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By Victor Block: As the pounding of the sheriff’s wooden staff calls the court to order, James Hubbard prepares to defend his client. He is an orphan’s guardian who stands accused of squandering his charge’s estate. Centering his neat wig and smoothing the frilly lace sleeves of his shirt, the attorney bows to the bench and begins to plead his case. This scene is repeated today in the same place where it occurred during the 1770s. That is when James Hubbard lived and practiced law in Williamsburg, at a time that the town served as the capital of the Virginia colony. The actor-impersonator who depicts this historical figure bases his interpretation upon facts that historians have been able to document. For example, he describes having returned to London to study law, and rather sheepishly admits that his wife occasionally agitates him. For those who love living history, James Hubbard plays but a small part in a fascinating tableau that makes Colonial

Williamsburg a perfect place to relive pages from the past. Reenactments, tours led by factually based characters and many other interpretive programs combine to involve visitors in the interest, information and fun. The meticulously restored 17th-to-19th century historic area provides the Colonial and Revolutionary War-era setting in which chapters from our nation’s early years are dramatically revived. For nearly a century, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg served as the capital of the Virginia Colony, a vast enclave which stretched west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. In its early heyday, the town of about 2,000 residents was the cultural, social and political center of the Colonial world. Before Thomas Jefferson relocated the Virginia capital to Richmond in 1781, he and other patriots, including George Washington and Patrick Henry, frequented its shops, taverns and other establishments. After the Revolution, Williamsburg’s importance,

and fortunes, declined. That continued until 1926, when John D. Rockefeller, Jr. launched a major effort to restore the setting to its former splendor. The surviving 88 Colonial structures were renovated to their 18th century appearance, and those that no longer stood were reconstructed on their original sites, based upon research and as much documentation as could be found. Today, more than 500 history-touched buildings – imposing public structures and modest houses, bustling taverns and shops where merchants ply their trade – line tree-shaded streets that echo the clipclop of horse-drawn carriages. Gardens and “dependencies,” including free standing kitchens, smoke houses and privies, add to the atmosphere and authenticity. Along with this historically accurate scene, it’s primarily people who bring historic Williamsburg to life. Character interpreters dressed in Colonial style clothing, many depicting real-life former residents of the town,

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converse with visitors in period grammar as they go about their daily tasks. Part of the fun is trying to convince the actors to drop the persona of the person they represent, which invariably fails. I attempted that while dining in Chowning’s Tavern, a reconstructed 18th-century alehouse. My good-natured effort to have Edmund Pendleton, who was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and a leader in Virginia’s move to independence, reveal his true self was unsuccessful. Fortunately, that was not completely true when I handed my waitress a credit card to charge the meal and she asked, “What’s this? We usually are paid in gold.” Not wishing to part with my single gold filling, I was relieved when she agreed to take “whatever this is to see if my master will accept it.” Chefs in several kitchens demonstrate the use of “receipts” (recipes) from 18th-century cookbooks to prepare authentic dishes on a hearth. Presentations of dance, singing

and other activities recall aspects of the lives of the half of Colonial Williamsburg’s population who were black. Costumed artisans use 18th century tools to fashion items similar to those made by their Colonial predecessors. The bookbinder carefully handstitches cover boards for a new volume. A shoemaker fashions men’s boots “with good thread well twisted.” Among other historic trades people are basket weavers, a cabinet maker and milliner. The results of their efforts are sold in stores along Duke of Gloucester Street. Leaving no stone unturned, figuratively as well as literally, archaeologists and historians transform research and construction projects into learning experiences for the public. For example, the courthouse where trials take place has been reconstructed as closely as possible to its original design, based upon clues to its former appearance found in early documents. Costumed carpenters used

tools and techniques of Colonial times to restore the building, as visitors looked on. As a result, James Hubbard and other figures from the past depict life as it once was in surroundings that would be familiar to the people whom they represent. One benefit of such attention to detail is an all-encompassing trip back through time for today’s visitors. They may enjoy a theatrical comedy and a traveling magic show reminiscent of entertainment in the 18th century. Among choices for shoppers are inkwells, silver coffee pots and other souvenirs and gifts hand-fashioned by craftsmen in ways of old. Those interested in legalities may observe Colonial justice in action, and perhaps even play a role in the court proceedings. It’s all part of the immersion in the past available at Colonial Williamsburg. For more information, call (844) 574-2733 or log onto colonialwilliamsburg.com. n

