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Western Maine Play Museum Decorated for the Holiday Season

Thanks to several anonymous Christmas elves, the Western Maine Play Museum in Wilton has some lovely holiday decorations to add a festive note to the downtown area. Af-

ter some sleuthing, the elves were finally identified as Nancy Prince, Nancy Stowell, and Robin Bragg. Thanks to these community supporters who have volunteered their decora-

tive skills. The museum is continuing its push to close the gap for the renovation balance needed so that they may begin reconstruction on their building on Main

Street in Wilton. Only $115K more is needed in order to start work this spring, with the goal of opening the museum for summer 2016. Towards that goal, community mem-

bers are reminded that their year-end tax-deductable donations are very welcome. In addition, by purchasing those last minute Christmas gifts through smile.amazon.com, a percentage of every purchase can go toward supporting Western Maine Play Museum. Courtyard bricks are also a great gift option, at $100 or $250, depending on size. And Lori Lewis’ Celtic Harp CD is still available for only $10 at many area businesses: Food City, Ray Ray’s and the Wilton Hardware Store, all in Wilton; in Farmington, at H&R Block, The Better Living Center, and The Bookseller’s. CDs are also available at Mt Blue Campus, Academy Hill School, and Cape Cod Hill School. The CD features Lori Lewis playing Irish, English, French tunes from the 1200’s to 2015, and Academy Hill School students

singing the WMPM theme song. Please consult the webpage for more gift option ideas. Thanks for your continuing support of this great community resource. Western Maine Play Museum is a registered non-profit that incorporated in November of 2013 and is led by a 13-member board of directors. Community members interested in supporting this project should see the museum’s website for donation options or email them at: westernmaineplay@gmail.com. Project updates can be found at: www. facebook.com/WesternMainePlayMuseum and on their website: www.westernmaineplay.org n

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Spirit of Giving in the River Valley

Holiday baskets are ready for delivery thanks to the Rumford Police Department, Catalyst employees in the utilities department, MVHS student council and MVHS staff. Oxford Federal Credit Union also provided gift bags.

The majority of students at Mountain Valley High School depend on receiving breakfast and lunch at school. For these students, the holiday break is a challenge. Through the spirit of giving throughout the River Valley, some students went home before the holiday break with a little extra. The Rumford Police Department, Catalyst employees in the utilities department, MVHS student council and MVHS staff donated food, small gifts and money. After sorting through the

generous donations, 14 families received overflowing baskets of food and gifts. In addition to the food baskets, Oxford Federal Credit Union provided four gift bags containing a sweatshirt and gift card. Principal Matt Gilbert posted the news on the school’s Facebook page. After delivering some of the baskets, he said, “It’s an incredible feeling to be able to help our students and their families. That’s what Christmas truly means. I am so

thankful that I work in a community that pitches together and cares for each other.” School secretary Peggy LaPointe, who helped organize the baskets, said, “It is great to be part of such a kind and caring family at Mountain Valley High School!” Student council advisor Brenda Cayer added, “What a wonderful community I live in. I am grateful everyday to have raised my boys here.” Thanks to generosity in the River Valley, families will have a brighter holiday. n

Noyes Mountain Indiegogo Campaign Launch

A true community effort, the Western Foothills Land Trust (WFLT) will launch its Noyes Mountain Indiegogo Campaign on the first day of winter, December 22nd. This is the first crowdfunding campaign the Land Trust has launched. The campaign will be located at www.indiegogo. com/campaigns/noyes-mountain-preserve. The campaign goal is to protect the mountain by raising $270,000 towards the purchase of the 295

acre Noyes Mountain parcel in Greenwood. The purchase will forever protect the iconic view of the undeveloped mountain that frames the northern view down the reach of Norway Lake, a view that is enjoyed by at least 8000 vehicles traveling on Routes 117/118 according to MDOT statistics every day. The purchase will also protect public access to magnificent views from the 1,500’ summit, dramatic ledges, 1000’ of stream habi-

