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Scholarship Christmas Fair

The Annual Christmas Fair for the Scholarship Fund at the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church will be held on December 5th from 9AM till 2PM. The Scholarship Fund raises money to provide financial support to deserving and aspiring local college students from Otisfield, Casco, Norway and Mechanic Falls, all of whom have family members belonging to the church. The Fair will include the ever popular Cookie Walk, The Christmas table, craft items, “attic treasures”, RADA Cutlery and a fabulous Bake Sale. Deals, deals, deals! The Christmas Fair will be held at the church at 231 Rayville Road, 1 mile off Route 121 in Otisfield, Maine and will continue on Sunday Dec. 6 after the church service. We hope to see you all there and be sure to bring a friend.

Full Time Heating Oil & Propane Service Manager Lampron Energy is pleased to announce we are looking for a Full Time - Year Round Heating Oil & Propane Service Manager. This highly compensated position is a fantastic opportunity for a skilled technician to help build and develop a service department from the ground up! The selected candidate will have significant input on the overall operation of the service department. This position comes with a fair amount of autonomy. As a result we are looking for a skilled and motivated technician who can work well with minimal direction. Please note this is a working manager position and you will be expected to handle scheduled service calls as needed. The selected applicant must have a current Maine Fuel Oil Masters license or higher. Be certified on 1 and 2 oils up to 15 gph. Additionally the candidate needs to have current Maine Propane Technician level licensure. To apply please send cover letter and resume to District Manager Miranda Sandahl MSandahl@ stoneroadenergy.com Lampron Energy offers competitive compensation and benefits package including 401(k) plan with company match, health, dental and vision insurance, paid vacation, paid sick time, paid holidays, paid continued education, discounts on our products and services.

Higher Education Assistance Foundation Awards Scholarship to South Paris Resident The trustees of the Higher Education Assistance Foundation (HEAF) are pleased to announce the awarding of a scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to Morgan Kesseli of South Paris. Morgan is an honors student in the business administration and management program at Central Maine Community College. She received the award November 10 before a gathering of bankers and local legislators at Androscoggin Bank in Lewiston.

The Maine Higher Education Assistance Foundation was established in the 1950’s as a guarantee fund for student loans. The founders included a wide range of banks, businesses, community organizations and individuals. In 1990, the HEAF trustees, to continue the original intent of the founding members, initiated a scholarship program funded by the return on the original loan guarantee funds. The fund is now managed by the Maine Bankers Association. n

Androscoggin Bank President Paul Andersen presents CMCC student Morgan Kesseli of South Paris with a 2015 Higher Education Assistance Foundation Scholarship.

Bridge Club Results The Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge Club met Friday, Nov. 20, in the Recreation Building on King St. Oxford at 9:15. A 7-table Mitchell movement was enjoyed. Finishing first N/S flight A were Mike Newsom (South Paris) and Misha Tomic (Waterford), second were Hazel Glazier (Norway) and Marta Clement (Woodstock), third were Cynthia and Bill Clifford Jr. (Lewiston) who also were first in flight B, fourth were Pat Quinn (Otisfield) and Dick Allen (New Gloucester). Second in flight B were Cindy and Bob Kirchherr (South Paris) who

also were first in flight C, third in B were Denny Raymond (Waterford) and Milt McKeen Jr.(Bridgton) who also were second in flight C. Finishing first in flight A E/W were Neenie Kivus (Lewiston) and David Lock (Greene), second were Norma and Rick Verrill (Gorham) who also were first in flight B, third in A were Nancy Farmer (Norway) and Luke Merry (Windham), fourth were Elaine Dresser (Bethel) and Arlen Riis (W. Paris) who also were second in B and first in flight C, third in B were B.J. and Steve Cavicchi (Bridgton) who also were second in C, fourth in B

were Linda Smith and Jack Neal (Oxford) who also were third in C. The club also met on Friday, Nov. 27. A 7½-table Howell movement was enjoyed. Finishing first in flight A were Mike Newsom (S. Paris) and Misha Tomic (Waterford), second were Hazel Glazier (Norway) and Marta Clement (Woodstock), third were Mike Quinn (Otisfield) and Mike true (Auburn), fourth were Nancy Farmer (Norway) and Luke Merry (Windham). First in flight B were B.J. and Steve Cavicchi (Bridgton) who also were first in flight C, second in B were Paul Kahl (Gorham) and Rick

Verrill (Gorham), third were Cynthia and Bill CliffordJr. (Lewiston), fourth were Carol Curran (Waterford) and Cathy Sanderson (Waterford) who also were second in flight C. Next Friday there will be another game, same and place, all bridge players are cordially invited. A partner is always guaranteed. For more information call Les Buzzell 754-9153 or e-mail at buzz116@myfairpoint. net. This year’s Christmas party will be held Friday December 18th before and during the game that day, come join our hospitality.n