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Franceska Halloran had nine points in her position at point guard for the Hebron Academy girls basketball team. Here, she brings the ball upcourt against Buckfield’s Alexis Bennett during a January 11 home game. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Hebron Academy’s Riley New takes one of her many rebounds to the floor while sister Maddy looks on. Riley had 12 points in the win over Buckfield last week. The win put the Hebron girls record at 3-2 for the season. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Joyce E. (Brewer) Gray, 84, passed away January 4, 2016 at her home with her husband by her side. She was born November 11, 1931 in Augusta, the daughter of Fred W. And Ruth L. (Perkins) Brewer. She was educated in Augusta schools and graduat-

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Hebron Students Recognized For Academic Achievement

Taking a College Board Advanced Placement class requires intelligence, stam-

ina, and the ability to handle pressure and deadlines. Passing an AP exam at the

end of the year not only marks success in the subject area but also success

as a scholar. Each fall, the College Board awards special recognition after scores are released in late summer to students who have passed multiple AP exams. This fall, the College Board recognized nine Hebron Academy students for their exceptional achievements, which include two from the local area with the highest distinction. Eight of these students graduated from Hebron Academy in 2015 and currently attend elite colleges and universities as freshmen. The ninth student is a junior at Hebron and received recognition for his achievements as a sophomore. AP exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. While many schools give additional weight to AP courses when calculating student grade point averages, Hebron Academy does not. Three of last year’s seniors received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, which is the highest level. Xinchen Zhai of China graduated in 2015 with a 3.3 GPA had an average score of 4.8 on five exams. He showed mastery in the subjects of AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science, AP Physics Electricity and Magnetism; AP Physics

Mechanics, and AP Chemistry. Zhai was accepted by early decision at Brandeis University. Zachary Abisalih, of Auburn, scored an average of 4.0 across five exams. He demonstrated success in AP Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, and AP Latin. Abisalih graduated in 2015 with a 3.6 GPA and was accepted into Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, Bard, Kenyon, Oberlin, Grinnell, and Pomona colleges. He currently attends Pomona College. Jon Tuttle of Minot graduated in 2015 with a 4.0 GPA and scored an average 4.2 on five exams. He showed excellence in AP Literature and Composition, AP U.S. History, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry. Tuttle was accepted into Rice University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-San Diego, University of San Diego, Pepperdine University, Northeastern University, and University of Santa Clara, where he currently attends as a Johnson Scholar in the International Relations Honors Program. “Having AP credits allowed me to skip the required math and science

classes in college so that I could have more room in my schedule to take other classes in my field of study,” said Tuttle. “It’s great that I was able to take so many AP classes and that colleges recognize them.” In addition to the top College Board recognition, Hebron Academy boasts two graduating seniors who were named AP Scholar with Honor. Tianren Qin and Jianan Mao, both of China scored an average of 3 or higher on four or more exams. Qin graduated with a 3.6 GPA and was accepted into Wake Forest University, Purdue University, Northeastern University, and University of California-San Diego, where he attends as a freshman math major. Mao graduated with a 3.4 GPA and attends Penn State. Four Hebron students received AP Scholar recognition for scoring an average of 3 or higher on three or more exams. They are Nicolas Legare of Canada, Arianna Pinkham of Auburn, ME, Elliott Ross of Waterford, ME and Beverly, Ma, all seniors last year, and Zhihao Wang of China, who is currently a junior at Hebron Academy. n

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Dedicated to an integrated and holistic approach to health, wellness and medicine, Dr. Conte has experience as a personal trainer, childbirth educator, wellness educator, and active community volunteer. She has been published for her clinical research, which focuses on osteopathic manipulative medicine. Dr. Conte is serving as a faculty member of the residency program, working with patients and resident physicians in all aspects of care at Central Maine Family Medicine Residency in Lewiston.

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The Healthy Geezer

By: Fred Cecitti Q. My doctor told me my cholesterol and triglycerides are elevated. I have a vague idea what cholesterol is but I’m clueless about tyglycerides. What are they? Triglycerides are a fat in your blood. They are important to maintaining good health. However, if your triglycerides get out of control, you can put your heart at risk. People with high triglycerides usually have lower HDL (good) cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack

and stroke. Calories you take in but don’t burn immediately are converted to triglycerides to supply you with energy later. Your triglycerides level can be too high if you continue to consume more calories than you need. Of course, this causes obesity, too. Other causes of elevated triglycerides—called hypertriglyceridemia—include diabetes, an underactive thyroid, kidney disease, and drugs such as beta-blockers, some diuretics, estrogen, tamoxifen, steroids and birth control pills. The common guidelines for triglyceride levels are the following: normal, less than 150 mg/dL; borderline-high, 150 to 199 mg/dL; high, 200 to 499 mg/dL, and very high, 500 mg/dL or more. “Mg/ dL” stands for milligram per deciliter.

