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Addie, Aleah and Ava Abbott of Winthrop sitting among the pumpkins at Lakeside Orchards during the ManchesterApple Fest last Saturday. Their pumpkin hats had been purchased at last year’s festival. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel).

Nicolas Elliott of Randolph, Maine, reaches for a low-hanging apple at Lakeside Orchards. The three year-old was attending the Manchester Apple Fest with his mother and grandmother. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel).

The Manchester Apple Festival was attended by hundreds of people from all over Kennebec County and beyond. The September 26 event was held at Lakeside Orchards and Farm Market and sponsored by Kennebec

Lakeside Orchard is teeming with visitors to for the many attractions. It seemed at one point there were almost as many cars parked on the orchard’s grounds as there were apple trees. The weather was extremely fall-

Savings Bank, Manchester Lions Club, New England Sports & Spine, Scott’s Recreation, B & S Paving, J & S Oil, Fielder’s Choice, Longfellows Greenhouses, National Filter Media, Worthing’s Waste Systems,

FABCO and Hope Baptist Church. The event, which has grown in popularity over the years, begins the day with road race through the orchard and ends with a bean supper. In between

Gardiner Co-op News Starting October 1st, you may notice a bit of a change in the Co-op store. We are pleased to announce this is the first day for our Interim General Manager, Shawn Menard! Former General Manager Eric Dyer has accepted another position in municipal government and he passed

on the reigns to Shawn as of September 30th. We are fortunate to have had the time and expertise of Eric during this incredible period in the history of the Coop. We thank Eric for all of his service and dedication to this organization, we wish him the best, and we know that he will still be

involved with the Co-op as a resource and a memberowner. You will likely recognize Shawn Menard, as he is stepping up from his position as Produce Manager to Interim General Manager. Shawn comes to the Gardiner Food Co-op from the Concord (New Hampshire) Food Co-op where he also worked as Produce Manager, supervising five staff and a Produce Department

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Historian to Lead Cemetery Walking Tour

Hallowell, Maine —On Saturday, October 17th at 1pm. Hallowell's Cultural Committee is hosting a walking tour of the Hallowell Cemetery guided by city Historian Sam Webber. Stroll through the cemetery and visit the graves of influential Hallowell men and women from days gone by, hearing tales of their lives and contributions to the Hallowell community and beyond. Meet at the

fountain at the center of the cemetery. Rain date is Sunday, October 18th at 1pm. The cemetery tour is free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support future projects of the Hallowell Cultural Committee. The Hallowell Cultural Committee is a consortium of citizens and organizations including Gaslight Theater, Hallowell Board of Trade, Harlow Gallery, Hubbard Free Library and Vaughan

Homestead Foundation. IF YOU GO: Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 1 pm, (rain date Sunday, October 18 at 1pm), Hallowell Cemetery, Water Street, Hallowell. Free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support projects of the Hallowell Cultural Committee. For more information, Deb Fahy at the Harlow Gallery, 622-3813, kvaa@harlowgallery. org.n

Hallowell City Historian Sam Webber will lead a walking tour of the Hallowell Cemetery at 1pm on Saturday, October 17th.

Second Annual Larping (Live Action Role-Playing) Event Robotics Team is hosting its second annual Live Action Role-Playing (LARP) event starting at 10am on Sunday, October 11, at Hall-Dale High School at 97 Maple Street in Farmingdale, Maine. The event is a fundraiser for REM Delta Prime Robotics Team #4473. Participants in the mock sword fighting sessions must be ages 12 or up. $5 entry fee. Duct tape swords can be rented, purchased or make your own (additional fees apply.n The Black Knight (Nate Stahlnecker) stands over his “victim” (Barry Nitzel) after a duel at last year’s LARPing event.

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Artists Speak Out on Domestic Violence Exhibition on view: October 2-24, 2015. Opening reception: Friday, October 2, 5-8pm. Where: Harlow Gallery, 160 Water Street, Hallowell, ME 04347. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12-6pm. Contact: Deborah Fahy, Executive Director of the Harlow Gallery, 207-622-2813,, or Melody Fitch, Director of the Family Violence Project, 207-623-8637, n

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Local Auto Group Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Dealership Construction A local auto group recently joined with community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new dealership construction. Team members with Darling’s Augusta, located at 439 Western Avenue in Augusta, were joined by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, other local business owners, and representatives of Jewett Construction on October 2nd for an official ground-breaking for their new construction.

