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Leeds Remembers Veterans

Approximately three dozen people gathered to remember Leeds veterans at the Veterans Park in Leeds Center on Sunday, November 8th. Laura Juraska, president of the Leeds Historical Society, opened the ceremony, welcoming everyone, and then introducing members of the Leeds Central School Student Council, who raised the flag and led the the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. State Rep. Jared Golden, a Leeds native, then said a few words. A Marine who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Golden shared memories of some of the men with whom he served.

They represented the best of what the United States stands for, he said, and he was honored to have served with them. Their backgrounds and stories were varied, but all embodied the values which make our country great. Charlie Allen, an Air Force Vet who served in Viet Nam read a moving poem, and members of Brownie Scout Troop #1524 then laid a wreath on the Veterans monument. The Rev. Steve Hastings from the Leeds Community Church led the group in singing My Country ’Tis of Thee and closed the gathering with a prayer of remembrance.n

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History Museum Open House

Auburn Community Concert Band Presents 34th Annual Holiday Concert

The Auburn Community Concert Band, under the direction of Milt Simon, will present its 34th annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 16th at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The free, 75-minute performance

will begin at 7:00 p.m. The 40-member concert band is comprised of volunteer musicians from 15 central Maine communities, who range in age from 15 to 90. The group will perform both traditional and contemporary holiday

favorites. As has been the tradition for almost three decades, those attending the performance will have the opportunity to make a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army. All money collected

that evening will be used to help area residents in need of assistance. For the past three consecutive years, audience contributions have averaged over $1,000.00 following each of the ACCB’s holiday concerts. The Franco Center takes its residence inside a city landmark, the former St. Mary’s Church, located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. The Center’s Café and Bar will be open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. that evening, and will then reopen immediately following the conclusion of the ACCB’s performance. For more information regarding this concert, call the Franco Center at 7831585, or visit the band's web site at n

Family Celebration of Christmas

A “Family Celebration of Christmas” is being held at North Turner Union Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 12. This program is designed for the entire family and will include music, old-fashioned

storytelling and fun events for folks of all ages. There are many familiar local names in the program lineup for the program including several members of the Libby family and the Mason family.

The program will feature the “North Turner Singers” with individual performances by Danny Camire, Bryce Libby, Rhonda Chase, Penny Jaskalen, Meredith Biggs and Judy Gallup, Jackie and Paul Pinette, Connie Libby,



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Marie Duncan, Gerry Ellis, Kevin Libby and Lissa Bradford. There is no charge for the celebration which begins at 7 p.m. but goodwill donations will be used for church repairs and maintenance. The church is located on Route 219, Howes Corner Road, in North Turner Village approximately one mile from the Route 4 intersection. n

The Turner History Museum invites you to our Christmas Open House on December 12, 2015 on the 4th floor of the Leavitt Institute Building at 98 Matthews Way starting at 9 am and going on until 1 pm. The theme is “Old Fashion Christmas” with decorations and activities for children from the early 1890’s such as organ music, coloring contest and garland making. There will be refreshments and activities. Santa will have gifts under the tree for the children. Turner Museum and Historical Association has its 2016 calendar available for sale along with many other shopping ideas. The pictures featured in the 2016 calendar are of many of the exhibits here at the museum with a story behind each. The Building will be bustling with activates during the day along with the Museum’s Open

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The wedding of Elizabeth Moreau and Stephen Perry was held at 3:00PM on September 19 at the Tabernacle in Oaks Bluffs, MA. Thomas Stretton, uncle of the Bride officiated the Ceremony. Mrs. Perry is the daughter of Philippe and Anne Moreau of Greene, ME. Mr. Perry is the son of Eric and Brenda Perry of Edgartown , MA. Anne Moreau served as Matron of Honor for her daughter. Bridesmaids were Bailey Marquis and Mariana Velly Miguel, both friends of the Bride and Timothy Stretton, cousin of the Bride served as Man of Honor. Raymond Perry served as Best Man for his brother. Serving as Ring Bearer was Alexander Moreau nephew of the Bride. Reception followed at

the AG Hall in West Tisbury. The Bride us a 2008 Leavitt Area High School, a 2010 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a 2014 graduate of Johnson and Wales. She is currently employed at Rumford Hospital as Registered Dietitian. The Groom is a 2007 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard High School and a 2010 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. He is currently employed as the Culinary Manager for W.S. Cohen on the medows in Augusta. The couple is residing in Greene. n

