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Veterans Day Ceremony at Lewiston Armory

The annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony for 2015 was held at Lewiston’s Armory. It began with the singing of the National Anthem by the Just Us Entertainers. An invocation was given followed by the Pass in Review by local veterans from the five branches of the Armed Service, the Navy, Marines, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard.

All the local veterans’ organization of Lewiston, Auburn, New Gloucester and Sabattus followed. The procession included American Legion Posts 22, 135 and 153, Amvets Post 6 and Auxiliary, VFW Posts 1603 and 9150, Disabled American Veterans Chp.11, Franco American Veterans Post 31, Marine Corps League, and the

Military Order of the Purple Hearts. Completing the marchers were local Fire and Police Department personnel, the Shriners Legion of Honor, the Knights of Columbus, Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force ROTC students from Lewiston High School. The Edward Little Band provided some excellent martial music for the event,

led by Mr. Bill Buzza. Representatives for Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Bruce Poloquin read notes of appreciation. Before the closing song by the Just Us Entertainers a few words were also offered from the mayors of the Twin Cities, Robert MacDonald and Jonathan Labonte. n

Lewiston High School ROTC student Caleb Lussier marches with Korean War veteran Al Landry of Lewiston. Landry is a veteran of the Air Force, Strategic Air Command, and has been a long-time member of the local Fire Department. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Visitors to the Veterans’ Day celebration at the Lewiston Armory stand at attention, putting their hands to their heart during the playing of the National Anthem. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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AHCH releases Holiday Remembrance Ornament

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice (AHCH) is excited to unveil the 2015 Remembrance Ornament. Each year a unique ornament is created and made available to all who want to remember a loved one, thanks to the generosity of Mechanics Savings Bank. Made of hand-cast pewter, this year’s ornament feature the tree of life. Proceeds are dedicated to home health and hospice services for patients who do not have resources to pay for care and bereavement services. 2015 marks the 10th year that Mechanics Savings Bank and AHCH have had a partnership in offering a Remembrance Ornament during the holiday season. "Mechanics Savings Bank is proud to support AHCH’s Remembrance Ornament fundraising efforts and the annual 5K and Remembrance Walk,” said Lisa Hallee, Chairwoman of Mechanics Savings

Bank’s Charitable Giving Program. “Knowing these events help families pay for their loved one’s care, warms our hearts. We are so thankful for the entire team at AHCH and the compassion and care they provide to this community." Since the Remembrance Ornament project began, more than $33,000 has been raised. “Over the past 10 years, the Remembrance Ornaments have been given as gifts to loved ones living across the US”, said Teri Blaschke, AHCH Development Coordinator. “For some people, giving the Remembrance Ornament has become a family tradition. It’s heartwarming to know we are part of that special tradition.” Ornaments are $20 each and include a tag with the honored individual’s name proudly displayed. Ornaments measure 2.5” by 2.5” and come pre-wrapped in a silver organza bag. A $2.50

mailing fee is required for all orders needing shipment. Orders needing shipment should be placed before December 9th to ensure delivery before Christmas. They can also be picked up after December 9th at AHCH’s Lewiston office on 15 Strawberry Ave. Order forms are available at all Mechanic Savings Bank locations, 100 Minot Ave., Auburn; 664 Main St., Lewiston; and 3 Drive-In Lane, Windham. Order forms are also available at the AHCH Lewiston office and at the AHCH Hospice House on Stetson Road in Auburn. They can also be purchased online at www.ahch.org or by calling 207-795-9428. n

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Veteran’s Day Celebration at Saint Dominic Academy In honor of Veteran’s Day, Saint Dominic Academy held a special ceremony to recognize a treasured alum, the late Mr. Frederic L. Leblond ’45. Mr. Leblond was a member of the first graduating class of St. Dom’s before he went on to join the Army Air Core during World War II. Mr. Leblond is a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict. His funeral earlier this

month was a traditional military funeral with a folded flag given to the family. The family gave the flag to Principal Mrs. Girouard with the instructions that Mr. Leblond wanted St. Dom’s to have it and to fly it with pride. After Mass, the student body, local veterans and alumni gathered around the flag pole in silence as four Eagle Scouts, Jacob Bussiere (12), Wesley Haire

(12), Aidan Johnson (12) and Alex Michaud (12), raised Mr. Leblond's flag. “I knew Mr. Leblond for many years. He had much pride in attending St. Dom’s and being among the first graduating class,” said Principal Joline Girouard. “It was an honor to receive his burial flag from the family to put on our flagpole.” n

Jacob Bussiere, Wesley Haire, Alex Michaud, Aidan Johnson and President Donald Fournier.

