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Viles Arboretum Announces Table Tour Event
The Viles Arboretum announces the 2016 date for its annual and popular Table Tour event. Mark your calendars for February 7th. Over three hundred participants gather on the Arboretum grounds for this fun winter time event. They snowshoe, ski and hike on groomed trails. The fun involves healthy outdoor activity, supporting the Arboretum, and perhaps best of all the food! Participants get to indulge in some of the best culinary delights available from restaurants and food providers
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Spruce Budworm Returns
Unless you are in your forties you probably have no recollection of Maine’s last spruce budworm infestation. The budworm, which can chew its way through acres and acres of coniferous forest and kill spruce and balsam fir, left its destructive mark on Maine’s softwood stands in the mid 1970s. I remember it well. By the early 1980s the spruce budworm had destroyed more than 20 percent of Maine’s fir forest. The budworm assault has been likened to a “slow-moving hurricane.” Timberland
owners had little choice: harvest the defoliated trees immediately or lose the economic value of huge tracts of forest. The result, of course, was expansive and controversial clear cuts the likes of which Maine had never seen. Clear cuts are not pleasing to the eye. Neither is the knowledge that miles of Maine forestlands that are home to fish and wildlife are being inundated with insecticides. It was a tense era, a clash between economics and environmentalism that led, eventually, to passage of the Forest Practices Act of 1989, which today regulates forestry practices in Maine. Unfortunately, according to experts, Maine is about to undergo another major spruce budworm infestation. The budworm moth can be tracked. It
is moving our way from Canada. Will it be a repeat of the 1970s with sprawling sections of fir trees rendered dead and brown by the voracious budworm? It’s hard to predict the extent of the impact, but we in Maine are expected to see the effects of the budworm within the next 2 to 4 years. Experts say that it is possi-
The Gawler Family with Jessie and Greg Boardman Will Perform at UMA Jewett Auditorium, Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2PM The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present “The Gawler Family with Jessie and Greg Boardman” on Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2PM at Jewett Hall Auditorium. (No snow date) These well-known musical families will join forces
to present a fun-filled concert of Downeast, Celtic, and Quebecois folk music filled with fabulous guitar and banjo picking, fiddling, singing, and their great love of music. Ellen and John Gawler and their daughters have delighted audiences here in Maine for many years. They will be joined by Jessie and Greg Boardman, founder of Maine Fiddle Camp, for a musical treat. This family folk festival will warm up your winter and lighten your hearts. Tickets are $10, students
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ble, through good preparation, to mitigate the damage, although I’ve yet to see any explanation of how this will be done. At this point, state and private interests are collaborating on a disaster preparedness plan to be unveiled this summer. Of course, Mother Nature marches to its own drummer, but Maine
needs a spruce budworm epidemic about as much as another recordbreaking winter. There is a ripple effect when large tracts of forest just perish. Birds and wildlife lose precious habitat. Trout streams lose protective canopies that keep flowing water cool. In rural Maine there are economic consequences that can be substantial. Then there is the issue of insecticides. In the 1970s, tons of insecticides were air-dropped across Maine’s fir forest by aircraft in an attempt to “mitigate” the march of the budworms. Notto-worry assurances were made to the public by state foresters and timberland owners, but it was a hard sell. One day in June of 1976, as I was casting a fly upon the waters of one of my favorite Aroostook County trout ponds, I saw and heard
the drone of a low-flying “delivery” aircraft a few miles to the north. Soon, the glassy surface of this pristine trout pond was disturbed by oily droplets that soon dissipated. It happened only once, but I never forgot the sight and the sick feeling in my stomach. Whether there, indeed, was any side-effects or lasting damage by the insecticide war against the budworm is a question never addressed insofar as I know. 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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Statues John McDonald
All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maineâ€™s two famous persons? I bet you canâ€™t. I wasnâ€™t sure, so I looked it up. Maineâ€™s two famous persons are William King, Maineâ€™s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincolnâ€™s vice president. But they might not be there long. Thatâ€™s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues â€“ the one of William King â€“ with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space..
Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take Kingâ€™s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. Kingâ€™s time is up. Itâ€™s not known if Kingâ€™s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it wonâ€™t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craigâ€™s List or eBay. Masonâ€™s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King wonâ€™t be offended by his possible eviction because heâ€™s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail. The free-spending leg-
islature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue â€” like it does â€” to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one â€” or both â€” of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if theyâ€™ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if
we could have a â€œMainer of the Weekâ€? on display in the hall. Then everyone would be satisfied that their favorite historic Maine figure is getting the recognition he or she deserves. If the other 50 states adopted the same plan Theyâ€™d have dozens of different statues coming and going every week. All that activity would sure make statuary hall a much more attractive destination. Hereâ€™s the list of favorites so far: â€˘Joshua Chamberlain â€˘Henry Wadsworth Longfellow â€˘Percival B. Baxter â€˘Winslow Homer â€˘Leon Leonwood Bean â€˘Molly Molasses â€˘Rachel Carson â€˘Margaret Chase Smith â€˘Frances Perkins â€˘Edna St. Vincent Millay If you have a favorite Mainer that you think
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New Yearâ€™s Cheers That Wonâ€™t Derail Your Weight Management Goals Jodi Cornelio
So youâ€™re on track with your New Yearâ€™s resolutions to manage your weight and itâ€™s been a long week and you just want to kick back and enjoy a cocktail with friends without blowing your diet. By making the right beverage choices you can. Letâ€™s look at some ingredients that can sneak up on you and derail your good nutrition intentions. Itâ€™s typically the mixers, syrups, juices and sodas that really get people into calorie trouble adding hundreds of unnecessary calories. Do you know that the average American gets 21% of their daily recommended calories from beverages according to a study performed by the U.S. Beverage Guidance Panel. They are not necessarily refer-
ring to alcohol. Alcohol accounts for a small portion of these calories at 96 calories per 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. Paying attention to what you mix your cocktail with is the secret. Here are the secrets at avoiding cocktail calories. â€˘Choose 100% pure or freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon or lime juice. 100% cranberry with no sugar added is a good choice. Tomato and V-8 juices are good choices as well, high in fiber and low in calories. â€˘Use club soda or seltzer water over tonics. Tonics have just as many calories and sugars as soda. There are many flavored seltzers that can add an extra jazz to your beverage. Find one you like and add a fresh lemon or lime squeeze for extra flavor. â€˘Stay clear of cream, liqueurs, grenadines or sweet vermouths. They can double the calories in a cocktail. If you like that rosy red cocktail
with the fancy glass that is typically laced with grenadine, try making your own. You can get the same look and a sweet taste with fewer calories by boiling down pomegranate juice and adding stevia to sweeten. â€˘Sip your cocktail and make it last. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help you pace yourself not to over drink. â€˘Pay attention to moderation. From a weight management stand point, your resolve can be really strong when you are sober, but after a few drinks, you may find yourself mindlessly overeating snack foods
or whatever is in the pantry. Chips, nuts and pretzels can add up to unwanted calories. â€˘Avoid any beverages loaded with syrups, sodas or sugars. These along with the alcohol can lower blood sugars making you feel hungry and bring on food cravings. â€˘Avoid drinks that have several shots in one glass. A Long Island ice tea has 7 alcohol ingredients and 700 calories. â€˘Avoid after dinner drinks as most are loaded with sugar and a des-
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Maine Arts Commission Announces 2016 Traditional Arts Apprenticeships
The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is proud to announce its 2015-16 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grantees. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeships are a core program for the Commission in sustaining and extending both old and new cultural traditions in Maine,” said Executive Director Julie Richard. “We are thrilled that our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts allows us to support these master artists and their apprentices as they develop relationships and further their traditional arts.” A panel review with members from around the country made competitive awards, in a process approved by the Commission, to four Traditional Arts Apprenticeship teams lead by masters Julia Plumb, Sarah Sockbeson, The Somali Bantu Community Association of Lewiston/Auburn and the CAFAM Chinese School. The Somali Bantu Community Association of Lewiston/Auburn will sponsor four apprenticeships. •Atiy Haji is a master Somali Bantu basket maker who makes Dambiilo, or market baskets; Masafs, flat baskets; and
The Maine Arts Commission, with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, has just announced its 2016 Traditional Arts Apprenticeships. These include Somali Bantu Master basketmaker Atiya Haji; Somali Bantu Master tailor Hassan Barjin, shown with apprentice Halima Mohamed making a traditional shirt; and Sarah Sockbeson, a Penobscot Master basketmaker. A complete list of the Maine Arts Commission’s 2016 grant awardees and locations, along with an interactive map, is at https:// mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/Grant-Recipients. sisal mats called Sali. This year, she will be teaching Malyun Negye and will continue her work with the Somali Bantu Women’s Basket weaving program in Lewiston. •Aden Hersi is an accomplished sharrara player and singer living in Lewiston. The sharrara is a triangularlyre instrument that resembles a guitar. The music plays an important role in Somali Bantu culture,especially at weddings, festivals and other special occasions.