The primary remedy for too many triglycerides is changing your habits. Here are some pointers on how to get your triglycerides down: * Get off the recliner and exercise. * Cut your caloric intake across the board. This means you have to reduce your consumption of not just fat, but carbohydrates and proteins. Substituting carbohydrates for fats can raise triglyceride

levels. People with high triglycerides may have to limit their intake of carbohydrates to no more than 45 to 50 percent of total calories. * Avoid saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. This is a complex subject. A good starting point is to stay away from foods that come from animals such as meat, dairy and eggs. But there are plantbased foods that are bad for you, too. These include oils

from coconuts, cottonseeds and palm kernels. * Eat oily fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease triglyceride levels * A small about of alcohol can generate a big increase in triglyceride levels. Cut down as much as you can. * Quit smoking. If you’re a regular reader of this column, you must know by now that smoking doesn’t just cause respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema. It kills you in so many ways. If changing your habits is insufficient to bring your level of triglycerides down, there are medications that can be prescribed. Fenofibrate, gemfibrozil and nicotinic acids often work to reduce tri-

glycerides. Hypertriglyceridemia can run in families. While high triglycerides don’t usually present noticeable symptoms, people with a family history of very high triglycerides may have visible fatty deposits under the skin. Elevated triglycerides are often part of a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excess weight, low HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides. This syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. [In the next installment of The Healthy Geezer, we’ll focus upon cholesterol.] If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ healthygeezer.com. n

The Bruins Alumni Game

Bruins Alumni Game against Local Police deparment December 18 2015. Hockey fans rallied at the they were a rowdy bunch minute intermission, with Lewiston colisee in support too. plenty of cold beverages of the local police departThe game went on for and hot food to go around. ment, on the 18th. The seats an hour, in increments of There were many prizes were packed with fans of 20 minutes of game time. raffled off during the game. the Bruins Alumni, and There was also a twenty The game was still a great

way to gather the community, and of course to support a great cause. The Bruin’s started very strong, defeating the PAL program police 4-0. The

police had really good plays, and made a valiant effort. The police played well, but were no match for the Bruin’s alumni goalie. The

Bruin’s alumni were also available for autographs and pictures during the mid game intermission. Writen by Clarence Cartern

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10:00am-3:00pm Rangeley Inn Helicopter Scenic Flights 10:00am-2:00pm Haley Pond & Rangeley Airport Making of Gingerbread Men 11:00am-1:00pm Activities for children Gingerbread House Rave X Show Boss Power Equipment 2:00pm Awards Ceremony & Raffle Drawing 4:00pm Moose Alley Parade Line-up Rangeley Inn 5:30pm Snowmobile Parade with Monty the Moose 6:00pm Fireworks Display by Atlas Lakeside Park Following Parade Weather Permitting *Lucky 50/50 ticket drawn 9:00pm Family Marshmallow Roast

Dinners & Entertainment at local establishments in the evening RMR XC Race Registration Rangeley Air Port 6:30am RMR XC Race Rangeley Air Port Gates Open at 8:00am www.rangeleysnowmobile.com *Radar Run at Haley Pond join us on Facebook Runs All Classes Haley Pond 9:30am-1:00pm *Proceeds from these events benefit the Rangeley Lakes (Last run at 12:45) Snowmobile Club Trail Fund. NOTE: All snowmobiles participating in the Radar Run MUST have All events are subject to change due to weather & other a functional tether switch or throttle override! conditions. Check at Headquarters for schedule changes. *Trivia Run w/Prizes Rangeley & Oquossoc 8:30am -3:00pm It is a privilege to ride on private land; please do not abuse this Prizes: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $50 privilege. It is against the law to ride on public ways, sidewalks, Manufacture Demo rides at Participation Dealers and plowed roads. Please stay on marked trails. See Participating Dealers for Times


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New Year’s Cheers That Won’t Derail Your Weight Management Goals Jodi Cornelio

