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A User’s Guide to Useless Information

Contradance A contradance will be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Farmington Grange, Bridge Street, West Farmington. The Family Dance will be from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Cost is $1, child and $2, adult. Sit-ins with the band are welcome. Pot luck snacks will be from 7:30pm to 8:00pm.

Regular Contra with Franklin County Fiddlers playing and John MacIntire calling will be from 8:00pm to 10:30pm. Cost is $6adults/$5students or $15 family max. All dances taught. Beginners are welcome. No partner necessary. For more information, call 491-9928, email or visit n

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


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

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


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Western Maine Play Museum is still moving forward, and the board wishes to share an update on the museum’s financial status, our renovation plans, and to inform the community of some wonderful activities planned in November for everyone’s enjoyment In just a little over a year, community businesses and individuals have contributed generously to the museum’s fundraising drive. The museum wishes to thank their many business supporters who have stepped up to become leaders in this community venture (in no particular order): Franklin Chrysler, Inc; The Fitch Company Engineers; Allied Realty Inc.; Shiretown Agency; A. Maurais & Sons; Steve’s Market; Jarden Plastic Solutions; Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union; Otis Federal Credit Union; Upright Frameworks LLC; Wilton Parent-Teacher Forum; Farmington chiropractic; FBLA; Little People & Me Child Care; Little Bunnies Daycare; AAA Businesses; Weld Extension Group; County Seat Realty; Hilltop Collision Center; Rustic Roots Farm; First Congregational Church; Academy Hill 4th Graders; Tumbledown Brewing; Franklin county Retired Educators; Wilton Maine Street Garage; Inch by Inch child

Care; Libby’s Loons, Nancy Prince; Expenet Technologies; Teacher Lounge Mafia; Keiran Chiropractic; Franklin Saving Bank; University Credit Union; Taylor Made Homes; Wilton Fire Department. The museum greatly appreciates the leadership these local businesses have demonstrated. If your business is not yet listed as one of our donors, know that the museum needs your support as well. Hundreds of individual donors have also demonstrated their commitment to make this vision a reality. With this surge of community support, the museum has only a $150K gap remaining to be raised before they can begin renovations on their building. They would love to reach this goal in the next few months, so that work on the building can begin early in 2016, with a goal of opening summer of 2016. Won’t you consider making a donation, or donating again to help this push so that the museum can begin reconstruction in the very near future? $150K may seem like a great deal of money, but in considering the progress the museum has already made, it is not unattainable with the community’s continuing generosity. The WMPM board members have been working

diligently for almost two years to bring this project to fruition, but they can’t do it without your help. It’s a community responsibility that we all believe in – but we all need to step up to act on this responsibility for our children. Many people have already purchased naming rights for the rooms in the main part of the house, though a few rooms are still left. Please consult our website for more information as to which rooms are still available (www.westernmaineplay. org). The holiday season is coming. A wonderful gift could be a brick engraved with your special message for the museum courtyard, or even the naming rights to a room to honor a beloved family member. The museum has several wonderful activities coming up, in case you’d like to mark your calendar well in advance to plan on attending one, or both of these events. On Saturday, November 21, at 2 p.m. there will be a benefit concert featuring the Celtic harp group String Beings, who were so well received at a similar concert last year. This year’s performance will be held at the First Congregational Church of Wilton, and will also feature the Merry Plinksters, the well-loved ukulele group so popular in

this area. At this concert you’ll also be able to learn the new Western Maine Play Museum theme song – you won’t want to miss it! Donations will be accepted at the door. Also planned for November 21 is a Paint and Sip event, being held at the Turner Highlands Golf Club, 10 Highland Ave #B, Turner, Maine 04282. The activity begins at 6 p.m. For those who have never attended one of these events, it’s a funfilled night of painting and socializing. Participants are given painting materials, and will receive stepby-step instruction from Susan Begin of Cre8tive Events to create their own painting to take home. Easels, brushes, paints, canvas - all materials will be provided. People who have previously attended these events have raved about how much fun they are. Cheese and crackers will be served, and a cash bar will be available. $40 per person entry fee, and just for attending you will be entered to win one of our great door prizes! Space is limited! Please RSVP to Nicole Knowles (207) 357-1209, or westernmaineplay@gmail. com. The museum appreciates your continuing support. We hope to see you at these fun fall events! n