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Picking Pockets While doing show prep for my radio talk show I was looking into the topic of crime statistics, to learn a thing or two about what lawbreakers are up-to these days. According to the figures I found, our criminals have been busy as beavers. In the report I read, under the heading “larceny,” for example, were listed all the different ways a theft can be committed – ways you and I wouldn’t necessarily think of, unless we’re in the habit of thinking lawbreaking thoughts. There was shoplifting, theft of bicycles, theft of motor vehicles, theft of items from motor vehicles, theft of motor vehicle parts and accessories and theft from buildings. There was even a separate category for thefts from vending machines. The figures – if they are to be believed - have

good news for vending machine owners. In the last few years, thefts from Maine vending machines plummeted by almost 5 percent. We can only conclude that either vending machines are getting smarter or vending machine crooks are getting dumber. There was no mention of thefts committed by vending machines themselves, a crime which I have been the victim of recently. To me the most surprising statistic in the whole pile was the one showing that pickpocketing in Maine increased by over 26 percent in recent years. As far as I know, the pickpocket figures do not refer to those individuals operating in tollbooths in York and Hampton, N.H. Those are perfectly legal pickpocket operations and are fully authorized to pick any pockets that happen

by. The statistic refers to those engaged in the unauthorized picking of pockets; those individuals who bump into you in a crowd at the Blue Hill, Cumberland, Fryeburg or Oxford fairs and lift the wallet right out of your pocket without you being the wiser. I don’t mean to single out those fine fairs. Fact is, the picking of pockets can take place at almost any other

fair in Maine even the Washington County Fair – if it were still in existence. After reading the pickpocket statistics I checked for my wallet and was glad to learn that it was still where it was supposed to be. I don’t know about you, but I always thought pickpockets worked in big cities

that were teeming with gullible easy marks who were just waiting to have their pocket picked by some welltrained artful dodger. While pondering all that I wondered where a person might go to learn how to pick pockets. I know where you go to learn how to lobster or how to drag for fish and scallops or

how to harvest wood and build boats, but where does someone go in Maine to learn the ancient art of pocket picking? My first impulse is to blame the whole pickpocket business on people from away. Why not? We blame them for just about everything else. Hard as it is to believe we may have within our borders a homegrown pick pocket class with its own homegrown pickpocket culture. But don’t look at me; I’m just writing about them. And if you think this column was just a distraction so I could move in and pick your pocket, you’re wrong. Go ahead; check for your wallet. If it’s missing – like I said – don’t look at me. n

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Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Winter Sports 2015/16 BOYS’ BASKETBALL Date JV V 12/5 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 12/8 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 12/11 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 12/15 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 12/19 11:30 am 1:00 pm 12/22 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 12/30 3:00 pm 6:30 pm 1/2 12:30 pm 2:00 pm 1/5 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 1/7 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 1/11 6:30 pm 1/12 7:00 pm 1/15 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 1/18 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 1/22 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 1/26 5:00 pm 6:30 pm 1/29 6:30 pm 1/30 5:30 pm 2/2 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 2/4 5:30 pm 7:00 pm ALPINE SKIING Date Time 1/7 4:30 pm 1/8 4:00 pm 1/13 4:00 pm 1/16 9:00 am 1/18 9:00 am 1/21 4:30 pm 1/27 4:00 pm 1/29 4:00 pm 2/4 4:30 pm 2/6 9:00 am 2/9 9:00 am 2/13 10:00 am 2/16 9:00 am 2/17 9:00 am

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“BYOD” “SOS”! Submitted by Rebecca Webber In the last few years, there has been a significant increase in employer policies allowing their employees to bring their own cell phones (or other devices) to work. Coupled with that, there has been a surge of press on employers’ ability to monitor and remotely wipe their employees’ personal cell phones once the employment relationship ends. As more employees bring their own devices to work, employers have largely unfettered access to any given employee’s photos, files, contacts, etc. According to a July 2013 survey by the data protection firm Acronis, Inc., 21 percent of companies perform “remote wipes” when an employee resigns or is terminated. Despite the growing use of cell phone wiping technology, the practice remains in “legal limbo.” At present, there are no federal or state statutes that specifically govern employee cell phone policies (often referred to as “bring your own device” (“BYOD”) policies). To date, the only reported case specifically regarding employer wiping of an employee’s personal cell phone comes from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In that case, Saman Rajaee used his personal smartphone (an iPhone 4) to conduct his business in the home construction industry for

