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In its ninth year, the Damariscotta Pumpkin Fest 2015 drew huge numbers of people during the weeklong event. In addition to the largest pumpkin contest the event features dozens of artistically decorated pumpkins, a parade, a pumpkinboat race, a pie-eating contest, a rolling pumpkin derby and other activities. On Saturday, October 10, Main Street businesses were fronted by huge pumpkins from 300 to 1200 pounds, displayed in all sorts of colors and designs. From, Tigers, Lobsters and Bugs

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to Telephone Booths, Rainbows and a wide of assortment of abstract, mixed-media arrangements. Anyone would have their curiosity satisfied by this unique collection of huge pumpkins and artwork. WGME weatherman, Charlie Lopresti, is a giant pumpkin grower, had his gourd, carved by Charlie Krause, into a Sunflower. Other artists like Jacques Vesery and Deb Arter have done the Pumpkin Fest for years. Vesery had two entries this year, a rainbow made of various sized pumpkins and a British phone booth filled with dozens of the orange gourds. The largest pumpkin prize went to Edwin Pierpont with a gourd that weighed 1,727.5 pounds.

Some rain delay found many of the artists doing their carving and decorating on Saturday, the day of the Pumpkin Parade. In addition to the pumpkin boat race and derby, Parade day attracts a large crowd, Main Street and the Elm Street Plaza were packed as visitors from as far away as Vancouver, Canada and Rhode

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A User’s Guide to Useless Information getting “trivia-related emails. Having written a weekly column for the past fifteen years and hosted a weekend talk show for over 20 years, I like to think I know more than the average person about useless information. Taking up the challenge, I began to go over some of my old columns looking for possible “useful information” title contenders. Right off, I came across a column I wrote on words and their meaning where I informed readers that the word “fez” was Turkish for “hat.”

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

How useful is that little gem, I ask, unless you happen to be a Turk or a Shriner on convention? I remember writing a column on the phases of the moon and soon afterwards received a very nice e-mail from a retired English teacher who informed me that our planet’s only satellite is “the Moon” and therefore it should always be capitalized. But she didn’t stop there. She went on to say that the natural satellites of other planets are just called “moons” (lower case) because each has been given a proper name, e.i. Dei-

mos, Amalthea, Hylperion, Miranda, Larissa or Charon, etc. Where would we be without English teachers? Well, for one thing I’d be lacking that little nugget of “moon” information, that’s where I’d be. After the moon column ran I received an e-mail from a former typesetter at the Portland Press Herald. He asked: John, Do you know where the phrase “lower case” comes from? Assuming I didn’t (even though, in fact, I did) he explained “lower case” came from print shops that would set type by hand. The small letters, those used

most often, were kept in the lower type cases and the larger, or capital letters, were kept in upper cases. See why you should read this column every week? Where else are you going to learn about these important things? Something as innocent as a fish story can stir a reader into action. After writing about an old Maine fish story that my Grandfather loved to tell I received a brief e-mail from a reader: John, Did you know that “pnigophobia” is the fear of choking on a fish bone? Well, I didn’t then, but I do now. I’ll see if

I can get that into the next edition of “Trivia.” Sometimes, readers can get a little crazy with their “informative” e-mails. For example, I once did a column on the U.S. Postal Service which, for some reason, inspired someone to email me to say: John, I enjoyed your column on the postal service and just wondered if you knew what the letters Z-I-P in ZIP code stood for? Not wanting to keep you in suspense I’ll tell you that the letters stand for “Zone Improvement Plan.” I’m sure some reader will find a use for that little nugget before the day’s out. n

Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out night. The thing that tickled me the most is that we all used organic chicken and vegetables. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful. One of the best Christmas gifts I get is from my friend’s mom who lets me fill up a box of can goods from her cellar. We have a name for every vegeta-

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I recently attended the Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice Autumn Night Out Gala. I was seated at a table with a group of friends, some I knew and some I just met that night. I was impressed by the conversation around healthy eating choices as we discussed ways to make homemade chicken soup, thus so appropriate on a cool autumn

ble and it all starts with “Mammy,” Mammy Beans, Mammy pickles, Mammy carrots and so on…. When I make my chicken soups it has TLC from Mammy all year round. Hopefully if you’re not a gardener you have a local source to get vegetables to take you through the winter that have not been tainted with pesticides. The food that we eat can be tricky if you are trying to stay healthy. Sometimes it is hard to know what has been chemically treated and what kind of pesticides are being

