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Spruce Mountain High School JMG Kelcy Wiley, FNP to Join Strong Area Members Visit the State House Health Center

Rep. Paul Gilbert, D-Jay, greeted the members of the Spruce Mountain High School Jobs for Maine Graduates program when they visited the State House recently.

Franklin Memorial Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2016

Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome its first baby of 2016, Isiah Norman Daku. Dr. Tara Aumand of Franklin Health Women’s Care attended the birth of Isiah, a 9 pound 12.6 ounce baby boy who

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Kelcy Wiley, FNP will be joining the medical team at Strong Area Health Center this December. She graduated from the Walden University masters of nursing program specializing in family practice earlier this year and obtained American Academy of Nurse Practitioner certification in April. She brings seven years of nursing experience in ICU step-down/critical care areas having obtained an associate degree in nursing from Allegany College of Maryland in 2008. Kelcy is looking forward to practicing in the community of Strong and to treating patients from a diverse population. She stated that her philosophy of care “is to treat everyone as family and to help patients to make the most informed decisions regarding their plan of care.” Kelcy recently relocated to the Franklin County area and will be joining Ann Schwink, DO and Madelyn Besse, PA who provide medical care as well as Alyson Byard, LCSW who offers behavioral health services. 3,600 residents of Avon, New Vineyard, Phillips, and Strong, Farmington and beyond come to the practice for health and oral health services each year.

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Spruce Budworm Returns



Unless you are in your forties you probably have no recollection of Maine’s last spruce budworm infestation. The budworm, which can chew its way through acres and acres of coniferous forest and kill spruce and balsam fir, left its destructive mark on Maine’s softwood stands in the mid 1970s. I remember it well. By the early 1980s the spruce budworm had destroyed more than 20 percent of Maine’s fir forest. The budworm assault has been likened to a “slow-moving hurricane.” Timberland owners had little choice: harvest the defoliated trees immediately or lose the economic value of huge tracts of forest. The result, of course, was expansive and controversial clear cuts the likes of which Maine had never seen. Clear cuts are not pleasing to the eye. Neither is the knowledge that miles of Maine forestlands that are home to fish and wildlife

of forest just perish. Birds and wildlife lose precious habitat. Trout streams lose protective canopies that keep flowing water cool. In rural Maine there are economic consequences that can be substantial. Then there is the issue of insecticides. In the 1970s, tons of insecticides were air-dropped across Maine’s fir forest by aircraft in an attempt to “mitigate” the march of the budworms. Not-to-worry assurances were made to the public by state foresters and timberland owners, but it was a hard sell. One day in June of 1976, as I was casting a fly upon the waters of one of my favorite Aroostook County trout ponds, I saw and heard the drone of a lowflying “delivery” aircraft


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are being inundated with insecticides. It was a tense era, a clash between economics and environmentalism that led, eventually, to passage of the Forest Practices Act of 1989, which today regulates forestry practices in Maine. Unfortunately, according to experts, Maine is about to undergo another major spruce budworm infestation. The budworm moth can be tracked. It is moving our way from Canada. Will it be a repeat of the 1970s with sprawling sections of fir trees rendered dead and brown by the voracious budworm? It’s hard to predict the extent of the impact, but we in Maine are expected to see the effects of the budworm within the next 2 to 4 years. Experts say that it is possible, through good preparation, to mitigate the damage, although I’ve yet to see any explanation of how this will be done. At this point, state and private interests are collaborating on a disaster preparedness plan to be unveiled this summer. Of course, Mother Nature marches to its own drummer, but Maine needs a spruce budworm epidemic about as much as another record-breaking winter. There is a ripple effect when large tracts

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In the last installment of The Healthy Geezer, we focused upon triglycerides. This column is a companion piece about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatlike substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones. The body can make all the cholesterol it needs. Most cholesterol is made by your liver. You also get cholesterol from foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Too much cholesterol is dangerous, because cholesterol can lead to blockages in your blood vessels. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream in packages called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cholesterol to the body. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. LDLs are often described as “bad� cholesterol; HDLs are called “good� cholesterol. If there are too many LDLs in the blood, they will combine with other material in your bloodstream to manufacture plaque, a waxy crud that builds up on the inner walls of the blood vessels that feed your brain and heart. When this build-up