Aden Hersi will be teaching AbdullahiSheikh. •Hassan Barjin will be teaching Halima Mohamed tailoring and embroidery. An accomplished tailor for manyyears at the Dedaab refugee camp in Kenya, Hassan Barjin has continued to make clothing and embroidery for the Somali Bantu community of Lewiston. •Muhidin Libah, who is the Director of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Lewiston/ Auburn, is also atumaal, a
small scale metal worker who fixes watches, makes tin cups and also makes needles for basket makers. He is now making handmade weaving needles for the basket weavers of Lewiston. His apprentice is Abdulahi Muse. Sarah Sockbeson, a master Penobscot basket maker, will be teaching her apprentice Hilary Browne the tradition of gathering, preparing, and weaving brown ash and sweet grass into traditional Wabanaki baskets. A basket maker
since 2003, Ms. Sockbeson has been making a living as a basket maker for over 11 years and has recently shown her work at the Portland Museum of Art’s Biennial Exhibition. The CAFAM Chinese School is sponsoring master Fan Luo to teach traditional Chinese folk dances to Mae LanRosenstein, Sylvie Ling Rosenstein and Lily Thompson. Growing up in China, Fan Luo began learning both folkdance and classical dance at the age of
10. Over ten years ago, she moved to the United States and began teaching Chinese dance at the CAFAM Chinese School in Portland. Julia Plumb, a master dance fiddler, will be teaching apprentice Willy Clemetson. Julia Plumb grew up with New England contra and dance music and is currently a teacher at the Maine Fiddle Camp. A long-standing New England tradition, contra dances and fiddling are experiencing resurgences in Maine, especially in the mid coast area,home of the Maine Fiddle Camp. The Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program is supported, in part, by the Commission’s Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Folk and Traditional Arts Program. A complete list of the Maine Arts Commission’s 2016 grant awardees and locations, along with an interactive map,is at https://mainearts. maine.gov/Pages/Grants/ Grant-Recipients. Additional information can be obtained by calling the agency and speaking to Kathleen Mundell, Special Programs Director, at 207.287-6746. n
The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Celebrates the Kenney Awards The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to present The Kenney Awards! The Kenney, named for the region we hail from, will be awarded annually to area businesses and professionals that are deserving of our attention and recognition. You are guaranteed to feel like a star from the moment you arrive and
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tics, P.A. Community Service 2016 NOMINEES: Healthy Communities of the Capital Area Joanne Joy, Karen Kearney MacGillivray, Kennebec Land Trust Theresa Kerchner Cynergy Young Professional 2016 NOMINEES: Nathan Cotnoir, Sara Bangs, Sarah Fuller This event, which will take place on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Augusta Civic Center, is the premier opportunity for the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce
to highlight and celebrate the success in our community. The fun begins with a social hour at 5:00 p.m. and continues with dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. The awards dinner will be followed by dancing to the Motown tunes of Pat Colwell and the Soul Sensations! Tickets and table reservations for this event go on sale December 1st— so mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this great event. n
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Senator Rod Whittemore Invites KVC Announces Area Students to Serve as Honorary New Program Pages in Maine State Senate Director Senator Rod Whittemore (R-Somerset) would like to invite local students to visit the State House to take part in the Senate’s honorary page program during the second session of the 127th Legislature, which convenes in January. As an honorary page, students take part in the legislative session by distributing documents and assisting legislators on the floor of the Senate. “During my time in the Legislature, I have enjoyed welcoming many young people to the State House, and look forward to doing so again this year,” said Senator Whittemore. “Getting an up close look at how our
government functions can help motivate students to become or stay involved in civic life.” Parents or teachers can call the Maine Senate Majority Office at 287-1505 to sign up a student or group of students. Please have the name, grade, hometown, and school name ready for each student. In addition, please also have in mind a few different dates that would work well. For January and February, the Senate will largely be in session only on Tuesdays and Thursdays with more days of the week added in March and April. n
Ross Cunningham, President & CEO of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, announced today that they have hired Katie Doherty as the new program director. She is responsible for all planning, coordinating, and implementing of the Chamber’s many programs. “We are excited to add another valuable asset to our team,” Cunningham remarks. “Katie brings a wealth of event planning and fundraising knowledge to the table.” Doherty’s goal is to enhance and grow each of the programs, including the Whatever Family Festival