over 12 years. Rajaee’s iPhone was connected to his employer’s Microsoft Exchange Server, allowing him to remotely access email, contacts, and a work calendar provided by Defendants. In February 2013, Rajaee gave his employer his two-week notice, and the employer immediately terminated him. A few days later, Rajaee’s phone was remotely wiped by the employer’s IT department – deleting both personal data and work-related data. Rajaee subsequently sued his former employer, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), and the Texas Theft Liability Act, alleging that the employer’s actions caused him to lose “more than 600 business contacts collected during the course of his career, family contacts, family photos,...business records, irreplaceable business and personal photos and videos, and numerous passwords.” Rajaee’s claims ultimately failed, as the Court found that neither the ECPA nor the CFAA applied to Rajaee’s personal data on his iPhone. While this case is relatively anti-climactic, it nonetheless highlights employer vulnerability to litigation when it remotely wipes an employee’s personal device. Below are some steps that you can take to protect your-

self if you choose to implement a cell phone wiping policy. 1. Get It In Writing: In the above case, Rajaee claimed that he had never read or signed a cell phone wiping policy. When it comes to “BYOD” cell phone policies, an employer should inform its employees of the rule(s), and have them sign a copy of the policy. If the employee does not agree to abide by the cell phone wiping policy, they can choose to not have work email, contacts or other information on their personal device. 2. Be Specific – No Surprises: The cell phone wiping policy should state the following: By connecting the device to the company network or using it for company business, the user expressly agrees that he or she authorizes, and permits, the company to access the device and securely remove its data at any time the company deems necessary, either during the relationship, or after. If the employee does not make the device available within a certain reasonable period of time after demand, the company is authorized to remotely wipe the entire device and restore it to its factory settings in order to ensure that its data was securely removed from the device. 3. Consider “Strategic Wiping”: Many

companies have begun to employ improved IT systems which surgically remove only employer data from an employee’s cell phone. Although this software is likely more costly, it may prevent employers from the cost of litigation in the long run. 4. Encourage Healthy Backup Use: Encourage employees (perhaps in the text of the policy) to back up their personal information (photos, contacts, songs) to their personal computer or to iCloud once a week in case the employer needs to remotely wipe data for security or other reasons. As this area of the law rapidly evolves, employers must stay ahead of the curve of employee privacy, while maintaining the security of their clients and other employees. This article is not legal advice but should be considered general guidance in the area of employment law. Jordan Payne is an employment attorney; others at the firm handle business and other matters. You can contact us at 784-3200 (telephone). Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full service law firm providing legal services to individuals, companies, and municipalities throughout Maine. The firm has been in operation since 1853.

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In 2015, the federal estate tax exemption is $5.43 million. With little planning, a married couple can pass up to $10.86 million worth of assets to heirs, so no estate tax will go to the IRS. Those numbers will increase in the future with inflation. With such a large exemption, you may think that estate tax planning is unnecessary. However, nearly half of all states have an estate tax (paid by the decedent’s estate) or an inheritance tax (paid by the heirs) or both. The tax rate goes up to 16% in many states, or even higher in some. What’s more, state estate tax exemptions tend to be lower than the federal exemption; in some states, there is virtually no exemption for certain estates. Therefore, you may find year-end estate tax planning to be worthwhile, even if you don’t anticipate having an estate over $5 million or $10 million. Employing the exclusion In terms of year-end planning, anyone with estate tax planning concerns (federal or state) should consider year-end gifts that use the annual gift tax exclusion, which is $14,000 in 2015. That is, you can give up to $14,000 worth of assets to any number of recipients, with no tax consequences. You don’t even have to file a gift tax return. Married couples can

give up to $28,000 per recipient, from a joint account, or $14,000 apiece from individual holdings. Larger gifts probably won’t be taxed because of a generous lifetime gift tax exemption, but you’ll be required to file a gift tax return and there could be future tax consequences. Example: Walt and Vera Thomas have two children. In 2015, Walt can give $14,000 worth of assets to their son Rick and $14,000 to their daughter Ava. Vera can do the same, moving a total of $56,000 from their taxable estate. Similar gifts might be made to parents you’re helping to support. As explained previously in this issue, giving appreciated stocks and stock funds to loved ones may be an effective way to reduce exposure to any market retreat. Whatever your purpose, keep in mind that there is no spillover from one year to the next. If you miss making $14,000 annual exclusion gifts in 2015, you can’t double up with a $28,000 exclusion gift in 2016. Moreover, make sure that gifts are completed—checks must be cashed—by December 31. Therefore, you should put your plans for yearend gifts in motion well before year end. Courtesy of Austin Associates, PA, CPAs. n

