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Members of the Agren family celebrated the newly renovated Agren Appliance Minot Avenue location on Sept. 18th. From left, Jason Agren, his daughter Sarah, Eric Agren and Douglas Agren.

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Olympian Doug Lewis Announced as Dempsey Challenge Special Guest

Olympic skier Doug Lewis will be a special guest at the 2015 Dempsey Challenge Weekend The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing has announced a new addition to the 2015

Dempsey Challenge Weekend (Oct. 17 & 18), special guest and Positive Tracks spokesperson and curriculum consultant, Olympic skier Doug Lewis. Positive Tracks is a national, youth-centric nonprofit that helps young people get active and give back using the power of sport. The Positive Tracks program plugs into charitable athletic events to empower youth of all athletic abilities to learn how and why to make a difference via their own sweat. Positive Tracks, partner to the Dempsey Challenge for five years, also doubles dollars and amplifies awareness generated by ages 23 and under. Doug Lewis began bombing down Vermont’s mountains at age three and ski racing at age eight. He enrolled


at the Green Mountain Valley School Ski Academy in 1978, and won his first title at the Junior Olympics in 1980. The following year, at age 17, he jumped to the international level and competed in his first World Cup at Aspen. He joined the USST in 1981 and competed in the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia and the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada. Doug’s greatest moment came at the 1985 World Championships when he won the bronze medal in the Downhill. Doug also collected two U.S. National Downhill Championships in 1986 and 1987.

During the winter season, Doug is a broadcast Analyst for NBC Universal Sports. In the summer, Doug, along with his wife Kelley, runs ELITEAM Conditioning Camps in Vermont. In its 22nd year, ELITEAM focuses on educating young athletes on the importance of Sports Physiology, Sports Psychology, and Sports Nutrition. ELITEAM also offers Corporate and Group Team-Building, Leadership, and Risk-Taking programs. Doug began working with Positive Tracks this past year and has been thrilled with the partnership as their mission to help young people get active and give back dovetails so well with his

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Challenge and have planned a fun, quick obstacle course in the park to show kids of all ages how fun getting active can be.” Doug will also be preparing a special surprise with Dempsey Center founder Patrick Dempsey on Saturday morning. He added, “All I can say is that you do not want to miss the Challenge this year, because Patrick and I have a surprise that will really get you moving.” n

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Good Food Bus Hits the Road in Lewiston-Auburn Area At the Police Athletic League (PAL) Center this afternoon, state and local officials joined St. Mary’s Nutrition Center of Lewiston, Cultivating Community of Portland, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to launch the Good Food Bus – a colorful, repurposed school bus turned mobile food market. The Good Food Bus, part of the three-year initiative, Good Food Moves, will make stops across Lewiston-Auburn and surrounding communities thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. The 2015 season of the Good Food Bus will run through October 30th; it will resume next spring. “At Harvard Pilgrim, we know that health prevention often starts with the food we eat, and for some, accessing healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables can be challenging,” said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation. “Across the country, organizations are using mobile markets to increase access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables. Here in New England, Harvard Pilgrim is launching a fleet of mobile markets to address this challenge and create better access to healthy food.” In addition to the Good Food Bus, Harvard Pilgrim has funded mobile markets in Worcester, Mass., Hartford, Conn., Lowell, Mass., and is preparing to launch a market in Manchester, N.H. in 2016. “Starting today, the Good Food Bus will sell fresh, local and fairly priced produce and other food items directly to people where they live, work and play,” said Kirsten Walter, Director of the St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, as she kicked off the event. “Increasing

the availability and accessibility of healthy food to everyone in our community is a very important goal of the Good Food Bus. We are thrilled to work with close partners, passionate area businesses, and community members to make this a lasting resource.” During the initial phase for the 2015 harvest season, the Good Food Bus will make the following scheduled stops through the month of October. Stops are open to the public except for the Bath Iron Works location. Wednesdays 12-2pm: PAL Center, 24 Chestnut Street, Auburn 3-5pm: Knox Street Community Garden, 61 Knox St., Lewiston Thursdays 11am-1pm: Bath Iron Works, West Gate (not open to the public) 3:30-5:30pm: Central Maine Medical Center, 300 Main St., location TBD, Lewiston Fridays 12:30-2:30pm: Bedard Pharmacy and Medical Supply, 359 Minot Ave., Auburn 3:30-5:30pm: St. Mary's Regional Medical Center, 100 Campus Ave. by parking lot A, Lewiston While not able to attend the event in person, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree sent a statement through staffer Emily Horton, stating, “I love this idea. Maine is lucky to have so many great farmers markets around the state, but that doesn’t mean everyone has access or can afford it. Bringing healthy and affordable food grown right here in Maine to communities in Androscoggin is a great way to make sure everyone has access to a farmers market without actually going to one. And even better if it can accept EBT and other

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market incentives that provide more options for low-income Mainers. I can’t wait to see the Good Food Bus in action." Walter explained the genesis and goals of the project by referencing a Community Food Assessment conducted by the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn (GFCLA) and published in 2013. “This report found that healthy food remains out of reach for many people in LewistonAuburn and other studies have shown this to be true for people across the state,” said Walter. “This multi-year initiative will make scheduled stops at neighborhoods, organizations, and businesses serving the Lewiston/Auburn community and will make purchasing good food convenient and easy for all.” Sherie Blumenthal, project lead for the Nutrition Center, explained that the Good Food Bus will accept cash, credit, debit, WIC,

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not only be a bountiful market, but also a fun place for people to connect,” said Stephanie Aquilina, project lead for Cultivating Community. “Having access to great, nutritious food is of course critical to community health,” remarked Craig Lapine, Cultivating Community Executive Director. “And we are always particularly interested in strategies that involve local farmers and purveyors. That’s because a robust food economy amplifies all the great community health impacts of good food.” Indeed, the Good Food Bus will have a strong local foods preference, with many products from Androscoggin County farms and around the region. In addition to Harvard Pilgrim support, other generous donations are helping to make this project possible. The

bus was donated by the William H. Jordan Farm of Cape Elizabeth, and Hudson Bus Lines is donating bus driver services for the project. Grants from the Quimby Family Foundation and the John T. Gorman Foundation have been instrumental in getting the Good Food Bus on the road, and a Community Food Projects grant from the USDA will support staffing and food sourcing for the next three years. The event culminated with a raffle drawing and Mayor LaBonte and Karen Voci cutting the ribbon and officially opening the Good Food Bus for customers to buy good food. To learn more about the project, visit w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / GoodFoodBus, email goodfoodmoves@gmail. com, or call St. Mary’s Nutrition Center at 207513-3848. n