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

I don’t keep the mothers and babies together as the mothers are likely to kill their babies because of the stress of captivity. I was pleased to discover, cautiously watching her, that she proved to be a devoted mother, nourishing her young and giving them a good start. Baby season kicks off in April when the young begin to arrive in droves. This year, the Center seemed to be a revolving door – a live baby came in the front door, a dead one went out the back door! We had to euthanize many baby raccoons to end their suffering from the extremely contagious and deadly parvo virus. We fought the virus with gallon upon gallon of bleach, yet we lost over one hundred babies. Some of the fawns also had health issues. Despite all of my husband Donald’s efforts to save them, they died as well. The same with many young foxes. It was a year from hell. Though we never forget the losses, we continue on for the successes and the babies yet to come. We subscribe to the saying, “Count your blessings,” for we have many! Our

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

Carleen displays the Spirit of America “Citizens of the Year” awarded this year to the Cotes by the town of Readfield for their volunteerism. They were also honored at a surprise reception held in China, organized by long-time volunteer Amy Messier.

plus is they all love and enjoy the animals. We are also blessed with the doctors and staff at Windsor Veterinary Clinic who provide care to all the animals we bring to them. A thank you also, to all the readers of this column and others who have made donations on behalf of the animals at the Center, and to Lea, who has edited and prepared Critter Chatter from my handwritten pages since 1996. As our 50th anni-

versary year of rehabbing comes to a close, we also give thanks that, despite our ages, our good health has allowed us to continue caring for Maine’s wildlife in need of human intervention. PS: I am pleased to report that the mother raccoon and her three babies mentioned earlier in the article all survived the parvo virus and were released in September. In fact, all the wildlife ready for release are now back

in their natural environment – they were, after all, born to be wild. Note: Carleen and Donald Cote operate the Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rt. 3 in Vassalboro, Maine, a non-profit facility, supported entirely by the Cotes’ own resources and outside donations. Call the Cotes at 445-4326 or write them at 1787 N. Belfast Ave., Vassalboro, ME 04989. n

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Hermits to the Woods

V. Paul Reynolds In re-reading The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, I got to thinking about hermits. They fascinate me. Let's face it.There is not a Maine outdoorsman worth his salt who hasn't at least entertained a fantasy about pulling the societal plug and really getting off the grid. It's one thing to lose yourself in the woods for a week with nothing but a knife, some matches, and a compass; it's quite another to disappear for 27 years like Christopher Knight, the Hermit of North Pond. You have to really enjoy your own company to pull off a stunt like that. Knight, who has been both reviled and "legendized," didn't really measure up to the Daniel Boone image, however. He stole from others to survive. But at least he created no burden to the taxpayer at least not until he was processed by the state judicial system. Now take Henry David Thoreau. The legendary Massachusetts hermit of Walden Pond took to the Maine woods, it would seem, for some of the same reasons that tugged at the Hermit of North Pond. Thoreau sought solitude and isolation. Thoreau became a famous naturalist-philosopher; Knight wound up in jail, and, not only is he not

a philosopher, he's not sure why he bolted from society in the first place. Thoreau showed up on my radar when I was a college student probing for the meaning of life. Liberal professors convinced me that, when it came to American thinkers, Henry David walked on water. Fifty years later, I am not so awed by the Hermit of Walden Pond, even if he is the darling of the environmental movement and those bent on civil disobedience. His writing does impress, as well as his knowledge of plants, but he would not have been my choice as a canoe companion for an extended foray into the Maine woods. To be blunt, Thoreau seems to me to have been a foppish, elitist snob, and, in all probability, a bigot. Here is his reaction to having witnessed his Indian guide slay a moose for the hide and the fresh meat: “This afternoon’s experience suggested to me how base or coarse are the motives which commonly carry men into the wilderness.

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“Plein Ayuh” The Creative Realism of Ken Carlson Monkitree, 263 Water Street in Gardiner will present an exhibition featuring the work of Ken Carlson entitled Plein Ayuh: The Creative Realism of Ken Carlson from November 13-January 9, 2016. The blank page offers a challenge to Ken Carlson and faced with the challenge, Ken is determined to have fun. Just as a jazz performer creates fresh melody over a repeating cycle of chord changes, Ken takes a familiar landscape and offers something surprising. Familiar scenes of Gardiner become less familiar and more wondrous in the hands of Ken Carlson. His experience as an illustrator

and cartoonist has had an impact on Ken Carlson’s painting style. Often working plein air, he frees himself to play with a landscape he is familiar with- adding elements, skewing perspective, tilting structures. Ken imbues buildings and landscapes with character.

Whether it is a feed store bowing under the weight of its years or a new gazebo tilting toward a nearby sculpture, you can sense these structures have feelings. Ken drew editorial cartoons for the Kennebec Journal from 1985-2002.