occurs, you have a condition called “atherosclerosis,� which is commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries.� If a clot forms in blood vessels narrowed by plaque, it can block blood flow, which can cause a heart attack or a stroke. The recommended levels of cholesterol are as follows: Total cholesterol level should be less than 200 mg/dL. (“Mg/dL� stands for milligram per deciliter.) “Borderline high� is defined as between 200 and 239 mg/dL. You’re risking heart disease if your reading is 240 mg/ dL or more. LDL cholesterol level should be less than 130 mg/dL. “Borderline high� is between 130 and 159 mg/dL. There’s heart-disease risk if your reading is 160 mg/dL or more. HDL cholesterol levels should be at 60 mg/dL or higher to cut the risk of heart disease. You’re at high risk for heart disease if you have a reading less

than 40 mg/dL. If your total cholesterol level is high because of high LDLs, you may be at higher risk of heart disease or stroke. If your total level is high only because of a high HDLs, you’re probably not at higher risk. Some physicians use the ratio of total cholesterol to HDLs. The ratio is obtained by dividing the HDLs into the total cholesterol. The goal is to keep the ratio below 5 to 1. (Interesting fact: Male sex hormones lower HDL levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL levels. Draw your own conclusions.) What can you do to control cholesterol? Diet Cholesterol is in all foods from animals, so reduce your intake of meat, eggs and dairy products. Cut back on fatty foods such as snacks, desserts and anything fried. Eat vegetables and fruit. Exercise Regular physical activ-

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READER RECIPE Chocolate Coconut Kisses

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Set Oven at 350° Butter Cookie Sheet All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maine’s two famous persons? I bet you can’t. I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up. Maine’s two famous persons are William King, Maine’s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s vice president. But they might not be there long. That’s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues – the one of William King – with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space.. Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take King’s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. King’s time is up. It’s not known if King’s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it won’t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craig’s List or eBay. Mason’s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King won’t be offended by his possible eviction because he’s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you

Sift together; 1 1/2 Confectionary Sugar 1 Tblspoon Flour Beat 3 egg whites until soft peaks, then beat sugar mixture in, 2 tbls at a time. Add a teaspoon of Vanilla. be deader than a doornail. The free-spending legislature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue — like it does — to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one — or both — of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if they’ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if we could have a “Mainer of the Week” on display in the hall. Then everyone would be satisfied

that their favorite historic Maine figure is getting the recognition he or she deserves. If the other 50 states adopted the same plan They’d have dozens of different statues coming and going every week. All that activity would sure make statuary hall a much more attractive destination. Here’s the list of favorites so far: •Joshua Chamberlain •Henry Wadsworth Longfellow •Percival B. Baxter •Winslow Homer •Leon Leonwood Bean •Molly Molasses •Rachel Carson •Margaret Chase Smith •Frances Perkins •Edna St. Vincent Millay If you have a favorite Mainer that you think should be cast in bronze or carved in stone and placed on display in Statuary Hall, make sure you let the arts commission know – Who knows where all this will lead? n

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So you’re on track with your New Year’s resolutions to manage your weight and it’s been a long week and you just want to kick back and enjoy a cocktail with friends without blowing your diet. By making the right beverage choices you can. Let’s look at some ingredients

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Health Foundation Monies Raised to Support Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program Support Expands

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-Employees and visitors provided donations on Dec. 16 to support the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program, which distributes holiday food baskets to residents of Farmington, West Farmington, Farmington Falls, New Sharon, Chesterville, Temple, New Vineyard, New Portland, and North New Portland who meet federal eligibility guidelines for food insecurity. Total donations in exchange for a turkey dinner in the Franklin Memorial Hospital cafeteria totaled $1,000 which will provide food baskets to 40 families. From left: June Hostetter, Scott Foster, Kimberlyann Petersen, and Ken Rowe. n

Seven Medical Assistants Earn Credentials

Tania Dawson, MSN, RN, CHPN, clinical instructor at Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) announces that seven medical assistants affiliated with Franklin Memorial Hospital recently earned credentials, with six becoming certified clinical medical assistants (CCMS) and one earning registered medical assistant status (RMA). Dawson provided study guides, books, and flashcards to the seven who prepared for the credentialing, and facilitated two 90-minute group study sessions. Participants also had the opportunity to take five practice exams. Those earning credentials include: Cheryl Foy, CCMA, Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice; Sheryl Plog, CCMA, Livermore Falls Family Practice; Jaclyn Mellor, RMA, Franklin Health Behavioral Health; Becki McGhee, CCMA, FMH Occupa-