The new 32,587-square foot construction will be an upgrade of existing facilities, and an update to the existing dealership which was damaged during a fire in May 2014. Anticipated upgrades include an inside service drive-through write-up area, redesigned customer waiting area with complimentary Wi-Fi and snack/beverage bar, special children’s play area near the customer lounge, and a large multi-function room and

kitchen. “We’re excited to be able to update our facilities, but most looking forward to the new multi-function room, which we will be made available to local nonprofit groups looking for a meeting place. There are so many groups doing great things in our area, we wanted to make sure that we looked for a way to give back with our upgraded building,” said Kevin Tesseo, Vice President of Opera-

tions for Darling’s Auto Group. In addition to the upgraded facilities that will improve the customer experience, a number of technological advances will increase energyefficiency and reduce waste, including a heating system specially designed to re-use waste oil from vehicles, LED high-efficiency lights on the lot, a low water usage automatic car wash system. n

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Union Laws Apply to Non-Union Workplaces:

Non-solicitation and non-distribution policies even where there is no union Submitted by Rebecca Webber No union? Your business still needs to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Act. The issue getting a lot of attention is facebook messages and what can be done about them when employees slam their bosses or employer’s business but there are other issues too, and those apply to nonunionized workplaces as well as places with unions. The Supreme Court has long held that the right of employees to communicate with one another regarding self-organization at the job site is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Section 7 is the part of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that gives employees the right to self-organization. This part of the NLRA applies to non-unionized workplaces as well as places with unions. Section 8 is the portion of the NLRA that makes it illegal to interfere with the rights set out in Section 7 and describes what are called “unfair labor practices.” Prohibiting union solicitation but allowing other types of solicitation would be called an unfair labor practice. The right to communicate set out in Section 7 encompasses the right to distribute union literature. The Court has affirmed this right in a variety of settings. See, e.g., Beth Israel Hosp. v. NLRB, 437 U.S. 483, 507 (1978) (holding that a hospital violates Section 8(a)(1) by preventing an employee from distributing union materials “during nonworking time

in nonworking areas, where the facility has not justified the prohibition as necessary to avoid disruption of health-care operations or disturbance of the patients”). Limits on distribution policies apply to email as well. An employer may not single out union-related messages for harsher treatment, whether explicitly in its policy or by enforcing a policy only against union communications. For example, if an employer allows employees to send personal messages using company email, it must allow them to send unionrelated email messages. Similarly, an employer that allows employees to solicit coworkers on behalf of various organizations may not prohibit messages soliciting on behalf of a union. Limits imposed with a union in mind will need to be evaluated in terms of all the non-union solicitation and distribution that often takes place in any workplace. For example, as one court noted, the employer, a hospital, “had permitted use of the cafeteria for other types of solicitation, including fund drives, which, if not to be equated with union solicitation in terms of potential for generating controversy, at least indicates that the hospital regarded the cafeteria as sufficiently commodious to admit solicitation and distribution without disruption.” Beth Israel Hosp. v. N.L.R.B., 437 U.S. at 502-03. The Court did acknowledge that union activity was recognized as possibly generating behavior that was “undesir-

able in the hospital's cafeteria,” but held that there were “less restrictive means of regulating organizational activity” that were more focused on the precise harm to be avoided. In other words, if the concern is noise, limit noise, but not all union gatherings; if the concern is crowding, limit meetings to less crowded times rather than impose a blanket prohibition. In another case, the employer allowed a wide variety of solicitations – without discipline – including solicitations at work stations for Girl Scout cookies, ‘beach balm’ suntan lotion, March of Dimes, United Way, Secretary’s Day, and Boss’ Day, and ‘going away’ parties, birthday parties, and other social occasions. In addition, conversation was not limited to just work but included a wide range of subjects unrelated to work, with no resultant counseling. In contrast, an employee soliciting on behalf of a union was disciplined for both discussing and soliciting the signing of a union card. That employer was found in violation of the NLRA. Guidelines: 1. Don’t wait and update/ revise/review policies until after union activity has already begun. 2. Decide what the harms are that the policy is intended to prevent: disruption of customer service? Customers seeing disturbing information? Noise? Crowding? Distraction during working times as opposed to breaks or off duty periods? Don’t suddenly have a concern about noise, though, for ex-


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ample, just at the same time someone first posts a piece of union literature on a bulletin board. 3. Draft a policy that is focused on doing just what is necessary to accomplish those goals and address the identified concerns. 4. Don’t have a policy that allows unlimited exceptions so long as approved by someone in management. 5. Don’t have a policy that forbids union activity, or that is used to discipline an employee for union activity, when other solicitation activity is allowed. 6. Don’t have an access policy that forbids solicitation and distribution in areas where non-union solicitations and distributions have taken place in the past. 7. Do have a policy that limits access solely with re-

spect to the interior of the facility and other working areas; “mixed use” areas or areas that have been used for solicitation in non-union activities cannot be limited in terms of the content of the use by employees and discussion allowed. 8. Do disseminate the policy to all employees, not just the ones engaging in activities associated with unions. 9. Do have a policy that applies to off-duty employees seeking access to the facility for any purpose (or base the limits on criteria like location and whether interfering with customer service). You can have exceptions that allow access by employees in their capacity not as employees but as customers/patients/visitors themselves with that