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December 4, 2015

The Mulie Story

V. Paul Reynolds In the small Northwestern Colorado town of Maybell, the morning came on with low-lying dark clouds, rain and fog. For cow elk hunters, including Diane and myself, the nasty weather was a welcome respite from a week of too much sun and too much heat, even up high in the magnificent Danforth Hills. After a short drive we parked the truck and began the tough, hardbreathing ascent to a high, juniper-strewn plateau. The plan, once in place, was to glass the ravines and draws for an unsuspecting cow

elk working its way up toward the bedding areas among the scrub oak clusters and timberlines even higher up. Dropping Diane off in a nice spot with lots of visibility in spite of the mist and fog, I worked my way up through the sage and junipers looking for a place worthy of a morning vigil. There was ample sign. Fresh elk and mulie deer tracks were evident, along with plenty of droppings, some old but some with that telltale sheen that quickens any hunter’s pulse rate. Soon, through the shifting mist and juniper groves, an expansive buff-colored meadow of tall sweetgrass showed itself. The meadow was festooned with dead juniper trees. In some ways it reminded me of a Maine bog, and it spoke to me of elk country in every way. I settled in along the meadow’s edge, mesmerized by the shifting

clouds of mist and the feeling that this would be the place where an elk tag could be filled, not tomorrow, but today! This was no place for daydreaming or nodding off. Although I could see for maybe 300 yards to the edge of the mist, the light was flat and there

were dark bunches of sage among the tall grass and dead junipers. You had to look carefully and often. During my second scan, movement was detected. Moving ghostlike from right to left was a large critter at about 180 yards. A cow elk? Laying the Ruger One

.270 atop the shooting stick, the slow-moving critter came into view in the scope. Then it stopped and munched at a shrub. Crosshairs aligned. Safety off. I could see antlers, a big rack. My heart sank. I clicked the safety back on and lowered the gun. The critter, I could tell, was not an elk at all. It was a mulie buck and a spectacular one at that, equipped with what looked to be a formidable rack. My cow elk never showed that day, or any other, for me or for Diane. Between us our scopes had dialed in a coyote, a bull elk and an untold number of mulies, of both persuasions. The mulie deer story in Colorado is an interesting one. There are three different rifle seasons for elk. Mulie tags are only issued during the second and third elk seasons. So a first rifle season elk hunter, no matter how fat his wallet, cannot legally take a mulie. Those of us who have hunted elk in Colorado, usually first rifle season, just never bothered with mulies. We are having second thoughts. Honestly, and I have a witness, we must have seen three or four hundred mulies in a week. With or without a

tag, seeing so many deer makes for an exciting week. Puzzling to me, however, is that Colorado wildlife officials continue to express concern about “dwindling mulie numbers.” You couldn’t prove it by my experience. In Northwest Colorado mule deer are everywhere, almost as plentiful as sage rabbits. Officials say that Colorado has between 400,000 and 600,000 mule deer. (Compare that to Maine’s estimated whitetail population: 200,000!) Lou, a bewhiskered Californian and diehard mulie deer hunter we met at the campground, told me that he has hunted both mulies and elk, and much prefers mulies, to eat and to hunt. Maybe Lou has the right idea. 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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Picking Pockets John McDonald

While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the topic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are upto these days. According to the figures I found, our criminals have been busy as beavers. In the report I read, under the heading “larceny,” for example, were listed all the different ways a theft can be committed – ways you and I wouldn’t necessarily think of, unless we’re in the habit of thinking lawbreaking thoughts. There was shoplifting, theft of bicycles, theft of motor vehicles, theft of items from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and accessories and theft from

buildings. There was even a separate category for thefts from vending machines. The figures – if they are to be believed - have good news for vending machine owners. In the last few years, thefts from Maine vending machines plummeted by almost 5 percent. We can only conclude that either vending machines are getting smarter or vending machine crooks are getting dumber. There was no mention of thefts committed by vending machines themselves, a crime which I have been the victim of recently. To me the most surprising statistic in the whole pile was the one showing that pick-pocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals operating in tollbooths in York and Hampton, N.H. Those are perfectly legal

