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Items that were authorized by voters at last March town meeting are ready for the winter weather. Triple culverts have been installed at the Goodwin road site and double culverts at the Verrill Road location. Goodwin Rd. has

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Local Business Donates to Animal Shelter

Thanks to the Staff at the Maine Department of Probation and Parole in Lewiston, on September 20th the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society was presented with a donation of pet food, treats, cleaning and office supplies after taking part in the Shelter’s Annual Dash for Dogs 5K and Strutt your Mutt Dog Walk. The donation is a result of a donation drive held by the employees in the Department. The Greater Androscoggin Humane Society provides a safe haven for over 4,500 sick, homeless and abused animals in the greater Androscoggin area per year. The primary support for the Shelter comes from fundraising events and donations of concerned citizens. The Society is located at 55 Strawberry Avenue in Lewiston. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering at the shelter or adopting an animal call 783-2311 or visit the website at You can also join them on www.facebook/GAHumane.

West Minot Grange hosted Minot Historical Society’s first Chili and Chowder Cook Off Oc-

Church Welcomes New Member

The First Universalist Church of Auburn welcomed four new members on October 4, 2015. They are (L to R) Alley Smith of Lewiston, Judy and Bob Bishop of Yarmouth, and Rebecca Pape of Auburn. This diverse group learned about the history of Unitarian Universalism, as well as opportunities to minister within the church. New member sessions are offered by the Membership committee several times per year. For more information, call 783-0461 or visit

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tober 17th. We really had some fun! Ten people entered our contest with some special recipes. Many folks

took the time to savor each entry. Also included for the event was home made French and corn breads.

Oyster and saltine crackers were also enjoyed. Judging from responce we must do this again. The 1st and 2nd Chili winners

were Brenda Sawyer and Hester Gilpatric. The 1st and 2nd Chowder winners were Jodie Bean and Candi Gilpatric.

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A User’s Guide to Useless Information John McDonald

Soon after my latest book, “John McDonald’s Maine Trivia” came out, I started receiving emails from people who insisted that they knew from useless information and my book only skimmed the surface. Many of the e-mails then listed what the sender thought was more useless than anything I’d ever written. And since the book is still available and fortunately, people are still buying it, I’m still

getting “trivia-related emails. Having written a weekly column for the past fifteen years and hosted a weekend talk show for over 20 years, I like to think I know more than the average person about useless information. Taking up the challenge, I began to go over some of my old columns looking for possible “useful information” title contenders. Right off, I came across a column I wrote on words and their meaning where I informed readers that the word “fez” was Turkish for “hat.”

How useful is that little gem, I ask, unless you happen to be a Turk or a Shriner on convention? I remember writing a column on the phases of the moon and soon afterwards received a very nice e-mail from a retired English teacher who informed me that our planet’s only satellite is “the Moon” and therefore it should always be capitalized. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say that the natural satellites of other planets are just called “moons” (lower case) because each has been given a proper name, e.i. Dei-

mos, Amalthea, Hylperion, Miranda, Larissa or Charon, etc. Where would we be without English teachers? Well, for one thing I’d be lacking that little nugget of “moon” information, that’s where I’d be. After the moon column ran I received an e-mail from a former typesetter at the Portland Press Herald. He asked: John, Do you know where the phrase “lower case” comes from? Assuming I didn’t (even though, in fact, I did) he explained “lower case” came from print shops that would set type by hand. The small letters, those used

most often, were kept in the lower type cases and the larger, or capital letters, were kept in upper cases. See why you should read this column every week? Where else are you going to learn about these important things? Something as innocent as a fish story can stir a reader into action. After writing about an old Maine fish story that my Grandfather loved to tell I received a brief e-mail from a reader: John, Did you know that “pnigophobia” is the fear of choking on a fish bone? Well, I didn’t then, but I do now. I’ll see if

I can get that into the next edition of “Trivia.” Sometimes, readers can get a little crazy with their “informative” e-mails. For example, I once did a column on the U.S. Postal Service which, for some reason, inspired someone to email me to say: John, I enjoyed your column on the postal service and just wondered if you knew what the letters Z-I-P in ZIP code stood for? Not wanting to keep you in suspense I’ll tell you that the letters stand for “Zone Improvement Plan.” I’m sure some reader will find a use for that little nugget before the day’s out. n

Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out Jodi Cornelio

I recently attended the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Autumn Night Out Gala. I was seated at a table with a group of friends, some I knew and some I just met that night. I was impressed by the conversation around healthy eating choices as we discussed

ways to make homemade chicken soup, thus so appropriate on a cool autumn night. The thing that tickled me the most is that we all used organic chicken and vegetables. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful.