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four-season resort‚ yet people we’ve met and talked to, people who live here year-round chuckle, at the idea. Who’s right? Is Maine a four-season resort or isn’t it?” Thanks for the e-mail Peter. I think I’ve seen some of those brochures that boast of our mythical four seasons‚ but after living year-round in Maine for as long as I have I only wonder where these people

Matthew Little to Speak at First Baptist Church The First Baptist Church of W. Gardiner is pleased to host an afternoon presentation by Matthew Little, President of New Brunswick Bible Institute. The program will run from 1-5 pm, with refreshment breaks on Saturday, Nov. 7. Matt will also be preaching

at Sunday Service, 10:45 am on Nov. 8. NBBI prepares men and women for a life in ministry and evangelism, whether here or in foreign places. We invite you to join us for an uplifting and lively presentation followed by a Fellowship Spaghetti Supper. How do

we spell fellowship at our church? F – O – O – D !! Come and hear an inspiring program and enjoy our fellowship and hospitality after the talk. Our church is located at 658 Hallowell Litchfield Rd. in W. Gardiner. We look forward to seeing you. n

the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada there was a killing frost and bad snow storms in all twelve months. Trying to explain the abnormal weather some quacks‚ of the time - yes, they had quacks back then, too - tried to blame the cold weather on poor Ben Franklin and his slick new invention, the lightening rod, that was being installed on top of barns and houses all over the place. As these quacks saw it, lightening was made up of intense heat, Ben’s new invention was interfering with the life of lightening, therefore Ben and Ben alone was most likely responsible for all the heat being lost. Later, when we learned a little more about this crazy planet, it was thought that the cold weather - more than likely - was caused by a number of large volcanic eruptions that occurred on the other side of the world in 1814-1815 in places like the Philippines and Indonesia. I know it’s a long-

winded answer to a simple question, Peter, but sometimes there’s no way around it. In a related e-mail, Will from Newport writes: “John, we’ve just retired to Maine and will be spending our first fall here. What do people around here do in the fall?” Thanks for the e-mail, Will. Most new arrivals like you spend a lot of time in early fall wondering things like: What ever happened to summer? Once you’ve more or less dealt with that question you can get down to doing what you probably should have been doing in the first place: Wondering if you’ve done everything necessary to get ready for winter, which is bearing down on our state like a runaway freight train. Hope you have a nice fall and are all ready when the first snow arrives, which will most likely be sooner than we think. n


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“John, We’ve been staying a few weeks in a nice cottage on the grounds of a resort on the coast. While here we first want you to know how much we enjoyed reading your column in the weekly newspaper. After reading a few of your pieces we thought you’d probably be able to answer a question for us. Several tourist brochures we’ve seen boast that Maine is a

learned to count. Here in the USA we have freedom of speech and that freedom even extends to our tourist promotion people. You can say - for tourist promotion purposes - that Maine has four seasons. But in fairness you should quickly mention that it is possible to get snowed on in at least three maybe even four of thoe seasons. Then, of course, there’s “mud season,” for which no use has yet to be found. I can hear some of you now: “John, are you serious? Snow in four out of four seasons?” Listen, here in Maine many of us haven’t trusted the weather ever since the infamous winter of 1816, a year still known in these parts as “The year without a summer.” “Are you serious, John, 1816? It’s time to give it a rest - 1816 was over 185 years ago!” I hear some of you saying. Yes it was a while ago, but some of us still enjoy talking about it Here in Maine we learn in history about the year 1816 and how here in


The flow of e-mails over the transom here at Storyteller Central has slowed a bit now that our summer visitors‚ (sometimes known affectionately in town as “summer complaints) have packed up and gone home. But people from away are still sending e-mails to me, hoping get answers to one question or another. For example Peter from Virginia e-mailed:

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Lisbon Harvest Festival Announced

Children can have the opportunity to come show off their non-scary costume at the Lisbon Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 3-5:30 pm at the MTM Center (18 School Street) in Lisbon Falls. Free activities include a family pumpkin carving contest with cash prizes, a pie eating contest for kids and adults, and a creepy, crawly display by the Butterfly and Insect Museum. “The Lisbon Harvest Festival is a great way

to support the non-profit groups in the community, while also offering lots of activities for families to come out and enjoy,” said Lynette Carver of Crosman Funeral Home, one of the sponsors of the event. In addition, the festival also offers children’s activities such as a bounce house, cake walk, spider toss, pumpkin bowling and many other activities run by Lisbon non-profits. Food and drinks will also be served, including warm

gingerbread cake made by the Lisbon Falls United Methodist Church. This annual event is organized by Positive Change Lisbon and if you would like more information, you can contact positivechangelisbon@gmail. com . Positive Change Lisbon is an organization of business owners, citizens, and government officials who work together to make Lisbon a more attractive place to live, recreate and to conduct business. n