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The Mulie Story

V. Paul Reynolds In the small Northwestern Colorado town of Maybell, the morning came on with low-lying dark clouds, rain and fog. For cow elk hunters, including Diane and myself, the nasty weather was a welcome respite from a week of too much sun and too much heat, even up high in the magnificent Danforth Hills. After a short drive we parked the truck and began the tough, hard-breathing ascent to a high, juniperstrewn plateau. The plan, once in place, was to glass the ravines and draws for an unsuspecting cow elk working its way up toward the bedding areas among the scrub oak clusters and timberlines even higher up. Dropping Diane off in a nice spot with lots of visibility in spite of the mist and fog, I worked my way up through the sage

and junipers looking for a place worthy of a morning vigil. There was ample sign. Fresh elk and mulie deer tracks were evident, along with plenty of droppings, some old but some with that telltale sheen that quickens any hunter’s pulse rate. Soon, through the shifting mist and juniper groves, an expansive buff-colored meadow of tall sweetgrass showed itself. The meadow was festooned with dead juniper trees. In some ways it reminded me of a Maine bog, and it spoke to me of elk country in every way. I settled in along the meadow’s edge, mesmerized by the shifting clouds of mist and the feeling that this would be the place where an elk tag could be filled, not tomorrow, but today! This was no place for daydreaming or nodding off. Although I could see for maybe 300 yards to the edge of the mist, the light was flat and there were dark bunches of sage among the tall grass and dead junipers. You had to look carefully and often. During my second scan, movement was detected. Moving ghostlike from right to left was a large critter at about 180 yards.

A cow elk? Laying the Ruger One .270 atop the shooting stick, the slow-moving critter came into view in the scope. Then it stopped and munched at a shrub. Crosshairs aligned. Safety off. I could see antlers, a big rack. My heart sank. I clicked the safety back on and lowered the gun. The critter, I could tell, was not an elk at all. It was a mulie buck and a spectacular one at

that, equipped with what looked to be a formidable rack. My cow elk never showed that day, or any other, for me or for Diane. Between us our scopes had dialed in a coyote, a bull elk and an untold number of mulies, of both persuasions. The mulie deer story in Colorado is an interesting one. There are three different rifle seasons for elk. Mulie tags are only

issued during the second and third elk seasons. So a first rifle season elk hunter, no matter how fat his wallet, cannot legally take a mulie. Those of us who have hunted elk in Colorado, usually first rifle season, just never bothered with mulies. We are having second thoughts. Honestly, and I have a witness, we must have seen three or four hundred mulies in a week. With or with-

out 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 “dwindling mulie numbers.” You couldn’t prove it by my experience. In Northwest Colorado mule deer are everywhere, almost as plentiful as sage rabbits. Officials say that Colorado has between 400,000 and 600,000 mule deer. (Compare that to Maine’s estimated whitetail population: 200,000!) Lou, a bewhiskered Californian and diehard mulie deer hunter we met at the campground, told me that he has hunted both mulies and elk, and much prefers mulies, to eat and to hunt. Maybe Lou has the right idea. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ sportingjournal.com . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.”n

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The Boxberry School’s First Class at New Location

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The Boxberry School moved into it’s new location this September at Camp Fernwood Cove in Harrison. There are eleven K-5 students this year in a multi-age classroom that incorporates the beautiful natu-

ral surroundings into as much daily play and instruction as possible. The Boxberry School utilizes the “Balanced School Day Schedule� which allows for at least two outside and eating breaks each day- one

in mid-morning and one in mid-afternoon. This helps students and teachers alike maximize instructional time while also staying nourished, mind and body, consistently throughout the day.

                

The Boxberry School Site in the Chickawah Theatre at Camp Fernwood Cove in Harrison We are also pleased to have Kimberly Leighton returning for her 2nd year teaching at Boxberry. Kimmie brings warmth and enthusiasm to every teaching opportunity. We also welcome Maria Yanni, this year,

a veteran teacher who offers a wide range of experience to our classroom. Both teachers’ creativity and love for the students is evident in each school day. The Boxberry School does have openings for

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L.L. Bean Has Much to Offer During Northern Lights Celebration L.L. Bean will host it’s Northern Lights Celebration November 20 to December 31 at their flagship campus in Freeport. Some of the many activities include: November 28: Holiday Music Enjoy performances from the Freeport High School Chamber Choir. They’ll be singing an array of Christmas music, plus they’ll host sing-alongs so everyone can join in to catch the Christmas spirit! The Chamber Choir Performance will be from 10:30 -11 a.m. and 12:30-1 p.m. The Christmas Carol SingAlong from 1:30-noon and 1:30-2 p.m. December 4-6: Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration The whole town gets into the holiday spirit! We’ll kick things off with The Parade of Lights, and the fun continues with visits with Santa at L.L.Bean

following the parade, a Sparkle Express Adventure aboard the Amtrak Downeaster, the Jingle Bell Fun Run and much more. Parade at 6 p.m. on Friday in Downtown Freeport. Visit sparklecelebration.com for details. December 5-6: Winter Sports Weekend Get ready for outdoor winter fun! Check out the great selection

of cross-country skis, snowshoes, sleds, ice skates and accessories. Join us throughout the weekend and learn more about exciting new products available for winter with special clinics by vendors like Bkool, MSR, Fischer, Tubbs and Rossignol. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. L.L.Bean Ice Walk: SubZero IceCarvings has carved very special ice sculptures that