tat, 14 acres of working fields, and 280 acres of working forestland in a large block of woodlands providing significant habitat for wildlife. The Noyes parcel also provides habitat for rare plants and two rare natural communities. The Trust will provide trails for bikers, horseback riders, runners, snowshoers, skiers, rock hounds, and hikers. The Trust will continue to allow hunting. In addition, the Trust will provide

public programs like bird walks and snowshoe walks and will manage the natural resources conscientiously. The Trust will keep the land in current use tree-growth tax-basis. Executive Director Lee Dassler worked with Zizi Vlaun of the Center for an Ecology Based Economy (CEBE) to build an Indiegogo campaign for WFLT. Norway videographer Jack Gentempo has filmed and edited a 4-minute video for the campaign. The video includes footage from hikes up the mountain, from Route 117, from Main Street in Norway, and from the viewpoint at Roberts Farm Preserve. The video features people from the community and will resonate with everyone in the Oxford Hills. In the video Andrea Burns from Norway Downtown speaks about the importance of protecting

our built and natural environment and the link between conservation and economic revitalization. WFLT Director Lee Dassler talks about the Land Trust and the parcel’s conservation and recreation significance. Dyk Eusden, Bates Geology Dept., speaks about the geological origins of the mountain and resultant gems and minerals found on site. Norway Lakes Association volunteer and summer resident Susan Jacoby spoke about the Lake Pennesseewassee watershed and the relationship between Noyes Mountain and the lake. The Hodgkin children, who live at the base of the mountain on Richardson Hollow Road chime in about the recreational benefits of protecting the mountain:

running up, running down, sliding, skiing, and snow shoeing. The campaign runs for 60 days and will culminate after this year’s Mellie Dunham Snowshoe Festival which will be held during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend February 12-14. The Trust is counting on the local community to spread the word to people who care about the preservation of wildlife habitat, treasure significant views, and value access to recreational trails. With community support, the Western Foothills Land Trust will protect the summit of Noyes Mountain for generations to come. For more information about the campaign, you can visit their website at wfltmaine.org n

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Home Safety Checklist for Fall Hazards: Bathroom Is the path from the bedroom to the bathroom dark? Are towel racks used to balance or grab onto while getting in or out of the bathtub/shower? Is it difficult to stand during a shower?

Is the shower floor and/or bathtub slippery? Is there any water on the floor after a bath/shower? Are there leaks from the tub/shower?

It is necessary to reach far or turn around to get towels, shampoo, and soap? It is difficult to get on and off the toilet?

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Nightlight can be helpful in lighting the way. Towel racks may not be mounted well enough to support a person’s weight. Install grab rails in the appropriate places. A shower seat allows older adults to shower without getting tired of standing or risking a fall because of dizziness. Install non-skid strips or a non-slip mat Patch leaks with caulk or other appropriate materials. Wipe up water immediately to prevent slipping. Use a bath mat with a slip resistant backing. A shower/bath storage unit that attaches to the side of the tub or shower wall can reduce the need to reach or turn around to get things. It may be helpful to raise the seat and/or install handrails. Replace the toilet with higher toilet and/or install handrails.

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Home Safety Checklist for Fall Hazards: Living Room Do carpets, rugs, and floor coverings have frayed corners or rolled-up edges? Are there throw rugs in walkways?

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Remove damaged floor covering or secure them well with double-sided tape, nails, etc. The best thing to do it to remove throw rugs. Put double sided tape on them so they don’t slip. Higher chairs and armrests are helpful for easing into a sitting position Keep a phone nearby so you don’t have to get up quickly if the phone rings. Cordless phones are helpful. Keep a phone close to the floor in order to call for help in the event of a fall. Tape cords and wires to the wall or have an electrician install additional outlets Remove clutter from walkways to avoid tripping. It’s best to have a straight path, clear furniture. Rearrange furniture to provide for obstacle-free walking. Install longer cords or link ceiling lights/fans to a light switch on the wall.