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Hopefully if you’re not a gardener you have a local source to get vegetables to take you through the winter that have not been tainted with pesticides. The food that we eat can be tricky if you are trying to stay healthy. Sometimes it is hard to know what has been chemically treated and what kind of pesticides are being used in our foods. And what is GMO? GMO is genetically modified organism. From Wikipedia, GMO is: a genetically modified organism, also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (i.e. genetically engineered organism). So how do we know which foods have GMO? We don’t really unless they are labeled as such. In grocery

stores and in health food stores many packaged items may say no GMO so there is help out there. Really, to be on the safe side buying meats and vegetables from local farmers is a good option as you can always ask them if they use pesticides or any GMO’s. Many farmers have grass fed beef that they market and also raise organic chicken and pork. Deer and moose season is upon us, so if you are from a hunting family, you can’t get any more organic then that if you are lucky enough to land your prey. And if you are vegetarian, vegetable soups with brown rice and beans is a good alternative to chicken soup and provides a good source of protein and nutrients. It’s heartwarming the things you learn on an autumn night out! Live Long, Live Well.n

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Hermits to the Woods

V. Paul Reynolds

it.There is not a Maine outdoorsman worth his salt who hasn't at least entertained a fantasy about pulling the societal plug and really getting off the grid. It's one thing to lose yourself in the woods for a week with nothing but a knife, some matches,

Henry David Thoreau

In re-reading The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, I got to thinking about hermits. They fascinate me. Let's face

and a compass; it's quite another to disappear for 27 years like Christopher Knight, the Hermit of North Pond.

You have to really enjoy your own company to pull off a stunt like that. Knight, who has been both reviled and "legendized," didn't really measure up to the Daniel Boone image, however. He stole from others to survive. But at least he created no burden to the taxpayer - at least not until he was processed by the state judicial system. Now take Henry David Thoreau. The legendary Massachusetts hermit of Walden Pond took to the Maine woods, it would seem, for some of the same reasons that tugged at the Hermit of North Pond. Thoreau sought solitude and isolation. Thoreau became a famous naturalist-philosopher; Knight wound up in jail, and, not only is he not a philosopher, he's not sure why he bolted from society in the first place. Thoreau showed up on my radar when I was a college student probing for the meaning of life. Liberal professors convinced me that, when it came to American thinkers, Henry David walked on water. Fifty years later, I am not so awed by the Hermit of Walden Pond, even if he is the darling of the environmental movement and those bent on civil disobedience. His writing does impress, as well as his knowledge of plants, but he would not have been my choice as a canoe companion for an extended foray into the Maine woods. To be blunt, Thoreau seems to me to have been

Holly Fair and Luncheon

The First Congregational Church of Gray will hold their annual Holly Fair on Saturday, November 21st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Parish House (behind McDonald's) in Gray Center. You will find an abundance of handmade gifts to please everyone on your list. If you are a crafter, you may find some new ideas! Purchase Cabot’s Private Stock cheddar,

whoopee pies, freshly made wreaths or some of our delicious baked goods. Fill a can with cookies from the Cookie Trail or stock up on your favorite Rada knives. Children can attend a movie and cookie decorating while parents shop. Early shoppers can enjoy Thompson’s donuts and coffee. For lunch there will be haddock chowder, corn chowder and a

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a foppish, elitist snob, and, in all probability, a bigot. Here is his reaction to having witnessed his Indian guide slay a moose for the hide and the fresh meat: “This afternoon’s experience suggested to me how base or coarse are the motives which commonly carry men into the wilderness. The explorers and lumberers generally are all hirelings paid so much a day for their labor, and as such they have no more love for wild nature than wood-sawyers have for forests.” Can't you just see his

smug expression and aristocratic nose tipped in the air? There were other examples in his writings of a man who did not consider his Indian guide to be his equal. Critics suggest that Thoreau was philosophically inconsistent, "a man fond of paradox." Indeed! In the essay "Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher" Roderick Nash writes: "Thoreau left Concord in 1846 for the first of three trips to northern Maine. His expectations were high because he hoped to find genuine, prime-

val America. But contact with real wilderness in Maine affected him far differently than had the idea of wilderness in Concord. Instead of coming out of the woods with a deepened appreciation of the wilds, Thoreau felt a greater respect for civilization..." Nash was being polite. For Thoreau, the buginfested fir thickets and tangled alder runs along the East Branch were not quite the same as his socalled wilderness near Walden Pond. n

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The Country Connection CLUES ACROSS 1. Cronkite’s network 4. Fire insect 7. Gas usage measurement 10. Express pleasure 11. Humbug 12. Every 13. Capital is Valletta 15. Copycat 16. Bound book sheets 19. Steps to an upper floor 22. Local school organizations 23. Old English 24. Atomic #73 25. Cheerless 26. The bill in a restaurant 28. Singer ___ Lo Green 30. Domesticated 33. Mammary gland of a cow 37. Honorable title (Turkish) 38. Alias 39. Emblem of a clan 42. Edouard __, Fr.painter 44. Short-term memory 46. Used to speak to the Queen 47. Vertical spar for sails 50. Expresses surprise Don’t allow indecision to keep you from your ultimate goal this week, Cancer. Do your best to keep an open mind and have confidence in your ability to make the right call. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 You are spurred on by other people’s energy this week, Leo. The more social engagements you can set up the better off you will be. Host a party or enjoy a night on the town.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, things go well in your love life this week, especially after you let go of the reins for a little while. You will be surprised at what comes when you accept change.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, stay busy this week with tasks that keep your mind occupied. You can use a few pressure-free days, and staying busy will prevent you from worrying.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Resist the urge to feel slighted when others don’t pay you the attention you think you deserve, Taurus. Your efforts are being noticed, and they will pay dividends in the long run.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Things may reach a critical point this week, Libra. How you react in tough situations will give others a good indication of how reliable you can be.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Put your worries aside, Gemini. This week you will be floating on a cloud. Something special comes your way, and the next week should be filled with laughter.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, take a few deep breaths when confronted with an issue. Taking a step back can provide a new perspective that can help you solve a problem that’s puzzled you to this point.

