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

Chili & Chowder Cookoff

The Minot Historical Society is hosting a Chili & Chowder Cookoff on Saturday, October 17th from 4-6pm at the West Minot Grange Hall (Rte 119 & Rte124 intersection aka West Minot Rd & Woodman Hill Rd intersection near Village Trading Post, 758 West Minot Road, Minot 04258). Anyone can enter their favorite homemade chili

or chowder for free for the chance to win bragging rights for the year and a gift... card to Hannaford. Those wishing to enter the competition should bring their finished dish (and extension cord if you have one) to set up at 3:30pm. We will have power to keep your crock pots piping hot. Entry to the chili competition will be $5 per person

($3 for children under 10) at the door. All profits will benefit the rebuilding of the new Minot historical house. Any questions regarding the event or the society can be emailed to or call 966-2622. Bring your A-game, competitors, and your empty stomachs, eaters aka voters. We also have a silent auction going on: Feel free to let folks (that are not computer savvy) know they can call 966-2622 for more info on making bids. Have some real great items. Bidding goes until October 24th. (Items will be viewable at the West Minot Grange’s Harvest Supper on October 10th.) n

Sarah Agren cuts the ribbon during the ceremony to celebrate the newly renovated store.

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Fiddle-icious returns to the Franco Center

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Fiddle-icious, an open community fiddle-based orchestra, comprised of over 100 musicians, has set concert dates for the 2015 season. The ensemble’s annual concert in the Franco Center’s magnificent Performance Hall in Lewiston will be on Sunday, October 25 at 2 p.m. This is the 12th year

Fiddle-icious will entertain audiences with traditional music, creating an atmosphere of infectious energy and joy. Fiddleicious is a non-profit, allvolunteer community organization with members from Kittery to Augusta. Fiddle-icious is a large and vibrant group of Maine musicians playing

fiddle, piano, harp, guitar, banjo, accordion, cello, tin whistle, concertina and upright bass. The group’s tunes are passed on from the Irish, Scottish, Québécois and Acadian traditions; they include reels, jigs, marches, hornpipes, waltzes, step-dancing and singing. Fiddle-icious is di-

rected by Don Roy, a designated Master Fiddler from Gorham, who is hailed as a “living cultural treasure” in Maine. Don and his wife, Cindy Roy, the group’s pianist, both grew up in FrenchCanadian families where music was an integral part of their lives. Don and Cindy’s desire to share their knowledge with oth-

ers, and foster community through music is a testimony to their commitment to keep their musical heritage alive. The Franco Center performance will be the last of four in one week. Other stops will be at the in Topsham, Augusta and Gorham. CDs will be available for purchase at each performance location.

Tickets are $15, and $13 seniors and students. Contact or visit the Box Office at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston, or purchase online at Call (207) 689-2000. Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. CDs will be available for purchase at each performance location. n

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Clothing And Stuffed Animal Yard Sale

Church Bean Supper Supper - Baked Beans, Casseroles, Salads, Homemade Breads and Desserts, and Beverages. Saturday, October 24, 5:00 P. M. First Congregational Church, Route 115, Gray. Adults - $8.00, under 12 - $4.00. Handicapped accessible. FMI - Contact 657-4279, day of supper 657-3279. n

Harvest Supper

Amvets Post # 6 Auxiliary is having their annual harvest supper on NOV 7, 2015 from 5-6 PM at the AMVETS HALL , Route 100 , New Gloucester . Menu: Ham, Potatoes, Squash, Turnip, Carrots, Cabbage,Onions, Rolls, Coffee, Tea, Punch ,Dessert: Homemade Apple Crisp . Adults $9.00 Children 6-12 $5.00 . Under 6 Free Proceeds benefit our Veterans Hospital Projects. n

Voting Day & Baked Goods Voting Day, November 3rd, at the Minot Town Office, will feature home baked goods sale from the great cooks at Minot Historical Society. n

PTO Craft Fair

Minot Historical Society will be putting on an end of the year (all-season) clothing and stuffed animal yard

sale on November 7th from 8-3pm at the MHS historical house at 493 Center Minot Hill Rd, Minot.