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Community Credit Union Helps Fight Hunger Locally

Christina Carter (Community Credit Union), Mike Garrett (Volunteer Coordinator for Trinity Julibee’s Food Pantry), and Kerry Wood (Community Credit Union)

Hand and Wrist Specialist Joins St. Mary’s St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics welcomes Lars Qvick, MD to its team. Dr. Qvick is Fellowship trained in both Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. Dr. Qvick performed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the State University of New York, School of

Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Buffalo, New York. He is experienced in; hand and wrist surgery, including traumas and occupational injuries; surgery of the upper extremities (elbow and shoulder); and general orthopaedic trauma/fracture care. Dr. Qvick joins a team of orthopaedic surgeons which include, Medical

Director Michael T. Newman, MD, Wayne Moody, MD, Mohamed Al-Saied, MBBCH, CCFP, FRCS(C), ABOS-I, and Daniel Buck, DPM. St. Mary’s Center for Orthopaedics is located at 15 Gracelawn Road in Auburn. To learn more, please visit www.stmarysmaine. com or call 333-4710. n

Jessica Staples, center, is pictured here with some of her classmates from the Exploring Transfer program at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Jessica Staples of Au- of four-year colleges and burn, a student at Central universities. “The classes were coMaine Community College (CMCC), participated taught by two different in the Exploring Transfer professors, making every (ET) program at Vassar class more like a conversaCollege this summer. This tion and less like teaching intensive program intro- something out of a book,� duces community college said Jessica. “There were students to the possibilities rigorous amounts to be of transfer to a wide range read, multiple essays to

be written, and quite a bit of research to be done . . . No rest for the studious seemed to be the slogan at Vassar, and boy did we become aware of it!� Jessica added that she was given seven books to read and that professors wanted students to synthesize the knowledge acquired through the readings and writings, and apply it during discussions and debate. “Living there, eating there, going to school there, it’s such a different experience than having to balance out working and commuting to school,� added Jessica. A President’s Honors student in the General Studies program at CMCC, Jessica plans to pursue studies in translation and foreign languages after she graduates. n

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Community Credit Union participates in the fundraising initiative known as the Maine Credit Unions’ Campaign for Ending Hunger. Maine Credit Unions have raised over $5.3 million to help end hunger in Maine. At the end of each year, all of the money raised by each individual participating credit union is given back to that credit union to be distributed to hunger organizations in their community. In 2014, Maine Credit Unions raised

a new record total of $552,257.43 for the Ending Hunger Campaign. This year Community Credit Union delivered a donation of $1,000 to Trinity Jubilee’s Food Pantry on Bates Street in Lewiston. The Trinity Jubilee Center is a non-religious organization dedicated to advocacy for those in need in our community. Since their beginning in 1991, the Center has assisted thousands of families by providing hot meals, groceries, case

management, a safe haven, and support in negotiating life’s challenges. Community Credit Union is a member-owned, full service financial institution that has been serving its members and the community since 1945. Community Credit Union has branches located at 144 Pine Street, Lewiston, 40 Stanley Street, Auburn and 1025 Auburn Road, Turner. For more information, log onto n

Scam Alert Bulletin Board

As we embrace all the beauty that comes with fall, it’s also time to be aware of front-door fraudsters. The most common door-to-door scams seen this time of the year are outdoor home maintenance, roof repairs or driveway recoating, and cold-weather cons such as energy audits

and inspections, chimney sweeping, and/ or furnace and ductwork cleaning. Remember: most legitimate contractors are too busy to solicit business doorto-door and you should never pay for anything until a contract has been signed. Visit the Maine Attorney General’s website for more information: www.maine. gov/ag. Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. Contact local law enforcement or the AARP Fraud Watch Network org/fraudwatchnetwork or 1-877-9083360 to report a scam or for more information on scam and fraud prevention. 

CMMC Raises $70,000 forBirthing Center

Pictured are members of the 1st Place Gross team representing Sun Journal: David Wedge, Maureen Wedge, Jim Thornton and Steve Costello

Central Maine Medical Center’s Annual Fall Golf Classic, held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, raised over $70,000 for the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. The tournament hosted twenty-six foursomes who enjoyed this classic tournament complete with bag valet service, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative jacket for each player. The winners of the day were as follows: 1st Place Gross – Sun Journal Team: Steve Costello, Jim Thornton, David Wedge, Maureen Wedge; 1st Place Net – Sodexo Team: Varun Avasthi, Larry Adams, Mike Ros-

signol, Amanda Ettinger; 2nd Place Gross – United Ambulance Team: Paul Gosselin, Pete Gosselin, Perry Goodspeed, James Pelletier ; 2nd Place Net – Comprehensive Pharmacy Team: Kevin Forbush, Chad Tozier, Jed Lundin, Jeff Newton; 3rd Place Gross – Consigli Construction Team: Larry Fuimain, David Thomas, Phil Meyer, Craig Piper; 3rd Place Net – Landry & Sons Team: Donald Dubuc, Craig Dubuc, Jason Landry, Gerald Landry. Other winners included: Grand Putt Off winner – Don Flanagan; Longest Drive Hole #8 for men – Kyle Stretton; Longest Drive Hole #8 for women – Maureen Wedge; Closest to the Pin Hole #11 for men – Don Flanagan;

Closet to the Pin Hole #11 for women – Maureen Wedge and Grand Prize Raffle winner – Timothy Hebert. Funds raised from the golf tournament will benefit the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. This is a major project that is in the beginning phase of a several step process to construct a new Maternity Unit and NICU at Central Maine Medical Center. To view a slideshow of photos from the event, or to learn more about the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center project, please visit or contact the Development Office at (207)795-2950. n


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Submitted by Rebecca Webber No union? Your business still needs to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Act. The issue getting a lot of attention is facebook messages and what can be done about them when employees slam their bosses or employer’s business but there are other issues too, and those apply to non-unionized workplaces as well as places with unions. The Supreme Court has long held that the right of employees to communicate with one another regarding self-organization at the job site is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Section 7 is the part of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that gives employees the right to self-organization. This part of the NLRA applies to non-unionized workplaces as well as places with unions. Section 8 is the portion of the NLRA that makes it illegal to interfere with the rights set out in Section 7 and describes what are called “unfair labor practices.” Prohibiting union solicitation but allowing other types of solicitation would be called an unfair labor practice.

