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LCFCU Announces Winner of Holiday Card Artwork Contest Lisbon Community Federal Credit Union recently held a Holiday Card Artwork contest for all children 12 & under for a chance to win $50 and to have their artwork featured on the Credit Union’s 2015 holiday greeting cards. The artwork received from 19 children was displayed at the main office in the lobby for 2 weeks with voting ballots available for everyone who visited. Over 100 votes were tallied! The kids worked hard on their designs and all contestants received many votes. Winner Cezarie St. Jean, age 12 of Lisbon Falls, came in to pick up her prize on Friday, December 9th. When asked if she was excited about winning she

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Country Sunday will be held on January 17th from noon-4:30pm at the Litchfield Sportsmen’s Club. Come join us in an afternoon of great country music, dancing and food. Live entertainment provided by Gary Leet & The Country Drifters, Brad Kaherl, Gary Knowles, John Whitman, Jack Duggins, and more! Plan on an afternoon of fun! Doors open at 11am. Admission is $5/adults

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Spruce Budworm Returns

V. Paul Reynolds Unless you are in your forties you probably have no recollection of Maine’s last spruce budworm infestation. The budworm, which can chew its way through acres and acres of coniferous forest and kill spruce and balsam fir, left its destructive mark on Maine’s softwood stands in the mid 1970s. I remember it well. By the early 1980s the spruce budworm had destroyed more than 20 percent of Maine’s fir forest. The budworm assault has been likened to a “slow-moving hurricane.” Timberland owners had little choice: harvest the defoliated trees immediately or lose the economic value of huge tracts of forest. The result, of course, was expansive and controversial clear cuts the likes of which Maine had never seen. Clear cuts are not pleasing to the eye. Neither is the

knowledge that miles of Maine forestlands that are home to fish and wildlife are being inundated with insecticides. It was a tense era, a clash between economics and environmentalism that led, eventually, to passage of the Forest Practices Act of 1989, which today regulates forestry practices in Maine. Unfortunately, according to experts, Maine is about to undergo another major spruce budworm infestation. The budworm moth can be tracked. It is moving our way from Canada. Will it be a repeat of the 1970s with sprawling sections of fir trees rendered dead and brown by the voracious budworm? It’s hard to predict the extent of the impact, but we in Maine are expected to see the effects of the budworm within the next 2 to 4 years. Experts say that it is possible, through good preparation, to mitigate the damage, although I’ve yet to see any explanation of how this will be done. At this point, state and private interests are collaborating on a disaster preparedness plan to be unveiled this summer. Of course, Mother Na-

ture marches to its own drummer, but Maine needs a spruce budworm epidemic about as much as another record-breaking winter. There is a ripple effect when large tracts of forest just perish. Birds and wildlife lose precious habitat. Trout streams lose protective canopies that keep flowing water cool. In rural Maine there are economic consequences that can be substantial. Then there is the issue of insecticides. In the 1970s, tons of insecticides were air-dropped across Maine’s fir forest by aircraft in an attempt to “mitigate” the march of the budworms. Not-to-worry assurances were made to the public by state foresters and timberland owners, but it was a hard sell.

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Statues and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King won’t be offended by his possible eviction because he’s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail. The free-spending legislature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue — like it does — to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one — or both — of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if they’ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the legislature decides to ask the Statuary Hall people if we could have a “Mainer

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All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maine’s two famous persons? I bet you can’t. I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up. Maine’s two famous persons are William King, Maine’s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s vice president. But they might not be there long. That’s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues – the one of William King – with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space.. Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take King’s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. King’s time is up. It’s not known if King’s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it won’t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craig’s List or eBay. Mason’s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum

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Students of the Quarter

Lisbon Resident Appointed to Maine Commission for Community Service

Lisbon High School is proud to announce the Students of the Quarter for Quarter 1. Pictured (1-r) with family members are: Natalie Thomsen - senior, Selena Cordner - junior, Matt McPhee - sophomore, Kane Strout - freshmen.

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The Outreach Committee of the Lisbon United Methodist Church extends a grateful “Thank you” to all who at-

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The generous donations of cash and foods allowed the church to fill boxes of holiday meals for 21 local families. n

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, and Lisbon resident, Ross Cunningham, has been appointed to the Maine Commission for Community Service. He swore the Oath of Office for this prestigious position before Dedimus Justice Andrew Silsby, on December 1, 2015. Cunningham was appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Paul LePage on November 23, 2015. The mission of the Maine Commission for Community Service is to “foster community service and volunteerism to meet human and environmental needs in the State of Maine.” Cunningham has embodied this mission throughout his career, making this appointment a natural extension of his life’s work. “I am honored to be chosen to serve our state in this capacity,” Cunningham remarked. “Community Service is something I valued during my military career and now in my work and personal life.

