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The “Concerts at Jewett” Series sponsored by University of Maine at Augusta College of Arts and Sciences and UMA Senior College will present “A Christmas Concert: Downeast Brass with Jay Zoller, Organist” on Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2PM at the South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church Street, Augusta. For years South Parish Congregational Church and its fine organist, Jay Zoller, have shared their magnificent organ with the public in a special holiday concert featuring the Downeast Brass Quintet. For the past few years, Concerts at Jewett has been happy to join them in co-sponsoring this event. Mr. Zoller plays the historic 1866 E. & G. G. Hook Organ for services and concerts. He comes to South Parish with long experience in church mu-
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Picking Pockets While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the topic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are up-to these days. According to the figures I found, our criminals have been busy as beavers. In the report I read, under the heading “larceny,” for example, were listed all the different ways a theft can be committed – ways you and I wouldn’t necessarily think of, unless we’re in the habit of thinking lawbreaking thoughts. There was shoplifting, theft of bicycles, theft of motor vehicles, theft of items from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and accessories and theft from 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 pickpocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals operating in tollbooths in York and Hampton, N.H. Those are perfectly
legal pickpocket operations and are fully authorized to pick any pockets that happen by. The statistic refers to those engaged in the unauthorized picking of pockets; those individuals who bump into you in a crowd at the Blue Hill, Cumberland, Fryeburg or Oxford fairs and lift the wallet right out of your pocket without
you being the wiser. I don’t mean to single out those fine fairs. Fact is, the picking of pockets can take place at almost any other fair in Maine even the Washington County Fair – if it were still in existence. After reading the pickpocket statistics I checked for my wallet and was glad to learn that it was still where it
was supposed to be. I don’t know about you, but I always thought pickpockets worked in big cities that were teeming with gullible easy marks who were just waiting to have their pocket picked by some welltrained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a person might go to learn how to pick
pockets. I know where you go to learn how to lobster or how to drag for fish and scallops or how to harvest wood and build boats, but where does someone go in Maine to learn the ancient art of pocket picking? My first impulse is to blame the whole pickpocket business on people from away. Why not? We blame them for just about everything else. Hard as it is to believe we may have within our borders a homegrown pick pocket class with its own homegrown pickpocket culture. But don’t look at me; I’m just writing about them. And if you think this column was just a distraction so I could move in and pick your pocket, you’re wrong. Go ahead; check for your wallet. If it’s missing – like I said – don’t look at me. n
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ately are converted to triglycerides to supply you with energy later. Your triglycerides level can be too high if you continue to consume more calories than you need. Of course, this causes obesity, too. Other causes of elevated 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 in-
drates to no more than 45 to 50 percent of total calories. * Avoid saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. This is a complex subject. A good starting point is to
take across the board. This means you have to reduce your consumption of not just fat, but carbohydrates and proteins. Substituting carbohydrates for fats can raise triglyceride levels. People with high triglycerides may have to limit their intake of carbohy-
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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@ healthygeezer.com. n
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The third annual Friends of the Library Holiday Sale is a great place to shop locally for home baked goods and unique gifts. A wide selection of homemade sweets and savories will be featured including: Christmas cookies, pies and cakes, jams, Christmas candy, cin-
namon sugar pecans, hot and spicy mixed nuts and cheese biscuits. Homemade soups and quiche will be offered for lunch between 11:30am and 1pm - take out is available. The Williams House Book Sale will be open and specially stocked with many nearly new
books , as well as some fine Maine books by Scott Nearing, John Gould and Marshall Dodge. The boutique will highlight Christmas decorations and gifts for the entire family. All proceeds will benefit the Cary Library/ Friends of the Library.n