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50th Year as Rehabbers Brings Heartaches and Blessings rived with a raccoon in a Have-a-heart trap that had given birth to two babies and reached us in time to give birth to a third! Usually I don’t keep the mothers and babies together as the mothers are likely to kill their babies because of the stress of captivity. I was pleased to discover, cautiously watching her, that she proved to be a devoted mother, nourishing her young and giving them a good start. Baby season kicks off in April when the young begin to arrive in droves. This year, the Center seemed to be a revolving door – a live baby came in the front door, a dead one went out the back door! We had to euthanize many baby raccoons to end their suffering from the extremely contagious and deadly parvo virus. We fought the virus with gallon upon gallon of bleach, yet we lost over one hundred babies. Some of the fawns also had health issues. Despite all of my husband Donald’s efforts to save them, they died as well. The same

with many young foxes. It was a year from hell. Though we never forget the losses, we continue on for the successes and the babies yet to come. We subscribe The winter months to the saying, “Count bring a respite from the your blessings,” for we busy spring through fall have many! Our volseasons, but we still unteers: Amy, who has must care for the wildlife helped us almost on a that were not ready to be daily basis for 12 years; released in the fall and Debbie, who has spent those that arrived durher three days off from ing the winter, injured work to help us over the or diseased. After every past three years, stopsnowstorm, snow plowping by every night on ing and snow-blowing her way home to help paths to all the pens are a with chores; Brenda, priority, as well as shovwho returned for her eling out and cleaning second year, driving the pens, knocking ice from Lewiston one day a out of water dishes, and week, to scrub dirty totes Carleen displays the Spirit of America “Citizens of the Year” awarded this year to the hauling food from pen and pet carriers; Joni, Cotes by the town of Readfield for their volunteerism. They were also honored at a to pen on a sled, not to who drives from Man- surprise reception held in China, organized by long-time volunteer Amy Messier. mention acrobatic machester one day a week ing wildlife to other re- teers never complain, no made donations on beneuvers to stay upright to tackle anything that habbers, etc.; Ruth, from matter how big or dirty half of the animals at the on patches of ice! Then, needs cleaning, from Albion, also in her first the job is. A big plus is Center, and to Lea, who as winter releases its icy food and water dishes year, who arrives two they all love and enjoy has edited and prepared grip and the days warm to the plastic swimming Critter Chatter from my and lengthen, it is time pools used for the coons’ mornings a week to help the animals. We are also handwritten pages since blessed with the doctors with the scrubbing of to release the wildlife enjoyment; Jeff, from 1996. As our 50th anand staff at Windsor Vetanimal dishes and any that have spent the winGardiner, who began niversary year of rehabtasks that need doing erinary Clinic who proter in warm shelters, getvolunteering this year ting fat but restless to be two afternoons a week to before the snow flies; vide care to all the ani- bing comes to a close, out in fields and forest, take on whatever needs and, last but not least, mals we bring to them. A we also give thanks that, looking for mates. doing: mowing, raking, Bob, who has mowed thank you also, to all the despite our ages, our This past April, an aniscrubbing equipment, our lawns since 2007. readers of this column good health has allowed picking up and deliver- These wonderful volun- and others who have us to continue caring for mal control officer arMaine’s wildlife in need of human intervention. PS: I am pleased to report that the mother raccoon and her three babies mentioned earlier in the article all survived the parvo virus and were released in September. In fact, all the wildlife ready for release are now back in their natuHD with DVR Service is here! Call for details on how to get the most out of your TV! ral environment – they were, after all, born to be wild. Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in VasBee Line Cable has it all! salboro, Maine, a nonBee Line Cable brings the finest profit facility, supported communication services to our entirely by the Cotes’ customers in central Maine. High own resources and outSpeed Internet, Digital Phone, side donations. Call the Digital Cable – Bee Line Cable Cotes at 445-4326 or provides everything you need to stay write them at 1787 N. connected to your world. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989.n We’re a local company, your neighbors, and we’re proud of our Named Turner Business of the Year 2013 friendly, courteous service and our state of the art fiber network that by the Androscoggin County Chamber always delivers the clearest signal for your family’s communication and A Product of entertainment needs.

