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Seventh Annual Dempsey Challenge

The seventh annual Dempsey Challenge was a success despite the cold weather and the occasional chilly rain shower. The fundraiser was started

by Maine native Patrick Dempsey, well-known for his character Dr. Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy and his movies in the late 80s and 90s.

Just a few examples of the dozens of Dempsey Challenge teams’ T-Shirt logos that could be seen on the backs of bikers, runners and walkers who were raising money for the Dempsey Center. . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

His mother’s long-time bout with Ovarian Cancer moved him to use his success to reach out through the hospital that greatly helped Amanda Dempsey with her battle. (She passed away in March of 2014.) Central Maine Medical Center became the recipient of a significant start-up capital donation by Patrick Dempsey, and the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing became a reality in the Lewiston/Auburn area. The Challenge is a two day event whose main fundraising events include individual and team walk/ runs and bike rides of various distances. Walkers and runners can choose from around the block to a 5 or 10K jaunt and riders can select from 10 mile around the L/A area or 50 to 100 miles into surrounding communities including the foothills of Maine. Each year of the event’s 7-year history has managed to raise on the order of one-million dollars for the no-cost, continuing efforts of the Dempsey Center. The Center, part of CMMC, regularly offers workshops, seminars, counselling and other assistance to cancer patients

Bates College had six different fundraising teams in the 2015 Dempsey Challenge. Here one of the all female groups gets a Saturday morning ‘selfie’ with Patrick Dempsey in Center. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

and their caregivers. This year, with its usual mass of volunteers and almost 4000 fund-raising participants, the Challenge again raised just over one-million dollars. Saturday and Sunday mornings found SimardPayne Park in Lewiston filled with runners, bike riders and the curious attending the event. In addition to the regular appearance of a few professional bikers this year featured

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television personality and cancer survivor Joan Lunden. Lunden walked in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk and was special speaker at a special event for the top fund raisers. Patrick Dempsey, as usual participated in the bike ride (one thousand riders), but spent much of his time at the many booths and events in Simard/Payne Memorial Park. Patrick noted again in his comment to the crowd how much he enjoyed coming back to Maine. This year he

brought along his daughter and twin boys to experience the event with their dad and talk with the people. Over 500 teams, many wearing special T-Shirts, participated in memory of a loved one or just to raise money for a good cause. From shirts declaring “Aimee’s Awesome Army” to “You Are Not Alone” and “Maine Cycling Club” to “Scrappy Women” were seen on the roads and in the park.n Additional Dempsey Challenge photos on page 11


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The Chamber Hosts Successful Business Showcase and Chili-Chowder Contest See Who Took Home the Chili-Chowder Awards

The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Business Showcase and ChiliChowder Contest on Saturday, October 17 in the gym at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. More than 70 businesses, organizations and restaurants participated in what is the Chamber’s largest networking event. “This event gives businesses, community organizations and non-profits, the opportunity to build relationships with each other and the community,” said John Williams, Executive Director of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. “The Oxford Hills region is home to several small businesses and the Business Showcase puts their business in front of several potential new customers whether it is another business person or a community member.” The Chili-Chowder Contest takes place during the showcase and this year, there were several chili and chowder dishes

to sample. Competing for the best chili were Olde Mill Tavern, The Hot Dog Shack, The Progress Center, Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice. Competing for best chowder were Olde Mill Tavern, The Progress Center and Norway Center for Health and Rehabilitation. The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison won both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Best Chili and Best Chowder. “Knowing that people enjoy the food is the best compliment a chef can receive,” said Keith Pacheco, the executive chef at Olde Mill Tavern. “If you didn’t get a chance to come and enjoy our chili or lobster-corn chowder, please come by the Olde Mill Tavern for lunch or dinner some time.” This is the second year in a row that the Olde Mill Tavern won both chili awards. Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice took home second place in the chili contest in both

The Olde Mill Tavern of Harrison was the big winner in the Chili-Chowder contest held during the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Showcase. The restaurant won both the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Best Chili and Best Chowder. Left to right: Melanie Wright, Walmart Store Manager; Thomas Gough, Olde Mill Tavern cook; Keith Pacheco, Executive Chef at Olde Mill Tavern; Rebecca Dowse, Oxford Hills SCORE; Mary Ann Brown, Oxford Hills SCORE and Jim Bouchard, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice.

the People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice categories and coming in third in both categories for chili was The Progress Center. In the chowder compe-

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tition, second place for the People’s Choice was The Progress Center and third place was Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation. The judges chose Norway Center for Health & Rehabilitation as second place for best chowder and coming in third was The Progress

Center. The chamber received support from several businesses and organizations to make this event a success. The Chili-Chowder Contest was sponsored by Walmart and Oxford Hills SCORE. The Business Showcase was sponsored by the following busi-

nesses: Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Casino, Goodwin Chevrolet, ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration, Actnow Rapid Rooter, Oxford Federal Credit Union, WOXO 92.7 and 100.7 Pure Country, and Turner Publishing. n