So you’re on track with your New Year’s resolutions to manage your weight and it’s been a long week and you just want to kick back and enjoy a cocktail with friends without blowing your diet. By making the right beverage choices you can. Let’s look at some ingredients that can sneak up on you and derail your good nutrition intentions. It’s typically the mixers, syrups, juices and sodas that really get people into calorie trouble adding hundreds of unnecessary calories. Do you know that the average American gets 21% of their daily recom-

mended calories from beverages according to a study performed by the U.S. Beverage Guidance Panel. They are not necessarily referring to alcohol. Alcohol accounts for a small portion of these calories at 96 calories per 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. Paying attention to what you mix your cocktail with is the secret. Here are the secrets at avoiding cocktail calories. •Choose 100% pure or freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon or lime juice. 100% cranberry with no sugar added is a good choice. Tomato and V-8 juices are good choices as well, high in fiber and low in calories. •Use club soda or seltzer water over tonics. Tonics have just as many calories and sugars as soda. There are many flavored seltzers that can add an extra jazz to your beverage. Find one

you like and add a fresh lemon or lime squeeze for extra flavor. •Stay clear of cream, liqueurs, grenadines or sweet vermouths. They can double the calories in a cocktail. If you like that rosy red cocktail with the fancy glass that is typically laced with grenadine, try making your own. You can get the same look and a sweet taste with fewer calories by

boiling down pomegranate juice and adding stevia to sweeten. •Sip your cocktail and make it last. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help you pace yourself not to over drink. •Pay attention to moderation. From a weight management stand point, your resolve can be really strong when you are sober, but after a few drinks, you may find yourself mindlessly

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overeating snack foods or whatever is in the pantry. Chips, nuts and pretzels can add up to unwanted calories. •Avoid any beverages loaded with syrups, sodas or sugars. These along with the alcohol can lower blood sugars making you feel hungry and bring on food cravings. •Avoid drinks that have several shots in one glass. A Long Island ice tea has 7 alcohol ingredients and 700 calories. •Avoid after dinner drinks as most are loaded with sugar and a dessert wine has approximately 40 calories more than a simple table wine. Save a little of your before dinner drinks to end the meal if you really enjoy something after dinner. •Wine coolers and fancy flavored bottled drinks like hard lemonade, just say

NO. They sound light but they can have anywhere from 190 to 300 calories in one 12 oz. bottle. Plain wine is a better choice but still is not exactly a diet drink. It does have far less calories than a cooler at 100 calories per 5 oz. To really cut back on the calories and stretch your 5oz. allotment of red wine add club soda, crushed ice and some fruit and you can enjoy a homemade guilt free sangria that is fun and light. •Going out with the guys for a beer after work. Make it a light beer. There are some pretty good choices of low carb light beers out there. Try one and you don’t have to have a six pack. Moderation is always key. Enjoy your New Year! Live Long, Live well

Free 2016 Tax Return Preparation and Electronic Filing

The AARP tax-aide program provides free federal and state income tax preparation and electronic filing to low and moderateincome individuals. Provisions of the affordable care act (health insurance coverage) will be addressed as well as the maine property tax fairness credit. Taxpayers of any age can use this service with special attention given to those 60 and over. Returns are prepared by irs certified volunteers. The aarp tax-aide program is funded by the IRS and the AARP foundation, a tax-exempt charitable organization. Assistance is available by appointment at the following sites from february 1 to april 15. Augusta: buker community center, 22 Armory st., Augusta; mondays and fridays from 8:30 am to 2 pm. Call 582-3053 from 8 am to

5 pm only to make appointments. Hallowell: spectrum generations, Cohen community center, 22 town farm rd., Hallowell. Tuesdays and thursdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Call 626-7777 to make appointments. Madison: Crossroads bible church, 705 white schoolhouse rd., Madison. Wednesdays and saturdays, 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. Call 643-2559 to make appointments. Mt Vernon: Dr. Shaw memorial library, 344 pond rd., Mt vernon. Saturday February 13 & 27 and march 12 & 26, from 10:15 am to 1:15 pm. Call 293-2565 to make appointments. Waterville: Spectrum generations, Muskie community center, 38 gold st., Waterville. Mondays and fridays from 8 am to 3:30 pm. Call 873-4745 to make appointments. n

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Statues and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be offended by his possible eviction because heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail. The free-spending legislature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like it does â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or both â&#x20AC;&#x201D; of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if we could have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mainer of the Weekâ&#x20AC;? on display in the hall. Then everyone would

John McDonald

All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two famous persons? I bet you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure, so I looked it up. Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two famous persons are William King, Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincolnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vice president. But they might not be there long. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the one of William King â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space.. Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time is up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not known if Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craigâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s List or eBay. Masonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum

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be satisfied that their favorite historic Maine figure is getting the recognition he or she deserves. If the other 50 states adopted the same plan Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have dozens of different statues coming and going every week. All that activity would sure make statuary hall a much more attractive destination. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the list of favorites so far: â&#x20AC;˘Joshua Chamberlain â&#x20AC;˘Henry Wadsworth Longfellow â&#x20AC;˘Percival B. Baxter

â&#x20AC;˘Winslow Homer â&#x20AC;˘Leon Leonwood Bean â&#x20AC;˘Molly Molasses â&#x20AC;˘Rachel Carson â&#x20AC;˘Margaret Chase Smith â&#x20AC;˘Frances Perkins â&#x20AC;˘Edna St. Vincent Millay If you have a favorite Mainer that you think should be cast in bronze or carved in stone and placed on display in Statuary Hall, make sure youlet the arts commission know â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mainearts.com Who knows where all this will lead? n

Maine Makes Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel Go List of Best Destinations to Visit in 2016

Congratulations to the great state of Maine on being chosen as one of 26 destinations on Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel 2016 Go List. The annual Go List highlights 26 canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tmiss locations around the world that every traveler should have on their radar when planning trips in the coming year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To be selected as a Go List destination by such a well-respected travel organization sets Maine apart and is further recognition of the notable achievements of our tourism-related businesses in providing outstanding visitor experiences,â&#x20AC;? said Governor Paul R. LePage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maine has an allure all its own. It fosters a special connection with those that

have visited and those that live and work here,â&#x20AC;? said Carolann Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The word is getting out about what makes Maine special, from the beauty of our diverse landscape and coastline, with access to amazing outdoor adventure experiences, to the explosive growth of our â&#x20AC;&#x153;locavoreâ&#x20AC;? food and beverage scene, our friendly people, and the quality of Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lodging and cultural offerings.â&#x20AC;? Tourism in Maine is a multi-billion dollar industry, generating over $5.4 billion in direct tourism expenditures in 2014, with total economic impact of close to $8 billion overall. The industry supports more

than 94,000 jobs, about 14 percent of employment in the state. Destination promotion plays an important role in overall economic development for the state by not only bringing visitors to Maine, but by raising awareness of Maine for additional consideration as a great place to study, work and invest. According to Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the Go List destinations span six continents and 20 countries, and are chosen by the experts at Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel who log countless miles traveling across the globe each year. The 2016 list incorporates everything from emerging destinations and new hotspots to noteworthy events and great travel values around the

world. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With so many destinations worth visiting it can be overwhelming for travelers to decide where they should go next,â&#x20AC;? said Arabella Bowen, editor in chief of Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Travel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Go List helps guide travelers when they are making that decision.â&#x20AC;? View the complete Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go List and destination guides at www. fodors.com/go-list-2016. To join the online conversation, use the Fodorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go List and Maine Office of Tourism hashtags to share where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be traveling in 2016: #FodorsOnTheGo and #MaineThing. n

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Hebron Society Hears Military Awards History

32 year military veteran John Crumpton of Oxford recently briefed the Hebron Historical Society on the history of service awards and decorations. Retiring as a navy captain his service extended from the Naval Academy in 1942 through WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He explained that the earliest awards were given by George Washington as “badges of merit” to be sewn on a soldiers uniform. During the Civil War the Navy the Navy recommended the “Medal of Honor” for gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. The Army later awarded its own version. The Marines

and Coast Guard medals reflect the Navy design. The Air Force has a third version of this award. Initially the medal was for enlisted men only but later was awarded for officers as well. Enlisted recipients of this honor earned the respect to even be saluted by their officers. Being referred to as the “Congressional” Medal of Honor reflects the body authorizing its award. Next in significance for decorations is the “Distinguished Service Cross”, after which comes the “Silver Star” award, ranking just below that. More common decorations include “Campaign” medals to reflect service sup-

porting regional conflicts. “Commendation” and “Meritorious Service” medals are awarded for distinguished performance of duties during their service. Capt. Crumpton earned a large array of medals which he displayed to the Society, the most impressive of which was the “Legion of Merit” signed by the Secretary of the Navy. The next Society meeting will feature Walt Bannon speaking on antique bottles and glass, This will be at the Hebron Town office , 351 Paris Road at 7pm on Tuesday, 26 January. The public is invited. n

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West Minot Grange News

During Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons the town of Minot has helped about twenty families with food, fuel, or other needs.