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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, familyowned stores and eateries where locals gather. El Mercado, the oldest market on the island, houses a warren of tiny shops and restaurants offering traditional food. Cozumel derived its name from the Mayans who arrived there some 2,000 years ago. They believed it to be the home of Ixchel, the goddess of love and fertility. According to legend, their temples dedicated to Ixchel earned her gratitude, and she sent her favorite bird – the swallow – as a token of thanks. The Mayan words Kozom (swallow) and Lumil (land) were compacted to 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.

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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 man-made attractions. The Faro Celerain Ecological Reserve does both. The park protects a mixture of mangroves, dunes and reef systems that provide refuge for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles, iguanas and resident and migratory birds. Exhibits in a towering century-plus old lighthouse range from maritime navigation to pirates. Cozumel once provided safe haven for buccaneers who roamed the Caribbean Sea, including the notorious Henry Morgan

and Jean Lafitte. Some cutthroats hid their ill-gotten treasures in abandoned Mayan structures. Chankanaab Park includes enough to-see’s and to-do’s to satisfy many interests. Visitors may stroll through a lush botanical garden, study the colorful inhabitants of a natural aquarium and enjoy a close-up view of the only inland coral reef formation in the world. The complex includes dozens of replicas of Mayan sites and a working Mayan house that brings to life daily chores like cooking, weaving, and planting crops. A more participatory experience awaits those who wish to take part in a temazcal, a Mayan sweat lodge session intended to cleanse both body and mind. A pleasant surprise during my visit to Cozumel was how much I enjoyed the kind of attraction that I often avoid. Why, I wondered, should my wife and I spend time visiting a cultural theme park when the real Mexico is just outside? However, the aptly named Discover Mexico site provided a number of reasons. The experience begins with a multi-screen video presentation that traces the country’s history and describes its cultures. This

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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

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The Healthy Geezer

By: Fred Cecitti Q. My doctor told me my cholesterol and triglycerides are elevated. I have a vague idea what cholesterol is but I’m clueless about tyglycerides. What are they? Triglycerides are a fat in your blood. They are important to maintaining good health. However, if your triglycerides get out of control, you can put your heart at risk. People with high triglycerides usually have lower HDL (good) cholesterol and a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Calories you take in but don’t burn immedi-

ately are converted to triglycerides to supply you with energy later. Your triglycerides level can be too high if you continue to consume more calories than you need. Of course, this causes obesity, too. Other causes of elevated triglycerides—called hypertriglyceridemia— include diabetes, an underactive thyroid, kidney disease, and drugs such as beta-blockers, some diuretics, estrogen, tamoxifen, steroids and birth control pills. The common guidelines for triglyceride levels are the following: normal, less than 150 mg/ dL; borderline-high, 150 to 199 mg/dL; high, 200 to 499 mg/dL, and very high, 500 mg/dL or more. “Mg/dL” stands for milligram per deciliter. The primary remedy for too many triglycerides

is changing your habits. Here are some pointers on how to get your triglycerides down: * Get off the recliner and exercise. * Cut your caloric in-

drates to no more than 45 to 50 percent of total calories. * Avoid saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. This is a complex subject. A good starting point is to

take across the board. This means you have to reduce your consumption of not just fat, but carbohydrates and proteins. Substituting carbohydrates for fats can raise triglyceride levels. People with high triglycerides may have to limit their intake of carbohy-

stay away from foods that come from animals such as meat, dairy and eggs. But there are plant-based foods that are bad for you, too. These include oils from coconuts, cottonseeds and palm kernels. * Eat oily fish such as mackerel, lake trout, her-

