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Picking Pockets


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While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the topic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are up-to these days. According to the figures I found, our criminals have been busy as beavers. In the report I read, under the heading “larceny,” for example, were listed all the different ways a theft can be committed – ways you and I wouldn’t necessarily think of, unless we’re in the habit of thinking lawbreaking thoughts. There was shoplifting, theft of bicycles, theft of motor vehicles, theft of items from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and accessories and theft from buildings. There was even a separate category for thefts from vending machines. The figures – if they

are to be believed - have good news for vending machine owners. In the last few years, thefts from Maine vending machines plummeted by almost 5 percent. We can only conclude that either vending machines are getting smarter or vending machine crooks are getting dumber. There was no mention of thefts committed by vending machines themselves, a crime which I have been the victim of recently. To me the most surprising statistic in the whole pile was the one showing that pickpocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals operating in tollbooths in York and Hampton, N.H. Those are perfectly legal pickpocket operations and are fully authorized to pick any pockets that happen by. The statistic refers to those engaged in the unauthorized picking of pockets; those individuals who bump into you in a crowd at the Blue


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The Mulie Story

V. Paul Reynolds In the small Northwestern Colorado town of Maybell, the morning came on with low-lying dark clouds, rain and fog. For cow elk hunters, including Diane and myself, the nasty weather was a welcome respite from a week of too much sun and too much heat, even up high in the magnificent Danforth Hills. After a short drive we parked the truck and began the tough, hardbreathing ascent to a high, juniper-strewn plateau. The plan, once in place, was to glass the ravines and draws for an unsuspecting cow elk working its way up toward the bedding areas among the scrub oak clusters and timberlines even higher up. Dropping Diane off in a nice spot with lots of visibility in spite of the mist and fog, I worked my way up through the

sage and junipers looking for a place worthy of a morning vigil. There was ample sign. Fresh elk and mulie deer tracks were evident, along with plenty of droppings, some old but some with that telltale sheen that quickens any hunter’s pulse rate. Soon, through the shifting mist and juniper groves, an expansive buff-colored meadow of tall sweetgrass showed itself. The meadow was festooned with dead juniper trees. In some ways it reminded me of a Maine bog, and it spoke to me of elk country in every way. I settled in along the meadow’s edge, mesmerized by the shifting clouds of mist and the feeling that this would be the place where an elk tag could be filled, not tomorrow, but today! This was no place for daydreaming or nodding off. Although I could see for maybe 300 yards to the edge of the mist, the light was flat and there were dark bunches of sage among the tall grass and dead junipers. You had to look carefully and often. During my second scan, movement was detected. Moving ghostlike from right to left was a large critter at about 180

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looked to be a formidable rack. My cow elk never showed that day, or any other, for me or for Diane. Between us our scopes had dialed in a coyote, a bull elk and an untold number of mulies, of both persuasions. The mulie deer story in Colorado is an interesting one. There are three different rifle seasons for elk. Mulie tags are only issued during the second and third elk seasons.

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Dr. Gerald Tinguely, a physician assistant, and registered nurses trained in wound care, provide advanced therapies for vascular, diabetic, non-healing, surgical, traumatic, and infected wounds, as well as a variety of ulcers needing wound care. Services are provided on the hospital’s second floor. Podiatrist Dr. Zachary Blakeman, who practices at Franklin Health Orthopaedics, also provides wound care services. The medical practice is furnished with a podiatry chair specially designed for treating patients with wounds of the foot and ankle. If you have a wound that isn’t getting better, contact your primary care provider to see if wound care specialty services are right for you.

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FRANKLIN FOCUS December 2015

Kennebec Behavioral Health To Serve Farmington Area Residents

KBH Clinicians from L to R: Amy DaCosta, adult case manager; Scott Brown, director of case management services; Lora Wilford-McManus, clinical supervisor for community integration; Mark Evans (back), multi-systemic therapy; Matthew Nelson, multi-systemic therapy; Liza Folk, multi-systemic therapy; and Paula Erickson, children’s case manager

Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH), a multiservice agency specializing in mental health and substance use disorder services is now offering community-based services in the Farmington area. Due to Kennebec Behavioral Health’s growing number of clients who live in and around the Farmington area, the organization has established a local hub where staff members can manage administrative tasks related to their caseloads. Community-based services provided in the Farmington area include children and adult case management, home & community treatment, and multi-systemic therapy. In particular, the number of case management clients that KBH serves has been increasing over

the last several years. According to Scott Brown, director of KBH’s case management services “several community members and provider agencies have voiced a significant need for additional mental health services and supports in this region”. Case management services help adults with a mental health concern or illness reach their goals through individual planning, support and connections to community resources. Brown is pleased with the response from Farmington area residents, stating that “all community members have been extremely welcoming as we expand our services in this region”. Brown and his staff look forward to developing partnerships

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with other providers in the area and welcome collaborative efforts to serve local individuals, children and families struggling with mental illness or substance abuse. Kennebec Behavioral Health was founded in 1960 and operates clinics in Waterville, Skowhegan, Winthrop and Augusta as well as three vocational clubhouses in Waterville, Augusta and Lewiston. The organization provides services and supports to more than 16,000 individuals from all areas of the state each year. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for any KBH service, call 1-888-322-2136. Information can also be found at n

What You Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obama Care began many people saw this opportunity to get quality insurance coverage at a reasonable rate. They were about to retire and had a spouse under the age of 65 or where under the age of 65 themselves. With the start of the ACA they were able to get long term coverage where in the past they only had the choice of COBRA, which can be very expensive or a short term medical policy, which is only available for a limited time. The Affordable Care Act is a complex and often times confusing subject. Some of the most common questions have been as follows: Do I qualify for an ACA plan? What is the penalty if I do not have insurance? What is a Subsidy (Tax Credit) or Cost Sharing? There are so many plans how do I know which is the right one? How much is the premium going to be and what will this cover? Do I need Dental Coverage? What about my kids are they covered and for how long? What income is counted towards household income? These are all excellent questions

so let me answer a few of them for you now. First and foremost anyone that does not have insurance or creditable coverage can enroll in an ACA plan during Open Enrollment 11/1/2015 – 1/31/2016. You can also enroll through the year if you qualify for a special election period due to a move, change of household member, loss of coverage or a variety of other reason. The penalty for not having insurance in 2016 is $640 per person or 2.5% of your income whichever is greater. This is usually more than the cost of an ACA plan. There are two ways you can receive discounts on your ACA plan. One is Subsidy (Tax Credit) which is a discount on the premium and can be used with any ACA plan. The other is Cost Sharing and is a discount on the co-payments, co-insurance, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket and can be only used with silver plans. Coverage and premium on a ACA plan vary depending on which plan you choose, your income and what discounts you qualify for. There are

4 levels of ACA plans available in the state of Maine: CATASTROPHIC is available only if you are under the age of 30, BRONZE is a low premium, high deductible plan, SILVER is a middle range premium and benefit plan and the most popular level and GOLD is the highest level of benefits and premium. All ACA plans cover dependents until the age of 26. If the dependent is under the age of 19 you will also need to have dental coverage either from the marketplace or another source to be considered creditable coverage. Premiums are based on household income, this includes wages, social security, self-employment income, pensions and various other sources. It is important to report everything accurately when enrolling in an ACA plan. This is when an Agent or Navigator can be helpful to further explain your options and make sure your application is accurate so you qualify for all of the benefits you are entitled to. Open Enrollment is an excellent time to enroll in

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December 2015

Pharmacists Highlight Vital Role in Improving Patient Safety

Pharmacists at Franklin Memorial Hospital used National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, October 18-24, to underscore the many new and vital roles they now play in patient care. The evolution has been especially dramatic in recent years as pharmacists have moved beyond compounding and dispensing medications to become vital members of multidisciplinary patient-care teams. “Many consumers are not aware that pharmacists play a critical role in preventing medication errors, advising prescribers on the best drug choices, and working directly with patients to ensure they understand how to use their medications safely and effectively,” said Garry Miller, R.Ph. Franklin Memorial Hospital pharmacy director,