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VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, no one will know what you’re like deep inside unless you share a few secrets. You don’t have to give everything away, but let some information slip out.

PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, when you love someone, it can be difficult to step aside and let that person make his or her own mistakes. Be patient.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you are familiar with the expression, “Your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” This week you have bitten off a project that is just too much to chew. Enlist some help.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Some can see straight past your protective facade, Libra. So why not take it off and simply let others see the real you? You won’t be disappointed, and neither will they.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you are on a roll, and now it is only a matter of maintaining momentum for a few more days. Don’t let anyone slow you down this week.

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SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, you never shy away from a challenge, but you also know when to pick your battles. If something arises this week that seems a waste of time, pass it by.

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Learning from your mistakes can help you to grow, Cancer. Accept a challenge presented to you this week, even if it scares you. You may find it’s not so challenging after all.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, when a past conflict pops up this week, push it aside. It is better to focus on the positive things that are in store for you rather than problems from the past.

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DINNER FOR EIGHT PEDESTAL TABLE With butterfly leaves 8 chairs asking 1/3 of original price. $600 call 864-5334

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Rangeley Health and Wellness & the Rangeley Rotary to sponsor Winter Senior Socials beginning in January! HELP, Helping Elders Live in Place, a program of Rangeley Health and Wellness, was developed by a group of active volunteers who came together to explore how to help seniors in the Rangeley area live in their homes for as long as possible and remain an active part of the community. This winter HELP will be launching Winter Senior Socials to help seniors counteract the isolation and loneliness that may

accompany winter snow and freezing temperatures. Fun activities, hot soup, and a listening ear will be freely provided at Winter Senior Socials which will be held in the Undercroft of the Church of the Good Shepherd every Thursday from 10:00am to 2:00pm, January through April. Cribbage, chess, checkers, board games, knitting circles, fly tying, sharing stories, music and activities chosen by those participating will warm the heart and be the perfect anecdote to

cabin fever. The Food Pantry will be open for shopping during the afternoon. This program is generously funded by Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Rotary. The first Winter Senior Social with be held on Thursday January 7th. Come alone or bring a friend and share a hot meal and good conversation; we would love to see you! If you are interested in volunteering your time or would like to donate a pot of soup or baked goods please call Marge

Miller at 864-5383. Other HELP programs include Neighbors Calling Neighbors, a phone service for home bound seniors, and HELP Adult Respite Care, a day program for cognitively impaired seniors due to open in January. If you would like more information about HELP or any of the senior programs that they provide, please visit our website at www.rangeleyhealthandwellness.com/ seniors or give us a call at 864-4397 ext. 4. n

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Front from left: Cheryl Foy, Ariel Hunter, and Becki McGhee. Back: Gerald Cayer, vice president of physician and community services; Melany Buxton, Sheryl Plog, Tania Dawson, and Mavis Dubord, vice president of quality and patient safety.

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Tania Dawson, MSN, RN, CHPN, clinical instructor at Franklin Memorial Hospital (FMH) announces that seven medical assistants affiliated with Franklin Memorial Hospital recently earned credentials, with six becoming certified clinical medical assistants (CCMS) and one earning registered medical assistant status (RMA). Dawson provided study guides, books, and flashcards to the seven who prepared for the credentialing, and facilitated two 90-minute group study sessions. Participants also had the opportunity to take five practice exams. Those earning credentials include: Cheryl Foy, CCMA, Franklin Health Farmington Family Practice; Sheryl Plog,

CCMA, Livermore Falls Family Practice; Jaclyn Mellor, RMA, Franklin Health Behavioral Health; Becki McGhee, CCMA, FMH Occupation Health Department; Ariel Hunter, CCMA, Franklin Health Internal Medicine; Lauren Farrington, CCMA, FMH Outpatient Specialty Services; and Melany Buxton, CCMA, Franklin Health Internal Medicine. According to Dawson, 100 percent of all medical assistants system-wide have associate’s degree or military training, and 98 percent of medical assistants are certified − a remarkable accomplishment that provides for a more consistent standard of care for patients. n

