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Picking Pockets John McDonald
While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the topic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are up-to these days. According to the figures I found, our criminals have been busy as beavers. In the report I read, under the heading “larceny,” for example, were listed all the different ways a theft can be committed – ways you and I wouldn’t necessarily think of, unless we’re in the habit of thinking lawbreaking thoughts. There was shoplifting, theft of bicycles, theft of motor vehicles, theft of items from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and accessories and theft from build-
ings. There was even a separate category for thefts from vending machines. The figures – if they are to be believed - have good news for vending machine owners. In the last few years, thefts from Maine vending machines plummeted by almost 5 percent. We can only conclude that either vending machines are getting smarter or vending machine crooks are getting dumber. There was no mention of thefts committed by vending machines themselves, a crime which I have been the victim of recently. To me the most surprising statistic in the whole pile was the one showing that pickpocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals operating in tollbooths in York and Hampton, N.H.
Those are perfectly legal pickpocket operations and are fully authorized to pick any pockets that happen by. The statistic refers to those engaged in the unauthorized picking of pockets; those individuals who bump into you in a crowd at the Blue Hill, Cumberland, Fryeburg or Oxford fairs and lift the wallet right out of your pocket without
you being the wiser. I don’t mean to single out those fine fairs. Fact is, the picking of pockets can take place at almost any other fair in Maine even the Washington County Fair – if it were still in existence. After reading the pickpocket statistics I checked for my wallet and was glad to learn that it was still where it was supposed to be.
I don’t know about you, but I always thought pickpockets worked in big cities that were teeming with gullible easy marks who were just waiting to have their pocket picked by some welltrained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a person might go to learn how to pick pockets. I know where you go to learn how to
lobster or how to drag for fish and scallops or how to harvest wood and build boats, but where does someone go in Maine to learn the ancient art of pocket picking? My first impulse is to blame the whole pickpocket business on people from away. Why not? We blame them for just about everything else. Hard as it is to believe we may have within our borders a homegrown pick pocket class with its own homegrown pickpocket culture. But don’t look at me; I’m just writing about them. And if you think this column was just a distraction so I could move in and pick your pocket, you’re wrong. Go ahead; check for your wallet. If it’s missing – like I said – don’t look at me. n
The KVCC 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 step onto our very own red carpet—from the ‘paparazzi’ snapping pictures of your grand entrance into the awards ceremony to the custom designed Kenney award—this will be the formal affair of the season. The Kenneys will recognize six awards this year; Lifetime Achievement, Large Business of
the Year, Small Business of the Year, President’s Choice, Community Service and the Cynergy Young Professional. New this year, the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Large Business of the Year, and Large business of the year will be announced prior to the ceremony and the remaining awards will be chosen from 3 nominees during the show. The winners and nominees of The 2016 Kenney Awards are as follows: Lifetime Achievement 2016 WINNER: Peter G. Thompson Large Business of the Year 2016 WINNER: C.B. Mattson Small Business of the Year 2016 WINNER:
Rocky’s Stove Shoppe President’s Choice 2016 NOMINEES: ACOPI, Augusta Country Club, Augusta Orthodontics, 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 commu-
Healthy Food Fund Grant Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, the local Healthy Maine Partnership that serves southern Kennebec County, received a Healthy Food Fund grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation to develop gleaning and food processing initiatives. “Our goal for the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund is to make fresh, lo-
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Scam Alert Bulletin Board If you’re an avid user of your fireplace during the winter then it’s important to have your chimney swept before the cold weather truly sets in. However, it’s important to make sure the company you’re using isn’t a fake. Scammers may call or send you