“Pharmacy Week is a great way to educate the public about how pharmacists can help them get the most benefit from their medicine.” Hospital and healthsystem pharmacists have been able to take on enhanced patient-care roles because of a number of factors, including the deployment of highly trained, certified technicians and new technologies like robotics that dispense medications. As technology evolves— such as the addition of machine-readable codes to medication labels— patients will have greater opportunities to have a pharmacist involved in their care. Pharmacists are experts on the thousands of medications available today, how each one works in the body, and the ways to use each one safely

and effectively. Pharmacists who graduate today receive six years of education focused on medication therapy, and many pharmacists practicing in hospitals and health systems also complete post-graduate residency programs. They advise doctors and nurses on the best medications and monitor every patient’s medication therapy and provide quality checks to detect and prevent harmful drug interactions, reactions, or mistakes. FMH also celebrates National Pharmacy Technician Day to recognize how important pharmacy technicians are and the supportive role they have in providing for a safe medication system. Without their support and work, the ability of pharmacists to be clinically focused would not be possible.

Operationally, the FMH pharmacy department dispensed 249,000 doses of drugs during the last year and provided clinical services that included antibiotic dosing and monitoring of kidney function to adjust dosing for certain drugs and other high risk medications

to ensure the safest use of medications. The pharmacy department is staffed by four clinical pharmacists and the director of pharmacy; and, five pharmacy technicians including a business assistant who specializes in purchasing and inventory con-

trol. They provide seven day per week coverage of the hospital pharmacy. The pharmacists are certified in medication therapy management and several of the pharmacy technicians are also nationally certified and trained in infusion and chemotherapy.n

Franklin Memorial Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Addressing Tobacco On November 10, the Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network, a program of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recognized 33 Maine hospitals through the annual Gold Star Standards of Excellence program during a recognition event at the Maine Hospital Association. The program encourages and awards

Maine hospitals for meeting best practice standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles. The number of health care organizations meeting these standards has more than doubled since the program began in 2010, with 85 percent of hospitals being recognized

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in 2015. Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) was one of 26 hospitals statewide to receive the highest Gold Star award level (gold). FMH has achieved this level every year since the program’s inception, being cited as meeting all ten best practice standards around creating a tobacco-free environment and supporting tobacco-free lifestyles. “Franklin Memorial Hospital is pleased to receive this recognition and set an example for other organizations in our community,” said Gerald Cayer, vice president. “Keeping our campus tobacco free not only impacts the health of employees, patients, and visitors by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, but also communicates the critical message that tobacco use is exceptionally hazardous to health.” “Hospitals are health and wellness role models for their communities, so it’s



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important for them to set an example around reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Breathe Easy Coalition Program Coordinator Sarah Mayberry. “The Gold Star Standards of Excellence program is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Maine hospitals to create policies addressing these issues. All Maine hospitals that meet at least seven of the ten standards are invited to apply, and they are recognized at the gold, silver, or bronze level depending on the number of evidencebased strategies they have met. FMH addresses tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive policies, education, social norm change, and treatment support. The ten Gold Star Standards of Excellence include creating a 100 percent tobacco-free campus, implementing evidencebased treatment strategies, promoting smoke-free lodging options for visitors, and providing tobacco treatment and medication benefits for employees. “Meeting these standards requires hard work and commitment from these health care organizations, and the Maine TobaccoFree Hospital Network is pleased to be able to honor their dedication,” said Mayberry. Learn more about the Maine Tobacco‑Free Hospital Network and Gold Star Standards of Excellence by visiting or calling (207) 874‑8774. n

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In the Spirit of Giving

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Winter Farmers Market

Farmington Grange #12 will host the Winter Farmers Market at the Grange Hall in West Farmington on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. Fifteen or more local producers will offer everything from bread, meats, cheese, pies, cookies, vegetables, herbs, soaps, yarn

and more. A special holiday market will be offered the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Christmas, instead of the Saturday after. The Grange Hall is located at 124 Bridge Street in West Farmington, just across the bridge from Main Street. n

Wilson Grange Events

The Wilson Grange #321, 1338 Main Street, Wilton, has anounced the following events. A Christmas Yard and Bake sale, happening Saturday, December 12th, from 9am to 3pm. Selling gently used items, crafts and our wonderful baked goods. Just in time for the holiday festivities! A Chowder Fest and Music event will be held Wednesday, December 16th. We teamed up with our open mic night and threw in our yummy homemade chowders and breads and desserts for a fun weeknight out. Meal will be served from 5 to 6 pm and from 6 to 9 pm will be open mic. Cost is