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SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Now is a great time to tell family members that you love them, Sagittarius. Open up your heart and share your feelings. You’re bound to feel better for having done so. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, connect with creative people this week and delve into projects that inspire your own creative energy. Even though you’re being crafty, you still will be productive. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 This is a good week to make a bold move, Aquarius. Keeping your feelings inside will not produce results. Take action and you will be glad you did. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Tasks may need a little more attention this week, Pisces. If things seem to take a bit longer, exercise patience and you will solve the problem.

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Dempsey Challenge

Dempsey Challenge participants writing notes about their loved ones on the large poster at the entrance to Payne/Simard Park in Lewiston. . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Bates College had six different fundraising teams in the 2015 Dempsey Challenge. Here one of the all female groups gets a Saturday morning ‘selfie’ with Patrick Dempsey in Center. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

The seventh annual Dempsey Challenge was a success despite the cold weather and the occasional chilly rain shower. The fundraiser was started by Maine native Patrick Dempsey, well-known for his character Dr. Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy and his movies in the late 80s and 90s. His mother’s long-time bout with Ovarian Cancer moved him to use his suc-

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cess to reach out through the hospital that greatly helped Amanda Dempsey with her battle. (She passed away in March of 2014.) Central Maine Medical Center became the recipient of a significant start-up capital donation by Patrick Dempsey, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing became a reality in the Lewiston/Auburn area.

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The Challenge is a two day event whose main fundraising events include individual and team walk/ runs and bike rides of various distances. Walkers and runners can choose from around the block to a 5 or 10K jaunt and riders can select from 10 mile around the L/A area or 50 to 100 miles into surrounding communities including the foothills of Maine. Each year of the event’s 7-year history has managed to raise on the order of one-million dollars for the no-cost, continuing efforts of the Dempsey Center. The Center, part of CMMC, regularly offers workshops, seminars, counselling and other assistance to cancer patients and their caregivers. This year, with its usual mass of volunteers and almost 4000 fund-raising participants, the Challenge again raised just over one-million dollars. Saturday and Sunday mornings found Simard-Payne Park in Lewiston filled with runners, bike riders and the curious attending the event. In addition to the regular appearance of a few professional bikers this year featured television personality and cancer survivor Joan Lunden.

Special guest at this year’s Dempsey Challenge was Joan Lunden (in pink). The wellknown television personality is a breast cancer survivor and was invited to be in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk. Far right: Patrick Dempsey’s daughter and twin sons. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Lunden walked in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk and was special speaker at a special event for the top fund raisers. Patrick Dempsey, as usual participated in the bike ride (one thousand riders), but spent much of his time at the many booths and events in Simard/Payne Memorial Park. Patrick noted again in his comment to the crowd how much he enjoyed coming back to Maine. This year he brought along his daughter and twin boys to experience the event with their dad and talk with the people. Over 500 teams, many wearing special T-Shirts, participated in memory of a loved one or just to raise money for a good cause. From shirts declaring “Aimee’s Awesome Army” to “You Are Not Alone” and “Maine Cycling Club” to “Scrappy Women” were seen on the roads and in the park. n

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Fire Safety in the Home

The holidays and the heating season present their own specific safety considerations in the home. The Auburn Fire

Department would like to remind everyone of the importance of fire safety in their home during the holidays and heating season. • Chimneys get their heaviest use at this time of year. Before building a roaring holiday fire, make sure the chimney is clean and in good repair. If you are not sure if your chimney is clean enough, don’t light a fire until you have it checked out by a professional.

• Wood Stoves need to be installed properly and have adequate clearance (36”) from combustibles. Only seasoned wood should be burned. Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place hot ashes in a metal container outside and well away from the house. • Furnace Heating. It is important that you have your furnace inspected by a qualified specialist to ensure that it is in good, working condition. • Cooking-related fires are the number one cause of fires in the home. • Do not leave cooking food unattended. If you must leave, turn off all cooking appliances.

• Keep combustible materials, such as towels, potholders, papers, etc., away from heat sources on the stove or oven. Do not wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking. • Do not attempt to move a pan of grease that is on fire. Put a lid on the pan to smother the fire, then turn off the heat or use an ABC-rated fire extinguisher. Alert your family so they can evacuate the premises safely. • Be sure to turn pot handles towards the back of the stove. Small children are generally curious and may reach for a handle to see what is in the pot. They could get burned.

• Keep pets off cooking surfaces and countertops to prevent them from knocking things onto the burner. • Candles. If you decorate with candles, keep them away from decorations, evergreens, or other combustible materials. Never place candles on trees. Keep candles in stable holders where they cannot be knocked over. Do not leave children unattended around lighted candles. Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children. • Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home, including near sleeping areas. • Keep fire extinguish-

ers in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage. An extinguisher with an ABC rating can fight fires caused by paper, wood, cloth, flammable liquids, and electrical short circuits. • Make a family plan for fire emergencies. Practice your escape plan. • Use your common sense. Identify potential danger spots in your home and take the proper precautions. For more information about winter safety tips please contact the Fire Prevention Department at (207) 333-6633 Ext. 6. n

