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The Viles Arboretum pre-winter cleanup is a big deal and a lot of work, from power spraying equipment, checking the snow blower and snow machine to gathering up Community Garden tools and various brush piles from the ongoing collection restoration; it's a full day operation. Thanks to an amazing group of individuals all headed to the Air Force in various capacities, three days of work was accomplished in less than one day! Daniel Sherril, Technical Sergeant, USAF Enlisted Accessions Recruiter was the individual who made it all happen. Mark P. DesMeules, Executive Director of the Viles Arboretum commented, "It was a great pleasure working with Daniel and in meeting those enlisted men and women who participated in the cleanup effort. I was impressed with the quality of these candidates who came mostly from the Mid-Maine area. Their help has made a big difference in our preparation for winter." Daniel Sherril, Technical Sergeant, USAF Enlisted Accessions Recruiter made a point of saying,"We recruit the best, to be the best." The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world. Learn more at www.vilesarboretum.org, check our Facebook page, stop by or call 626-7989.

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Picking Pockets While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the top-

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ic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are upto 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 ac-

cessories 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 pick-pocketing 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 Hill, Cumberland, Fryeburg or Oxford fairs and lift the wallet right out of your

pocket without you being the wiser. I don’t mean to single out those fine fairs. Fact is, the picking of pockets can take place at almost any other fair in Maine even the Washington County Fair – if it were still in existence. After reading the pickpocket statistics I checked for my wallet and was glad to learn that it was

still where it was supposed to be. I don’t know about you, but I always thought pickpockets worked in big cities that were teeming with gullible easy marks who were just waiting to have their pocket picked by some well-trained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a

person might go to learn how to pick pockets. I know where you go to learn how to lobster or how to drag for fish and scallops or how to harvest wood and build boats, but where does someone go in Maine to learn the ancient art of pocket picking? My first impulse is to blame the whole pickpocket business on people from away. Why not? We blame them for just about everything else. Hard as it is to believe we may have within our borders a homegrown pick pocket class with its own homegrown pickpocket culture. But don’t look at me; I’m just writing about them. And if you think this column was just a distraction so I could move in and pick your pocket, you’re wrong. Go ahead; check for your wallet. If it’s missing – like I said – don’t look at me. n

Augusta Food Bank Annual Event a Huge Success On Sat. Nov. 7th the Augusta Food Bank hosted their 5th Annual Dinner & Auction at the Civic Center. In what has become the biggest fundraiser of the year for this organization, the community responded in a most impressive fashion. Over 270 people attended the event which

raised over $31,000 for the Augusta Food Bank, including over $8000 for our Kids Programs (Vacation Kids Packs and Weekend Packs.) “Our sponsors were a major part of our successful evening,” says Abbie Perry, chair of the auction committee. Thank you to: On Tar-

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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, hard-breathing ascent to a high, juniperstrewn 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 yards.

A cow elk? Laying the Ruger One .270 atop the shooting stick, the slow-moving critter came into view in the scope. Then it stopped and munched at a shrub. Crosshairs aligned. Safety off. I could see antlers, a big rack. My heart sank. I clicked the safety back on and lowered the gun. The critter, I could tell, was not an elk at all. It was a mulie buck and a spectacular one at

that, equipped with what 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. So a first rifle season elk hunter, no matter how fat his wallet, cannot legally take a mulie. Those of us who have hunted elk in Colorado, usually first rifle season, just never bothered with mulies. We are having second thoughts. Honestly, and I have a witness, we must have seen three or four hundred mulies in a week. With or with-

out a tag, seeing so many deer makes for an exciting week. Puzzling to me, however, is that Colorado wildlife officials continue to express concern about “dwindling mulie numbers.” You couldn’t prove it by my experience. In Northwest Colorado mule deer are everywhere, almost as plentiful as sage rabbits. Officials say that Colorado has between 400,000 and 600,000 mule deer. (Compare that to Maine’s estimated whitetail population: 200,000!) Lou, a bewhiskered Californian and diehard mulie deer hunter we met at the campground, told me that he has hunted both mulies and elk, and much prefers mulies, to eat and to hunt. Maybe Lou has the right idea. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ sportingjournal.com . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.”n