Fall Lacrosse Clinics

A fall Lacrosse Clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-8 will take place on Nov. 15 and Nov. 22 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Gym. The clinics are free of charge and sponsored by the Oxford Hills Middle School Lacrosse Club. Come to learn the great sport of Lacrosse and support our Middle School Lacrosse Club and Youth Lacrosse Teams! The Clinics will be led by the High School and Middle School Lacrosse coaches. Clinics will be appropriate for both beginner and experienced play-

ers and will include skills, teamwork, small area games, prizes and more. Players can earn an OHMS Lacrosse Club TShirt and an indoor practice ball. Required equipment:

lacrosse stick and mouth guard (gloves recommended) Register by emailing OHMSLacrosse@gmail. com. For more information, call (207) 743-1249 after 4:00pm. n

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Otisfield Community Lunch and Stuff Swap

Wednesday, November 18th from 11:00am12:30pm at the Community Hall on Rt. 121 in Otisfield. Free (donations accepted). MENU: Turkey, Gravy, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, carrots, peas,

squash, cranberry sauce, jellied salad, assorted pies, cider, tea, and coffee. If you’d like to cook, please call Virginia Noble 539-4027 If you need a ride, please call Nancy

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Helpful Tax Tips for Small Business Workshop Oxford Hills SCORE is offering a workshop for both new and existing Small Businesses who wish to better understand the importance of good financial record keeping when preparing year-end tax reports. The presenter, Lance Bean, is a well-known CPA from Hoisington & Bean in Norway, Maine. He will provide information on; tax reasons for choosing the right entity for your business, management decisions leading to sound bookkeeping and financial records,

types of financial statement reporting needed for accurate tax reporting as well as the changes from 2014 to 2015 for state & federal tax regulations. This no cost workshop will be held at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth Street, Norway, Maine on Wednesday, November 18th, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm with a light lunch provided. Whether you are just starting up your business or wish to improve your existing accounting understanding for tax purposes, this workshop is the one for

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Ladies Guild Announcement

The Ladies Guild of The First Congregational Church, UCC – Bridgton is very pleased to announce that on Saturday, November 14, 2015, they will sponsor the Annual Christmas Crafts Fair and Cookie Walk at 33 South High Street in Bridgton from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. All are welcome. Plenty of free parking is available. Area crafters will be presenting their creations for sale in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Additionally, a table with new and gently worn items will also be available; all in time for the early-bird Christmas shopper. Shoppers are encouraged to participate in

the Ladies Cookie Walk where delicious, homemade confections are available to be purchased while you are doing your shopping and perusing. Cookies, fresh from the oven, will be for sale to sustain you. The Missions Committee will be providing a delicious luncheon of your choice of homemade soups, bread roll, and soft drink and dessert for $6.00. Proceeds from the luncheon will support those local groups and members of the Greater Bridgton community who are in need of kindness, monetary and otherwise. Tables for crafters are still available at $25.00 per table; returning craft-

ers at $20.00 per table. For more information, please contact Dodie Henning, 647-9930 ( or Pam King, 647-2564 (king6275@roadrunner. com). The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Bridgton is an Open and Affirming church, and all people are welcome. It is located at 33 South High Street, Bridgton. Our Interim Pastor is Raymond Clothier. Sunday services are at 10:00 AM, and childcare is available. For more information call the church office at (207) 647-3936 or visit www.

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tempt to set a world record for the number of people playing the same game at the same time. Sponsored in part by the American Library Association, the celebration became International Game Day in 2012 with events now held on seven continents. Each year, a growing number of game publishers donate tabletop games and access to video games to hundreds

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A User’s Guide to Useless Information John McDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chicken Soup on an Autumn Night Out Jodi Cornelio

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

all used organic chicken and vegetables. All locally grown garden fresh vegetables and organically raised chicken. It is nice to see that more and more people are planting gardens and enjoying the canning season. Yes it is time consuming growing a garden but the rewards are plentiful. One of the best Christmas gifts I get is from my friend’s mom who lets me fill up a box of can goods from her cellar. We have a name for every vegetable and it all starts with “Mammy,” Mammy Beans, Mammy pickles, Mammy carrots and so on…. When I make my chicken soups it has

TLC from Mammy all year round. Hopefully if you’re not a gardener you have a local source to get vegetables to take you through the winter that have not been tainted with pesticides. The food that we eat can be tricky if you are trying to stay healthy. Sometimes it is hard to know what has been chemically treated and what kind of pesticides are being used in our foods. And what is GMO? GMO is genetically modified organism. From Wikipedia, GMO is: a genetically modified organism, also known as a transgenic organism, is any organism whose genetic mate-

rial has been altered using genetic engineering techniques (i.e. genetically engineered organism). en.wikipedia. org. So how do we know w h i c h f o o d s h a v e G M O ? We don’t really unless they are labeled as such. In grocery stores and in health food stores many packaged items may say no GMO so there is help out there. Really, to be on the safe side buying meats and vegetables