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Gardiner Main Street Presents Oktoberfest

Ride in the pig, and roll out the barrel – it’s Swine and Stein time! On October 10th, 2015, Water Street in Historic Gardiner will be transformed as Gardiner Main Street produces its eccentric version of a traditional Oktoberfest. Our 6th annual event includes an oompah band as well as scrumptious pork, and other creative culinary dishes, a wide selection of Maine craft beers, and entertainment from some of Maine’s best musicians. The festivities begin at 11:30am and run through 6:30pm. A number of popular restaurants and street vendors from across the state will be teaming up to serve an array of pork-driven dishes, including succulent pulled pork and sausages of all sorts. Get your pig on bread, plate, or stick, but make sure you get some because this event can satisfy everyone’s taste buds. In addition to beer, pork, and music, experience a number of unique activities, in-

cluding a rubber chicken fling, frozen T-shirt race, and the 4th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. The annual beard and moustache competition will return for its second year with various categories, including a faux beard making contest for kids. This family-friendly event offers pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and other children’s activities. Expect entertainment for all ages, music of all types while re-acquainting yourself with businesses

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throughout our historic Downtown, several of which are offering promotions and contests during the event. This is a great opportunity to take in some of the best that Maine culture has to offer. Ready to take your beer knowledge to the next level? Join “Beer U” at Swine and Stein Oktoberfest. The “Beer Geeks” from Craft Beer Cellar will guide you through the finer points of your delicious malt beverage. Your $50 “VIP” ticket includes unlimited tastings

throughout the day of a dozen Maine craft beers on tap in the main beer tent, and also entitles you to admission to “Beer U”, where you will find specialty and small batch brews, and expert guidance by our Cicerones, passionate beer experts who will help you navigate some of the finest beers around. Make your beer expertise catch up with your taste buds. After a day of sampling these brews with the folks from Craft Beer Cellar, you will be well on your way to becoming a “Beer Geek” yourself! Also new this year, festival goers will have the opportunity to learn about the art and craft of butchery. Leon Emery of Emery’s Meat and Produce will demonstrate how to turn a half pig into all of your favorite cuts. Come with your questions for this interactive discussion, and explore new cuts of pork, how they might be best prepared, and where exactly they come from. This event is a perfect celebration as we em-

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Kennebec Valley Chamber Hosts Former Senator George Mitchell

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly Business Insider Breakfast on September 16, 2015 featuring speaker George Mitchell. The Former Senate Majority Leader spoke in reference to his new memoir The Negotiator to a crowd of some 140 people over breakfast. Mr. Mitchell opened his presentation with witty remarks about his years as a speaker, and remaining humble no matter what accolades are presented ahead of you. He reminisced on his humble beginnings as a child of immigrants in Waterville and how he climbed to his current position. He pondered on the demise of the American Dream, one that he is a product of, believing it is withering away as middle class jobs and opportunities for our young deteriorate in

the age of technology. He then explained the Iranian nuclear deal in great detail, emphasizing that no “perfect” deal can result at a negotiation – each side must give up a little to come to a resolution. When asked to make comment on the current divide in the congress, Mr. Mitchell brought to light the distrust of the American people in their elected officials. He feels that a redraw of district lines and transparency in funding will be instrumental in unifying the congress. Mr. Mitchell closed his talk with a brief conversation about humanitarian efforts abroad. The current crisis of hundreds of thousands dead in Syria was mentioned and compared to a variety of other crises in the world, including the millions of people dead in the Congo. He proposed that we, on

a national level, need to decide how to appropriate our national security funds and troops to humanitarian efforts abroad. While covering a variety of deep political issues, George Mitchell was inspiring and witty. After the breakfast there was a book signing for his new book, The Negotiator. George Mitchell posed for many pictures, including one with his youngest fan in attendance, ten-year-old Joe Bowman. Make sure to join the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce for their monthly Business Insider Breakfasts and slate of other events. The next breakfast will occur on October 7, 2015 at 7:30a.m. at The Senator Inn featuring speaker Mike Mitchell from Crisis & Counseling. n

Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell spoke at the recent Business Insider Breakfast hosted by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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"Curves has supported cancer causes for the past 15 years because we want to do our part to help find a cure for this disease," said Jessica Clark, manager at Curves in Gardiner. "Most of our members of our Curves Community have been directly affected by breast cancer, and we want to inspire local women to help make a difference while also focusing on their own health. Exercise is one of

the ways to keep cancer away." For the month of October, members who pay $30 to join Curves of Gardiner will get access to the famed workouts at Curves which include a full body 30-minute workout featuring strength training, cardio and stretching for every fitness level, as well as Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels and our new Specialty Classes. Also new is Curves Dance and Tone, which is a full body workout that incorporates a variety of dance moves for all fitness levels.