pickpocket operations and are fully authorized to pick any pockets that happen by. The statistic refers to those engaged in the unauthorized picking of pockets; those individuals who bump into you in a crowd at the Blue Hill, Cumberland, Fryeburg or Oxford fairs and lift the wallet right out of your pocket without you being

the wiser. I don’t mean to single out those fine fairs. Fact is, the picking of pockets can take place at almost any other fair in Maine even the Washington County Fair – if it were still in existence. After reading the pickpocket statistics I checked for my wallet and was glad to learn that it was still where it was sup-

posed to be. I don’t know about you, but I always thought pickpockets worked in big cities that were teeming with gullible easy marks who were just waiting to have their pocket picked by some well-trained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a person might go to learn

how to pick pockets. I know where you go to learn how to lobster or how to drag for fish and scallops or how to harvest wood and build boats, but where does someone go in Maine to learn the ancient art of pocket picking? My first impulse is to blame the whole pickpocket business on people from away. Why not? We blame them for just about everything else. Hard as it is to believe we may have within our borders a homegrown pick pocket class with its own homegrown pickpocket culture. But don’t look at me; I’m just writing about them. And if you think this column was just a distraction so I could move in and pick your pocket, you’re wrong. Go ahead; check for your wallet. If it’s missing – like I said – don’t look at me. n

Local Cemetery Announced as an Official Wreaths Across America Locations Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, announced that Maple Grove Cemetery in Hartford has once again joined in the effort to fulfill the national WAA mission of remembering, honoring and teaching under the 2015 central theme: “Cemeteries are for the living.” This is the first year that Maple Grove Cemetery will be participating. Maple Grove Cemetery will be organizing several fundraising events in the coming year that will culminate in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor veterans on National Wreath Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.

Remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at more than 1,000 locations across the country and overseas. A remembrance ceremony will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hartford, Maine, on this day to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our country are not, and never will be, forgotten. Helen Sprague is the location leader. She is a member of the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Windsor, Ct. In addition to the 7 ceremonial wreaths she would like to honor her ancestors, John Bartlett and Daniel Coolbroth. They were both soldiers in the Revo-

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Ask the Trainer - Have a Lean Holiday Season Jodi Cornelio

Just because the holidays are approaching doesn’t mean you have to abandon your good eating habits. The average person gains 5 to 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Don’t let that happen to you. Understanding how many calories a day you actually need and being creative as to where to get these calories the healthy way will help you dodge those extra pounds this season. First, calculate your caloric needs, otherwise

known as Resting Metabolic Requirements (RMR). Take your body weight and multiply this by 10 to find your RMR. These are the calories you need to breathe and maintain normal body functions without exercise. Take that and multiply it by 10% if you are sedentary, 20% if you are moderately active and 30% if you are active and add that to your RMR. Example: 140 pounds x 10 = 1400 calories, Active = (1400 x .30) + 1400 = 1820 calories per day to maintain your weight. To lose a pound a week, decrease this number by 500 a day. Now that you have a general idea how many calories you actually need, choose your holiday foods

from the lists below. 300 to 800 calories per average serving: Apple pie, blueberry pie, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey with gravy, stuffing made with butter, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, Caesar salad, most cakes and pies. Between 150 and 300 calories per average serving: Baked potato with butter and regular gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash with butter and brown sugar, creamed corn, vegetable prepared in butter, nuts, fudge, peanut brittle, cheese roll, Jell-O, pudding, sweet breads like carrot bread, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, coffee

Kora Shrine Receives Maine Preservation Honor Award

Kora Shrine in Lewiston Maine is the proud recipient of the 2015 Maine Preservation Honor Award. Shown receiving the award are, from left to right, Randy Murray, Dan Labrie, Illustrious Potentate Richard Hersom, and Barry Gates PP.