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

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

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


Business Year-End Business Tax Planning the Sec- amount of equipment cluding the

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

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


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

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

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

39th Annual Christmas Parade: November 28

The Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the state’s largest Christmas parade on Saturday, November 28. The 39th Annual Christmas Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Main Street in Norway, at the corner of Whitman and Main Streets, and ends in Market Square in South Paris. This year’s parade theme is a “Toyland Christmas” and should depict the idea of a faraway land filled with magical toys. “The Christmas Parade is a great way to kick off the holiday season and it’s one of the largest community events,” said Jennifer Boenig, the event chair and Assistant to the Director of the Oxford Hills Chamber. “Every year it seems the parade gets a little bit longer and a few more groups participate. We typically have at least 50 businesses and organizations partici-

pate and 15-20 floats.” Any business or organization is welcome to participate in the parade and can register online through the chamber’s website www. o x f o rd h i l l s m a i n e . c o m . There is a $35 registration fee only for floats that will

be judged. “Anyone can participate in the parade, but we do ask that you register your group with the chamber, regardless of whether you will need to pay the registration fee, so we can plan the parade line-up accordingly. It’s also important that parade participants remember there can be no Santa costumes. There is only one Santa and Mrs. Claus and they will be on their own float at the end of the parade,” said Boenig. Parade registration forms can also be picked up at the chamber office, located on 4 Western Avenue in South Paris, or call the office at 743-2281 to have a form sent out by mail. n

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

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

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

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

5th Annual Festival of Trees Lights Up South Paris Glittering lights, magical displays and the fantastic sounds of the holiday- this is what you can expect at the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce’s 5th Annual Festival of Trees event. The event begins Friday, November 27 with the Chamber’s open house from 5:30-8 p.m. On Saturday, November 28, the event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will close during the parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance immediately following the parade. On Sunday, November 29, the event is open from 12-4 p.m. and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there from 1-3 p.m. The Festival of Trees is held at the Four Seasons Function Center, 187 Main Street, South Paris. All the trees on display are raffled off with the lucky winner taking home the tree, decorations and any gifts on or under the tree. At least 20% of the proceeds from this event will be donated to two charitable organizations: Rightstart for the Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Teens programs as well as some of the food pantries that serve the Oxford Hills area. “Christmas is all about the kids and Rightstart has two wonderful programs that make Christmas much merrier for kids and teens,”

said Jim Trundy, Chairman of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and event chair. “Christmas is also about food and unfortunately there are families and individuals in the area who don’t have enough food on a regular basis so trying to put together a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings is impossible without the help of area food pantries.” Trundy also noted there is no admission fee again this year for this event. “Everyone is welcome to come

and see the trees. Children can also see Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade at no charge and they’ll even receive a special gift.” The Chamber is currently accepting registrations from local businesses, organizations, groups and individuals for this event online at For more information or to request a registration form, please contact the Oxford Hills Chamber at 207.743.2281 or email info@oxfordhillsmaine. com. n

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Barcelona: A Banquet for the Senses

Gothic neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Dreamstime. Las Ramblas. Photo courtesy com/Pere Sanz. Sanz. By Victor Block borhood is one of several down that avenue. The maze of twisted intriguing areas that beckActually, “the Ramblesâ€? streets is hemmed in by on visitors, and that have consists of five streets laid medieval Gothic buildings remained largely as they end-to-end. More market along with hints of the were centuries ago. Dur- than motor vehicle thorRoman Empire that once ing the fourth century AD, oughfare, it’s lined with held sway there. Nearby, when present-day Barce- cafes, flower stalls, bird a virtual outdoor museum lona was part of the Ro- shops and vendors selling of fanciful, multi-hued man Empire, this quarter a variety of other goods. structures rewards the was enclosed by Roman Located just off Las imagination of passers-by. walls. Here and there are Ramblas is a building – The only color of inter- reminders of that time. one among many – that est to other visitors to the Barcelona also has a was designed by the city is the tone of tan they collection of world-class world-renowned architect hope to get from the sun. museums, including those whose work is the primary If any place offers a dedicated to two of the attraction that draws many banquet for the senses, it greatest artists of all time. visitors to Barcelona. The is Barcelona, Spain. Its Pablo Picasso began to Palau Guell, an elaborate location overlooking the acquire his skills when he house constructed for a Mediterranean Sea, be- moved there as a young- wealthy industrialist in the guiling mixture of ancient ster with his family. The late 19th century, was deand modern architecture Picasso Museum displays signed by Antoni Gaudi, and colorful street life his paintings, drawings, whose fanciful creations would satisfy the claims to etchings and engravings. explored the interplay fame of most urban cenJoan Miro was born in between architecture and ters. In Barcelona, they’re Barcelona, and the mu- nature. They’re distincjust for starters. seum devoted to him tive for swirling turrets, How many municipali- holds the largest public undulating roof lines and ties can boast of beaches collection of his art. Even other imaginative shapes within city limits? Bar- people who don’t stop by in a whimsical variety of celona has a 2.5-mile there are introduced to a bright colors. stretch of inviting sand work by Miro, although Examples of Gaudi’s along the Mediterranean. they may not know it. A playful imagination also Each section has a differ- brightly colored abstract come alive at the Casa ent character. Some attract mosaic by the artist that is Batllo. That building’s the volleyball and bikini set in the pavement of the wavy stone and glass facrowd; others appeal to a popular street called Las çade is decorated with more sedate clientele. Ramblas goes unnoticed fragments of colored The city’s Gothic neigh- by many people strolling glass. The arched roof,