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Woodpeckers at the Care Center Carleen Cote Among the woodpeckers of Maine are the hairy, downy, pileated and, two not usually thought of as woodpeckers, the yellow-shafted flicker and the yellow-bellied sap sucker. All species have resided at our Care Center. They are a joy to care for, very vociferous and quite the characters. Several years ago I received a call from a woman who excitedly told me she’d found a nest that had been blown from a tree by high winds. I instructed her to put the young birds in a strawberry box or basket and hang it in a tree, then watch to see if the female retured to care for them. Her response was, “Are you kidding? These birds will never Pileated woodpecker. fit in a basket!” That af- with song. Very soon, ternoon, her daughter they were feathered out delivered the birds to and ready to be moved me: three chubby, raucous flickers. I fed them to the aviary. I continued a specially-prepared diet, to hand-feed them, howand their twittering and ever, and added a concalling filled the house tainer of food to start the
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Williamsburg By Victor Block: As the pounding of the sheriff’s wooden staff calls the court to order, James Hubbard prepares to defend his client. He is an orphan’s guardian who stands accused of squandering his charge’s estate. Centering his neat wig and smoothing the frilly lace sleeves of his shirt, the attorney bows to the bench and begins to plead his case. This scene is repeated today in the same place where it occurred during the 1770s. That is when James Hubbard lived and practiced law in Williamsburg, at a time that the town served as the capital of the Virginia colony. The actor-impersonator who depicts this historical figure bases his interpretation upon facts that historians have been able to document. For example, he describes having returned to London to study law, and rather sheepishly admits that his wife occasionally agitates him. For those who love liv-
ing history, James Hubbard plays but a small part in a fascinating tableau that makes Colonial Williamsburg a perfect place to relive pages from the past. Reenactments, tours led by factually based characters and many other interpretive programs combine to involve visitors in the interest, information and fun. The meticulously restored 17th-to-19th century historic area provides the Colonial and Revolutionary War-era setting in which chapters from our nation’s early years are dramatically revived. For nearly a century, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg served as the capital of the Virginia Colony, a vast enclave which stretched west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. In its early heyday, the town of about 2,000 residents was the cultural, social and political center of the Colonial world. Before Thomas Jefferson relocated the Virginia capital
to Richmond in 1781, he and other patriots, including George Washington and Patrick Henry, frequented its shops, taverns and other establishments. After the Revolution, Williamsburg’s importance, and fortunes, declined. That continued until 1926, when John D. Rockefeller, Jr. launched a major effort to restore the setting to its former splendor. The surviving 88 Colonial structures were renovated to their 18th century appearance, and those that no longer stood were reconstructed on their original sites, based upon research and as much documentation as could be found. Today, more than 500 history-touched buildings – imposing public structures and modest houses, bustling taverns and shops where merchants ply their trade – line tree-shaded streets that echo the clip-clop of horsedrawn carriages. Gardens and “dependencies,” including free standing kitchens,
smoke houses and privies, add to the atmosphere and authenticity. Along with this historically accurate scene, it’s primarily people who bring historic Williamsburg to life. Character interpreters dressed in Colonial style clothing, many depicting real-life former residents of the town, converse with visitors in period grammar as they go about their daily tasks. Part of the fun is trying to convince the actors to drop the persona of the person they represent, which invariably fails. I attempted that while dining in Chowning’s Tavern, a reconstructed 18th-century alehouse. My good-natured effort to have Edmund Pendleton, who was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and a leader in Virginia’s move to independence, reveal his true self was unsuccessful. Fortunately, that was not completely true when I handed my waitress a credit card to charge the meal and she asked, “What’s this? We usually are paid in gold.” Not wishing to part with my single gold filling, I was relieved when she agreed to take “whatever this is to see if my master will accept it.” Chefs in several kitchens demonstrate the use of “receipts” (recipes) from 18th-century cookbooks to prepare authentic dishes on a hearth. Presentations of dance, singing and other activities recall aspects of the lives of the half of Colonial Williamsburg’s population who were black. Costumed artisans use 18th century tools to fashion items similar to those made by their Colonial predecessors. The bookbinder carefully hand-stitches cover boards for a new volume. A shoemaker fashions men’s boots “with good thread well twisted.”