Eagle Scouts raise the American flag in honor of St. Dom’s alum Frederic L. Leblond.

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Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine Honors Two At Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice

Cindy Boyd, AHCH Volunteer

Julie Shackley, President & CEO

The Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine and Maine Hospice Council & Center for Endof-Life Care announced this week that they will be honoring Julie Shackley, President & CEO of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice the 2015 Distinguished Service Award and Cindy Boyd, AHCH Volunteer the Home Care Volunteer of the Year Award. The award ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Annual Blane

House Tea. The guest speaker at the event will be Maine’s First Lady, Ann LePage. The 2015 Distinguished Service Award is presented to the employee of any member home care and/ or hospice agency who consistently demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. Ms. Shackley was nominated by: Donna DeBlois, President/CEO, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses (VP, Alliance Board of Directors), Greg Pizzo, Director of Finance,

MaineGeneral Community Care (Treasurer, Alliance Board of Directors) and Colleen Hilton, President & CEO, VNA Home Health Hospice (Board Member). Julie has served on the Alliance’s Board of Directors since 2005. She was elected as Secretary in 2007, and served in that role through 2009, after which she was elected Vice President from 2009 through 2011, and has served as President since 2011. For countless years, she has been at the helm of the Alliance’s leadership when meeting in-person with Maine’s Congressional Delegation and during the annual

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crusade to Washington, DC, for “March on Washington.” The 2015 Home Care Volunteer of the Year Award is presented to a dedicated volunteer who supports activities related to home care. Cindy Boyd was nominated by: Kathy Baillargeon, AHCH Volunteer Supervisor. Cindy Boyd began volunteering with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice in November of 2011. Although she came on as a Hospice volunteer, she has visited many patients under our Home Care Services. During Cindy’s years with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice she has visited with 26 patients and families with 11 of those being on Home Care Services. Cindy has also volunteered for almost every part of Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. Along with visiting patients, she answers phones at

the Hospice House every Friday evening. She volunteers for special events with the Marketing and Development office. She brings patients to doctor’s appointments, does groceries, and anything else that is needed. She has sat on committees for the agency and assisted in a special project as part of our M.O.D.E.L. Care program. She has also trained as part of our Speaker’s Bureau. She has an upbeat, positive attitude, but at the same time is able to be a calming presence to someone who is struggling. Cindy is able to connect with anyone she meets and works with whether it be patients, families, other volunteers or staff. Wherever there is a need Cindy is ready to help and she always follows through. She is professional, sets good boundaries, is never judgmental and goes in with a loving, caring heart to fill the need that she can. If it wasn’t for Cindy there are some cases that may never have gotten covered. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s Hospice House will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary in November 2015 and the Agency will turn 50 in January of 2016. For the past 50 years, AHCH has grown to become known as one of Maine’s most respected home health and hospice care agencies throughout Maine. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice is an independent, nonprofit, Medicare certified,

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Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out Jodi Cornelio

I recently attended the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Autumn Night Out Gala. I was seated at a table with a group of friends, some I knew and some I just met that night. I was impressed by the conversation around healthy eating choices as we discussed ways to make homemade chicken soup, thus so appropriate on a cool autumn night. The thing that tickled me the most is that we all used organic chicken and vegetables. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful. One of the best Christmas gifts I get is from my friend’s mom who lets me fill up a box of can goods from her cellar. We have a

name for every vegetable and it all starts with “Mammy,â€? Mammy beans, Mammy pickles, Mammy carrots and so on‌. When I make my chicken soups it has TLC from

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GMO? We don’t really unless they are labeled as such. In grocery stores and in health food stores many packaged items may say no GMO so there is help out there. Really, to be on the safe side buying meats and vegetables from local farmers is a good option as you can always ask them if they use pesticides or any GMO’s. Many farmers have grass fed beef that they market and also raise organic chicken and pork. Deer and moose season is upon us, so if you are from a hunting family, you can’t get any more organic then that if you are lucky enough to land your prey. And if you are vegetarian, vegetable soups with brown rice and beans is a good alternative to chicken soup and provides a good source of protein and nutrients. It’s heartwarming the things you learn on an autumn night out! Love Long, Live Well.n

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Dempsey Center Dedicates Demo Kitchen, Lending Library