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Thursday meeting, call Joan P. at 622-9635 or Roxie C. 612-6120. Friday nights, the meeting is held in Waterville at the homeless shelter (in the conference room), 19 Colby St., at 6:30pm. All meetings are an hour and a half long. For contact information about the Friday night meeting, call Lila F at 465-824 or Marie D. at 872-2612. n

CODA Chorus Christmas Concerts

It's getting closer to that time of year! By popular demand, CODA will perform two concerts this season: 3:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, December 12th, at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester. The program includes everything from "Mister Santa" and "Wonderful

Christmastime" to "Bidi Bom" and "A Little Organ Mass" by Haydn. We'll also include our traditional carol sing-along and the Hallelujah Chorus. A free will offering will be taken. Hope to see you at one of our two concerts, on Saturday, December 12th! For more information, please call 724-3718. n

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be December 10, 2015. Topics will include a speaker about value added hive products. For more information see http:// mainebeekeepers.org/ kennebec-beekeepers/ or the Facebook page. n

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Judith C. Melvin 1943 ~ 2015

Judith “Judy� C. Melvin, 72, passed away November 10th, 2015. She was born on May 31, 1943, daughter of Lester Edmund and Alice Hiltz Coolidge. She graduated from Dixfield schools, Mid-State College and Central Mane Technical College. Judy enjoyed working as a nurse, caring for the el-

derly and developmentally disabled, striving to make a difference in their lives. She loved her family dearly and had a special love for her Lord and Savior. She is survived by her son Jeffrey French and wife Tracey, daughter Pamela Soule and husband Dana; all of Wiscasset, and her son Cory Melvin and fiancĂŠe Robin of Augusta. She has a sister Eleanor Favre of Connecticut and brothers Edward and Nelson Coolidge and their wives of East Dixfield. She has four grandsons and two great grandsons. Messages of condolence may be sent to: www.finleyfuneralhome. com. n

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Ask the Trainer - Have a Lean Holiday Season Jodi Cornelio

Just because the holidays are approaching doesn’t mean you have to abandon your good eating habits. The average person gains 5 to 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Don’t let that happen to you. Understanding how many calories a day you actually need and being creative as to where to get these calories the healthy way will help you dodge those extra pounds this season. First, calculate your caloric needs, otherwise

known as Resting Metabolic Requirements (RMR). Take your body weight and multiply this by 10 to find your RMR. These are the calories you need to breathe and maintain normal body functions without exercise. Take that and multiply it by 10% if you are sedentary, 20% if you are moderately active and 30% if you are active and add that to your RMR. Example: 140 pounds x 10 = 1400 calories, Active = (1400 x .30) + 1400 = 1820 calories per day to maintain your weight. To lose a pound a week, decrease this number by 500 a day. Now that you have a general idea how many calories you actually need, choose your holiday foods

from the lists below. 300 to 800 calories per average serving: Apple pie, blueberry pie, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey with gravy, stuffing made with butter, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, Caesar salad, most cakes and pies. Between 150 and 300 calories per average serving: Baked potato with butter and regular gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash with butter and brown sugar, creamed corn, vegetable prepared in butter, nuts, fudge, peanut brittle, cheese roll, Jell-O, pudding, sweet breads like carrot bread, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, coffee

cake. 50 to 150 calories per average serving: String beans, carrots, cranberry jelly, one slice of bread, one roll, baked potato dry, squash with no butter, turkey meat, one glass of wine, coffee, tea, boiled onions, favorite gravy (recipe below), squash soup (recipe below), pickles, radishes, olives, hard candy, after-dinner mints, one lite beer, fruit bowl, cole slaw, tossed salad greens. A good rule of thumb on how to survive the holiday season is to first enjoy the social aspect of visiting family and friends; try not to deprive yourself of a special treat, just don’t make it your entire meal. Load up on the low calorie nutri-

tional foods first and cut the portion sizes of the moderate to high calorie foods in half. Here are a couple of holiday recipes that will help your guests stay within their calorie budget. Favorite Gravy 3 cups fat-free chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes with 3 cups of water 1/3 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp poultry season Salt and pepper to taste Sauté onions in some of the broth until tender, and then add flour to form a roux. Add the remaining broth slowly to allow to thicken. Add poultry seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Squash Soup