George Washington Among other historic trades people are basket weavers, a cabinet maker and milliner. The results of their efforts are sold in stores along Duke of Gloucester Street. Leaving no stone unturned, figuratively as well as literally, archaeologists and historians transform research and construction projects into learning experiences for the public. For example, the courthouse where trials take place has been reconstructed as closely as possible to its original design, based upon clues to its former appearance found in early documents. Costumed carpenters used tools and techniques of Colonial times to restore the building, as visitors looked on. As a result, James Hubbard and other figures from
the past depict life as it once was in surroundings that would be familiar to the people whom they represent. One benefit of such attention to detail is an all-encompassing trip back through time for today’s visitors. They may enjoy a theatrical comedy and a traveling magic show reminiscent of entertainment in the 18th century. Among choices for shoppers are inkwells, silver coffee pots and other souvenirs and gifts hand-fashioned by craftsmen in ways of old. Those interested in legalities may observe Colonial justice in action, and perhaps even play a role in the court proceedings. It’s all part of the immersion in the past available at Colonial Williamsburg. For more information, call (844) 574-2733 or log onto colonialwilliamsburg.com.n
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Harlow Gallery Announces Spring 2016 Schedule After a successful and inspiring year of SECOND SUNDAY events, The Harlow Gallery is pleased to announce that the series of free community art-related events has workshops scheduled through June 2016 and plans to continue the series throughout 2016. Mark your calendars and look forward to a variety of activities on the second Sunday of every month from 2-4PM at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. These events are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative! These workshops are opportunities to both try something new and sharpen old skills - they are open to everyone; beginners and masters alike. SECOND SUNDAYS brings artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect
for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee organizes and hosts SECOND SUNDAYS, our monthly series of free community art-making events which is led by volunteer presenters and sponsored by Camden National Bank. Donations and sponsors to support gallery programs like Second Sundays are welcome. The Harlow Gallery is a 501(c)3, membershipbased nonprofit - your gift is fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law. If you have an idea for a future Second Sunday event, please email us at email@example.com. SECOND SUNDAY (January-June, 2016): Sunday, January 10, 2-4PM: Nature Journaling with Andrea Lani – Master Naturalist Spend an afternoon creating a family nature journal. In this workshop we will practice observing with all of our
senses, learn some simple drawing techniques, and write prose and poetry. Sunday, February 14, 2-4PM: Paper Jewelry with Claudia Brahms and Margo Ogden – Visual Artists Make a little something for your Valentine. Folded, cut, woven, and sewn decorated paper can be made into lightweight and unusual jewelry. Come and explore these techniques and create necklaces, bracelets, and earrings with us. Sunday, March 13, 2-4PM: Let’s “Take Your Dot For A Walk” with Helene Farrar - Art Educator Let’s learn about the Artist Paul Klee while we honor Youth Art Month! You and your child are invited to create some energetic paintings together in an inspiring and educational afternoon! Sunday, April 10, 2-4PM: Weaving Off The Loom with Jayson Hunt - Textile Artist Explore weaving with Jayson. Learn simple weaving structures and play with
color and texture as you craft a simple strap, belt or band. No loom needed. Sunday, May 15, 2-4PM: Inner Vision, A Meditative Drawing with Wendy Burton – Art Educator Leave logic behind in favor of your inner self. Starting with a simple mark you’ll begin your meditative journey through an intui-
