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The Manchester Apple Festival was attended by hundreds of people from all over Kennebec County and beyond. The September 26 event was held at Lakeside Orchards and Farm Market and sponsored by Kennebec Savings Bank, Manchester Lions Club, New England Sports & Spine, Scott’s Recreation, B & S Paving, J & S Oil, Fielder’s Choice, Longfellows Greenhouses, National Filter Media, Worthing’s Waste Systems, FABCO and Hope Baptist Church. The event, which has

Trevor Chute from Kents Hill prepares to let the apple fly from the Apple Launcher. A large target was about 50 feet away for his three tries for dollar. Many other activities were in use by the younger Apple Fest visitors.

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

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Grouse Days

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

There can be no doubt, either, that our fondness for this fall game bird has something to do with its sweet flesh. They eat well.There is only one way to prepare and cook grouse, no matter what you hear or read in cook books. Cut up the breast in strips a half inch thick. Lightly sautee them in an iron skillet with butter and garnish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Don’t overcook. Sportsmen have been known to parboil a partridge breast in a bean pot or smother the overcooked breast with a creamy sherry sauce. This is a sacrilege, a culinary crime of the first order. Drown a woodcock breast in the bean pot if you must, but grouse richly deserve the respect reflected in the cooking adage that less is more. There is an additional reason why the grouse is the hallowed game bird, why the hunt for ruffed grouse has been the subject of so much attention over the years from sporting artists and legendary outdoor writers. It is the time of year, October, when fall foliage is a feast

for the eyes and the air is clear and cool in popple swamps and alder swales. Then there is, for many of us, the main reason to be there picking our way through the thornapples, alder tangles and wire birches, the gun dog: the Setters, the Pointers, the Britts and the German Short Hairs. It is a rare upland bird hunter who doesn’t nurture and treasure a special relationship with his gun dog. Legendary grouse writer Corey Ford captures man’s romance with his gun dog in “The Road to Tinkhamtown. The old man in the story spends his final hours reliving his days in the grouse covers with his beloved Shad. “...Shad was standing motionless. The white fan of his tail was lifted a little and his backline was level, the neck craned forward, one foreleg cocked. His flanks were trembling with the nearness of the grouse, and a thin skein of drool hung from his jowels. The dog did not move as he approached, but the brown eyes rolled back until their whites showed, looking for him. “Steady boy,” he called. His throat

Sally of Seboeis as a pup with me at camp, circa 2000. was tight , the way it always got when Shad was on point, and he had to swallow hard. “Steady, I’m coming.” This time of year, especially this time of year, memories of my “Shad” - a soft-haired English Setter named Sally of Seboeis - take up residence in my daydreams. She was far from a “finished” gun dog, but she wanted to please and took to the hunt with enthusiasm and

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

you. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ sportingjournal.com . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.” n

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

goal as we begin our new membership initiatives this year. Cynergy is growing, and we’re glad to be able to provide opportunities for the young professionals and leaders of tomorrow to network, develop and grow.” Cynergy is a group of Capital area young people (ages 21 - 40), connecting to encourage professional development, networking and community growth.

Being a part of Cynergy gives members an opportunity to use their talents, skills, enthusiasm and high energy to further their own growth and career interests while seeking ways to support community needs. Cynergy brings young people together who work or live in the capital area who want to connect with each other and play a role in the future success of this area. Ross Cunningham, Presi-

dent & CEO Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, commented, “The Chamber is proud to support this energetic group of regional young professionals. They have a fantastic slate of events lined up for the year and we look forward to their continued growth and success.” Cynergy’s next event, a professional development opportunity, will be held on October 22nd. The group is hosting a CEP

a panel of CEOs from the community who will be available to answer questions and speak about their success. A special thank you to Maine State Credit Union and O’Connor AutoPark

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Business Expo Coming to the Augusta Civic Center