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Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out Jodi Cornelio

I recently attended the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Autumn Night Out Gala. I was seated at a table with a group of friends, some I knew and some I just met that night. I was impressed by the conversation around healthy eating choices as we discussed ways to make homemade chicken soup, thus so appropriate on a cool autumn night. The thing that tickled me the most is that we

all used organic chicken and vegetables. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful. One of the best Christmas gifts I get is from my friend’s mom who lets me fill up a box of can goods from her cellar. We have a name for every vegetable and it all starts with “Mammy,” Mammy Beans, Mammy pickles, Mammy carrots and so on…. When I make my chicken soups it has

TLC from Mammy all year round. Hopefully if you’re not a gardener you have a local source to get vegetables to take you through the winter that have not been tainted with pesticides. The food that we eat can be tricky if you are trying to stay healthy. Sometimes it is hard to know what has been chemically treated and what kind of pesticides are being used in our foods. And what is GMO? GMO is genetically modified organism. From Wikipedia, GMO is: a genetically modified organism, also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic mate-

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The winning ticket for the Mount Blue Garden Club Quilt Raffle was drawn at the club’s October meeting. The prize, donated by Regina Longyear, was a beautiful Edna Montique handmade quilt titled “Autumn Leaves.” The winner

was Mr. Jay Walker of Connecticut. His mother, Theo Walker Ross, accepted the quilt on his behalf. The $1,300 in proceeds from the raffle will be applied to the club’s scholarship programs, such as for children to attend Anne Mallet’s Bug Camp. n

Winter Farmers Market The Farmington Grange announces the reopening of the Winter Farmers Market on November 7, with new hours and more new vendors. In the past, vendors asked for a later start on market mornings, as most customers don't come in until after 10am. This year the grange members have agreed to adjust the hours from 9am to 12pm, to 10am to 1pm. Also, there will be special holiday markets on the Wednesdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas, so that customers can easily get items for their holiday feasts and last minute gifts. The hours will be the same-from 10am to 1pm. All vendors either grow, harvest, make or produce items, themselves. Everything from produce, meats, baked goods, cheeses, yarns, soaps and lotions, breads, pies, pickles, jams and jewelry and more is available. The Winter Market will continue every Saturday (except for holiday weeks) thru until May. The Farmington Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the river from Main Street, or, coming from Wilton, just off Town Farm Road, next to the West Farmington Post Office. Shoppers should watch for the signs. For questions, please call Bonnie Clark 778-6637. n

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Spruce Mountain Runners at Class B Regional Meet

Online Fundraiser to Benefit Former Local Resident An online fundraiser for former Maine resident Kevin Dean Ouellette is taking place at www.youcaring. com/amy-ouellette-431012. Kevin, 34, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8. He was the husband of Amy Beth (Gaouette) Ouellette, to whom he was married on September 23, 2006. He was a son of Paul and Georgette (Moreau) Ouellette of Raymond. Kevin proudly served our country as a Company Commander, Detachment Commander, and Captain in the U.S. Army, with a primary specialty in aviation. He also served as a member of the Army National Guard and as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard. His distinguished military career was recognized by having been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War of

Spruce Mountain runners, Zachary Toothaker and Jad Jewett (left) at the start of the Class B Western Regional Cross Country meet at Twin Brook Recreation area in Cumberland. The duo was part of a small Phoenix team that included female runners Anneka Dubord, Alyssa Ellis and Rylee Delaney. Toothaker and Dubord led their teammates to the finish line of the 3.1 mile race. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Relay For Life of Franklin County Announced