The Board of Trustees of Maine Preservation recently selected Kora Shrine in lewiston to receive a 2015 statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for its restoration efforts and its lasting contribution made to preserve our State’s irreplaceable heritage. The award was presented to Kora Shrine by Greg Paxton, Executive Director of Maine Preservation at their annual awards banquet. The award recognizes the brick and terra

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December Classes at SeniorsPlus The following classes will be offered during December at the SeniorsPlus Education Center. Classes are free (unless noted). We are fully accessible. Hearing assistive equipment is available. A One-on-One, OneHour Class, Researching Your Family History: Date Choices: Tuesdays, December 8, 15, 22. Time Choices: 9am, 10:15am, Noon, 1:15pm. Instructor: Carroll N. Holmes, Researcher The instructor will use several genealogical web sites to find people on your family tree. Bring curiosity, and if you have it, whatever information (names, dates, places) you may have. Strength, Neuro, & Light Cardio Training: Dates: Mondays (ongoing). Time: 10:30am to 11:15am Dates: Fridays (ongoing). Time: 1pm to 1:45pm. 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 sup-

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Learning Tower Opens at CMCC

Tour group enjoys the view of Lake Auburn from the fourth floor of CMCC’s new Learning Tower. College Trustee William Cassidy suggested, “…a very inspiring room.” (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Among several ‘ribbon cutting’ tours was this group: L to R: CMCC Art Teacher, Connie McVey, former President of Maine’s Community College System, John Fitsimmons, Ellen Chase, College Trustee, William Cassidy, wife of Mr. Cassidy, Susan Cassidy. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

The ribbon cutting ceremony for Central Maine Community College’s Learning Tower took place on October 16. The Tower whose construction took exactly one year has quickly become the signature building on the Auburn campus. In his brief opening comments before the tours began, President Scott Knapp


told guests, “I asked Harriman Architects & Engineers to build us an iconic building. You will see that they did.” He was also able to announce the college’s next project, a Precision Machine Center. The new building is centrally located, adjacent and connected by enclosed walkway to Jalbert


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structors to immediately review the presentations. The third floor has a smaller case study room and a business simulation classroom. The simulation room is equipped with group pods, each with a computer and screen, and moveable writing boards that are ideal for brainstorming sessions. The room’s layout improves the students’ focus and can easily switch between lecture and group work. The chemistry lab is on the fourth floor. The addition of this lab has enabled the College to offer Organic Chemistry, a required course in the new

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Cozumel: Mexico With a Caribbean Touch

The remains of the temple at El Cedral.

The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.

By Victor Block Much about the island says Mexico. Archeological sites hint of the rich Mayan civilization that once flourished there. Parts of San Miguel, the only town, retain the charms of villages common throughout the country’s mainland. At the same time, Cozumel displays its Caribbean roots. White sand beaches are fringed by stately palm trees. The center of the island is covered by dense jungle and swampy lagoons. Lying 12 miles off the east coast of Mexico, Cozumel is known for offering deep sea diving that’s among the best in the world. It’s ringed by an underwater wonderland of Technicolor coral heads and submarine gardens that are home to an almost unimaginable variety of sea life. Nonswimmers may enjoy close-up introductions to creatures large and small in a glass bottom boat or mini-submarine, during a dolphin show, by checking out resident crocodiles in their lair and observing endangered sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the Caribbean wa-

sites are scattered around the island. San Gervasio was the most important setting. Sacbes (ancient elevated roads) connect several building complexes there including temples, an ossuary and ceremonial centers. The temple at El Cedral was another hub of Mayan life on the island. However, when Spanish Conquistadors landed on Cozumel in 1518, they destroyed the structure and the remaining portion provides little evidence of its past glory. Like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel boasts a choice of inviting beaches. Stretches of golden sand line the western shore, facing the mainland of Mexico. On the less-developed Caribbean Sea side, quiet beaches are interspersed among rock-strewn areas, and the strong breakers and undertow discourage swimming. Cozumel also is home to parks and preserves which show off both Mother Nature’s handiworks and man-made attractions. The Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve does both. The park protects a mixture of mangroves, dunes and reef systems that pro-