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

show have been gearing up for months - preparing their Halloween themed booths and finding creative ways to highlight their latest products and services," Cunningham added. "The EXPO is the premier occasion for highly-concentrated networking. Exhibitors and attendees both have a lot to gain in new customers, new service providers, new product information, and new connections!" Attendees will have the opportunity to enter to win a variety of prizes, totaling over $5,000, and will have the opportunity to take advantage of promotional offers and product samples from the exhibitors. The grand prize of $1000 cash, sponsored by Ganneston Construction Corp, will be drawn

at the end of the show. The free reception from 5:00 -7:00 pm will include hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available throughout the entirety of the show. The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce would like to express their thanks to Major Sponsors Kennebec Savings Bank, FairPoint Communications, Electricity Maine and The University of Maine at Augusta - celebrating 50 years, along with Media Sponsor Kennebec Journal and Platinum Sponsors Alternative Manufacturing Inc, Cape Air and CBRE/The Boulos Company. The Chamber also expresses their gratitude to Gold Sponsors Capital Augusta Properties, Everett J. Prescott, Inc.,

ABC Quilt Project

The Village Scrappers of Livermore have taken on a portion of the ABC Quilt project. Connie Warren has been the Chairperson for entire state for many years. Through discussions with Connie and our involvement with the project since 1995 we offered to assist with quilt distribution in the western part of Maine. The area includes Hospitals in

Farmington, Rumford and Lewiston. We are also covering Fire & Rescue for Jay, Livermore Falls, Fayette and Livermore. This year we delivered over 70 quilts to these facilities. Quilts and blankets were made for anyone from a new born to a teenager. The ABC Quilts Project originally was formed in 1988, to provide quilts for babies

who were abandoned due to substance abuse or HIV/Aids infections. The program has evolved to include any baby or child in need. We give from the heart out of a generosity of spirit. The giving is without expectation of return. Although each quilt is personally signed by the maker with the message “Love and Comfort to you from…” there is

Housing Initiatives of New England, TD Bank and Turner Publishing and Hospitality Sponsors Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc., Commercial Properties Management, LLC, D.R. Struck Landscape Nursery, Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, Emery's Meat & Produce, G & E Roofing Co., Inc., IIS Financial, J.S. McCarthy Printers, PERFORMANCE FoodserviceNorthCenter and State of Maine DECD. Grab a stack of business cards and get ready to have a delightful time at the KV Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business EXPO! For more information, please visit KennebecValleyChamber.com or call 207-623-4559. n

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“To be Your Own Physician” Lecture The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Augusta, Maine is sponsoring a talk this month entitled “To be your own physician – the healing power of Christian Science.” This talk, presented by Kari Mashos of Cape Neddick, Maine, and Athens, Greece, takes place on Thursday, October 22nd at 7pm in the church at 6 Williams Street in Augusta (right

behind Old Fort Western). In “To be your own physician – the healing power of Christian Science,” Mashos, an international speaker, presents a deep discussion into the healing method of Christ Jesus as found in Christian Science, including how to apply the divine metaphysics of Christian prayer and current examples of healing through God. n

20 Hour Facilitator Training Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area will offer a 20 hour facilitator training for their grieving children’s program, Hope’s Place, starting Wednesday, October 14, 2015. The training dates will be Saturdays: October 17 and 24 from 8:30-12:30pm and Monday and Wednesdays: October 14, 19, 21 and 28 from 5:30-8:30pm. Those who complete the training are prepared to co-facilitate a peer grief support group for children, teens, their parents or guardians. The mission of Hope’s Place is to provide a safe, supportive environment for grieving children, teens

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Eyeglasses for Uganda

Members of Kennebec Valley Baptist Church are going to Uganda on a missions trip in October and are collecting used eyeglasses to be fitted to indigent residents who desperately need eyecare but are unable to afford nor access them. Eye doctors