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Franklin County is pleased to announce the date for their 2016 event - Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00 PM to Midnight. According to Lisa Dunham, the Society’s Community Manager for the event, “We are very excited about this year’s theme – Great Maine Outdoors. We’d love to have more people join our planning

committee to help come up with some fun, outdoorthemed activities to keep participants engaged while raising funds for the American Cancer Society’s local programs and services.” From assisting with planning the annual event to taking part the day-of, there are various volunteer opportunities for interested community members. “We are looking for people that have 3-5 hours per

month to help with organizing the event – everything from helping with logistics, securing sponsors, asking for donations, planning the survivor and caregiver celebration, and spreading the word about this important event,” said Dunham. The Relay For Life program is a community-based event where teams and individuals camp out at a school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or A Product of

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Don't know what to plant or the best place in the yard to plant your favorite flower or shrub? The Mt. Blue Area Garden Club invites you to join us to learn from Landscaper Robert Zundel of Treeline Maine as he speaks on “Landscape Design and Construction in Western Maine. The meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, Farmington Falls Road, Farmington on November 17, 2015 at 12:30 pm. It will be hosted by Tom Saviello, Judy Fuller and Karen Clary who will provide light refreshments. n

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FCHN Employees Honored at Annual Reception The University of Maine at Farmington’s North Dining Hall was the festive setting for the Oct 29 annual employee recognition banquet for Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN). Employees with five or more years of service and at fiveyear milestones (except for those with more than 40 years of service) were invited to attend, along with their managers. Rebecca Arsenault, FCHN president/CEO, welcomed the group and thanked everyone for the quality of their work. “You demonstrate our values of pride, innovation, caring, and excellence every day toward our vision of being the best we can be. Employees are the most important resource in any organization,” she said. “The 107 individuals invited here today are therefore acknowledged and commended for their contributions toward the success of this health care system.” Employees and their guests attended the banquet that included a buffet meal, enter-

tainment by stand-up juggler Mike Miclon, booklets with supervisors’ anecdotes about employees being honored, and door prizes. Employees recognized received congratulations from Arsenault, as well as a certificate of appreciation and a cash gift based upon years of service. Mary O’Donal was acknowledged for her longevity with 55 years of service. O’Donal started her career at the original facility on the Fairbanks Road. When the hospital opened at its present location in 1975, O’Donal held several positions before finally settling into the medical records department where she has been for more than 20 years. O’Donal was also presented a recognition award by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce for her many years of service to the hospital. Chamber board members Shannon Smith and Jodi Cordes were on hand to make the presentation. The longer-term employees included: 42 years: Cheryl Bunker, accounting;

41 years: Michelle Lucey, nursing; 40 years: Debra Seeley, lab, and Henry Tietjen, maintenance; 35 years: Fawn Paradis, laboratory; 30 years: Donna Bryant, radiology, MaryAnne Goodwin, nursing, and Darryl Parker, surgical services; 25 years: Rebecca Chandler, behavioral services; Greg O’Donal, dietary; Sandra Richard, pediatric nursing; Judith Ridley, medical/surgical unit; Laurel Walker, maternal and child health unit; 20 years: Jacqueline Allaire, medical/ surgical unit; Joy Guppy, accounting; Pam Hadley, infection control; Rodney Koehn, NorthStar; Beth Paradis, dermatology; Rebecca GagnonPillsbury, physical therapy; Sharon Searles, dietary; Susan Tinguely, women’s care; Kathy Wells, accounting; and Darcy White, maternal and child health unit. Franklin Community Health Network is a member of the MaineHealth system. FCHN includes Franklin Memorial Hospital, Franklin Health medical practices, Evergreen Behavioral Ser-

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Healthy Community Coalition staff is providing the influenza vaccine (seasonal flu shot) and information about the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance in November. The schedule is as follows: • Tuesday, November 17 at Weld Town Office from 9:30-11 a.m. • Tuesday, November 17 at Wilton Public Library from

