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New Gymnasium Unveiled

Along with a beautiful new gymnasium at LHS was a well-equipped weight/exercise room. Photo by Bill Van Tassel. By Bill Van Tassel arts center. He assured the Lisbon School Depart- audience that they will see ment Superintendent Rich- “a good return on their inard Green thanked a large vestment.” crowd of citizens and forAfter the ribbon cutting mer students for their back- between the new and old ing of the newly opened gymnasiums by members high school gymnasium. A of the school committee formal ribbon cutting event and building committee, was held for the community the visitors entered the on November 1. Mr. Green new area’s balcony. The began his comments in the balcony looks down on the old gym that will now be gymnasium about 20 feet changed into a performing below from one side of

Lisbon High School Drama Club’s Production of A Christmas Carol - The Musical (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Mike Ockrent & Lynn Ahrens, based on the story by

Lisbon High School’s new gymnasium has a balcony along one side overlooking the gym floor and the bleachers. This level also has a snack area and is connected to the old gym area. Photo by Bill Van Tassel.

Lisbon and Lisbon Falls citizens gather to share their thoughts about the new athletic facility. The white paint on the bleachers spells out LISBON. Photo by Bill Van Tassel.

the gym where the bleachers are located. Looking at the bleachers from the opposite side of the gym one can see the name LISBON stenciled, large and white, across the black seats. Just before touring the shiny, new facility the Superintendent and School Committee Chair, Tracy Austin, added a few more ‘Thank Yous’ and comments. Mr. Green said that the

new gym last week, and as Ms. Austin shared with this day’s group of curious, “We have to do our best to take care of this beautiful facility.” Jill Osmond attended the Sunday afternoon opening. “We’re very proud of this,” she stated. Jill’s husband Travis graduated from LHS in 1994 and was very involved in its athletic programs. Many gradu-

savings experienced on the project will help get locker room upgrades and that there are plans to use the gymnasium for a community emergency center. Austin told the crowd that she was happy, “...that there was a cross-generational push to get this done.” (The project took about two years.) The students at Lisbon High School has their own introduction and tour of the

A Christmas Carol: The Musical

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ates were in attendance including Scott Smith ’86 and Norm Albert ’90 who bumped into each other in the well-equipped new weight room. [The general contractor for the project was Landry and French Construction of Scarborough. Casco Bay Engineering and Scott Simmons Architects of Portland were also hired for the project’s design.] n

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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 16th at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The free, 75-minute performance will begin at 7:00 p.m. The 40-member concert band is comprised of volunteer musicians from 15 central Maine commu-

nities, who range in age from 15 to 90. The group will perform both traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. As has been the tradition for almost three decades, those attending the performance will have the opportunity to make a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army. All money collected that evening will be used

to help area residents in need of assistance. For the past three consecutive years, audience contributions have averaged over $1,000.00 following each of the ACCB’s holiday concerts. The Franco Center takes its residence inside a city landmark, the former St. Mary’s Church, located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. The Center’s

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Café and Bar will be open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. that evening, and will then reopen immediately following the conclusion of the ACCB’s performance. For more information regarding this concert, call the Franco Center at 783-1585, or visit the band's web site at www. auburncommunityband. com. n

Freeport chorus to perform “Visions of Hope”

The Greater Freeport Community Chorus, led by Director Virgil Bozeman, will present its winter concert, “Visions of Hope,” Dec. 12 and 13 in Cumberland.

The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will present its winter concert, “Visions of Hope,” Dec. 12 and 13 in Cumberland. The concert will include works by English composers, as well as Jewish chorale pieces. The event also will feature Jay Zoller’s accompaniment of the 75-member chorus on pipe organ. Director Virgil Bozeman leads the singers, with piano accompaniment by Kellie Moody.