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The flow of e-mails over the transom here at Storyteller Central has slowed a bit now that our summer visitors‚ (sometimes known affectionately in town as “summer complaints) have packed up and gone home. But people from away are still sending e-mails to me, hoping get answers to one question or another. For example Peter from Virginia e-mailed: “John, We’ve been staying a few weeks in a nice cottage on the grounds of a resort on the coast. While here we first want you to know how much we enjoyed reading your column in the weekly newspaper. After reading a few of your pieces we thought you’d probably be able to answer a question for us. Several tourist brochures we’ve seen boast that Maine is a fourseason resort‚ yet people we’ve met and talked to,

people who live here yearround chuckle, at the idea. Who’s right? Is Maine a four-season resort or isn’t it?” Thanks for the e-mail Peter. I think I’ve seen some of those brochures that boast of our mythical four seasons‚ but after living year-round in Maine for as long as I have I only wonder where these people learned to count. Here in the USA we have freedom of speech and that freedom even extends to our tourist promotion people. You can say - for tourist promotion purposes - that Maine has four seasons. But in fairness you should quickly mention that it is possible to get snowed on in at least three maybe even four of thoe seasons. Then, of course, there’s “mud season,” for which no use has yet to be found. I can hear some of you now: “John, are you seri-

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ening rod, that was being installed on top of barns and houses all over the place. As these quacks saw it, lightening was made up of intense heat, Ben’s new invention was interfering with the life of lightening, therefore Ben and Ben alone was most likely responsible for all the heat being lost. Later, when we learned a little more about this crazy planet, it was thought that the cold weather - more than likely - was caused by a number of large volcanic eruptions that occurred on the other side of the world in 1814-1815 in places like the Philippines and Indonesia. I know it’s a longwinded answer to a simple question, Peter, but sometimes there’s no way around it. In a related e-mail, Will

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Genealogy Tourism Becoming Increasingly Popular By Victor Block Planning a visit to Poland, where his ancestors had lived, Bernard Janicki went online and tracked down the parish priest in the village where his mother had been born. When he arrived, the pastor helped him find church records that traced his grandfather’s lineage to 1819, and the maternal side of his family back to 1751. Thus he became one of an increasing number of people who have made genealogy tourism – combining travel with research to trace their family roots -- one of the fastest growing segments of the tourism industry. The wealth of information available online is a good place to begin a trip down memory lane. A few strokes on a computer keyboard can unearth census records, ship passenger lists, immigration documents and a treasure trove of other data. The National Archives contains a mother lode of information. The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the world’s largest depository, with records from over 100 countries. Ancestry.com, which claims the title of world’s largest online resource for family history information, includes billions of historical records on its websites. But no amount of knowledge can compete with the thrill of making personal contact with relatives you might not have known exist, or visiting places where your forebears lived and your family roots were planted. Tour companies offer both organized group trips and individual visits to states and countries where birth, marriage, death and other sources of information await discovery. There even are genealogy cruises for people who prefer to combine a learning experience with the opportunity to take to the high seas. Family Tree Tours takes small groups of travelers to Germany, Poland and Ireland. The company obtains research information from

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Gardiner Main Street Presents Oktoberfest

Ride in the pig, and roll out the barrel – it’s Swine and Stein time! On October 10th, 2015, Water Street in Historic Gardiner will be transformed as Gardiner Main Street produces its eccentric version of a traditional Oktoberfest. Our 6th annual event includes an oompah band as well as scrumptious pork, and other creative culinary dishes, a wide selection of Maine craft beers, and entertainment from some of Maine’s best musicians. The festivities begin at 11:30am and run through 6:30pm. A number of popular restaurants and street vendors from across the state will be teaming up to serve an array of porkdriven dishes, including succulent pulled pork and sausages of all sorts. Get your pig on bread, plate, or stick, but make sure you get some because this event can satisfy everyone’s taste buds. In addition to beer, pork, and music, experience a number of unique activities, including a rubber chicken fling, frozen Tshirt race, and the 4th annual Maine rock, paper, scissors championship. The annual beard and moustache competition will return for its second year with various catego-

ries, including a faux beard making contest for kids. This family-friendly event offers pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and other children’s activities. Expect entertainment for all ages, music of all types while reacquainting yourself with businesses throughout our historic Downtown, several of which are offering promotions and contests during the event. This is a great opportunity to take in some of the best that Maine culture has to offer. Ready to take your beer knowledge to the next level? Join “Beer U” at Swine and Stein Oktoberfest. The “Beer Geeks” from Craft Beer Cellar will guide you through the finer points of your delicious malt beverage. Your $50