The Sound of Music Make a plan to venture up to the high school the weekend before Thanksgiving. Get some Christmas shopping done at the Sports Boosters Craft Fair during the day on Nov. 21st and then unwind with one of the

He enjoyed watercolor color painting off and on over the years. Or so he thought, “I took my first workshop with Tony van Hasselt, then the fun began and I started painting Plein Air, or as I like to say, “Plein Ayuh.” In addition to the opening reception on November 13th, there is an additional opportunity to view the work with the artist present during Artwalk Gardiner on December 4th from 5:308:30pm. Monkitree is a fine art and craft gallery located at 263 Water Street in historic downtown Gardiner, Maine. n

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Festival of Trees Coming to Waterville

Trees will be auctioned off to benefit Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville and House in the Woods. The Sukeforth Family Festival of Trees is set for November 20-22 and 27-29 at the Hathaway Creative Center on Water Street in Waterville. This fundraiser will benefit Spectrum Generations Meals on Wheels program, Hospice Volunteers of Waterville area and House in the Woods. Local organizations and businesses will participate by donating a fully

decorated tree along with presents to go underneath it that will be displayed throughout the event. Admission is $2 with children 12 and under having free admittance. Raffle tickets (50 cents each) will be for sale for attendees to get their chance at winning one (or more) of the fully decked out trees to take home for the Holidays. “You can expect to see a great family tradition being developed here” said Spectrum Generations’ committee member, Nick Cloutier. “With all of these great new de-

velopments happening in Waterville, this is the perfect time to start a fun Holiday event that brings our local communities together not only for the holidays, but also in support of three great nonprofits. It’s a win-win for everyone.” The event is expected to bring in between 8,000-10,000 people in its first year over the double weekend and has already seen great support from local businesses and community members. There will also be a café set up with holiday treats, visiting hours with Santa and

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Trick or Treat

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Elsie and Ander Bell Maggie Hickey On Halloween night, three Rome organizations welcomed children in the area to a safe, community trickor-treat event. Mt. Philip Grange, Rome Fire & Rescue, and the Rome Recreation Committee coordinated the efforts and provided the event, in its entirety, with private funding. The Grange, two fire stations, and Community Center were opened for the event. Trick-or-treaters were able to explore the fire trucks and take photos with the equipment. Rome Fire & Rescue’s non-profit organization, together with firefighter Chris Dutil raffled off two bicycles. The winners of these bicycles were Sage Xavier, 12, of Augusta, and Brody Evans, 4, of Rome. Over 50 children attended the event, which was the first joint-project launched by the three organizations.

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The Kennebec Historical Society’s November public presentation is: Homer’s Civil War. Winslow Homer was mostly a self-taught artist, an individualist, and a realist who painted and drew directly from nature. His varied works are a large draw for visitors to any museum lucky enough to have one or two in its collection. He was always recognized for his art and was fortunate to have an income derived primarily from his artwork. He first became nationally recognized when serving as a correspondent artist during the Civil War. Although, he produced a number of remarkable paintings derived from his time at the front, this program takes a look at some of his iconic Civil War woodblock engravings. They were drawn by Homer during the Civil War, and were published in Harper’s Weekly, the

pre-eminent weekly newspaper/magazine. The original show upon which it is based was presented in the Portland Museum of Art in 2011 and was put together by Karen Sherry, a noted Homer scholar and curator at the museum. Joan Plummer has been a Docent at the Portland Museum of Art for fourteen years, and a Winslow Homer Studio guide since it was opened to the public in 2012. She has spent many hours and much computer and reading time accumulating a vast repertoire of information about Winslow Homer and is pleased to be able to share some of his stories with the Kennebec Historical Society. The Kennebec Historical Society Public Presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at 6:30 p.m at the Augusta City Center, 16 Cony Street in Augusta. n

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Belgrade/Rome Special Needs Food Pantry The Food Pantry has moved to the North Belgrade Community Center, 508 Smithfield Road (Route 8) beginning Tuesday, November 3rd. Thanks to the generous support of the taxpayers of Belgrade and Rome who made this possible. The Select Board of Belgrade expressed their caring, genuine concern and foresight for the future needs of their neighbors and because of their actions the Food Pantry

now has a permanent, handicapped accessible, spacious, bright, new facility. The month of October was a busy time. Belgrade town employees, with the authorization and approval of the Select Board, built walls and laid new flooring; installed new electrical for appliances; added a generator and security system and helped move all appliances and food items from the Town Office building to our new

home. Food Pantry volunteers constructed new shelves; purchased new items necessary for the opening and organized the new space. Our hours will remain the same, Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. To celebrate this new space, the Food Pantry will be hosting an Open House. Please join us on Sunday, November 15th at 2:00 p.m. Tour the new pantry, see the hard work that has gone into the ren-

ovations, meet Food Pantry Board Members, learn about volunteer opportunities and enjoy cake and coffee in the newly renovated facility. This is a time for residents of both Rome and Belgrade to see what a fine new space has been provided for such a worthy cause. We hope to see many of you there. The Food Pantry will once again be distributing Holiday Baskets. Clients should sign up

in the coming month for the items they wish to receive – turkey, potatoes, fresh vegetables, pies, etc. These baskets will be distributed on Tuesday, December 15th during our regular business hours, 9:00 – 11:00AM. As always, we wish to thank the towns of Belgrade and Rome for their support and a special thank you to all the volunteers who make this work possible. Because of their generos-