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“BYOD” “SOS”! Submitted by Rebecca Webber In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in employer policies allowing their employees to bring their own cell phones (or other devices) to work. Coupled with that, there has been a surge of press on employers’ ability to monitor and remotely wipe their employees’ personal cell phones once the employment relationship ends. As more employees bring their own devices to work, employers have largely unfettered access to any given employee’s photos, files, contacts, etc. According to a July 2013 survey by the data protection firm Acronis, Inc., 21 percent of companies perform “remote wipes” when an employee resigns or is terminated. Despite the growing use of cell phone wiping technology, the practice remains in “legal limbo.” At present, there are no federal or state statutes that specifically govern employee cell phone policies (often referred to as “bring your own device” (“BYOD”) policies). To date, the only reported case specifically regarding employer wiping of an employee’s personal cell phone comes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In that case, Saman Rajaee used his personal smartphone (an iPhone 4) to conduct his business in the home construction industry for
over 12 years. Rajaee’s iPhone was connected to his employer’s Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing him to remotely access email, contacts, and a work calendar provided by Defendants. In February 2013, Rajaee gave his employer his two-week notice, and the employer immediately terminated him. A few days later, Rajaee’s phone was remotely wiped by the employer’s IT department – deleting both personal data and work-related data. Rajaee subsequently sued his former employer, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and the Texas Theft Liability Act, alleging that the employer’s actions caused him to lose “more than 600 business contacts collected during the course of his career, family contacts, family photos,...business records, irreplaceable business and personal photos and videos, and numerous passwords.” Rajaee’s claims ultimately failed, as the Court found that neither the ECPA nor the CFAA applied to Rajaee’s personal data on his iPhone. While this case is relatively anti-climactic, it nonetheless highlights employer vulnerability to litigation when it remotely wipes an employee’s personal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect your-
self if you choose to implement a cell phone wiping policy. 1. Get It In Writing: In the above case, Rajaee claimed that he had never read or signed a cell phone wiping policy. When it comes to “BYOD” cell phone policies, an employer should inform its employees of the rule(s), and have them sign a copy of the policy. If the employee does not agree to abide by the cell phone wiping policy, they can choose to not have work email, contacts or other information on their personal device. 2. Be Specific – No Surprises: The cell phone wiping policy should state the following: By connecting the device to the company network or using it for company business, the user expressly agrees that he or she authorizes, and permits, the company to access the device and securely remove its data at any time the company deems necessary, either during the relationship, or after. If the employee does not make the device available within a certain reasonable period of time after demand, the company is authorized to remotely wipe the entire device and restore it to its factory settings in order to ensure that its data was securely removed from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many
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companies have begun to employ improved IT systems which surgically remove only employer data from an employee’s cell phone. Although this software is likely more costly, it may prevent employers from the cost of litigation in the long run. 4. Encourage Healthy Backup Use: Encourage employees (perhaps in the text of the policy) to back up their personal information (photos, contacts, songs) to their personal computer or to iCloud once a week in case the employer needs to remotely wipe data for security or other reasons. As this area of the law rapidly evolves, employers must stay ahead of the curve of employee privacy, while maintaining the security of their clients and other employees. This article is not legal advice but should be considered general guidance in the area of employment law. Jordan Payne is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. The firm has been in operation since 1853.
