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The Nutcracker Ballet (film) will be shown at the RFA Lakeside Theater in Rangeley on December 19th - one show at 6:30 PM. Shown here is a scene of the Snowflakes Dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet at the Imperial Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The RFA Lakeside let (film) as a fami- 19. Movie goers are favorite Nutcracker PM. Admission is $5, ers, Toy Soldiers and Theater presents ly holiday event on encouraged to come character! There will with a special Fam- Snowflakes, among the Nutcracker Bal- Saturday, December in costume as their be one show at 6:30 ily Rate (parents or others. grandparents with The film is co-sponchildren) of $15. sored by the LakeThe ballet is per- side Dance Academy formed by the Mariinsky Ballet and and the Rangeley Orchestra and was Friends of the Arts. OPEN filmed at the Im- Doors will open at 7 DAYS A perial Mariinsky 5:45pm, come earWEEK Theater in St. Pe- ly to get your seats, tersburg, Russia, your snacks, and to Pet & Animal Feeds where Tchaikovsky’s show off your cosLandscaping Supplies “Nutcracker” ballet tume! Enjoy this was first performed magical Christmas •Deer Feed •Salt/Grain Blocks in 1892. The icon•Cracked & Whole Corn ic characters of the story on the big screen in Rangeley •Black Oil Sunflower story include the Sugarplum Fairy, the with the whole famFIREWOOD •Meaties Mouse King, the Nut- ily. •Asst. Bird Seed Cut-Split-Delivered Visit www.rangecracker, mysterious •Rock Salt/Paw Thaw leyarts.org for the Uncle Drosselmeyer, •Deer Pellets RFA’s complete movClara, Chinese DancPatty P tt & Frank F kC Cerminara ers, Russian Danc- ie schedule. n

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Celebrating 20 years of Community Health and Wellness!

Know Your Knees 1. Babies are born without kneecaps. True or False False. They are made of cartilage and don’t become bony until later. Girls’ kneecaps start becoming bony when they are about 3 years old; boys’ when they are 4 or 5. 2. How many knees do dogs have? 0, 2 or 4 2. Only the hind legs of dogs have knees. Just like humans, dogs can have knee problems. A dog can tear the tissue that supports the knee by doing something as simple as jumping off a sofa. All it takes is a bad landing 3. Tight thigh muscles can cause knee pain. True or False True. You can help protect your knees by warming up with dynamic stretches or walking before playing sports. If the large muscle in the front of the thigh is tight, the kneecap gets pushed up against the thighbone. Tight muscles on the back of the thigh force your muscle on the front to work harder; that, too, can cause pain 4. If your knee cracks and pops, something is wrong: True or False False. It could be your ligaments tightening as you move, or it could be the sound of rough surfaces gliding over each other. If your knee hurts when it pops, if it locks, or if you notice swelling or loss of function, get it checked out.

5. What does the kneecap do? Protect your Knee Connect muscle Both of the above Both of the above. Your kneecap, also called your patella, is the small bone in front of your knee. It connects the muscles of your thighbone and shinbone. The undersides of your kneecap (and the ends of your thighbone) are covered with slippery stuff that helps your bones glide smoothly as you move your leg. As you bend and straighten your leg, your kneecap gets pulled up and down. 6. If you weigh 150 pounds, what’s the force on your knee? 150 to 300 pounds 300 to 600 pounds 400 to 900 pounds 450 to 900 pounds. Your knees are the largest joints in your body. And they take on much more than just your body weight. Every time you walk, the force on your knees is three to six times your weight. Being overweight increases the stress on your knees. Obese women have nearly four times the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the knee; for obese men it’s nearly �ive times. 7. The expression “to take a knee” is most often used in this sport: Soccer Tennis Football Football. The “quarterback kneel,” the “victory formation,” and “to take a knee” all refer to a play in football. .The phrase

has other meanings and uses; sometimes players will go on one knee as a show of respect to an injured player. 8. How many bones do you have in your knee joint? 2, 4 or 6 4. Your thighbone, your shinbone, your calf bone, and your kneecap come together at your knee. Your kneecap is at the front of your knee joint. It’s held in place by tendons, which are cords that connect muscles to bone or other muscles, and by strong bands of tissue called ligaments. 9. When a doctor taps your knee with a rubber hammer, he’s tapping: Tendon Bone Muscle Tendon. It’s a weird feeling. Your doctor taps your knee with a small rubber hammer, and the lower part of your leg kicks out as if it has a mind of its own. It’s called the knee-jerk re�lex. The tap of the hammer stretches a tendon and the connected muscle in your thigh. The knee-jerk re�lex is important: It helps you keep your balance. 10. Most people who see orthopaedic surgeons have knee problems: True or False True. Knee problems keep orthopedic surgeons hopping. They are the most common reason that people see orthopedic surgeons. Common knee problems include injuries to ligaments known as