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Maine Artists Featured in New Exhibit at Harlow Gallery “A Survey of Computer Use in Art”, an exhibition featuring the work of over 34 Maine artists, will show the various ways in which computers, software or other digital tools are being use to create art. The exhibit will be on view at the Harlow Gallery, located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell from November 6 through 28. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday 12-6pm ”A Survey of Computer Use in Art” resulted from an open call for Maine artist who use computers, software or other digital tools to make their art and was juried by Petrea Noyes and Harlow staff mem-

bers, Allison McKeen and Deborah Fahy. Out of 95 submissions, 58 works of art will be included in the final show. "Computer-generated art or the computer as another tool with which to create? The computer can't make the art, it can only make possible what the artist creates with it. This exhibition has asked artists throughout the state to submit work that has been conceived or made possible with the use of a computer or even physical parts of a computer. The work selected for this show is very diverse both in subject, dimensions, construction and color - from very abstract pieces and digital collages

to more traditional works. Once thought of as not a true creative medium, a computer as yet another tool for the artist is gaining acceptance.” - Petrea Noyes Participating artists by town include: Augusta: L. Hubbard, Gary Levine, Mary Becker Weiss, Students from Cony High School and University of Maine; Bangor: Gabby Farley; Bath: Valerie Michael; Belgrade: Karen S. Kelly-Philbrick; Falmouth: Annie Darling; Farmingdale: Richard Fortin; Farmington: Channa Schroff; Gardiner: Allison McKeen; Hallowell: Karen Jordan Allen; Hampden: Andrea Rickards; Hermon: Brad-

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Oral Health: Acids and Your Teeth

Denise Quinlan, RDH By Denise Quinlan, RDH at Lakes Region Dental Center Acids can have a serious effect on our teeth. It can come from the food we eat or from acid reflux, but either way, the wear on teeth caused by the acid (called erosion) can be significant over time and can lead to shortened, discolored teeth or even tooth loss. Acid destroys the enamel (the white hard outside layer of the teeth) exposing the yellow inner layer of the teeth. Enamel is not only the pro-

tective layer for our teeth but enamel is the white part of our teeth which is important for being confident in our smiles. Acid wear can be difficult and costly to fix so prevention is the best way to keep those pearly whites in tip top shape. Teeth that are damaged by acids can appear notched near the gum. Sometimes the tops of the teeth will have little craters hollowed out. Many times the enamel will appear thinner or more transparent. Teeth can appear discolored or more yellow. Since the initial signs of acid erosion can be difficult to see on yourself, it’s important to have regular dental check-ups. Many people suffer from acid reflux in varying degrees. Occasional heartburn may be uncomfortable but it is not likely to affect your teeth much. Chronic acid reflux is another story. Even if it is mild, the repeated exposure to acid is harmful to tooth structure. Many people don’t even re-

alize they have acid reflux. Knowing what to look for can help you understand when to seek advice from your dentist or medical doctor. Some signs of acid reflux include a dry cough and or a chronic sore throat. People who snore heavily or suffer from sleep apnea are more prone to have acid reflux as well. Bulimia is another cause of acid erosion. People who suffer from bulimia exhibit similar erosion patterns as those with acid reflux. Usually, this means the enamel on the tongue side of the teeth and chewing surfaces are affected. Even though this can be a sensitive subject, damage from frequent vomiting can progress quickly so it is best to seek medical advice early. Not all acid erosion is from the inside. Acidic foods can damage enamel as well. Erosion from food or drinks usually affects the cheek side of the teeth. Citrus fruits and juices are very acidic, as is vinegar.