Small onion chopped Fresh garlic clove crushed 1 and ½ cup fat-free chicken broth 3 cups butternut squash peeled and seeded Salt and pepper Cumin to flavor Sauté onion and garlic in a little of the broth until tender. Add remainder of the broth and cubed squash and cook until tender. Once squash is soft, puree the entire mixture in a blender. Salt and pepper to taste. Return to the pot to keep warm until ready to serve. Live long, Live Well Jodi R. Cornelio n

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Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro with his children Anthony, Sofia, and Salvatore before walking in the Veteran’s Day Parade on Wednesday Nov 11 in Downtown Waterville. (Photo by Mark Huard/ Owner of Central Maine Photography)

Members of the Bourque-Lanigan Post 5 American Legion performing a Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Waterville, which took place following the parade. Left to Right. 2nd Vice Commander and Legionnaire of the Year Charles Shoudy, Commander Ernie Paradis, at podium Adjutant Carl Paradis, Chaplain Pearley Lachance, and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro. (Photo by Mark Huard/Owner of Central Maine Photography)

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The Kennebec Performing Arts Company Presents Winter Wonderland: a Holiday Concert series featuring our Chorus, Wind Ensemble, & Jazz Band. The concert will take place on Friday, December 4, 7:00 p.m., at Viles Auditorium, Cony High School, Augusta, and on Saturday, December 5,

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Christmas Concert Announced

The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present “A Christmas Concert: Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist” on Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2PM at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta. For years South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet. For the past few years, Concerts at Jewett has been happy to join them in co-sponsoring this event. Mr. Zoller plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts. He comes to South Parish with long experience in church mu-

sic and recital playing. The Downeast Brass has performed in many New England settings. Audiences have enjoyed these fine Maine performers on the concert stage, at weddings, festivals, and on parade. Their wide range of musical styles makes them the preferred musical choice for many occasions. Tickets are $10, students $5, 12 & under free. Tickets are available at Pat’s Pizza in Augusta, Dave’s Appliance in Winthrop, and at the door. Call 622-3551, or email umasc@maine.edu for more information or mail order tickets. Website: www.concertsatjewett. com The next concert will be Sunday, January 24, 2016, at 2PM and will feature the Gawler Family with Jessie and Greg Boardman. n

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Cozumel: Mexico With a Caribbean Touch

The remains of the temple at El Cedral.

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 country’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 that’s among the best in the world. It’s ringed by an underwater wonderland of Technicolor coral heads and submarine gardens that are home to an almost unimaginable variety of sea life. Non-swimmers 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 passengers 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 – the swallow – as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lu-

The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.

Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.

mil (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 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 Nature’s handiworks and

ing, 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 country’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

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-see’s and to-do’s to satisfy many interests. Visitors may stroll through a lush botanical garden, study the colorful inhabitants 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 cook-

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 dishes—and where there’s food, there’s drink. In Mexico, that often means Tequila, which locals refer to as “Mexican water.” 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 awardwinning travel journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., and spends summers in Rangeley, Maine. He is a guidebook author who has traveled to more than 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers around the country, and on travel websites. n