tive non-objective drawing. Focusing on the flow of lines, shapes, space and, most importantly, value you’ll use your imagination as your guide. There is no external subject matter to draw. Feel rather than rationalize your way * Third Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day Sunday, June 12, 2-4PM: Sacred
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Prepare Yourself and Your Vehicle for Winter Driving Northern New England’s first significant snowstorm is expected to drop 6 or more inches on Tuesday. As this will be the first snow for many, AAA reminds motorists to be prepared. “We are urging travelers to be cautious about their safety and the safety of everyone sharing the roadways, says Pat Moody Manager of Public Affairs for AAA Northern New England. Last year, AAA came to the rescue of over 175,000 members in Northern New England during the winter months and in most cases the situation could have been avoided by being better prepared for the conditions and modifying driving behavior. “If you don’t have to venture out then avoid travel until after the roads have been treated. Motorists should allow extra time to get to their destination, increase their following distance and slow down. If it is not safe to travel and you don’t need to venture out, don’t drive. Wait until road conditions improve,”
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The Healthy Geezer In the last installment
By: Fred Cecitti of The Healthy Geezer, we focused upon triglycerides. This column is a companion piece about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatlike substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones. The body can make all the cholesterol it needs. Most cholesterol is made by your liver. You also get cholesterol from foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Too much cholesterol is dangerous, because cholesterol can lead to blockages in your
blood vessels. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream in packages called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cholesterol to the body. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. LDLs are often described as “bad” cholesterol; HDLs are called “good” cholesterol. If there are too many LDLs in the blood, they will combine with other material in your bloodstream to manufacture plaque, a waxy crud that builds up on the inner walls of the blood vessels that feed your brain and heart. When this build-up occurs, you have a condition called “atherosclerosis,” which is commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries.” If a clot forms in blood vessels narrowed by
plaque, it can block blood flow, which can cause a heart attack or a stroke. The recommended levels of cholesterol are as follows: Total cholesterol level should be less than 200 mg/dL. (“Mg/dL” stands for milligram per deciliter.) “Borderline high” is defined as between 200 and 239 mg/dL. You’re risking heart disease if your reading is 240 mg/ dL or more. LDL cholesterol level should be less than 130 mg/dL. “Borderline high” is between 130 and 159 mg/dL. There’s heart-disease risk if your
reading is 160 mg/dL or more. HDL cholesterol levels should be at 60 mg/dL or higher to cut the risk of heart disease. You’re at high risk for heart disease if you have a reading less than 40 mg/dL. If your total cholesterol level is high because of high LDLs, you may be at higher risk of heart disease or stroke. If your total level is high only because of a high HDLs, you’re probably not at higher risk. Some physicians use the ratio of total cholesterol to HDLs. The ratio is obtained by dividing
the HDLs into the total cholesterol. The goal is to keep the ratio below 5 to 1. (Interesting fact: Male sex hormones lower HDL levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL levels. Draw your own conclusions.) What can you do to control cholesterol? Diet Cholesterol is in all foods from animals, so reduce your intake of meat, eggs and dairy products. Cut back on fatty foods such as snacks, desserts and anything fried. Eat vegetables and fruit. Exercise Regular physical activity increases HDL cholesterol in some people. Weight loss can help lower your bad cholesterol. Smoking Smoking lowers HDL cholesterol levels and increases the tendency for blood to clot.