We all know soda should be avoided because of the sugar it contains, but it is also damaging because it is acidic. Even chlorine from swimming pools can damage enamel in the same manner as acids. So does this mean you have to give up your favorite balsamic vinaigrette? No! As with many things, moderation is key. Also, just being aware of the acidity of the foods you enjoy can be helpful. Combining acidic foods with more basic (less acidic) foods will neutralize the acid. Cheese is an excellent buffer to acidic drinks. Even swishing with water can help reduce the amount of acid on your teeth. Our teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Damage from acid can be minimized if it’s caught early and the cause identified. Seeing your dentist regularly can help you with that and help keep your smile healthy because, remember, a smile is always in style! n

Clifford “Chip” W. Colfer Jr Clifford “Chip” W. Colfer, Jr., 66, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at the VA Hospital at Togus after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Augusta on March 6, 1949, the son of Clifford W. Sr. and Alice (Doyle) Colfer. Chip attended school is Hallowell and graduated from Hall-Dale High School in 1967. Upon graduation, he entered the Navy and served on various air craft carriers providing support in the Vietnam Conflict. Upon his discharge, he enlisted in the Army serving in Germany ad El Paso, Texas. He and his wife, Susan, were married on November 13, 1976 at St. Andrews

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Church in Newcastle, Maine. After his discharge from the Army, Chip held several positions as a nuclear welder on submarines at Portsmouth, New Hampshire and New London, Connecticut. He also managed the Nobleboro-Jefferson Transfer Station in the Bristol area for a number of years and also worked at N.C. Hunt Lumber. One of Chip’s favorite sayings was “It is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way”. Although he wasn’t perfect, he was humble and we loved him and will miss him very much. The family wishes to thank the MaineGeneral Medical Center Homec-

are nurses ad CNAs and the wonderful staff of the Veterans Administration’s Hospice who provided Chip with excellent and compassionate care during his illness. Chip is survived by his daughter, Colleen O’Hare and her children Stephen, Nicholas, and Kaleigh of North Carolina; son, Christopher Colfer of Winthrop; daughter, Holly Colfer and children Ashlynn (his best buddy) and Parker of Oakland; mother, Alice Colfer Hibbert of Augusta; 3 sisters, Margaret Doyle and husband Peter Bailey of Hallowell, Eileen Turner and husband David of Washington, Kathleen Colfer of Chelsea; 3 broth-

ers Joseph Colfer and wife Cindy of Augusta, William Colfer and wife Kathryn of Manchester, and Kevin Colfer and wife Bonnie of West Gardiner; sister-inlaw, Susan Colfer (wife of Patrick M.) of Augusta; several aunts uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Clifford W. Colfer Sr.; brother, Patrick M. Colfer and his beloved wife, Susan Bathgate Colfer. Per Chip’s request, there will be no visitation hours or funeral service. A graveside service will be held at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta at a later date at the convenience of the family.n

Spirit of America Award Reception A Spirit of America Award Reception to honor Keith Alexander, Nicholas Alexander and Douglas Stratton will take place on Monday, November 16, at 5:30pm at the Rome Community Center. Doug has volunteered for many years in a variety of ways. Doug’s involvement and support of the Recreation Committee has been exceptional. Doug also works privately

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Robert B. Libby, Sr., 68, a resident of Fayette, passed away, Wednesday, October 28th at Togus VA Medical Center. He was born June 27, 1947 in Portland, the son of Levi C. Libby, Sr. and Bertha (Vintiner) Libby. He attended school in Lewiston. Robert proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He worked as a mechanic and handy man. Robert enjoyed spending time at home with family and friends. He is survived by his life partner, Tammy

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Rambler Runners Have Good Season

The Winthrop girls Cross Country team warms up before their Regional meet at Twin Brook Recreation area in Cumberland. The Rambler runners are, Kelly Stratton, Brooke Mizell (obstructed), Rocio Vance, Jada Choate, Sam Moody, Kathryn Ross.

Winthrop senior Jada Choate was the first lady Rambler to the finish at the Regional Cross Country Championships in Cumberland on October 24. Her time: 22:49. Her finish, 20th overall, qualified her for the State Finals the following weekend, where she improved her time by five seconds. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Winthrop High School runner Jacob Hickey earned 2nd place overall at the Class C Regional Cross Country meet last month. His time: 17:08. The following weekend Hickey got 4th (in a field of 102 athletes) at the State Championships. He was followed to the finish by teammates William Vance 20th, Jesse Stevens 21st, Caleb Fortin, Vincent Scott, Nick Dwelle and Lukas Grabe. The team was 4th place. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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Students Experience Living History Program

Submitted by Bonnie Wilder, a member of the Koussinoc Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Wayne Elementary School students experienced a living history program recently on a field trip back in time to 1952. From 1855 to 1961 the two-story North Wayne Schoolhouse housed grades K-8 in a one-room downstairs setting. The two-story historic building has now been restored and is used for various community events. Three retired teachers taught the K-5 WES students this year. Linda McKee portrayed Mrs. Edna Wallingford in the last year of her twodecade tenure as the N. Wayne teacher. She was assisted by Jane Giglio as a student teacher, who used the Dick and Jane books in her first graders reading circle.