Chamber President Appointed To Maine Commission For Community Service Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, 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, a chamber board member, on December 1, 2015. Cunningham was ap-
pointed 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.” Commissioner terms
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Join the AARP Tax-Aide Team! Give back to your community! Help your neighbors with the preparation of both their federal and state of Maine income tax returns. Help them find credits and/or deductions they deserve. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Volunteers do not need to be retired or AARP members. Current volunteers range in age from 20 to 85! In addition to tax preparation, many other volunteer opportunities are available. These include greeting taxpayers as they arrive at tax
volunteers are expected to attend the portion of the training that introduces volunteers to the policies and procedures related to the program. AARP Foundation TaxAide volunteers are asked to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week over the ten-week tax filing season which runs from February 1 through April 15. Many volunteers opt for more! All volunteers are reimbursed on a limited basis for qualified program-related expenses, including mileage. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program is the
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December’s Second Sunday event on Sunday, December 13 from 2-4pm, lead by Kerry Wilkins-Deming and Aleana Chaplin, will demonstrate how to create children’s fleece sleeping bags. Those who are not interested in making the sleeping bag can participate by making scarves or small lap blankets with fleece. Participants will come away with handmade, cozy pieces – great as gifts or to keep! Supplies will be provided and this event is open the public – all ages welcome. Mark your calendars and look forward to free activities on the second Sunday of every month at the Harlow. These events bring artists and art lovers together to enjoy the process of making art as well as looking at art and discussing it. Most events are perfect for families, and all are welcome. Children under 10 MUST be accompanied by an adult. These workshops take place every 2nd Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the Harlow Gallery, and are free and open to the public. Some materials are provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own as well. Let’s get creative! The Harlow Gallery’s Education Committee or-
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The Living Nativity Come and see the real reason for celebration and relive the true spirit of Christmas as Fayette Baptist Church presents the newly redesigned production of “The Living Nativity” on Friday and Saturday, December 11th and 12th at 7:00 PM in Fayette. Join us for an evening of Christmas music and drama and take a personal journey with Mary and Joseph to the stable following angels through a candle-lit path. Watch the expressions on the children’s faces change as you walk through a real stable and see the baby in a manger surrounded by live animals.
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From hearty chowder to fresh baked breads, no one leaves with an appetite, especially after the wrap up dessert table and a cup of freshly brewed coffee or other warm beverage. A great way to get some fun exercise before settling down to watch the football game!
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Winter Revels Announced
The sparkling lights of the season offer warmth, cheer and hope in this time of darkness. Decorated for the occasion, the historic hall is a welcoming refuge for this evening of music and fun. Delicious food and warm drinks enhance the feeling of camaraderie and warmth that is forever present during this time of year at the Revels. This year’s Revels features music from some of our most gifted local musicians, Don Petersen and Laura Grams. This is also a wonderful opportunity to hear the Belgrade Children Fiddlers, students of Ellen Gawler accompanied on guitar by Silas Rogers. A short playlet about the solstice written and directed by Pat Onion also features local children. To complete the evening, Maine comedian Randy Judkins offers an evening of fun and humor to lift the spirits of
The word “solstice” is derived from the Latin words for “sun” and “to stand still.” At highnoon on Winter Solstice the sun is directly overhead but this is the shortest and darkest day of the year. As the days grow darker and the Winter Solstice approaches, the folks at the Vienna Union Hall are busily preparing for the third annual Winter Revels. Revels, an occasions of “boisterous merrymaking and festivity” is exactly what is planned! In the Mt. Vernon/Vienna community the Revels is a long standing tradition to lighten the winter darkness. It has been enjoyed by residents far and wide over the years since the mid 70’s and for the third time is to be held in Vienna. Revels includes welcoming winter, community connections and the joys of the Christmas holiday.
Maine comedian Randy Judkins will perform at the Winter Revels in Vienna on December 19.