All proceeds go toward the historical house renovations. Hope to see you there! n

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

4 Simple Ways to Winterize Your Home

As winter approaches, homeowners know they must do certain things to ready their homes for the coming months. Wrapping up the grill and closing the pool are no-brainers, but homeowners also must prioritize winterizing their homes to ensure homes withstand the winter. Winterizing tasks range from small to big, but each can protect a home and its inhabitants and some can even save homeowners a substantial amount of money. The following are four simple ways to winterize your home. 1. Plug leaks Leaky windows and doorways can cost homeowners money year-

round, allowing cold air to escape on hot summer afternoons and letting cold air in on brisk winter nights. When such leaks aren’t fixed, homeowners are more liable to turn up their air conditioners or heaters, unnecessarily padding their energy bills along the way. Before winter arrives, check areas around windows and door frames for leaks, as well as any additional openings, such as chimneys, that may allow cold air in. Use caulk or weather strips to plug these leaks, and enjoy your warmer home and lower energy bills as winter weather gets colder and colder. 2. Inspect your chimney

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If your home has a chimney, chances are you have not used it since last winter. During that time, the chimney has likely accumulated some dirt and grime, and may even have served as home to some uninvited critters. As the season for fireside chats approaches, have your chimney serviced by a professional so it’s ready for use and you are not greeted by some unwanted guests upon lighting your first fire. 3. Clear the yard

Autumn days, particularly late autumn days, can be gusty, and strong winds can cause branches to fall off trees. Branches big and small can cause damage to cars, siding and roofs, and smaller branches can get clogged in gutters, potentially causing gutters to back up and leading to leaky roofs that damage a home’s interior. Take a walk around your property at least

Trimming hanging branches and removing debris from their yards is one simple way homeowners can prepare their properties for winter.

once per week during the fall, clearing any fallen limbs and trimming branches that appear one strong gust away from falling off of trees. Remove any branches that are hanging over your home and driveway so they don’t pose a threat to your house or vehicles.

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Klahr Center Hosts the 2015 Pride Film Festival

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, the UMA Diversity Committee, and Katz Library present the 2015 Pride Film Festival at the Michael Klahr Center on October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 7 p.m. The Pride Film Festival was created three years ago by a group of individuals on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta with the goal of showing films that encouraged discussion and celebration of the LGBTQ community in central Maine. All films are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments are provided, and a dis-

cussion is held following each film. Political hypocrisy is the theme of the film on Thursday, October 22nd. The documentary Outrage (2009) by Kirby Dick recounts some of the most famous examples of antigay advocates caught in situations that revealed that political will sometimes isn’t related to personal inclination. Outrage premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before being released theatrically and was immediately denounced by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, one of the film’s subjects. Outrage was nominated for a 2010 Emmy Award,

and won Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival’s jury award for best documentary. “A powerful, disturbing, and significant film.” LA Times. Outrage is 88 minutes long and is unrated, but deals with sexual topics. The annual Pride Film Festival always ends with a party, and this year’s party will be on Thursday, October 29th with Wigstock: The Movie (1995). During the 80s and 90s, Wigstock was a Labor Day staple of New York’s East Village. The annual drag show featured the most famous drag performers in the country. Barry Shills’ documentary

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captures the performances and behind-the-scenes adventures of the event, and features a fantastic soundtrack. Included in this film is an unforgettable performance by Ru Paul at the peak of his popularity. This final film of

the festival will end with a party and those who are attending are encouraged to dress up, or cross-dress up in your most fun outfit. The New York Times called Wigstock “goodnatured, campy fun.” Wigstock runs 85 minutes

and is rated R. All films are free and will be shown at the Michael Klahr Center, 46 University Drive, Augusta. For more information visit or call 207-621-3530. n

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lieve that RLS is underreported. Victims of RLS are often diagnosed as suffering from insomnia, depression or a disorder of the nerves, muscles or skeleton. RLS is a neurologic movement disorder. It produces uncomfortable sensations that cause an irresistible urge to move the legs. RLS symptoms can be relieved temporarily by movement. Symptoms occur during inactivity and strike most frequently during the evening. These attacks lead to sleep problems. The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation says there must be five essential features present for a diagnosis of restless legs syndrome: * You have a strong urge to move your legs (sometimes arms and trunk), usually accompanied or