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Elwin Gay of Somerville, Massachusetts began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. Elwin worked nights and drove during the day. He drove 33 years and put over 100,000 miles on his car saving lives. What is now known as the American Cancer Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Road to Recovery service became a national program in 1983 and volunteer drivers in Maine have provided hundreds of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. This holiday season, and all year long, if you have a car and few hours to spare, you can make a difference in the life of a cancer pa-

memory of his wife who fought a long battle with cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driving cancer patients to treatment is a very rewarding volunteer experience.â&#x20AC;? said Clark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is also flexible. You are not tied down to a set schedule, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met so many wonderful people. We need

more people to step up the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;wheelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and help.â&#x20AC;? For more information about the program or to register for a training session, contact Elisa Madore at 207-462-6307 or by email to Elisa.Madore@ n

New Service Available at Health Center

Jayne Britton is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who will begin providing adult psychiatric medication management services at Mt. Abram Regional Health Center this November. She will coordinate with Shannon Munro, FNP, Velma Evans, LCSW and Cynthia Robertson, MD at

$10 per person. No reservations needed. Two International Dinners have been planned. On Friday, January 8th, the Dinner to Kuwait will be hosted by Fatmah Al Ragom, who will be giving a presentation on her country of Kuwait. On Friday, March 11th, the Dinner to Serbia will be hosted by Minja Nedeljkodic, who will be giving a presentation on her country of Serbia. We will be taking reservations for International dinners. Reminders will be sent for reservations at a later date. Call Grange Master Jim Neuschwanger at 645-3388 for further information. n

tient as a Road to Recovery driver. The American Cancer Society is now recruiting volunteers in Franklin County to ensure that all cancer patients have transportation to and from their treatments. Whether you are available once a month or once a week, you can be a Road to Recovery volunteer. Interested volunteers are asked to attend an information session on December 2 from 10 AM to Noon at the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center, 111 Franklin Health Commons in Farmington. Dave Clark, a Road to Recovery volunteer in Maine, has dedicated himself to helping cancer patients as a tribute to the

the health center to diagnose, recommend medications, deliver related education, and perform routine monitoring. Patients at the health center will be able to connect with Britton via a secure video conferencing system, instead of having to travel outside of Kingfield to access the service. Britton joined Sweetser

in 2010 and will be providing the telemedicine service through a formal contract between HealthReach and Sweetser. Sweetser has been offering behavioral healthcare for Maine children, adults and families since 1828. Britton obtained an undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of

Southern Maine in 1983 and a masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2009. Mt. Abram Regional Health Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a group of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine. n

CareerCenter Workshops The following sessions will be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 207645-5800; toll free 1-800982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. Registration required. December 2015 Workshops Resume & Interviewing Skills Thursday, December 17, 2015, at the Region 9 Adult Ed in Mexico, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer

needs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toughâ&#x20AC;? interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call to register. MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 10:00am to 1:00pm. This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call 1-800-281-3703 to preregister for this session. Gateways to

Employment Wednesday December 16, 2015, from 9:00am to noon. The Maine CareerCenters help bring job seekers and employers together. It is the place to start your job search or find out about education and training opportunities so you can continue to be competitive in the workplace. This workshop will provide you with more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer. You will also learn about some of the newest tools that can assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hidden job marketâ&#x20AC;?; identifying the skills you have to offer employers and tips on successfully completing applications, resumes, and cover letters a well how to register and apply for jobs

posted through the CareerCenter. Small Business Trainings Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops â&#x20AC;&#x153;Starting Your Own Small Businessâ&#x20AC;? Access to Capitalâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Federal and State Resources for Small Businessâ&#x20AC;? Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 1-207-622-8555 If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at patty.e.ladd@ Partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.n