Free SCORE Workshop

Oxford Hills SCORE in collaboration with New Ventures Maine (formerly Women, Work & Community), a statewide organization that provides tuition free programming in the areas of small business start-up, career planning and financial education is offering a one evening workshop to those who wish to decide if self-employment is the right choice for a business startup and career. The class covers entrepreneurship, pros and cons of owning your own business, ways to manage risk, major elements of a business plan, important

financial pieces, important steps needed for startup and the many resources available to help you succeed. This free workshop will be held at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth Street, Norway, on Wednesday, December 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Our instructor, Karleen Andrews, is the Microenterprise Specialist for New Ventures Maine in the Western Region (Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin counties). She spent 9 years as Manager of Titcomb Mountain ski area in Farmington where

she was responsible for overall operations, budgets, sales, marketing, event coordination, employee and volunteer training among other duties. She is also a State of Maine Licensed Forester and worked for many years in the forest products industry in Maine and New York. Register at http://conta. cc/1M1Gzyr no later than Monday, December 7th. If you have any questions, please contact SCORE at 207-743-0499. We encourage returning Veterans of the Armed Services to attend this free workshop. n

Candlelight Service The Congregational Church of East Sumner will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on December 24 at 7:00 PM. The Church is located at 50 Main Street, Rte. 219, in East Sumner. FMI: Cyndy 388-2667 or Bill 388-2263. n

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Hypertriglyceridemia can run in families. While high triglycerides don’t usually present noticeable symptoms, people with a family history of very high triglycerides may have visible fatty deposits under the skin. Elevated triglycerides are often part of a group of conditions called metabolic syndrome. This syndrome is the combination of high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excess weight, low HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides. This syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. [In the next installment of The Healthy Geezer, we’ll focus upon cholesterol.] If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ healthygeezer.com. n

Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine Events The Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, located at 199 Main Street, Norway announces the following events for December. Every Thursday and Friday the Center is open from 9:30am to 4:00pm for drop in visits. We have a library, pamphlets and comfort items for you or the one you love. We also schedule activities at the Center (unless otherwise noted) which are free to

people impacted by cancer. Check our website, www.cancerresourcecenterofwesternmaine.org for more information or call Sherri 890-7063. * In case of bad weather, activities are cancelled if SAD #17 cancels classes. December Events Coloring for Adults every Thursday from 1:00pm to 2:30pm Community Cancer Cut & Sew at Sew Orchid Design, 316 Main Street,

Norway, Wednesdays, December 9 and 23 from 10:00am to noon, and Wednesday, December 16 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Penny Rug with Karen Thursday, December 10 from 10:00am to 11:30am Beading Project at Lively Accents, 310 Main St., Norway Monday, December 14 at 10:30am. Walk and Talk with David: call 739-7027 to schedule a time. n

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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, blueberry pie, baked potatoes with butter and sour cream, mashed potatoes with gravy, turkey with gravy, stuffing made with butter, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, cheesecake, Caesar salad, most cakes and pies. Between 150 and 300 calories per average serving: Baked potato with butter and regular gravy, mashed potatoes with gravy, squash with butter and brown sugar, creamed corn, vegetable prepared in butter, nuts, fudge, peanut brittle, cheese roll, Jell-O, pudding, sweet breads like carrot bread, pumpkin bread, cranberry bread, coffee

cake. 50 to 150 calories per average serving: String beans, carrots, cranberry jelly, one slice of bread, one roll, baked potato dry, squash with no butter, turkey meat, one glass of wine, coffee, tea, boiled onions, favorite gravy (recipe below), squash soup (recipe below), pickles, radishes, olives, hard candy, after-dinner mints, one lite beer, fruit bowl, cole slaw, tossed salad greens. A good rule of thumb on how to survive the holiday season is to first enjoy the social aspect of visiting family and friends; try not to deprive yourself of a special treat, just don’t make it your entire meal. Load up on the low calorie nutri-

tional foods first and cut the portion sizes of the moderate to high calorie foods in half. Here are a couple of holiday recipes that will help your guests stay within their calorie budget. Favorite Gravy 3 cups fat-free chicken broth or 3 bouillon cubes with 3 cups of water 1/3 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp poultry season Salt and pepper to taste 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

Kora Shrine Receives Maine Preservation Honor Award The Board of Trustees of Maine Preservation recently selected Kora Shrine in lewiston to receive a 2015 statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for its restoration efforts and its lasting contribution made to preserve our State’s irreplaceable heritage. The award was presented to Kora Shrine by Greg Paxton, Executive Director of Maine Preservation at their annual awards banquet. The award recognizes the brick and terra cotta

renovation that was completed on the exterior of the building and is part of the work that has been identified to preserve, protect and maintain the historic Kora Shrine Center. The renovation work is ongoing and the Kora Shrine Foundation is actively working the raise the funding necessary to complete the work. The Kora Shrine building is one of the most remarkable structures in Maine and considered among the most distinctive buildings of its kind

in the world. Opened in 1909, Kora Shrine was designed by prominent Lewiston architect George M. Coombs. The buildings’ first floor is decorated with 15 large murals painted by Harry H. Cochraine over a five year period in the 1920’s. The building hosts many events during the year including Central Maine Medical Center’s Spring Gala, the Chamber of Commerce Kora Shrine in Lewiston Maine is the proud recipient of the 2015 Maine Preservation Breakfast and the Fezti- Honor Award. Shown receiving the award are, from left to right, Randy Murray, Dan Labrie, Illustrious Potentate Richard Hersom, and Barry Gates PP. val of Trees. n