The right to communicate set out in Section 7 encompasses the right to distribute union literature. The Court has affirmed this right in a variety of settings. See, e.g., Beth Israel Hosp. v. NLRB, 437 U.S. 483, 507 (1978) (holding that a hospital violates Section 8(a)(1) by preventing an employee from distributing union materials “during nonworking time in nonworking areas, where the facility has not justified the prohibition as necessary to avoid disruption of health-care operations or disturbance of the patients”). Limits on distribution policies apply to email as well. An employer may not single out union-related messages for harsher treatment, whether explicitly in its policy or by enforcing a policy only against union communications. For example, if an employer allows employees to send personal messages using company email, it must allow them to send union-related email messages. Similarly, an employer that allows employees to solicit coworkers on behalf of various organizations may not prohibit messages soliciting on behalf of a union.

Limits imposed with a union in mind will need to be evaluated in terms of all the non-union solicitation and distribution that often takes place in any workplace. For example, as one court noted, the employer, a hospital, “had permitted use of the cafeteria for other types of solicitation, including fund drives, which, if not to be equated with union solicitation in terms of potential for generating controversy, at least indicates that the hospital regarded the cafeteria as sufficiently commodious to admit solicitation and distribution without disruption.” Beth Israel Hosp. v. N.L.R.B., 437 U.S. at 50203. The Court did acknowledge that union activity was recognized as possibly generating behavior that was “undesirable in the hospital's cafeteria,” but held that there were “less restrictive means of regulating organizational activity” that were more focused on the precise harm to be avoided. In other words, if the concern is noise, limit noise, but not all union gatherings; if the concern is crowding, limit meetings to less crowded times rather than impose a blanket prohibition. In another case, the em-


ployer allowed a wide variety of solicitations – without discipline – including solicitations at work stations for Girl Scout cookies, ‘beach balm’ suntan lotion, March of Dimes, United Way, Secretary’s Day, and Boss’ Day, and ‘going away’ parties, birthday parties, and other social occasions. In addition, conversation was not limited to just work but included a wide range of subjects unrelated to work, with no resultant counseling. In contrast, an employee soliciting on behalf of a union was disciplined for both discussing and soliciting the signing of a union card. That employer was found in violation of the NLRA. Guidelines: 1. Don’t wait and update/ revise/review policies until after union activity has already begun. 2. Decide what the harms are that the policy is intended to prevent: disruption of customer service? Customers seeing disturbing information? Noise? Crowding? Distraction during working times as opposed to breaks or off duty periods? Don’t suddenly have a concern about noise, though, for example, just at the same time someone first posts a piece

of union literature on a bulletin board. 3. Draft a policy that is focused on doing just what is necessary to accomplish those goals and address the identified concerns. 4. Don’t have a policy that allows unlimited exceptions so long as approved by someone in management. 5. Don’t have a policy that forbids union activity, or that is used to discipline an employee for union activity, when other solicitation activity is allowed. 6. Don’t have an access policy that forbids solicitation and distribution in areas where non-union solicitations and distributions have taken place in the past. 7. Do have a policy that limits access solely with respect to the interior of the facility and other working areas; “mixed use” areas or areas that have been used for solicitation in nonunion activities cannot be limited in terms of the content of the use by employees and discussion allowed. 8. Do disseminate the policy to all employees, not just the ones engaging in activities associated with unions. 9. Do have a policy that applies to off-duty employ-

ees seeking access to the facility for any purpose (or base the limits on criteria like location and whether interfering with customer service). You can have exceptions that allow access by employees in their capacity not as employees but as customers/patients/ visitors themselves with that access simply requiring that employees in those capacities follow the same rules as any other customer/patient/visitor. This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law. Rebecca Webber is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853. n

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V. Paul Reynolds The Maine bear hunt is on! Unless you are an agitator with the Humane Society of the United States, this is a good story, a good hunt, and a good time of year. The weather in early September is splendid. Excited hunters come from all corners of the country to harvest a Maine black bear. If they are lucky they’ll go home with a one-of-a-kind rug and, if the meat is cared for, a cooler of delicious, lean wild meat. Guides and outfitters will pick up a few bucks. So will Maine’s rural economy, especially the gas stations and mom and pop stores. State bear biologists will gather bear management data, and the modest bear harvest will help stabilize our mushrooming bear population. There was a period in my life, and my wife’s, when we were serious bear hunters. We did the weekly baiting with stale donuts and fryer grease procured from local businesses. We hauled and put up multiple tree stands on the edges of dark and

swampy fir-choked thickets. We both loved it, especially Diane. She killed a bear and we ate it all. The bear burger in the spaghetti and lasagna was special. I never did kill a Maine black bear, but I watched a few from tree stands. What a kick! One afternoon a big sow and three cubs showed up at my bait site. Momma bear ate a few old donuts and then backed off to make room for the cubs. When the youngsters got piggish at the bait the sow clicked her teeth and the cubs scampered off only to return at Momma’s signal. On another occasion, just before dusk, a small male bear materialized before my eyes by the bait site. It looked up at me. I froze. Then he relaxed and went at the grub. “Should I or shouldn’t I put his lights out?” In the scope I saw that his ears were big and his head small: a youngster. I didn’t have the heart to send a .50 caliber muzzle loading sabot his way. Once in Labrador, as camp manager, it was my job to dispatch an old rogue boar that was scaring the sports and refusing to leave the vicinity of the cook house. (We had permits for such encounters). Terminating the old bruin was just something that had to be done. I would rather have shooed him off, but he was not shy. Diane and I cherish our memories of days at bear camp. The routine was a

pleasant one. A big meal at mid-day, topped off with homemade blackberry pie. Then we camoed up and headed for our respective tree stands. A late afternoon vigil in the September woods, waiting and watching for that black form to suddenly appear, tends to keep you awake, even with a too-full tummy. At dusk in the dank fir-thickets, climbing down from the tree stand and putting both feet on the ground in known bear country is also an exhilarating experience. Bear guides tell stories of having to retrieve a client from a tree stand who just couldn’t quite bring himself to descend the ladder in marginal light. I guess that it was all the preparatory work that brought our bear hunt days to an end. Today, we still miss the bear camp regimen, the weather, the food, the company and hunt anticipation. We may try it again one day, as long as we can still clamber up a tree stand or find an outlet that will furnish us with old donuts and fryer grease. Or maybe we will just go to bear camp, pick blackberries, eat a full-course meal at mid-day, and watch the fading September sun angle its way down amid the blushing swamp maples and jagged fir thickets. n