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

Tips from the State Veterinarian and Animal Welfare Program Director The holiday season is an exciting, active time for Maine families. The same is true for household pets. To avoid spending stressful time with your veterinarian, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s State Veterinarian and Director of Animal Welfare are urging Mainers to consider some helpful pet safety tips. “Healthy pets make happy owners. We want all Mainers and their pets to have a positive experience this holiday season,” said Maine State Veterinarian, Dr. Michele Walsh. “A little bit of forethought can go a long way toward avoiding stressful, expensive, possibly fatal trips to a veterinarian. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and other organizations offer tips on how to help ensure that your pets make it through the holidays safely.” In addition to current pets, families often consider obtaining a new pet during the holiday season. Animal Welfare Director Liam Hughes recommends doing some basic research ahead of time, considering that pets require a long-term commitment. “Pets owners need to be ready for a longterm emotional and financial commitment,” said Hughes. “Before adopting or purchasing a new pet, people should consider a number of things, including: does my/our lifestyle allow time for a pet; what type of pet; and what are the

costs associated with a pet? If you are looking for a pet in Maine, only look for animal shelters, pet stores, or breeders that are licensed by the state. Don’t buy animals on the side of the road, or in a parking lot and beware of online sales because you might not get what was advertised.” The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website (https://www. avma.org/public/ PetCare/Pages/holidays.aspx) offers the following Holiday Pet Safety tips: Food Keep people food away from pets. If you want to share holiday treats with your pets, make or buy treats formulated just for them. The following people foods are especially hazardous for pets: Chocolate is an essential part of the holidays for many people, but it is toxic to dogs and cats. Although the toxicity can vary based on the type of chocolate, the size of your pet, and the amount they ate, it’s safer to consider all chocolate off limits for pets. Other sweets and baked goods also should be kept out of reach. Not only are they often too rich for pets; an artificial sweetener often found in baked goods, candy and chewing gum, xylitol, has been linked to liver failure and death in dogs. Turkey and turkey skin – sometimes even in small amounts – can cause a life-threatening condition in pets known as pancreatitis.

Table scraps – including gravy and meat fat –also should be kept away from pets. Many foods that are healthy for people are poisonous to pets, including onions, raisins and grapes. During the holidays, when our own diets tend toward extra-rich foods, table scraps can be especially fattening and hard for animals to digest and can cause pancreatitis. Yeast dough can cause problems for pets, including painful gas and potentially dangerous bloating. Quick action can save lives. If you believe your pet has been poisoned or eaten something it shouldn’t have, call your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency clinic immediately. You may also want to call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline: 1-888-4264435. Signs of pet distress include: sudden changes in behavior, depression, pain, vomiting, or diarrhea. Decorating Greenery, lights and Christmas trees can make the holidays festive, but they also pose risky temptations for our pets. Christmas trees can tip over if pets climb on them or try to play with the lights and ornaments. Consider tying your tree to the ceiling or a doorframe using fishing line to secure it. Ornaments can cause hazards for pets. Broken ornaments can cause injuries, and ingested ornaments can cause intestinal blockage or even toxicity. Keep any homemade orna-

ments, particularly those made from saltdough or other foodbased materials, out of reach of pets. Tinsel and other holiday decorations also can be tempting for pets to eat. Consuming them can cause intestinal blockages, sometimes requiring surgery. Breakable ornaments or decorations can cause injuries. Flowers and festive plants can result in an emergency veterinary visit if your pet gets hold of them. Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar, and holly are among the common holiday plants that can be dangerous and even poisonous to pets who decide to eat them. Poinsettias can be troublesome as well. The ASPCA offers lists of plants that are toxic to dogs and cats. Candles are attractive to pets as well as people. Never leave a pet alone in an area with a lit candle; it could result in a fire. Potpourris should be kept out of reach of inquisitive pets. Liquid potpourris pose risks because they contain essential oils and cationic detergents that can severely damage your pet’s mouth, eyes and skin. Solid potpourris could cause problems if eaten. Hosting Parties and Visitors Visitors can upset pets, as can the noise and excitement of holiday parties. Even pets that aren’t normally shy may become nervous in the hubbub that can accompany a holiday gathering. The follow-