Students Participate in Community Service Day

Recently, 250 students fanned out from the Hebron Academy campus to various organizations and locations across the state to perform community service as part of the Community Life program at the school. They went as far away as Portland, Woolwich and Brunswick, stayed as close as Hebron, Auburn and Oxford Hills, all while lending a hand to a wide variety of organizations and projects. Organizations like Habitat for Humanity welcomed Hebron students to a house building project in Brunswick where they helped paint trim and move building materials; The Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn received help packaging up

bulk food for easier distribution to families in need; the residents of the Maine Veterans' Home at Clover Manor in Auburn were treated to a concert by student musicians; and many local areas got a nice Fall clean up. No matter the circumstance, Hebron students were on hand to lend a hand to whatever organization they visited. “Community Service Day is part of an evolution of our overall community outreach,” said Alex Godomsky, Director of Student Life at Hebron. “Community service has always been a part of the culture at Hebron so, five years ago, we decided to make it an annual, full day of focus for the students. We see it not only as a way to

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give back to organizations in need, but also a way for all our students to connect with the area in which they go to school, to become involved and part of the overall Maine community.” The annual date of Community Service Day is not so coincidentally the week before students head home for the Thanksgiving break. “It is a great way for the kids to get into the giving

spirit for the holidays,” said Godomsky. “It’s also a great way for them to feel good about themselves and their contributions, which is a feeling they can take home to share with their families." The list of organizations that benefit from the Hebron student volunteers grows every year, allowing students the experience of giving back in numerous ways. Many head out in the morn-

ing of Community Service Day happy at the thought of no classes for the day, but return even more happy with the thought that they did something meaningful with their time that can make a

difference for someone else. Hebron considers it one of many important facets of the overall experience their students receive while attending school here. n

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Auburn Community Concert Band Presents 34th Annual Holiday Concert

The Auburn Community Concert Band, under the direction of Milt Simon, will present its 34th annual holiday concert on Wednesday, December 16th at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The free, 75-minute performance

will begin at 7:00 p.m. The 40-member concert band is comprised of volunteer musicians from 15 central Maine communities, who range in age from 15 to 90. The group will perform both traditional and contemporary holiday

favorites. As has been the tradition for almost three decades, those attending the performance will have the opportunity to make a donation to the local branch of the Salvation Army. All money collected

that evening will be used to help area residents in need of assistance. For the past three consecutive years, audience contributions have averaged over $1,000.00 following each of the ACCB’s holiday concerts. The Franco Center takes its residence inside a city landmark, the former St. Mary’s Church, located at 46 Cedar Street in Lewiston. The Center’s CafÊ and Bar will be open from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. that evening, and will then reopen immediately following the conclusion of the ACCB’s performance. For more information regarding this concert, call the Franco Center at 7831585, or visit the band's web site at www.auburncommunityband.com. n

Local Cemetery Announced as an Official Wreaths Across America Locations Wreaths Across America (WAA), a nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, announced that Maple Grove Cemetery in Hartford has once again joined in the effort to fulfill the national WAA mission of remembering, honoring and teaching under the 2015 central theme: “Cemeteries are for the living.� This is the first year that Maple Grove Cemetery will be participating. Maple Grove Cemetery will be organizing several fundraising events in the coming year that will culminate in a wreathlaying ceremony to honor veterans on National Wreath Across America Day on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at more than 1,000 locations across the country and overseas. A remembrance ceremony will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery in Hartford, Maine, on this day to ensure that the individuals who served to protect the freedoms of our

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country are not, and never will be, forgotten. Helen Sprague is the location leader. She is a member of the Abigail Wolcott Ellsworth chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Windsor, Ct. In addition to the 7 ceremonial wreaths she would like to honor her ancestors, John Bartlett and Daniel Coolbroth. They were both soldiers in the Revolutionary War. Allen Raye is in charge of the wreath laying

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, you can be quite generous when you choose to be, but sometimes you can overlook the needs of others. Pay as much attention to others’ needs as possible this week.