young and old. “Randy Judkins has become recognized throughout the United States as a popular vaudeville variety performing artist, an entertaining motivational speaker, master teacher and performance consultant. Randy began his career in 1975 with the goal of performing in every town in the beautiful state of Maine. However, word of his playful, engaging performances spread beyond his home state and he was soon performing in the greater New England area and beyond. While he still travels outside of New England for events and presentations, Randy is still fully committed to his original goal of performing in every town in ‘Vacationland’.” Randy is the originator and one of the three founding members of the Maine Hysterical Society often called ‘the best va-
riety comedy act in New England’. He has taught, among other things, at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s Clown College in Florida, Juilliard School of Drama in New York, and held a visiting artist position at Stephens College in Missouri teaching circus arts, mime and comedy. He is sure to leave the audience with a spring in the step and joy in the heart. Join us at the Vienna Union Hall on Saturday, December 19 at 7:00 PM for this night of fun and community. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 10 and under and babes in arms are free. Get your tickets early since the show has sold out each year. For advance tickets call Marianne 293-2674, Libby 293-2362 or Dodi 293-2670 or email email@example.com. n
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The Mulie Story
V. Paul Reynolds In the small Northwestern Colorado town of Maybell, the morning came on with low-lying dark clouds, rain and fog. For cow elk hunters, including Diane and myself, the nasty weather was a welcome respite from a week of too much sun and too much heat, even up high in the magnificent Danforth Hills. After a short drive we parked the truck and began the tough, hard-breathing ascent to a high, juniperstrewn plateau. The plan, once in place, was to glass the ravines and draws for an unsuspecting cow elk working its way up toward the bedding areas among the scrub oak clusters and timberlines even higher up. Dropping Diane off in a nice spot with lots of visibility in spite of the mist and fog, I worked my way up through the sage and junipers looking for a place worthy of a morning vigil. There was ample sign. Fresh elk and mulie deer tracks were evident, along with plenty of droppings, some old but some with that telltale sheen that quickens any hunter’s pulse rate. Soon, through the shifting mist and juniper groves, an expansive buff-colored meadow of tall sweetgrass showed itself. The meadow was festooned with dead juniper trees. In some ways it reminded me of a Maine bog, and it spoke to me of elk country in every way. I
settled in along the meadow’s edge, mesmerized by the shifting clouds of mist and the feeling that this would be the place where an elk tag could be filled, not tomorrow, but today! This was no place for daydreaming or nodding off. Although I could see for maybe 300 yards to the edge of the mist, the light was flat and there were dark bunches of sage among the tall grass and dead junipers. You had to look carefully and often. During my second scan, movement was detected. Moving ghostlike from right to left was a large critter at about 180 yards. A cow elk? Laying the Ruger One .270 atop the shooting stick, the slow-moving critter came into view in the scope. Then it stopped and munched at a shrub. Crosshairs aligned. Safety off. I could see antlers, a 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.
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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, of both persuasions. The mulie deer story in Colorado is an interesting one. There are three different rifle seasons for elk.
Mulie tags are only issued during the second and third elk seasons. So a first rifle season elk hunter, no matter how fat his wallet, cannot legally take a mulie. Those of us who have hunted elk in Colorado, usually first rifle season, just never bothered with mulies. We are having sec-
ond thoughts. Honestly, and I have a witness, we must have seen three or four hundred mulies in a week. With or without a tag, seeing so many deer makes for an exciting week. Puzzling to me, however, is that Colorado wildlife officials continue to express concern about “dwin-
dling mulie numbers.” You couldn’t prove it by my experience. In Northwest Colorado mule deer are everywhere, almost as plentiful as sage rabbits. Officials say that Colorado has between 400,000 and 600,000 mule deer. (Compare that to Maine’s estimated whitetail population: 200,000!) Lou, a bewhiskered Californian and diehard mulie deer hunter we met at the campground, told me that he has hunted both mulies and elk, and much prefers mulies, to eat and to hunt. Maybe Lou has the right idea. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.”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. 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
The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.
Kozomil and the name stuck. More than 30 Mayan sites are scattered around the island. San Gervasio was the most important setting. Sacbes (ancient elevated roads) connect several building complexes there including temples, an ossuary and ceremonial centers. The temple at El Cedral was another hub of Mayan life on the island. However, when Spanish Conquistadors landed on Cozumel in 1518, they destroyed the structure and the remaining portion provides little evidence of its past glory. Like most Caribbean islands, Cozumel boasts a choice of inviting beaches. Stretches of golden sand line the western shore, facing the mainland of Mexico. On the lessdeveloped Caribbean Sea side, quiet beaches are interspersed among rock-strewn areas, and the strong breakers and undertow discourage swimming. Cozumel also is home to parks and preserves which show off both Mother Nature’s handiworks and man-made
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attractions. The Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve does both. The park protects a mixture of mangroves, dunes and reef systems that provide refuge for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas and resident and migratory birds. Exhibits in a towering century-plus old lighthouse range from maritime navigation to pirates. Cozumel once provided safe haven for buccaneers who roamed the Caribbean Sea, including the notorious Henry Morgan and Jean Lafitte. Some cutthroats hid their ill-gotten treasures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-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
Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.