On the program is “Christmas Day,” a 1910 arrangement of carols by Gustav Holst, who was a prolific English composer, arranger, teacher and performer. Another major piece will be organist and composer Samuel S. Wesley’s “The Wilderness and the Solitary Place,” an 1832 setting of biblical text that speaks of blessings and joy. Organist Zoller will accompany both of these pieces. A resident of New-

castle, Zoller is the organist for the South Parish Congregational Church in Augusta. Music from the Jewish chorale tradition will include a setting by David Burger of the Naftali Imber poem that ultimately became the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah (The Hope).” The chorus, whose members hail from 18 midcoast towns, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, and

again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, with both performances taking place at the Congregational Church in Cumberland, United Church of Christ, 282 Main St. Admission is $10, with a per-family maximum of $25. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, visit the chorus on Facebook or at its Web site, www.gfccsings.org. n

The 1st quarter honor roll for Lisbon Falls Christian Academy has been announced: “A” Honor Roll

Cannon Morse, Caleb Parker, Alexis Poisson, Lucas Poisson, Nathan Rose, Chloe Tremblay, Jeremiah Violette.

Grades 5 to 8: Alexis Blair, Nicholas Blair, Samuel Demont, Angelica Grant. Grade 9 to 12: Abigail Jorgenson, Jennie Riggs. “B” Honor Roll

Grades 1 to 4: Jayla Gumprecht, Connor Hall. Grades 5 to 8: Luke Holmander, Alivia Jones, Julien Morin, Carrie Parker. Grades 9 to 12: Summer

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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 upto 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

buildings. 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 pick-pocketing 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

Christmas Concert

Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 2pm. The Lisbon United Methodist Church Choir will be performing a concert of contemporary and traditional Christmas carols at the church located at 14 School St. in Lisbon Falls. The concert is open to the public and is a benefit to raise donations for holiday food baskets for local families in need of assistance. As part of its mission to the community, the church participates in

the town’s holiday food basket program and has provided nearly 2 dozen baskets each year. In lieu of admission, donations of cash and/or non-perishable canned goods: vegetables, instant pudding pie filling, gravy, cranberry or apple sauce, and stuffing mix will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Enjoy a great concert and help make a difference in your community! For more information, contact Scott Ramsay at (207) 449-6840. n

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 sup-

posed 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 well-trained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a person might go to learn

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Brenda Davis, Executive Director of BBC in Old Town and Ending Hunger in Maine advocate and walker, is presented donation checks by George Roy, CEO of Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union.

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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

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The Mulie Story 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 big rack. My heart sank. I clicked the safety back on and lowered the gun. The critter, I could tell, was not an elk at all. It was a mulie buck and a spectacular one at that, equipped with what looked to be a formidable rack. My cow elk never showed that day, or any other, for me or for Diane. Between us our scopes had dialed in a coyote, a bull elk and an untold number of mulies,

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, hardbreathing ascent to a high, juniper-strewn 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

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2016 Moxie Festival Going Extraterrestrial

Moxie Festival Committee Members announced the Moxie Festival theme winner recently. From left to right, Tracey Steuber, Gina Mason, Julie-Ann Baumer, Marcea Crawford, Kasie Kolbe, and Raini Crawford (in Moxie spaceship).

Lisbon’s Moxie Festival Committee announced recently that the theme for the 2016 Moxie Festival has taken on an extraterrestrial flair. The theme winner, Michelle King, a

resident of Lisbon, came up with “Moxie: It’s Out of This World.” Perhaps they’ll be drinking Moxie on Mars in short order. As usual, the contestnaming bragging rights

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Veterans Presented with Quilts of Valor On November 11th, at the Sabattus American Legion, Maine Veterans were honored through providing a citizens award in recognition of their service to America; a Quilt of Valor. The Lisbon Krazy Kwilters made 16 Quilts of Valor for our Veterans. Ron Caron, State of Maine American Legion Historian, was instrumental in insuring that the Quilts of Valor ceremony was held on Veterans Day. Each quilter presented the quilt she made to the Veteran or a representative. It was a moving evening, with hugs and tears as the history of each Veterans service was shared by Ron Caron and the quilt was unfurled by the quilters for each Veteran. The ladies Auxiliary provided refreshments that were appreciated by all.

Lisbon Krazy Kwilters who made the Quilts of Valor at MTM Center are pictured, from left to right, Shirley Hunt, Pat Yeaton, Pat Hackett, Carol Donnell, Linda Tremblay, Linda Sanborn, Judy Doucette, Donna Perron. In addition to those pictured above, quilters who also made QOV quilts are: Pat Tardiff, Linda Loring, and Linda Turcotte.