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The Living Nativity

Central Maine Community College students Gregory Manocchio and Ian Munsell participated in the ATE (Advanced Technological Education) Principal Investigators Conference held last month at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Manocchio of Vassalboro and Munsell of Auburn, graduates of the Precision Machining Technology (PMT) program at CMCC, are currently enrolled in the Advanced Certificate Program in Precision Machining. Hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the conference theme was “Preparing the Technical Workforce through Innovation, Creativity & Practice.” The two CMCC students were invited to attend by the AACC and were joined by other students, ATE alumni and program leaders, and representatives from industry and government. Also attending from CMCC were Diane Dostie, dean of corporate & community services, and Richard Bolding, PMT instructor. During the conference the two students participated in a project showcase with a display related to CMCC’s RAMP (Regional Advanced Machining Partnership) project, which is funded by an NSF grant. The goal of RAMP is to develop a curriculum that will address industry needs in high-end skills that are directly applicable to the precision manufacturing environment. The project has also developed the advanced certificate in machining that supports regional and national manufacturers by creating hybrid on-line curriculum for graduates of associate degree programs in machining. Manocchio and Munsell are pictured discussing the RAMP project with an attendee at the conference.

Come and see the real reason for celebration and relive the true spirit of Christmas as Fayette Baptist Church presents the newly redesigned production of “The Living Nativity” on Friday and Saturday, December 11th and 12th at 7:00 PM in Fayette. Join us for an evening of Christmas music and drama and take a personal journey with Mary and Joseph to the stable following angels through a candle-lit path. Watch the expressions on the children’s faces change as you walk through a real stable and see the baby in a manger surrounded by live animals.

Over the past few years, hundreds of people, young and old alike, have celebrated this unique event and have come away with a new appreciation for the humble, yet marvelous birth of Christ. So start a tradition! Bring the entire family. Take an evening away from the hectic holiday stress and remember where true peace is found…in Jesus! Come and experience not only the memory of Jesus’ past birth, but also the wonder of His present life! Be sure to dress in warm clothes. Admission is free and refreshments will be available. Call 685-9492 for more information. n

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Cony High School Winter Sports 2015/2016

Girls Basketball Date 11/28 12/4 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/17 12/22 12/29 1/2 1/5 1/8 1/12 1/14 1/16 1/22 1/26 1/28 2/2 2/4

Opponent Chrisanne Burns./G&E Tour. Brewer at Camden at Gardiner Lewiston at Hampden Erskine at Oxford Hills at Lawrence Hampden at Messalonskee Gardiner Messalonskee Mt. Blue Lawrence at Brunswick at Brewer Camden at Erskine

Ice Hockey Date 11/21 11/28 12/4 12/9 12/12 12/15 12/17 12/26 12/30 1/7 1/9 1/13 1/16 1/23 1/26 1/30 2/3 2/6 2/11

Opponent Preseason- at Edward Little Ice Vault Tournament at Brunswick at Edward Little at Mass/OOB/BE at Mt. Ararat St. Dom’s at Gardiner at GNG Maran/Win Mt. Ararat at Lewiston Edward Little Portland/Deering. Windham GNG at Law/Skow Bangor Skow/Law

Boys Basketball

Time TBA 5:00/6:30 5:30/7:00 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 5:30/7:00 12:30/2:00 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 11:00/12:30 5:00/6:30 5:30/7:00 5:30/7:00 5:00/6:30 5:00/6:30 Time TBA TBA 7:30 PM 8:10 PM 4:10 PM 8:15 PM 7:30 PM 5:20 PM 6:40 PM 7:30 PM 7:40 PM 6:40 PM 5:30 PM 7:40 PM 8:40 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 7:40 PM 7:30 PM

Wrestling Date 11/28

12/5 12/9 12/12 12/16 12/19 12/23 12/28 1/2 1/6 1/9 1/13 1/16 1/23 1/30 2/6 2/13 2/20

Opponent

Date 1/21 11/28 12/4 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/17 12/22 12/30 1/2 1/5 1/8 1/12 1/14 1/16 1/22 1/26 1/28 2/2 2/4

Opponent Pre-season - Morse G&E/Tourn. at Brewer Camden Gardiner at Lewiston Hampden at Erskine Hoop Classic/Oxford Hills Lawrence at Hampden Messalonskee at Gardiner at Messalonskee at Mt. Blue at Lawrence Brunswick Brewer at Camden Erskine