McKee had previously conducted interviews with former students who attended the school in childhood. Each contemporary child sat at an old-fashioned wooden desk, complete with holes for the ink wells. Before the lessons began, everyone read a short personabiography of the 1952 pupil whose name tag they wore that morning. One such biography led to a lesson about polio, a dreaded disease endured by former President FDR and thousands of children, before the vaccine was later discovered to stop the epidemic. Grades K-5 students were fully engaged in morning academic lessons: folding a paper American flag, writing in copy books, a science lesson on the bumble bee, writing Roman Numerals on a blackboard, printed or cursive handwriting,

creating a terrarium,and adding paper trees to the model N. Wayne village that had been built by another class several decades ago. During a paper bag lunch and recess, the children assisted in churning an apple press and tasting fresh apple juice, donated by local farmers. In the afternoon, Bonnie Wilder, a retired music educator, gave an interactive program of 1950s songs and singing games in the upstairs auditorium. Hands-on props added to the authenticity of the times: wood muskets and a raccoon skin hat for “The Ballad of Davy Crockett� and puppets for “The Mickey Mouse Club Theme Song.� Older students demonstrated a winding and weaving singing game,“Rattlesnake,� which Wilder remem-

Teacher Linda McKee and Wayne Elementary students are engaged in “A Day in the Life of a 1952 Pupil� recently held at the Old Historic North Wayne Schoolhouse. Left to right,back: Wyatt Stevenson, Nori Morrill, Mikayla Shepard. Front: Maria Shephard, Konner Powers, Melanie Chalmers.

bered from childhood. She also brought her own artifacts such as a Howdy Doody puppet, paper dolls, 78 and 45 rpm records, and a picture

scrapbook made with tiny scraps of recycled bits of magazines, a treasure gift from two great-grand aunts. Upon returning to WES

and their 2015 lives, the WES students prepared to write about their experiences of becoming a pupil for a day in a one-room classroom 63 years ago. n

Wayne Village Holiday Stroll The Village of Wayne would like to invite you to their Holiday Stroll on Saturday, December 5th from 9-5 and Sunday the 6th from 10-4. The town’s artists, craftspeople, musicians, epicures and bakers are coming together to offer a heartwarming start to your holiday season. Enjoy festivities at the following businesses. Be sure to put your name in for the gift basket to be raffled

off at each site on the stroll: A Lakeside Studio Pottery; Cobbie’s Corner Store; Grey Goose Gourmet, hosting: Birtwell Farm, S’Mittens, PTDesigns, Wayne Village Pottery; Julian’s Wayne General Store; Old Firehouse Farm, hosting: Wayne Village Pottery, Birtwell Farm; Sustain Wayne, hosting: A Lakeside Studio Pottery, Blue Collar Painter, Musician Stan Davis, Emery

Farm; Wayne Annual Holiday Craft Fair (9am-2pm Saturday). Shopping locally feels great! When you buy items created nearby it keeps your money circulating close to home, strengthening our local economy. Come on out to the Wayne Village Stroll for a bit of holiday cheer! Visit “Wayne Village Holiday Stroll� on Facebook to keep up with the fun that’s brewing! n

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

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

a supervisor knows that an employee practices a certain religion that can include fasting (as several religions do) and the supervisor’s concern is generated by knowing what religious views the employee has. In contrast, that same supervisor isn’t usually going to every employee and asking each if they had a good breakfast, are on a fad diet, or engaging in some other diet that could also make an employee weak or dizzy. The bottom line is to avoid assumptions based on knowledge of an employee’s religion and focus on work conduct and performance. This article is not legal advice but should be considered as general guidance in the area of employment and corporate law. Rebecca Webber is an employment attorney. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. It has been in operation since its founding in 1853.

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Year-End Business Tax Planning

As usual, the Section 179 “expensing” deduction is set for a drastic reduction. And, as usual, business owners probably can make year-end plans for equipment purchases with the expectation that a higher deduction amount for 2015 will be enacted. Typically, purchases of business equipment are depreciated over several years, so the amount you spend can be deducted gradually from business income. However, the tax code allows some purchases to be deducted in full right away. Example: Brett Benson spends $20,000 on equipment for his manufacturing company this year. Brett can expense (deduct) that $20,000 to get an immediate tax benefit, rather than spread the tax savings over several years. Generally, an immediate tax savings is more valuable than a future tax savings. By the numbers For the expensing deduction, two numbers are critical. One is the maximum amount you’re allowed to deduct. The other is the phaseout amount: the