Front from left: Cheryl Foy, Ariel Hunter, and Becki McGhee. Back: Gerald Cayer, vice president of physician and community services; Melany Buxton, Sheryl Plog, Tania Dawson, and Mavis Dubord, vice president of quality and patient safety. tion Health Department; Ariel Hunter, CCMA, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; Lauren Farrington, CCMA, FMH Outpatient Specialty Services; and Melany

Buxton, CCMA, Franklin Health Internal Medicine. According to Dawson, 100 percent of all medical assistants system-wide have associate’s degree

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or military training, and 98 percent of medical assistants are certified − a remarkable accomplishment that provides for a more consistent standard of care for patients. n

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announces the award of $672,887 in grant funding to three health care systems to expand access to quality health care for people who are uninsured. Awardees for the Access to Quality Care program include Franklin Memorial Hospital, MaineHealth CarePartners (Knox County), and Penobscot Community Health Care. “People without health insurance face significant challenges in accessing health care services to maintain their health,” said Dr. Wendy Wolf, MeHAF’s president and CEO. “We want everyone in Maine to be able to have an ongoing relationship with a trusted doctor or other primary care provider. This kind of relationship supports better communication between provider and patient and more robust coordination of specialty care, including behavioral health services and other care. Our goal with the Access to Quality Care program is to ensure that people who are uninsured experience better, more coordinated care that can result in better health outcomes.” The three awardees have developed specific strategies to meet the health care needs of people who are uninsured. Franklin Memorial Hospital will use a community resource coordinator to coordinate transitions of care for people without insurance, linking them to primary care providers and to other services in Franklin County. MaineHealth will implement its nationally-recognized CarePartners program in Knox County to expand access to care. Penobscot

Tracy Harty Community Health Care will coordinate care for persons with chronic pain or opiate addiction by linking patients to high quality primary care and collaborative care management teams. In Franklin County, Tracy Harty who is based at Healthy Community Coalition, is the project’s lead and is currently getting systems in place, developing a universal referral form, connecting with community resources, and contacting patients who are uninsured and seeking primary care services in the Emergency Department. After the first of the year, Tracy will provide resource coordination and care transition support for those without health insurance, based initially in the Franklin Memorial Hospital Emergency Department (ED). Responsibilities will include face-to-face encounters when appropriate, follow-up calls within 48 hours of an ED visit, making appropriate referrals, and ensuring individuals have access to a primary care provider, dental care and behavioral health services. For additional information on the Franklin County program, contact Tracy Harty, RN, senior program director/nurse navigator at 207-7792830. n

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Woodpeckers at the Care Center Carleen Cote Among the woodpeckers of Maine are the hairy, downy, pileated and, two not usually thought of as woodpeckers, the yellow-shafted flicker and the yellow-bellied sap sucker. All species have resided at our Care Center. They are a joy to care for, very vociferous and quite the characters. Several years ago I received a call from a woman who excitedly told me she’d found a nest that had been blown from a tree by high winds. I instructed her to put the young birds in a strawberry box or basket and hang it in a tree, then watch to see if the female retured to care for them. Her response was, “Are you kidding?

These birds will never fit in a basket!” That afternoon, her daughter delivered the birds to me: three chubby, raucous flickers. I fed them a specially-prepared diet, and their twittering and calling filled the house with song. Very soon, they were feathered out and ready to be moved to the aviary. I continued to hand-feed them, however, and added a container of food to start the weaning process. They were subsequently joined by a young robin that screamed for food whenever it spied me out in the yard. The flickers would join in the screaming, reminding me that they, too, were ready to be fed! In no time, the young birds were weaned and ready for release. On release day, one of the flickers flew away, never to return. The robin and remaining two flickers