Time

at Westlake Invi.@ Morse 9:00 AM/WI7:30 at Westbrook 9:30 AM/WI7:30 Skow @ Erskine 6:00 PM/WI5:00 at Gardiner 9:00 AM/WI7:30 Mt. Ararat, Winslow 6:00 PM/WI5:00 Cony Duals 9:00 AM/WI8:00 Nokomis @ Hampden 5:00 AM/WI4:00 Mid-Maine Tourney @ Mt. View 8:00 AM/WI7:00 CamdenH.,Oceanside, @ Morse 9:00 PM/WI8:00 Mt. View @ Lincoln 5:00 AM/WI4:00 at Skowhegan Tourn 9:00 AM/W7:00 Belfast, Ox Hills 6:00 AM/WI5:00 Erskine, Gardiner @Camden 9:00 AM/WI8:00 Belf.,Skow,C.H. @ Mt. Blue 9:00 A.M/WI8:00. KVACs @ Cony 9:00AM Regionals TBA 9:00AM State Championships 9:00AM New England’s T BA

Time 11:00-1:00 11:00; 5:30 4:00/5:30/7:00 3:30/5:00/6:30 3:30/5:00/6:30 4:00/5:30/7:00 3:30/5:00/6:30 3:30/5:00/6:30 6:00 11:00/12:30/2:00 4:00/5:30/7:00 3:30/5:00/6:30 3:30/5:00/6:30 4:00/5:30/7:00 11:00/12:30/2:00 4:00/5:30/7:00 3:30/5:00/6:30 3:30/5:00/6:30 4:00/5:30/7:00 3:30/5:00/6:30

Indoor Track Date 12/23 12/29 12/30 1/9 1/16 1/30 2/6 2/ 2/

Opponent Meet at Bowdoin College Meet at BowdoinCollege Meet at BowdoinCollege Meet at Bowdoin College Meet at Bowdoin College Meet at Bowdoin College KVAC Championships States at USM New England Regionals

Time 10:00 10:00 10:00 9:00 AM 9:00 AM 9:00 AM TBA TBA


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CLUES ACROSS 1. Powder mineral 5. Ten million (in India) 10. Culture medium and a gelling agent 14. Cain and __ 15. Bullfighting maneuvers 16. Baseball’s Ruth 17. Venice beach 18. Infirm due to old age 19. Attentiveness 20. Mortify 22. Whale (Norwegian) 23. Family Bufonidae 24. “A Passage to India” author 27. Ocean 30. Dad’s partner 31. Owned 32. Swiss river 35. Female golf star Gibson 37. Base 38. A way to summons 39. Acquit 40. Male parent 41. Brendan Francis __, author 42. Rattan 43. Aromatic hot beverage 44. Inflorescence 45. Former CIA 46. Make lace 47. Airborne (abbr.)

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you can be quite generous when you choose to be, but sometimes you can overlook the needs of others. Pay as much attention to others’ needs as possible this week. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Little things influence how others look at you, Taurus, so make sure you get all of your ducks in a row -- especially at work. Focus on some finer details. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 You may not be in a practical mood this week, Gemini. Fortunately for you, there isn’t much of importance that needs to be done, so you are free to let loose a little bit. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 This isn’t a week to take a walk down Memory Lane, Cancer. Focus on the future rather than getting lost in nostalgia. However, let your past guide your actions a bit. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, your calendar is filling up quickly, but you cannot add any days to the calendar. Divide your responsibilities so you can better handle everything on your slate. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Ambivalence will get you nowhere fast, Virgo. It can be difficult to make decisions, but that’s something you have to do this week. Once you do, you can forge