irregular oval windows and sculpted stone adornments suggest that Gaudi’s goal was to avoid straight lines completely. Skeletal-shaped columns have prompted locals to nickname the building casa dels ossos (house of bones). Among Gaudi-designed monuments sprinkled throughout the city like jewels, one stands above all others in its inspiration and magnitude. If ever there was a work in progress, it is the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) Cathedral, his most celebrated masterpiece whose construction began in 1882. The goal now is to have it completed by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Construction of the massive cathedral has progressed under direction of several architects,

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An example of Gaudi Architecture. Courtesy of who have continued to cafes that offer fare rangfollow his dramatic vi- ing from traditional tapas sion. dishes to diet-busting A very different ar- multi-course meals. After chitectural treasure wel- feasting on the architeccomes visitors to El Poble tural and other riches of Espanyo (the Spanish Vil- Barcelona, what better lage), an open-air museum way to end a day than to that offers an introduction chow down on cuisine to the country’s cultures representative of the area and architectural heritage. of Spain where it is locatStrolling along wind- ed, as well as that of the ing streets and squares entire country. occupied by outdoor caIf you go: For more infes provides immersion formation about a visit to in the atmosphere of a Spanish town – but one Barcelona, log onto barwhich brings together 117 Victor Block is an outstanding architectural award-winning travel gems from throughout the who lives country. They range from journalist a copy of an entrance gate in Washington, D.C., into an 11th century town and spends summers in to a 15th century house in Rangeley, Maine. He is La Mancha that is adorned a guidebook author who by balconies from which has traveled to more than residents once watched 70 countries. His articles appear in newspapers bull fights. Adding to the realistic around the country, and on setting are restaurants and travel websites. n

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

Robert Slattery - Sweden, ME

Timothy J. Fogg

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

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

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

Bobby Richard Sr.

SGT Robert Locklin

Edward L. Roy

Leo R. Asselin

Louis Bourgoin

Ernest C. True

United States Navy

Army Ranger

Cpl. U.S. Army - Korea


SP-4 Specialist 4th Class


“Now go cut some wood.”

12th Calvary Vietnam 1967-1968

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

Died In Vietnam June 2, 1969 - 19 yrs. old

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

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

Robert (Bob) Bartlett

Robert C. French

Robert H. White

Alfred E. Cavanagh

Scott Rodrique

Donald S. Williams

Spe. 1st Class - Army (WWII)


Sgt. U.S. Marines

Corporal in the Army Air Corp



Thank you Lord for Daddy coming home safely.

Thank you for serving Daddy. Love Vickie and Family

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

Sweetest man I know. Love your wife Kathy French

Killed in Action - Chey-Lie Vietnam, December 1965

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

Joey C. Billings Sr.

Lloyd Billings

Keith J. Daniels

Colin Plummer Hurd

Robert W. Wentworth Sr.

Gary Curtis

PFC Army

1st Lieutenant

1st Seargent

Seaman 1st Class

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your 20 years of service Dad.

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

Daniel Joseph Paradis

Richard W. Rioux

John E. Boynton

Nick Nason

Debra C. Couture

Gregory Couture

82nd Airborne

PFC Army

Specialist #4

United States Marine Corps

Capt. USN 1987-2012

LT, USN 1971-1993

I Love Dan very much and I am very proud of him.

Thank you for your service. Love your wife.

Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service

Army Specialist

Army Specialist

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

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

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2015 Oxford County Fair

Ben Reynolds of Weeks Mills, Maine guides Jerry and Charlie, a team from East Hampton, MA, in one of the Horse Pulling contests at the Oxford Fair. Their pull: 410’9” in the 3250 Elimination event. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Ken Severy of Durham, Maine sees how fast he can cut off three slices with his super-powered chain saw. The saws in this Woodsman Day event run on specially refined fuel and move the chain about five time faster and louder than a normal chain saw. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Herb Gingras of Dover, New Hampshire begins first throw during the Oxford County Fair’s Woodsman Competition. The center of the target, which Gingras hit every time, has a can of soda waiting to be split. And it was! (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