Curves in Gardiner will also be hosting Women in Wellness events on October 19th at 9 am and 5:30pm. "We will have information on wellness, yummy apple pie shake samples, free classes for anyone that would like to try it and valuable information about cutting carbs, reducing stress and taking care of you!" Please call to let them know you will be attending-or just stop by. "Did you know that just $30 can help support a cancer patient get three rides to and from their life saving treatment or a wig for a woman who

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Hall-Dale High School Robotics Team’s Alliance Places Second

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Alliance partners REM Delta Prime Robotics from Hall-Dale High School and Riot Crew from South Portland pose after placing second at Mainely Spirit.

Hall-Dale High School’s REM Delta Prime Robotics Team worked with two other teams, The Anomaly from Sanford, andRiot Crew from South Portland, to place second at the local off-season event at Messalonskee High School inOakland, Maine on September 19th. Delta Prime is a member of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), an international high school robotics competitionthat gives students real-world engi-

neering experience. Teams are challenged to work together, building and programming arobot while handling finances, public relations, community service and the promotion of STEM (science, technology,engineering and mathematics). The students work with professional mentors to design something fun andgain real-world experience in engineering, business, programming, public relations and many other skills. Mainely Spirit is a FIRST event

hosted by the Messalonskee robotics team, Infinite Loop. 21 teams from across NewEngland competed in an environment of gracious professionalism and “coopertition”, principles that FIRSTexemplifies. FIRST robotics teams demonstrate mutual support and kindness and help even those with whom theyare competing. For more information about Mainely Spirit, visit Infinite Loop’s website here: n

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Grouse Days

V. Paul Reynolds Ahhh, October. Frosty mornings and flaming foliage. Grouse days are upon us. In Maine, next to whitetail deer, there is no other game species that draws as much attention in autumn from hunters, residents and nonresidents alike. Deservedly. Can you think of any other game bird that so challenges a gun dog and a shooter? The bird man himself, John James Audubon, held the grouse-asgame-bird in reverence: “Sometimes, when these birds are found on the side of a steep hill, the moment they start, they dive towards the foot of the declivity, take a turn, and fly off in a direction so different from the one expected, that unless the sportsman is aware of the trick, he may not see them again that day.” There can be no doubt, either, that our fondness for this fall game bird has something to do with its sweet flesh. They eat

well.There is only one way to prepare and cook grouse, no matter what you hear or read in cook books. Cut up the breast in strips a half inch thick. Lightly sautee them in an iron skillet with butter and garnish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Don’t overcook. Sportsmen have been known to parboil a partridge breast in a bean pot or smother the overcooked breast with a creamy sherry sauce. This is a sacrilege, a culinary crime of the first order. Drown a woodcock breast in the bean pot if you must, but grouse richly deserve the respect reflected in the cooking adage that less is more. There is an additional reason why the grouse is the hallowed game bird, why the hunt for ruffed grouse has been the subject of so much attention over the years from sporting artists and legendary outdoor writers. It is the time of year, October, when fall foliage is a feast for the eyes and the air is clear and cool in popple swamps and alder swales. Then there is, for many of us, the main reason to be there picking our way through the thornapples, alder tangles and wire birches, the gun dog: the

Setters, the Pointers, the Britts and the German Short Hairs. It is a rare upland bird hunter who doesn’t nurture and treasure a special relationship with his gun dog. Legendary grouse writer Corey Ford captures man’s romance with his gun dog in “The Road to Tinkhamtown. The old man in the story spends his final hours reliving his days in the grouse covers with his beloved Shad. “...Shad was standing motionless. The white fan of his tail was lifted a little and his backline was level, the neck craned forward, one foreleg cocked. His flanks were trembling with the nearness of the grouse, and a thin skein of drool hung from his jowels. The dog did not move as he approached, but the brown eyes rolled back until their whites showed, looking for him. “Steady boy,” he called. His throat was tight , the way it always got when Shad was on point, and he had to swallow hard. “Steady, I’m coming.” This time of year, especially this time of year, memories of my “Shad” - a soft-haired English Setter named Sally of Seboeis - take up residence in my daydreams. She was far from a “finished”

Sally of Seboeis as a pup with me at camp, circa 2000. gun dog, but she wanted to please and took to the hunt with enthusiasm and energy. As a youngster she launched her gundog career at a wonderful pheasant preserve in New Brunswick and, later, the cornfields of South Dakota. Regrettably now, we didn’t hunt her as much as she deserved, but there were some wonderful days in Maine woodcock and grouse covers. Grouse days are always good, but never quite the same when your favorite gun dog can’t be with you.