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In 2015, the federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million. With little planning, a married couple can pass up to $10.86 million worth of assets to heirs, so no estate tax will go to the IRS. Those numbers will increase in the future with inflation. With such a large exemption, you may think that estate tax planning is unnecessary. However, nearly half of all states have an estate tax (paid by the decedent’s estate) or an inheritance tax (paid by the heirs) or both. The tax rate goes up to 16% in many states, or even higher in some. What’s more, state estate tax exemptions tend to be lower than the federal exemption; in some states, there is virtually no exemption for certain estates. Therefore, you may find year-end estate tax planning to be worthwhile, even if you don’t anticipate having an estate over $5 million or $10 million. Employing the exclusion In terms of year-end planning, anyone with estate tax planning concerns (federal or state) should consider year-end gifts that use the annual gift tax exclusion, which is $14,000 in 2015. That is, you can give up to $14,000 worth of assets to any number of recipients, with no tax consequences. You don’t even have to file a gift tax return. Married couples can
give up to $28,000 per recipient, from a joint account, or $14,000 apiece from individual holdings. Larger gifts probably won’t be taxed because of a generous lifetime gift tax exemption, but you’ll be required to file a gift tax return and there could be future tax consequences. Example: Walt and Vera Thomas have two children. In 2015, Walt can give $14,000 worth of assets to their son Rick and $14,000 to their daughter Ava. Vera can do the same, moving a total of $56,000 from their taxable estate. Similar gifts might be made to parents you’re helping to support. As explained previously in this issue, giving appreciated stocks and stock funds to loved ones may be an effective way to reduce exposure to any market retreat. Whatever your purpose, keep in mind that there is no spillover from one year to the next. If you miss making $14,000 annual exclusion gifts in 2015, you can’t double up with a $28,000 exclusion gift in 2016. Moreover, make sure that gifts are completed—checks must be cashed—by December 31. Therefore, you should put your plans for yearend gifts in motion well before year end. Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs. n
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The Mulie Story
V. Paul Reynolds In the small Northwestern Colorado town of Maybell, the morning came on with low-lying dark clouds, rain and fog. For cow elk hunters, including Diane and myself, the nasty weather was a welcome respite from a week of too much sun and too much heat, even up high in the magnificent Danforth Hills. After a short drive we parked the truck and began the tough, hard-breathing ascent to a high, juniperstrewn plateau. The plan, once in place, was to glass the ravines and draws for an unsuspecting cow elk working its way up toward the bedding areas among the scrub oak clusters and timberlines even higher up. Dropping Diane off in a nice spot with lots of visibility in spite of the mist and fog, I worked my way up through the sage and junipers looking for a place worthy of a morning vigil. There was ample sign. Fresh elk and mulie
deer tracks were evident, along with plenty of droppings, some old but some with that telltale sheen that quickens any hunter’s pulse rate. Soon, through the shifting mist and juniper groves, an expansive buff-colored meadow of tall sweetgrass showed itself. The meadow was festooned with dead juniper trees. In some ways it reminded me of a Maine bog, and it spoke to me of elk country in every way. I settled in along the meadow’s edge, mesmerized by the shifting clouds of mist and the feeling that this would be the place where an elk tag could be filled, not tomorrow, but today! This was no place for daydreaming or nodding off. Although I could see for maybe 300 yards to the edge of the mist, the light was flat and there were dark bunches of sage among the tall grass and dead junipers. You had to look carefully and often. During my second scan, movement was detected. Moving ghostlike from right to left was a large critter at about 180 yards. A cow elk? Laying the Ruger One .270 atop the shooting stick, the slow-moving critter came into view in the scope. Then it stopped and munched at a shrub. Crosshairs aligned. Safety off. I could see antlers, a
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a bull elk and an untold number of mulies, of both persuasions. The mulie deer story in Colorado is an interesting one. There are three different rifle seasons for elk. Mulie tags are only issued during the second and third elk seasons. So a first rifle season elk hunter, no matter how fat his wallet, cannot legally take a mulie. Those of us who have
hunted elk in Colorado, usually first rifle season, just never bothered with mulies. We are having second thoughts. Honestly, and I have a witness, we must have seen three or four hundred mulies in a week. With or without a tag, seeing so many deer makes for an exciting week. Puzzling to me, however, is that Colorado wildlife officials continue
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to express concern about “dwindling mulie numbers.” You couldn’t prove it by my experience. In Northwest Colorado mule deer are everywhere, almost as plentiful as sage rabbits. Officials say that Colorado has between 400,000 and 600,000 mule deer. (Compare that to Maine’s estimated whitetail population: 200,000!) Lou, a bewhiskered Californian and diehard mulie deer hunter we met at the campground, told me that he has hunted both mulies and elk, and much prefers mulies, to eat and to hunt. Maybe Lou has the right idea. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ sportingjournal.com . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.”n
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Tough Scout Camporee a Success
Nearly 300 Scouts and volunteer leaders - some from as far away as Jackman, Winslow, Gardiner and Jefferson to as close as Strong, Jay, Temple and Skowhegan - attended the "Tough Scout" camporee held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington on the weekend of Octo-
ber 16-18. Despite some snow and temperatures below freezing, the scouts camped out in tents on a nearby air field runway. Activities included mountain biking, orienteering course, obstacle course, an evening "glow" hike, slingshot, shelter building, gi-
ant airplane competition, and knots among others. After two cold nights in their tents, the Scouts were eager for the hot breakfast Sunday morning at the ski area's lodge. One of the highlights of the weekend was the awarding of the District Award of Merit to Kevin
Scouts from Sidney fall in for opening ceremony Saturday morning after a cold night in their tents.