ters where they will spend their lives. Most travelers to Cozumel begin their visit in San Miguel. Once a sleepy village, it has evolved into a popular destination for cruise ships whose passengers patronize shops and restaurants near the docks. Those who venture a few blocks inland find a more mellow setting that retains the heart and soul of the original community. There, sidewalks are lined by small, familyowned stores and eateries where locals gather. El Mercado, the oldest market on the island, houses a warren of tiny shops and restaurants offering traditional food. Cozumel derived its name from the Mayans who arrived there some 2,000 years ago. They believed it to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. According to legend, their temples dedicated to Ixchel earned her gratitude, and she sent her favorite bird – the swallow – as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lumil (land) were compacted to Kozomil and the name stuck. More than 30 Mayan

vide refuge for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas and resident and migratory birds. Exhibits in a towering century-plus old lighthouse range from maritime navigation to pirates. Cozumel once provided safe haven for buccaneers who roamed the Caribbean Sea, including the notorious Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte. Some cutthroats hid their ill-gotten treasures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-see’s and to-do’s to satisfy many interests. Visitors may stroll through a lush botanical garden, study the colorful inhabitants of a natural aquarium and enjoy a close-up view of the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The complex includes dozens of replicas of Mayan sites and a working Mayan house that brings to life daily chores like cooking, weaving, and planting crops. A more participatory experience awaits those who wish to take part in a temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge session intended to cleanse both body and mind. A pleasant surprise dur-

Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.

ing my visit to Cozumel was how much I enjoyed the kind of attraction that I often avoid. Why, I wondered, should my wife and I spend time visiting a cultural theme park when the real Mexico is just outside? However, the aptly named Discover Mexico site provided a number of reasons. The experience begins with a multi-screen video presentation that traces the country’s history and describes its cultures. This is followed by the main attraction. We strolled through a setting of tropical vegetation, along pathways shared with turtles and iguanas. The trail passes more than three dozen detailed scale models of famous Mexican archeological sites and buildings. Replicas of structures from the Mayan, Aztec and Colonial periods stand near contemporary architectural treasures. The result is an all-encompassing walk through history.

Adding to authentic touches in the park, the snack bar serves a variety of typical dishes—and where there’s food, there’s drink. In Mexico, that often means Tequila, which locals refer to as “Mexican water.” Visitors to the theme park have an opportunity to discover how tequila is made, then sample tastes of several brands. Sipping tequila is about as Mexican as it gets. So, too, is much about the island of Cozumel, along with attractions usually associated with the islands of the Caribbean. If you go: For information about visiting Cozumel, log onto cozumel. travel. Victor Block is an award-winning travel journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., and spends summers in Rangeley, Maine. He is a guidebook author who has traveled to more than 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers around the country, and on travel websites. n

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Library Christmas Festival Saturday, December 12th It’s time again to celebrate the season! Please join us on Saturday, December 12th any time from 9am to 1pm for music, shopping, meeting friends and neighbors, and Christmas stories with Mrs. Claus! The 1st floor community room will be the setting for piano music and other ongoing musical entertainment. The Hornets in Harmony from LAHS will be featured at 10:30. Be sure to let these talented students get your holiday season off to a great start! The 2nd floor will feature craft vendors with a variety of gift ideas, activities for children including a Christmas craft and the opportunity to make chocolate pretzels, as well as games. The 3rd floor is definitely the hot spot to

visit! Community members and library patrons have been very generous in their donations to the silent auction! There is truly something for everyone! Be sure to place your bids before the closing of the auction at noon. Items available include gift bags, Patriots and Red Sox clothing, canned jams and jellies, quilted and knit items, gift certificates for organic beef and lamb, Maine State Theater tickets, a cord of seasoned wood, blueberries, LL Bean, Hannaford, movie tickets and many other items. Placing a winning bid on an auction item is a great way to support the library as well as get a bit of shopping done. Heartfelt thanks to the many people in the community who have so generously donated items for the auction. Please join us on this festive day! Poinsettias

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Add a little red to your decor this year with beautiful, red, two stemmed poinsettias from Longfellow’s Greenhouse. These beautiful flowers are a great way to add color and spark up your house during this merry season! Poinsettias will be on sale during the Christmas Festival at the Library. History Room Open House The 4th floor of the Leavitt Institute is where you will find “Our Old Fashion Christmas” hosted by the Turner History Room members. Stop by and see the decorated 1890’s Christmas tree with a train! There will be organ music, a coloring contest, garland making, a chance to win a 36 inch Santa, and of course, free Santa gifts for all children! Floors 1 to 4, we have it all! For those who want to burn a few calories to offset all the holiday treats, the stairs are the way to go for events on each floor! If