48. Thieving bird 49. H. Potter’s creator 52. Frequency 55. Nothing 56. More lucid 60. Riding mount 61. Deducted container weight 63. Molten rock 64. In this place 65. Ancient upright stone slab bearing markings 66. Rumanian Mures River city 67. Mentioned before 68. An heir (civil law) 69. Without (French) CLUES DOWN 1. W. Samoan monetary unit 2. Baby’s feeding apparel 3. Queen of Sparta 4. Shut 5. Certified public accountant 6. Payment for release 7. Red twig dogwood 8. Basked in 9. Midway between E and SE 10. A way to detest 11. Mother of Cronus 12. In bed 13. Bolsheviks 21. Farro wheat 23. CNN’s Turner

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ahead. LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are capable of making intelligent, objective decisions. Expect to find yourself with a growing list of new friends who want your advice. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Now is not the time to begin a new project, Scorpio. Rather, keep a low profile and finish up any tasks that you did not get to finish last week. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, it’s difficult to get a good read on any associates or friends, which could impact your plans moving forward. You may need to make a few assumptions and back track later. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, right now all you can think about is your career and your financial future. That’s okay because you’ve been meaning to give more thought to your finances and how to proceed. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you may feel yourself pulled in two different directions this week. There’s a part of you that is focused on home, and another that knows work beckons. Find a balance. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 It may seem like getting others to open up is a struggle this week. Find a way to communicate as best you can, Pisces.

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Reader Recipe

Holiday Sauce Mix: 1 cup of dates (cut small), ½ pint jar of Marachino Cherries, ½ pint jar Green Figs (cut small) and syrup from the jars. Let stand overnight or for several hours Add: ¼ pound Toasted Almond Halves and a few grains of salt Boil for 5 minutes: ½ cup of Sugar and ½ cup of water. Add the fruit and Brandy or Rum to taste. Spoon over ice cream.... Yummy! Recipe submitted by Stacy Hustus from Farmingdale

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Business

Business

“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,...business 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 per-

sonal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect yourself 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.

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3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many 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 7843200 (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 recipi-

ent, 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 year-end gifts in motion well before year end. Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs. n

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MaineGeneral Medical Center Joins Maine DOL in Celebrating Apprenticeship

Commissioner Paquette at far left, also present are Chuck Hays, CEO, MaineGeneral Health at back, 3rd from right, Jennifer Riggs, Chief Nursing Officer at MaineGeneral, 2nd from left and Jennifer Boynton, Coordinator, Staffing & Resource Management at MaineGeneral at far right. In the middle are 16 nurses who received their certificates for completing the Front Line Leader apprenticeship program.

Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette presented certificates of apprenticeship to a dozen MaineGeneral Medical Center nurses today during a National Apprenticeship Week celebration. The first celebration of its kind

in Maine, Commissioner Paquette noted that MaineGeneral operates the first health care apprenticeship in the state. “Apprenticeship is an important tool for workforce development in Maine,” Paquette said. “People can enter a new

career and earn while they learn, with raises built in along the way. The apprenticeship model works for any industry where there is a mix of hands-on and classroom learning, and these graduates represent the future of this training model in Maine

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in industries beyond the trades. We congratulate MaineGeneral and their graduates on their achievement.” The ceremony at the Alfond Center for Health included hospital leadership, apprentices from various departments and their managers. MaineGeneral has three nurse apprenticeship programs: Critical Care Unit, Emergency Department and Front Line Leaders. The hospital has participated in apprenticeship programs for three years, having grown from a handful of nurses in the

first year to 70 this year. MaineGeneral CEO Chuck Hays said MaineGeneral’s participation in apprenticeship was a natural choice when faced with future workforce challenges. “We have to focus on growing our own workforce if we will succeed in meeting the challenges of the impending nursing shortage,” Hays said. “This program helps us prepare a highly qualified, experienced nursing staff to ensure the level of care we provide is the highest quality. It’s what

our community needs and deserves, and we want to provide them the best care now and into the future.” Apprentices receiving their certificates today talked about the value of the program to their professional growth. “I learned so much from my apprenticeship experience,” said Naomi Miller, a clinical administrator at the Alfond Center for Health. “I’m committed to everyday leadership and to set an example and inspire those around me.” n

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