Gurney. Kevin is a leader in Boy Scout Troop 546 in Temple and has been active in Kennebec Valley District for several years. In fact, Kevin's troop helped organize and run the Tough Scout camporee. The District Award of Merit is the highest award a local Boy Scout district
can bestow upon an outstanding volunteer. Making this more significant, his wife Kate Gurney also received the District Award of Merit this year and it was presented at previous event. The Gurneys live in Industry. District Chairman Rick Denico said, "The Gur-
neys have a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for the program and it comes through in all that they do. They are hard-working Scouters who truly love to see the program flourish. Congratulations to both of them and thanks for a wonderful camporee." n
Kate and Kevin Gurney of Temple Troop 546 after Kevin received the District Award of Merit.
The air field that served as home base for the 300 Scouts and leaders at the camporee. Scouts get ready for the start of the Mountain biking program.
Curves Welcomes New Owners Curves of Gardiner would like to welcome new owners, Dr Kelly Lemelin and Michael Lemelin. Dr. Kelly is a Chiropractor, and has a practice in Hallowell. She has been closely associated with Curves and previous owners/managers, Mary Jose and Jessica Jose Clark. Mary and Jessica would like
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Harlow Gallery’s Annual Holiday Members’ Art Show & Sale Returns
The Harlow Gallery‘s annual Members’ HolidayArt Show & Sale will open with a public reception/holiday party on Friday, December, 18 from 5-8pm . This holiday tradition dates back to the founding of the Harlow Gallery in 1963. During this exhibit , which is on view December 18, 2015 through January 16, 2016, artwork by Maine creatives in a wide range of media
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Staff at Sabattus Regional Credit Union collected new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December. These toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to needy children in our local communities. Pictured, left to right, are Brandi Clark, Michelle Brown, Amanda Ashton and Flo Poulin.
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New Faculty Members Appointed Central Maine Community College (CMCC) President Scott Knapp has announced the following faculty appointments: Margaret H. Brewer, instructor in business administration & management. Margaret is the owner of FSPM, Inc., a general contracting company, and DiveMasters, LLC, a scuba diver services company. She has two degrees in business administration, a bachelor’s from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish and a master’s from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.