Mary and Lavonne from Pennsylvania competed in several of the Woodsman Day women’s events. Inset shows the blade Lavonne would use in the Underhand Chop event. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

The 4-H Building was packed full with the many projects the Oxford County youth clubs had worked on. This table was prepared by the Beef and Sheep Club. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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L/A FIGHTING SPIRIT HOME GAME SCHEDULE November January • Friday November 6th 7:00pm vs. Maine Wild • Saturday November 7th 7:00pm vs. New England Stars • Friday November 13th 7:00pm vs. Cape Cod Islanders Veteran’s Night • Saturday November 14th 7:00pm vs. New England Stars Military Night • Sunday November 22nd 2:00pm vs. East Coast Minutemen


• Saturday December 5th 7:00pm vs. Cape Cod Islanders • Sunday December 13th 2:00pm vs. Northeast Generals Teddy Bear Toss

• Saturday January 16th 7:00pm vs. Maine Wild Hockey Day in L/A


• Sunday February 14th 2:00pm vs. East Coast Minutemen Sweetheart Night • Thursday February 18th 7:00pm vs. North East Generals • Saturday February 20th 7:00pm vs. Maine Wild • Sunday February 28th 2:00pm vs. Northeast Generals


• Sunday March 6th 2:00pm vs. East Coast Minutemen

List L ist off Special p Game Nigh Nights: ghts: Turner Publishing invites our readers children to send in their “Letters to Santa” to be published in their local Turner Publishing paper. All letters will be published for all our readers to enjoy.

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There is no charge for having the letters published and they will be run exactly as they are submitted, misspellings and all. “Letters to Santa” is a great keepsake for parents, grandparents and the children themselves. Mail your letters to: “Letters to Santa” PO Box 214, Turner, ME 04282. Letters will not be returned but may be picked up at the Turner Publishing office in Turner. All entries must be received by November 23, 2015.

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IHOP Ribbon Cutting

IHOP recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new location in Auburn.

Business Showcase Visitors

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Bridge Results The Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge Club met Friday 10/30/15 at 9:15 in the Rec. building King St. Oxford where a 10 & 1/2 table Mitchell movement Club Appreciation game was enjoyed. Finishing first in flight A N/S were Mike Newsom (S. Paris) and Misha Tomic (Waterford), second were Mike Quinn (Otisfield) and Mike True (Auburn), third were Diana and Jim Fallon (Bridgton) who also were first in flights B & C, fourth were Neenie Kivus (Lewiston) and David Lock (Greene). Second in flight B were David Kallander (Raymond) and Paul Clement (Sabattus) who also were second in flight C, third were Cynthia and Bill Clifford (Lewiston) who also were third in flight C, fourth in flight C were Milt McKeen (Bridgton) and Jim Krainin (Naples). Finishing first in flight A E/W were Rosemarie Goodwin (Lewiston)

and Fred Letourneau (Winslow), second were Barbara Newcomb (Portland) and Rick Verrill (Gorham) who also were first in flight B, third were Hazel Glazier (Norway) and Nancy Farmer (Norway) who also were second in flight B, fourth were Marlee Turner (Waterford) and Cathy Sanderson (Waterford) who also were third in flight B and First in flight C, fourth in B were Barbara Vanderzanden(Waterford) and Mary Colbath (Waterford)who also were second in flight C, third in C were Arlen Riis (Norway) and Elaine Dresser (Bethel), fourth were Jim Dickens (Naples) and Denny Raymond (Waterford). Games are played on Fridays, same place and time, all bridge players are cordially invited. A partner is always guaranteed. For more information, email les buzzell 754-9153, or e-mail

St. Athanasius & St. John’s, St. Theresa’s & Holy Savior alumni are invited to celebrate together on November 27th, 2015 at 5 pm for Mass at Holy Savior followed by

dinner downstairs in the Parish Hall. To be held at St. Athanasius & St. John’s Church 126 Maine St Rumford ME. To reserve your seat please call Marie at 491-7524.n

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Reader Recipe Ed’s Apple Bread • 2 or 3 Mac apples pealed sliced pieces • 1/2 cup white sugar or brown sugar (optional) • 1 1/2 or 2 cups flour • 1tsp. Baking soda • 1tsp. Vanilla extract or almond extract (optional) • 2 Eggs • 1 stick butter (melted) • 2tsp cinnamon • 1/4 cup tap water (use as needed mixing ingredients) • 1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Church Supper

The Congregational Church of East Sumner will hold community casserole suppers on November 7 and December 5 at 5:30 PM. The suppers include breads, salads, dessert, coffee and punch, as well as a raffle of baked goods and household items. Proceeds benefit the outreach mission of the Church, which includes the local community and world missions and youth camp scholarships. Donations are accepted for the meal. The Church is located at 50 Main Street, Rte. 219, in East Sumner. On November 25, there will be a light Thanksgiving Eve meal at 6:00 PM followed by a service at