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Genealogy Tourism Becoming Increasingly Popular

A couple from Los Angeles on an Ancestral Footsteps tour explores the woods in France where the wife’s grandfather fought the Germans during World War II.

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Planning a visit to Poland, where his ancestors had lived, Bernard Janicki went online and tracked down the parish priest in the village where his mother had been born. When he arrived, the pastor helped him find church records that traced his grandfather’s lineage to 1819, and the maternal side of his family back to 1751. Thus he became one of an increasing number of people who have made genealogy tourism – combining travel with research to trace their family roots -- one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry. The wealth of information available online is a good place to begin a trip down memory lane. A few strokes on a computer keyboard can unearth census records, ship passenger lists, immigration documents and a treasure trove of other data. The National Archives contains a mother lode of information. The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the world’s largest depository, with records from over 100 countries., which claims the title of world’s largest online resource for family history information, includes billions of historical records on its websites.

But no amount of knowledge can compete with the thrill of making personal contact with relatives you might not have known exist, or visiting places where your forebears lived and your family roots were planted. Tour companies offer both organized group trips and individual visits to states and countries where birth, marriage, death and other sources of information await discovery. There even are genealogy cruises for people who prefer to combine a learning experience with the opportunity to take to the high seas. Family Tree Tours takes small groups of travelers to Germany, Poland and Ireland. The company obtains research information from tour members in advance, which is forwarded to researchers on the scene who make contacts and arrange meetings in each family’s village. For more information log onto Several firms arrange visits to Salt Lake City, where participants have access to the voluminous records available at the Family History Center. When not poring over records or seated before a computer, roots researchers spend free time enjoying extra-curricular activities like attending a re-

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seek family history information before they leave home. Those seeking the ultimate in a personalized tour may find what they’re looking for at A researcher accompanies clients throughout their journey to places where their ancestors lived, attended school, worked and worshipped. Its luxury offerings might even include travel by private jet and a chauffeur-driven car. Roots researchers who prefer to combine the pleasures of a cruise with their family exploration also can find inviting alternatives. For example, Legacy Family Tree cruises combine daily genealogy classes taught by experts in the field with itineraries that range from the Caribbean and Panama Canal to Alaska and Australia. When not getting valuable information and assistance relating to their family history hunt, passengers can enjoy the usual cruise ship amenities and activities,

plus some surprises like an ice skating rink, miniature golf and classes in wine tasting, jewelry making and other pursuits. For more information, log onto People who sign up with Cruise Everything for a genealogy voyage get to help plan the subjects that experts in the field will discuss. Passengers receive a questionnaire several months in advance that allows the speakers to cover the topics of greatest interest. Their presentations include information about using the Internet for research, photography and sources of helpful records. Participants also may arrange a private appointment with a presenter to get personal assistance. The January 16-23, 2016 cruise will visit several Ca-

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Gardiner Tigers Over Leavitt

The Gardiner High School boys team beat Leavitt for the second time this soccer season with a great offensive show. These photos from that October 2 game in Turner show Freshman Casey Bourque #11, and senior Peter Del Gallo #6. The lopsided score for the Tigers put their season at 5 wins, 4 losses with four matches to go: MCI, Morse Lincoln and Erskine. (Photos by Bill Van Tassel)

Elmina B. Sewall Foundation Healthy People Healthy Places Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, the local Healthy Maine Partnership that serves southern Kennebec County, on behalf of the Maine Farm to School Network, received a Healthy People Healthy Places grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation to develop Maine’s growing Farm to Institution movement. The

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Business Expo Coming to Augusta Civic Center

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Business EXPO at the Augusta Civic Center on October 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. This year the event will be held in the main auditorium and will showcase exhibits from over 100 area business and organizations. Admission is $5 at the door or free with your business card. "We have greatly expanded this event in order to meet the demands of our growing region," said Ross Cunningham, chamber President & CEO. "This is a great opportunity for business professionals and the general public to come out and learn about what our region has to offer." "Exhibitors in this year's show have been gearing up for months - preparing their Halloween themed booths and finding creative ways to highlight their latest products and services," Cunningham added. "The

EXPO is the premier occasion for highly-concentrated networking. Exhibitors and attendees both have a lot to gain in new customers, new service providers, new product information, and new connections!" Attendees will have the opportunity to enter to win a variety of prizes, totaling over $5,000, and will have the opportunity to take advantage of promotional offers and product samples from the exhibitors. The grand prize of $1000 cash, sponsored by Ganneston Construction Corp, will be drawn at the end of the show. The free reception from 5:00 -7:00 pm will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available throughout the entirety of the show. The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to express their thanks to Major Sponsors Kennebec Savings Bank, FairPoint Communications, Electricity Maine and The University of Maine at