2:30-4:30 p.m. • Tuesday, November 17 at Jay-Niles Memorial Library from 5-6:30 p.m. Open enrollment for marketplace health insurance goes from November 1 through January 31, 2016. Individuals who are currently enrolled in a marketplace plan must reenroll for 2016. In order to avoid a gap in coverage, currently enrolled

individuals must sign up before December 15. Individuals who have questions about enrolling or reenrolling in marketplace insurance may schedule an appointment for free assistance with a trained navigator at Healthy Community Coalition offices. Flu shots are available to individuals 18 years old and older. For individuals that do not have insurance there is

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Nearly 300 Scouts and volunteer leaders - some from as far away as Jackman, Winslow, Gardiner and Jefferson to as close as Strong, Jay, Temple and Skowhegan - attended the "Tough Scout" camporee held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington on the weekend of October 16-18. Despite some snow and temperatures below freezing, the scouts camped out in tents on a nearby air field runway. Activities included mountain biking, orienteering course, obstacle course, an evening "glow" hike, slingshot, shelter building, giant airplane competition,

and knots among others. After two cold nights in their tents, the Scouts were eager for the hot breakfast Sunday morning at the ski area's lodge. One of the highlights of the weekend was the awarding of the District Award of Merit to Kevin Gurney. Kevin is a leader in Boy Scout Troop 546 in Temple and has been active in Kennebec Valley District for several years. In fact, Kevin's troop helped organize and run the Tough Scout camporee. The District Award of Merit is the highest award a local Boy Scout district can bestow

upon an outstanding volunteer. Making this more significant, his wife Kate Gurney also received the District Award of Merit this year and it was presented at previous event. The Gurneys live in Industry. District Chairman Rick Denico said, "The Gurneys have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the program and it comes through in all that they do. They are hard-working Scouters who truly love to see the program flourish. Congratulations to both of them and thanks for a wonderful camporee." n

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Religious Accomodation in the Workplace

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

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

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

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

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The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce celebrated with members and guests at their Annual Meeting Dinner held Wednesday, October 28th in the North Dining Hall of the University of Maine at Farmington drawing the largest number of attendees ever. According to Director Shannon Smith, who helped organize the event, 164 tickets were sold to members. That marks the best attendance for the annual meeting and awards dinner; the closest precedent was 155 several years ago. The attendance figure matches the growth of the Chamber itself over the past year. According to President Glenn Kapiloff, the organization has increased membership to 200 members this year, with 16 new members from this time last year. The evening was kicked off with a spectacular social hour, courtesy of Aramark. Attendees were then entertained by humorist Gary Crocker who entertained the crowd with a mix of native quips and truly uplifting remarks on the power of laughter. Mr. Crocker’s

performance set a perfect tone for the evening, and the Chamber was delighted to have him as a part of this special evening. Attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner while Mark Gentle entertained with music. During the evening the chamber kicked off their Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket drive by "selling" balloons which represented funds raised to buy holiday food baskets for local area families in need. The evening was culminated with the presentation of the Chamber’s annual business awards, where the top three nominees in each category were recognized for their achievements with a certificate of appreciation, and an overall winner from each category was given a plaque from the Chamber for their commitment to excellence and contributions to the community. The Business of the Year Award nominees and awards were as follows: Small Business of Year nominees included the Wiles Remembrance Center, Robin's Flower Pot and Tumbledown Brewing

LLC. Wiles Remembrance Center was named the Small Business of Year. Medium Business of the Year nominees included Hammond Lumber Company, Hight Chevrolet and Douin's Market. Hammond Lumber was named Medium Business of the Year. Large Business of the Year nominees included LEAP Inc., E.L. Vining & Son and Franklin Printing. E.L. Vining & Son was named Large Business of the Year. The Nonprofit of the Year nominees included the Franklin County Animal Shelter, Buttons for Babes and the Western Maine Play Museum. Buttons for Babes program was selected as the Nonprofit of the Year. The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank our generous partners who made this evening possible. Platinum Event Partners: Franklin Savings Bank and Complete Dentistry, along with Gold Event Partners: Dead River Company, Comfort Inn and Suites, Key Bank and Wilson Lake Inn. n

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Franklin County Celebrated For Building Healthy Habits

Let’s Go! Announces that one school, three outof-school programs, three health care practices, and seven child care programs in Franklin County are being honored for their commitment to creating healthy environments for the children in their care. A total of 30 sites in Franklin County have introduced or sustained healthy changes in collaboration with the Let’s Go! program. By adopting healthy eating and active living practices these sites are positively influencing the choices children make. “This is the fourth year we’ve officially recognized sites for their hard work.