Turner Veterinary Service Welcomes New Doctor Dr. Nancy Derocher is from a little French Canadian town near Miramichi in New Brunswick. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University Sainte-Anne in Nova Scotia. She then took advanced English classes in order to be able to apply to the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Since then, she has lived locally with her hus-

band (Halsy Derocher of Greene, Maine) whom she met through a vet school friend. Dr. Derocher specializes in small animal medicine and surgery, and has a special interest in birds. In her spare time, she and her family take advantage of all the outdoor activities Maine has to offer. She is very excited to start seeing patients at Turner Veterinary Service beginning November 9th. Mme Derocher habitait

un petit village Français canadien près de Miramichi, au NouveauBrunswick. Elle a obtenu son baccalauréat en biologie à l'Université SainteAnne en Nouvelle-Écosse. Elle a du aussi prendre des cours d'anglais avancés pour pouvoir appliquer à l'Atlantic Veterinary College, a l'île du Prince Édouard, où elle a obtenu son doctorat de médecine vétérinaire en 2010. Depuis lors, elle vit avec son mari (Halsy Derocher

de Greene, Maine) qu'elle a rencontré grâce à une amie d'école vétérinaire. Mme Derocher se spécialise en médecine des petits animaux et s'intéresse beaucoup aux oiseaux. Dans ses temps libres, elle et sa famille profite de toutes les activités de plein air que Maine a à offrir. Elle est très contente de commencer à voir des patients au Service vétérinaire de Turner commencant le 9 de novembre. n

Dr. Nancy Derocher will begin seeing patients at Turner Veterinary Service beginning November 9th.

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• Saturday December 5th 7:00pm vs. Cape Cod Islanders • Sunday December 13th 2:00pm vs. Northeast Generals Teddy Bear Toss

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The Medicare open enrollment runs until December 7th and Medicare scams are a top concern for older Mainers. Watch out for a call claiming to be from Medicare or a health office offering seniors some sort of supplemental health insurance or prescription coverage.

These scammers will ask for personal information and, in some cases, may even ask for your Medicare card number. Remember: it is NEVER safe to give any personal information over the phone. If you have any questions regarding your Medicare plan, go to www.medicare. gov or call your local Area Agency on Aging. 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. 

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Daniel A Curran, Sabattus L/CPL Marine Rifleman - Vietnam War To our Dad/Pepere, you have seen so much in your life as a veteran and we are thankful for all those every day things you teach us and the time we spend with you. Love, all your family.

Robert Slattery - Sweden, ME

Timothy J. Fogg

Served in the United States Army from 1983 - 1987 guarding the border between east and west Germany. I am proud of him and the sacrifices he made to protect our country!

CW02 USMC 1993-2013 Thank You for Your Service. Semper Fi

Randy Smith SGT MAJOR Randy and I served together - 69th Signal Corps - 30 years plus served.

Bobby Richard Sr.

SGT Robert Locklin

Edward L. Roy

Leo R. Asselin

Louis Bourgoin

Ernest C. True

United States Navy

Army Ranger

Cpl. U.S. Army - Korea


SP-4 Specialist 4th Class


“Now go cut some wood.”

12th Calvary Vietnam 1967-1968

Our family “Hero” - A friend to all he meets.

Died In Vietnam June 2, 1969 - 19 yrs. old

RIP Dad B. Thanks you for your service - Love your family

Thank you for your service! We love you! Your family

Robert (Bob) Bartlett

Robert C. French

Robert H. White

Alfred E. Cavanagh

Scott Rodrique

Donald S. Williams

Sgt. U.S. Marines

Corporal in the Army Air Corp



Thank you Lord for Daddy coming home safely.

Thank you for serving Daddy. Love Vickie and Family

Spe. 1st Class - Army (WWII)


So proud of you. Love and miss you dad.

Sweetest man I know. Love your wife Kathy French

Killed in Action - Chey-Lie Vietnam, December 1965

We honor you for your service and the fine gentleman that you are.

Joey C. Billings Sr.

Lloyd Billings

Keith J. Daniels

Colin Plummer Hurd

Robert W. Wentworth Sr.

Gary Curtis

Army Specialist

Army Specialist

PFC Army

1st Lieutenant

1st Seargent

Seaman 1st Class

My brother served this country and gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam on May 9,1970. I love and miss him so much! Some day we will meet again.Sis

Thank you for your 20 years of service Dad.

Graduated from Waterville High School, died in Vietnam in 1967.

Thank you for your service. We are so proud of you!

Your service to your country will not be forgotten. Love and miss you.

“Thank you son, for all you have done for your country.” Love Mom

Daniel Joseph Paradis

Richard W. Rioux

John E. Boynton

Nick Nason

Debra C. Couture

Gregory Couture

82nd Airborne

PFC Army

Specialist #4

United States Marine Corps

Capt. USN 1987-2012

LT, USN 1971-1993

I Love Dan very much and I am very proud of him.

Thank you for your service. Love your wife.

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service

Thanks for your years of service to our country! It is very much appreciated

Thank you for your strength and dedication to this counrty, Love you.

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Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Errol “Abe” and Kathy Additon of Leeds recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Errol “Abe” and Kathy Additon of Leeds celebrated 50 years of marriage at a party hosted by their three daughters at The Great Outdoors

in Turner on September 13, 2015. There were approximately 100 friends and family members in attendance, including Errol’s 99-year-old mother,

Marion Additon. Nephew, Brent Hadley said the grace before enjoying some light refreshments. The couple was married on Sept. 11, 1965, at the Buckfield Community Church in Buckfield. The couple met at the Chicka-Dee restaurant in Turner while Kathy was employed there as a waitress. They were introduced by a mutual friend, Meredith Bigg, who set them up on their first date. The two have resided in Leeds since their wedding where Errol ran the family dairy farm until 2002 with the help of Kathy who tended

Student of the Month

Pictured L to R, Lucas Kelly with Club President Jeff Gagnon.