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Gentle Morning Chair Yoga for Seniors Dates: Mondays, September 14 – November 9 (no class 10/12) Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Instructor:Tisha Bremner Cost: $40 for 8 weeks Drop In: $8 per class Designed to increase vitality, gain a deeper sense of balance, and find your inner calm. Combines meditation, easy warmups, light stretches, and gentle yoga postures. Strength, Neuro, & Light Cardio Training Dates: Mondays (on-going) Time: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Dates: Fridays (starting October 2) NEW Time: 1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Instructor: Linn Morin, Certified Trainer Cost: $3 for one class per week $5 for any two classes per week $6 for any three classes per week To Register or For More Information: Call Linn at (207) 523-9055 Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase coordination, muscular strength, range of movement, and activities for daily living. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Aetna, Humana, United) may pay your costs!

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October 2015 Classes at SeniorsPlus Education Center Beginners Balance and Strength Training Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays (on-going) Time: 11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Instructor: Linn Morin, Certified Trainer Cost: $3 for one class per week $5 for any two classes per week $6 for any three classes per week To Register or For More Information: Call Linn at (207) 523-9055 These on-going, twicea-week classes are designed to improve participants’ quality of life. You will move to music while increasing strength and balance. You may stand or sit - whichever works better for you. Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Aetna, Humana, United) may pay your costs! AARP Smart Driver Date: Tuesday, October 13 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Instructor: AARP Cost: $20, payable to AARP; $15 for AARP Members Drivers 55 + who complete this class are eligible for discounts on their auto insurance for 3 years. Introduction to Reiki Date: Thursday, October 15 Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Instructor: Susan Kane, InLight Transformation

Reiki, pronounced raykey, is a Japanese healing art, also known as relaxation therapy. It promotes wellness, no matter your state of health. Reiki relaxes the physical body by allowing the bodily systems to come into balance and function optimally. It also relaxes the mind by allowing the stress of the day to melt away. Come learn more about Reiki at this informative talk and even receive a Reiki sample! Androids (non-Apple) for Beginners Date: Friday, October 16 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Instructor: Jill Spencer, Partner, BoomerTECH Adventures Is your Android tablet or phone a mystery? Not sure how to navigate its icons and screens? In this hands-on session we’ll go step-by-step through the basics so you will feel confident to continue exploring your device independently. Email, internet searching, the camera, calendars, and cool apps are just a few of the possible topics. Please bring your fully charged Android device. One-on-One Computer Tutorial Date: Friday, October 16 Time Choices: Noon;12:30; 1:00; 1:30; 2:00; 2:30 p.m. Instructor: Jill Spencer, Partner, BoomerTECH Adventures Do you have one or two burning questions about your digital device that a

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short one-on-one tutorial might resolve? Reserve a ½ hour spot to talk with Jill to help you with your Mac computer, iPad. iPhone, Android phone or tablet or Microsoft tablet (not a PC computer). How to Maintain Healthy Joints and Bones as We Age Date: Thursday, October 22 Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Dr. Asia Mubashir, Rheumatologist, St. Mary’s Do you or does someone you live with suffer from joint or bone pain? Are you limiting your activities and lifestyle because of osteoarthritis pain or osteoporosis (loss of bone mass)?

Please join us in a discussion of the healthy management of joint and bone pain. We’ll review signs and symptoms of disease, when it’s time to seek medical help, and what treatments are available for today’s patients. The doctor will also discuss practical ways you can strengthen your body and live a more active life. Maine Author Series (This class is also offered at the West Paris Public Library and Franklin Memorial Hospital, Chisholm Room, via Web-Ex. Please register with SeniorsPlus at 7954010.) Author: Walt Bannon Book: The White Pocketbook Date: Thursday, Octo-

ber 22 Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Young Andree (the author’s mom) was fourteen when Hitler’s forces occupied her hometown in Belgium, changing her life forever. She saw her family threatened, had friends mysteriously disappear, and experienced the dangers of living in an occupied country where walking on the sidewalk was an offense punishable by death. It tells of Andree meeting a handsome, piano-playing soldier who took her away to America where she became an Army wife struggling to raise six precocious, musical children - a life that as a young girl she never could have imagined as she tucked her wishes into her white pocketbook. The book also details her struggles during the McCarthy era where as a non-citizen she was suspected of being a spy. Andree didn’t reveal her life to her children until she was eighty-four years old and lying in a hospital bed. The dramatic experiences of her youth shaped her every move, even after seventy years of silence. The author encourages those who have personally been touched by WWII through a family member or friend, to come and speak with him about their experiences. Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics

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Grouse Days

Sally of Seboeis as a pup with me at camp, circa 2000.

V. Paul Reynolds Ahhh, October. Frosty mornings and flaming foliage. Grouse days are upon us. In Maine, next to whitetail deer, there is no other game species that draws as much attention in autumn from hunters, residents and nonresidents alike. Deservedly. Can you think of any other game bird that so challenges a gun dog and a shooter? The bird man himself, John James Audubon, held the grouse-as-game-bird in reverence: “Sometimes,

when these birds are found on the side of a steep hill, the moment they start, they dive towards the foot of the declivity, take a turn, and fly off in a direction so different from the one expected, that unless the sportsman is aware of the trick, he may not see them again that day.” There can be no doubt, either, that our fondness for this fall game bird has something to do with its sweet flesh. They eat well. There is only one way to prepare and cook grouse, no matter what you hear or read in cook books. Cut up the breast in strips a half inch thick. Lightly sautee them in an iron skillet with butter and garnish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Don’t overcook. Sportsmen have been known to parboil a partridge breast in a bean pot

or smother the overcooked breast with a creamy sherry sauce. This is a sacrilege, a culinary crime of the first order. Drown a woodcock breast in the bean pot if you must, but grouse richly deserve the respect reflected in the cooking adage that less is more. There is an additional reason why the grouse is the hallowed game bird,

