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Gardiner FCU Carrying on Traditions at Their New Location In October, Gardiner Federal Credit Union moved into their new building located at 420 Brunswick Avenue. They celebrated their official ribbon cutting ceremony on November 4th, with community leaders, board members and some of their contractors. They then celebrated with an open house for their members that evening. The reaction from the community and from members has been overwhelmingly positive. The Credit Union has seen substantial growth over the years. A very positive development. As a result, they had outgrown the old building and needed more office space,

more storage space and a lot more parking. The new facility has all of these, along with an additional drive up lane, more efficient energy systems and a lot more visibility. The Credit Union brought the very best of their traditions along for the move. They recently presented two turkey baskets and over 250 pounds in donated food to an area food pantry and to families in need. Their Annual 50/50 Raffle, to benefit Ending Hunger, is going on now. (Ends Dec. 11) They continue to remain dedicated to the communities they serve and the members who support the Credit Union. n

Left to right: Board members Connie Greenleaf, Andrea Sparrow, Bob King and Joan Vining. Mayor Thom Harnett. GFCU President & CEO Vicki Larrabee, Operations Manager Tracie James, Board Chairperson Jeanne-Marie Frost. KV Chamber President Ross Cunningham. Representing our builders: Jim Durgin from TLA. Kevin Reilley and Jason Jendrasko from Benchmark.

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Hall Dale sophomore Tyler Nadeau did what he could to generate a comeback against a strong and taller Winthrop team. In the Bulldogs season opener (Dec. 4) Nadeau put in 10 points, while teammate, senior Nate Mills, added 9 in the loss to the Ramblers. The lady Bulldogs defeated the Ramblers in Winthrop 41-29 the same evening. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Spruce Budworm Returns

V. Paul Reynolds 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 possible, through good

preparation, to mitigate the damage, although I’ve yet to see any explanation of how this will be done. At this point, state and private interests are collaborating on a disaster preparedness plan to be unveiled this summer. Of course, Mother Nature marches to its own drummer, but Maine needs a spruce budworm epidemic about as much as

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

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

Garden to School Program Receives Maine Initiatives’ Grant Maine Initiatives’ Flannel Shirt Fund has generously provided a grant of $1,200 for soil amendments, compost and cover crop seeds to the Garden to School Program at Roberts Farm. Maine Initiatives, the Brunswick based network of individuals supporting greater social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine through informed, intentional, and collective philanthropy, uses the by-

line: ‘Water to the Roots, and Plenty of It’ – perfect for the Roberts Farm Garden- to -School project. The Roberts Farm gardens are at rest but hoop house activity –chickens and veggies-continues throughout the winter. The supplies and amendments supported by this grant will be procured and incorporated in the 2016 season. Roberts Farm Preserve is a project of the Western Foothills Land Trust. Pur-

chased in 2008, thanks to generous State funding via the Land For Maine’s Future (LMF) program, Roberts Farm Preserve supports active trails and programs year round; the Trust has partnered with SAD17 on the Garden-to-School program since 2011. The Trust and some Roberts Farm Garden to School participants will be participated in an LMF day at the statehouse in Augusta on January 6th.n

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 importance 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. 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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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 Maine’s two famous persons? I bet you can’t. I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up. Maine’s two famous persons are William King, Maine’s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s vice president. But they might not be there long. That’s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues – the one of William King – with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space..

Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take King’s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. King’s time is up. It’s not known if King’s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it won’t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craig’s List or eBay. Mason’s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King won’t be offended by his possible eviction because he’s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail. The free-spending leg-

islature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue — like it does — to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one — or both — of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if they’ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if

“A Musical Revue” and Dinner at MHS On Friday, January 22nd between 5:00 and 6:30, The Messalonskee High School Chamber Singers will be serving a delicious spaghetti dinner in the cafeteria at Messalonskee High School. This will be followed by a spectacular concert at 7:00 pm in the Performing Arts Center called the “Musical Revue”. The students will be singing selections from their favorite musicals accompanied by the incredible Mr. Gerry Wright! The students are raising funds to help defray the cost of their trip to New York City where they will be performing at Carnegie Hall on May

we could have a “Mainer of the Week” on display in the hall. Then everyone would be satisfied that their favorite historic Maine figure is getting the recognition he or she deserves. If the other 50 states adopted the same plan They’d have dozens of different statues coming and going every week. All that activity would sure make statuary hall a much more attractive destination. Here’s the list of favorites so far: •Joshua Chamberlain •Henry Wadsworth Longfellow •Percival B. Baxter •Winslow Homer •Leon Leonwood Bean •Molly Molasses •Rachel Carson •Margaret Chase Smith •Frances Perkins •Edna St. Vincent Millay If you have a favorite