I’m looking forward to encouraging volunteerism on a statewide platform.” Ross Cunningham is a founding member of Positive Change Lisbon and still serves on the Board of Directors for that volunteer organization. Their mission is to bring together the resources of Business people, local Government and Citizens, partnering together in a positive environment, to improve the image of our community. They hold over 12 community events each year in Lisbon creating a vibrant interactive community. . Commissioner terms of service are three years, with an option for reappointment. The Commissioners are a diverse, bipartisan group of 25 citizens, actively engaged in community service, and represent every region of the state. The seats on the board are designated in statute such that each person represents at least one facet of the community volunteer service sector.n

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American Legion Post #181 in Litchfield honored several WWII veterans at their Veteran’s Day event at the Post. A certificate of recognition was also presented to the Post by Mr. Teague Morris of Senator Angus King’s office.

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Spirit for Lisa Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser

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ity through her hard work and dedication by bringing out the best in all the lives that she has touched. In the short time since the Fighting Spirit has moved to Lewiston, Maine, Lisa has worked to establish a youth hockey program, reading program for local schools, and organized fundraisers for the Dempsey Challenge and local homeless veterans. At this time the friends and families of the L/A Fighting Spirit Skate Program are looking to raise money to help support Lisa and her family in this fight. While Lisa does have insurance, it will not cover the expenses the family is incurring at this time and much will need to be paid out of pocket. A gofundme campaign has been established for Lisa to help offset the significant medical expenses forthcoming. No amount is too small. Thank you enough for your support. https://www.gofundme. com/lisasimmons “Once a Spirit Always a Spirit” n

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New Year’s Cheers That Won’t Derail Your Weight Management Goals Jodi Cornelio

So you’re on track with your New Year’s resolutions to manage your weight and it’s been a long week and you just want to kick back and enjoy a cocktail with friends without blowing your diet. By making the right beverage choices

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Do you know that the average American gets 21% of their daily recommended calories from beverages according to a study performed by the U.S. Beverage Guidance Panel. They are not necessarily referring to alcohol. Alcohol accounts for a small portion of these calories at 96 calories per 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. Paying attention to what you mix your cocktail with is the secret. Here are the se-

crets at avoiding cocktail calories. •Choose 100% pure or freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon or lime juice. 100% cranberry with no sugar added is a good choice. Tomato and V-8

juices are good choices as well, high in fiber and low in calories. •Use club soda or seltzer water over tonics. Tonics have just as many calories and sugars as soda. There are many flavored seltzers that can add an extra jazz to your beverage. Find one you like and add a fresh lemon or lime squeeze for extra flavor. •Stay clear of cream, liqueurs, grenadines or sweet vermouths. They can double the calories in a cocktail. If you like that rosy red cocktail with the fancy glass that is typically laced with grenadine, try making your own. You can get the same look and a sweet taste with fewer calories by boiling down pomegranate juice and adding stevia to sweeten. •Sip your cocktail and make it last. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help you pace yourself not to over drink. •Pay attention to moderation. From a weight management stand point, your resolve can be really strong when you are sober, but after


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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 I’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

don’t burn immediately 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 triglycerides—called hypertriglyceridemia—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. “Mg/dL” 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 intake 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 triglycer-

ides may have to limit their intake of carbohydrates 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 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 ker-

nels. * Eat oily fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, 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 you’re a regular reader of this column, you must know by now that smoking doesn’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 re-

duce triglycerides. Hypertriglyceridemia can run in families. While high triglycerides don’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, we’ll focus upon cholesterol.] If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ n

Central Maine Healthcare Earns Smoke-Free Award Central Maine Healthcare (CMH) has earned a gold star for its efforts to create a tobacco-free environment and support tobacco-free lifestyles. The Maine TobaccoFree Hospital Network, a program of the Breathe Easy Coalition of Maine, recognized Central Maine Medical Center, Bridgton Hospital and Rumford Hospital for achieving Gold Star Standards of Excellence in their work to curtail tobacco use. The three hospitals met all 10 criteria for meeting best practice standards for addressing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through comprehensive policies, education, social norm change, and treatment support. CMH first adopted a tobacco-free campus policy in 2004. By advancing to Gold Star Standards of Excellence, the organization has expanded its effort to deliver high quality healthcare and promote disease prevention in a tobacco-

free environment. “We know that tobacco use, smoking and environmental tobacco smoke pose serious health and safety risks and undermine medical treatment. To maintain a safe health care environment for patients, employees, volunteers and visitors, as well as to maximize our ability to help patients get better, faster, we must reduce exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, including second- and third-hand smoke,” said Sharron Sieleman, R.N., vice president for nursing at CMMC. Sieleman led Central Maine Healthcare’s efforts to gain Gold Star status for addressing tobacco use on the organization’s campuses. All Maine hospitals meeting at least seven of the ten standards are invited to apply for Maine Tobacco-Free Hospital Network recognition. Hospitals are recognized at the gold, silver, or bronze level depending on the number of evi-

dence-based strategies they have met. Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the country and a major contributor to health care costs. “Hospitals are health and wellness role models for their communities, so it’s important for them to set an example around reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke,” said Breathe Easy Coalition Program Coordinator Sarah Mayberry. “The Gold Star

