied them by state or federal law. This authority sets Maine apart from many other states where the authority of

municipal government is exactly the reverse. Home rule finds its origin in the state’s reliance on communit y, an historical tendency to devolve the power of government to its most local level, and a deep respect for the common sense and good judgment of Maine’s citizens. A s i t s nam e im p li e s , l o c al g ove r nm e nt is r un by an d for its citizens. Whether as a selectmen, councilor, or school board member, people seek to be elected for municipal office out of a sense of civic duty and to make a positive difference for their community. This spirit of community volunteerism also applies to the people who agree to be appointed to the local planning board, appeals board, or the numerous other committees

that collaboratively work together to make their local government what it is. From running for elected office to volunteering to assist in the publication of a municipal newsletter, there are numerous opportunities to serve local government. For more information on how you can get involved in local government, contact Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330, visit www. memun.org or send e-mail to ResourceCenter@memun.org.

Franklin County Address: 140 Main Street Farmington, Maine 04938 Tel: (207) 778-6614 Fax: (207) 778-5899 Franklin County, incorporated in 1838, is in Western Maine,

bordering Canada and serving as an economic gateway for U.S. and Canadian business. Historically, the area was known for its dairy farms, lumbering, canning, woolen mills, and shoe manufacturing industries. It is still home to the Androscoggin Paper Mill, as well as newer companies such as Carrabasset Coffee and ICT Group. Franklin County facts Population: 29,467 Land area: 1,698 Incorporation date: 1838 County seat: Farmington Towns in Franklin County include Avon, Carrabassett Valley, Carthage, Chesterville, Coplin Plt., Dallas Plt., Eustis, Farmington, Industry, Jay, Kingfield, New Sharon, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Rangeley Plt., Sandy River Plt.,

Strong, Temple, Weld and Wilton.

Oxford County Address: 26 Western Avenue South Paris, Maine 04281 Tel: (207) 743-6359 Fax: (207) 743-1545 Oxford County, incorporated in 1805, is located on the Western edge of Maine and borders New Hampshire. South Paris is the County seat. The towns of this region are mostly small and rural. This mountain region provides b oth summer and winter recreation opportunities and boasts some of the state’s best skiing, miles of hiking and snowmobile trails.

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Oxford County facts Population: 54,755 Land area: 2,078 Incorporation date: 1805 County seat: South Paris Municipalities in Oxford County i n c l u d e A n d ove r, B e t h e l , Brownfield, Buckfield, Byron, Canton, Denmark, Dixfield, Fryeburg, Gilead, Greenwood, Hanover, Hartford, Hebron, Hiram, Lincoln Plt., Lovell, Magalloway Plt., Mexico, Newry, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, Peru, Porter, Roxbury, Rumford, Stoneham, Stow, Sumner, Sweden, Upton, Waterford, West Paris and Woodstock.

Other information Interested in checking out who lives in a par ticular neighborhood? Sex offender registry info can be found at the Maine Sex Offender Registry online search service at http:// sor.informe.org/sor/ Find out where to take your driver’s test or renew your driver’s license. Bureau of Motor Vehicles information for the state of Maine can be found online at w w w.maine.gov/ sos/bmv/locations. Additional online services at maine.gov include Hunting and fishing licens es , AT V/snow m o b il e r e g is t r at i o n r e n e w a l a n d Burning Permits. Department of Health and Human Services information for the state of Maine is at www. maine.gov/dhhs/DHSaddresses. htm. Online services include Adoption Search, Water Test K its, Order Vital Records, Assisted Living Search, Health Care Search, Senior Dining Services, Subsidized Housing, and more. Consumers have the right to register their phone number on the FTC’s Do Not Call List. You can log on to www.donotcall. gov to do so. In addition Maine State Law provides for penalties against telemarketers who call after being told to stop.

The tiny democracies and modest republics of Central Maine By Rich Livingston Freelance Writer / Photographer

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he tiny town of Roxbury, Maine, in Oxford County, is almost due north of Rumford and has a population of “about 373” folks, down from the 380 range in the 2000 census. On July 15, Roxbury held a special town meeting to supplement some of the action taken at its annual meeting, held in March. Altogether, 20 citizens voted on measures with an aggregate financial impact of about $5,000. The traditional New England town meeting persists into the 21st century throughout Central Maine. It remains perhaps the purest form of democracy still practiced in the western world. “Central Maine” is a somewhat nebulous geographic region, extending from north and east of Portland to about Augusta, from the Atlantic coast, at Brunswick, to the rural border with Canada. Depending upon specifically which towns are included, the population could be as much as 400,000, nearly a third of the entire state. There are 258 cities, towns and “census designated places” listed in Androscoggin, Oxford and Franklin counties, and while the region is dominated by the twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, together forming the second largest population center in the state, Roxbury is not the smallest community. For example, there’s the town of Upton, close by the New Hampshire border north of Grafton Notch. The most recent reported population (2008) was 61, down from a high of 62 in 2000. “Towns” are municipal units whose form of government includes an annual Town Meeting; many also have boards of elected Selectmen who tend to local affairs between meetings. “Cities,” on the other hand, have council-manager systems of government, in which citizens participate in a republic, dele gating de cision - mak ing to councils of elected policymakers who in turn supervise professional managers. Auburn, with a population of just over 23,000, is pretty small by the

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standards of east coast cities, but its government must deal with all the complexities inherent in the efficient delivery of municipal ser vices – ever y thing from snow plowing and street repair, to emergency services, trash collection; even maintenance of cemeteries – that confront the largest cities in the country. The difference is that the small Maine cities have to do all of that with far fewer resources.