amount of equipment you can purchase before losing the expensing benefit. The phaseout provision essentially restricts this tax break to small and mid-sized companies because giant firms buy so much equipment that they lose the ability to expense any equipment outlays. The tax code currently calls for the expensing deduction to be capped at $25,000, with a dollar-for-dollar phaseout beginning at $200,000. Thus, if your company buys $210,000 worth of equipment, the excess $10,000 reduces the expensing limit from $25,000 to $15,000. In truth, those $25,000 and $200,000 numbers are not realistic today. Congress has repeatedly passed tax laws with higher limits: In recent years, expensing up to $500,000 worth of equipment has been permitted, with a phaseout starting at $2 million of annual purchases. All signs point to a repeat performance for 2015. Both Houses of Congress already have indicated willingness to extend some expired tax breaks, in-

cluding the $500,000 and $2 million limits for expensing business purchases. Therefore, you should go ahead with purchases of equipment that truly will help your company become more productive, even if this year’s total tops $25,000. New and used equipment will qualify. Make sure to have equipment placed in service by year end, in order to get a deduction for 2015. Similarly, the “bonus depreciation” tax break has expired but likely will be restored for 2015, judging by Congressional activity. Under this provision, which applies only to new equipment, purchasers can take a 50% first year depreciation deduction, followed by depreciating the balance of the purchase price over several years. Both expensing and bonus depreciation tax breaks reduce the cost of capital and increase cash flow for small companies, so you should consider their impact when planning equipment purchases. - Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs

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Hawaiian Luau and Lighting of Niagara Falls

Free ME from Lung Cancer hosted a Hawaiian Luau dinner and live auction on October 17th at Le Club Calumet. The live auction raised more than $25,000 to support the Foundation’s mission ~ research, education and community support. The event was emceed by Michael Fortin of The Power Mixers D.J. Service. Dave Eid, Sports Director for WGME Channel 13 and a Board Director was keynote speaker. Tina Charest, Owner of Charlamagne’s Downtown Augusta, and Randy Begin were the auctioneers. Deb Violette, President and CEO and Roger Pomerleau, Marketing Director unveiled the Foundation’s thermom-

eter indicating that they are half way to funding their first research grant. Violette said that one research grant costs $100,000 to fund. Entertainment was provided by Hula Hands of Portland. For more information on how you can help visit Free ME from Lung Cancer’s website at www.freemefromlungcancer.org or call Deb Violette, President and CEO at 215-9035. This year Free ME from Lung Cancer is helping Make Some Noise for Lung Cancer Awareness and has joined forces with the Niagara Falls Parks Department to recognize Lung Cancer Awareness on Monday, November 16 at 10pm. The Falls

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will be illuminated on both the American and Canadian sides. White is the awareness color for Lung Cancer. November is Lung Cancer awareness Month. Lung cancer, often referred to as the “Invisible Disease� is generally asymptomatic. Medically established

Early Detection Screening for lung cancer has been a topic of studies, debates and controversy for over 50 years. In 2012, the National Cancer Institute published the National Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines. Lung Cancer is the leading cause of death

from cancer, killing more people than breast, colon, liver, kidney, prostate and melanoma cancer combined. Every five minutes a women is diagnosed with lung cancer and 50% of those who are diagnosed today will not survive one year. For more informa-

tion on how you help contact Deb Violette, Presidentand CEO a 207-215-9035 at deb@ freemefromlungcancer. org The Falls can be viewed at https://www. marriottgatewayonthefalls.com.n

AFC Welcomes Chip Eastman Chip Eastman, former owner of Reitze Electric of Augusta has recently joined the Augusta Fuel Company team. At AFC Chip will be helping to grow the AFC Electrical brand, both residentially and commercially. Chip is a Master Electrician and brings almost 15 years of field experience with him. Marc Lacasse, AFC Presi-

dent & CEO says “as a former business owner, Chip really understands how to merge quality workmanship with fantastic customer service. He’s a great addition to our team.� In his early career, Chip spent three years serving in the US Army as a light infantryman, followed by 5 years in the IBEW electri-

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Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

Gothic neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime. com/Pere Sanz.