ACL, and the less common MCL and PCL. Changing direction quickly, slowing down when running, and landing from a jump can all cause tears in the ACL. MCL and PCL injuries are usually caused by blows to the knee. 11. What the best exercise if you’ve had a knee replacement? Squash Biking Jogging Biking. Doctors perform more than 600,000 knee replacement surgeries a year, and that number is expected to go up to more than 3 million by 2030. If you’ve had a knee replacement, you’ll need to stay clear of exercises that put stress on that joint.Avoid tennis, squash, skiing, jogging, and contact sports like football and baseball. Dancing, gol�ing, and biking on level surfaces are all good options, as are swimming and walking. 12. Which of these job increases your risk of swelling around the kneecap? Plumber Nurse Pilot Plumber. The friction of being on your knees irritates a small sac in front of the kneecap. When that sac becomes in�lamed, it �ills with �luid and causes swelling. Gardeners can have this problem, as can wrestlers, and football and basketball players. If you work on your knees, wear kneepads, and get up often to stretch.


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Treat Holiday Guests with this Chocolate Confection No holiday celebration is complete without dessert. The holiday season is one time of year when no one seems too worried about indulging in dessert or having an extra cookie. Many families have their own traditions when it comes to holiday fare, but those who want to wow their guests with something new this holiday season can try the following recipe for “Chocolate-Dipped Sesame Tuiles” courtesy of Michael Recchiuti and Fran Gage’s “Chocolate Obsession” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang). Inspired by the classic French tuile cookies, these delectable treats are sure to draw a crowd to your holiday dessert table this season.

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TO BAKE THE COOKIES: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line the bottoms of four 12-by-18-inch sheet pans with parchment paper. Lightly coat the paper with flavorless vegetable oil. Put a rolling pin on a work surface. If you have two rolling pins, ready both. Combine the sesame seeds, flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk by hand until combined. Mix - don’t beat - the egg whites into the sesame seed mixture with a rubber spatula. Stir in the butter with the spatula until no streaks of butter remain. Measure 2 level teaspoons batter onto a prepared sheet pan. Using a small offset spatula, spread it into a round about 31/2 inches in diameter. Repeat with the remaining batter, putting 8 rounds on each pan and leaving 11/2 inches between the rounds. Bake the trays, one at a time, until the cookies are a uniform golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and,

while the cookies are still warm, run the offset spatula under each cookie and place it upside down on the rolling pin so that it curls around the pin. (You should be able to do 5 cookies on a rolling pin, so by the time the sixth cookie is about to be draped over the pin, a few should be ready to be moved. Ideally, though, you will have two rolling pins.) If some of the cookies are not a uniform color, or if some cool too much and are no longer pliable, return them to the oven for another minute until evenly golden brown and again pliable. Leave the cookies on the rolling pin until they cool completely and have become brittle, a matter of seconds. Carefully lift them off and store them in an airtight container at room temperature until you are ready to dip them. They will keep well for up to 3 days.

you have tempered chocolate for another use. Or you can temper chocolate specifically to finish the cookies. Use a tempering machine to temper the chocolate. Dip the convex (smooth) side of each cookie into the chocolate and then smooth the chocolate with a small offset spatula. Place on a work surface, chocolate side up, and let sit until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container in a cool place, not in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to one week.

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Ask the Trainer - Have a Lean Holiday Season Jodi Cornelio

Just because the holidays are approaching doesn’t mean you have to abandon your good eating habits. The average person gains 5 to 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Don’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, blueber-

ry 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

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-din-

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 don’t make it your entire meal. Load up on the low calorie nutritional 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 Sauté 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 ½ cup fat-free chicken broth 3 cups butternut squash peeled and seeded Salt and pepper Cumin to flavor Sauté 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

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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, juniper-strewn 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 hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 meadowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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. 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 sea-

sons. 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 second 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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;dwindling mulie numbers.â&#x20AC;? You couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Maineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maine Outdoors.â&#x20AC;? His e-mail address is paul@sportingjournal.com . He has two books â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Maine Deer Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Logbookâ&#x20AC;? and his latest, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Backtrack.â&#x20AC;?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. Non-swimmers 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, family-owned 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.

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The village of San Miguel offers many shops and restaurants.

Mayan ruin sites are scattered around the island.