Mainer that you think should be cast in bronze or carved in stone and placed on display in Statuary Hall, make sure you

let the arts commission know – Who knows where all this will lead? n

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28th. They will also be attending Broadway musicals, visiting museums, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The cost for this delightful dinner is $5.00. The show is also $5.00, but if

you attend both, the combined cost is only $8.00! (although donations will be gladly accepted!) Come join us for some pampering, delicious food, fun, and great music!n

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The Healthy Geezer In the last installment of The Healthy Geezer, we focused upon triglycerides. This column is a companion piece about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatlike substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones. The body can make all the cholesterol it needs. Most cholesterol is made by your liver. You also get cholesterol from foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Too much cholesterol is dangerous, because cholesterol can lead to blockages in your blood vessels. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream in packages called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cholesterol to the body. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) re-

move 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

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KVCAP Offers Parent Enrichment Classes Active Parenting Now Do you ever wonder if there is a better way to handle some of those daily parenting challenges? Learn how with this six-session video and discussion program for parents and care providers of children ages 5-12. This program is designed to help raise responsible children by using effective discipline techniques and encouragement skills. Classes will be held on Mondays from 5:30-7:30pm beginning February 22 at the Messalonskee High School in Oakland. Community Nurturing Parenting This is a free 10-week program tailored to meet the needs and learning styles of anyone parenting

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New Year’s Cheers That Won’t Derail Your Weight Management Goals ed calories from beverages according to a study performed by the U.S. Beverage Guidance Panel. They are not necessarily referring 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. •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. •Use club soda or seltzer water over tonics. Tonics have just as many calories and sugars as soda. There are many flavored seltzers

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

that can add an extra jazz to your beverage. Find one you like and add a fresh lemon or lime squeeze for extra flavor. •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. •Sip your cocktail and make it last. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help you pace yourself not to over drink. •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. •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. •Avoid drinks that have several shots in one glass. A Long Island ice tea has 7 alcohol ingredients and 700 calories. •Avoid after dinner drinks as most are loaded with sugar and a dessert wine has approximately 40 calories more than a simple table wine. Save a little of your before dinner drinks to end the meal if you really enjoy something after dinner. •Wine coolers and fancy flavored bottled drinks like

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UMF Faculty Member to be Featured Speaker at International Biosciences Conference in Nepal Chris Brinegar, adjunct associate professor in the University of Maine at Farmington Division of Natural Sciences, has been invited to be the keynote speaker for the Biodiversity & Natural Products session of the International Conference on Biosciences and Biotechnology held in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb. 4-6. Brinegar’s research specialty is plant phylogeography, the study of

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the geographic distribution of genetic lineages in plant populations. The genetic data resulting from this research can shed light on plant species evolution, assess biodiversity and help identify populations in need of conservation. His talk will summarize his genetics research on Cinchona officinalis that he conducted during a recent Fulbright fellowship in Ecuador. Tree species

in the genus Cinchona are a rich source of quinine, an anti-malarial drug, and were among the first plants in the New World to suffer from overexploitation after Spanish colonization. Brinegar’s lecture will also describe how genetic studies can guide conservation approaches for threatened and endangered plant species which produce commercially important natural products.

Brinegar has taught ecology, environmental science and biochemistry at UMF since 2006. He has twice been named a Fulbright Scholar to pursue his teaching and research: in the Biotechnology Department at Kathmandu University in Nepal in 2008 and at the Technical University of Loja in the Andes Mountains of southern Ecuador in 2014. He received his B.S. in

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Woodpeckers at the Care Center Carleen Cote Among the woodpeckers of Maine are the hairy, downy, pileated and, two not usually thought of as woodpeckers, the yellow-shafted flicker and the yellow-bellied sap sucker. All species have resided at our Care Center. They are a joy to care for, very vociferous and quite the characters. Several years ago I received a call from a woman who excitedly told me she’d found a nest that had been blown from a tree by high winds. I instructed her to put the young birds in a strawberry box or basket and hang it in a tree, then watch to see if the female retured to care for them. Her response was, “Are you kidding? These birds will never fit in a basket!” That afternoon, her daughter delivered the birds to me: three chubby, raucous flickers. I fed them

a specially-prepared diet, and their twittering and calling filled the house with song. Very soon, they were feathered out and ready to be moved to the aviary. I continued to hand-feed them, however, and added a container of food to start the weaning process. They were subsequently joined by a young robin that screamed for food whenever it spied me out in the yard. The flickers would join in the screaming, reminding me that they, too, were ready to be fed! In no time, the young birds were weaned and ready for release. On release day, one of the flickers flew away, never to return. The robin and remaining two flickers stayed in the area, returning several times a day screaming for refills on a plate I’d set out. One of the flickers would fly to me as soon as I stepped out of the door, as if to urge me to hurry a little faster with the food. Soon, their visits became less frequent and eventually stopped.

Pileated woodpecker.