I couldn’t be more proud of the progress these sites have made. Sites are providing healthy, high energy snack choices, finding fun, creative ways to increase activity levels, and many have completely removed televisions from their spaces,” said Dr. Victoria Rogers, Director of the Let’s Go! program. “Thanks to changes like these, we’re seeing Maine’s childhood obesity rates level off.” Established in 2012, the Let’s Go! Recognition Program identifies and celebrates schools, outof-school programs, child care programs and health care practices for their

Fall Raffle Winners

Farmington Fair has come to a close and the final raffle ticket winners have been drawn. The first prize winner this year for the annual fund raiser raffle is Elvis Phair from Wilton. Phair had the choice of a 12 gauge shot gun or a wooden box collection of pink ice fishing traps made by Brian Maxham and donated to the club by Greg Nemi. Phair selected the gun, the traps will be used as a prize for the annual ice fishing derby in February. 2nd prize of a fly fishing combo

and net was won by Korinne Collidge of Farmington, and the 3rd place prize of a walking stick donated by Warren Bryant, and 2 youth life jackets donated by Charlie Tappan went to Deb Rowe of Wilton. Winners of the Wall of Guns went to: 1st Winner: William Bartlett of Gilead, ME, 2nd Winner: Kyle Bell of Casco, ME, 3rd Winner: Gary Snow of Farmington, 4th Winner: Tony Bolens of Farmington, and 5th Winner: Pete Durrell also of Farmington. n

commitment to improving the health of all children. Let’s Go! strives for policy change but recognizes three levels of change: 1) Bronze reflects a site implementing the program’s five priority strategies. 2) Silver acknowledges a site that has communicated these changes to parents and family members. 3) Gold, the highest level of recognition, is reserved for sites that have written all five priority strategies into policy. A total of 460 sites are being recognized this year, a 25% increase from 2014. Recognized sites in Franklin County include: Kingfield Elementary,

Rangeley Fitness Center after school programs, Spruce Mountain Afterschool, Stratton Everybody Let’s Go! Afterschool, Franklin Health Pediatrics, Mt. Abram Regional Health Center, Western Maine Family Health Center, Sweatt-Winter Early Care, Tamarack Tree House Child Care, Charlee Briggs Childcare, Jeannie’s Jungle Childcare, Jay Early Learning Center, Farmington Early Head Start Home Base and Maine Mountain Children’s House. Let’s Go!’s five priority strategies are: 1) Limit unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, provide

healthy choices. 2) Limit or eliminate sugary beverages, provide water. 3) Prohibit the use of food as a reward. 4) Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day. 5) Limit recreational screen time. Health care sites are recognized for three practice specific, obesity prevention program components: 1 ) Providing consistent 5-21-0 messaging in offices. 2) Calculating BMI for all patients aged 2 and older. 3) Using the 5-2-1-0 Healthy Habits Questionnaire to have a respectful conversation about lifestyles with their patients.