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ing tips will reduce emotional stress on your pet and protect your guests from possible injury. All pets should have access to a comfortable, quiet place inside if they want to retreat. Make sure your pet has a room or crate somewhere away from the commotion, where your guests won’t follow, that it can go to anytime it wants to get away. Inform your guests ahead of time that you have pets or if other guests may be bringing pets to your house. Guests with allergies or compromised immune systems (due to pregnancy, disease, or medications/ treatments that suppress the immune system) need to be aware of the pets (especially exotic pets) in your home so they can take any needed precautions to protect themselves. Guests with pets? If guests ask to bring their own pets and you don’t know how the pets will get along, you should either politely decline their request or plan to spend some time acclimating the pets to each other, supervising their interactions, monitoring for signs of a problem, and taking action to avoid injuries to pets or people. Pets that are nervous around visitors should be put it in another room or a crate with a favorite toy. If your pet is particularly upset by houseguests, talk to your veterinarian about possible solutions to this common problem. Exotic pets make some people uncomfortable and may themselves be more easily stressed by gatherings. Keep exotic pets safely away from the hubbub of the holidays. Watch the exits. Even if your pets are comfortable around guests, make sure you watch them closely, especially when people are entering or leaving your home. While you’re welcoming hungry guests and collecting coats, a four-legged family member may make a break for it out the door and become lost. Identification tags and microchips re-

unite families. Make sure your pet has proper identification with your current contact information – particularly a microchip with up-todate, registered information. That way, if they do sneak out, they’re more likely to be returned to you. If your pet isn’t already microchipped, talk to your veterinarian about the benefits of this simple procedure. Clear the food from your table, counters and serving areas when you are done using them – and make sure the trash gets put where your pet can’t reach it. A turkey or chicken carcass or other large quantities of meat sitting out on the carving table, or left in a trash container that is easily opened, could be deadly to your family pet. Dispose of carcasses and bones – and anything used to wrap or tie the meat, such as strings, bags and packaging – in a covered, tightly secured trash bag placed in a closed trash container outdoors (or behind a closed, locked door). Trash also should be cleared away where pets can’t reach it – especially sparkly ribbon and other packaging or decorative items that could be tempting for your pet to play with or consume. When You Leave the House Unplug decorations while you’re not around. Cats, dogs and other pets are often tempted to chew electrical cords. Take out the trash to make sure your pets can’t get to it, especially if it contains any food or food scraps. Ways that you can support the Maine Animal Welfare Program can be found at: http://www.maine. gov/dacf/ahw/animal_welfare/index. shtml For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: http://www.maine. gov/dacf n


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How to Make Older Homes More Energy Efficient Older properties tend to have a sense of charm that newly built homes may lack. Perhaps it’s their lived-in feel or design elements that remind homeowners of yesteryear that make older homes so popular among home buyers. What older homes have in character they may lack in modern amenities. For example, whereas many homes are now built with energy efficiency in mind,

older homes may not be so eco-friendly. Fortunately, there are many ways for homeowners who love their older homes to keep that love going strong while making their homes more energy efficient at the same time. • Check for leaks and plug any you find. Homes may develop air leaks over time, and such leaks allow air to infiltrate the home. When that occurs, homeowners instinctively turn

up the thermostat in winter to combat the cold air getting in. Come summertime, those same homeowners will run their air conditioners on a higher setting in an effort to stay comfortable when hot air is creeping through the cracks. Rather than adjusting the temperature inside, fix any sources of air infiltration you find. Run your hand along doorways and windows to determine if any drafts

are coming through. Older homes may also develop cracks in bricks, around the foundation and in siding or stucco. Seal any areas where you feel air infiltrating your home, which will save money, reduce your energy consumption and make your older home more efficient. • Add insulation. Many older homes are poorly insulated. But according to the Continue to page 16