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Not part of municipal services are schools, administered by a patchwork of local and regional districts and unions. Each of those could legitimately be considered a government entit y which spends public funds to deliver services to citizens. On top of local government and school district ser vices, all places in Maine are also part of a county, each with a government and infrastructure of its own, too. All Maine counties provide a courthouse, sheriff’s department and a jail. Some – like Cumberland County, parts of which are in central Maine – provide a broader range of municipal services and employ professional management staff and procedures. Most counties, though, have budgets in the $5-10-million range. Contrasted

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with the recent f inancial deliberations in Roxbury – five digits! – the combined budgets of Lewiston and Auburn, along with their two school districts, is in the range of $1/4-billion. While that’s undoubtedly a lot of money, some big east coast cities have budget

deficits larger than that.

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Livermore Elementary School 107 Gibbs Mill Road, Livermore

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Livermore Falls High School

Jay High School 33 Community Drive, Jay

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Livermore Falls Middle School

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Kingfield Elementary School

585 Depot Street, Wilton

102 Salem Road, Kingfield

Cape Cod Hill Elementary School

Mt Abram Regional High School

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RR 1 Box 760, Strong

Hebron Station School

160 Morrill Street, Buckfield

Canton Elementary School

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884 Station Road, Hebron

Hiram Elementary School Main St PO Box 293, Hiram

Legion Memorial School 20 Kingsbury Street, West Paris

Meroby Elementary School 21 Cross Street, Mexico

Crescent Park School

Molly Ockett Middle School

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10 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg

113 Quebec Street, Farmington

Denmark Elementary School

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But then there’s state government, with 151 legislative districts (not including the Passamaquody and Penobscot nations) and the myriad array of services it provides. Legend has it that each district was based on the distance a man could ride a horse and return home before sunset (although it’s not clear on which day of the year that sunset was measured).

would otherwise be required directly of the state. Some of the state responsibilities a r e r e q u i r e m e nt s to f u l f i ll mandates imposed by the federal government so, finally, we must consider that most of central Maine falls within the Second Congressional District of the state, the geographically largest Congressional district east of the Mississippi.

to the technical and specialized functions of the twin cities; plus the state and the feds: one way to sum it all up is that the people of central Maine are thoroughly served by their governments. A good source for information about the layers of government in Maine is the Maine Municipal Association (http://www.memun. org/), the membership group that advocates on behalf of cities, towns and their citizens.

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Oh, and post-secondary education in the state – both the university and community college systems – could be considered yet another form of government, as could all the local or county-owned public utilities, sewer and water districts, the quasi-independent Maine Turnpike Authority. There are also all sorts of NGOs – non-government organizations – such as COGs (councils of governm ent s), e conomic d eve l o p m e nt a g e n ci es , th e Finance Authority of Maine and such entities as the Overseers of the Bar (oversight of practicing lawyers), which together help offset some of the services which

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Rumford Hospital goes green for gardens The Rumford Hospital Green Team took up gardening this spring, tilling up and planting a small garden between two wings of the hospital. Their efforts are now being enjoyed by patients and staff. Fresh green beans have made their way to patient plates. (One gentleman has requested them for both lunch and dinner.) Cherr y tomatoes will soon appear on the cafeteria salad bar. The small garden patch isn’t expected to provide a large portion of the hundreds of meals served to the patients, staff and visitors who eat at the hospital each day, but to serve as a demonstration of one more way to Go Green.

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South Hiram Elementary School 213 So Hiram Road, Hiram

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School 256 Main Street, Paris

Oxford Hills Middle School 100 Pine Street, Paris

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Telstar High School 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

Telstar Middle School 284 Walkers Mills Road, Bethel

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Paris Elementary School

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Peru Elementary School

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Rumford Elementary 121 Lincoln Avenue, Rumford

Sacopee Valley Junior/ Senior High School 115 So Hiram Road, Hiram

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Do you have memories of your school days that you would like to share with our readers? Contact dscammon@sunjournal.com

Literacy & Family Literacy Through classroom instruction or tutoring, this program area teaches the basic reading comprehensive and numeracy skills necessary to function in our literate community. Specific areas of literacy programming include English as a Second Language instruction and Family Literacy, an approach integrating both early childhood and adult education and parenting skills.

College Transitions Maine College Transitions, in partnership with community colleges and the university

system, offer high-quality, cost-effective and accessible pathways to post-secondary education for adults. Offered through local adult education programs, College Transitions includes career planning, assessment, college experience, tracking and follow up, and instruction in college preparation coursework.

Business & Skills Training Instructional programs designed to meet the needs of individuals seeking to gain employment or small businesses in need of training programs for their workers. Common programming areas include computer technology, hard trades, allied health and retail sales and customer service.

Personal Enrichment Programs designed to meet the lifelong learning ne e ds of adult s and their communities. The activities are varied in response to the unique needs of each community ranging from foreign language, to wellness and exercise, to a wide-variety of skill and craft classes. The courses are housed in public schools but all instructional and material costs are borne by the learners.