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Plural of ascus 5. Repents 11. British School 12. Adhesive to catch birds 15. Male children 16. Oil company 17. Intestinal 19. Money slogan 24. 2nd tone 25. In actual truth 26. Belgian-French River 27. Rural Free Delivery 28. Point midway between S and SE 29. Texas armadillo 30. 2nd largest Hawaiian island 31. Pile up 33. Changes liquid to vapor 34. Yemen capital 37. Byways 38. V-shaped cut 39. Painting on dry plaster 42. Daminozide 43. Papa’s partner 44. __ -fi: fiction/ movie genre 47. 1st Soviet space station 48. Latvian capital 49. Come into view 52. Blue Hen school 53. Maine water com pany 55. Picture & word

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, while success brings you many things, it can feel lonely at the top. Make some time to reconnect and hang out with friends this week.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you can’t seem to focus your attention on one thing this week. However, wandering thoughts may put you in touch with some better ideas. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you may like to tackle projects on your own, but sometimes letting someone else pitch in can provide a fresh perspective and a new way of doing things. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 It’s time to get serious about your job-seeking efforts, Gemini. Start putting out feelers and see what is available. Also, fine-tune your résumé to get noticed.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, listen more than you speak in the coming days. You can learn so much more by remaining quiet and taking it all in, and others will appreciate your attentiveness. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, after an exciting event, life may seem a little mundane for a while. Happiness is what you make of it. Try a new hobby or make some new friends.

puzzle 57. Atomic #18 58. Xiamen dialect 59. Being overzealous 62. One who did it (slang) 63. Night breathing noises 64. A minute amount (Scott) CLUES DOWN 1. Race of Norse gods 2. Large pebbles 3. Latin line dances 4. The inner sole of a shoe 5. A French abbot 6. Moves stealthily 7. An alternative 8. 39th state 9. Lotus sports car model 10. River fill 13. Of I 14. Many noises 18. Ghana monetary units 20. Actor Hughley 21. The Cowboy State 22. Jests at 23. America 27. Surprise attack 29. Daddy 30. Extinct flightless bird of New Zealand 31. Express pleasure 32. Cellist Yo-Yo 33. Bronx cheer 34. A more firm

substance 35. Essential oil obtained from flowers 36. Company that rings receipts 37. Largest church in Christianity 38. Capital of Wallonia 39. Heroic tale 40. Send forth 41. The Golden State 43. 1/1000 of an inch 44. Angel of the 1st order 45. Ukrainian peninsula 46. Disregard 48. Colophony 49. Spanish be 50. Military policeman 51. Cleopatra’s country 53. Br. drinking establishments 54. Removes moisture 56. Liberal Arts degree 60. Execute or perform 61. Atomic #77

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you may be unable to keep everything organized this week. Don’t fret, as you need not be in complete control at every moment. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, you may be inspired to do something creative but don’t know where to begin. Pisces may be a good source of inspiration. You can work on a project together.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Expand your social circles and you may meet some influential new people, Libra. This can only help your reputation and open up new doors to various opportunities.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, make the necessary changes in your life to put primary goals back on target. These may be career or fitness goals or even plans to increase family time.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, take control of a situation that comes to light this week. No one else seems capable of taking the reins but you. Chances are you will be an excellent leader.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, this week may start off a little differently than most, but by midweek you will find your groove.

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Nutrition Advice for Those With Lyme Disease Jodi Cornelio

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

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

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

oats are gluten free, many commercially processed oats have been contaminated by wheat products containing gluten. It is often recommended to avoid oats if gluten-free eating is required. Sugars – minimize or avoid sugars especially if on an antibiotic drug. Sugars can hurt good bacteria’s in the body and breed bad bacteria’s. When reading food labels look for words ending in OSE such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid artificial sweeteners as they are just plain not wise choices and, our bodies were not designed to digest these types of manufactured products. Dairy products – Milk and cheeses and yogurt contain lactose and some

bacteria thrive on that too. If taking an antibiotic the calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc found in these foods and in calcium enrich juices and vitamins can bind to the antibiotic and make it less effective. Read the label or ask your pharmacist for a list when in doubt. Yogurt can fool us. When on an antibiotic we are coached to eat yogurt to avoid yeast infections or other digestive upsets. Make sure it has active digestive cultures such as Acidophilus and no sugar added. Beware that calcium and lactose bind with the antibiotic making it less effective so you may choose to stay on the safe side and take an acidophilus supplement or a pro-biotic supplement that contains 10 – 25 bil-