48. Thieving bird 49. H. Potter’s creator 52. Frequency 55. Nothing 56. More lucid 60. Riding mount 61. Deducted container weight 63. Molten rock 64. In this place 65. Ancient upright stone slab bearing markings 66. Rumanian Mures River city 67. Mentioned before 68. An heir (civil law) 69. Without (French) CLUES DOWN 1. W. Samoan monetary unit 2. Baby’s feeding apparel 3. Queen of Sparta 4. Shut 5. Certified public accountant 6. Payment for release 7. Red twig dogwood 8. Basked in 9. Midway between E and SE 10. A way to detest 11. Mother of Cronus 12. In bed 13. Bolsheviks 21. Farro wheat 23. CNN’s Turner

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CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 This isn’t a week to take a walk down Memory Lane, Cancer. Focus on the future rather than getting lost in nostalgia. However, let your past guide your actions a bit.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, it’s difficult to get a good read on any associates or friends, which could impact your plans moving forward. You may need to make a few assumptions and back track later.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, your calendar is filling up quickly, but you cannot add any days to the calendar. Divide your responsibilities so you can better handle everything on your slate.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, right now all you can think about is your career and your financial future. That’s okay because you’ve been meaning to give more thought to your finances and how to proceed.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Ambivalence will get you nowhere fast, Virgo. It can be difficult to make decisions, but that’s something you have to do this week. Once you do, you can forge ahead.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Little things influence how others look at you, Taurus, so make sure you get all of your ducks in a row -- especially at work. Focus on some finer details.

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you are capable of making intelligent, objective decisions. Expect to find yourself with a growing list of new friends who want your advice.

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SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Now is not the time to begin a new project, Scorpio. Rather, keep a low profile and finish up any tasks that you did not get to finish last week.

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Volunteer Creates Memory Pillows

Brad Lanoue passed away at Bridgton HealthCare at the young age of 68 after an unfortunate accident. His wife, Gail, stayed by his side until his last breath. Fortunately they had the support and love from their family, as well as Beacon Hospice, to help accompany them on this last journey together. Brad passed away comfortably and with the dignity that he deserved. When Gail started going through her late husband’s closet, she was flooded with memories. Each piece of clothing held a story from their life together. The Father-ofthe-Bride shirt from their daughter’s wedding, the Las Vegas t-shirt he got on a trip with their son, and the t-shirt with the pug on it that said “Grandpa” giv-

en to him by his beloved grandchildren. How could she give these clothes away? He was just wearing those 6 months ago. She had seen once, a pillow made from the clothes of a loved one who had passed on. She also knew that Beacon Hospice had wonderful volunteers who were very creative with their talents. So she called Kyla Greenwood, Volunteer Coordinator, and told her about the idea. She didn’t know that what she would receive would far exceed her expectations. Evelyn Marshall, of Norway, Maine, got the call. She has been volunteering for Beacon Hospice for 10 years and has been credited with designing and creating beautiful hand-knit American flags for Beacon’s Veterans.

Evelyn is always up for a new project to tackle and she happily agreed to take a look at the clothes from Brad’s closet. She wasn’t sure what she would be able to do with them, but figured she could make simple pillows. When Evy saw the shirts, she could tell that each one had been chosen because of the memories they held. With every snip and stitch she thought of the relationships Brad had in his life. She knew that he had a large family with many people who deeply cared about him. And as the holidays approach, Evelyn knew that each child should have a token of love to represent their dad. When she was finished she had 9 beautiful, oneof-a-kind pillows; one for

Beacon Hospice volunteer Evelyn Marshall created “memory pillows” for Gail Lanoue after Gail’s husband Brad passed away. The pillows are made from Brad’s clothes.

each child and grandchild. Tears ran down Gail’s face when the pillows were given to her, as she

knew that this would be a Christmas to remember. If you are interested in being a part of our hos-

pice team, please call Kyla Greenwood, Volunteer Coordinator, at 7844242.n

Approximately three dozen people gathered to remember Leeds veterans at the Veterans Park in Leeds Center on Sunday, November 8th. Laura Juraska, president of the Leeds Historical Society, opened the ceremony, welcoming everyone, and then introducing members of the Leeds Central School Student Council, who raised the flag and led the the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

State Rep. Jared Golden, a Leeds native, then said a few words. A Marine who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Golden shared memories of some of the men with whom he served. They represented the best of what the United States stands for, he said, and he was honored to have served with them. Their backgrounds and stories were varied, but all embodied the values which make our country

great. Charlie Allen, an Air Force Vet who served in Viet Nam read a moving poem, and members of Brownie Scout Troop #1524 then laid a wreath on the Veterans monument. The Rev. Steve Hastings from the Leeds Community Church led the group in singing My Country ’Tis of Thee and closed the gathering with a prayer of remembrance.n

Leeds Remembers Veterans

Students Council Members from Leeds Central School at the Leeds Verterans Day Service.

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