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Tripp Tigers Celebrate an Undefeated Season

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The Leeds Line By Debbie Hite

Preparing my last column just a few days before Thanksgiving 2015. Hope you had a bountiful and blessed feast. Now on to Advent followed by Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season. Students begin their holiday with a half-day on Tuesday, Dec. 22 and return to school on Monday, Jan. 4. State dog licenses are due before the new year, so bring your pet’s proof of rabies vaccination to the town office and take care of this annual obligation. The office will close at noon on Dec. 24, remain closed on Christmas Day, and resume regular hours on Friday. The office will be open regular hours on Dec. 31, but will be closed on New Year’s Day. I’m sure the Deacons at Leeds Community Church would appreciate your assistance responding to needs this holiday season. Give Sue Jewett a call at 524-7151to learn how you can help. An invitation is extended to the entire community to attend the candlelight Christmas service on Sunday evening, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments afterward in the Vestry provide an opportunity to mingle with your neighbors. Training will begin Tuesday, Jan. 12, from 5-9 p.m. for potential Emergency

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David Lester Cummings

Barbara S. Heath

courageously worked until retirement age, even after becoming a paraplegic in 1983 due to a fall. He bravely fought to live a full life despite his limitations. He believed in working hard and taking care of his family through his own efforts, no matter the struggle. His work ethic was amazing and was an example to all who knew him. David enjoyed cooking, fishing, woodworking, leather crafting, attending Native American PowWows, and the fellowship of his church family at the United Pentecostal Church of Livermore Falls. He loved to watch cooking programs and was a very creative cook, inventing recipes all his own. He delighted in cooking for family holidays and very often hosted meals just to bring the family together. David is survived by his wife, Phyllis Cummings of Livermore; a daughter, Laurie Enos, and her husband Carlton of Turner; a

Sr. and Mary (Winkus) Jaros. She was very proud of her Lithuanian Heritage. Barbara was a 1950 graduate of Stephens High School in Rumford. On June 4, 1955 in Rumford, she married Harold L. Heath. Barbara worked as a telephone operator for 5 years in Rumford. She also worked in shoe shops and served lunch for SAD 36 for 8 years. She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, knitting, playing bingo at the Amvets and watching game shows. She is survived by her husband Harold Heath of Livermore Falls, her two


David Lester Cummings, 76, of Livermore, died peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. David was born April 2, 1939 in Springfield, MA, a son of George "Wally" and Gertrude (Cox) Cummings and grew up in Agawam, MA. He married Phyllis (Green) Cummings on June 15, 1963 and moved to East Longmeadow, MA. They recently celebrated their 52nd anniversary. David worked at City Stamp Works (CSW) for 43 years as a Foreman of the Press Room and later as a Customer Service Representative. David

son, James David Cummings and his wife, Jaime of Rumford; three beloved grandchildren, Carlton "John" Enos, and his fiancée, Marissa Henderson of Canton; Timothy Enos of North Scituate, RI; and Sarah Enos of Standish, and her boyfriend, Mark Smith of Livermore Falls; one great grandchild, Brantley Thomas Enos; and his beloved "Kitty" who kept him company during his last years in bed. David was predeceased by his parents; a brother, John "Bub;" a sister, Doris; as well as his two beloved pets, Freckles and Daffy. David's family would like to extend a special thank you to David's private aides, Beverly Townsend and Kathy Evans who gave him tender-loving care. They were a huge help to the family during David's final years. Tributes and condolences may be shared by visiting www.wilesrc. com. n

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Barbara S. (Jaros) Heath, 84, a resident of Livermore Falls, passed away peacefully in her sleep, early Tuesday morning, November 10th at Sandy River Rehabilitation in Farmington. She was born November 6, 1931, in Rumford, the daughter of Charles Jaros,