The Mechanic Falls, Minot and Poland Tri-Town Optimist Club is proud to announce its RSU 16 Student of the Month recipient for October, Lucas Kelly. Lucas, a 6th grader at Poland Community School, is described by his teacher as a natural-born leader who is a pleasure to be around. He always has a positive outlook and can often be heard offering words of encouragement to his classmates. An active member of his community, Lucas participates in Civil Rights, Leadership Team, Band, the Bus Ambassador program and Destination Imagination as well as sports and church activities. Congratulations Lucas! n

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the gardens, raised the chickens and managed the home. Together, they raised three daughters Darlene Tabor, Jill Freda and Lorri Hoffay, who all live on the family land. Earlier this year, Errol was recognized for his years of service as Selectman for the Town of Leeds. He has also served on the School Board Committee for MSAD #52, has been an auctioneer since 1983 and has volunteered his and Kathy’s time for the Leavitt Senior Class Auction, as well as the Leeds Elementary School Harvest Auction. Over

the past 5 years he has also served on the board for the Maine Municipal Association. He was the chairman for the Maine Harness Race Commission and current serves on the Pulling Commission for the State of Maine. Kathy has dedicated many years to servicing the community of Leeds through the Presbyterian Church as a Deacon, Elder, Choir member and Member and Chair of the Woman’s Association. She has baked countless number of pies, stuffing, turkeys, etc. for church suppers, funerals and ca-

terings. She has a passion for cooking which she is willing to share with anyone interested in learning or tasting. Family has been the cornerstone of their marriage for the past 50 years with their faith in God being their foundation. They have been members of East Auburn Baptist Church since 2010. Their family homestead has been the gathering place for holidays, weddings, birthday parties, ‘girl’s days’ and reunions. They have been blessed with 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. n

Online Fundraiser to Benefit Former Local Resident

An online fundraiser for former Maine resident Kevin Dean Ouellette is taking place at www.youcaring. com/amy-ouellette-431012. Kevin, 34, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8. He was the husband of Amy Beth (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 Campaign Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with

Campaign Start, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forced Reserve Medal with M Device (2nd Award), the NATO Medal, and the Basic Aviator Badge. Kevin was an avid bike rider and boater, and loved the water, particularly time spent on Crescent Lake in Raymond. He held a pilot’s license and loved to fly small planes and helicopters. The fundraiser is being coordianted by Kevin’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 n

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50th Year as Rehabbers Brings Heartaches and Blessings Carleen Cote The winter months bring a respite from the busy spring through fall seasons, but we still must care for the wildlife that were not ready to be released in the fall and those that arrived during the winter, injured or diseased. After every snowstorm, snow plowing and snow-blowing paths to all the pens are a prior-

seemed to be a revolving door – a live baby came in the front door, a dead one went out the back door! We had to euthanize many baby raccoons to end their suffering from the extremely contagious and deadly parvo virus. We fought the virus with gallon upon gallon of bleach, yet we lost over one hundred babies. Some of the fawns also had health issues. Despite all of my husband Donald’s efforts to save them, they died as well. The same with many young foxes. It was a year

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help with the scrubbing of animal dishes and any tasks that need doing before the snow flies; and, last but not least, Bob, who has mowed our lawns since 2007. These wonderful volunteers never complain, no matter how big or dirty the job is. A big plus is they all love and enjoy the animals. We are also blessed with the doctors and staff at Windsor Veterinary Clinic who provide care to all the animals we bring to them. A thank you also, to all the readers of this column and

Augusta Riverfront Holiday Event 2015

Saturday, November 28th Santa’s Castle Opens

Old Federal Building 1:15-5:00

Scavenger Hunt Downtown Businesses Registration forms available at Santa’s Work Shop

Hay Wagon Rides 1:00-4:30pm Key Plaza

Live Reindeer

1:00-4:00pm Market Square

Write a Letter to Santa 1:00-4:30pm 335 Water Street

Holiday Crafts for Kids

Carleen displays the Spirit of America “Citizens of the Year” awarded this year to the Cotes by the town of Readfield for their volunteerism. They were also honored at a surprise reception held in China, organized by long-time volunteer Amy Messier.

ity, as well as shoveling out and cleaning the pens, knocking ice out of water dishes, and hauling food from pen to pen on a sled, not to mention acrobatic maneuvers to stay upright on patches of ice! Then, as winter releases its icy grip and the days warm and lengthen, it is time to release the wildlife that have spent the winter in warm shelters, getting fat but restless to be out in fields and forest, looking for mates. This past April, an animal control officer arrived with a raccoon in a Havea-heart trap that had given birth to two babies and reached us in time to give birth to a third! Usually I don’t keep the mothers and babies together as the mothers are likely to kill their babies because of the stress of captivity. I was pleased to discover, cautiously watching her, that she proved to be a devoted mother, nourishing her young and giving them a good start. Baby season kicks off in April when the young begin to arrive in droves. This year, the Center