The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing recently dedicated two of its spaces: the demonstration kitchen, sponsored by the Hannaford Charitable Foundation, and Leisa’s Place, the lending library named in memory of Leisa Crane and gifted by her husband Charlie and her friends who love to read. The Hannaford Charitable Foundation Demonstration Kitchen is a stateof-the-art space featuring a fully-equipped kitchen for cooking classes, demonstrations, and other gatherings. Hannaford Supermarkets has been a longtime partner of the Dempsey Challenge providing event sponsorship and donated product for the Hannaford 5&10K CafĂŠ for participants. In 2015, the partnership expanded as Hannaford provided $10,000 in gift cards for the Center’s Maine Fund for Cancer Patients, which provides immediate, direct financial assistance for cancer patients in Maine who are currently in or just post-treatment. “We are grateful to Hannaford for supporting our mission in all of these impactful ways,â€? said Wendy Tardif, Executive Director of the Dempsey Center. “The sponsorship of the Hannaford Nutrition Kitchen will allow us to continue offering nutrition education for those on their cancer journey, as well as those wishing to learn about ways their

nutrition habits can help prevent cancer.� “The Hannaford Charitable Foundation is proud to present the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing with a $100,000 donation to support facilities that provide nutrition education to those impacted by cancer and to the broader community," said Eric Blom, Hannaford spokesman. "Hannaford is deeply committed to supporting health through partnerships such as this one and by helping individuals make healthy choices. Together, we can build an even stronger community.� Leisa’s Place, a lending library featuring more than 1,000 titles of books, DVDs, CDs and periodicals on a wide range of cancer care, nutrition, and wellness topics, is available to anyone in the community. “Leisa loved to read, and she loved libraries,� said Charlie Crane. “For her, being surrounded by shelves full of books was bliss. I like to think that guests who visit here looking for a book will feel Leisa’s hand gently guiding theirs, and they’ll hear a kind voice saying ‘I think you’ll like this one’.� The dedication ceremony was held during the 2015 Dempsey Challenge Weekend, an event that raised over $1.2 million to support the work and services of the Dempsey Center. n

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Religious Accomodation in the Workplace Submitted by Rebecca Webber The key to avoiding conflicts in this area, and preventing litigation, is discussing the requested accommodation with the employee making the request and trying to sort out possible solutions as well as understanding what the actual conflict is. Not only are employees less likely to turn to litigation as a solution if they feel heard, but the law in the area of religious accommodation requests is much like the law when facing a request for an accommodation for a disability. Investigators at the Commission and judges in the courts will be looking first to see if the employer sat down and discussed the request, the basis for it, and how it might be handled. Unlike accommodation requests in the disability area, requests for accommodation in the area of religion may be rejected if there is “more than de minimis cost.” That is, if the cost is much more than minimal, the employer probably does not have to provide the requested accommodation. The question is whether the accommodation would

impose an “undue hardship” and more than minimal cost falls into that category. Knowing where that limit lies, however, is pretty tricky and there is no clear guidance, meaning that the conservative approach to avoiding litigation is to try to work something out if possible and to have plenty of conversation about it (documenting each effort to come up with a solution). Keeping that overarching approach in mind, below are some examples to illustrate how to handle issues in this area: A supervisor comes to upper management and says that some of the employees are fasting for a holiday and they are concerned that the employees may become weak or dizzy, thereby creating a safety issue. How do you respond? If the supervisor actually observes a physical problem or slow down in production it is ok to step in and address the work place behavior. Making assumptions about fasting or prohibiting it is problematic, however. These concerns often arise because a supervisor knows that an employee practices a

certain religion that can include fasting (as several religions do) and the supervisor’s concern is generated by knowing what religious views the employee has. In contrast, that same supervisor isn’t usually going to every employee and asking each if they had a good breakfast, are on a fad diet, or engaging in some other diet that could also make an employee weak or dizzy. The bottom line is to avoid assumptions based on knowledge of an employee’s religion and focus on work conduct and performance. This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law. Rebecca Webber is an employment attorney. 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. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853.

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L.L. Bean Has Much to Offer During Northern Lights Celebration L.L. Bean will host it’s Northern Lights Celebration November 20 to December 31 at their flagship campus in Freeport. Some of the many activities include: November 28: Holiday Music Enjoy performances from the Freeport High School Chamber Choir. They’ll be singing an array of Christmas music, plus they’ll host sing-alongs so everyone can join in to catch the Christmas spirit! The Chamber Choir