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Missing Flag Creating Mystery at Turner Highlands There has been an on going mystery through out the summer at Turner Highlands golf course. Earlier this year a flag from the Turner Highlands disappeared. The flag has since been spotted at various places, often with popular PGA golfers and even NBC's Today Show host Matt Lauer. Each May the Turner Highlands club holds a tournament to raise money for a scholarship fund created for young members that are continuing they're education beyond high school. A few days after the scholarship tournament last May, a red flag from the 17th hole disappeared. Course co-owner George Chiasson was not happy, and at the time had put the word out he would like who ever took the flag to return it, or at least return the pole it was hanging from. Then a few weeks after the red Turner Highlands flag disappeared, the flag was spotted, on Facebook. In early June the flag appeared on Facebook with its own page, listed as 'Turnah Flag'. A photo with a post by the 'Turnah Flag' stated, “My last day at work. I quit a few weeks ago and made my escape. I'm off to find new adventures. Good bye Turner Highlands.” And the mystery began. Word began to circulate around the course of the missing Red Flag. There were reports circulating

that a red flag was spotted in a black convertible at the Highlands around that time. The course owners were quizzed daily on who had the flag, but they had no answers. Chiasson just continued to say he wanted his flag stick back. Then one of the club members reportedly had contact with the Turnah Flag on Facebook. She was told the Flag was going to return eventually in time for the next Scholarship Tournament, with hopes of raising money for the scholarship fund. Of course the person making contact with the flag became a 'suspect'. She has denied having any knowledge of the flag's where abouts, but remains a 'person of interest'. There have been no other direct communications reported with 'Turnah Flag'. The flag has not responded to my efforts to talk. Course co-owner Donna Chiasson has not been able to determine the flag's identity, but hears the rumors and suspects names. “I have been asked a hundred times this summer, who has the flag, but I really don't know,” she told me by phone last week. “I have heard rumors and it has been fun, but nobody really knows for certain. There have been a few people that were strongly rumored, but just as someone appears to be the person, somebody else becomes a suspect. Maybe one day we will

know for sure.” The Turnah Flag went on to have a busy summer by posting photos and comments from many events and places through out the country. First came photos from the Travelers Championship PGA event that took place in Hartford, CT, in late June. There were several photos posted from the event, including with popular PGA golfers including Keegan Bradley and Stewart Cink, who were also among the golfers that signed the flag. Then came a report the flag was on a road trip and a photo taken with NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer was posted. Next came photos from an Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. As attention grew for the flag, rumors persisted at the course. Reports of the flag being spotted were circulating, from being seen in a black convertible to one report of the flag pulling out of the Highlands on a Harley Davidson. Photos would begin to appear with the flag spotted at various homes around the course, with denials all around on who was hosting the flag. “It's not me,” was the answer to many accusations. Nobody could be pinned down, as each time somebody was suspected, the flag would appear somewhere else. The flag has been photographed at events ranging from a Steelers game

NBC Today Show host Matt Lauer holds the “Turnah Flag.” in Pittsburgh, PA to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park in Boston and recently at a Blue Angels air show. It has been seen on the local news and even a local news broadcast in Hartford, Connecticut. While at the Bridgestone Invitational PGA event in Akron, Ohio last August it was photographed with more golfers including Patrick Reed and 3 time PGA Major Champion Padraig Harrington, who also signed it.

Through out the summer the flag was photographed with many other golfers including British Open winner Zach Johnson, 21 time PGA Champion Davis Love, III, 34 time PGA winner VJ Singh and more. The flag is full of signatures from golf greats. The golfers reported to have signed the flag have combined to win well over 100 PGA events. To this day, despite reports of sightings, many rumors and accusations of