Keely Heidtman, instructor in chemistry. Keely is a native of Norwich, CT who currently lives in Hallowell. She holds a BA in chemistry from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego. She has taught at the University of Maine at Augusta, Messalonskee High School in Oakland, ME, and Everett High School in Everett, MA. June Roberts-Sherman, instructor in graphic communications. June earned an AAS degree in
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Melissa Hackett, FNP to Join RAHC
In November, Melissa Hackett, FNP will be joining the medical staff at Richmond Area Health Center. Melissa received a Master of Science in Nursing degree at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in 2011. Previously she obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA. Melissa grew up in the Richmond area and is looking forward to returning to the community to provide primary care services. She has special interest in the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits and the integration of complementary and traditional medicine to improve overall wellness. She brings experience working as a registered nurse in a hospital setting as well as serving in the capacity of a nurse practitioner in a neurology practice, including hospital inpatient consulta-
tions and management of acute neurological complaints. Melissa will be working alongside physicians Linda Hermans and Elizabeth Rudenberg, nurse practitioner Tom Bartol, and clinical social worker Louise Gephart to provide primary care and prevention services for 2,600 residents of Richmond, Gardiner, Litchfield, Dresden, Bowdoinham, Pittston, and surrounding towns. Richmond Area Health Center is part of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a group of eleven Federally Qualified Health Centers in Central and Western Maine. Dedicated providers deliver high quality medical and behavioral health care to citizens in over 80 rural communities. To ensure access for everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare and major insurances. In addition, an Affordable Care Program is available to uninsured and underinsured residents as well as assistance with applications for programs that help with the cost of health care and medications including the Health Insurance Marketplace. A private, non-profit celebrating a 40-year history, HealthReach is funded by patient fees, grants and individual donations. n
Save Your Breath 5k Wrap Up
Pictured from left to right Senator Roger Katz, Dana Purrington and Dave Eid. Photos by David Lanman Photograpy.
Free ME from Lung Cancer (FMFLC) held their 4th annual Save Your Breath 5K run/ walk on Sunday, November 8th. This year’s event was timed by Back 40 Timing. Mayor Dave Rollins emceed the opening ceremony. Senator Roger Katz and Dave Eid, (FMFLC) Board Member and Sports Director for WGME Channel 13 presented awards in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place men’s group and in the women’s group. Timing can be viewed at https://runsignup.com/ race/results/?raceId=100 24#resultSetId-17758 or coolrunning.com. Deb Violette, President and CEO stated that over 160 participated in this year’s event which raised over $33,000. Money raised will support Free ME from Lung Cancer’s mission ~ research and community support, Violette said. Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer and is woefully underfunded compared to other cancers. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. To learn how you can help contact Deb Violette at 207-215-9035 or visit their website at www. freemefromlungcancer. org. n
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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 4129 the same evening. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)
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The Healthy Geezer
By: Fred Cecitti Q. My doctor told me my cholesterol and triglycerides are elevated. I have a vague idea what cholesterol is but Iâ€™m clueless about tyglycerides. What are they? Triglycerides are a fat in your blood. They are important to maintaining good health. However, if your triglycerides get out of control, you can put your heart at risk. People with high triglycerides usually have lower HDL (good) cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Calories you take in but donâ€™t burn immedi-
ately are converted to triglycerides to supply you with energy later. Your triglycerides level can be too high if you continue to consume more calories than you need. Of course, this causes obesity, too. Other causes of elevated triglyceridesâ€”called hypertriglyceridemiaâ€” include diabetes, an underactive thyroid, kidney disease, and drugs such as beta-blockers, some diuretics, estrogen, tamoxifen, steroids and birth control pills. The common guidelines for triglyceride levels are the following: normal, less than 150 mg/ dL; borderline-high, 150 to 199 mg/dL; high, 200 to 499 mg/dL, and very high, 500 mg/dL or more. â€œMg/dLâ€? stands for milligram per deciliter. The primary remedy for too many triglycerides
is changing your habits. Here are some pointers on how to get your triglycerides down: * Get off the recliner and exercise. * Cut your caloric in-
drates to no more than 45 to 50 percent of total calories. * Avoid saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. This is a complex subject. A good starting point is to
take across the board. This means you have to reduce your consumption of not just fat, but carbohydrates and proteins. Substituting carbohydrates for fats can raise triglyceride levels. People with high triglycerides may have to limit their intake of carbohy-
stay away from foods that come from animals such as meat, dairy and eggs. But there are plant-based foods that are bad for you, too. These include oils from coconuts, cottonseeds and palm kernels. * Eat oily fish such as mackerel, lake trout, her-
Stories From The KHS Archive: In some ways a trip to the KHS archive is like an archaeological dig. For one thing, you can find out a lot by just looking on the surface, but to really understand the history of people, places, and times one has to dig deeper. In addition, in digging deeper one needs to be systematic and thorough, always keeping in mind the context of the information you find. This talk is designed as a guide to the contents of the KHS archive;
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what makes the KHS archive contents different from other archives and museums in the area. It also seeks to explain how one can take control of the digging process and learn about Kennebec County history in depth. It will be illustrated by stories derived from research in the archive. The goal is ultimately to make it possible for more researchers to work effectively and independently at the archive. Follow-up, hands on training for use of the Collections database will be offered for those who are interested. After a nearly forty year career as a synthetic organic chemist, our speaker Dr. Ernest L. Plummer retired to his current home in Pittston, Maine in 2000.