7:00 PM. The Church will have a Raffle Basket and Craft table at the Buckfield High School Holiday Craft Fair on December 5, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. FMI: Cyndy 388-2667 or Bill 388-2263 Nov 7-Community casserole supper at the Congregational Church of East Sumner includes breads, salads, dessert, coffee and punch, as well as a raffle of baked goods and household items. Proceeds benefit the outreach mission of the Church. Donations are accepted for the meal. The Church is located at 50 Main Street, Rte. 219, in East Sumner. FMI: Cyndy 3882667 or Bill 388-2263

Dec 5-Congregational Church of East Sumner Raffle Basket and Crafts at Buckfield High School Holiday Craft Fair on December 5, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM. FMI: Cyndy 3882667 or Bill 388-2263 Dec 5-Community casserole supper at the Congregational Church of East Sumner includes breads, salads, dessert, coffee and punch, as well as a raffle of baked goods and household items. Proceeds benefit the outreach mission of the Church. Donations are accepted for the meal. The Church is located at 50 Main Street, Rte. 219, in East Sumner. FMI: Cyndy 3882667 or Bill 388-2263n

Preheat oven to 350Âş. Combine all ingredients in large bowl. Mix well. Greased 8x8 pan pour into pan. Bake 1 or 1 1/4 hour. Convec- t i o n oven works best turn pan around insideovenaround even bake. Serve warm or cool on rack when done. ENJOY!

Dempsey Challenge Photos from page 1

Dempsey Challenge participants writing notes about their loved ones on the large poster at the entrance to Payne/Simard Park in Lewiston. . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

New Materials at Hamlin Memorial Library

The Hamlin Memorial Library and Museum in Paris has listed the following new materials: Adult Fiction: One Way or Another by Elizabeth Adler; The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood; Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen; Badlands by C.J. Box; The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks; Friction by Sandra Brown; Make Me by Lee Child; Nemesis by Catherine Coulter; Twice in a Lifetime by Dorothy Garlock. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George; The Forgotten by Heather Graham; If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison; The Marriage of X by Sue Grafton; The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory; Opposites by Alice Hoffman; The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen. Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon; The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman; Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll; The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz; Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber; Circling the Sun by Paula McLain; Alert by James Patterson; See Me by Nicholas Sparks; Who Do You Love by Jennifer Wein-

er; Naked Greed by Stuart Woods. Adult Nonfiction: Anchor & Flares by Kate Braestrup; The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel; The Negotiator by George J. Mitchell; Undoing Depression by Richard O’Connor. Young Adult: Michael Vey: Storm of Lightning by Richard Paul Evans; Daniel X: Lights Out by James Patterson; Outrage by John Sandford. Juvenile Fiction: Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon by Kate DiCamillo; The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein; Tombquest by Michael Northrop; Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection by Stephan Pastis; Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson. Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus by Dav Pilkey; Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of Summer by Rick Rioran; The Marvels by Brian Selznick; I Survived the Joplin Tornado, 2011 by Lauren Tarshis. Picture Books: The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt; Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney.

DVDs: The Age of Adaline; Chappie, Cinderella, Dracula Untold, Furious 7, The Gambler; Get Hard, Home; Insurgent; Jurassic Park the ultimate trilogy; The Longest Ride; Mad Max: Fury Road; Outlander: Season One, Volume 2; Pitch Perfect 2; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Star Wars Rebels: the complete first season; Wild Horses. n

Special guest at this year’s Dempsey Challenge was Joan Lunden (in pink). The wellknown television personality is a breast cancer survivor and was invited to be in the Amgen Cancer Survivors’ Walk. Far right: Patrick Dempsey’s daughter and twin sons. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Cronkite’s network 4. Fire insect 7. Gas usage measurement 10. Express pleasure 11. Humbug 12. Every 13. Capital is Valletta 15. Copycat 16. Bound book sheets 19. Steps to an upper floor 22. Local school organizations 23. Old English 24. Atomic #73 25. Cheerless 26. The bill in a restaurant 28. Singer ___ Lo Green 30. Domesticated 33. Mammary gland of a cow 37. Honorable title (Turkish) 38. Alias 39. Emblem of a clan 42. Edouard __, Fr. painter 44. Short-term memory 46. Used to speak to the Queen 47. Vertical spar for sails 50. Expresses surprise 52. Morning

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, stay busy this week with tasks that keep your mind occupied. You can use a few pressure-free days, and staying busy will prevent you from worrying.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Aries, things go well in your love life this week, especially after you let go of the reins for a little while. You will be surprised at what comes when you accept change. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Resist the urge to feel slighted when others don’t pay you the attention you think you deserve, Taurus. Your efforts are being noticed, and they will pay dividends in the long run. GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Put your worries aside, Gemini. This week you will be floating on a cloud. Something special comes your way, and the next week should be filled with laughter. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Don’t allow indecision to keep you from your ultimate goal this week, Cancer. Do your best to keep an open mind and have confidence in your ability to make the right call. LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 You are spurred on by other people’s energy this week, Leo. The more social engagements you can set up the better off you will be. Host a party or enjoy a night on the town.