lion CFU s. Alcohol – A drink a day or one glass of wine may be good for the heart and I hate to be the barer of bad news but the fact is alcohol is converted to sugar in the body and it simply not good at building the immune system in this case. Do’s Now that I have taken all the fun out of foods, what can you eat? The answer is. You can eat whole foods in their natural state. Prepare your own food as much as possible. Fresh or frozen vegetables, all meats and good fats like olive oil. Examples of foods to eat are; beans, seeds and nuts in their natural, unprocessed form, fresh eggs, fresh red meats, fish and poultry (not breaded,

batter-coated or marinated), all fruits and vegetables. Gluten free flours are; Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn and cornmeal, Flax, Rice flour, Potato flour, Hominy, Millet, Quinoa... And as always get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, exercise everyday moderately and try to avoid stress. Yoga is a good outlet and great for the nervous and immune system. Live Long, Live well. For additional reading and references see: CDC. org,, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol 14, number 3 Fall 2009., The Lyme Diet by Dr Nicola McFadzean ND n

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Saint Dominic Academy­­Selects New College and Academic Advisor Saint Dominic Academy is pleased to announce the new College and Academic Advisor, Ms. Janet Sprague. Ms. Sprague was selected from a number of well-qualified individuals. Sprague is a certified guidance counselor who was employed at a secondary school in Florida, where she resided for several years. She is now ready to return to her Maine roots. For over 20 years, Sprague has

worked with students in both education and the Catholic Church. She is an active member of the American School Counselor Association as well as the respective state and local organizations for counselors. “I am very excited to welcome Ms. Sprague to St. Dom’s,” said Joline Girouard, principal of the Auburn Campus. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with

her and she will be a wonderful addition to our staff”. Sprague will begin counseling students on Tuesday, October 13. St. Dom’s has scheduled meet and greet with Sprague on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. “I am excited to be joining the Saint Dominic family. I look forward to working with staff, faculty, parents and the entire community to assist St.

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Ed’s Apple Bread

West Minot Grange at Oxford Fair

• 2 or 3 Mac apples peeled sliced pieces • 1/2 cup white sugar or brown sugar (optional)

• 1 1/2 or 2 cups flour • 1tsp. Baking soda • 1tsp. Vanilla extract or almond extract (optional) • 2 Eggs • 1 stick butter (melted) • 2tsp cinnamon • 1/4 cup tap water (use as needed mixing ingredients) • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

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

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West Minot Grange #42 had a good year at the Oxford Fair. Our fair booth team won 2nd place in the Domestic Exhibit display! I hope that a large number of folks looked at the displays this year. The booth display is labor intensive. The photos and art displays we special. Home preserved jams, relish,

pickles, fruit and vegetables were outstanding. We at West Minot Grange thank our fair booth team, Gail, Connie and Jim for their great creation. If you did not attend the Oxford Fair this year, you missed out. Plan to visit next year. How about entering that great-grand kids photo? n

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Grouse Days

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

V. Paul Reynolds Ahhh, October. Frosty mornings and flaming foliage. Grouse days are upon us. In Maine, next to whitetail deer, there is no other game species that draws as much attention in autumn from hunters,

residents and nonresidents alike. Deservedly. Can you think of any other game bird that so challenges a gun dog and a shooter? The bird man himself, John James Audubon, held the grouse-as-game-bird in reverence: “Sometimes, when these birds are found on the side of a steep hill, the moment they start, they dive towards the foot of the declivity, take a turn, and fly off in a direction so different from the one expected, that unless the sportsman is aware of the trick, he may not see them again that day.” There can be no doubt,

either, that our fondness for this fall game bird has something to do with its sweet flesh. They eat well. There is only one way to prepare and cook grouse, no matter what you hear or read in cook books. Cut up the breast in strips a half inch thick. Lightly sautee them in an iron skillet with butter and garnish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Don’t overcook. Sportsmen have been known to parboil a partridge breast in a bean pot or smother the overcooked breast with a creamy sherry sauce. This is a sacrilege, a culinary crime of

the first order. Drown a woodcock breast in the bean pot if you must, but grouse richly deserve the respect reflected in the cooking adage that less is more. There is an additional reason why the grouse is the hallowed game bird, why the hunt for ruffed grouse has been the subject of so much attention over the years from sporting artists and legendary outdoor writers. It is the time of year, October, when fall foliage is a feast

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

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



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Yard Sale at Historical Society

There will be a yard sale at the new home of the Minot Historical Society. All season clothes, stuffed animals and toys. The sale will take place on November 7th, from 8am to 3pm. The Historical Society is located at 493 Center Minot Hill Road, Minot.