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Page 7 through the thornapples, alder tangles and wire birches, the gun dog: the Setters, the Pointers, the Britts and the German Short Hairs. It is a rare upland bird hunter who doesn’t nurture and treasure a special relationship with his gun dog. Legendary grouse writer Corey Ford captures man’s romance with his gun dog in “The Road to Tinkhamtown. The old man in the story spends his final hours reliving his days in the grouse covers with his beloved Shad. “...Shad was standing motionless. The white fan of his tail was lifted a little and his backline was level, the neck craned forward, one foreleg cocked. His flanks were trembling with the nearness of the grouse, and a thin skein of drool hung from his jowels. The dog did not move as he approached, but the brown eyes rolled back until their whites showed, looking for him. “Steady boy,” he called. His throat was tight , the way it always got when Shad was on point, and he had to swallow hard. “Steady, I’m coming.”

This time of year, especially this time of year, memories of my “Shad” - a soft-haired English Setter named Sally of Seboeis - take up residence in my daydreams. She was far from a “finished” gun dog, but she wanted to please and took to the hunt with enthusiasm and energy. As a youngster she launched her gundog career at a wonderful pheasant preserve in New Brunswick and, later, the cornfields of South Dakota. Regrettably now, we didn’t hunt her as much as she deserved, but there were some wonderful days in Maine woodcock and grouse covers. Grouse days are always good, but never quite the same when your favorite gun dog can’t be with you. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.” n

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Nutrition Advice for Those With Lyme Disease Jodi Cornelio

Live Long, Live Well Jodi R. Cornelio, AS, BA, MBA Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and Motivational Speaker

Lyme disease – Proper Nutrition Can Help You Feel Better We have all heard the horror story of Lyme disease and hopefully we are all taking preventative precautions to avoid ticks. If you have had an unfortunate run in with a tick and have be affected by this disease there are specific nutritional precautions that you can take to help you feel better and protect and enhance your immune system. Simply put, Lyme disease is a bacterium that impacts your immune system, if caught early enough it can be destroyed with antibiotics and proper nutrition can help. Here are some simple nutrition steps to focus on if diagnosed with Lyme disease. Avoid the following

foods: Glutens – Some bacteria thrive on glutens. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, some processed oats and any food made with these grains. Wheat-based flours, pasta, couscous, bread, flour tortillas, muffins, cereal, crackers, beer, some oats and most pastries commonly contain gluten. Some unexpected foods containing gluten are broths, can soups, bouillon cubes, breadcrumbs, croutons, fried foods, imitation fish, lunch meats, hot dogs, malt, matzo, modified food starch, some seasonings, some salad dressing, soy sauce, pasta. There are many additives that have gluten in them as well. Beware of sauces, gravies and seasoned products and basically foods that are in cans or packages. It is always beneficial to check the label or ingredient list on foods before eating them. The label “wheat-free” does not always mean that the foods are gluten free. If there are any concerns or questions, contact the manufacturer to be positive that there is no gluten in

the food items. While pure oats are gluten free, many commercially processed oats have been contaminated by wheat products containing gluten. It is often recommended to avoid oats if gluten-free eating is required. Sugars – minimize or avoid sugars especially if on an antibiotic drug. Sugars can hurt good bacteria’s in the body and breed bad bacteria’s. When reading food labels look for words ending in OSE such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid artificial sweeteners as they are just plain not wise choices and, our bodies were not designed to digest these types of manufactured products. Dairy products – Milk and cheeses and yogurt contain lactose and some bacteria thrive on that too. If taking an antibiotic the calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc found in these foods and in calcium enrich juices and vitamins can bind to the antibiotic and make it less effective. Read the label or ask your pharmacist for a list when in doubt.

Yogurt can fool us. When on an antibiotic we are coached to eat yogurt to avoid yeast infections or other digestive upsets. Make sure it has active digestive cultures such as Acidophilus and no sugar added. Beware that calcium and lactose bind with the antibiotic making it less effective so you may choose to stay on the safe side and take an acidophilus supplement or a pro-biotic supple-

ment that contains 10 – 25 billion CFU s. Alcohol – A drink a day or one glass of wine may be good for the heart and I hate to be the barer of bad news but the fact is alcohol is converted to sugar in the body and it simply not good at building the immune system in this case. Do’s Now that I have taken all the fun out of foods, what can you eat? The answer is. You can eat

whole foods in their natural state. Prepare your own food as much as possible. Fresh or frozen vegetables, all meats and good fats like olive oil. Examples of foods to eat are; beans, seeds and nuts in their natural, unprocessed form, fresh eggs, fresh red meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated), all fruits and vegetables. Gluten free flours are; Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn and cornmeal, Flax, Rice flour, Potato flour, Hominy, Millet, Quinoa... And as always get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, exercise everyday moderately and try to avoid stress. Yoga is a good outlet and great for the nervous and immune system. Live Long, Live well. For additional reading and references see:, Mainelyme. org, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol 14, number 3 Fall 2009., The Lyme Diet by Dr Nicola McFadzean ND n

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October is Healthy Lung Month Did you know that the average adult takes15-20 breaths in a minute which is over 20,000 breaths in a day? Your lungs work hard every day, taking the oxygen from the air you breathe and transforming it into life-sustaining fuel for all the cells in your body. Consequently, keeping your lungs healthy is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Since October is Healthy Lung Month, we are providing information from the American Lung Association to help you take good care of your precious lungs. The lungs are different from most of the other organs in your body because their delicate tissues are directly con-

nected to the outside environment. Anything you breathe in can affect your lungs. Germs, tobacco smoke and other harmful substances can cause damage to your airways and threaten the lungs’ ability to work properly. Your body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs. This works very well most of the time to keep out dirt and �ight off germs. But there are some important things you can do to reduce your risk of lung disease. Quit Smoking Cigarette smoking is the major cause of COPD and lung cancer. Cigarette smoke can narrow the air passages and make breathing more dif�icult. It causes chronic in�lammation or swelling in the lung. This can lead to chronic bronchitis. Over time cigarette smoke destroys lung tissue, and may trigger changes that grow into cancer. If you smoke and are ready to quit, Healthy Androscoggin can help. Call us at 207-795-5990 or visit our website, www.healthyandroscoggin. org.