Leeds Food Pantry Needs Holiday Turkeys Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and The Deacons of the Leeds Community Church are once again planning for our annual holiday food baskets. And once again, we are hopeful that community friends and neighbors will be able to help us by donating a turkey or holiday food box to the Leeds Food Pantry. We expect

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to provide Thanksgiving Food Baskets to 75 families here in Leeds. Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated. This year consider keeping your holiday donations local! For more information, call Joyce at 524-5171. Cash donations can be sent to: DEACONS Leeds Community Church, PO Box 228, Leeds ME 04263. n

LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Things may reach a critical point this week, Libra. How you react in tough situations will give others a good indication of how reliable you can be. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, take a few deep breaths when confronted with an issue. Taking a step back can provide a new perspective that can help you solve a problem that’s puzzled you to this point. SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Now is a great time to tell family members that you love them, Sagittarius. Open up your heart and share your feelings. You’re bound to feel better for having done so. CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, connect with creative people this week and delve into projects that inspire your own creative energy. Even though you’re being crafty, you still will be productive. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 This is a good week to make a bold move, Aquarius. Keeping your feelings inside will not produce results. Take action and you will be glad you did. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Tasks may need a little more attention this week, Pisces. If things seem to take a bit longer, exercise patience and you will solve the problem.

53. A long narrative poem 57. Minor punishment 61. Ice or roller 62. GE founder’s initials 63. Moses’ elder brother 64. Beak 65. A major division of geological time 66. Fuss & bother 67. Young women’s association 68. Feeling sorrow 69. Straggle CLUES DOWN 1. Bog arum lily 2. Thin plain-weave cotton fabric 3. Thick rough piled carpet 4. A way to lessen 5. Amazon river tributary 6. Larceny 7. Make ale 8. Begged 9. White of egg 13. Road travel guide 14. Aircraft tail 17. Italian monk title 18. Sino-Soviet block (abbr.) 20. Goblin 21. A baglike structure in a

plant or animal 27. Date 29. I, Portuguese 30. Design on the skin 31. Time before 32. Free from gloss 34. V.P. Quayle 35. Supplement with difficulty 36. Tell on 40. Landed properties 41. Metric ton 42. One thousandth of an ampere 43. Former __ Hess, oil company 45. Siemans conductance unit 46. Woman (French) 47. More (Spanish) 48. Request 49. Group jargon 51. Stakes 52. In advance 54. Yiddish meat pie 55. Equal, prefix 56. Box (abbr.) 58. Having nine hinged bands of bony plates 59. Scarlett’s home 60. S. branch of the Lower Rhine

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SeniorsPlus Elects New Board Members

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Dennis B. Gray, Patricia Vampatella, R.J. Gagnon, and Annette Nadeau have joined the Board of Trustees of SeniorsPlus.

SeniorsPlus, the designated Western Maine agency on aging, has appointed four new board members: R.J. Gagnon, Dennis B. Gray, Annette Nadeau, and Patricia Vampatella. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual meeting in Lewiston on Monday, September 28. A resident of Lewiston, Gagnon is the Finance

Director for the Pine Tree Society. Gray recently retired as the Executive Director of the United Way of Oxford County and is a resident of Norway. The owner and CFO of Bedard, Nadeau returns to the board after a hiatus and is a resident of Sabattus. Also returning to the board is New Gloucester resident Vampatella, who holds a PhD

and has worked in nursing and higher-education administration. Established in 1972, SeniorsPlus is the Western Maine designated Agency on Aging covering Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties. The overall program goal of SeniorsPlus, which is headquartered in Lewiston, is to assist older adults and

adults with disabilities in Franklin, Oxford and Androscoggin counties to remain safely at home for as long as possible. The mission of SeniorsPlus 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.n

Goodwin Chevrolet Buick in Oxford Unveils New Showroom

The Goodwin Chevrolet Buick dealership in Oxford officially unveiled its new showroom during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 24. The dealership, owned by Frank Goodwin and part of the Goodwin Motor Group, has a new modern design geared toward making people feel welcome and comfortable. The Oxford dealership, conveniently located right on Route 26, has been a part of the community for more than 80 years and is also home to a state-of-theart Chevy service center. So whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle or need your current vehicle repaired, the people at Goodwin Chevrolet Buick can help. Also attending the ceremony were members of the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce. The dealership is a long-standing member and supporter of the chamber. Pictured at the ribbon cutting, from left, are Joel Brickel, Dennis Treptow, Will Haynes, Joel Downing, Frank Goodwin, Chris Harper, Ashlynn Mcclung, Jeanette Downing, Al Buck, Rick Kimball, Derek Albert, Kathy Estes and Debbie Williams.