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Local civic groups Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, 800-559-2927, www.awap. org has resources and services for victims of domestic violence. Serving Franklin, Androscoggin, and Oxford counties. American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 Units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals. FMI, visit www.legion-aux.org. AmeriCorps *VISTA, 800-9422677, helps bring communities and individuals out of poverty. Members serve in hundreds of nonprofit organizations and public agencies throughout the country working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide. FMI, visit www.mainevista.net. Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 199 Main Street, Norway, 743-7035, www. childhealthcenter.org, offers a preventative program based on oneto-one relationships between an adult volunteer and a child at-risk.

Camp Sunshine offers families with a child diagnosed with diseases such as cancer, kidney disease, lupus, brain tumors, a n d o t h e r li f e - th re ate n i n g illnesses free week-long camp experiences. Because the strain of a life-threatening illness can be significant to the entire family, Camp Sunshine gives them the oppor tunit y to rebuild their relationships and enjoy week-long retreats packed with fun-filled events. Camp Sunshine operates year-round, and is the first camp in the nation to focus on serving the entire family, not just the sick child. The program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. The Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association and has also been awarded Charity Navigator’s Top Rating for fiscal management. For more information about Camp Sunshine’s programs, and to learn more about volunteering or making a donation, visit the camp’s website at www.campsunshine. org, or call (207) 655-3800. Community Concepts of fers family and housing ser vices, p ro p e r t y m ana g e m e nt , an d t r a n s p o r t a t i o n s e r v i ce s f o r r e s i d e n t s o f A n d r o s co g g i n , Franklin, and Oxford counties. FM I , v isi t w w w. co m m u n i t y concepts.org.

Frank lin Count y Animal S h e l t e r, 55 0 I n d u s t r y R d . , Farmington, 778-2638 Franklin Count y Children’s Ta s k F o r c e , F a r m i n g t o n , 778- 6960 or 888- 429- 6960, is committed to the prevention of child abuse and ne gle c t through promotion of healthy child, family and communit y development. www.fcctf.org. Maine Farm Bureau, 622-4111 or 800-639-2126, is unmatched in representing and providing programs and services that keep farm families producing, while also protecting the property rights of any landowner in the state of Maine. FMI, visit www. mainefarmbureau.com.

S AV E S , 13 8 P l e a s a n t S t . , Farmington, 778-9522, w w w. savesrapecrisis.org. Support and advocacy for those who have been sexually assaulted and abused. Education, information, and referral.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust works with willing parties to find ways to preserve forever the scenic, natural, and historic resources of the region. The Trust can acquire land and conservation easements through purchase or donation. FMI,

SeniorsPlus, 465 Main Street, Lewiston, 800-427-1241, www. seniorsplus.org, provides services to seniors through two divisions. One is the Area Agency on Aging serving Oxford, Franklin and Androscoggin counties and the

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Rotary Club provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Visit www.ri7790.org/ eng/clubs/index.asp for a list of clubs in Maine, including contact information.

Senior Corps taps the experience, skills, and talents of citizens 55+ through its programs - Foster Grandparents (800 -215-4942), Senior Companions (800-2870274), and RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (800-42707411) - to assist local nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations in carrying out their missions.

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R.E.A.C.H. (Rape Education and Crisis Hotline) hotline 800-871-7741, counseling and information 7439777, 1 East Main Street, South Paris.

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other is Elder Independence of Maine that coordinates home care services for adults, 18 and older, throughout the state of Maine. United Way of Oxford County, South Paris, 743-5833, w w w. uwoxfordcounty.org. United Way of the Tri-Valley Area, 232 Broadway, Farmington 778-5048, www.uwtva.org. Wilton Lion’s Club offers people the opportunity to give something back to their communities. From involving members in projects as local as cleaning up an area park or as far-reaching as bringing sight to the world’s blind, Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community. FMI, visit wiltonme.lionwap.org.

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LakeSmart educational program for homeowners Green and Mirror Ponds recognize LakeSmart participants LakeSmart is an educational program that offers free opportunities for homeowners to learn how to manage their home and yard to protect the water quality of their lake. The goal of LakeSmart is to change the increasingly common suburban landscaping practices around lakes to more natural, lake-friendly environments. The review is not to serve any non-compliance notices or to force any legal issues. The Association applied to become part of the program through an application process with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. This summer marks year two of the evaluation process. During the summer of 2009, 11 residents volunteered to have their property evaluated. Three properties met the five criteria model and were awarded signage.

The Association has several volunteers who gather for an annual watershed workday every fall. Members install open box top culverts and hay bale check dams to help curb erosion concerns. This year, the workday will be held September 18. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Terri Coolidge Marin at 577-0758.

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Association members receive certificates of Appreciation at their annual meeting. Left to right, back row: Eveylyn and John Sylvester, Carol Watson, Nancy and Gary Vanpelt, Bob Benson; front row: Terri Coolidge Marin, June and Sonny Decoster, Larry Labossiere. Absent: Avis Coolidge, Jeanne Letourneau, Matt and Nancy McMorrow, Brendan McMorrow.