Performance will be from 10:30 -11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. The Christmas Carol Sing-Along from 1:30-noon and 1:30-2 p.m. December 4-6: Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration The whole town gets into the holiday spirit! We’ll kick things off with The Parade of Lights, and the fun continues with visits with Santa at L.L.Bean following the parade, a Sparkle Express Adventure aboard the Amtrak Downeaster, the Jingle Bell Fun Run

and much more. Parade at 6 p.m. on Friday in Downtown Freeport. Visit sparklecelebration. com for details. December 5-6: Winter Sports Weekend Get ready for outdoor winter fun! Check out the great selection of cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, ice skates and accessories. Join us throughout the weekend and learn more about exciting new products available for winter with special clinics by vendors like Bkool, MSR, Fischer, Tubbs and Ros-

signol. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. L.L.Bean Ice Walk: SubZero IceCarvings has carved very special ice sculptures that will amaze you. Be sure to see them all while you’re here— and don’t forget your camera! Sculputures wll be throughout the L.L.Bean Campus. December 12: Kids’ Holiday Fun Day Get Outdoors with

the Boy Scouts! The Boy Scouts will be here to encourage everyone to get outside by offering fun activities in Discovery Park. Join them and be ready to have some fun—hot chocolate will be available too. Family-Friendly Fun: Join us for Nutcracker-inspired craft projects with Julie Yeo, book readings of A Merry

Moosey Christmas by the author, Lynn Plourde, and illustrator, Russ Cox, with special guest L.L. Bear. Plus a kids’ clinic on knot tying, book signings, a store-wide scavenger hunt, and more. Visit llbean.com/northernlights for more details.n

Do you know where the phrase “lower case” comes from? Assuming I didn’t (even though, in fact, I did) he explained “lower case” came from print shops that would set type by hand. The small letters, those used most often, were kept in the lower type cases and the larger, or capital letters, were kept in upper cases. See why you should read this column every week? Where else are you going to learn about these important things? Something as innocent

as a fish story can stir a reader into action. After writing about an old Maine fish story that my Grandfather loved to tell I received a brief e-mail from a reader: John, Did you know that “pnigophobia” is the fear of choking on a fish bone? Well, I didn’t then, but I do now. I’ll see if I can get that into the next edition of “Trivia.” Sometimes, readers can get a little crazy with their “informative” e-mails. For example, I once did a column on the U.S. Postal

Service which, for some reason, inspired someone to e-mail me to say: John, I enjoyed your column on the postal service and just wondered if you knew what the letters Z-I-P in ZIP code stood for? Not wanting to keep you in suspense I’ll tell you that the letters stand for “Zone Improvement Plan.” I’m sure some reader will find a use for that little nugget before the day’s out. n

A User’s Guide to Useless Information John McDonald

Soon after my latest book, “John McDonald’s Maine Trivia” came out, I started receiving emails from people who insisted that they knew from useless information and my book only skimmed the surface. Many of the e-mails then listed what the sender thought was more useless than anything I’d ever written. And since the book is still available and fortunately, people are still buying it, I’m still getting “trivia-related emails. Having written a week-

ly column for the past fifteen years and hosted a weekend talk show for over 20 years, I like to think I know more than the average person about useless information. Taking up the challenge, I began to go over some of my old columns looking for possible “useful information” title contenders. Right off, I came across a column I wrote on words and their meaning where I informed readers that the word “fez” was Turkish for “hat.” How useful is that little gem, I ask, unless you happen to be a Turk or a Shriner on convention? I remember writing a column on the phases of the moon and soon afterwards received a very nice e-mail from a retired

English teacher who informed me that our planet’s only satellite is “the Moon” and therefore it should always be capitalized. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say that the natural satellites of other planets are just called “moons” (lower case) because each has been given a proper name, e.i. Deimos, Amalthea, Hylperion, Miranda, Larissa or Charon, etc. Where would we be without English teachers? Well, for one thing I’d be lacking that little nugget of “moon” information, that’s where I’d be. After the moon column ran I received an e-mail from a former typesetter at the Portland Press Herald. He asked: John,

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Neurosurgeon joins CMMC Medical Staff

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Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

Miro mosaic – Las Ramblas. Courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Juan Moyano. By Victor Block The maze of twisted streets is hemmed in by medieval Gothic buildings along with hints of the Roman Empire that once held sway there. Nearby, a virtual outdoor museum of fanciful, multi-hued structures rewards the imagination of passers-by. The only color of interest to other visitors to the city is the tone of tan they hope to get from the sun. If any place offers a banquet for the senses, it is Barcelona, Spain. Its location overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, beguiling mixture of ancient and modern architecture and colorful street life would satisfy the claims to fame of most urban centers. In Barcelona, they’re just for starters. How many municipalities can boast of beaches within city limits? Barcelona has a 2.5-mile stretch of inviting sand along the Mediterranean. Each section has a different character. Some attract

the volleyball and bikini crowd; others appeal to a more sedate clientele. The city’s Gothic neighborhood is one of several intriguing areas that beckon visitors, and that have remained largely as they were centuries ago. During the fourth century AD, when present-day Barcelona was part of the Roman Empire, this quarter was enclosed by Roman walls. Here and there are reminders of that time. Barcelona also has a collection of world-class museums, including those dedicated to two of the greatest artists of all time. Pablo Picasso began to acquire his skills when he moved there as a youngster with his family. The Picasso Museum displays his paintings, drawings, etchings and engravings. Joan Miro was born in Barcelona, and the museum devoted to him holds the largest public collection of his art. Even people who don’t stop by there are introduced to a