Brent C. Jones 1943 ~ 2015

Mark “Joe” Smith 1954 ~ 2015

Mark “Joe” Smith, 61, a resident of East Livermore, died unexpectedly, Thursday, November 5th in Danbury, Connecticut where he was working. He was born September 25, 1954 in Farmington, the son of Duane C. and Marjorie (Eustis) Smith. He was a 1972 graduate of Livermore Falls High School. Following graduation, Joe proudly served in the U.S. Army, and was selected to train new re-

cruits on heavy equipment before going to Korea. On February 19, 1983 in Livermore Falls, he married Nancy (James) Trask. Joe worked several years for International Paper in Jay; he was owner and operator of M.D. Smith Excavation and M.D. Smith Logging, he also worked at B.I.W. and was currently an equipment operator for Bancroft Contracting Corporation of South Paris. Joe was a hard worker and admired for his strong work ethic. Joe was a member and past president of Bowman Field Flying Club in East Livermore, he was also a member of Frank L. Mitchell, V.F.W. Post 3335 and Amvets Post 33 in Jay. He enjoyed flying, sailing and riding his Harley, but most of all

he enjoyed time with his family. He was a kind and thoughtful person and will be greatly missed by those that knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife Nancy Smith of East Livermore; his children, John Trask of Jay; and Julie Rand and husband Patrick of NH., grandchildren, Kyle and Riley Trask, his sister, Michelle Fish and her husband Walter of East Livermore; his uncle, Richard Eustis of Old Town, his brother-inlaw, Charles James and his wife Marsha of Solon; sister-in-law, Donna Boone and her husband Craig of Jay and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. Messages of condolence may be sent to: n

sons; Tom Heath and his wife Kathy of Augusta and Greg Heath and his wife Vickey of Jay, one daughter, Diane Bryant of Auburn; grandchildren; Heather Crocker, Roxanne Welch, Cameron and Kyle Bryant, great-grandchildren; Emily Welch, Adam Crocker, Jonathan Crocker and Cole Welch, her sister Theresa Legere of Rumford and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Charles Jaros and sister Estall Petre. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome. com. n

Brent C. Jones, 72, a lifelong resident of Livermore Falls, died unexpectedly, Tuesday, November 10th at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. He was born November 4, 1943 in Farmington, the son of Ray Harlow Jones

and Beatrice Irene (Poland) Jones. Brent was a 1962 graduate of Livermore Falls High School. On October 15, 1966 in Lewiston, he married Joan Vickery. Throughout the years Brent worked as a meat cutter a various local groceries stores, most recently at Save-a-Lot in Farmington. Brent enjoyed playing golf, watching sports, playing canasta and rummy, working around the house and teasing his younger brother, above all else, Brent especially loved the time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife,

Joan Jones of Livermore Falls; his son, Scott Jones and his wife Sarah of South Portland and his daughter, Debra Jones of Livermore; his grandson, Garrett Jones of South Portland; brothers and their wives, Brian and Colleen Jones of Spring Valley, California; and Bruce and Pam Jones of Fryeburg and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Richard Jones and sisters, Thelma Garrow and Beverly Matthews. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome. com. n

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Students Participate in Community Service Day

Recently, 250 students fanned out from the Hebron Academy campus to various organizations and locations across the state to perform community service as part of the Community Life program at the school. They went as far away as Portland, Woolwich and Brunswick, stayed as close as Hebron, Auburn and Oxford Hills, all while lending a hand to a wide variety of organizations and projects. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity welcomed Hebron students to a house building project in Brunswick where they helped paint trim and move building materials; The Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn received help packaging up bulk food for easier distribution to families in need; the residents of the Maine Veterans' Home at Clover Manor in Auburn were treated to a concert by student musi-