Standards of Excellence program are an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of Maine hospitals to create policies addressing these issues.” The 10 Gold Star Standards of Excellence include creating a 100 percent tobacco-free campus, implementing evidence-based treatment strategies, divesting from tobacco industry stock, promoting smoke-free lodging options for visitors, and providing tobacco treat-

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Bobcat Rescues Carleen Cote

Bobcats reside in southern Canada and most of the US. Their preferred habitats are swamps, rocky ledges and coniferous forests. Although they are abundant, they are seldom seen. Except during breeding season, they are solitary. When the female is in estrus, the male locates her by scent, spends a few days with her, then moves on to mate with other females. The female becomes pregnant in late winter; the gestation period is about 60 days. The birth of two or three kittens occurs from March to May. She stays with her babies, cleaning, nursing and keeping them warm for several days before leaving them to hunt food for herself, but stays close to her den. After about four weeks, the young begin to leave the den for short periods. The female supplements her milk with birds, squirrels, rab-

bits and, only rarely, will she kill a deer. The kittens are weaned by eight weeks of age and travel with the female, learning the skills they will need to survive, especially hunting and killing for food. As with foxes and other carnivores, they will cover or drag under brush any meat they do not consume. Unlike the females, who prefer a smaller range of travel, using it more intensely, the males travel up to 20 miles, covering three to four miles a day. The cats mark their territory by leaving scats, spraying urine and rubbing anal glands on objects and leaving scratch marks on trees. Several bobcats have resided at our Wildlife Care Center. Most arrive suffering from starvation during harsh winters with heavy snowfall, making food sources nearly impossible to find. Some have left vivid memories, such as the bobcat that was in such a state of starvation that it was eating bird seed that had fallen from a feeder. The homeowner notified

Fish and Wildlife, and it was picked up and brought to us. Through lots of TLC, warmth and good food, it gained weight and was released in a game preserve the next spring. Another starving cat was found in a woodshed at the home of a friend. She was concerned because the shed had no door to contain the cat so my husband Donald suggested nailing a blanket to the doorway. We hurried to her aid (though it was a two-hour drive!) to find the cat safe in the shed. Donald was able to secure it with a catchpole. In the spring, our friend picked up the cat, returning it to the area where it grew up. Another bobcat was found on the side of the road, hit by a vehicle. Our fear was that it might have a broken back or leg and couldn’t be saved – but, we were relieved to find it soon recovered, running around its pen. Another cat, not as fortunate, needed a leg amputation. It lived at the Center for many years and died from natural causes. Another “life-timer”, still at the

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Center, was found hiding under the porch of a home, its paws frozen into the ice. It was freed, but in the process, fur and flesh was torn from a paw, which needed to be amputated. Two young bobcat kittens came to us with very different outcomes. The first one was found by a homeowner who thought it was a stray cat. The kitten scratched her and, realizing it was wild, she brought it to us. After discussing it with her employer, a physician, he immediately called Human Services and protocol dictated the bobcat be euthanized to be tested for rabies. The test was negative. We were all saddened. The second kitten’s fate was more positive. It had wandered into a store in Saco. We cared for it throughout the winter and released it back to the wild the next spring. Another rehabber had received a nine-week-old kitten that was more than she could handle so she asked if we could take it. A few hours later we brought the kitten to the Center, where it prospered. On a winter night after one of our many snow storms, Donald opened the pen’s door to feed the cat, and in an instant it jumped out!

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The worse case scenario went through his mind: would it climb the fence to the road and get hit by a car? Fortunately, with the fresh snow on the ground, Donald followed its tracks – which led to cedar trees. He hurried to set up a live trap, never really expecting the cat to go inside. As he walked away, however, he heard the faint sound of the trap closing. Relieved, Donald returned to cat to its pen, vowing to henceforth feed it before dark! However, on yet another occasion, the quick cat escaped to the opened door – but instead of trying to escape, it stopped in front of the cage momentarily then jumped back in! To show his appreciation to

the “hand” that fed him, the bobcat later reached out with a paw, sinking it into Donald’s hand as he fed him. The cat sat on his haunches, giving Donald a mischievous look as if questioning, “now what are you going to do?” The cat’s name appropriately became “Spitfire!” Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a nonprofit facility, supported entirely by the Cotes’ own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989. n

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