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stayed in the area, returning several times a day screaming for refills on a plate I’d set out. One of the flickers would fly to me as soon as I stepped out of the door, as if to urge me to hurry a little faster with the food. Soon, their visits became

less frequent and eventually stopped. Once we received two pileated woodpeckers. These rescues were deemed necessary as cats were reported prowling around their nest which was 60 feet up in a tree. The birds were a delight

to work with. Their diet, feeding schedule and weaning were the same as those of the flickers and, after their release, they also remained at the center, flying around and screaming to be fed. The male left earlier; the female remained longer and continued to beg for food. She then began searching for her own worms, her pecking resonating throughout the neighborhood. However, her targets were not hollow, rotting trees, instead, they were the roofs of the house and garage, the tops of the gates, power poles and even our heads! She would fly into the garage and up to the attic, where she destroyed the window screens. She had become so destructive that, reluctantly, we knew we had to move her to a more wooded area. We caught her and placed her near

friends, who promised to watch out for her and provide food to supplement her search for worms. However, the bird had no intention of relinquishing her association with humans. She continued to beg for food and search for worms – in a picnic table! At last, her visits diminished, but her rata-tat-tat continued to be heard as she searched for worms – in the forest! 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 04989n

Dr. Jennifer Zeliger Receives Board Certification

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treat different conditions. “Women’s care providers focus on the health of women before, during and after childbearing years and diagnosing and treating conditions of the reproductive system and associated disorders,” said Dr. Jay Naliboff, vice president medical affairs. “This certification is an indication of the expert capabilities of the medical and surgical care of women that Dr. Zeliger provides to our community,” Dr. Zeliger completed

a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency at Maine Medical Center. Before that, she received her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. While there, she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and the recipient of the Janke B. Mains Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in Microstructure and Development. Dr. Zeliger’s professional interests include vaginal surgery, laparo-

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hospice Volunteer of the Year Named Lois King, UMF employee since 1979 and volunteer with Beacon Hospice in Augusta, has been selected from hundreds of nominations across 34 states as Hospice Volunteer of the Year. Kelly Herlihy, volunteer coordinator at the Augusta facility, an Amedisys company, made

the memorable announcement at UMF’s University Store where King is employed. King started volunteering for the hospice organization several years ago after her mother, a dedicated volunteer herself, required hospice care. A great lover of poetry, her mother had

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King received a commemorative plaque, flowers, and a $2,500 check. Kathryn A. Foster, UMF president, also gave her a book of poetry by Wes McNair, Maine Poet Laureate. In addition to her poetry program, King gave over 100 hours creating more than 25 Chart a Life boards for individuals in hospice care. These collages of patients’ personal expe-

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Margaret Grace Trafton Dedication Today we dedicate the children’s area of the Carrabassett Valley Public Library to the memory of Margaret Grace Trafton. I will quote her parents, Barbara and Richard Trafton, when I say “Maggie, who was 8 years old at her death, loved the library, particularly the children’s area, where she searched the shelves for books that caught her fancy at the moment. Her interest in books expanded to an interest in those who wrote books, and she regularly identified favorite authors selecting multiple books which they had written. Maggie also enjoyed learning about the writing process, writing her own stories both in and out of school. In memory of Maggie’s life and love of the Children’s area, the Traftons publicly requested donations to be given in her name creating a memorial fund.” When we moved

into this new space we brought the excitement of reading while providing educational materials in an inviting environment. A chair and a half was a must for sharing a book with a child or 2! The children’s corner is nurturing early literacy, language development and intergenerational activities while helping prepare our children for a bright future. Goals of the fund are to enhance the offerings and services of the children’s area in 2 ways: 1) funding of library programs to promote direct contact between children and the authors, and 2) purchase of books – we have purchased books pertaining to cultural diversity and tolerance and also focused on award winning books such as Newberry and Caldecott winning titles, and books written by Maine authors. Programs include author visits sharing read-

ings, stories, and writing and illustrating workshops for students ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade at the Stratton and Kingfield Elementary schools. Our guest authors include Paul Corrigan, Amy MacDonald, Linda Verville, Lynn Pourde, Donn Fendler, and most recently Kevin Hawkes. I want to thank the Fourniers for the ordering and placement of the letters on the wall of the Children’s Corner. And especially I want to thank the Traftons for their commitment to the education to the children in our community, through their generosity in supporting the library through donations and grants in loving memory of their daughter Maggie. Her spirit lives on through the energy in the children’s corner and the enthusiasm shared throughout the classrooms north and south of the town of Carrabassett

The space was officially named in the presence of members of the Trafton family, and Library Director Andrea DeBiase on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Valley. Imagine the joy on the children’s faces when they get an autographed book by an author or see his illustrations come to