Alcohol People who consume moderate amounts of alcohol (one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. However, alcohol can be unhealthy. For example, a small about of alcohol can make a big increase in triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a fat in your blood that should be kept in check. Whether you should drink a moderate amount of alcohol is definitely a question you should ask your personal physician. Medicine Get your physician’s advice, too, about drugs to lower your cholesterol. If lifestyle changes don’t help you, you may need to take medicine to lower your cholesterol level. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ healthygeezer.com. n
22nd Annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest The twenty-second annual state-wide competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites students in grades K-12 to create designs featuring ducks, swans, or geese in their natural habitats. Designs are judged in four age categories, with awards for first, second, and third places and honorable mentions. Entries must be received by March 15th, 2016. This year the judging will take place in the greater Portland area. The Maine Best of Show entry will compete with contest winners from
other states in a national competition in Washington D.C. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools. Modeled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Federal Duck Stamp competition, the Junior Duck Stamp contest is part of an educational curriculum that teaches students about waterfowl, the impor-
tance of wetlands, and habitat conservation. Proceeds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps protect wetlands through land acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Contest rules and entry forms are currently available for download at the following web site: www. fws.gov/juniorduck/. For more information on the contest, call the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program at (207) 781-8364. Businesses or organizations who would like to sponsor this program are encouraged to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.n
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2016 Maine Pond Hockey Classic
The Maine Pond Hockey Classic organizers, like most Mainers, had a rough winter last year. The record snowfalls that fell across Maine and most of New England took its toll on the volunteers trying to clear snow from the ice in preparation for its 3rd annual tournament. After the ice became compromised by the weight of snow piles, tournament organizers were forced to cancel their event. “Last year was tough, there were a lot of people counting on us to put this event on, from players to volunteers to community partners.” mentioned Patrick Guerette, Tournament Director. “I personally felt like we let a lot of people down; after all, it’s hard to explain to everyone that you have to cancel a winter event because we basically had ‘too much winter,’ it just sounds ridiculous” Unshaken by the troubles encountered last year, Guerette is confident that this year’s event will be a great success, looking to
attract 60 or more teams. “We had planned many great improvements to the tournament, a new tournament site [Snow Pond Center for the Arts] with great amenities, beer garden, and off-ice activities. All of the groundwork has been laid for those improvements and we can hit the ground running this year.” Tournament organizers point out that the Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a great location for the tournament. “When you are hosting players from far away, you want to make sure you think of the entire player experience. This location provides a lot of amenities,” said Bert Languet, Volunteer Director of Event Operations, “we will have lots of parking, drive on access to the ice, and heated indoor space for players between games.” Since inception, the Maine Pond Hockey Classic players has hosted hundreds of hockey players from around the Northeast and even attracted players
from as far away as Washington DC and Arizona. The Maine Pond Hockey Classic aims to provide a festival like atmosphere for players and spectators. The tournament site will contain 6 or more rinks, beer garden, fire pits, food vendors and anything else tournament organizers can add to the mix. “We have plans for a few skills competitions for players between games like shooting and skating drills; we also have plans
for leisure games as well,” said Guerette. The Maine Pond Hockey Classic offers 7 divisions from players of different ages and ability levels; including, Open “A”, Open “B”, Women’s, COED, Recreational, 40+, and a “College” Division. Each division winner will receive a prize pack including complimentary entry to the following year’s tournament, Championship Sweatshirts, and a very unique trophy that
features the State of Maine cut out from old hockey sticks. “We like having a trophy that you won’t see anywhere else; besides, it really wouldn’t be a great representation of Maine if we didn’t take something old and discarded and turn it into something awesome,” said Guerette. The Maine Pond Hockey Classic is an annual fundraising tournament supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville.