“All of the Franklin County Let’s Go! sites are committed to creating a space and culture that encourages children to be healthy and the recognized sites are going the extra mile. It’s wonderful to work with such a dedicated and energetic group of people who care deeply about the wellbeing of children in our community,” said Molly Clark, Let’s Go! program coordinator at the Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County. A list of all 2015 Let’s Go! recognized sites is available at www.letsgo. org n

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FMH Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score

An announcement released nationally on Oct. 28 by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Franklin Memorial Hospital earned an “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, indepen-

dent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. “We have an organizational effort and commitment to best-practice standards of care with a focus on patient safety and robust clinical information systems aimed at improving patient care,” said Rebecca Arsenault, FMH president. “This third consecutive ‘A’ recognition underscores that this hospital is making tremen-

dous strides in providing the highest quality of care to the residents and visitors of Greater Franklin County. This positive affirmation by this independent reviewer, along with others including The Joint Commission and the National Quality Measures of Breast Centers Program only strengthens our determination to continue our efforts to excel at all levels of our health delivery system.” “Franklin Memorial Hospital’s ‘A’ grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff

to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Franklin Memorial Hospital and all other ‘A’ hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, repre-

James Sheldon Ouellette 1967 ~ 2015

James Sheldon Ouellette, 47, a resident of Jay, died Wednesday, September 30th at his home. He was born November 12, 1967 in Lewiston, the son of Elmore Ouellette and Elaine (Deshaies) Doiron. He was a 1986 graduate of Jay High School. Following graduation he served for two years in the U.S. Army. He

received his degree in Industrial Electronics at Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Jim then went to work for Otis Specialty Paper Mill in Jay. He continued his education at Central Maine Community College and later worked as a leadman at Bath Irons Works. He was a communicant of St. Rose of Lima Church. Jim founded, Pee-Wee Basketball, T-Ball, and Flag Football and served as President for AYS (Area Youth Sports) for several years. Jim was a loving and devoted father and enjoyed following his children’s sports and events. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Elaine and

Norman Doiron of Jay; his father and stepmother, Elmore and Joanne Ouellette of Georgetown, SC., his daughter, Victoria Ouellette of Boca Raton, FL., two sons, James and Max Ouellette of Jay; his brother, Rick Ouellette and his wife Chrissy of Germantown, TN, and their children, Ciera and Elizabeth and his brother, Doug Ouellette and his wife Lori of Texarkana, TX, and their children, Connor and Alex, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Also, his special cousin, Jackie Horton of Jay. Messages of condolence may be sent to: n

Doris J. Merchant 1938-2015

Doris J. Merchant, 77, a resident of Jay, passed away, Sunday, October 25th at Hospice House of Androscoggin in Auburn. She was born February 7, 1938 in Jay, the daughter of Fred Morse and Melvina E. (Welch) Morse. Doris was a graduate of Livermore Falls High School. On June 28, 1969 at St. Rose of Lima Church in Jay, she married her husband of 46 years, William T. Merchant. She worked for

Livermore Shoe and devoted her life to her family and her home. Doris was a member of the Eaton Methodist Church and enjoyed reading and crocheting. She is survived by her loving husband, William T. Merchant of Jay, sons; Rick Dumeny and his wife Nancy of Jay, Steve Dumeny and fiancée Diana of South Paris, and Dennis Merchant and companion Ellie Stratton of Livermore Falls; daughters; Nancy Mitchell and her husband Paul of Fayette, Susan Caldwell and her husband Phillip of Jay and Sheila Dorey and her husband Rick of Winthrop, 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, her sister Lorraine Merchant of Newport, sisters-in-law, Bertha Harris and Irene Cervenak both of Jay, brother-in-

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To see Franklin Memorial Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore. org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. Maine is ranked first nationwide among states, based on the percentage of “A” hospitals they have compared to the total number of hospitals that operate in that state. n

Michael Lee Holland 1989 ~ 2015

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through the U.S. Coast Guard. He has shipped as a U.S. Merchant Marine for the past three years as a 3rd Assistant Engineer, most recently for TOTE Services. Michael was a member of the American Maritime Officers Union. Michael was a standout athlete at Jay High School, excelling in baseball and football and continued his football career as a Mariner at MMA. Michael loved to hunt and fish… out-fishing his family and his buddies most of the time. He liked to live life on the edge. He even went sky diving with friends this past summer. To Mike there were only two days in a week Mondays when he was on ship and Saturdays when he was off ship. He was a quiet, fearless leader. He has left an impact on the world that we will never forget. His family includes, his mother and stepfather, Deborah Roberts and husband Robin of Jay; his father