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December 2015

Staff Presented with EPIC Awards

October’s recipients of the EPIC awards established by the Franklin Community Health Network (FCHN) Spirit Committee and announced quarterly include: Dee Christiansen, RN, Maternal and Child Health Unit; McKenzie Searles, MA, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; Diana Ladd, Patient Registration; and Jon Abell, DPT, Physical Rehabilitation. The EPIC awards were developed as a way to recognize employees who demonstrate on a daily basis their commitment to FCHN’s values of Excellence, Pride, Innovation and Caring. Joseph Bujold, board chair, presented each recipient with a trophy and monetary gift at the October 27 FCHN board meeting. Each also has a designated parking spot of his or her choice for the next three months. Dee Christiansen’s nomination from Felicia Har-

ris, described Dee making a stressful long first-baby labor situation more tolerable with her relaxed demeanor. “Her caring is above and beyond. She made a difficult scary situation so much better and made the expectant parents comfortable with her many years of experience and ability to answer their constant barrage of questions.” McKenzie Searles’s nomination from Dr. Jay Naliboff said, “McKenzie is the role model of an engaged, caring professional. She cares about her patients and treats every patient cheerfully and respectfully. She has the unenviable task of keeping Dr. Goss on track by preparing patients’ charts and manages this task effortlessly. She additionally volunteers to participate in the medical practice’s quality and performance improvement initiatives.” Diana Ladd’s nomination from Natashia Nile

included patient feedback describing Ladd’s exemplary customer service. “Her attitude and enthusiasm are infectious to staff and patients. She arrives to work with a smile and a bubbly and shining personality that ensures that every patient has an excellent experience. This nomination is based on Diana’s pride and the lasting impression she has on her patients.” Jon Abell’s nomination from Susan Loughrey said, “Jon coordinates single handedly a large physical therapy caseload on the hospital’s medical/ surgical unit, prioritizing treatments and ensuring that patients are evaluated and seen on a timely basis. Jon’s compassion, respect, and empathy for other shines through in his interactions with patient and their families and coworkers. He exemplifies a caregiver who takes ownership and pride in his work.” Jessica Farrington

October’s recipients of the EPIC awards established by the FCHN Spirit Committee and announced quarterly include from left: McKenzie Searles, MA; Jon Abell, DPT; and Diana Ladd. Absent is Dee Christiansen, RN. who works at Frank-

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“BYOD” “SOS”! Submitted by Rebecca Webber In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in employer policies allowing their employees to bring their own cell phones (or other devices) to work. Coupled with that, there has been a surge of press on employers’ ability to monitor and remotely wipe their employees’ personal cell phones once the employment relationship ends. As more employees bring their own devices to work, employers have largely unfettered access to any given employee’s photos, files, contacts, etc. According to a July 2013 survey by the data protection firm Acronis, Inc., 21 percent of companies perform “remote wipes” when an employee resigns or is terminated. Despite the growing use of cell phone wiping technology, the practice remains in “legal limbo.” At present, there are no federal or state statutes that specifically govern employee cell phone policies (often referred to as “bring your own device” (“BYOD”) policies). To date, the only reported case specifically regarding employer wiping of an employee’s personal cell phone comes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In that case, Saman Rajaee used his personal smartphone (an iPhone 4) to conduct his business in the home construction industry for

over 12 years. Rajaee’s iPhone was connected to his employer’s Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing him to remotely access email, contacts, and a work calendar provided by Defendants. In February 2013, Rajaee gave his employer his two-week notice, and the employer immediately terminated him. A few days later, Rajaee’s phone was remotely wiped by the employer’s IT department – deleting both personal data and work-related data. Rajaee subsequently sued his former employer, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and the Texas Theft Liability Act, alleging that the employer’s actions caused him to lose “more than 600 business contacts collected during the course of his career, family contacts, family photos, records, irreplaceable business and personal photos and videos, and numerous passwords.” Rajaee’s claims ultimately failed, as the Court found that neither the ECPA nor the CFAA applied to Rajaee’s personal data on his iPhone. While this case is relatively anti-climactic, it nonetheless highlights employer vulnerability to litigation when it remotely wipes an employee’s personal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect your-

self if you choose to implement a cell phone wiping policy. 1. Get It In Writing: In the above case, Rajaee claimed that he had never read or signed a cell phone wiping policy. When it comes to “BYOD” cell phone policies, an employer should inform its employees of the rule(s), and have them sign a copy of the policy. If the employee does not agree to abide by the cell phone wiping policy, they can choose to not have work email, contacts or other information on their personal device. 2. Be Specific – No Surprises: The cell phone wiping policy should state the following: By connecting the device to the company network or using it for company business, the user expressly agrees that he or she authorizes, and permits, the company to access the device and securely remove its data at any time the company deems necessary, either during the relationship, or after. If the employee does not make the device available within a certain reasonable period of time after demand, the company is authorized to remotely wipe the entire device and restore it to its factory settings in order to ensure that its data was securely removed from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many