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
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Ask the Trainer - Have a Lean Holiday Season Jodi Cornelio
Just because the holidays are approaching doesnâ€™t mean you have to abandon your good eating habits. The average person gains 5 to 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Donâ€™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 donâ€™t make it your entire meal. Load up on the low calorie nutri-
tional foods first and cut the portion sizes of the moderate to high calorie foods in half. Here are a couple of holiday recipes that will help your guests stay within their calorie budget. Favorite Gravy 3 cups fat-free chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes with 3 cups of water 1/3 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp poultry season Salt and pepper to taste SautĂŠ 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 Â˝ cup fat-free chicken broth 3 cups butternut squash peeled and seeded Salt and pepper Cumin to flavor SautĂŠ 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
Central Maine Tier III Squirts Capture Silver Medal
Central Maine Tier III Squirts competed and won a silver medal in the 2015 MHD Turkey Shootout this weekend in Southern Maine. Front Row: Alexander Spaulding, Emma Michaud, Kolby Maxim Back Row: Cameron Dostie, Tyler Dow, Grant Suttie, Owen Tilley, AJ Salvadori, Evan Roy, Bryce Crowell, Will Durkee Coaches: Oz Tilley, Mike Roy & Eric Maxim (not pictured) They went 2-1 in the tourney and lost 5-3 to the Great Lowell Hawks in the championship game.
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“BYOD” “SOS”! Submitted by Rebecca Webber In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in employer policies allowing their employees to bring their own cell phones (or other devices) to work. Coupled with that, there has been a surge of press on employers’ ability to monitor and remotely wipe their employees’ personal cell phones once the employment relationship ends. As more employees bring their own devices to work, employers have largely unfettered access to any given employee’s photos, files, contacts, etc. According to a July 2013 survey by the data protection firm Acronis, Inc., 21 percent of companies perform “remote wipes” when an employee resigns or is terminated. Despite the growing use of cell phone wiping technology, the practice remains in “legal limbo.” At present, there are no federal or state statutes that specifically govern employee cell phone policies (often referred to as “bring your own device” (“BYOD”) policies). To date, the only reported case specifically regarding employer wiping of an employee’s personal cell phone comes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In that case, Saman Rajaee used his personal smartphone (an iPhone 4) to conduct his business in the home construction industry for
over 12 years. Rajaee’s iPhone was connected to his employer’s Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing him to remotely access email, contacts, and a work calendar provided by Defendants. In February 2013, Rajaee gave his employer his two-week notice, and the employer immediately terminated him. A few days later, Rajaee’s phone was remotely wiped by the employer’s IT department – deleting both personal data and work-related data. Rajaee subsequently sued his former employer, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and the Texas Theft Liability Act, alleging that the employer’s actions caused him to lose “more than 600 business contacts collected during the course of his career, family contacts, family photos,...business records, irreplaceable business and personal photos and videos, and numerous passwords.” Rajaee’s claims ultimately failed, as the Court found that neither the ECPA nor the CFAA applied to Rajaee’s personal data on his iPhone. While this case is relatively anti-climactic, it nonetheless highlights employer vulnerability to litigation when it remotely wipes an employee’s personal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect your-
self if you choose to implement a cell phone wiping policy. 1. Get It In Writing: In the above case, Rajaee claimed that he had never read or signed a cell phone wiping policy. When it comes to “BYOD” cell phone policies, an employer should inform its employees of the rule(s), and have them sign a copy of the policy. If the employee does not agree to abide by the cell phone wiping policy, they can choose to not have work email, contacts or other information on their personal device. 2. Be Specific – No Surprises: The cell phone wiping policy should state the following: By connecting the device to the company network or using it for company business, the user expressly agrees that he or she authorizes, and permits, the company to access the device and securely remove its data at any time the company deems necessary, either during the relationship, or after. If the employee does not make the device available within a certain reasonable period of time after demand, the company is authorized to remotely wipe the entire device and restore it to its factory settings in order to ensure that its data was securely removed from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many