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U.Maine-Farmington) – has a population under 775 folks. It also has a local public library with more than 5,000 volumes and nearly 2,000 transactions a year. It is housed in a small building that resembles a modest doublewide mobile home. Lovell has two public libraries. Auburn established its first library in 1891, and the iconic brick building on Court St. – funded by a grant from Andrew Carnegie, who also donated funds

for the Lewiston library building at about the same time as part of his personal commitment to establish public libraries throughout the country – opened in 1904. The original charter of the Auburn library was, according to its web site, to “[have] the best books of reference, and the standard

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works of belles-lettres, poetry, philosophy, travel, and fiction; to cooperate with the school; and to serve the entire community.” The inter-connectivity between libraries in Maine, both public and academic; electronic and physical (the opportunity to order books from the repository of a building in some town other than your own), gives central Mainers access to resources of immeasurable breadth and depth, diversity and scope. The Minerva catalog, described as a “library without walls,” provides access to more than six million items from more than fifty Maine libraries. SOLAR (Statewide OnLine Requesting and lending) enables libraries to make their own collections visible online, and it facilitates interlibrary lending and distribution. And while access now includes DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, as well as, through on-site computer stations, virtually the entirety of the World Wide Web, perhaps the most enduring role of libraries has been as focal points of community. The expansion of the Auburn library, completed in 2006, added several communit y meeting rooms, and there is now a popular new cafe in the building, as well.

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The Marsden Hartley Cultural Center, part of the Lewiston library expansion in 2005, offers a wide range of cultural programming a n d re s o u rce s , in a d di ti o n to space, including lectures, films, concerts, coffeehouses, book discussion groups, and a computer lab. Special resources and programs for school kids have been part of the libraries’ specific missions from their inception, and in addition to the services offered in their own building, the Lewiston library provides free or discounted passes to some halfdozen children’s museums and attractions including the Children’s Discovery Museum (Augusta), Children’s Museum of Maine (Portland), the Maine Wildlife Park (Gray), and others. Countless Maine kids continue to be transfixed, while sitting cross-legged on the floor, by story-tellers, magicians, jugglers and other kid-oriented entertainment; but the main attraction remains books, and

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reading patterns established before keyboard skills are acquired last forever. The libraries remain crowded on school-day afternoons by youngsters who combine electronic and hard-copy research in the same facility. While many of the dozens of libraries in Central Maine are as modest as the one in New Vineyard – many look like barely converted garages – others, regardless of size, are iconic structures in their own right, integral elements of local infrastructure. Take, for instance, the Hamlin Memorial Library in South Paris, built in 1822, which was originally the

local jail. Now subordinated to the larger (40,000 titles) Paris Public Library, the Hamlin serves primarily as a museum. But it still circulates books and remains both a functioning library and a vibrant remnant of the building splurge at the turn of the 20th century that populated Central Maine with

the fabulous network of libraries that continue to provide access to learning, entertainment and cultural resources, updated with the technology of the 21st Century, to now a sixth generation of Mainers.

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Libraries and social networking In the world of online “friends,” many libraries are still loners

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ave libraries been successful in using social net working sites? Not if success is to be measured by the number of “friends” libraries have acquired, says Richard W. Boss in “Social Networking Sites and Libraries,” a paper prepared in October 2009 for the Public Library Association. Most libraries have only a few hundred friends, Boss says, and none has more than 10,000. On average, fewer than one percent of the population served by a library have identified themselves as “friends” of their library on a social networking site. “While a large number of friends is not the only measure of success, it is the only measure that is readily available,” Boss says. “To the extent that libraries have been able to attract people who are not regular users of libraries, even a small response could be considered success. Unfortunately,

there appear to be no studies of the demographics of persons who have accessed libraries on social library network services.” Many of the libraries that “do” social networking focus on oneway communication; those that encourage feedback appear to have more “friends” in relation to population served. Also, some public libraries maintain separate presences on a social networking service for teens and for adults; this seems to increase the number of teens who identify themselves as “friends.” “Facebook and MySpace appear to be more successful reaching teens than the other social networking sites,” Boss writes, “not only because they have a very high percentage of teen members, but also because feedback is much easier than for the other major sites.” Flickr and YouTube appear to be more successful for posting a lot of content, and Twitter specializes in “ t weeting”—sending and receiving brief messages.

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* YouTube (2005) allows registered users to upload unlimited videos; unregistered users can watch them. YouTube has more than four times as many visitors each month as MySpace and almost as many as FaceBook. Its age distribution is the broadest of any of the social networking sites: 15-55 years. •  Twitter (2006) is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read “tweets,” text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s “followers.” A tweet can include a link to a URL. As of late 2009, Twitter had 44 million members and almost as many visitors each month as YouTube. The age range was 1845. Twitter does not appear to be much used by libraries, except, possibly, for announcing library

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•  MySpace, launched in 2003, was the most popular social networking site in the United States until 2007 but by late 2009 ranked fifth. It saw a 20 percent drop in number of visitors in the first half of 2009, but still had more than 100 million members worldwide. In late 2009, MySpace shifted its focus to the delivery of music and entertainment. Membership consists primarily of people ages 13-24. Check your library’s website to see if they are using any social networking sites so that you can “friend” or “follow” them online.

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What’s to do? Local activities in Western Maine Information compiled by Linda Galway

find a natural wonderland known as Screw Auger Falls at Grafton Notch State Park.

The mountains, lakes, farms and fields of Western Maine serve as the perfect backdrop for numerous activities. Here is a partial list to help you plan some activities in the Oxford Hills, Rumford and Farmington areas.