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Create An Energy-Efficient Home for the Holidays

Decorative lights can consume a considerable amount of energy. Scale back or invest in LEDs, which are more energy-efficient lights Tis the season to be festive, and that usually means stringing up hundreds of twinkling lights to create a welcoming glow on dark winter nights. Some people view the holiday season as their chance to go all out with regard to decorating their homes with an abundance of lights, inflatable lawn ornaments and maybe even some mechanical figures. While these decorations certainly may be symbols of the season, it’s easy to forget just how much energy and resources they consume. A typical strand of lights uses around 300 watts of electricity. Multiply those figures by the dozens of strings of lights people use and it’s easy to see how quickly energy usage can add up. In addition to lights, lit

candles, animated dolls, wreaths, trees, and scores of imported ornaments contribute to the energy consumption per household. Even so, environmentally conscious individuals need not skip the holiday de^acor and entertaining. Fortunately, there are various ways to be energy efficient with holiday de^acor this season. · Switch to LED lights. LED lights consume a fraction of the energy traditional incandescent bulbs do. While a standard string of 50 lights consumes 300 watts, LED sets only consume four watts. This not only saves energy, but also considerable amounts of money over the course of the holiday season. · Use fiber-optic decorations. Fiber optic items are lit by one light. The il-

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lumination carries through the fiber optic cables to the entire decoration. · Use a power strip and timer. Plug decorations into a power strip (be sure to follow the recommended power load for safety) and hook everything up to a timer so lights are not on when no one can see them. · Check light strands. Always inspect lights for frayed wires and any damage. Frayed lights are less efficient and pose a considerable safety risk. · Enhance decorations. Use mirrors and reflective ornaments to give the appearance of more lights without actually adding more. · Turn off ambient lighting. Christmas tree lights or the lights framing a picture window should be sufficient to light up a room.

Keep lamps and overhead lighting off while the tree is lit to save money and energy. · Lower the thermostat. When entertaining, turn the thermostat down a few degrees. Having extra people in your home will raise the temperature. Similarly, heat generated by the oven and other cooking appliances can warm up a home. Don’t waste energy by keeping the heat turned on high. · Invest in rechargeable batteries. According to Energy Quest, 40 percent of all batteries are purchased during the holiday season. To power those many gifts and devices, use rechargeable batteries which can be used again and again. · Change your cooking practices. Smaller appliances use less energy. Put those toaster ovens, slow cookers and electric fryers to good use. Only use the oven if you are cooking a large meal. · Wait until the dishwasher is full. Pack in the dishes from holiday meals, and only run the dishwasher when it is full. · Reuse items whenever possible. Many items around the house can be put to good use as decorations, holiday servers or gifts. Take inventory of what you have before you go out and purchase new decorations. n

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Lisbon High School 2015/16 Winter Sports Schedule* GIRLS BASKETBALL Dec 5 Dec 8 Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 15 Dec 18 Dec 22 Dec 28 Jan 2 Jan 4 Jan 7 Jan 11 Jan 15 Jan 21 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 29 Feb 2 Feb 4

Home Monmouth Acd Away Oak Hill Home Dirigo Away St. Dom’s Away Winthrop Home Wiscasset Away Telstar Away Boothbay Home Madison Home Telstar Home Mt. Valley Away Wiscasset Away Monmouth Acd Away Hall-Dale Away Hall-Dale Home Carrabec Away Mt. Abram Home Oak Hill Home St. Dom’s

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Westlake Bath MS Mon, Mad, Oak Hill, Dir Dirigo HS York, Oak Hill, Wells Lisbon FSB Tournament MT. Valley HS Atlantic Invitational Wells Noble Invitational Noble HS Boothbay, Madison Lisbon Dexter Invitational Dexter Michael J. Baker Classic Essex Junction, VT Jan 27 4pm/5pm Oak Hill, Dir, Mon Aca Oak Hill Wiscasset, Boothbay Lisbon Jan 30 7:30am/9:00am Mid States League Championship 2/6 10am Class B Regionals 2/13 10am Class B States 2/20 TBD New England �uali�ier 3/4 TBD New England Wrestling Championships