and his fiancée, Ronald Holland, Jr. and Tammy Grover of Jay; brothers, Ronald Holland III and fiancée Jasmine Gagne, and Cody Holland; stepbrothers, Tyler Grover and Justin Turner; stepsisters, Jyssika Grover, Jaime Roberts and fiancé Krys Lepcio, and Sara Fullerton and husband Mark; paternal grandmother, Anna Marie Holland, maternal greatgrandmother, Marguerite Slovak; his girlfriend, Kelsea Beisaw as well as many aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Ronald Holland, Sr., maternal grandparents, Brian and Janine Spencer and uncle and aunt, Michael and Betty Holland. Messages of condolences may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome.comn

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FRANKLIN FOCUS November 2015

Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

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

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

Las Ramblas. Photo courtesy of Sanz. don’t stop by there are in- tween architecture and natroduced to a work by Miro, ture. They’re distinctive for although they may not swirling turrets, undulating know it. A brightly colored roof lines and other imagiabstract mosaic by the artist native shapes in a whimsithat is set in the pavement cal variety of bright colors. Examples of Gaudi’s of the popular street called Las Ramblas goes unno- playful imagination also ticed by many people stroll- come alive at the Casa ing down that avenue. Batllo. That building’s Actually, “the Rambles” wavy stone and glass faconsists of five streets laid çade is decorated with fragend-to-end. More market ments of colored glass. The than motor vehicle thor- arched roof, irregular oval oughfare, it’s lined with ca- windows and sculpted stone fes, flower stalls, bird shops adornments suggest that and vendors selling a vari- Gaudi’s goal was to avoid ety of other goods. straight lines completely. Located just off Las Skeletal-shaped columns Ramblas is a building – one have prompted locals to among many – that was nickname the building casa designed by the world- dels ossos (house of bones). renowned architect whose Among Gaudi-designed work is the primary at- monuments sprinkled traction that draws many throughout the city like visitors to Barcelona. The jewels, one stands above all Palau Guell, an elaborate others in its inspiration and house constructed for a magnitude. If ever there wealthy industrialist in the was a work in progress, it is late 19th century, was de- the Sagrada Familia (Holy signed by Antoni Gaudi, Family) Cathedral, his most whose fanciful creations celebrated masterpiece explored the interplay be- whose construction began

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An example of Gaudi Architecture. Courtesy of once watched bull fights. in 1882. The goal now is to have Adding to the realistic it completed by 2026, the setting are restaurants and 100th anniversary of Gau- cafes that offer fare rangdi’s death. Construction of ing from traditional tapas the massive cathedral has dishes to diet-busting multiprogressed under direction of several architects, who course meals. After feasting have continued to follow on the architectural and other riches of Barcelona, what his dramatic vision. A very different archi- better way to end a day than tectural treasure welcomes to chow down on cuisine visitors to El Poble Espa- representative of the area nyo (the Spanish Village), of Spain where it is located, an open-air museum that as well as that of the entire offers an introduction to the country. country’s cultures and arIf you go: For more inchitectural heritage. formation about a visit to Strolling along windBarcelona, log onto barceing streets and squares cupied by outdoor cafes Victor Block is an awardprovides immersion in the atmosphere of a Span- winning travel journalist ish town – but one which who lives in Washington, brings together 117 out- D.C., and spends summers standing architectural gems in Rangeley, Maine. He is a from throughout the counguidebook author who has try. They range from a copy of an entrance gate into an traveled to more than 70 11th century town to a 15th countries. His articles apcentury house in La Man- pear in newspapers around cha that is adorned by bal- the country, and on travel conies from which residents websites. n

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

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Alfred E. Cavanagh

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Thank you Lord for Daddy coming home safely.

Thank you for serving Daddy. Love Vickie and Family

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

Sweetest man I know. Love your wife Kathy French

Killed in Action - Chey-Lie Vietnam, December 1965

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

Joey C. Billings Sr.

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Robert W. Wentworth Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your service. Love your wife.

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service

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

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

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