Students Get Immersed in Nature’s Ecology

Every year, elementary students in RSU 16 learn about nature and the ecosystem through the Ecology School, formerly known as Ferry Beach Ecology School. The Saco-based school brings hands-on ecology education programs into each of the district’s three elementary schools throughout the school year and in sixth grade, the program culminates with a three day, two night stay on the Ecology School campus. At the end of September, the sixth graders embarked on their overnight

adventure and participated in classes such as the ABC’s of Ecology, Nature at Night, Marine Lab, Tide Pools, and Jetty Jaunt. Gabby Bolduc said, “I got to learn about animal habitats and their adaptations and I even had night vision for the first time in my life. That was awesome!” Several students also enjoyed the tide pools lesson including Layla Reed, “My favorite lesson was when we went to the tide pools because I had a lot of fun looking for creatures and seeing some things that I have never seen.”




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Girl Scout Troop 314 trip to London Recently Ambassador Girl Scout troop 314 traveled to London, England for a week of sightseeing and adventure. The troop, comprised of Girl Scouts and their advisors from Durham, Lewiston, and Lisbon, planned the trip over the course of the last four years as a celebration of the young women graduating from high school, as well as their bridging to adult girl scouting. The troop conducted their bridging ceremony on the see-through glass floored pedestrian walkway of the Tower of London Bridge that is 143 feet above the high tide mark of the Thames River. Numerous other visitors to the attraction stopped to watch the ceremony and inquire about Girl Scouting in the U.S. Troop members spent their first day in London taking in the layout of the city from the top of a big red, open air, double decker bus, a common mode of public transportation. Big Ben, Wellington Arch, and the London Eye, a gigantic ferris wheel, were just a few of the sights. Over the course of their holiday, the troop visited many of London’s major attractions, like the Victoria & Albert Museum renowned for its artistic treasures, the royal residence at Kensington

Palace, Westminster Abby where many royal coronations have been conducted, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, London Bridge, and The Tower of London, which is a fortress on the Thames River and currently the home of the crown jewels. The Girl Scouts attended a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and stopped to feed the pigeons afterwards as a nod to “Mary Poppins.” The Royal Mews, home of the royal horses, carriages, and vehicles, was particularly interesting as the guide, Sanjaya Punjabi, brought the history of the Mews to life. The troop was also present for a changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace on a particularly warm afternoon, and all were thankful not to be in the guards’ heavy red British uniforms. Other notable outings were to the London zoo, a riverboat cruise down the Thames River, and Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station of the Underground, the city’s subway system where “Mind the Gap” announcements advised commuters to be aware of the variable open space between the train cars and the platform. The Harry Potter attraction offered visitors an opportunity to try their luck at getting


through to the magical platform with trains to Hogwarts. The troop also visited London’s Pax Lodge, one of four International Girl Scout Centers for Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The London adventure also included trying out some of the local food. Fish and chips, pot pies, and traditional English breakfasts with scones were just a few of the delightful foods on the menu. American ketchup was not. Tea time was another delightful moment for checking out London’s diverse food selections. Thankfully, Britons take tea time very seriously. Another aspect of the adventure was learning the local customs. As Americans, learning to watch for drivers on the left side of the road was an exciting opportunity. British money offered another area for learning. Pounds come in notes and coins. Two pound coins add up quickly and get very heavy. The trip to London offered the Girl Scouts of 314 a wealth of learning opportunities, from learning to set longterm goals and planning appropriate incremental steps to achieve them, as well as gaining financial awareness in budgeting and money earning. These young women enriched their leadership

skills throughout the process as they worked as a team, interfaced with the community at money earning events, and engaged in learning opportunities and community service activities. The trip itself offered opportunities for personal

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Email Flows John McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Store Fresh Apples

Apples are a popular fruit that are grown in different places around the world. Come autumn, apples can be seen filling farm stands and supermarkets all over North America.