This year’s tournament will be held on February 12th – 14th at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts on Snow Pond (Messalonskee Lake) in Sidney, Maine. Each team plays three pool play games for seeding followed by a single elimination tournament. Pond hockey is played 4 on 4 without goalies or on ice officials, and each team is allowed to have up to 7 players on their roster. More information can be found on the tournament website at www. mainepondhockey.org. The tournament can on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainepondhockey, or on twitter @ mainepondhockey. For those looking to get involved with the MPHC, there are several volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. If interested, please contact Patrick Guerette, Tournament Director, via email at email@example.com. n
Maine Prepares For Impending Outbreak of Spruce Budworm The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) today released its 2015 report on spruce budworm in Maine. Entomologists from the DACF’s Maine Forest Service note a steady rise in the numbers of insects caught in pheromone traps concentrated along the Canadian border. Quebec’s infestation now encompasses 15.6 million acres and has spread south onto the Gaspe Peninsula and toward Maine. The insect’s potential to become an outbreak over vast regions of commercially valuable sprucefir forests has scientists and public official deeply concerned. An infestation can spread rapidly via moths migrating to new ar-
eas. “The total economic impact of Maine’s forest industry is $8 billion with direct and indirect employment of 38,789 workers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Fighting destructive pests like the spruce budworm is important to help protect Maine jobs and our economy. It is important that Maine’s forest professionals identified the potential threat early on, are on top of recent developments and are preparing action steps to help minimize the damage from a future budworm outbreak.” Commissioner Walt Whitcomb stressed the DACF has been busy tracking the budworm by expanding the program used
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to determine its potential spread and impact. “Permanent pheromone traps have been run annually for the past twenty years,” said Whitcomb. “In light of the serious nature of the current potential threat to Maine forests, we significantly expanded our monitoring program last year. We are also working closely with stakeholders on a response plan to help minimize damage to our spruce-fir forests in the event of a major outbreak.” The report, Spruce Budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) in Maine 2015, can be accessed online at: http://www.maine. gov/dacf/mfs/forest_health/ documents/2015sbwreport.pdf Maine’s Response: Because the last spruce budworm outbreak during A Product of the 1970s-80s grew quick-
ly, killed millions of acres of spruce-fir stands, and cost the region’s economy many hundreds of millions of dollars, the Maine Spruce Budworm Task Force was formed in summer 2013 by the University of Maine’s Cooperative Forest Research Unit (CFRU), Maine Forest Service (MFS), and the Maine Forest Products Council (MFPC) to begin the process of preparing for the next outbreak of the eastern spruce budworm. Task teams including more than 65 experts on various aspects of the issue were assembled to address key aspects of the coming outbreak, including: wood supply & economic impacts; monitoring & protection; forest management; policy, regulatory and funding; wildlife habitat; public communications & outreach; and research priorities. Their pending report (which is in final drafting stages) includes an initial risk assessment of the coming spruce budworm
outbreak and provides key recommendations for how Maine’s forestry community can begin preparing for and responding to the coming outbreak. Spruce Budworm: The native spruce budworm has long been recognized as a regular component of Maine’s spruce-fir forests. Under normal (endemic) conditions populations of this insect are often so low as to be difficult to detect. Periodically, however, the budworm undergoes a population explosion (epidemic) and becomes so abundant that serious feeding damage occurs. Heavily infested stands appear reddish in July due to masses of dead, chewed needles clinging to the branches. Tree mortality may occur after several years of heavy feeding. For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine. gov/dacf n
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Call For Art Donations: Silent Auction 2016
Gallery Patrons at Harlow Gallery's Annual Silent Auction in 2014. Staff Photo by Allison McKeen.
2015 Annual Silent Auction at Harlow Gallery. Staff Photo by Allison McKeen.
Window Display at Harlow Gallery’s Annual Silent Auction in 2015. Staff Photo by Allison McKeen
The Harlow Gallery is seeking donations of artwork for their Annual Silent Auction in February. Donations are being accepted during open gallery hours from now until 6pm on Monday, February 1, 2016. The Harlow Gallery is located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell. Donations of art, framed or unframed, are most welcome and your gift may be tax deductible according to current tax law. Proceeds from this event sup-
place on January 15 and 16 and can delivered anytime before the 15th. Drop by anytime the gallery is open (Wed-Sat 12 – 6pm) or come to one of the two formal donation drop off dates, Sunday, January 31st from 12-4pm or Monday, February 1st from 2-6pm. Donors may contact Harlow Gallery staff to make an appointment to deliver donations at other times by calling 207-622-3813 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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port operating costs for the Harlow Gallery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit connecting art, artists and community since 1963. You don’t have to be an artist to donate! Make room for the new by donating something from your collection – vintage art, antique art, fine crafts, sculpture artifacts and curios all are gratefully accepted. Donations of art supplies are also welcome for an Art Supply Rummage Sale taking
The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auction will be open for viewing and bidding February 3-13, 2016 with bidding ending at 4pm sharp on Saturday, February 13th. As in years past, expect incredible deals on art by local artists. Bidders can expect an exciting and varied range of art; paintings, pastels, sculpture, prints, photographs, crafts by Maine artists and beyond, vintage and antique art, artifacts and curios and more.
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