Once we received two pileated woodpeckers. These rescues were deemed necessary as cats were reported prowling around their nest which was 60 feet up in a tree. The birds were a delight to work with. Their diet, feeding schedule and weaning were the same as those of the flickers and, after their release, they also remained at the center, flying around

and screaming to be fed. The male left earlier; the female remained longer and continued to beg for food. She then began searching for her own worms, her pecking resonating throughout the neighborhood. However, her targets were not hollow, rotting trees, instead, they were the roofs

of the house and garage, the tops of the gates, power poles and even our heads! She would fly into the garage and up to the attic, where she destroyed the window screens. She had become so destructive that, reluctantly, we knew we had to move her to a more wooded area. We caught

her and placed her near friends, who promised to watch out for her and provide food to supplement her search for worms. However, the bird had no intention of relinquishing her association with humans. She continued to beg for food and search for worms – in a picnic table! At last, her visits diminished, but her rata-tat-tat continued to be heard as she searched for worms – in the forest! Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a non-profit facility, supported entirely by the Cotes’ own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989n


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Harlow Gallery Greets 2016 with Janet Favor’s “A Year of Mindfulness”

The Harlow Gallery is starting off 2016 with “A Year of Mindfulness: 1 Picture, 1 Poem, Every Day For a Year”, a solo exhibit of the work of Janet Favor of Gardiner, Maine. In 2015 Favor embarked on a year-long journey of diligently capturing her surroundings through photography and poetry. The public is invited to participate in that journey on display January 20-30, 2016 at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 22, 2016

5-8 p.m. with an Artist Talk 7-8 p.m. Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Artist Janet Favor explains her motivation for this body of work, “While walking my dog in December 2014 I formulated in my mind the outline of this project: each day for a year I would walk in mindfulness, take a photograph and write a haiku about it. My motivation was 3 fold: •To stay in the present moment while walking, noticing nature,

the light, and all that is around me. • To carry my camera and find interesting things to photograph no matter the weather or my mood. •To write an informal haiku with the 5-7-5 format about my feelings. The magnitude of the project was a little scary but I was determined that it would stretch me in many ways. These three areas of my life: poetry, photography and the Buddha’s teachings are the foundation of my creativity and spirituality.”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 deduct-

gratefully accepted. Donations of art supplies are also welcome for an Art Supply Rummage Sale taking place on January 15 and 16 and can delivered anytime before the 15th. Drop by anytime the gallery is open (WedSat 12 – 6pm) or come to one of the two formal donation drop off dates,

tion 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, photo-

ible according to current tax law. Proceeds from this event support 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

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 The Harlow Gallery’s annual Silent Art Auc-

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Gardiner Area Middle School’s Toys for Tots Production

The Gardiner Regional Middle School play “Toys for Tots” was presented at the Little Theater at Gardiner Area High School from December 3-5. Mrs. Raye Desoto was the director, with the assistance of many of the high school students. Over 3 dozen middle school students participated and did an outstanding job. Included in this picture is Sergeant Foley of the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Toys for Tots - Maine will be a recipient of proceeds from the play

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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. The tournament can on Facebook at, 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 n

Spirit for Lisa Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser Thursday, January 21, 2015, 4:00–7:00 p.m. at The Androscoggin Bank Colisée Baxter Brew Lounge. Please Join us for a Spaghetti Benefit Supper | $7 donation. There will be a silent auction and/or raffles. For further information call 783.2009 x 208. Skating Coach Lisa Simmons of the L/A Fighting Spirit organization has always given to others and now she needs help. In early November Lisa was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After performing a diagnostic biopsy in which they removed 85% of the tumor, it was confirmed that it is an aggressive form of cancer and that Lisa will need radiation

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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 pub-

lic. 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 artmaking 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, membership-based 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 SECOND SUNDAY (January-June, 2016): 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 intuitive 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 ex-

ternal subject matter to draw. Feel rather than rationalize your way * Third Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day Sunday, June 12, 2-4PM: Sacred Dance with Maryam Mermey. Expressive Arts Therapist Participants are invited to learn songs and dances from different faith traditions. Inspired by colored, silk scarves we are also going to choreograph our own Sacred Dance. All ages and abilities are welcome! n

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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 living 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

George Washington 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

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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


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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

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“receipts” (recipes) from 18th-century cookbooks to prepare authentic dishes on a hearth. Presentations of dance, singing and other activities recall aspects of the lives of the half of Colonial Williamsburg’s population who were black. Costumed artisans use 18th century tools to fashion items similar to those made by their Colonial predecessors. The bookbinder carefully hand-stitches cover boards for a new volume. A shoemaker fashions men’s boots “with good thread well twisted.” Among other historic trades people are basket weavers, a cabinet maker and milliner. The results of their efforts are sold in stores along Duke of Gloucester Street. Leaving no stone unturned, figuratively as well as literally, archaeologists and historians transform research and construction projects into learning experiences for the public. For example, the courthouse where trials take place has been reconstructed as closely as possible to its original design, based upon

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