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that was Maggie Trafton. From this day forward it will be known as the Maggie Trafton Children’s Corner. n

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First Annual Christmas Dinner Celebrated Every day United Way of the Tri-Valley Area is fortunate enough to see the selfless acts of people in our community, but Christmas Day this year was exceptional. We recognize Arleen Masseli (of Knowlton Corner Farm) and more than 50 local volunteers, including my family for sharing their Christmas at the 1st Annual Family Christmas Dinner, for local com-

munity members. Other than hundreds of pounds of potatoes that were donated by a local area farm, Arleen and family financially supported all costs of the meal, which fed approximately 150 people, which included 50 meals that were delivered by volunteer drivers to those that are homebound. When my family arrived at the Chesterville Town Hall, volunteers

were hustling around setting up tables with the necessary dinnerware and condiments, some were preparing the food, as others kept clean dishes coming. A volunteer coordinator (Amanda) helped things run smoothly as she assigned tasks along side Arleen. There was even an Elf and Santa! We couldn’t help but jump in and start helping. As dinner time neared

it was wonderful to see all the helping hands and cheerful responses from everyone that walked through the door. Whether it was another volunteer or someone coming for dinner, the hall was filled with Christmas spirit. I had the pleasure of saying hello to the many people I knew in between helping with the various duties. My children would inform me of

the funny stories told to them or the many compliments they received while helping hand out plates of food. Watching friends, neighbors and strangers connect over conversation and a hot meal was so fulfilling. For so many individuals and families, the holidays can be a lonely or even a sad time of the year, but thanks to Arleen’s vision, along with her fam-

ily and many volunteers, this Christmas proved to be a very merry one for many! United Way recognizes this generosity and encourages others to connect with their communities. Contact United Way at 778-5048 or uwtva. org to learn how you can volunteer and change a life – maybe even yours. –Kendra Baker- United Way of the Tri-Valley Area n

Grant Received to Build Competition Center Carrabassett Valley Academy has received a $1,000,000 grant from the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation in support of a collaborative new Competition Center at Sugarloaf. This substantial commitment from the Foundation will help make this longawaited new facility a reality and honors the longstanding partnership among the Sugarloaf Ski Club, CVA and Sugarloaf. Competition has always been the mainstay of all three organizations, from the early days of the famed “Sugarloaf Schuss” to the World Cup. Sugarloaf’s competition program has provided thousands of Maine students with much more than racing and medals; it has served as a launchpad for dreams, connecting young athletes with a supportive community and providing them opportunities to interact with athletes from around the country and at the highest level in the sport. “On behalf of CVA, the Sugarloaf Ski Club and Sugarloaf, I would like to express our tremendous gratitude to the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation for their extraordinary support of this project,” Earle Morse, Chairman of the CVA Board of Trustees,

said. “Competition has been at the heart of our organizations from the very beginning and this new facility will allow us to expand this tradition, bolstering Sugarloaf’s standing as a world-class competition venue, providing a new home for the Sugarloaf Ski Club and offering a warm and welcoming hub for the next generation of athletes and their families.” The 11,000 sq. ft. Competition Center will be located on the same location as the current facility but will be expanded. The key building design tenets are functionality, durability, beauty and financial prudence. The Center will include day lodge space, tuning and waxing facilities, locker rooms, a trainers’ room, meeting space and offices. The building will honor and draw upon the area’s passion for and commitment to competition while incorporating contemporary lines enhanced with traditional Maine materials. The new Center will be named for Bill and Joan Alfond in recognition of their generosity and support of the project. “On behalf of my family and the Foundation, I am very pleased to support this impressive partnership that

is bringing a new Competition Center to Sugarloaf,” Bill Alfond, President of the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, said “Not only will the new facility continue to inspire Maine youth to raise their aspirations through athletics but it will also be an important economic driver for the region.” Construction on the new $2 million facility is set to begin in May 2016 and will be complete by November 2016, ensuring that the new building will be fully operational and tested in advance of the U.S. Alpine Championships, which return to Sugarloaf in March 2017. In addition to the lead gift from the Alfonds, Carrabassett Valley Academy and the Sugarloaf Ski Club are working diligently to raise an additional $850,000 needed to complete the project. The partners envision that the new Competition Center will be about much more than competition – it will be a multigenerational, four-season gathering space, providing a warm and welcoming social venue for Sugarloafers and visitors for generations to come. For more information about the project please visit