Avoid Exposure to Pollutants That Can Damage Your Lungs Secondhand smoke, chemicals in the home and workplace, and radon can all cause or worsen lung disease. Make your home and car smoke-free. Test your home for radon. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are worried that something in your home, school or work may be making you sick. For more information, visit Maine Indoor Air Quality Council’s website at www. Prevent Infection A cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become very serious. There are several things you can do to protect yourself: • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based cleaners are a good substitute if you cannot wash. • Avoids crowds during the cold and �lu season. • Brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent the germs in your mouth from leading to infection and see your dentist at least every 6 months. • Get vaccinated against in�luenza.

Talk to your healthcare provider to �ind out if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you. • If you get sick, keep it to yourself! Protect the people around you, including your loved ones, by keeping your distance. Stay home from work or school until you are feeling better. Get Regular Healthcare Regular check-ups are an important part of disease prevention, even when you are feeling well. This is especially true for lung disease, which sometimes goes undetected until it is serious. During a check-up, your healthcare provider will listen to your breathing and talk to you about any concerns you may have.   Healthy Androscoggin Healthy Androscoggin is the Healthy Maine Partnership for Androscoggin County. We work to create a healthier community by supporting tobacco free lifestyles, preventing youth substance abuse, encouraging physical activity, promoting healthy eating, and preventing childhood lead poisoning.

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public. Dr. Mubashir is a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and of the American College of Physicians. She is a member of the Arthritis Foundation and Indian Rheumatology Association. St. Mary’s Rheumatology is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of people with disorders of the joints, muscles, tendons, and other connective tissue. Rheumatic diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, tendinitis, lupus, scleroderma and almost 200 other types of conditions. For more information about St. Mary’s Rheumatology or Dr. Mubashir, please visit www.stmarysmaine. com or call (207) 7774459. n

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New Coach Announced at St. Dominic Academy

Robert Parker was recently named the Saint Dominic Academy head hockey coach.

Saint Dominic Academy is pleased to announce its new boys head hockey coach. On Thursday, Sept. 10, Robert (Bobby) Parker was selected by St. Dom’s

Athletic Department from a pool of well-qualified candidates to fill this important position. “It was an easy decision,” said St. Dom’s

athletic director, Keith Weatherbie. “He is a tireless worker who is dedicated to the school and our athletes.” Bobby’s hockey experience goes back to 1987 as a member of the University of Southern Maine’s varsity hockey team and continues to this day. He is a well-known name in the St. Dom’s community; he established and coached the St. Dom’s Jr. High hockey team, has been coaching St. Dom’s boys JV hockey for the last three years, and is parent of two alumni. Bobby’s career also includes a USA Hockey Tier 2 1A National Championship in 2011 as the head coach of L/A’s Hockey Club Midget. “I want to further develop the family atmosphere among players, coaches and the fan base here at St. Dom’s,” said Parker. “I want to take it a step further with our hockey team and foster a positive environment where players can grow as young adults.” “Bobby Parker is a great choice,” said principal Joline Girouard. “He has the background, knowledge and heart to lead the boys varsity ice hockey team. He will be a tremendous asset to our program.” n

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Email Flows John McDonald

The flow of e-mails over the transom here at Storyteller Central has slowed a bit now that our summer visitors‚ (sometimes known affectionately in town as “summer complaints) have packed up and gone home. But people from away are still sending e-mails to me, hoping get answers to one question or another. For example Peter from Virginia e-mailed: “John, We’ve been staying a few weeks in a nice cottage on the grounds of a resort on the coast. While here we first want you to know how much we enjoyed reading your column in the weekly newspaper. After reading a few of your pieces we thought you’d probably be able to answer a question for us. Several tourist brochures we’ve seen boast

that Maine is a four-season resort‚ yet people we’ve met and talked to, people who live here yearround chuckle, at the idea. Who’s right? Is Maine a four-season resort or isn’t it?” Thanks for the e-mail Peter. I think I’ve seen some of those brochures that boast of our mythical four seasons‚ but after living year-round in Maine for as long as I have I only wonder where these people learned to count. Here in the USA we have freedom of speech and that freedom even extends to our tourist promotion people. You can say - for tourist promotion purposes - that Maine has four seasons. But in fairness you should quickly mention that it is possible to get snowed on in at least three maybe even four of thoe seasons. Then, of course, there’s “mud season,” for which no use has yet to be found. I can hear some of you now: “John, are you serious? Snow in four out of four seasons?”

Listen, here in Maine many of us haven’t trusted the weather ever since the infamous winter of 1816, a year still

known in these parts as “The year without a summer.” “Are you serious, John, 1816? It’s time to give it a rest - 1816 was over 185 years ago!” I hear some of you saying. Yes it was a while ago, but some of us still enjoy talking about it

Here in Maine we learn in history about the year 1816 and how here in the northeastern United States and

southeastern Canada there was a killing frost and bad snow storms in all twelve months. Trying to explain the abnormal weather some quacks‚ of the time - yes, they had quacks back then, too - tried to blame the cold weather on poor Ben Franklin and his slick

new invention, the lightening rod, that was being installed on top of barns and houses all over the place. As these quacks saw it, lightening was made up of intense heat, Ben’s new invention was interfering with the life of lightening, therefore Ben and Ben alone was most likely responsible for all the heat being lost. Later, when we learned a little more about this crazy planet, it was thought that the cold weather - more than likely - was caused by a number of large volcanic eruptions that occurred on the other side of the world in 1814-1815 in places like the Philippines and Indonesia. I know it’s a long-winded answer to a simple question, Peter, but sometimes there’s no way

around it. In a related e-mail, Will from Newport writes: “John, we’ve just retired to Maine and will be spending our first fall here. What do people around here do in the fall?” Thanks for the e-mail, Will. Most new arrivals like you spend a lot of time in early fall wondering things like: What ever happened to summer? Once you’ve more or less dealt with that question you can get down to doing what you probably should have been doing in the first place: Wondering if you’ve done everything necessary to get ready for winter, which is bearing down on our state like a runaway freight train. Hope you have a nice fall and are all ready when the first snow arrives, which will most likely be sooner than we think. n