We gave $400 to selectman Eda Tripp to help with these families. Other Grange news, on December 17th our members prepared Christmas

sunshine boxes for nine local senior folks. The boxes contained mostly home made goodies, such as, fudge, breads, cookies, donuts,

party mix, and special Christmas cloth tissue packets. other items included fruit juice, bananas, and fruit cup. n

Public Bean church supper

Supper - Baked Beans, Casseroles, Salads, Homemade Breads & Desserts, and Beverages. Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5:00 P. M., First Congregational Church, Route 115, Gray. Adults - $8.00, under 12 - $4.00. Handicapped accessible. Contact 657-4279, day of supper 657-3279.

Franco Center to Host 2nd Annual Family-Friendly Super Bowl Party

West Minot Grange Christmas cheer boxes given to 9 folks

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Winter’s coming and the time to plan for cold weather guests is now.

This winter, our highly trained vermin can shovel out the all necessary pathways beneath your home, allowing easy access for a variety of small critters to ravage all your food and still manage to chew every last bit of electrical wiring available for the next 8 months. We’re small, and it may take a while, but we’ll get the job done.

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The Gendron Franco Center, on the corner of Cedar and Oxford Streets in Lewiston, will host its second annual Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 7, starting at 4:00PM. This is a family-friendly event with a cash bar, a delicious menu of food items on sale at the Heritage Clubhouse Cafe, great prize raffles from many local businesses, fun activities for kids, and a chance to watch as it all goes down on a 10-foottall screen. Doors, bar and café will open at 4:00PM. for a pregame “tailgate dinner” before or during the Super Bowl 50. There is a $5 cover at the door and chil-

dren 5 and under are free. The event is sponsored by Federal Distributors. Guests of all ages are encouraged get comfortable and bring a favorite chair (beanbag, folding chair, camp chair) and/ or blankets; some guests are wearing Patriots Pajamas or other favorite team wardrobe items and will share décor and memorabilia. For more information, contact or visit the Box Office, visit www.francocenter.org or Like the Franco Center on Facebook. Call (207) 783.1585. Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 PM n

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Woodpeckers at the Care Center

Among the woodpeckers of Maine are the hairy, downy, pileated and, two not usually thought of as woodpeckers, the yellowshafted flicker and the yellow-bellied sap sucker. All species have resided at our Care Center. They are a joy to care for, very vociferous and quite the characters. Several years ago I received a call from a woman who excitedly told me sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d found a nest that had been blown from a tree by high winds. I instructed her to put the young birds in a strawberry box or basket and hang it in a tree, then watch to see if the female retured to care for them. Her response was, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you kidding? These birds will never fit in a basket!â&#x20AC;? That afternoon, her daughter delivered the birds to me: three chubby, raucous flickers. I fed them a specially-prepared diet, and their twittering and calling filled the house with song. Very soon, they were feathered out and ready to be moved to the aviary. I continued to hand-feed them, however, and added a container of food to start the weaning

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She then began searching for her own worms, her pecking resonating throughout the neighborhood. However, her targets were not hollow, rotting trees, instead, they were the roofs of the house and garage, the tops of the gates, power poles and even our heads! She would fly into the garage and up to the attic, where she destroyed the window screens. She had become so destructive that, reluctantly, we knew we had to move her to a more wooded area. We caught her and placed her near friends, who promised to watch out for her and provide food to supplement her search for worms. However, the bird had no intention of relinquishing her association with humans. She continued to beg for food and search for worms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in a picnic table! At last, her visits diminished, but her rata-tat-tat continued to be heard as she searched for worms â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the forest! Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a nonprofit facility, supported entirely by the Cotesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989 n

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process. They were subsequently joined by a young robin that screamed for food whenever it spied me out in the yard. The flickers would join in the screaming, reminding me that they, too, were ready to be fed! In no time, the young birds were weaned and ready for release. On release day, one of the flickers flew away, never to return. The robin and remaining two flickers stayed in the area, returning several times a day screaming for refills on a plate Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d set out. One of the flickers would fly to me as soon as I stepped out of the door, as if to urge me to hurry a little faster with the food. Soon, their visits became less frequent and eventually stopped. Once we received two pileated woodpeckers. These rescues were deemed necessary as cats were reported prowling around their nest which was 60 feet up in a tree. The birds were a delight to work with. Their diet, feeding schedule and weaning were the same as those of the flickers and, after their release, they also remained at the center, flying around and screaming to be fed. The male left earlier; the female remained longer and continued to beg for food.

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