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Maine Makes Fodor’s Travel Go List of Best Destinations to Visit in 2016 Congratulations to the great state of Maine on being chosen as one of 26 destinations on Fodor’s Travel 2016 Go List. The annual Go List highlights 26 can’t-miss locations around the world that every traveler should have on their radar when planning trips in the coming year. “To be selected as a Go List destination by such a well-respected travel organization sets Maine apart and is further recognition of the no-

table achievements of our tourism-related businesses in providing outstanding visitor experiences,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Maine has an allure all its own. It fosters a special connection with those that have visited and those that live and work here,” said Carolann Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism. “The word is getting out about what makes Maine special, from the beauty of our diverse land-

scape and coastline, with access to amazing outdoor adventure experiences, to the explosive growth of our “locavore” food and beverage scene, our friendly people, and the quality of Maine’s lodging and cultural offerings.” Tourism in Maine is a multi-billion dollar industry, generating over $5.4 billion in direct tourism expenditures in 2014, with total economic impact of close to $8 billion overall. The industry supports more than 94,000

jobs, about 14 percent of employment in the state. Destination promotion plays an important role in overall economic development for the state by not only bringing visitors to Maine, but by raising awareness of Maine for additional consideration as a great place to study, work and invest. According to Fodor’s, the Go List destinations span six continents and 20 countries, and are chosen by the experts at Fodor’s

Travel who log countless miles traveling across the globe each year. The 2016 list incorporates everything from emerging destinations and new hotspots to noteworthy events and great travel values around the world. “With so many destinations worth visiting it can be overwhelming for travelers to decide where they should go next,” said Arabella Bowen, editor in chief of Fodor’s Travel. “Our Go List

helps guide travelers when they are making that decision.” View the complete Fodor’s Go List and destination guides at www.fodors.com/golist-2016. To join the online conversation, use the Fodor’s Go List and Maine Office of Tourism hashtags to share where you’ll be traveling in 2016: # Fo d o r s O n T h e G o and #MaineThing. n

Grouse Study Findings Maine’s Ruffed Grouse, or pa’tridge, is a legendary and very popular game bird. A recent study by a survey firm hired by the state revealed that, next to deer hunting, licensed Maine hunters like grouse hunting best of all. How did this fall’s bird hunt go? Were the birds there in sufficient numbers to make it interesting? My talks with hunters indicate that it was a mixed bag: some said they saw plenty of birds while others say the pickings were slim. On the final few

days of my futile deer hunt in the north woods, grouse were as plentiful as I have seen in years. Looking back, I would have been better off to have left the .270 on the gun rack at camp and taken my wife’s little single shot .410 for a walk on the back roads just before sunset. Brad Allen, an avid upland hunter himself and the state’s game bird biologist, is also on the same page with the mixedbag conclusion when it comes to bird numbers. “Most ( regional biologists) reported fair to good

numbers of grouse in their travels,” says Allen. “Talk to ten people and five will say it’s great and the other five will say it’s poor. Some areas contain high concentrations of birds, others not as many.” Grouse hunters and bird biologists ask the same question: why are grouse numbers so spotty? How can they be so plentiful in one pocket of woods and practically non-existent somewhere else? A newly launched ongoing grouse study, that is a year old, is already beginning to shed some

light. A collaborative effort by the University of Maine and DIF&W, the study involves following grouse behavior and mortality using radio tracking collars. Some recent findings: Of 105 birds studied, 16 were shot by hunters; a number of birds were killed by mammalian and avian predators. Four hens were killed in the spring by predators while nesting. Data on reproduction and survival underscores what an iffy proposition it is to raise a family in the wilderness. With the studied grouse,