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impersonators) attended the event that celebrated Chester’s innovations and entrepreneurship that helped shape early Farmington. For those that don’t know, he invented many items such as a wide bottom kettle, spring steel rake and a design for both a shock absorber and spark plug. His most memorable invention was when he designed the first pair of ear muffs at age 15. This would lead to a Farmington factory that would produce and sell as many as 400,000 pair in one-year worldwide. This day of celebration continues to bring Farmington notoriety as it was broadcast on major news outlets. CBS radio from New Year called in for a phone interview and the parade was covered from

CBS News and the Associated Press (who interviewed both Ron Greenwood as well as Nancy Porter). We even had a Washington DC freelance magazine reporter who reported on the financial impact of the whole day on the local economy. Comments on the Daily Bulldog indicated news agencies were covering the parade both across the country as well as internationally. I had the pleasure of walking around before the parade as the floats were prepared. It was very festive as everyone worked on last minute details on their float and children made last min-

ute costume adjustments. The celebrity parade judges included the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Ward (Dr. Tom), local business owner, John Moore and Franklin County Sheriff, Scott Nichols. WKTJ broadcasted live with State Senator Tom Saviello having a lot to say about every float (not hard for a politician). The day’s events of a Chili competition, Gingerbread House display, Polar dip and a road race among other events added to joy of the day. The Pierce House was open for tours in the afternoon. The Pierce House was incorporated

as the Farmington Home for Aged people in 1905. Area citizens raised funds, and the Home began providing care to residents in 1926. Chester Greenwood and Isabele W. Greenwood were on the list of original founders. It’s a beautiful facility and Darlene Mooar does an outstanding job as the administrator. The evening wound down with the Farmington Rotary Clubs Festival of Trees. This event allows visitors to bid on donated Christmas trees that have been decorated by area businesses and youth groups. This year’s event raised over $10,000 to-


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Daniel M. Kane 1938-2016

Daniel M. Kane, 77, a resident of Livermore Falls, passed away Tuesday, January 5th at Edgewood Manor in Farmington. He was born April 19, 1938, in Portland the son of Clinton D. Kane, Sr. and Mary

L. (Whitney) Kane. He graduated from Portland High School and later attended Gorham College. Daniel joined the Air National Guard and later joined the Navy National Guard. On September 2, 1961, in Falmouth, he married Shirley Atwater. He worked for International Paper Company for 35 years and retired in 2000. He was a member of the quarter century club and also a member of the Wayside Bible Baptist Church. Daniel loved his dog “Spike”. He is survived by his wife of

54 years, Shirley Kane of Livermore Falls, one son, Christopher Kane and his wife Sue of Minot, one daughter, Paula Chick and her husband David, 5 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, sisters; Constance Trip of Warren and Marilyn Cowan of Gorham and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Clinton D. Kane, Jr., and sisters, Dorothy Kane and Mary Frances Kane. Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at: n

Patricia “Pat” L. Walton 1940 - 2015

Patricia “Pat” L. Walton, 75, a resident of Fayette, Maine. Another Angel received her wings Christmas morning at Sandy River Center in Farmington, Maine. Born on Easter Sunday March 24, 1940, in an Adobe brick school house in Montrose, Colorado to Glenn and Lucille (Cheek ) Ladd. Easter was always her favorite holiday. She was raised and educated in Orange, Texas. Pat was an acclaimed rope twirler. While on the Stark High School “rope twirling” team, she was honored to have been chosen to per-

form on the fifty-yard line during the halftime show at the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas, Texas, afterwards was thrilled to enjoy a celebratory “cheeseburger and milkshake” with movie star, James Arness of the award winning television series Gunsmoke. Pat came to Livermore Falls in 1958. On May 3, 1966 at Moose Hill Baptist Church in Livermore Falls, she married Clyde D. Walton and they made their home and raised their family in Fayette. She was employed at Berry Hill Orchard Company and Berry Hill Agway as a bookkeeper for 40 years until her retirement. Pat spent her life devoted to helping others, particularly the elderly and those less fortunate. She loved flowers and plants and spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren and elderly friends. She was well known for her Pecan Pies