Sightseeing, picnicking, and hiking on its 3,000 acres of varied terrain with somewhat limited access to certain areas. There are several picnic tables, bathrooms and a large parking area. Sights include Screw Auger Falls, Spruce Meadow, Mother Walker Falls, Old Speck Mountain and Moose Cave.

Waterfalls and picnics: S crew Au g er Falls , G r af to n Township: If you’re inclined to travel toward the far western reaches of Oxford County-just a bit north of Newry on Route 26 - you’ll

According to the Maine Department of Conser vation, interpretive signs explain the glacial sculpting of Screw Auger Falls and the formation of Mother Walker Falls. A quar ter-mile loop trail leads to Moose Cave with its “narrow gorge and lush lichens and mosses.� Both short and long day hikes pair with the Appalachian Trail, which makes it way through this part onward toward Mt. Katahdin. In the

winter, a main artery snowmobile trail (ITS 82) traverses the park and is maintained by a local snowmobile club. Ellis Falls, Andover: Not far from Grafton Notch, there’s a lesser k n ow n a n d m o re s e clu d e d waterfall arising from the Ellis Meadow Brook. According to the web site, newenglandwaterfalls. com, at the top of the falls “a 5-foot-tall, 5-foot-wide block fall(s) into an oblong-shaped pool. From here the falls horsetail and cascade the additional 17 feet into a dark-tea colored pool below.� Look for a pull-of-the-road parking area on Route 120, about two miles east of Andover.

Snow Falls, West Paris: A personal favorite for resting, picnicking and a shor t hike after lunch, Snow Falls features the geography of the Lit tle

Androscoggin River, as it cuts its way through a narrow gorge alongside Route 26. There’s a pleasant picnic area with trails on both sides of the gorge, picnic tables, rest rooms and enough parking to accommodate quite a few visitors.

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290 Norlands Road, Livermore, ME 04253; 207-897-4366; Norlands@ norlands.org From history to farming to everyday life, history comes alive at “the Norlands,� which has served as an exciting field trip for area students for decades. According to the web site, http://www.norlands.org, the Center is of fering living history tours done by interpreters in period clothing portraying people of the neighborhood. In the schoolhouse, learn first hand about rural education in 1853 – the

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three R’s. In the mansion house you can chat with the youngest Washburn, daughter Caroline as she shows you through the family home. She enjoys telling about her famous family and sharing family stories. The Washburn kitchen is always a busy place. There might be cooking, ironing, playing games, an artifacts game, story telling, spinning, other neighbors dropping by or most anything else. There is a guided tour in the buildings and self guided on the grounds. Go at your own pace, stay and visit where you wish. Bring a picnic lunch; Norlands provides the lawn, the picnic table and the beautiful setting. Rangeley Lakes Logging Museum, 291 Route 16, Rangeley,

Me 04970; 207-864-5595. FMI: M a r g a r e t ( P e g g y ) Yo c o m . myocom@gmu.edu A three-stor y main muilding on an 18 -acre site open on weekends in the summer and by appointment. Hundreds of artifacts from regional logging operations; exhibits on traditional art by western Maine lumbermen and the chain saw carvings of Rodney Richard and Rodney Richard Junior. Every year on the last Friday and Saturday in July, the Logging Festival Days celebrate the region’s timber heritage. Wilton Parks and Recreation Department, Contact: 645-4825; e-mail: wiltonrec@beeline-online.net

for the younger set, a basketball court with six hoops, two tennis courts, a volleyball court, a Little League field, a practice field, a multi-purpose field and two sets of horseshoe pits;30 picnic tables and a cookout area; an ice skating rink and walking trails. Black Mountain of Maine, 39 Glover Road, Rumford, 04276, FMI: 207-364-8977, http://www. skiblackmountain.org Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing for all ages. Lessons available. Opening date to be announced. A tobacco-free facility dedicated to providing family activities at reasonable rates.

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canoeists and anglers for centuries. The seasonal flow of the South Branch Dead River has a couple of rapid sections as it flows into the wide, scenic Flagstaff Lake. Grand Falls is a spectacular highlight at the confluence of the Dead River and Spencer Stream. The Spencer and Little Spencer watershed is remote, as is the beginning of the Moose River. The Moose flows through many lakes and some rapids on its way to the broad, storied stretches of Moosehead Lake. The West Branch Penobscot provides a historic connection between Moosehead and the large lakes that form the headwaters of the Allagash River. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is a spectacular ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers and occasional rapids winding through northern Maine to the wide St. John River on the Canadian border.