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Nutrition Advice for Those With Lyme Disease Jodi Cornelio

Lyme disease – Proper Nutrition Can Help You Feel Better We have all heard the horror story of Lyme disease and hopefully we are all taking preventative precautions to avoid ticks. If you have had an unfortunate run in with a tick and have be affected by this disease there are specific nutritional precautions that you can take to help you feel better and protect and enhance your immune system. Simply put, Lyme disease is a bacterium that impacts your immune system, if caught early enough it can be destroyed with antibiotics and proper

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College Night at GAHS

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with the antibiotic making it less effective so you may choose to stay on the safe side and take an acidophilus supplement or a pro-biotic supplement that contains 10 – 25 billion CFU s. Alcohol – A drink a day or one glass of wine may be good for the heart and I hate to be the barer of bad news but the fact is alcohol is converted to sugar in the body and it simply not good at building the immune system in this case. Do’s Now that I have taken all the fun out of foods, what can you eat? The answer is. You can eat whole foods in their natural state. Prepare your own food as much as possible. Fresh or frozen vegetables, all meats and good fats like olive oil. Examples of foods to eat are; beans, seeds and nuts in their natural, unprocessed form, fresh eggs, fresh red

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The Kennebec Current October 2015

Upcoming Events at Johnson Hall

The following events have been announced at Johnson Hall, 280 Water St., Gardiner. Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection: Saturday, October 17, 2015 7:30pm For an amazing 23 years now (she was 6 when she started), Maine fiddler/vocalist Erica Brown has been entertaining audiences here in Maine and around New England with her considerable talents. Her talent for combining the precision of classical music with the spontaneity of country and bluegrass fiddle makes for a exciting and energetic performance every time she plays. Theater at Monmouth: Henry V: Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 7:30pm By William Shakespeare, Adapted and directed by Bill Van Horn. A young king makes a rash decision to go to war. Against overwhelming odds, Henry V leads his country to victory, conquering France and winning its princess. But there’s a terrible cost in human life and ruthless acts of moral ambiguity. In this propulsive, provocative production, Shakespeare’s rousing history culminates Henry’s complicated three-play

journey from disaffected prince to legendary king. Hanover House and Tickle-Film: Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 7:30pm Returning from his father’s funeral, Robert Foster is faced with the unimaginable; he hits a young girl with his car. In a desperate attempt to save her life, he seeks help at a

nearby farmhouse. Little does Robert know that the house has been waiting for him his entire life. Once inside it’s walls, Robert must overcome his own personal demons in an attempt to save both his wife, and himself. But there’s a problem, only one may leave The Hanover House alive. Don Campbell- An Evening of Dan Fogelburg Mu-

sic: Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 7:30pm Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Dan Fogelberg was a multiplatinum selling artist, with hits such as “Leader of the Band”, “Longer”, “Same Old Lang Syne” and a large and diverse catalog of over 20 albums. He passed away in 2007. On November 13,

2012, Don Campbell released a double CD, Kites To Fly: Celebrating the Music of Dan Fogelberg and in January, 2013 began presenting live performances of this music around the U.S. Campbell received an Independent Music Award Nomination for the album an was officially endorsed in April of 2014 by the Fogelberg Association.


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The Secret Circus: Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30pm Secret Circus agents Honeymoon and Butterfly are saving the planet one show at a time with their high-energy, action-packed comedy. (You will remember them from the 150th kick-off event last September) Maya & Brent McCoy are Agents Butterfly & Honeymoon. They have performed Her Majesty’s Secret Circus Show, an action-packed spy-fi comedy show, since 2009. They have performed at festivals, fairs & colleges all over the United States, Canada, and Europe. The Leftover Turkey Variety Show: Friday, November 27, 2015 - 7:30pm, Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 7:30pm A tradition started by Benny & Denise Reehl, this hilarious post Thanksgiving variety show showcases the many talents of Maine’s physical, verbal and musical comics. Featuring Michael Trautman (aka King Pong), Joel Eckhaus (aka Ukulele Eck), Mike Miclon and many more. For tickets or more information, visit or call 582-7144. n

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“Creating Gardiner” At Johnson Hall

Johnson Hall will be showing “Creating Gardiner,” a documentary produced by local filmmaker, Lee Arnott of Sweet Thunder Productions. The film will be shown Friday, October 9th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for children and may be purchased in advance through Johnson Hall’s website at or by calling the box office from noon to 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Local filmmaker, Lee Arnott of Sweet Thunder Productions, is excited to

present her documentary entitled “Creating Gardiner” on Friday, October 9th at 7 pm at Johnson Hall in downtown Gardiner. This 80-minute film explores a diverse array of creative talents. Interviews with members of the community and performances in creative spaces are interspersed with features focusing on eight different artists in Gardiner to give the public a snapshot of the local creative community that is constantly evolving and expanding.n