the average number of eggs in the nest was 10. Six weeks later the collared grouse hen had on average a little more than two chicks still alive! This grouse study is also looking at a grouse’s favorite cover, the relationship between vegetation and habitat selection. The study also confirmed longtime popular conjecture that, despite a grouse’s incredible resilience, hard Maine winter’s kill grouse just like they do deer. The good news is that the study is on-

going. What will this winter and spring mean to Maine’s most sought after game bird? Stay tuned! 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

22nd Annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest The twenty-second annual statewide competition for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is underway. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites students in grades K-12 to create designs featuring ducks, swans, or geese in their natural habitats. Designs

are judged in four age categories, with awards for first, second, and third places and honorable mentions. Entries must be received by March 15th, 2016. This year the judging will take place in the greater Portland area. The Maine Best of Show entry will compete with contest

winners from other states in a national competition in Washington D.C. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards

and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools. Modeled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Federal Duck Stamp competition, the Junior Duck Stamp contest is part of an educational curriculum that teaches students about waterfowl, the importance

of wetlands, and habitat conservation. Proceeds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps protect wetlands through land acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Contest rules and entry forms are currently available for download at the following web site:

w w w. f w s . g o v / j u niorduck/. For more information on the contest, call the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program at (207) 7818364. Businesses or organizations who would like to sponsor this program are encouraged to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. n

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Hand Gun Trainings The Wilton Fish & Game Association will be offering a basic hand gun training for ages 21 years and older under the instruction of Sheriff Scott Nichols. Participating students will undergo a four

hour training at the Wilton Fish & Game location on Rt. 2 in Wilton. The first training class will be held on Saturday January 23rd. from 9AM -1PM. There will be 10 students per class so that

there is adequate instruction per student. Participants are asked to pre-register and prepay a $20.00 class fee by Jan 16th. After the first class is filled there will be a tentative

class in February depending on interest. Payment must be received no later than January 16th. To register please call Deb at 578-2085. Send payment to The Wilton Fish & Game, PO Box 339,

Wilton, Me. 04294. Call Scott Nichols at 778-2680 with any questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn safe gun practices. Students must bring their own handgun unloaded in a hol-

ster with at least 50 rounds of ammunition. Also remember to bring your hearing and eye protection. No magnums are allowed on the indoor range. n

SeniorsPlus to be in Wilton SeniorsPlus will be at the Wilton Free Public Library on January 6, 2016 from 1 pm to 4 pm. We will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have about

services and resources for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. All events are FREE and open to the public. For further information and to make

an appointment, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800427-1241. SeniorsPlus is a private non-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors

and adults with disabilities. SeniorsPlus believes in supporting the independence, dignity and quality of life of those we serve. It serves as the local Area Agency on Ag-

ing and Aging and Disability Resource Center for Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties, and provides a network of support, information, services and resourc-

es for older adults and adults with disabilities and their families. For more information, visit http:// www.seniorsplus.org/ or call 207-795-4010 or 1-800-427-1241. n

FCC Grants Local Radio Station New License

When WRGY was started 6 years ago, the station was required to restrict the direction and strength of its signal to avoid interfering with a competing license application. That competing license application has now expired and is no longer a factor. As a result, the Federal Communication Commission has granted WRGY an upgraded

license to increase transmission power and direction. WRGY is now licensed to expand our 120 degree directional antenna to an omni-directional 360 degree antenna. WRGY has also been granted permission to increase its signal strength by over 90%. The stronger signal and ability to transmit more widely should allow more people in the greater Franklin

county area and beyond to be able to listen to WRGY in their car or at home. Plans are in process to modify the existing antenna and to order a new transmitter, allowing WRGY to implement the upgrades. Engineering is also underway to see if our old transmitter can be used as a booster to improve our signal on the west side of Bald Mountain.