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Freeland Holmes Library 109 Pleasant Street Oxford, ME 04270 Phone: 207 539-4016 www.freeland-holmes.lib.me.us

Hamlin Memorial Library 16 Hannibal Hamlin Drive Paris, ME 04271 Phone: 207 743-2980 www.hamlin.lib.me.us

Jay-Niles Memorial Library 983 Main Street North Jay, ME 04262 Phone: 207 645-4062

258 Main Street Norway, ME 04268 Phone: 207 743-5309 www.norway.lib.me.us

Oxford County Court House Law Library 26 Western Avenue South Paris, ME 04281-1499 Phone: 207 364-7833

Paris Public Library 37 Market Square South Paris, ME 04281 Phone: 207 743-6994 www.paris.lib.me.us

Phillips Public Library

Livermore Public Library 22 Church Street Livermore, ME 04253 Phone: 207 897-7173 www.livermore.lib.me.us

Ludden Memorial Library 42 Main Street Dixfield, ME 04224 Phone: 207 562-8838 www.dixfield.org/library.html

Mexico Free Public Library 134 Main Street Mexico, ME 04257 Phone: 207 364-3281 www.mexico.lib.me.us

Naples Public Library

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Rangeley Public Library 7 Lake Street Rangeley, ME 04970 Phone: 207 864-5529

Spaulding Memorial 282 Sebago Sebago, ME 04029 Phone: 207 787-2321

Stephens Memorial Hospital - Health Sciences Library 181 Main Street Norway, ME 04268-1373 Phone: 743-1562 ext. 323

Stratton Public Library 88 Main Street Stratton, ME 04982 Phone: 207 246-4401 www.stratton.lib.me.us

Strong Public Library 14 S. Main Street Strong, ME 04983 Phone: 207 684-4003

Treat Memorial Library 56 Main Street Livermore Falls, ME 04254 Phone: 207 897-3631 www.treat.lib.me.us

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Raymond Village Library 3 Meadow Rd. Raymond, ME 04071 Phone: 207 655-4283 www.raymondmaine.org

Rumford Public Library 56 Rumford Avenue Rumford, ME 04276 Phone: 207 364-3661 www.rumford.lib.me.us

22 Depot Street Kingfield, ME 04947 Phone: 207 265-2052

West Paris Public Library 226 Main Street West Paris, ME 04289 Phone: 207 674-2004 Fax: 207 674-2804

Wilton Free Public Library 6 Goodspeed Street Wilton, ME 04294 Phone: 207 645-4831 www.wilton-free.lib.me.us

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Second Congregational Church in Norway: Once more, with laughter

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aine’s only Super Model who aspires to the title of Queen in her spare time is returning to the Second Congregational Church UCC of Norway on August 14 at 7 p.m. It will be an evening of certain laughter as Birdie Googins, aka Karmo Sanders, aka Martha Lello, returns to scenes of her childhood where it all began.

Congregational Church, a daughter of Reverend Jay N. Lello. There are hysterical stories of Barbie in the Belfry and jelly beans in the hymnals when the girls were in residence. A graduate of Oxford Hills High School, Karmo/ Birdie went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Boston University as a playwright and has worked in the theater most of her life as an actress, a writer and a comedienne.

You have certainly seen her on television with her sophisticated sister in those commercials for Marden’s. She has earned the title of The Marden’s Lady with her way “downeast” accent as she delivers the latest news on what’s happening at Marden’s and how she’s doing her bit to keep Daddy on his toes.

In her las t ap p ear ance, we learned that Birdie also dream e d of b e co min g “a cow b oy ’s s we e thear t ” even as she knighted members of the audience who would help her in her quest to become Queen. There’s no telling what new paths she seeks, so mark your calendar now for Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 each and are available at Books ‘n Things, Main Street,

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish holds annual celebration in Mechanic Falls Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish will hold its annual Parish celebration on Sunday, August 15 at Our Lady of Ransom Church Hall in Mechanic Falls. The event will begin with the 10:30 a.m. Catholic mass at Our Lady of Ransom Church. A “Burger & Dog” barbecue with all the fixings will follow. There will be games and entertainment for children and adults. Side dishes will be provided by the parishioners. The parish ladies groups will prepare the dessert. The event is sponsored by Our Lady of Ransom’s Ladies Guild and St. Catherine of Sienna’s Sodality. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parish was created on July 1, 2008 when Bishop Richard Malone combined the former parishes of St. Catherine of Sienna in Norway and Our Lady of Ransom in Mechanic Falls (including the mission church of St. Mary’s in Oxford). As stated by Bishop Malone in commissioning the new parish, this joining of the Norway and Mechanic Falls parishes took into consideration “the bonds which presently exist between the people of these parishes, and... the need of even closer cooperation between the parishes for the sake of evangelization.” Also important in merging the two former parishes was the desire “to create a single, vibrant parish by bringing together the gifts and resources” of the three churches comprising the former parishes. FMI, call the Parish office at 207743-2606.

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t is rare to come across such a gem of holistic health right in our own back yard, yet this is the case with CALM HealthWorks, LLC, a holistic wellness center at 229 Center St. in Auburn. CALM HealthWork’s philosophy reads: “We believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Our purpose is not to suppress your symptoms or cure your illnesses. Our goal is to educate, support, and guide you on your journey towards the total wellness of body, mind, and spirit.” The four highly-qualified practitioners at CALM collaborate to bring you first-rate, state-of-theart knowledge and techniques to better achieve your wellness goals.