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High School in 1954 and played on the Livermore Falls Andies Football Team. On April 29, 1955, in Buckfield, he married Mary Hutchinson. Daniel entered the pulp and paper industry in 1954 as an employee of International Paper Company, where he progressed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Numbers four and five paper machines

at the Androscoggin Mill. In March of 1981, he joined the Madison Paper Industries as the Number three paper machine superintendent. In 1987, he was promoted to Paper Mill Manager. After leaving Madison Paper, consulted throughout the United States and Canada for Wagner Wire and Felt Company. Daniel completed the Executive Education Program of Manufacturing in Corporate Strategy from Harvard Business School in 1987. He was a member of the Northeast Paper Industry Management Association, the International Paper Company Quarter Century Club and the Pulp Industries Management Association. He enjoyed

golf, cross-country skiing and walking. He is survived by his wife, Mary Houlihan of Auburn, daughters; Kathleen McConnell and her husband Patrick of Nashua, New Hampshire and Margaret Labbe and her husband Randy of Hartford, one son; William Houlihan and his wife Elva of Buxton, 8 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, one brother; Michael Houlihan of Jay and half- sister, Patty Paro of Westbrook. He was predeceased by his parents and one son, Steven Houlihan. Messages of condolence may be sent to: n

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(Gaouette) Ouellette, to whom he was married on September 23, 2006. He was a son of Paul and Georgette (Moreau) Ouellette of Raymond. Kevin proudly served our country as a Company Commander, Detachment Commander, and Captain in the U.S. Army, with a primary specialty in aviation. He also served as a member of the Army National Guard and as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. His distinguished military career was recognized by having been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with

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bike rider and boater, and loved the water, particularly time spent on Crescent Lake in Raymond. He held a pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and loved to fly small planes and helicopters. The fundraiser is being coordianted by Kevinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s employer, MSC Software, and will help Amy until she can get on her feet. The company will match contributions received by Oct 31st. To view information about the fundraiser, visit amy-ouellette-431012. n

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Saint Dominic Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Homecoming and Spirit Week

(Left to Right) Rebecca Zimmerman and Skye Rogers Saint Dominic Academyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Auburn Campus celebrated homecoming week September 19-26. Students and faculty participated in daily school activities to build camaraderie and to boost school spirit for upcoming sporting events. The week kicked off with a bonfire dance on Saturday, Sept. 19 followed by the annual Bob Boucher 5K walk/run on September 20. During the school week,

The TRiO Student Support Services Program at Central Maine Community College has been awarded a five-year grant totaling over 1.4 million dollars from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). The award to CMCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TRiO program is part of recent grants awarded by DOE totaling $270 million for 968 higher education institutions across the country. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every student has the right to an equal opportunity to learn and succeed in college,â&#x20AC;? U.S. Secretary

students, staff and faculty were invited to dress up for each dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme. Daily themes included: Mainer Day, Twin Day, Black and White Day, Tropical Day and Class Colors Day. Each afternoon students gathered together at the athletic fields for spirit building activities â&#x20AC;&#x201C; competing against friends, classmates and other grade levels. Activities included dodge ball, tug-of-war, soccer, tag and

students have,â&#x20AC;? said admissions director, Marianne Pelletier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never seen this level of excitement and student involvement.â&#x20AC;? The week culminated with an assembly in the gymnasium on Friday afternoon. Each grade level performed an â&#x20AC;&#x153;air bandâ&#x20AC;?, which consisted of synchronized dancing and performing to a selected song. The faculty surprised students when they gathered

together to perform their own version of air band. Friday, Sept. 25 concluded when Mission Mississippi hosted the annual Lobster/ Steak dinner, which sold out several days beforehand. The homecoming athletic games on Saturday, Sept. 26 were well attended and included Boys Varsity and JV Soccer, Girls Varsity and JV Soccer, and Girls Field Hockey. The Boys

and Girls Varsity Soccer teams were victorious over Lisbon; The Boys won 3-0 and the Girls won 5-0. The Girls Varsity Field Hockey played Boothbay and won in overtime, 4-3. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our athletics are off to a great start this year,â&#x20AC;? said athletic director, Keith Weatherbie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the fall teams are in playoff contention.â&#x20AC;? n

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more. A photo contest was opened to students showing their school spirit. Pictures were asked to be shared on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using #SDAschoolspirit. One picture was selected each day and awarded $50 in Spirit Bucks that can be used for various purchases around the school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As someone new to the St. Domâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community, I am overwhelmed by the amount of school spirit our

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director, said that CMCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, which has been in existence for almost 20 years, serves 175 students annually, including many who are low income, disabled, or first-generation college students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a very diverse group of students with many differing needs. CMCC TRiO assesses each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needs and then tailors an individualized program to help students reach their goals,â&#x20AC;? notes Charlton. The TRiO staff assist students with academic advising, time and money management, financial aid and scholarships, accessing college resourc-

The TRiO Program at CMCC was recently awarded a five-year federal grant renewal. Joining TRiO staffers Terry Charlton and Donna Alexander (second and fourth from the left), are students Kristin Richard, Matthew Kinney, Heather Wood (tutor), Hope Godin, Melissa Harnden, and Rene Moody. es, and access to cultural enrichment opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We not only assure students that they do belong


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Edward Little Cross Country

Jillian Richardson of Edward Little earned 3rd place in a Cross Country race at Cony High School in Augusta. Her time was 21:12, less than a minute behind Cony winner Anne Guadalupi. Teammate Kirsten Main was 14th. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Edward Little’s Jacob Gamache took 2nd place at a September 25 Cross Country race at Cony High School. His time was 17:39. Teams competing: Cony, Hampden, Belfast and Maranacook. The Eddie boys got second place overall. Spencer Dunn was 9th, Russell Allen 14th and Reece Rodgrigue 19th. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel) Outdoor Unit

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Cardiac electrophysiologist joins CMHVI