Apples are available year-round, but many apple lovers insist there’s nothing better than plucking an apple directly off the tree in the fall. Apple orchards and pick-your-own farms

are visited each autumn by apple lovers anxious for apples’ tart and juicy taste. Many people pick more apples than they can eat in a few days, so it pays to learn how to store apples properly so none of them go to waste. Start by picking a variety of apple that won’t go bad too quickly. Apple growers can make suggestions, but Jonathan, Rome, Fuji, and Granny Smith varieties tend to last longer than other varieties. Choose apples that are free of blemishes or soft spots. The adage that “one bad apple can spoil the whole bunch” bears some truth. Apples give off ethylene gas as they decay, and a rotting apple can quickly affect

nearby apples. A good place to store apples in the short-term is in the refrigerator where it is cool. Put the apples in the crisper drawer. Do not store them with vegetables, as the apples may cause the veggies to ripen or rot prematurely. If you plan on long-term storage, a few extra steps are necessary. Apples need to be individually wrapped so they will not come in contact with other apples. Newsprint works great; just be sure to pick the pages that are done in black ink because colored ink may contain heavy metals. Once wrapped, place each apple in a container padded with more newspaper. Store this container

in a cool place, such as a garage, root cellar or screened-in porch. Apples can last a couple of months if stored in this manner. Keep apples away from potatoes, as potatoes can cause the fruit to prematurely decay. Another way to store apples is to turn them into preserves or apple sauce. By boiling the apples and sealing them shut in canning jars, that fresh apple taste can be enjoyed long after the apples are picked. Consult with a canning expert about the right way to begin the process. Fruits are generally canned using a boiling-water canner. However, some fruits, like apples, can be canned with a pressure canner. Because

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

apples tend to discolor when the flesh meets the air, use a little lemon juice to prevent this while canning. Turning apples into candied apples also can help them keep longer. Apples can be dipped into a sugary coating, caramel or toffee to be enjoyed later on. Of course, you always can bake apples into a pie as well, then freeze the pie for another day. Autumn would be incomplete without apples. Get ready for apple season by developing a storage plan before you visit the orchard. n


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More than 200 people attended the eighth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo held Friday, October 2 at the Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine. Featuring workshops and lectures, the daylong event was a learning opportunity for adults. The Aging Well Living Well Expo is presented annually by the nonprofit SeniorsPlus, the designated agency on aging for Western Maine. This year’s Expo theme was Explore!

Attendees were invited to explore necessary, serious learning, such as planning for the end of your life, as well as first-time explorations like playing the harmonica and woodcarving. The almost 30 workshops presented at the Expo covered a range of topics including finance, health, exercise, cooking, crafts, and travel. The Expo began with a breakfast keynote address by Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Professor and Director, Geriatric Education

and Research, Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). In her talk at the Expo, entitled “The Aging ‘Loco’motion: You Can’t Be Idle on a Moving Train,” she expounded on the importance of adapting and adjusting to healthy aging. SeniorsPlus is grateful for the support of its major sponsors of the Expo: Turner Publishing, Inc., Healey & Associates, CBRE/The Boulos Company, AARP,

AT&T, Central Maine Medical Center, Home Care for Maine, Martin’s Point Health Care, Beltone, and Lee Auto Malls of Maine. The mission of SeniorsPlus is to enrich the lives of seniors and adults with disabilities. Established in 1972, the organization believes in supporting the independence, dignity, and quality of life of those we serve. n

Julie Daniels, Manager of Care Coordination at SeniorsPlus, works the crowd at the eighth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo presented by SeniorsPlus on October 2.

Attendees of the eighth annual Aging Well Living Well Expo presented by SeniorsPlus on October 2, enjoyed a keynote address by Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci, Professor and Director, Geriatric Education and Research, Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).

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

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

union. Limits imposed with a union in mind will need to be evaluated in terms of all the nonunion solicitation and distribution that often takes place in any workplace. For example, as one court noted, the employer, a hospital, “had permitted use of the cafeteria for other types of solicitation, including fund drives, which, if not to be equated with union solicitation in terms of potential for generating controversy, at least indicates that the hospital regarded the cafeteria as sufficiently commodious to admit solicitation and distribution without disruption.” Beth Israel Hosp. v. N.L.R.B., 437 U.S. at 502-03. The Court did acknowledge that union activity was recognized as possibly generating behavior that was “undesirable in the hospital's cafeteria,” but held that there were “less restrictive means of regulating organizational activity” that were more focused on the precise harm to be avoided. In other words, if the concern is noise, limit noise, but not all union gatherings; if the concern is crowding, limit meetings to less crowded times rather than impose a