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companies have begun to employ improved IT systems which surgically remove only employer data from an employee’s cell phone. Although this software is likely more costly, it may prevent employers from the cost of litigation in the long run. 4. Encourage Healthy Backup Use: Encourage employees (perhaps in the text of the policy) to back up their personal information (photos, contacts, songs) to their personal computer or to iCloud once a week in case the employer needs to remotely wipe data for security or other reasons. As this area of the law rapidly evolves, employers must stay ahead of the curve of employee privacy, while maintaining the security of their clients and other employees. This article is not legal advice but should be considered general guidance in the area of employment law. Jordan Payne is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. The firm has been in operation since 1853.

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In 2015, the federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million. With little planning, a married couple can pass up to $10.86 million worth of assets to heirs, so no estate tax will go to the IRS. Those numbers will increase in the future with inflation. With such a large exemption, you may think that estate tax planning is unnecessary. However, nearly half of all states have an estate tax (paid by the decedent’s estate) or an inheritance tax (paid by the heirs) or both. The tax rate goes up to 16% in many states, or even higher in some. What’s more, state estate tax exemptions tend to be lower than the federal exemption; in some states, there is virtually no exemption for certain estates. Therefore, you may find year-end estate tax planning to be worthwhile, even if you don’t anticipate having an estate over $5 million or $10 million. Employing the exclusion In terms of year-end planning, anyone with estate tax planning concerns (federal or state) should consider year-end gifts that use the annual gift tax exclusion, which is $14,000 in 2015. That is, you can give up to $14,000 worth of assets to any number of recipients, with no tax consequences. You don’t even have to file a gift tax return. Married couples can

give up to $28,000 per recipient, from a joint account, or $14,000 apiece from individual holdings. Larger gifts probably won’t be taxed because of a generous lifetime gift tax exemption, but you’ll be required to file a gift tax return and there could be future tax consequences. Example: Walt and Vera Thomas have two children. In 2015, Walt can give $14,000 worth of assets to their son Rick and $14,000 to their daughter Ava. Vera can do the same, moving a total of $56,000 from their taxable estate. Similar gifts might be made to parents you’re helping to support. As explained previously in this issue, giving appreciated stocks and stock funds to loved ones may be an effective way to reduce exposure to any market retreat. Whatever your purpose, keep in mind that there is no spillover from one year to the next. If you miss making $14,000 annual exclusion gifts in 2015, you can’t double up with a $28,000 exclusion gift in 2016. Moreover, make sure that gifts are completed—checks must be cashed—by December 31. Therefore, you should put your plans for yearend gifts in motion well before year end. Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs. n

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Celebrating a Successful Chamber Year • Barclaycard • Old Wilton Tannery building. • Azulene Day Spa We also participated in hosting seminars and community events such as: • Smart Assets – investing in your employees • Managing conflict Resolving employment difficulties • Entrepreneurs connect - Tips from small business owners in starting your own business. • We also hosted the United States Air Force Band concert Supported Farmington’s Summerfest, Kingfield Pops, and the Wilton Blueberry Festival This is in addition to our annual events we organize each year such as: • The Home and Leisure Show. • Chester Greenwood Day events. • Gerry Wiles holiday food basket drive. • Participating in the Farmington Fair. • As well as the Seth Westcott and Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic to benefit our scholarship fund. Certificates for Citizen Awards were presented to over 30 people recognized for what they add to our community. This next year we need to continue moving in the direction we have been go-

Downtown Association, the Rangeley chamber of commerce, the Jay/Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce, River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Flagstaff Area Business Association as well as the Greater Franklin Development Corporation and others. We partnered for Business After Hours with local businesses. • Franklin Savings Bank • Franklin County Animal Shelter • University of Maine at Farmington • Greater Franklin Development Council & WMCA Career center. • Franklin County Community College Network • Dead River Company • Franklin Printing • Complete Dentistry • KeyBank • Wilson Lake Inn • Farmington Coca Cola • Food provided by - Calzolaio’s Pasta Company, Ray Ray’s Café, Douin’s Market, Homestead Bar and Bakery and Tumbledown Brewery. The Chamber was involved in ribbon cutting ceremonies for: • Expenet • Wilton Hardware • Farmington Coca Cola • Enchanted Herbs and Botanical