from hell. Though we never forget the losses, we continue on for the successes and the babies yet to come. We subscribe to the saying, “Count your blessings,” for we have many! Our volunteers: Amy, who has helped us almost on a daily basis for 12 years; Debbie, who has spent her three days off from work to help us over the past three years, stopping by every night on her way home to help with chores; Brenda, who returned for her second year, driving from Lewiston one day a week, to scrub dirty totes and pet carriers; Joni, who drives from Manchester one day a week to tackle anything that needs cleaning, from food and water dishes to the plastic swimming pools used for the coons’ enjoyment; Jeff, from Gardiner, who began volunteering this year two afternoons a week to take on whatever needs doing: mowing, raking, scrubbing equipment, picking up and delivering wildlife to other rehabbers, etc.; Ruth, from Albion, also in her first year, who arrives two mornings a week to

others who have made donations on behalf of the animals at the Center, and to Lea, who has edited and prepared Critter Chatter from my handwritten pages since 1996. As our 50th anniversary year of rehabbing comes to a close, we also give thanks that, despite our ages, our good health has allowed us to continue caring for Maine’s wildlife in need of human intervention. PS: I am pleased to report that the mother raccoon and her three babies mentioned earlier in the article all survived the parvo virus and were released in September. In fact, all the wildlife ready for release are now back in their natural environment – they were, after all, born to be wild. Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a non-profit facility, supported entirely by the Cotes’ own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989. n

1:00-4:30pm 335 Water Street

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust Face Painting 3:00-5:00pm 227 Water Street

Starshine Flow Arts - Fire Spinners 4:15pm - Market Square

Dance Unlimited 4:30 Market Square

Laser Light Show 4:30-5:00pm Market Square

Holiday Tree Lighting Key Plaza 5:00p.m. Market Square


Eastside Boat Landing Waterfront Park 5:15p.m.

Christmas at the Fort 1:00-4:00p.m. Old Fort Western

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Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

Miro mosaic – Las Ramblas. Courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Juan Moyano.

Las Ramblas. Photo courtesy of Sanz.

By Victor Block The maze of twisted streets is hemmed in by medieval Gothic buildings along with hints of the Roman Empire that once held sway there. Nearby, a virtual outdoor museum of fanciful, multi-hued structures rewards the imagination of passers-by. The only color of interest to other visitors to the city is the tone of tan they hope to get from the sun. If any place offers a banquet for the senses, it is Barcelona, Spain. Its location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, beguiling mixture of ancient and modern architecture and colorful street life would satisfy the claims to fame of most urban centers. In Barcelona, they’re just for starters. How many municipalities can boast of beaches within city limits? Barcelona has a 2.5-mile stretch of inviting sand along the Mediterranean. Each section has a different character. Some

attract the volleyball and bikini crowd; others appeal to a more sedate clientele. The city’s Gothic neighborhood is one of several intriguing areas that beckon visitors, and that have remained largely as they were centuries ago. During the fourth century AD, when present-day Barcelona was part of the Roman Empire, this quarter was enclosed by Roman walls. Here and there are reminders of that time. Barcelona also has a collection of world-class museums, including those dedicated to two of the greatest artists of all time. Pablo Picasso began to acquire his skills when he moved there as a youngster with his family. The Picasso Museum displays his paintings, drawings, etchings and engravings. Joan Miro was born in Barcelona, and the museum devoted to him holds the largest public collection of his art. Even

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Gothic neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Pere Sanz.

An example of Gaudi Architecture. Courtesy of

Sagrada Familia. Courtesy of

people who don’t stop by there are introduced to a work by Miro, although they may not know it. A brightly colored abstract mosaic by the artist that is set in the pavement of the popular street called Las Ramblas goes unnoticed by many people strolling down that avenue. Actually, “the Rambles” consists of five streets laid end-to-end. More market than motor vehicle thoroughfare, it’s lined with cafes, flower stalls, bird shops and vendors selling a variety of other goods. Located just off Las Ramblas is a building – one among many – that was designed by the world-renowned architect whose work is the primary attraction that draws many visitors to Barcelona. The Palau Guell, an elaborate house constructed for a wealthy industrialist in the late 19th century, was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose fanciful creations explored the interplay

piece whose construction began in 1882. The goal now is to have it completed by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Construction of the massive cathedral has progressed under direction of several architects, who have continued to follow his dramatic vision. A very different architectural treasure welcomes visitors to El Poble Espanyo (the Spanish Village), an open-air museum that offers an introduction to the country’s cultures and architectural heritage. Strolling along winding streets and squares occupied by outdoor cafes provides immersion in the atmosphere of a Spanish town – but one which brings together 117 outstanding architectural gems from throughout the country. They range from a copy of an entrance gate into an 11th century town to a 15th century house in La Mancha that is adorned by balconies

between architecture and nature. They’re distinctive for swirling turrets, undulating roof lines and other imaginative shapes in a whimsical variety of bright colors. Examples of Gaudi’s playful imagination also come alive at the Casa Batllo. That building’s wavy stone and glass façade is decorated with fragments of colored glass. The arched roof, irregular oval windows and sculpted stone adornments suggest that Gaudi’s goal was to avoid straight lines completely. Skeletal-shaped columns have prompted locals to nickname the building casa dels ossos (house of bones). Among Gaudi-designed monuments sprinkled throughout the city like jewels, one stands above all others in its inspiration and magnitude. If ever there was a work in progress, it is the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, his most celebrated master-

from which residents once watched bull fights. Adding to the realistic setting are restaurants and cafes that offer fare ranging from traditional tapas dishes to diet-busting multi-course meals. After feasting on the architectural and other riches of Barcelona, what better way to end a day than to chow down on cuisine representative of the area of Spain where it is located, as well as that of the entire country. If you go: For more information about a visit to Barcelona, log onto 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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The Healthy Geezer