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Gothic neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Pere Sanz. work by Miro, although they may not know it. A brightly colored abstract mosaic by the artist that is set in the pavement of the popular street called Las Ramblas goes unnoticed by many people strolling down that avenue. Actually, “the Rambles” consists of five streets laid end-to-end. More market than motor vehicle thoroughfare, it’s lined with cafes, flower stalls, bird shops and vendors selling a variety of other goods. Located just off Las Ramblas is a building – one among many – that was designed by the world-renowned architect whose work is the primary attraction that draws many visitors to Barcelona. The Palau Guell, an elaborate house constructed for a wealthy industrialist in the late 19th century, was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose fanciful creations explored the interplay between architecture and nature. They’re distinctive for swirling turrets, undulating roof lines and other imaginative shapes in a whimsical variety of bright colors. Examples of Gaudi’s playful imagination also

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Espanyo (the Spanish Village), an open-air museum that offers an introduction to the country’s cultures and architectural heritage. Strolling along winding streets and squares occupied by outdoor cafes provides immersion in the atmosphere of a Spanish town – but one which brings together 117 outstanding architectural gems from throughout the country. They range from a copy of an entrance gate into an 11th century town to a 15th century house in La Mancha that is adorned by balconies from which residents once watched bull fights. Adding to the realistic setting are restaurants and cafes that offer fare ranging from traditional tapas dishes to diet-busting multi-course meals. After feasting on the architec-

tural and other riches of Barcelona, what better way to end a day than to chow down on cuisine representative of the area of Spain where it is located, as well as that of the entire country. If you go: For more information about a visit to Barcelona, log onto barcelonaturisme.com. Victor Block is an award-winning travel journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., and spends summers in Rangeley, Maine. He is a guidebook author who has traveled to more than 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers around the country, and on travel websites. n


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5-2-1-0 Let’Go! Sites Earn Recognition 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! has announced that 16 schools, 13 out-of-school programs, and 20 child care programs in Androscoggin County are being honored for their commitment to creating healthy environments for the children in their care. A total of 51 sites have introduced or sustained healthy changes in collaboration with the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program. 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!, a nationally-recognized childhood obesity prevention program, is offered by Healthy

Androscoggin in Androscoggin County. By adopting healthy eating and active living practices these local sites are positively influencing the choices children make. “This is the fourth year we’ve officially recognized sites for their hard work. I couldn’t be more proud of the progress these sites have made. Sites are providing healthy, high energy snack choices, finding fun, creative ways to increase activity levels, and many have completely removed televisions from their spaces,” said Dr. Victoria Rogers, Director of the 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! program. “Thanks to changes like these, we’re seeing Maine’s childhood obesity rates level off.” The 5-2-1-0 Let’s Go! five priority strategies are 1) Limit unhealthy choices for snacks and celebrations, provide healthy choices. 2) Limit or eliminate sug-

ary beverages, provide water. 3) Prohibit the use of food as a reward. 4) Provide opportunities for children to get physical activity every day. 5) Limit recreational screen time. While the program strives for policy change, it recognizes three levels of change, Bronze, Silver and Gold, as organizations move along in their accomplishments. The highest level of recognition, Gold, is reserved for sites that have written all five priority strategies into policy. Let’s Go! and Healthy Androscoggin want to congratulate all Androscoggin County sites for making meaningful changes in the lives of the children they serve! Special congratulations to the following sites who achieved recognition this year: GOLD: Androscoggin Head Start, Pettengill Academy, Lewiston High School 21st CCLC, Lewiston Middle School 21st CCLC

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Hermits to the Woods

V. Paul Reynolds In re-reading The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, I got to thinking about hermits. They fascinate me. Let's face it.There is not a Maine outdoorsman worth his salt who hasn't at least entertained a fantasy about pulling the societal plug and really getting off the grid. It's one thing to lose yourself in the woods for a week with nothing but a knife, some matches, and a compass; it's quite another