ring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease triglyceride levels * A small about of alcohol can generate a big increase in triglyceride levels. Cut down as much as you can. * Quit smoking. If youâ€™re a regular reader of this column, you must know by now that smoking doesnâ€™t just cause respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and emphysema. It kills you in so many ways. If changing your habits is insufficient to bring your level of triglycerides down, there are medications that can be prescribed. Fenofibrate, gemfibrozil and nicotinic acids often work to reduce triglycerides.
Hypertriglyceridemia can run in families. While high triglycerides donâ€™t usually present noticeable symptoms, people with a family history of very high triglycerides may have visible fatty deposits under the skin. Elevated triglycerides are often part of a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excess weight, low HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides. This syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. [In the next installment of The Healthy Geezer, weâ€™ll focus upon cholesterol.] If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ healthygeezer.com. n
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His longtime interest in history and genealogy drew him to the Portland Historic Docent program and specifically to the Tate House museum where he served for three years as a docent and two additional years as the museumâ€™s Executive Director. In 2006, he became active in the archival program at the Kennebec Historical Society putting into practice what he learned in the Maine State Archives archival workshop. He has served as the societyâ€™s archivist ever since. He has also served as the Collections Committee chair, as the societyâ€™s vice president and is the current KHS president. Since 2006, he has been a member of the KHS Board of Directors. Ernie has been an active avocational
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Ask the Trainer - Have a Lean Holiday Season Jodi Cornelio
Just because the holidays are approaching doesn’t mean you have to abandon your good eating habits. The average person gains 5 to 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Don’t let that happen to you. Understanding how many calories a day you actually need and being creative as to where to get these calories the healthy way will help you dodge those extra pounds this season. First, calculate your caloric needs, otherwise
known as Resting Metabolic Requirements (RMR). Take your body weight and multiply this by 10 to find your RMR. These are the calories you need to breathe and maintain normal body functions without exercise. Take that and multiply it by 10% if you are sedentary, 20% if you are moderately active and 30% if you are active and add that to your RMR. Example: 140 pounds x 10 = 1400 calories, Active = (1400 x .30) + 1400 = 1820 calories per day to maintain your weight. To lose a pound a week, decrease this number by 500 a day. Now that you have a general idea how many calories you actually need, choose your holiday foods
from the lists below. 300 to 800 calories per average serving: Apple pie, blueberry pie, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey with gravy, stuffing made with butter, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, Caesar salad, most cakes and pies. Between 150 and 300 calories per average serving: Baked potato with butter and regular gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash with butter and brown sugar, creamed corn, vegetable prepared in butter, nuts, fudge, peanut brittle, cheese roll, Jell-O, pudding, sweet breads like carrot bread, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, coffee
cake. 50 to 150 calories per average serving: String beans, carrots, cranberry jelly, one slice of bread, one roll, baked potato dry, squash with no butter, turkey meat, one glass of wine, coffee, tea, boiled onions, favorite gravy (recipe below), squash soup (recipe below), pickles, radishes, olives, hard candy, after-dinner mints, one lite beer, fruit bowl, cole slaw, tossed salad greens. A good rule of thumb on how to survive the holiday season is to first enjoy the social aspect of visiting family and friends; try not to deprive yourself of a special treat, just don’t make it your entire meal. Load up on the low calorie nutri-
tional foods first and cut the portion sizes of the moderate to high calorie foods in half. Here are a couple of holiday recipes that will help your guests stay within their calorie budget. Favorite Gravy 3 cups fat-free chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes with 3 cups of water 1/3 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp poultry season Salt and pepper to taste Sauté onions in some of the broth until tender, and then add flour to form a roux. Add the remaining broth slowly to allow to thicken. Add poultry seasoning. Salt and pepper to taste. Squash Soup