Progress on these upgrades will naturally be dictated by our New England winter weather, but we will be keeping our listeners (and our potential new listeners) on the progress of these improvements. WRGY is a non-profit radio station and can be found at 90.5 FM on your radio dial. You will hear everything from national broadcasts such as

the Spoleto Festival, Folk Alley and Bluegrass Review to local programs such as Doug Clive’s Radio Hour, Indie Informant from Hudson DeRaps and Noah Bonnell’s Victrola Show. Tru-

ly unique programming from the heart of the Rangeley Region. Please tune in at 90.5 FM or listen to us streaming live at wrgy.org n

Open Mic Night

To all musicians and visitors alike, we are happy to announce that we’ve decided to keep the Open Mic Nights going the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. We have a wonderful group of dedicated musicians With a wide variety of music played We just need more audience attendance So if your looking for a fun week night out come and treat yourself to Our next Dinner and Open Mic night Wednesday January 6 2016. We will be serving a Chili dinner starting at 5 pm Meal includes, bread, dessert and drink for $5.00 Don’t forget to Bring your Maracas, drums, tambourines or whatever you have to play along and join in the fun! n

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Caregiver Support Group SeniorsPlus is holding a Caregiver Support Group at the Farmington Town Office, the First Monday of each month, from 3:00 to 4:30pm. This is a wonderful chance to connect

with others, share experiences, gain information, support and a friendly ear. You do not have to pre-register to attend the support group. This opportunity is FREE and open to the

public. For further information, call SeniorsPlus at 1-800-4271241. SeniorsPlus is a private non-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation whose mission is to enrich the lives of seniors

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How to Make Older Homes More Energy Efficient Continued from page 10

United States Environmental Protection Agency, adding insulation can reduce energy costs by as much as 50 percent. Installing insulation can be tricky, especially if insulation was not originally included in your home, as is sometimes the case with older homes. Insulation can become damp

and prove ineffective if installed improperly. Damp insulation also may contribute to mold growth and rot in the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s framing. Older homes may be lacking adequate insulation around attics, crawl spaces, basements, heating and cooling ducts, and water pipes. Cover your water heater

with an insulated water heater blanket so the heater retains more heat and consumes less energy to heat the water. â&#x20AC;˘ Stay on top of your home. Much like older vehicles, older homes require a little extra TLC on the part of homeowners. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow your home to fall into disrepair. Even if your

energy bills are not on the rise, inspect windows and doors to make sure they are closing tightly, as over time such seemingly minor problems can add up to substantial energy loss. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to clean gutters and downspouts, removing debris that can add up and lead to water damage that may ul-

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cost savings if any additional inefficiencies are discovered will likely add up to more than the cost of the audit. Older homes are attractive to many homeowners, who can take several steps to make sure their homes are operating as efficiently as possible. n

Creative Ways To Ring In The New Year Counting down the hours until the new year can be exciting, as the world anxiously anticipates the adventures in store for the months ahead. Celebrating the new year dates back thousands of years to the ancient Babylonians, who celebrated a new year come the first full moon after the spring equinox. The new year is now commemorated in various ways across the globe. According to History.com, one million people gather in New York Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time Square to watch the famed crystal ball drop each year. Across the pond in London, celebrants watch

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youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to tap into your adventurous side and try skydiving. Or, you may be looking to travel abroad to experience something you have longed to see, such as the Egyptian pyramids or the city lights in the romantic city of Paris. â&#x20AC;˘ Cheer for every time zone. Thanks to the various time zones across the globe, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Happy New Yearâ&#x20AC;? is shouted mul-

tiple times throughout the night on New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Eve. TimeandDate.com notes that, depending on how you define the time zone and if you include the International Date Line, there are 24 or 25 standard time zones. That gives revelers 25 opportunities to usher in the new year. Choose a country in each time zone, and then employ that countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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