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The owner, Andi Locke Mears, Cer tified Holistic Health Practitioner, is the only Board Certified Colon Hydrotherapist in Maine. Her unit, called the Colenz, is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine, without the use of drugs. This private, discreet unit has been used safely by hundreds of people since CALM opened four years ago, from age seven to 85. Mears also specializes in German New Medicine, a biologicallybased science that explores the

integration of psyche, brain, and organ. GNM is based on the Five Biological Laws that explain the cause, the development, and above all, the natural healing of “dis-eases.” GNM forms the basis of the individual Pathways to Health Multi-Action Plans that are developed for each client seeking better health. The MAP becomes the guideline that instructs the client in whole food nutrition, hormone balancing, cleansing and detoxing techniques, herbal and supplement suggestions, and naturopathic therapies that can be done at home. The Rejuvenation Room is a special space complete with six different therapies that enhance relaxation and cleansing/detoxing. It is often the most favorite room at CALM because of how terrific you feel when you leave: relaxed and rejuvenated all at once. The other practitioners at CALM broaden one’s experience at CALM. Sue Champagne said, “Your life is a reflection of your beliefs. These beliefs – usually subconscious – are the cumulative effect of life-long ‘programming.’ As a result of past negative programming, we sometimes think and behave in self-defeating ways.” Champagne uses these

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purchase a November (late season) bear hunting permit to hunt bear during the firearm season on deer if they do not already possess a regular bear hunting permit. See hunting law booklet for other recent changes. Stamps : A State Waterfowl Permit and federal duck stamp are required for waterfowl hunters age 16 and over. Migratory waterfowl permits are not required to hunt C r o w, Wo o d co c k , Co m m o n Snipe, Sora and Virginia Rails, and Gallinules. A Pheasant permit is required to hunt pheasant in York and Cumberland counties. For a free copy of The Lost Hunter’s Guide, visit http://www. maine.gov/ifw/education/pdfs/

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Central and Western Maine’s Heart Walk-Rumford seeks Lifestyle Change Award nominations Do you know someone who has changed his or her lifestyle to improve heart health? The Rumford Heart Walk organizers are accepting nominations for the 2010 Lifestyle Change Award that will be presented at the walk on Sunday, September 19 at Hosmer Field in Rumford.

org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3061637 or picked up at the River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition on River Street in Rumford. Sandy Palmer, the Coalition’s Heart Walk Team Captain, is also collecting the completed forms for the Heart Walk Committee to review and vote on.

The American Heart Association and the Rumford Heart Walk want to recognize people who have made positive changes to improve their quality of life and health: people who have begun a walking or exercise program, people who have altered their diet to more heart-healthy foods; people who have quit smoking. Maybe you know someone who has done all three.

The nomination form is simple to fill out. It asks for the phone number and e-mail of the nominator and the nominee and details about the ways the nominee has changed his or her lifestyle. Deadline for submitting the form is one month prior to the walk, August 19.

Friends, co-workers, or relatives can nominate positive rolemodels for the Lifestyle Change Award. People may even nominate themselves. The nomination form can be found on the American Heart Association website at www.heart.

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The history behind Saints Peter and Paul Basilica, Lewiston

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he story of St Peter and Paul’s Basilica is one of faith and perseverance. From start to finish, construction took 38 years. Yet throughout this, the parishioners of St. Peter and Paul’s never lost faith with every generation building upon the work of previous generations. On the surface, the numbers are impressive. The basilica is 300 feet long, 100 feet wide, and its spires stretch over 165 in the air. It took roughly 30,000 cubic feet of granite, 1,700,000 bricks and 325 tons of steel to build. This elegant Gothic designed church, inspired by European Cathedrals, stands as a testament to the devotion and dedication of the parishioners.

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be instrumental in building the parish. A house on Lincoln Street in Lewiston was converted into a church for the Franco-Americans. As the Franco population grew, it became evident that a new church would need to be built. This church was replaced by a 1,500 seat church around 1873, but even that would prove to be too small to meet the influx of Canadian immigrants. To meet the needs of the Franco-American community, construction began on a new church. By 1905, the “Shed” as it was sometimes called, covered the foundation of what would become St. Peter and Paul’s. It would not be until 1938 before the church was completed. The style of St Peter and Paul’s is Gothic with inspiration being taken from the great European

cathedrals. While the church was designed in part to entice the Diocese of Portland to relocate to Lewiston, it was also a way in which Catholics could demonstrate the importance of religion in their daily lives. In fact, so strong was this devotion, most of the construction costs were paid by contributions of the parishioners. Many families donated what they could spare to contribute to the $465,000 cost. What made this even more remarkable was the fact that most of the money was raised during The Depression. The Diocese of Portland never did move to Lewiston, but St. Peter and Paul’s was turned over to the Diocese in 1986. From 1881 to 1986, the Dominican Order from Canada had ministered to the parish. By 1986, the Dominicans did not have

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Skiers hit the slopes in Maine for snowy thrills By Dave Irons Freelance Writer

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here is nothing like Sunday River’s multimillion dollar Chondola this year, but Maine’s ski areas have invested plenty during the off-season and skiers will see the results in more snowmaking and better grooming, along with numerous other improvements. New programs are also in place in the way of ticket deals and other promotions. In these times when normal summer maintenance can run into six figures at a midsize resort and millions at a major resort, you know money has been spent whether you can see it or not. At Lost Valley, co-owner (along with Linc Hayes) and GM Connie King noted some changes in personnel. Eric Anderson is on board to manage the rental and retail shop which has a new stone grinder to offer more professional ski and snowboard tuning. On the hill, Bentley Hamilton is the new terrain park manager with some ideas of adding a few new