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to disappear for 27 years like Christopher Knight, the Hermit of North Pond. You have to really enjoy your own company to pull off a stunt like that. Knight, who has been both reviled and "legendized,"

didn't really measure up to the Daniel Boone image, however. He stole from others to survive. But at least he created no burden to the taxpayer - at least not until he was processed by the state judicial system. Now take Henry David Thoreau. The legendary Massachusetts hermit of Walden Pond took to the Maine woods, it would seem, for some of the same reasons that tugged at the Hermit of North Pond. Thoreau sought solitude and isolation. Thoreau became a famous naturalist-philosopher; Knight wound up in jail, and, not only is he not a philosopher, he's not sure why he bolted from society in the first place. Thoreau showed up on my radar when I was a col-

lege student probing for the meaning of life. Liberal professors convinced me that, when it came to American thinkers, Henry David walked on water. Fifty years later, I am not so awed by the Hermit of Walden Pond, even if he is the darling of the environmental movement and those bent on civil disobedience. His writing does impress, as well as his knowledge of plants, but he would not have been my choice as a canoe companion for an extended foray into the Maine woods. To be blunt, Thoreau seems to me to have been a foppish, elitist snob, and, in all probability, a bigot. Here is his reaction to having witnessed his Indian guide slay a moose for the hide and the fresh meat:

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Roderick Nash writes: "Thoreau left Concord in 1846 for the first of three trips to northern Maine. His expectations were high because he hoped to find genuine, primeval America. But contact with real wilderness in Maine affected him far differently than had the idea of wilderness in Concord. Instead of coming out of the woods with a deepened appreciation of the wilds, Thoreau felt a greater respect for civilization..." Nash was being polite. For Thoreau, the bug-infested fir thickets and tangled alder runs along the East Branch were not quite the same as his socalled wilderness near Walden Pond. n

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Saint Dominic Academy is pleased to announce the Students of the Month for grades Kindergarten through 12. Earlier this month, students at the Auburn Campus came together for a monthly assembly. Mr. Tom Ustach, Robotics teacher, announced the students selected for exemplifying character, service, leadership and scholarship in and around the St. Dom’s community. One student from each grade is selected and an additional student is named as the overall student of the month. The selected students are: Sean Connelly (7), Skye Rogers (8), Isabella Frenette (freshman), Hunter Emery (sophomore), Emily Dionne (junior), Nathan Richard (senior) and the overall student of the month Abby L’Abbe (senior). “We love recognizing our students for the many acts of kindness they do every day,” said Joline Girouard, Auburn Campus principal. “This is one small way the school can

“This afternoon’s experience suggested to me how base or coarse are the motives which commonly carry men into the wilderness. The explorers and lumberers generally are all hirelings paid so much a day for their labor, and as such they have no more love for wild nature than wood-sawyers have for forests.” Can't you just see his smug expression and aristocratic nose tipped in the air? There were other examples in his writings of a man who did not consider his Indian guide to be his equal. Critics suggest that Thoreau was philosophically inconsistent, "a man fond of paradox." Indeed! In the essay "Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher"

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By Fred Cicetti Q. I’m presuming there actually was someone named Heimlich who gave his name to the maneuver for helping people who are choking. Am I right? Yes, there actually is a Heimlich—Henry J. Heimlich, MD. In 1974, Dr. Heimlich published findings on what became the Heimlich Maneuver. Since then, the method has saved more than100,000 people in the United States alone. [Personal note: I met Dr. Heimlich and worked with a team on the initial program to educate the public about the maneuver. A day after our group learned the technique, one of my co-workers saved a boy who was choking on an ice cube.] More than 3,000 people choke to death every year. Children younger than three years old and

senior citizens are the leading victims. Young children swallow small objects that get lodged in their throats. One of the main causes for choking among seniors is ill-fitting dentures that prevent them from chewing properly. This leads to choking on a piece of food. Other causes of choking include drinking alcohol which can dull the nerves that help us swallow, eating too fast, laughing while eating, eating and walking. If you ever have to use the Heimlich Maneuver on someone who is choking, here is a basic guide from the Heimlich Institute: For choking adults From behind, wrap your arms around the victim’s waist. Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against the victim’s upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into their upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Do not squeeze the ribcage; confine the force of the thrust to your hands. Repeat until object is expelled.

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St. Mary’s Earned ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety from Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. St. Mary’s is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital for never receiving a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012—a tremendous achievement. An “A” grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient

safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay. “Patient safety and providing excellent care are priorities for providers and staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center,” said Christopher Chekouras, President and CEO of the hospital. “Their continued dedication and hard work have elevated our safety scores leading to the best safety and quality experience for our

patients.” “St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is one of only 133 hospitals in the country to have achieved Straight A’s from the Hospital Safety Score since 2012,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “I commend you for your consistency in putting your patients first, and urge your continued vigilance in keeping your patients safe.” Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general

hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement. To see St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore. org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twit-

ter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. About The Leapfrog Group Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of

patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. About St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston is a 233 bed hospital providing a full complement of medical, behavioral, emergency and surgical services to residents of Androscoggin, Oxford, Cumberland and Kennebec counties. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission, offers the latest in diagnostic testing services, and has an Accredited Chest Pain Center within the Emergency Department. St. Mary’s is a member of Covenant Health and an affiliate of MaineHealth. n