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ognized in each category. This is never an easy decision as we have so many worthy nominations. The committee, led by Shannon Smith, did a good job putting the entire event together. We also can’t forget the tremendous support for the Gerry Wile’s Food Basket drive. Each donation of $25 for a basket made that evening was represented by a balloon. It was a great visual representation to see over 150 balloons around the room the night of the event. Many needy families will eat well this holiday season thanks to everyone’s generosity. Finally, a group of board members and myself had the privilege of attending the Maine State Chamber dinner in Augusta. The dinner honored Maine Senator Susan Collins for her years of dedicated service to the citizens of Maine. It was a nice presentation that was highlighted by Senator Collin’s speech. Her speech was a positive recap of all the places and businesses she visited in Maine this past year. It was an inspiration to all of us. New Chamber Members The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the newest members of the Chamber. Please join us in welcoming them by taking a moment to say hello, visit their website and patronize their business. Timeshare Resales from S e l l M y Ti m e S h a re N o w. www.sellmytimesharenow. com/timeshare/Rangeley/ city/buy-timeshare/, 1-877815-4227, Offering affordable timeshares for sale in Rangeley that have spacious bedrooms, cooking facilities, and cozy living rooms. These comforts are accompanied by onsite amenities like laundry facilities, pools, saunas, and playgrounds. Own-

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Looking Toward 2016 The Chamber held it’s final meeting of 2015 at the Washburn Norlands Living History Center. This annual event is a fun departure from the regular monthly meetings. The staff at Norlands cooks us a wonderful, hearty breakfast, then we hold our business portion of the meeting. The incoming slate of Executive Board members are announced, and voted on by the attending members. The 2016 Executive Board will be: Bob Berry, owner of Main Land will be the incoming chair, Kim Turner, Otis Federal Credit Union will step in

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Tickets for the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) 6th annual Winter Windfall raffle are now available until the end of January. The raffle is sponsored by Franklin Community Health Network. By donating $10 per ticket to HCC, the donor will be eligible for 31 prizes to be drawn daily throughout January. Prizes include: a guided drift boat fly fishing adventure; local artisan creations and photography; area business, restaurant and massage gift certificates; ski passes to Sugarloaf and Sunday River; fitness memberships, and more! The Winter Windfall raffle, a popular annual event, gives a person the chance to win multiple times as all winning tickets are reentered into the drawing daily. Most

prizes are valued at $50 or more. The tickets are the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for those who are hard to buy for. “Proceeds from the raffle will allow HCC to offer services in the community not covered by grants, and allow for the expansion of current programs such as mobile health unit screenings and home visits to community members in need,” said Jennifer McCormack, executive di-

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around the Norlands property. If you haven’t had the chance to hear her “spin”, she is a wonderful story teller, and many times throughout her tale, members attending were involved in the story. Our breakfast meeting there is one that many members look forward to. Moving forward to next year, the Chamber is working on the upcoming Annual Meeting, held every year in January. The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held on January 29th, a Friday night instead of the Thursday night of year’s past. It was decided that the themed nights were

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19-Dec at Sugarloaf Opener 29-Dec at Black Mtn Sprints 2-Jan at Telstar Relays 9-Jan at Leavitt Hornet Classic 13-Jan Cougar Freestyle/Titcomb 16-Jan at Marranacook Wave 23-Jan at Oxford Hills Sprints 27-Jan at Sugarloaf Classic 30-Jan at Sassi Memorial 6-Feb KVAC/MVCs at Titcomb 9-Feb KVAC/MVCs at Black 11-Feb at Sweethearts Relays/Spruce 6-Feb KVAC/MVCs SL at Titcomb 18-Feb States at Titcomb/Classic 19-Feb States at Titcomb/Freestyle 24-Feb at Leavitt Duathlon 5-Mar at EHSC Qualier/Black Mtn **Girls are First**

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Cozumel: Mexico With a Caribbean Touch