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Physical Therapy Dept. Offers New Services Two Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) physical therapists, Rebecca Gagnon-Pillsbury, MSPT, ATC, CLT; and Heather Patterson, PT; recently completed an extensive threeday course in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy, level 1, offered by the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. As a result, they are accepting referrals from primary care providers to treat female patients who have pelvic floor disorders. Through the normal movement and stresses associated with daily living, a woman’s pelvic floor can weaken or carry undue stress, resulting in urinary or bowel urgency, incontinence, constipation, pelvic pain, back pain, or pain with intercourse. Physical therapy can break into those dysfunctional cycles through education, behavior modification, and exercises to facilitate normal coordination

of pelvic floor muscles. Patients seeking treatment will have an initial evaluation that includes an extensive history interview, examination of the spine and lower extremities, biofeedback assessment of the pelvic floor muscles and abdominal muscles, an internal pelvic floor assessment, and education and initiation of a home program of exercises. “We are very excited to have our physical therapy department add the treatment of pelvic floor disorders to the services we provide,” said Susan Loughrey, FMH interim director of physical rehabilitation & sports medicine. “Many women suffer from urgency, urinary and stress incontinence, back pain, and pelvic pain that can have a great impact on their lives. A woman who suffers from these symptoms should talk to her doctor about it; incontinence can be treated.”

Patterson and GagnonPillsbury plan to also complete levels 2 and 3 offered by the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association, which will result in a Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP). The CAPP is awarded to physical therapists who complete three courses of training in pelvic physical therapy, pass written and clinical testing requirements at each level, and successfully complete a written case report. Other women’s health services offered by the FMH Physical Therapy department include: treatment for back pain related to pregnancy and post-partum issues; lymphedema; postoperative breast care; treatment of lower back pain; and osteoporosis. For more information or appointments call 7792620. n

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Traveling into the Back Country of Central Maine During Colonial Times

Submitted byt Dale Potter-Clark Unlike today, in 1770 there were no roads from southern New England into central Maine, or from Hallowell towards Winthrop and Farmington. The Kennebec River and Cobbosseeconte waterway was utilized because all that even resembled a road were some blazed trails left by the earliest trappers and scouts. So, how did our forefathers manage to get to their new homeland in the “back country”, and what were some of the challenges they faced? In the Colonial era cargo schooners – called “wood coasters” - were the quickest and cheapest route from southeastern

Massachusetts and Portsmouth towards the central Maine frontier. During the warmer months dozens of them plied the coastal waters carrying country goods to and from those ports to Maine – one being Hallowell. Those vessels were the work horses for coastal trade and carried everything from timber and coal to bricks, general cargo, or loads of hay. They also provided cheap transport for aspiring pioneers. With good weather and favorable winds midcoast Maine was a day’s sail away from Boston for a fare of about $2.00 - about a week’s wages. Most often the men folk went ahead first to pave the way and to prepare

primitive homes for their wives and children. They sailed to Phippsburg, and then up the Kennebec River to the head of tide at Hallowell. From there most of them stopped at Fort Western to purchase provisions, familiarize themselves with the area and to talk to local people about what they might encounter on the journey ahead. Fully equipped with tools and whatever provisions they needed, they may have hired someone with an ox cart to haul their belongings. The trail into the backcountry was still rough and rugged at that time, so more than likely they rigged up some kind of primitive carriers and did their own

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Pioneers stopped by General Howard’s store at Fort Western to purchase supplies they needed, and to familiarize themselves with the area before proceeding into the backcountry.

lugging. From Hallowell they proceeded westward towards no man’s land. Some newcomers had the benefit of following a marked trail, which was created sometime around 1766. It was a primitive pathway on which a few bushes had been cleared and a line of trees blazed, and it led to the more populated southern section of Pondtown (Winthrop). In the northern part of Pondtown (Readfield) it is reasonable to say another trail would have been used – the same one traveled by Indians from Bombahook (Hallowell) towards the Sandy River. They climbed steep hills, forded streams and inched their way through dense forest until they reached their destination. There was no semblance of civilization when they stopped several miles west of the Kennebec River. The trail from Hallowell to northern Pondtown was described as a “tortuous road” by someone who used that route

in 1799. Imagine what it must have been like in 1770 when the earliest adventurers passed through. It was around this time that geographer Thomas Prentiss wrote of the mid Maine backcountry: “When a traveler attains the summit of a hill, the whole around him appears like an ocean of woods, swelled and depressed in its surface like the great ocean itself.” The countryside was completely unsettled, and populated with animals such as bear, wolves, fishers and wildcats. The pioneers were constantly vigilant for any signs of marauding Indians – or worse yet - attacks. No one had warned them about the terrible onslaught of the tiny but virulent black flies and mosquitoes. The trekkers had no immunity to the venom of black flies. Their eyes swelled shut and the insects literally became embedded in their swollen, inflamed skin. It would be so interest-