Auburn Community Concert Band Presents 34th Annual Holiday Concert

The Auburn Community Concert Band, under the direction of Milt Simon, will present its 34th annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December

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50th Year as Rehabbers Brings Heartaches and Blessings Carleen Cote The winter months bring a respite from the busy spring through fall seasons, but we still must care for the wildlife that were not ready to be released in the fall and those that arrived during the winter, injured or diseased. After every snowstorm, snow plowing and snow-blowing paths to all the pens are a priority, as well as shoveling out and cleaning the pens, knocking ice out of water dishes, and hauling food from pen to pen on a sled, not to mention acrobatic maneuvers to stay upright on patches of ice! Then, as winter releases its icy grip and the days warm and lengthen, it is time to release the wildlife that have spent the winter in warm shelters, getting fat but restless to be out in fields and forest, looking for mates. This past April, an animal control officer arrived with a raccoon in a Have-a-heart trap that had given birth to two babies and reached us in time to give birth to a third! Usually I don’t keep the mothers and babies together as the mothers are likely to kill their babies because of the stress of captivity. I was pleased to discover, cautiously watching her, that she proved to be a devoted moth-

Carleen displays the Spirit of America “Citizens of the Year” awarded this year to the Cotes by the town of Readfield for their volunteerism. They were also honored at a surprise reception held in China, organized by long-time volunteer Amy Messier. er, nourishing her young and giving them a good start. Baby season kicks off in April when the young begin to arrive in droves. This year, the Center seemed to be a revolving door – a live baby came in the front door, a dead one went out the back door! We had to euthanize many baby raccoons to end their suffering from the extremely contagious and deadly parvo virus. We fought the virus with gallon upon gallon of bleach, yet we lost over one hundred babies. Some of the fawns also had health issues. Despite all of my husband Donald’s efforts to save them, they died as well. The same with many young foxes. It was a year from hell.

Though we never forget the losses, we continue on for the successes and the babies yet to come. We subscribe to the saying, “Count your blessings,” for we have many! Our volunteers: Amy, who has helped us almost on a daily basis for 12 years; Debbie, who has spent her three days off from work to help us over the past three years, stopping by every night on her way home to help with chores; Brenda, who returned for her second year, driving from Lewiston one day a week, to scrub dirty totes and pet carriers; Joni, who drives from Manchester one day a week to tackle anything that needs cleaning, from food and water dishes to the plastic swimming pools used for the coons’ enjoyment; Jeff, from Gardiner, who began volunteering this year two afternoons a week to take on whatever needs doing: mowing, raking, scrubbing equipment, picking up and delivering wildlife to other rehabbers, etc.; Ruth, from Albion, also in her first year, who arrives two mornings a week to help with the scrubbing of animal dishes and any tasks that need doing before the snow flies; and, last but not least, Bob, who has mowed our lawns since 2007. These wonderful volunteers never complain, no matter how big or dirty the job is. A big plus is they all love and enjoy the animals.

We are also blessed with the doctors and staff at Windsor Veterinary Clinic who provide care to all the animals we bring to them. A thank you also, to all the readers of this column and others who have made donations on behalf of the animals at the Center, and to Lea, who has edited and prepared Critter Chatter from my handwritten pages since 1996. As our 50th anniversary year of rehabbing comes to a close, we also give thanks that, despite our ages, our good health has allowed us to continue caring for Maine’s wildlife in need of human intervention. PS: I am pleased to report that the mother raccoon and her three babies mentioned earlier in the article all survived the parvo virus and were released in September. In fact, all the wildlife ready for release are now back in their natural environment – they were, after all, born to be wild. 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 4454326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989. n

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James Belleau II, age 14, of Lewiston shot his first deer on day of hunting season with his Grandfather, Michael Ritchie of Auburn.

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Learning Tower Opens at CMCC

The eye-catching Learning Tower at Central Maine Community College is open for business. It has four floors of fully equipped class and meeting rooms for the growing college’s offerings. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Tour group enjoys the view of Lake Auburn from the fourth floor of CMCC’s new Learning Tower. College Trustee William Cassidy suggested, “…a very inspiring room.” (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Two CMCC science teachers, Keely Heidtman and Ros Avienti in the new lab on the Learning Tower’s fourth floor. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel

Among several ‘ribbon cutting’ tours was this group: L to R: CMCC Art Teacher, Connie McVey, former President of Maine’s Community College System, John Fitsimmons, Ellen Chase, College Trustee, William Cassidy, wife of Mr. Cassidy, Susan Cassidy. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for Central Maine Community College’s Learning Tower took place on October 16. The Tower whose construction took exactly one year has quickly become the signature building on the Auburn campus. In his brief opening comments before the tours began, President Scott Knapp told guests, “I asked Harriman Architects & Engineers to build us an iconic building. You will see that they did.” He was also able to announce the college’s next project, a Precision Machine Center. The new building is centrally located, adjacent and connected by enclosed walkway to Jalbert Hall. It can be viewed by all students and visitors as they arrive on campus, having become CMCC’s new main entrance. The first floor of the Tower consists of the new admissions suite, a lounge and waiting area. A ‘Harvard-style’ case study room with tiered seating to allow for greater visibility and ease of movement, is on the second floor. This room has a customized lectern equipped wih computer, AV and other technologies. Also on the second floor is the presentation room, designed for public speaking and related classes that require student presentations. It has a built-in video cam-

era to enable students and instructors to immediately review the presentations. The third floor has a smaller case study room and a business simulation classroom. The simulation room is equipped with group pods, each with a computer and screen, and moveable writing boards that are ideal for brainstorming sessions. The room’s layout improves the students’ focus and can easily switch between lecture and group work. The chemistry lab is on the fourth floor. The addition of this lab has enabled the College to offer Organic Chemistry, a required course in the new Life Sciences Associate Degree Program. (Students earning this CMCC degree will be able to transfer to the University of New England to complete their final two years in programs such as Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacology. The fourth floor also has another student lounge as well as a Leadership Seminar room with builtin outlets, laptop hookups, and a magnificent view of Lake Auburn out its large, picture window. Designed by Harriman Architects of Auburn, the building was constructed by Langford and Low of Portland. n

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CMMC Raises $70,000 for Special Delivery Family Birthing Center

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Central Maine Medical Center’s Annual Fall Golf Classic, held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Martindale Country Club in Auburn, raised over $70,000 for the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. The tournament hosted twenty-six foursomes who enjoyed this classic tournament complete with bag valet service, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, hors d’oeuvres and a commemorative jacket for each player. The winners of the day were as follows: 1st Place

Gross – Sun Journal Team: Steve Costello, Jim Thornton, David Wedge, Maureen Wedge; 1st Place Net – Sodexo Team: Varun Avasthi, Larry Adams, Mike Rossignol, Amanda Ettinger; 2nd Place Gross – United Ambulance Team: Paul Gosselin, Pete Gosselin, Perry Goodspeed, James Pelletier ; 2nd Place Net – Comprehensive Pharmacy Team: Kevin Forbush, Chad Tozier, Jed Lundin, Jeff Newton; 3rd Place Gross – Consigli Construction Team: Larry Fuimain, David Thomas,

Phil Meyer, Craig Piper; 3rd Place Net – Landry & Sons Team: Donald Dubuc, Craig Dubuc, Jason Landry, Gerald Landry. Other winners included: Grand Putt Off winner – Don Flanagan; Longest Drive Hole #8 for men – Kyle Stretton; Longest Drive Hole #8 for women – Maureen Wedge; Closest to the Pin Hole #11 for men – Don Flanagan; Closet to the Pin Hole #11 for women – Maureen Wedge and Grand Prize Raffle winner – Timothy Hebert.

Franco Center presents 15th “Just Us” Family Christmas Show

The “Just Us” entertainers will be presenting their 15th annual “Just Us” Family Christmas Show on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the L/A’s Franco Center. The group first performed at the Center in the summer of 2000 to raise funds for the then Festival de Joie. Since then, the group, an eclectic group of families and friends who have been performing great music for generations, has performed at The Center 35 times for

various events. All music is performed live, and songs are learned by ear, no sheet music. Harmony comes from within the hearts of each talent. This will be the 11th year the Christmas show is performed. Led by Nel Meservier, formerly with the “C’est Si Bon” band, the group performs non-traditional Christmas songs as well as old favorites. This year, some of the songs featured will include: “Do You Hear What I

Hear?”, “Nearly Christmas”, “White Christmas”, “Ring Those Christmas Bells”, “Silver and Gold”, and “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas”. Reserved seating tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, and all students (with ID) are admitted for free. Contact or visit the Box Office or purchase on-line at www.francocenter.org. Call (207) 6892000. Box office hours are Monday thru Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. n

Funds raised from the golf tournament will benefit the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center. This is a major project that is in the beginning phase of a several step process to construct a new Maternity Unit and NICU at Central Maine Medical Center. To view a slideshow of photos from the event, or to learn more about the Special Delivery Family Birthing Center project, please visit www.cmmcgiving.org or contact the Development Office at (207)795-2950. n

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