at Christmas. She would order the pecans from her home state of Texas in plenty of time to make the pies. Most years she would make over 200 pies to distribute to friends throughout the community. Pat loved her family and had a very special Aunt and Uncle, Everett and Naomi Cheek of Wenatchee, Washington. She loved her time spent with them, either on the occasional visit or the frequent telephone conversations. Pat was a devoted and wonderful wife; mother; grandmother and friend to many. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Clyde D. Walton of Fayette; her son Glenn A. Walton and his wife Lynn (West) Walton of Sanford, and their sons, Jeffrey Walton and longtime companion Sondra Schildroth of Bangor and Cole West of Sanford, and her son Tim C. Walton and his wife Marian and their two children, Tate and Tulane (Lanie) of Livermore; a sister, Vivian Rowell of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a brother Allan Ladd and his wife Theda of Denton, Texas, and brother-inlaw, Francis M. Walton, Jr. of Sidney, Maine. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Lois Young. Messages of condolence may be sent to: n

January 2016

Rosemary Kennedy Poulson 1932 - 2015

Rosemary Kennedy Poulson, a resident of Chesterville, passed away Sunday, December 20th at Sandy River Nursing Home in Farmington, Maine. Rosemary was born on December 15, 1932, the youngest child of Clarence and Rose (Cosgrove) Kennedy in Elmira, New York. Both sides of her family came from Ireland and settled in Elmira, where they started the Kennedy Valve Co.; whereby in 1940, the company received 3 Maritime Commission Awards to manufacture eight million valves for the Victory Fleet. They also produced a very efficient hydraulic fire hydrant that continues to be in use all over the world. Rosemary graduated from St. Peter and Paul and was Valedictorian of her class at Mount Saint Vincent Academy. She graduated from the University of Maine in Farmington in 1982, and

received her Master’s degree from the University of Maine, Orono. In 1957, she married Thomas H. Poulson, Sr. from East Orange, New Jersey, and together they had 6 children. Moving to Maine in 1971, Rosemary owned and operated Spencer Bay Camps on Moosehead Lake in Greenville for many years. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to “Shoe String Enterprises” and her own local newspaper, The Greenville Calendar, which later became the Moosehead Messenger. She took pride in her coverage of the important issues facing the Moosehead Lake Region and had a lighter side which people might remember from her column “Newsy Notes from Madeline Moose”. She also went on to become the Editor of the Franklin Journal in Farmington, and a Features writer for the Central Maine Morn-

ing Sentinel in Waterville. She served as a Selectman in Chesterville, Chairwoman of The Franklin County Republican Party, she was a member of the Chesterville Grange, a 4-H Leader, a former member of the choir at St. Michael Our Savior in New York, former parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church in Greenville, and Saint Rose of Lima in Jay, where she served as The Regent and Recording Secretary of The Daughters of Isabella. She also worked for many years for Maine Catholic Charities with at risk youth. She was a Literacy Volunteer, an Adult Educator, and taught all of her children to sing. Rosemary opened her heart and her home to many young people in addition to her 6 children, often providing meals and a safe haven for them. She was a formidable woman with strong values and a quick wit and never backed down in the face of adversity. Like her name implies, Rosemary will be remembered fondly and missed by many. Rosemary is survived by her five daughters; Stefanie, Josefa, Christine, Katherine, and Margaret; and her only son, Thomas H. Poulson, Jr. Messages of condolence may be sent to n

Julia A. (Conant) Boucher 1933-2015

Julia A. (Conant) Boucher, 82, a resident of Livermore Falls, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, at Orchard Park Rehabilitation in Farmington. She was born March 31, 1933, in Livermore Falls, the daughter of Arthur Conant

and Helen (Wynaught) Conant. She was a 1951 graduate of Livermore Falls High School. On May 7, 1969, she married Robert E. Boucher, and made their home in Livermore Falls. Bob passed away earlier this year on August 18th, 2015. Julia worked as a retail clerk for Ham’s Drug Store and enjoyed being a homemaker. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls, The Norland Grange and the Eaton Memorial United Methodist Church. She is survived by her stepson, Bruce Boucher and his wife Shirley of Rockport, granddaughter, Kelly Morris and her husband

Brandon of New York City, great grandson, Rowen Morris, sisters; Caroline Lawler of Roxbury and Sally Austin of Livermore Falls, sisters-in-law, Irene Castonguay of Jay and Blanche Judd of Lewiston, her niece, Pamela Letalien and her husband Michael and nephew, Kevin Dunton and his wife Sherri all of Livermore Falls. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Robert E. Boucher, brother, William Conant and nephew, Jeffrey Dunton. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome. com. n