ing to hear the settler’s stories first hand, but those opportunities passed long ago. So, to put their trek into perspective just imagine hiking into the wilds of Baxter State Park with no firsthand knowledge of the area, without a map, compass, insect repellant or sufficient shoes and clothing. Add to that vision with all of your worldly possessions in tow. Those men and women were truly courageous, adventuresome and eager for a new start. Those of us who live in beautiful Central Maine today can thank them for their sacrifices and for paving the way into the Central Maine back country. This article was written by Dale Marie Potter-Clark who is the Historical Consultant for the Readfield Historical Society. She also offers community education about Readfield’s history, and organizes "Readfield History Walks". FMI visit www.readfieldmaine. blogspot.com. n

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MaineGeneral Medical Center Earns Harvest Festival Path to Excellence Award MaineGeneral’s efforts to improve patient experience have been recognized by the National Research Corporation with a 2015 Path to Excellence award. MaineGeneral was recognized at the 21st Annual NRC Picker Patient-Centered Care Symposium in Washington, DC on Sept. 20. The medical center was one of four facilities nationwide in the 100 to 300-bed category selected for the award. The selection was based on inpatient performance and covers the time period of April 2014 to March 2015. MaineGeneral was noted for being one of the two most improved

facilities, showing the highest increase in percentage of patients rating the medical center a 9 or 10 from the previous year’s performance. “Our goal at MaineGeneral is to provide the best service and highest level of compassion and care to every patient, every time,” said Jennifer Riggs, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “This award is a testament to the commitment and hard work of our staff. Their dedication to providing highquality care and continuous improvement –and always keeping our patients first – is truly inspirational.” n

The Belgrade Harvest Festival and Scarecrow Contest will take place Saturday, October 10, from 10am to 4pm. Belgrade Village will be filled with fun! There will be food, music, horsedrawn wagon rides, business specials, a farmers market and demonstrations. From 11am to 2pm at the Belgrade Community Center for All Seasons,

there will be a bounce house, pumpkin carving, touch a truck, crafts, games, food and so much more. Don’t forget to vote during the Scarecrow Contest. For more information, visit www.belgradelakesmaine.com or find the Belgrade Lakes Region Business Group on Facebook. n

Halloween Party

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Non-solicitation and non-distribution policies even where there is no union Submitted by Rebecca Webber No union? Your business still needs to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Act. The issue getting a lot of attention is facebook messages and what can be done about them when employees slam their bosses or employer’s business but there are other issues too, and those apply to non-unionized workplaces as well as places with unions. The Supreme Court has long held that the right of employees to communicate with one another regarding self-organization at the job site is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Section 7 is the part of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that gives employees the right to self-organization. This part of the NLRA applies to non-unionized

workplaces as well as places with unions. Section 8 is the portion of the NLRA that makes it illegal to interfere with the rights set out in Section 7 and describes what are called “unfair labor practices.” Prohibiting union solicitation but allowing other types of solicitation would be called an unfair labor practice. The right to communicate set out in Section 7 encompasses the right to distribute union literature. The Court has affirmed this right in a variety of settings. See, e.g., Beth Israel Hosp. v. NLRB, 437 U.S. 483, 507 (1978) (holding that a hospital violates Section 8(a)(1) by preventing an employee from distributing union materials “during nonworking time in nonworking areas, where the facility has not justified the prohibition as necessary to avoid dis-

ruption of health-care operations or disturbance of the patients”). Limits on distribution policies apply to email as well. An employer may not single out union-related messages for harsher treatment, whether explicitly in its policy or by enforcing a policy only against union communications. For example, if an employer allows employees to send personal messages using company email, it must allow them to send union-related email messages. Similarly, an employer that allows employees to solicit coworkers on behalf of various organizations may not prohibit messages soliciting on behalf of a union. Limits imposed with a union in mind will need to be evaluated in terms of all the non-union solicitation and distribution that often takes place in any workplace. For ex-