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choice. If you find confusion to be the reigning principle of your work or personal life, you need to take steps to gain clarity. Seek the advice of your mentor, make a pros-andcons list, or simply pick
one action and follow it through to the end. Don’t get caught up in a confused state for too long. Find ways to maintain a consistent flow to stay on the path to progress. Daily Boost of Positivityn
After years of executive and management experience in sales, many become proven and well-respected leaders; however, experience itself is not the mark of a successful leader. Many sales man-
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fession changes very quickly. Just sticking around is not enough to live up to the constant challenges of leading a sales team.. Daily Boost of Positivityn
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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Air Force Applicants Pitch in at Viles Arboretum The Viles Arboretum prewinter cleanup is a big deal and a lot of work, from power spraying equipment, checking the snow blower and snow machine to gathering up Community Garden tools and various brush piles from the ongoing collection restoration; it's a full day operation. Thanks to an amazing group of individuals all headed to the Air Force in various capacities, three days of work was accomplished in less than one day!
Daniel Sherril, Technical Sergeant, USAF Enlisted Accessions Recruiter was the individual who made it all happen. Mark P. DesMeules, Executive Director of the Viles Arboretum commented, "It was a great pleasure working with Daniel and in meeting those enlisted men and women who participated in the cleanup effort. I was impressed with the quality of these candidates who came mostly from the MidMaine area. Their help
has made a big difference in our preparation for winter." Daniel Sherril, Technical Sergeant, USAF Enlisted Accessions Recruiter made a point of saying,"We recruit the best, to be the best." The Viles Arboretum is centrally located in Augusta, Maine on 224 acres of fields, forests, wetlands and with botanical collections from around the world. Learn more at www. vilesarboretum.org, check our Facebook page, stop by or call 626-7989.n
Ribbon Cutting Announced
Pizza Degree, a member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 7th at their location at 265 Western Avenue in Augusta. Owner Spenser Ouellette is a seasoned restaurant owner from Caribou, Maine. His vision for fast, gourmet pizza and a local craft beer destination has come to fruition in Pizza Degree. Come check out their impressive dining space and sample some of their delicacies â€“ also available on gluten-free crust. On site at the ribbon cutting will be the friendly staff of Pizza Degree, along with representatives of the KV Chamber.
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Thanking Our Veterans
Fourth graders from St. Michael School recently read a book about Veterans Day and discussed what this day truly was about. “Veterans risked their lives for us to be free,” said Kody Goucher. After the discussion, the students made cards to thank veterans for all they have done to make our country a safe place to live. Before school was let out on Wednesday, the principal of the school and Navy veteran, Mr. Kevin Cullen, explained to the students at a school wide assembly the importance of thanking our veterans. “If it weren’t for the bravery and courage of these men and women, we wouldn’t be living in the best country on earth” said Mr. Cullen. “On the holiday, be sure to thank a veteran that you know” he said. Arrangements were made for some fourth grade students to personally deliver their handmade cards to veterans at the Maine Veterans Home after school that day. In addition, cards were also made for the two veterans at St. Michael School, the principal and the maintenance supervisor. When asked, “Why is Veterans Day important?”, Alyssa Ouellette responded, “They served our country. Why wouldn’t we celebrate it?”
CODA Chorus Christmas Concerts
It's getting closer to that time of year! By popular demand, CODA will perform two concerts this season: 3:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, December 12th, at Hope Baptist Church in Manchester. The program includes everything from "Mister Santa" and "Wonderful
Christmastime" to "Bidi Bom" and "A Little Organ Mass" by Haydn. We'll also include our traditional carol sing-along and the Hallelujah Chorus. A free will offering will be taken. Hope to see you at one of our two concerts, on Saturday, December 12th! For more information, please call 724-3718. n
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