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Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 through December 7. For those on Medicare, this is the time to check your prescription drug plan to see if it still works well for you. Your prescriptions may have changed, your current plan’s drug list may have changed, and as a result you may want to switch to another Part D plan to get better coverage for a lower cost. You can only do this switch during this Open Enrollment period. How can you check? Do this online at www., or by calling the Medicare Hot Line, 1-800-633-4227. Don’t forget that deadline – December 7. Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment is November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. For those under age 65 who do not currently have health insurance, this is the opportunity to sign up for coverage through the Insurance Marketplace for 2016. Good health insurance coverage is not only sensible and practical, but for PRVW 0DLQHUV   WKHUH LV ¿QDQFLDO help with payment. As an added note, by signing up for health insurance now you will avoid a tax penalty of 2.5% of your income or $695 per adult, whichever is greater. For help in signing up, visit, or call Consumers for Affordable Health Care at 1-800-9657476. You can also do this yourself at Don’t forget this important deadline – January 31, 2016. Beware of Scammers Posing as SeniorsPlus employees. We have heard that scam artists are calling older adults, posing as a familiar SeniorsPlus employee either asking you to donate to some cause or needing some more information from you so they can assist you. Please be very careful. The general rule of thumb is – if \RXGLGQRWFDOOXV¿UVWZHPRVWOLNHO\DUH not calling you. So if you get a call from a person posing as, for example, Connie Jones at SeniorsPlus, and you didn’t VSHFL¿FDOO\DVNXVWRFDOO\RX¹EHZDUH Do not give any information, hang up, and call us directly (1-800-427-1241) to verify our call.

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Hermits to the Woods

V. Paul Reynolds In re-reading The Maine Woods by Henry David Thoreau, I got to thinking about hermits. They fascinate me. Let's face it.There is not a Maine outdoorsman worth his salt who hasn't at least entertained a fantasy about pulling the societal plug and really getting off the grid. It's one thing to lose yourself in the woods for a week with nothing but a knife, some matches, and a compass; it's quite another to disappear for 27 years like Christopher Knight, the Hermit of North Pond. You have to really enjoy

your own company to pull off a stunt like that. Knight, who has been both reviled and "legendized," didn't really measure up to the Daniel Boone image, however. He stole from others to survive. But at least he created no burden to the taxpayer - at least not until he was processed by the state judicial system. Now take Henry David Thoreau. The legendary Massachusetts hermit of Walden Pond took to the Maine woods, it would seem, for some of the same reasons that tugged at the Hermit of North Pond. Thoreau sought solitude and isolation. Thoreau became a famous naturalist-philosopher; Knight wound up in jail, and, not only is he not a philosopher, he's not sure why he bolted from society in the first place. Thoreau showed up on my radar when I was a college student probing for

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the meaning of life. Liberal professors convinced me that, when it came to American thinkers, Henry David walked on water. Fifty years later, I am not so awed by the Her-

Annual Food Drive

Once again, Northeast Bank in Buckfield will be holding a door-todoor Food Drive to benefit the Buckfield Food Pantry on November 14th. You can help by cleaning out your pantry or shopping for nonperishable food items to be

picked up at your home on Saturday, November 14th. If we happen to miss you, and you would like to donate, please stop by our Buckfield branch on Depot Street during regular business hours. Please send monetary

donations to: The Buckfield Community Food Pantry, 30 Bear Pond Rd, Buckfield, ME 04220. For questions or if in need of assistance, please contact The Buckfield Food Pantry at 207-890-1677 for more information. n

mit of Walden Pond, even if he is the darling of the environmental movement and those bent on civil disobedience. His writing does impress, as well as his knowledge of plants, but

he would not have been my choice as a canoe companion for an extended foray into the Maine woods. To be blunt, Thoreau seems to me to have been a foppish, elitist snob, and, in all probability, a bigot. Here is his reaction to having witnessed his Indian guide slay a moose for the hide and the fresh meat: “This afternoon’s experience suggested to me how base or coarse are the motives which commonly carry men into the wilderness. The explorers and lumberers generally are all hirelings paid so much a day for their labor, and as such they have no more love for wild nature than woodsawyers have for forests.” Can't you just see his smug expression and aristocratic nose tipped in the air? There were other examples in his writings of a man who did not consider his Indian guide to be his

equal. Critics suggest that Thoreau was philosophically inconsistent, "a man fond of paradox." Indeed! In the essay "Henry David Thoreau, Philosopher" Roderick Nash writes: "Thoreau left Concord in 1846 for the first of three trips to northern Maine. His expectations were high because he hoped to find genuine, primeval America. But contact with real wilderness in Maine affected him far differently than had the idea of wilderness in Concord. Instead of coming out of the woods with a deepened appreciation of the wilds, Thoreau felt a greater respect for civilization..." Nash was being polite. For Thoreau, the bug-infested fir thickets and tangled alder runs along the East Branch were not quite the same as his so-called wilderness near Walden Pond. n

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