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

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

ing in activities associated with unions. 9. Do have a policy that applies to off-duty employees seeking access to the facility for any purpose (or base the limits on criteria like location and whether interfering with customer service). You can have exceptions that allow access by employees in their capacity not as employees but as customers/patients/visitors themselves with that access simply requiring that employees in those capacities follow the same rules as any other customer/patient/visitor. This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law. Rebecca Webber is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853. n

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Genealogy Tourism Becoming Increasingly Popular

A couple from Los Angeles on an Ancestral Footsteps tour explores the woods in France where the wife’s grandfather fought the Germans during World War II. School children in Belarus welcome members of a family on an Ancestral Footsteps tour to their ancestral village with a gift of traditional bread.

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Planning a visit to Poland, where his ancestors had lived, Bernard Janicki went online and tracked down the parish priest in the village where his mother had been born. When he arrived, the pastor helped him find church records that traced his grandfather’s lineage to 1819, and the maternal side of his family back to 1751. Thus he became one of an increasing number of people who have made genealogy tourism – combining travel with research to trace their family roots -- one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry. The wealth of information available online is a good place to begin a trip down memory lane. A few strokes on a computer keyboard can unearth census records, ship passenger lists, immigration documents and a treasure trove of other data. The National Archives contains a mother lode of in

formation. The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the world’s largest depository, with records from over 100 countries., which claims the title of world’s largest online resource for family history information, includes billions of historical records on its websites. But no amount of knowledge can compete with the thrill of making personal contact with relatives you might not have known exist, or visiting places where your forebears lived and your family roots were planted. Tour companies offer both organized group trips and individual visits to states and countries where birth, marriage, death and other sources of information await discovery. There even are genealogy cruises for people who prefer to combine a learning experience with the opportunity to take to the high seas. Family Tree Tours takes

small groups of travelers to Germany, Poland and Ireland. The company obtains research information from tour members in advance, which is forwarded to researchers on the scene who make contacts and arrange meetings in each family’s village. For more information log onto familytreetours. com. Several firms arrange visits to Salt Lake City, where participants have access to the voluminous records available at the Family History Center. When not poring over records or seated before a computer, roots researchers spend free time enjoying extra-curricular activities like attending a rehearsal of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and touring the magnificent Temple Square Garden, which sprawls across 35 acres. Among tour companies that offer research visits to Salt Lake City are Ancestor Seekers (ancestorseekers. com) and Ann-Mar Geneal-

ogy Trips (genealogytrips. com). The website offers an international inventory of genealogy research tour providers. Another must-see website is, a free categorized and cross-referenced list of more than 335,000 links to helpful resources. Categories include localities, ethnic groups, religions and more. This can help people planning a trip to locate archives, court houses, cemeteries and other places where they can seek family history information before they leave home. Those seeking the ultimate in a personalized tour may find what they’re looking for at www.ancestralfootsteps. com. A researcher accompanies clients throughout their journey to places where their ancestors lived, attended school, worked and worshipped. Its luxury offerings might even include travel by private jet and a chauffeurdriven car. Roots researchers who prefer to combine the plea-

sures of a cruise with their family exploration also can find inviting alternatives. For example, Legacy Family Tree cruises combine daily genealogy classes taught by experts in the field with itineraries that range from the Caribbean and Panama Canal to Alaska and Australia. When not getting valuable information and assistance relating to their family history hunt, passengers can enjoy the usual cruise ship amenities and activities, plus some surprises like an ice skating rink, miniature golf and classes in wine tasting, jewelry making and other pursuits. For more information, log onto People who sign up with Cruise Everything for a genealogy voyage get to help plan the subjects that experts in the field will discuss. Passengers receive a questionnaire several months in advance that allows the speakers to cover the topics of greatest interest. Their presentations include information about using the In-

ternet for research, photography and sources of helpful records. Participants also may arrange a private appointment with a presenter to get personal assistance. The January 16-23, 2016 cruise will visit several Caribbean destinations, with shore excursions available for those who wish to explore them. For more information log onto Enjoying a Caribbean cruise may seem to have little in common with searching for one’s ancestral links. It’s but one of a variety of opportunities for those seeking to combine a love of travel with the chance to add branches to the family tree. Victor Block is an awardwinning 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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