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ample, as one court noted, the employer, a hospital, “had permitted use of the cafeteria for other types of solicitation, including fund drives, which, if not to be equated with union solicitation in terms of potential for generating controversy, at least indicates that the hospital regarded the cafeteria as sufficiently commodious to admit solicitation and distribution without disruption.” Beth Israel Hosp. v. N.L.R.B., 437 U.S. at 502-03. The Court did acknowledge that union activity was recognized as possibly generating behavior that was “undesirable in the hospital's cafeteria,” but held that there were “less restrictive means of regulating organizational activity” that were more focused on the precise harm to be avoided. In other words, if the concern is noise, limit noise, but not all union gatherings; if the concern is crowding, limit meetings to less crowded times rather than impose a blanket prohibition. In another case, the employer allowed a wide variety of solicitations – without discipline – including solicitations at work stations for Girl Scout cookies, ‘beach balm’ suntan lotion, March of Dimes, United Way, Secretary’s Day, and Boss’ Day, and ‘going away’ parties, birthday parties, and other social occasions. In addition, conversation was not limited to just work but included a wide range of subjects unrelated to

work, with no resultant counseling. In contrast, an employee soliciting on behalf of a union was disciplined for both discussing and soliciting the signing of a union card. That employer was found in violation of the NLRA. Guidelines: 1. Don’t wait and update/revise/review policies until after union activity has already begun. 2. Decide what the harms are that the policy is intended to prevent: disruption of customer service? Customers seeing disturbing information? Noise? Crowding? Distraction during working times as opposed to breaks or off duty periods? Don’t suddenly have a concern about noise, though, for example, just at the same time someone first posts a piece of union literature on a bulletin board. 3. Draft a policy that is focused on doing just what is necessary to accomplish those goals and address the identified concerns. 4. Don’t have a policy that allows unlimited exceptions so long as approved by someone in management. 5. Don’t have a policy that forbids union activity, or that is used to discipline an employee for union activity, when other solicitation activity is allowed. 6. Don’t have an access policy that forbids solicitation and distribution in areas where non-union solicitations and distributions have taken place in the past.

7. Do have a policy that limits access solely with respect to the interior of the facility and other working areas; “mixed use” areas or areas that have been used for solicitation in non-union activities cannot be limited in terms of the content of the use by employees and discussion allowed. 8. Do disseminate the policy to all employees, not just the ones engaging in activities associated with unions. 9. Do have a policy that applies to off-duty employees seeking access to the facility for any purpose (or base the limits on criteria like location and whether interfering with customer service). You can have exceptions that allow access by employees in their capacity not as employees but as customers/patients/visitors themselves with that access simply requiring that employees in those capacities follow the same rules as any other customer/patient/visitor. 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; 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. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853. n

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Klahr Center hosts the 2015 Pride Film Festival

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, the UMA Diversity Committee, and Katz Library present the 2015 Pride Film Festival at the Michael Klahr Center on October 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 7 p.m. The Pride Film Festival was created three years ago by a group of individuals on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta with the goal of showing films that encouraged discussion and celebration of the LGBTQ community in central Maine. All films are free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments are provided, and a discussion is held following each film. The 2015 festival begins on Thursday, October 8th with the showing of Pride (2014). One of the surprises of the Cannes Film Festival, and winner of the Queer Palm Award, The Guardian called Pride â&#x20AC;&#x153;Impassioned and lovable.â&#x20AC;? Set in 1984 in a small mining village in Wales, the film is the story of a group of gay and lesbian ac-

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Maine SBDC Announces 2015 State Star The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has selected Ann McAlhnay as the 2015 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ann is an incredible asset to our program and role model among her peers. She is well connected within the small business community and works closely with our partners to ensure the

success of her clients,â&#x20AC;? said Maine SBDC State Director, Mark Delisle. McAlhany is a certified business advisor at the Maine SBDC at CEI in Bangor. She works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Penobscot County to start and grow their businesses. In the nine years that McAlhany has been with the Maine SBDC, she has spent 9,649 hours advising 909 clients. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helped to start 57 businesses, create/retain 296 jobs, and generate almost $17 million in

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