features. New skiers will like the new package in partnership with Sunday River and Sugarloaf. The Ski and Ride Card gets three days of skiing, day one: lesson, all day lift ticket and all day rental; day two: all day lift ticket and rental, both at Lost Valley; and day three: all day ticket and rental at your choice of Sunday River or Sugarloaf. Lost Valley season pass holders can also take their pass to Titcomb, Black Mountain or Camden Snowbowl and purchase two tickets for the price of one. Up in Skowhegan, Eaton Mountain has added a new groomer, snowboard rental equipment, upgraded the base lodge, and installed a new handle tow and lights for the reworked tubing trail. S addleb ack continues their improvements with a new trail under the Kennebago chair, a new 44-acre glade, increased snowmaking on Warden’s Worry and Tight Line and added three new Pis ten Bully gro oming machines, one with a winch for steep pitches. Veteran ski

coach Jeff Hawksley is returning to Saddleback as competition and training director. In other personnel additions, Conrad Klefos is director of marketing and Greg Andrews takes over as director of finance. There’s also great news for kids who study hard. Under the PEAK program (Promoting Education and Activity for Kids) all Maine students K through 12 on the honor roll can reasonably p urchase a season p ass at Saddleback. Shawnee Peak finally gets an easy trail off the summit. Sunset Boulevard is a 2,000-foot run that circles west of Haggett’s Hurdle bringing skiers back to midmountain. Another groomer has been added to the fleet and a new wine bar will be open in the East Base Lodge. Melissa Rock reported that trails on the East side will stay open later for skiers choosing to ski out of that base. She also noted that the new night pass, good any night after 4 p.m. has been very popular with 1,100 sold. How do you add 400 acres to a

ski area? Mount Abram did it by opening the entire mountain to skiing. The new boundary to boundary policy opens all the woods to skiing, increasing the skiable terrain to 650 acres with 250 acres of trails. Overnight Sugarloaf visitors staying at the hotel will notice new flat screen TVs and Boyne beds, part of a $600,000 upgrade. On the mountain rides up Double Runner West and No. 3 T-bar will be more comfortable thanks to new wind fencing. Snowmaking has been upgraded on several parts of the mountain and Brad Larson has been named director of sales and marketing. The big news at Sunday River is a year-long birthday party. December 19 is 50 years to the day since Sunday River Ski Way opened for its first season with a single T-bar and a rope tow. Investments include $1.4 million in the two hotels with the exclusive Boyne Beds and flat screen TVs, new drives for the Spruce Peak and White Cap lifts, new lift houses and

other upgrades skiers won’t see. But they will see plenty about the 50th anniversary from opening right through the season.

Be sure to visit one of Maine’s mountains for great skiing this winter: Sunday River, Lost Valley, Sugarloaf, Titcomb, Black Mountain, Camden Snowbowl, Eaton Mt., Saddleback, Shawnee Peak, Mount Abram.

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valuable items. The cost is $35 for a single golfer and $120 for a team of four. The tournament is limited to 72 golfers and advanced registration is available. Teeshirts will be available for the first 50 registrants. The lead sponsors for LEAP’s Tournament are once again Kyes Insurance and Bangor Savings Bank. LEAP supports people in small community homes, their own apartments, those living with their families, and also in a small respite program, which is partially supported through Tri-Valley United Way pledges. LEAP’s mission is to support people with disabilities to lead joyful lives with dignity, independence and autonomy through offering local supports that nourish relationships and help people to be close to their families and friends. For more information please contact Margaret Donaghue at 778-3443 ext. 113 or by e-mail: mdonaghue@leapcommunity.org.

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State Nickname: Pine Tree State

State Motto: Dirigo (“I lead”)

State Bird: Chickadee

State Floral Emblem: White pine cone and tassel

State Cat: Maine Coon Cat

State Fish: Landlocked Salmon

State Insect: Honeybee

State Tree: White Pine

State Animal: Moose

State Gemstone: Tourmaline

single largest producer of any blueberries (wild or cultivated) in the US. · is nationally famed for its shellfish. Almost 90 percent of all American lobster are trapped in Maine. · is the most sparsely populated state east of the Mississippi. · i s th e o nl y s t ate in th e continental U.S. to be bordered by only one other state (New Hampshire). · i ncludes Aroostook County which is so big (6,453 square miles) that it actually covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island. · contains 32,000 miles of rivers and streams equal to more than the combined length of the Mississippi, Amazon, Yangtze and Nile rivers. · claims America’s first chartered city: York, 1641. · entered the Union on March 15, 1820 as the 23rd state. Thomas Jefferson wrote portions of Maine’s Constitution.

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Baxter State Park. The Baxter Park Authority is responsible for the 200,000+ acres of land that was given to the state by the late Governor Percival Baxter. At the heart of Baxter Park is the famous Mt. Katahdin, which stands 5,271 feet above sea level, making it the highest peak in Maine. It is also the most northern mountain in the Appalachian range. Because Baxter Park is restricted from hunting, wildlife spotting is frequent and photo opportunities are great. Grafton Notch has 3,112 acres throughout the towns of Upton and Newry. Several hiking trails extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail’s northern point, Mt. Katahdin. Sights include: Screw Auger Falls, Spruce Meadow, Mother Walker Falls, Old Speck Mountain, and Moose Cave. Mt. Blue State Park located in Weld is 5,021 acres and includes a camp ground; sand b each with bathhouse; boat launch;

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