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 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 less-developed 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 manmade 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 tosee’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 closeup 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 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 multiscreen 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 treasures. The result is an all-encompassing walk through history. Adding to authentic touches in the park, the snack bar serves a variety of typical dishes— and where there’s food, there’s drink. In Mexico, that often means Tequila, which locals refer to as “Mexican water.” Visitors to the theme park have an opportunity to discover how tequila is made, then sample tastes of several brands. Sipping tequila is about as Mexican as it gets. So, too, is much about the island of Cozumel, along with attractions usually associated with the islands of the Caribbean. If you go: For information about visiting Cozumel, log onto cozumel.travel. 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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Electrical Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating Everyone has at least one -- the house on the street that lights up in splendor around the holiday season. Decorations are in abundance both indoors and out, and just seeing the house brings on a smile. But as beautiful as it might be, that home may also be a safety risk if the decorator hasn’t followed precautions like these offered by CSA Group: Creativity is key but not at the cost of safety -- Let your in-

ner designer shine, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when arranging electrical items, such as lights and electronic decorations. Be sure to turn off the electricity to the supply outlet before working with outdoor wiring, and never run an electrical cord through a doorway or under a carpet indoors. Fakes are no laughing matter -- Your next door neighbor dressed up as Santa

is funny. Counterfeit decorations are not so funny. Look for the mark from an accredited certification organization, such as CSA Group, on animated displays, light strings and extension cords. Ensure decorations are marked and certified for outdoor use and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep the mood light but not fiery -- Choose flame-resistant decorations and don’t place

open flames or candles near flammable materials, such as wreathes, trees or paper decorations. Never nail or tack lighting strings to a wall, as this may damage insulation and create a shock or fire hazard. Use insulated fasteners rather than metal nails or tacks that could damage wiring to hold light strings in place. Cozy up -- Keep warm by the fireplace but be sure your gas appliances

are in good working order. If the pilot light or flame goes out, turn the gas off and wait five minutes or longer (see the manufacturer’s instructions) before attempting to relight. Be alert for unusual odors or flames when your gas fireplace is on, often indicating that the fireplace is not operating properly. In such cases, contact your dealer or licensed technician for servicing. Overload on food,

not watts -- Don’t overload extension cords. Use heavy duty extension cords for high wattage decorations and large electronically-animated displays. For extreme decorators, make sure your house is capable of handling the electrical load of multiple lights and decor. If in doubt, contact a licensed professional to inspect your electrical system. n - courtesy of Metro


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The Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the schedule of special activities planned during the 12th annual Mountain Holly Days event, Thursday, December 10th - Sunday, December 13th. The Mountain Holly Days event epitomizes the time-honored tradition of families shopping together and enjoying holiday festivities and activities. Shoppers will enjoy many special offers from local businesses, find unique, quality gifts for that special someone and participate in various holiday activities.Visitors will

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12th Annual Mountain Holly Days Activities Announced enjoy shopping and dining with personal, friendly service and none of the hassles of big-city shopping. Below is a sampling of the special activities planned during the 4-day event. Please visit the Chamber's web site or Facebook page for more details, including new activities that may be added after press deadline. On Thursday, Dec. 10th Christmas wrapping service will be available at Franklin Savings Bank, with donation to Relay Life (during regular bank hours). Thursday will also be the date for the

Women's Shopping Night, with participating shops offering extended hours, special services, refreshments, wish list registry and more. There will also be a Gingerbread House Contest that day. Gingerbread houses entered into the contest will be on display at various businesses throughout town. Watch for more details and be sure to pick up your ballot along with your Mountain Holly Days flyer. On Friday, Dec. 11th, Christmas wrapping service will again be available at Franklin Savings Bank. Friday will be the Men's Shop-

ping Night. There will also be horse drawn Christmas wagon rides and a bonfire, hot cocoa and sweets at Haley Pond Park, from 6 - 8 PM (hosted by the Rangeley Lakes Regional School PTA, donations accepted). The Rangeley Holiday Home/Business Decorating Contest will also be happening. Visit and admire all the homes and businesses decorated for the holidays. Judging will take place Dec 7th – Dec 11th. (Winner will be announced on Saturday, Dec 12th.) On Saturday, Dec. 12th, check out a Duct Tape Crafting Workshop at Range-

ley Lakes Builders Supply, 10 AM and 1 PM - 2750 Main St. Tina Falasco, LMT, will give complimentary chair massage at Blue Flame Gas/Rangeley Fireplace, from 11 AM – 2 PM – 2497 Main St. The Rangeley Fire Department will host a Children’s Christmas Party at the Rangeley Fire Station, Noon – 2 PM, pictures with Santa, toys for the kids, free snacks, craft table – 15 School St. Sunday, Dec. 13th is the deadline to submit Stamped Shopper’s Coupon and Gingerbread House ballot at 1 PM at the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of