Boating Tips from

Clark By Rob Brown, owner of Clark Marine What's the old saying in Maine? If you don't like the weather wait 10 minutes it will change" So it goes this time of year too. We can have a beautiful 65 degree day followed by a 25 degree night. If you own a boat with a stern drive engine this could be a costly turn in tempera-


ture for you. Until you have your boat properly winterized keep an eye on overnight temps. If you see where the temps are going to dip a little low an ounce of prevention is to put a drop cord with a light bulb attached (and turned on) inside the engine compartment. The slight amount of heat from the bulb will

offer some protection on a very temporary basis. Keep in mind however that this is a band aid fix and not the cure. Be sure to make arrangements with your favorite boat service department for a full winterization service before it turns off to consistent cold. n

The Kennebec Current Page 16 October 2015

Cynergy Kicks Off Annual Events

Cynergy, the young professionals division of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, kicked off their 2015-2016 Calendar of Events on September 10th with a networking social at Johnson Hall in Gardiner, Maine. “As a group, we were really happy with the turnout at this event,” commented Nate Cotnoir, Cynergy

The air will be crisp, the apple cider hot, and the pumpkins abundant. Hallowell, the smallest city with the biggest heart, will be reviving PUMPKINFEST, a seasonally inspired celebration. Most events will be held outdoors at Granite City Park, from October 24th through October 31st, Halloween night. Join in the Scarecrow Contest! Forms are available at Boynton's Market, 153 Water Street. Scarecrows up by Oct. 19 will be judged for First and Second prizes. Very creative categories this year! On Saturday, Oct 24, the weeklong celebration begins with a Somthin’ Pumpkin Baking Contest, Fiddling by Seth Pillsbury, a Jack-o-Lantern Lighting Ceremony, and ends with an outdoor movie at Granite City Park (north side of

Co-Chair, “There were a lot of new faces, which is our goal as we begin our new membership initiatives this year. Cynergy is growing, and we’re glad to be able to provide opportunities for the young professionals and leaders of tomorrow to network, develop and grow.” Cynergy is a group of Capital area young people

town, down by the riverside). On Oct 31st, there will be a Kids’ Costume Contest at Scrummy Afters from 3-6 pm. Kids are encouraged to Trick or Treat at downtown merchants from 4-6 pm. All ages can join in the Halloween Parade at 6 pm, starting at the Hallowell Boat Landing, south end of Water Street. Fun for the whole family!! At the Bonfire after the parade, Japanese drummers from Hall-Dale High School will entertain the crowd by the beautiful Kennebec River. Hallowell has 11 ven-

(ages 21 - 40), connecting to encourage professional development, networking and community growth. Being a part of Cynergy gives members an opportunity to use their talents, skills, enthusiasm and high energy to further their own growth and career interests while seeking ways to support community needs. Cynergy brings young

people together who work or live in the capital area who want to connect with each other and play a role in the future success of this area. Ross Cunningham, President & CEO Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, commented, “The Chamber is proud to support this energetic group of regional young

ues in town to sit and relax. Most will be offering pumpkin/Halloween specials. There are several takeout options for those who want to eat outside and watch the river run. Come into town, browse, eat, and enjoy the scenery. Our motto is Relaxing by Day and Rockin by Night! The Hallowell Area Board of Trade has assembled a creative and motivated team that has planned a fun-packed itinerary! There will be family pumpkin carving, festive fiddling, a Somthin' Pumpkin baking contest, a scarecrow contest, an atmospheric nighttime

viewing of “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” a Gaslight Theater production of “Spooky Stories,” a kids’ costume contest, trick-or-treating,a Halloween parade ending at a bonfire, and a town-wide pub crawl for the grown-ups. Harlow Gallery will be hosting Halloween-inspired exhibits and events from Oct. 29-31. PUMPKINFEST will surely appeal to all age groups. So, dig out your scratchy wool sweaters, dust off your recipe books, mark Oct 24th-31st on your calendars, and think HALLOWELL PUMPKINFEST! Check out or our Facebook page (Hallowell PumpkinFest).n

professionals. They have a fantastic slate of events lined up for the year and we look forward to their continued growth and success.” Cynergy’s next event, a professional development opportunity, will be held on October 22nd. The group is hosting a CEP a panel of CEOs from the community who will be available to answer

questions and speak about their success. A special thank you to Maine State Credit Union and O’Connor AutoPark for sponsoring this year’s line-up of events. For more information, visit Cynergy is a division of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. n



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