By Fred Cicetti Q. I’m presuming there actually was someone named Heimlich who gave his name to the maneuver for helping people who are choking. Am I right? Yes, there actually is a Heimlich—Henry J. Heimlich, MD. In 1974, Dr. Heimlich published findings on what became the Heimlich Maneuver. Since then, the method has saved more than100,000 people in the United States alone. [Personal note: I met Dr. Heimlich and worked with a team on the initial program to educate the public about the maneuver. A day after our group learned the technique, one of my co-workers saved a boy who was choking on an ice cube.]

More than 3,000 people choke to death every year. Children younger than three years old and senior citizens are the leading victims. Young children swallow small objects that get lodged in their throats. One of the main causes for choking among seniors is ill-fitting dentures that prevent them from chewing properly. This leads to choking on a piece of food. Other causes of choking include drinking alcohol which can dull the nerves that help us swallow, eating too fast, laughing while eating, eating and walking. If you ever have to use the Heimlich Maneuver on someone who is choking, here is a basic guide from the Heimlich Institute: For choking adults From behind, wrap your arms around the victim’s waist. Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against the victim’s upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into their upper abdomen with a quick upward

thrust. Do not squeeze the ribcage; confine the force of the thrust to your hands. Repeat until object is expelled.

For unconscious victim or when the rescuer can’t reach around the victim Place the victim on back. Facing the victim, kneel astride the victim’s hips. With one of your hands on top of the other, place the heel of your bottom hand on the upper abdomen below the rib cage and above the navel. Use your body weight to press into the victim’s upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled. If the victim has not recovered, proceed with CPR. The victim should see a physician immediately after rescue. Don’t slap the victim’s back. (This could make matters worse.) For choking infants Lay the child down, face up, on a firm surface and kneel or stand at the victim’s feet, or hold infant on your lap facing away from you. Place the middle and index fingers of both your hands below his rib cage and above his

navel. Press into the victim’s upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust; do not squeeze the rib cage. Be very gentle. Repeat until object is expelled. If the victim has not recovered, proceed with CPR. The victim should see a physician immediately after rescue. Don’t slap the victim’s back. (This could make matters worse.) For yourself Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against your upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into your upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled. Alternatively, you can lean over a fixed horizontal object (table edge, chair, railing) and press your upper abdomen against the edge to produce a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled. See a physician immediately after rescue. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ n

Franco Center presents 15th “Just Us� Family Christmas Show

The “Just Us� entertainers will be presenting their 15th annual “Just Us� Family Christmas Show on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the L/A’s Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie. Since then, the group, an eclectic group of families and friends who have been performing great music for generations, has performed at The Center 35 times for various events. All music is performed live, and songs are learned by ear, no sheet music. Harmony comes from within the hearts of each talent. This will be the 11th year the Christmas show is performed. Led by Nel Meservier, formerly with the “C’est Si Bon� band, the group performs non-traditional Christmas songs as well as old favorites. This year, some of the songs featured will include: “Do You Hear What I Hear?�, “Nearly Christmas�, “White Christmas�, “Ring Those Christmas Bells�, “Silver and Gold�, and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas�. Reserved seating tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, and all students (with ID) are admitted for free. Contact or visit the Box Office or purchase on-line at Call (207) 689-2000. Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. n

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Religious Accomodation in the Workplace Submitted by Rebecca Webber The key to avoiding conflicts in this area, and preventing litigation, is discussing the requested accommodation with the employee making the request and trying to sort out possible solutions as well as understanding what the actual conflict is. Not only are employees less likely to turn to litigation as a solution if they feel heard, but the law in the area of religious accommodation requests is much like the law when facing a request for an accommodation for a disability. Investigators at the Commission and judges in the courts will be looking first to see if the employer sat down and discussed the request, the basis for it, and how it might be handled. Unlike accommodation requests in the disability area, requests for accommodation in the area of religion may be rejected if there is “more than de minimis cost.” That is, if the cost is much more than minimal, the employer probably does not have to provide the requested accommodation. The question is whether the accommodation would impose an “undue hard-

ship” and more than minimal cost falls into that category. Knowing where that limit lies, however, is pretty tricky and there is no clear guidance, meaning that the conservative approach to avoiding litigation is to try to work something out if possible and to have plenty of conversation about it (documenting each effort to come up with a solution). Keeping that overarching approach in mind, below are some examples to illustrate how to handle issues in this area: A supervisor comes to upper management and says that some of the employees are fasting for a holiday and they are concerned that the employees may become weak or dizzy, thereby creating a safety issue. How do you respond? If the supervisor actually observes a physical problem or slow down in production it is ok to step in and address the work place behavior. Making assumptions about fasting or prohibiting it is problematic, however. These concerns often arise because a supervisor knows that an employee practices a certain religion that can include fasting (as sev-

eral religions do) and the supervisor’s concern is generated by knowing what religious views the employee has. In contrast, that same supervisor isn’t usually going to every employee and asking each if they had a good breakfast, are on a fad diet, or engaging in some other diet that could also make an employee weak or dizzy. The bottom line is to avoid assumptions based on knowledge of an employee’s religion and focus on work conduct and performance. 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. 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.