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Create An Energy-Efficient Home for the Holidays Tis the season to be festive, and that usually means stringing up hundreds of twinkling lights to create a welcoming glow on dark winter nights. Some people view the holiday season as their chance to go all out with regard to decorating their homes with an abundance of lights, inflatable lawn ornaments and maybe even some mechanical figures. While these decorations certainly may be symbols of the season, it’s easy to forget just how much energy and resources they consume. A typical strand of lights uses around 300 watts of electricity. Multiply those figures by the dozens of strings of lights people use and it’s easy to see how quickly energy usage can add up. In addition to lights, lit candles, animated dolls, wreaths, trees, and scores of imported ornaments contribute to the energy

consumption per household. Even so, environmentally conscious individuals need not skip the holiday de^acor and entertaining. Fortunately, there are various ways to be energy efficient with holiday de^acor this season. · Switch to LED lights. LED lights consume a fraction of the energy traditional incandescent bulbs do. While a standard string of 50 lights consumes 300 watts, LED sets only consume four watts. This not only saves energy, but also considerable amounts of money over the course of the holiday season. · Use fiber-optic decorations. Fiber optic items are lit by one light. The illumination carries through the fiber optic cables to the entire decoration. · Use a power strip and timer. Plug decorations into a power strip (be sure to follow the recommended power load for safety)

and hook everything up to a timer so lights are not on when no one can see them. · Check light strands. Always inspect lights for frayed wires and any damage. Frayed lights are less efficient and pose a considerable safety risk. · Enhance decorations. Use mirrors and reflective ornaments to give the appearance of more lights without actually adding more. · Turn off ambient lighting. Christmas tree lights or the lights framing a picture window should be sufficient to light up a room. Keep lamps and overhead lighting off while the tree is lit to save money and energy. · Lower the thermostat. When entertaining, turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Having extra people in your home will raise the temperature. Similarly, heat generated by the oven and other cooking appliances can warm up a home. Don’t waste energy

Decorative lights can consume a considerable amount of energy. Scale back or invest in LEDs, which are more energy-efficient lights by keeping the heat turned on high. · Invest in rechargeable batteries. According to Energy Quest, 40 percent of all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. To power those many gifts

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Central Maine Community College (CMCC) and the University of New England (UNE) have announced the adoption of a memorandum of transfer agreement that will enable CMCC students to apply all credits from the CMCC Life Sciences program toward any of 15 bachelor’s degree programs at UNE. The memorandum was signed in a ceremony held Tuesday, November 3 at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The event celebrated a partnership that offers students affordable and seamless access to UNE bachelor’s degrees in the sciences. CMCC Life Sciences students will now be able to transfer their Life Sciences




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L.L. Bean Has Much to Offer During Northern Lights Celebration L.L. Bean will host it’s Northern Lights Celebration November 20 to December 31 at their flagship campus in Freeport. Some of the many activities include: November 28: Holiday Music Enjoy performances from the Freeport High School Chamber Choir. They’ll be singing an array of Christmas music, plus they’ll host sing-alongs so everyone can join in to catch the Christmas spirit! The Chamber Choir Performance will be from 10:30 -11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. The Christ-

mas Carol Sing-Along from 1:30-noon and

1:30-2 p.m. December 4-6: Free-

port’s Sparkle Celebration The whole town gets into the holiday spirit! We’ll kick things off with The Parade of Lights, and the fun continues with visits with Santa at L.L.Bean following the parade, a Sparkle Express Adventure aboard the Amtrak Downeaster, the Jingle Bell Fun Run and much more. Parade at 6 p.m. on Friday in Downtown Freeport. Visit sparklecelebration. com for details.

December 5-6: Winter Sports Weekend Get ready for outdoor winter fun! Check out the great selection of cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, ice skates and accessories. Join us throughout the weekend and learn more about exciting new products available for winter with special clinics by vendors like Bkool, MSR, Fischer, Tubbs and Rossignol. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. L.L.Bean Ice Walk: SubZero IceCarvings

has carved very special ice sculptures that will amaze you. Be sure to see them all while you’re here— and don’t forget your camera! Sculputures wll be throughout the L.L.Bean Campus. December 12: Kids’ Holiday Fun Day Get Outdoors with the Boy Scouts! The Boy Scouts will be here to encourage everyone to get outside by offering fun activities in Discovery Park. Join them and be ready to have some fun—hot chocolate will be available too. Family-Friendly Fun: Join us for Nutcrackerinspired craft projects with Julie Yeo, book readings of A Merry Moosey Christmas by the author, Lynn Plourde, and illustrator, Russ Cox, with special guest L.L. Bear. Plus a kids’ clinic on knot tying, book signings, a store-wide scavenger hunt, and more. Visit northernlights for more details.n

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