Commerce or at the Alpine Shop. The RFA Walk to Bethlehem will begin at 5:30 PM – starts at The Rangeley Inn, followed by Holiday Pageant at Church of the Good Shepherd. For more event listings and specials, contact the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce at 864-5571 or info@ rangeleymaine.com, visit www.rangeleymaine.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook. com/RangeleyLakes. ChamberofCommerce.RangeleyMaine. n

CareerCenter Workshops The following sessions will be held at the Wilton CareerCenter 865 Us Route 2E Wilton. Telephone 207-645-5800; toll free 1-800-982-4311; TTY: Maine Relay 711 to set up an Appointment. www. wmca.org. These workshops are at no cost to the public. All workshops begin promptly at listed times. Registration required. December 2015 Workshops Resume & Interviewing Skills Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the Wilton CareerCenter, 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Thursday, December 17, 2015, at the Region 9 Adult Ed in Mexico, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Explore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly

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ployers and tips on successfully completing applications, resumes, and cover letters a well how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter. Employer Expectations Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 9:00am to 11:00am Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm The Wilton CareerCenter is offering two workshops, facilitated by Barclaycard US. This is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US. This workshop is for people applying for all different types of jobs. The workshop will cover the following topics: Preparing for a New Job, Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. Slots are limited; please call the Wilton Ca-

reerCenter at 6455800 to RSVP. Small Business Trainings Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops “Starting Your Own Small Business” Access to Capital” and “Federal and State Resources for Small Business” Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card at 1-207-622-8555 If you have a preferred need please contact Patty Ladd at the Wilton CareerCenter by calling 207-645-5822 or e-mail her at patt y. e . l a d d @ m a i n e . gov. Partners include WMCA CareerCenter Services and Maine Department of Labor. We are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request. n

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Picking Pockets John McDonald

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 pick-pocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals op-

erating 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 well-trained 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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Rangeley Public Library’s Annual Fund Drive

Once again the Rangeley Pubic Library has begun its Annual Fund Drive seeking support from local residents as well as seasonal visitors. Many of you understand that the Rangeley Public Library is a private, non-profit organization, but there may be some who are not aware that even with the Town and Plantation municipal

contributions that the library receives through local tax dollars, the RPL organization still has the daunting task of raising, on its own, about half of what is needed just to keep the library up and running. That is why this Annual Fund Drive is so important. Throughout the year on-going fundraisers such as the Book and

Bake Sale, the Pies and Prose and Plants sale, the Gala, money from the sale of the local phone book and the Spaghetti Supper help with this goal; but it is still the individual contributions from our supporters within our community, both year-round and seasonal, that represent the bulk of the all-important fundraising dollars.

The much-needed tax-deductible contributions that we receive during this Annual Fund Drive are not just used to cover the “extras.” They are essential components of the Library’s budget. They pay for heat, staff salaries, book purchases, programs, as well as the maintenance and operation of the building. Grant writing is al-

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ways on-going but increasingly competitive, and when the library is fortunate enough to receive grant funds, those dollars are usually restricted in that we are required to use them to help pay for special programs or to purchase specific equipment and technology. Bottom line, your individual gifts are so important to help in-

sure that the Library continues into the future as a place to educate, read, share, talk, learn and meet with our neighbors within the community. The Library could not exist without the support of its donors, and to all of you, the Board of Trustees wishes to express sincere gratitude and appreciation. n

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PUBLIC MEETING

Township D, Rangeley Plantation, Town of Rangeley and other Towns in the Region Construction of the Height of Land Conservation Walk on Route 17 (Addition of an Interpretive Walkway to the Existing Scenic Turnout) Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. At the Oquossoc Fire Station Located at Junction of Route 4 and Route 17 Oquossoc, Maine Extra parking available across the street at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum The Maine Department of Transportation is conducting a public hearing to discuss Construction of the Height of Land Conservation Walk at the existing scenic turnout. The improvements include construction of a walkway featuring small interpretive exhibits that feature national, state and local conservation themes. Please join us at 6:00 pm on Tuesday evening, December 15, 2015, at which time representatives from the MaineDOT and the engineering firm will discuss the proposed improvements, listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from persons interested in the project to ensure local input is received and that local needs and concerns are being addressed. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Auxiliary aids will be provided upon advance request. Any inquiries regarding this project may be directed to the attention of Larry Johannesman, ASLA Landscape Architect, Maine Department of Transportation, Multimodal Program, 24 Child Street, 16 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 043330016. Telephone: (207) 624-3404. Email: lawrence.johannesman@maine.gov.

Work Identification Number 8670.30 TTY Users Dial Maine Reply 711

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