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By Victor Block Much about the island says Mexico. Archeological sites hint of the rich Mayan civilization that once flourished there. Parts of San Miguel, the only town, retain the charms of villages common throughout the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mainland. At the same time, Cozumel displays its Caribbean roots. White sand beaches are fringed by stately palm trees. The center of the island is covered by dense jungle and swampy lagoons. Lying 12 miles off the east coast of Mexico, Cozumel is known for offering deep sea diving thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s among the best in the world. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ringed by an underwater wonderland of Technicolor coral heads and submarine gardens that are home to an almost unimaginable variety of sea life. Nonswimmers may enjoy close-up introductions to creatures large and small in a glass bottom boat or mini-submarine, during a dolphin show, by checking out resident crocodiles in their lair and observing endangered sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the Caribbean waters where they will spend their lives. Most travelers to Cozumel begin their visit in San Miguel. Once a sleepy village, it has evolved into a popular destination for cruise ships whose pas-

and the remaining portion provides little evidence of its past glory. Like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel boasts a choice of inviting beaches. Stretches of golden sand line the western shore, facing the mainland of Mexico. On the less-developed Caribbean Sea side, quiet beaches are interspersed among rock-strewn areas, and the strong breakers and undertow discourage swimming. Cozumel also is home to parks and preserves which show off both Mother Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handiworks and man-made attractions. The Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve does both. The park protects a mixture of mangroves, dunes and reef systems that provide refuge for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas and resident and migratory birds. Exhibits in a towering century-plus old lighthouse range from maritime navigation to pirates. Cozumel once provided safe haven for buccaneers who roamed the Caribbean Sea, including the notorious Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte. Some cutthroats hid their ill-gotten treasures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-seeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and to-doâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to satisfy many interests. Visitors may stroll through a lush botanical garden, study the colorful inhabitants

sengers patronize shops and restaurants near the docks. Those who venture a few blocks inland find a more mellow setting that retains the heart and soul of the original community. There, sidewalks are lined by small, familyowned stores and eateries where locals gather. El Mercado, the oldest market on the island, houses a warren of tiny shops and restaurants offering traditional food. Cozumel derived its name from the Mayans who arrived there some 2,000 years ago. They believed it to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. According to legend, their temples dedicated to Ixchel earned her gratitude, and she sent her favorite bird â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the swallow â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lumil (land) were compacted to Kozomil and the name stuck. More than 30 Mayan sites are scattered around the island. San Gervasio was the most important setting. Sacbes (ancient elevated roads) connect several building complexes there including temples, an ossuary and ceremonial centers. The temple at El Cedral was another hub of Mayan life on the island. However, when Spanish Conquistadors landed on Cozumel in 1518, they destroyed the structure

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Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.

of a natural aquarium and enjoy a close-up view of the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The complex includes dozens of replicas of Mayan sites and a working Mayan house that brings to life daily chores like cooking, weaving, and planting crops. A more participatory experience awaits those who wish to take part in a temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge session intended to cleanse both body and mind. A pleasant surprise during my visit to Cozumel was how much I enjoyed the kind of attraction that I often avoid. Why, I wondered, should my wife and I spend time visiting a cultural theme park when the real Mexico is just outside? However, the aptly named Discover Mexico site provided a number of reasons. The experience begins with a multi-screen video presentation that traces the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and describes its cultures. This is followed by the main attraction. We strolled through a setting of tropical vegetation, along pathways shared with turtles and iguanas. The trail passes more than three dozen detailed scale models of famous Mexican archeological sites and buildings. Replicas of structures from the Mayan, Aztec and Colonial periods stand near contemporary

architectural treasures. The result is an all-encompassing walk through history. Adding to authentic touches in the park, the snack bar serves a variety of typical dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and where thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s food, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drink. In Mexico, that often means Tequila, which locals refer to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mexican water.â&#x20AC;? Visitors to the theme park have an opportunity to discover how tequila is made, then sample tastes of several brands. Sipping tequila is about as Mexican as it gets. So, too, is much about the island of Cozumel, along

with attractions usually associated with the islands of the Caribbean. If you go: For information about visiting Cozumel, log onto cozumel. travel. Victor Block is an award-winning travel journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., and spends summers in Rangeley, Maine. He is a guidebook author who has traveled to more than 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers around the country, and on travel websites. n

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