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WRESTLING Date Opponent Place Time 12/05 Dirigo High School Away 8:00 AM 12/08 Lisbon High School Away 5:00 PM 12/12 Mtn. Valley HS (McDonaldsTournament) Away 8:00 AM 12/16 Meet Boothbay, Madison, Mtn. Valley Home 5:00 PM 12/19 Wells High School (Atlantic Invitational) Away 8:00 AM 12/23 Meet Monmouth,York Home 5:00 PM 01/06 Dirigo High School Away 5:00 PM 01/09 Skowhegan (Skowhegan Invitational) Away 8:00 AM 01/13 Monmouth Away 5:00 PM 01/20 Madison Area Mem. HS Away 5:00 PM 01/23 York (Hammerhead Duals) Away 8:00 AM 01/27 Lisbon High School Home 5:00 PM 01/30 Lisbon High School (Mid States) Away 8:00 AM 02/06 OPEN DATE (Wrestling Regionals) Away 8:00 AM 02/13 OPEN DATE (Wrestling States) Away 8:00 AM

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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-

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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

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Plan and grow your business with monthly Tips on various subjects such as Taxes, Human Resources, and Marketing. 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

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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. Be-

low are some steps that you can take to protect yourself 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

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from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many 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.

Year-End Estate Tax Planning

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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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 country’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 that’s among the best in the world. It’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.

The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.

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 – the swallow – as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lumil (land) were compacted to 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

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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 less-developed 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 Nature’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 trea-

Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.

sures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-see’s and to-do’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 crops. A more participatory experience awaits those who wish to take part in a temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge session intended to cleanse both body and mind. A pleasant surprise during my visit to Cozumel was how much I enjoyed the kind of attraction that I often avoid. Why, I wondered, should my wife and I spend time visiting a cultural theme park when the real Mexico is just outside? However, the aptly named Discover Mexico site provided a number of reasons. The experience begins with a multi-screen video presentation that traces the country’s history and describes its cultures. This is followed by the main attraction. We strolled through a setting of tropical vegetation, along pathways shared with turtles and

iguanas. The trail passes more than three dozen detailed scale models of famous Mexican archeological sites and buildings. Replicas of structures from the Mayan, Aztec and Colonial periods stand near contemporary architectural treasures. The result is an all-encompassing walk through history. Adding to authentic touches in the park, the snack bar serves a variety of typical dishes— and where there’s food, there’s drink. In Mexico, that often means Tequila, which locals refer to as “Mexican water.” Visitors to the theme park have an opportunity to discover how tequila is made, then sample tastes of several brands. Sipping tequila is about as Mexican as it gets. So, too, is much about the island of Cozumel, along with attractions usually associated with the islands of the Caribbean. If you go: For information about visiting Cozumel, log onto cozumel. travel. 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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4th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Bree Sauter, Lisbon High School athlete, got 15th place among a field of 97 Class C Cross Country runners in the Regional Championships last month. Her finish (22:26) got her into the State Finals on October 31 at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland. Her final kick propelled her by Winthrop’s best runner, Jada Choate, at the finish line and earned her 29th place. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves anxiously await your company for Breakfast. On Saturday, December 12th from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Oak Hill High School’s Future Business Leaders of America will be hosting their fourth annual Breakfast with Santa. For only $7 a person or $24 for a family of four, one can get a delicious pancake breakfast. Children also receive (no additional charge) a picture with Santa and the opportunity to

Lisbon’s Nick Harriman on his way to placing first in the Class C Regional Cross Country Championships in Cumberland on October 24. His first place time: 16:56 qualified him for the State Finals the following weekend. Harriman earned 3rd place there followed by Greyhound teammates Cole Jordan and Mike Scholtterbeck, helping the boys to get 3rd place overall for a great season. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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make a craft, decorate gingerbread people, and participate in games with the elves and story time with Mrs. Claus. All of the money raised will be donated to Sarah’s House of Maine. Sarah’s House is a nonprofit organization in Holden, Maine. Sarah’s House is known as the Cancer Hospitality House of Maine. It provides cancer patients and

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