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Mill Employees Generously Support Community

Valley Area (UWTVA) with a generous symbolic check for $96,862. This represents contributions to the annual

United Way campaign by Verso Androscoggin Mill employees. While accepting the

Groups that anticipate the imminent Second Coming of Christ (Millenarians) have historically been made up of people lacking power, money, and influence in this life. They looked forward to the time when the roles would be reversed, and they would live with Christ during his millennial reignâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to the exclusion of all others. Rob Lively, Dean Emeritus at UMF, discovered a cache of the private documents of a religious group in nineteenth century England who didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to fit that profile. The Catholic Apostolic Church was made up of members of Parliament, the landed gentry, and even some of the aristocracy. The story of this discovery and of the implications of these remarkable documents will be revealed when Dean Lively discusses his collection at the January meeting of the Shiretown Bookers on Sunday, January 31th, at 2:30, in Room C23 in the Roberts Learning Center

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Sunshine and warmth helped set the premise for a great day for all who attended the 39th Annual Chester Greenwood Day with one of the biggest turnouts to date. A large number of floats adhering to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Favorite

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Verso Androscoggin Mill United Way Campaign Team members recently surprised the United Way of the Tri-

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Mount Blue Teams Split with Leavitt

Mount Blue senior Eryn Doiron in some offensive action during a January 8 game with Leavitt High School. The Lady Cougars just missed getting their 4th win of the season, losing to the Hornets 29-32. The game, low scoring and hard-fought, had the Cougars leading by one at the half. Third period was back and forth but the last found a strong Leavitt offensive push. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Now in its 34th year, the Rangeley Ski Scholarship Fund is accepting donations to help support our Rangeley area children in their pursuit of skiing, XC skiing, snowshoeing and snowboard-

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ing at the Rangeley Lakes Trails Center and at Saddleback. Our appeal is late this year as we just learned the great news that Saddleback will be opening at the end of January! Now it is

your turn to help out. Any amount that you care to give will be greatly appreciated. Checks can be made out to the Rangeley Ski Scholarship Fund, PO Box 288, Oquossoc, ME 04964.

Snack Foods that Promote Better Sleep According to the National Sleep Foundation, changes in sleep patterns are a part of the aging process. Many people experience difficulty falling asleep and then staying asleep as they age, and that difficulty can make men and women over 50 feel more tired during the day. But even though difficulty sleeping may be a part of aging, that does not mean men and women over 50 cannot take steps to improve their sleeping patterns. For example, certain snack foods may help to improve quality of sleep, especially when these foods replace less healthy snacking options. While men and women over 50 should always consult with their physicians before making any changes to their diets, the AARP notes that the following are a handful of snack foods that promote better sleep. · Almonds: Magnesium is a mineral with muscle-relaxing properties, and almonds contain enough magnesium to help men and women get a better night’s sleep. A small amount of almonds before bed might be enough to make falling and staying asleep easier. · Bananas: Much like almonds, bananas provide a substantial amount of magnesium. Bananas also contain the amino acid tryptophan, which many people associate with Thanksgiving turkey. While tryptophan might be most often associated with the sleepiness peo-

Mount Blue guard Emilee Eustis making a nice pass to fellow senior Mackenzie Harris. The Cougars were visitors against the Hornets of Leavitt Area High School in Turner. High scorer for the Cougars was Caitlin Kane with 10 points. (The same evening at Mt. Bllue had the boys’ varsity beating Leavitt 66-51` for their first win of the season.) (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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older men and women who need help regulating their sleep patterns, while vitamin B6 helps the body regulate its clock. · Peanut butter: Peanut butter is another snacking item loaded with tryptophan. Spread some peanut butter on a carbohydrate, whether it’s a slice of toast or some crackers, before going to bed, and you may enjoy a better, longer sleep. · Walnuts: Like cherries, walnuts contain melatonin, which can contribute to a longer, more restful night’s sleep. Walnuts also can help regulate stress, which is a leading cause of sleeping difficulty. Many men and women experience difficulty sleeping as they age. But the right foods may just help combat such problems and help men and women get a more adequate night’s sleep. Metro n

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