Small onion chopped Fresh garlic clove crushed 1 and ½ cup fat-free chicken broth 3 cups butternut squash peeled and seeded Salt and pepper Cumin to flavor Sauté onion and garlic in a little of the broth until tender. Add remainder of the broth and cubed squash and cook until tender. Once squash is soft, puree the entire mixture in a blender. Salt and pepper to taste. Return to the pot to keep warm until ready to serve. Live long, Live Well Jodi R. Cornelio n
Traveling into the Back Country of Central Maine During Colonial Times Submitted byt Dale Potter-Clark Unlike today, in 1770 there were no roads from southern New England into central Maine, or from Hallowell towards Winthrop and Farmington. The Kennebec River and Cobbosseeconte waterway was utilized because all that even resembled a road were some blazed trails left by the earliest trappers and scouts. So, how did our forefathers manage to get to their new homeland in the “back country”, and what were some of the challenges they faced? In the Colonial era cargo schooners – called “wood coasters” - were the quickest and cheapest route from southeastern Massachusetts and Portsmouth towards the central Maine frontier. During the warmer months dozens of them plied the coastal waters carrying country goods to and from those ports to Maine – one being Hallowell. Those vessels were the work horses for coastal trade and carried everything from timber and coal to bricks, general cargo, or loads of hay. They also provided cheap transport for aspiring pioneers. With good weather and favorable winds mid-coast Maine was a day’s sail away from Boston for a fare of about $2.00 - about a week’s wages. Most often the men folk went ahead first to pave the way and to prepare primitive homes for their wives and children. They sailed to Phippsburg, and then up the Kennebec River to the head of tide at Hallowell. From there most of them stopped at Fort Western to purchase provisions, familiarize themselves with the area and to talk to local people about what they might encounter on the journey ahead. Fully equipped with tools and whatever provisions they needed, they may
have hired someone with an ox cart to haul their belongings. The trail into the backcountry was still rough and rugged at that time, so more than likely they rigged up some kind of primitive carriers and did their own lugging. From Hallowell they proceeded westward towards no man’s land. Some newcomers had the benefit of following a marked trail, which was created sometime around 1766. It was a primitive pathway on which a few bushes had been cleared and a line of trees blazed, and it led to the more populated southern section of Pondtown (Winthrop). In the northern part of Pondtown (Readfield) it is reasonable to say another trail would have been used – the same one traveled by Indians from Bombahook (Hallowell) towards the Sandy River. They climbed steep hills, forded streams and inched their way through dense forest until they reached their destination. There was no semblance of civilization when they stopped several miles west of the Kennebec River. The trail from Hallowell to northern Pondtown was described as a “tortuous road” by someone who used that route in 1799. Imagine what it must have been like in 1770 when the
earliest adventurers passed through. It was around this time that geographer Thomas Prentiss wrote of the mid Maine backcountry: “When a traveler attains the summit of a hill, the whole around him appears like an ocean of woods, swelled and depressed in its surface like the great ocean itself.” The countryside was completely unsettled, and populated with animals such as bear, wolves, fishers and wildcats. The pioneers were constantly vigilant for any signs of marauding Indians – or worse yet - attacks. No one had warned them about the terrible onslaught of the tiny but virulent black flies and mosquitoes. The trekkers had no immunity to the venom of black flies. Their eyes swelled shut and the insects literally became embedded in their swollen, inflamed skin. It would be so interesting to hear the settler’s stories first hand, but those opportunities passed long ago. So, to put their trek into perspective just imagine hiking into the wilds of Baxter State Park with no firsthand knowledge of the area, without a map, compass, insect repellant or sufficient shoes and clothing. Add to that vision - with all of your
Pioneers stopped by General Howard’s store at Fort Western to purchase supplies they needed, and to familiarize themselves with the area before proceeding into the backcountry. worldly possessions in tow. Those men and women were truly courageous, adventuresome and eager for a new start. Those of us who live in beautiful Central Maine today can thank them for their sacrifices and for paving the way into the Central Maine back country. This article was written by Dale Marie Potter-Clark who is the Historical Consultant for the Readfield Historical Society. She also offers community education about Readfield’s history, and organizes "Readfield History Walks". FMI visit www.readfieldmaine. blogspot.com. n
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Cozumel: Mexico With a Caribbean Touch
The remains of the temple at El Cedral.