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

intriguing areas that beckon visitors, and that have remained largely as they were centuries ago. During the fourth century AD, when present-day Barcelona was part of the Roman Empire, this quarter was enclosed by Roman walls. Here and there are reminders of that time. Barcelona also has a collection of world-class museums, including those dedicated to two of the greatest artists of all time. Pablo Picasso began to acquire his skills when he moved there as a youngster with his family. The Picasso Museum displays his paintings, drawings, etchings and engravings. Joan Miro was born in Barcelona, and the museum devoted to him holds the largest public collection of his art. Even people who don’t stop by there are introduced to a work by Miro, although they may not know it. A brightly colored abstract mosaic by the artist that is set in the pavement of the popular street called Las Ramblas goes unnoticed by many people strolling down that avenue. Actually, “the Rambles” consists of five

Las Ramblas. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.com/Pere Sanz.

streets laid end-to-end. More market than motor vehicle thoroughfare, it’s lined with cafes, flower stalls, bird shops and vendors selling a variety of other goods. Located just off Las Ramblas is a building – one among many – that was designed by the world-renowned architect whose work is the primary attraction that draws many visitors to Barcelona. The Palau Guell, an elaborate house constructed for a wealthy industrialist in the late 19th century, was designed by Antoni Gaudi, whose fanciful creations explored the interplay between architecture and nature. They’re distinctive for swirling turrets, undulating roof lines and other imaginative shapes in a whimsical variety of bright colors. Examples of Gaudi’s playful imagination also come alive at the Casa Batllo. That building’s wavy stone and glass façade is decorated with fragments of colored glass. The arched roof, irregular oval windows and sculpted stone adornments suggest that Gau-

di’s goal was to avoid straight lines completely. Skeletal-shaped columns have prompted locals to nickname the building casa dels ossos (house of bones). Among Gaudi-designed monuments sprinkled throughout the city like jewels, one stands above all others in its inspiration and magnitude. If ever there was a work in progress, it is the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, his most celebrated masterpiece whose construction began in 1882. The goal now is to have it completed by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Construction of the massive cathedral has progressed under direction of several architects, who have continued to follow his dramatic vision. A very different architectural treasure welcomes visitors to El Poble Espanyo (the Spanish Village), an open-air museum that offers an introduction to the country’s cultures and architectural heritage. Strolling along winding streets and squares

An example of Gaudi Architecture. Courtesy of Dreamstime.com.

occupied by outdoor cafes provides immersion in the atmosphere of a Spanish town – but one which brings together 117 outstanding architectural gems from throughout the country. They range from a copy of an entrance gate into an 11th century town to a 15th century house in La Mancha that is adorned by balconies from which residents once watched bull fights. Adding to the realistic setting are restaurants and cafes that offer fare ranging from traditional tapas dishes to diet-busting multi-course meals. After feasting on the architectural and other riches of Barcelona, what better way to end a day than to chow down on cuisine representative of the area of Spain where it is locat-

ed, as well as that of the entire country. If you go: For more information about a visit to Barcelona, log onto barcelonaturisme.com. Victor Block is an award-winning travel journalist who lives in Washington, D.C., and spends summers in Rangeley, Maine. He is a guidebook author who has traveled to more than 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers around the country, and on travel websites. n

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Daniel A Curran, Sabattus L/CPL Marine Rifleman - Vietnam War To our Dad/Pepere, you have seen so much in your life as a veteran and we are thankful for all those every day things you teach us and the time we spend with you. Love, all your family.

Robert Slattery - Sweden, ME

Timothy J. Fogg

Served in the United States Army from 1983 - 1987 guarding the border between east and west Germany. I am proud of him and the sacrifices he made to protect our country!

CW02 USMC 1993-2013 Thank You for Your Service. Semper Fi

Randy smith SGT MAJOR Randy and I served together - 69th Signal Corps - 30 years plus served.

Bobby Richard Sr.

SGT Robert Locklin

Edward L. Roy

Leo R. Asselin

Louis Bourgoin

Ernest C. True

United States Navy

Army Ranger

Cpl. U.S. Army - Korea

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Our family “Hero” - A friend to all he meets.

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RIP Dad B. Thanks you for your service - Love your family

Thank you for your service! We love you! Your family

Robert (Bob) Bartlett

Robert C. French

Robert H. White

Alfred E. Cavanagh

Scott Rodrique

Donald S. Williams

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Thank you Lord for Daddy coming home safely.

Thank you for serving Daddy. Love Vickie and Family

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So proud of you. Love and miss you dad.

Sweetest man I know. Love your wife Kathy French

Killed in Action - Chey-Lie Vietnam, December 1965

We honor you for your service and the fine gentleman that you are.

Joey C. Billings Sr.

Lloyd Billings

Keith J. Daniels

Colin Plummer Hurd

Robert W. Wentworth Sr.

Gary Curtis

Army Specialist

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PFC Army

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My brother served this country and gave the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam on May 9,1970. I love and miss him so much! Some day we will meet again.Sis

Thank you for your 20 years of service Dad.

Graduated from Waterville High School, died in Vietnam in 1967.

Thank you for your service. We are so proud of you!

Your service to your country will not be forgotten. Love and miss you.

“Thank you son, for all you have done for your country.” Love Mom

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Thanks for your years of service to our country! It is very much appreciated

Thank you for your strength and dedication to this counrty, Love you.

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