Adheesh Agnihotri, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist, has been appointed to the Central Maine Medical CenterMedical Staff. He is practicing at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute with Central Maine HeartAssociates, a cardiology practice with locations in Lewiston, Auburn, Brunswick, Topsham, Oakland, LivermoreFalls and Rumford. Cardiac electrophysiology, a subspecialty of cardiology, is concerned with diagnosing and treating disturbancesin the electrical activities of the heart. Cardiac electrophysiologists use an array of technologies to assess heartbeat irregularities and develop treatment plans, which may include medications, therapeutic procedures, andimplanted pacemakers and defibrillators. Adheesh comes to Lewiston from Burlington, Mass., where he worked as a fellow in clinical cardiacelectrophysiology at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. Prior to that he completed a fellowship incardiovascular disease at Maine Medical Center in Portland. A graduate of Punjab University’s Government Medical College in Chandigarh, India, he completed residencytraining at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine, working at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. He is certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He isalso certified in nuclear cardiology by the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology. He is a member of theAmerican College of Cardiology as well as the Heart Rhythm Society. His professional experience includes work as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Uni-

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three published manuscriptsconcerning cardiology and cardiac surgery. While studying in India, he participated as a medical officer in Pulse Polio, a nationwide campaign to eradicatepolio. During his time at the University of North Dakota, he received letters of commendation forexcellence in teaching. He practices in collaboration with David N. Abisalih, M.D., Robert Bender, D.O., Jamie

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Silent Auction Benefit

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Ed’s Apple Bread

A Silent Auction Benefit will take place Wednesday, November 11, from 3pm to 7pm at the Rowe Auburn Showroom, 699 Center St., Auburn. There will be a great assortment of items. The auction sign up closes at 6:30pm All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. n

PTO Craft Fair The Elm Street P.T.O. in Mechanic Falls will host a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 7, 2015. Doors will open at 9 am and close at 3 pm. The P.T.O. is looking for crafters to fill spaces. Cost is $25 a table, $30 with electricity. Spaces are 8 by 6 and crafters must bring their own tables. Chairs will be supplied. First come, first serve on alike crafters. Email for sn application. n

• 2 or 3 Mac apples peeled sliced pieces

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• 1tsp. Baking soda • 1tsp. Vanilla extract or almond extract (optional)

• 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Preheat oven to 350º. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix well. Grease an 8x8 pan and pour mixture into pan. Bake 1 or 1 1/4 hour. Convection oven works best. Turn pan around inside oven for an even bake.Serve warm or cool on rack when done. ENJOY!

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How to Store Fresh Apples

A few tricks of the trade can be employed to prevent apples from decaying.

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apples can be seen filling farm stands and supermarkets all over North America. Apples are available year-round, but many apple lovers insist there’s nothing better than plucking an apple directly off the tree in the fall. Apple orchards and pick-yourown farms are visited each autumn by apple lovers anxious for apples’ tart and juicy taste. Many people pick more apples than they can eat in a few days, so it pays to learn how to store apples properly so none of them go to waste. Start by picking a variety of apple that won’t go bad too quickly. Apple growers can make suggestions, but Jonathan, Rome, Fuji, and Granny Smith varieties tend to

last longer than other varieties. Choose apples that are free of blemishes or soft spots. The adage that “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” bears some truth. Apples give off ethylene gas as they decay, and a rotting apple can quickly affect nearby apples. A good place to store apples in the short-term is in the refrigerator where it is cool. Put the apples in the crisper drawer. Do not store them with vegetables, as the apples may cause the veggies to ripen or rot prematurely. If you plan on long-term storage, a few extra steps are necessary. Apples need to be individually wrapped so they will not come in contact with other apples. Newsprint works great; just be sure to pick the

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about the right way to begin the process. Fruits are generally canned using a boiling-water canner. However, some fruits, like apples, can be canned with a pressure canner. Because apples tend to discolor when the flesh meets the air, use a little lemon juice to prevent this while canning. Turning apples into candied apples also can help them keep longer. Apples can be dipped into a sugary coating, caramel or toffee to be enjoyed later on. Of course, you always can bake apples into a pie as well, then freeze the pie for another day. Autumn would be incomplete without apples. Get ready for apple season by developing a storage plan before you visit the orchard. n

4 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Home As winter approaches, homeowners know they must do certain things to ready their homes for the coming months. Wrapping up the grill and closing the pool are no-brainers, but homeowners also must prioritize winterizing their homes to ensure homes withstand the winter. Winterizing tasks range from small to big, but each can protect a home and its inhabitants and some can even save homeowners a substantial amount of money. The following are four simple ways to winterize your home. 1. Plug leaks Leaky windows and doorways can cost homeowners money yearround, allowing cold air to escape on hot summer afternoons and letting cold air in on brisk winter

nights. When such leaks aren’t fixed, homeowners are more liable to turn up their air conditioners or heaters, unnecessarily padding their energy bills along the way. Before winter arrives, check areas around windows and door frames for leaks, as well as any additional openings, such as chimneys, that may allow cold air in. Use caulk or weather strips to plug these leaks, and enjoy your warmer home and lower energy bills as winter weather gets colder and colder. 2. Inspect your chimney If your home has a chimney, chances are you have not used it since last winter. During that time, the chimney has likely accumulated some dirt and grime, and may even have served as home to

some uninvited critters. As the season for fireside chats approaches, have your chimney serviced by a professional so it’s ready for use and you are not greeted by some unwanted guests upon lighting your first fire. 3. Clear the yard Autumn days, particularly late autumn days, can be gusty, and strong winds can cause branches to fall off trees. Branches big and small can cause damage to cars, siding and roofs, and smaller branches can get clogged in gutters, potentially Trimming hanging branches and removing debris from their yards is one simple way causing gutters to back up homeowners can prepare their properties for winter. and leading to leaky roofs that damage a home’s in- falling off of trees. Re- with water still in them you do that, drain them so terior. Take a walk around move any branches that can freeze and burst, po- no water is sitting in the your property at least are hanging over your tentially leading to sig- pipes when temperatures once per week during home and driveway so nificant water damage. dip. There are many ways the fall, clearing any fall- they don’t pose a threat to When you no longer need your house or vehicles. to water the lawn and to winterize a home, and en limbs and trimming when temperatures get homeowners should take branches that appear one 4. Turn off outdoor wa- too cold to wash your car every precaution necesstrong gust away from ter supplies in the driveway, be sure sary to ensure their homes to shut off the water sup- are safe and warm as the When temperatures ply to outdoor spigots and cold weather season apget especially low, pipes sprinkler systems. Once proaches. n

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