By Victor Block Much about the island says Mexico. Archeological sites hint of the rich Mayan civilization that once flourished there. Parts of San Miguel, the only town, retain the charms of villages common throughout the countryâ€™s mainland. At the same time, Cozumel displays its Caribbean roots. White sand beaches are fringed by stately palm trees. The center of the island is covered by dense jungle and swampy lagoons. Lying 12 miles off the east coast of Mexico, Cozumel is known for offering deep sea diving thatâ€™s among the best in the world. Itâ€™s ringed by an underwater wonderland of Technicolor coral heads and submarine gardens that are home to an almost unimaginable variety of sea life. Nonswimmers may enjoy close-up introductions to creatures large and small in a glass bottom boat or mini-submarine, during a dolphin show, by checking out resident crocodiles in their lair and observing endangered sea turtle hatchlings making their way to the Caribbean
waters where they will spend their lives. Most travelers to Cozumel begin their visit in San Miguel. Once a sleepy village, it has evolved into a popular destination for cruise ships whose passengers patronize shops and restaurants near the docks. Those who venture a few blocks inland find a more mellow setting that retains the heart and soul of the original community. There, sidewalks are lined by small, familyowned stores and eateries where locals gather. El Mercado, the oldest market on the island, houses a warren of tiny shops and restaurants offering traditional food. Cozumel derived its name from the Mayans who arrived there some 2,000 years ago. They believed it to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. According to legend, their temples dedicated to Ixchel earned her gratitude, and she sent her favorite bird â€“ the swallow â€“ as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lumil (land) were compacted to
The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.
Kozomil and the name stuck. More than 30 Mayan sites are scattered around the island. San Gervasio was the most important setting. Sacbes (ancient elevated roads) connect several building complexes there including temples, an ossuary and ceremonial centers. The temple at El Cedral was another hub of Mayan life on the island. However, when Spanish Conquistadors landed on Cozumel in 1518, they destroyed the structure and the remaining portion provides little evidence of its past glory. Like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel boasts a choice of inviting beaches. Stretches of golden sand line the western shore, facing the mainland of Mexico. On the lessdeveloped Caribbean Sea side, quiet beaches are interspersed among rock-strewn areas, and the strong breakers and undertow discourage swimming. Cozumel also is home to parks and preserves which show off both Mother Natureâ€™s handiworks and man-made
attractions. The Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve does both. The park protects a mixture of mangroves, dunes and reef systems that provide refuge for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas and resident and migratory birds. Exhibits in a towering century-plus old lighthouse range from maritime navigation to pirates. Cozumel once provided safe haven for buccaneers who roamed the Caribbean Sea, including the notorious Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte. Some cutthroats hid their ill-gotten treasures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-seeâ€™s and to-doâ€™s to satisfy many interests. Visitors may stroll through a lush botanical garden, study the colorful inhabitants of a natural aquarium and enjoy a close-up view of the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The complex includes dozens of replicas of Mayan sites and a working Mayan house that brings to life daily chores like cooking, weaving, and planting
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