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It might sound odd, but money is not the root of great motivation. We all share a desire to get better and better at something that matters. Whether you're a great artist, athlete, software developer, or sales professional, you need room to grow. The best way to tap into intrinsic motivation, according to author Daniel Pink, is to take the issue of money off the table and put the focus on the work itself: "The more prominent salary, perks, and benefits are in someone's work life, the more they can inhibit creativity and unravel performance." - Courtesy of Personal Selling Power,

Year-End Business Tax Planning

As usual, the Section 179 “expensing” deduction is set for a drastic reduction. And, as usual, business owners probably can make year-end plans for equipment purchases with the expectation that a higher deduction amount for 2015 will be enacted. Typically, purchases of business equipment are depreciated over several years, so the amount you spend can be deducted gradually from business income. However, the tax code allows some purchases to be deducted in full right away. Example: Brett Benson spends $20,000 on equipment for his manufacturing company this year. Brett can expense (deduct) that $20,000 to get an immediate tax benefit, rather than spread the tax savings over several years. Generally, an immediate tax savings is more valuable than a future tax savings. By the numbers For the expensing deduction, two numbers are critical. One is the maximum amount you’re allowed to deduct. The other is the

phaseout amount: the amount of equipment you can purchase before losing the expensing benefit. The phaseout provision essentially restricts this tax break to small and mid-sized companies because giant firms buy so much equipment that they lose the ability to expense any equipment outlays. The tax code currently calls for the expensing deduction to be capped at $25,000, with a dollar-for-dollar phaseout beginning at $200,000. Thus, if your company buys $210,000 worth of equipment, the excess $10,000 reduces the expensing limit from $25,000 to $15,000. In truth, those $25,000 and $200,000 numbers are not realistic today. Congress has repeatedly passed tax laws with higher limits: In recent years, expensing up to $500,000 worth of equipment has been permitted, with a phaseout starting at $2 million of annual purchases. All signs point to a repeat performance for 2015. Both Houses of Congress already have

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indicated willingness to extend some expired tax breaks, including the $500,000 and $2 million limits for expensing business purchases. Therefore, you should go ahead with purchases of equipment that truly will help your company become more productive, even if this year’s total tops $25,000. New and used equipment will qualify. Make sure to have equipment placed in service by year end, in order to get a deduction for 2015. Similarly, the “bonus depreciation” tax break has expired but likely will be restored for 2015, judging by Congressional activity. Under this provision, which applies only to new equipment, purchasers can take a 50% first year depreciation deduction, followed by depreciating the balance of the purchase price over several years. Both expensing and bonus depreciation tax breaks reduce the cost of capital and increase cash flow for small companies, so you should consider their impact when planning equipment purchases. - Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs

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The Chamber Hosts Successful Business Showcase and Chili-Chowder Contest See Who Took Home the Chili-Chowder Awards

The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Showcase and Chili-Chowder Contest on Saturday, October 17 in the gym at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. More than 70 businesses, organizations and restaurants participated in what is the Chamber’s largest networking event. “This event gives businesses, community organizations and nonprofits, the opportunity to build relationships with each other and the community,” said John Williams, Executive Director of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. “The Oxford Hills region is home to several small businesses and the Business Showcase puts their business in front of several potential new customers whether it is another business person or a community member.” The Chili-Chowder Contest takes place during the showcase and this year, there were several chili and chowder dishes to sample. Competing for the best chili were Olde

Mill Tavern, The Hot Dog Shack, The Progress Center, Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. Competing for best chowder were Olde Mill Tavern, The Progress Center and Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation. The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison won both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Best Chili and Best Chowder. “Knowing that people enjoy the food is the best compliment a chef can receive,” said Keith Pacheco, the executive chef at Olde Mill Tavern. “If you didn’t get a chance to come and enjoy our chili or lobster-corn chowder, please come by the Olde Mill Tavern for lunch or dinner some time.” This is the second year in a row that the Olde Mill Tavern won both chili awards. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice took home second place in the chili contest in both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice categories and coming in third in both categories for chili was The Prog-

The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison was the big winner in the Chili-Chowder contest held during the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Showcase. The restaurant won both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Best Chili and Best Chowder. Left to right: Melanie Wright, Walmart Store Manager; Thomas Gough, Olde Mill Tavern cook; Keith Pacheco, Executive Chef at Olde Mill Tavern; Rebecca Dowse, Oxford Hills SCORE; Mary Ann Brown, Oxford Hills SCORE and Jim Bouchard, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.

ress Center. In the chowder competition, second place for the People’s Choice was The Progress Center and third place was Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation. The judges chose Norway Center for Health &

Rehabilitation as second place for best chowder and coming in third was The Progress Center. The chamber received support from several businesses and organizations to make this event a success. The Chili-

Chowder Contest was sponsored by Walmart and Oxford Hills SCORE. The Business Showcase was sponsored by the following businesses: Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Norway Savings Bank,

Oxford Casino, Goodwin Chevrolet, ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration, Actnow Rapid Rooter, Oxford Federal Credit Union, WOXO 92.7 and 100.7 Pure Country, and Turner Publishing. n

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