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3rd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Research 5k
With the help of dozens of sponsors, t-shirt sales, online fundraising and a couple of people knocking on doors to raise almost $1000, the 3rd Annual Pancreatic Cancer Research 5k
B. Michonski/Robbins Strong 5k was a great success. Skowhegan’s Coburn Park was the new location for the event which drew over 200 participants on Saturday, September 26th.
Donating their time, auctioneer Charles Robbins served as emcee while Monica Beach lead the crowd with a pre-5k warm up with music played by 92 Moose. Event organiz-
ers, Beth Norweg, Michelle Aldrich, Melissa Michonski and Jodie Mosher-Towle raised awareness about the lack of funding for pancreatic cancer research and honored those ef-
fected by pancreatic cancer with a moment of silence. Gas cards were collected and disbursed to families to help cover driving costs to medical appointments. The event was established to raise
hope. In three years they have raised $50,000 for research! The Lustgarten Foundation will receive a check for $20,000 where 100% of it goes to research.n
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SAHS Class of 1982 classmates, Jodie Mosher-Towle, event co-organizer, Beth Smith, Nancy Labbe, Kim Brooks, Patty Wing, Jeffrey Towle, Brad Farrin and in back,Mark Barnes and Denise Leathers were on hand!
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Halloween Bash Saturday—October 31st at Madison American Legion Hall, 20 S. Maple Street from 8 pm to Midnight. Featuring “3 Days Till Monday” (classic rock) $7 per person. Best Costume Contest—$50 1st Place and $25 2nd Place. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle. MUST PURCHASE advance tickets or have table reservations, call 696-5848 after 4 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays through Saturdays or stop at the hall. n
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Norridgewock Troop 485 Award On September 12, 2015 Scouts from Troop 485 in Skowhegan participated in the Statewide Landowner Appreciation Day Cleanup Contest hosted by the Maine IFW. The purpose of the event was for outdoor recreation groups like the BSA to show their
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The flow of e-mails over the transom here at Storyteller Central has slowed a bit now that our summer visitors‚ (sometimes known affectionately in town as “summer complaints) have packed up and gone home. But people from away are still sending e-mails to me, hoping get answers to one question or another. For example Peter from Virginia e-mailed: “John, We’ve been staying a few weeks in a nice cottage on the grounds of a resort on the coast. While here we first want you to know how much we enjoyed reading your column in the weekly newspaper. After reading a few of
your pieces we thought you’d probably be able to answer a question for us. Several tourist brochures we’ve seen boast that Maine is a four-season resort‚ yet people we’ve met and talked to, people who live here year-round chuckle, at the idea. Who’s right? Is Maine a four-season resort or isn’t it?” Thanks for the e-mail Peter. I think I’ve seen some of those brochures that boast of our mythical four seasons‚ but after living year-round in Maine for as long as I have I only wonder where these people learned to count. Here in the USA we have freedom of
speech and that freedom even extends to our tourist promotion people. You can say - for tourist promotion purposes that Maine has four seasons. But in fairness you should quickly mention that it is possible to get snowed on in at least three maybe even four of thoe seasons. Then, of course, there’s “mud season,” for which no use has yet to be found. I can hear some of you now: “John, are you serious? Snow in four out of four seasons?” Listen, here in Maine many of us haven’t trusted the weather ever since the infamous winter of 1816, a year still known in these parts as “The year without a
Kennebec Beekeepers Association monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of the month at 7-9 pm at Ka-
plan University 14 Marketplace Dr, Augusta, ME 04330. Next meeting November 12, 2015. Topics will include how to make
products of the hive. For more information see http://mainebeekeepers. org/kennebec-beekeepers/ or Facebook page. n
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Class of 1963 The Skowhegan High School Class of 1963 will be getting together for lunch at Whit’s End Restaurant, in Skowhegan on Madison Avenue, on November 7th at 12 Noon. Please join us, all welcome. If questions call 858-0946.n
Turkey Pie Supper Mercer United Methodist Church will be hosting Turkey Pie Supper at the Mercer Community Center on Saturday, November 7th from 4:30pm to 6:00 pm. Adults, $8 Children under 11, $4. Menu: Turkey Pie, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables, Cranberry Sauce, Dinner Rolls, Desserts.n
summer.” “Are you serious, John, 1816? It’s time to give it a rest - 1816 was over 185 years ago!” I hear some of you saying. Yes it was a while ago, but some of us still enjoy talking about it Here in Maine we learn in history about the year 1816 and how here in the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada there was a killing frost and bad snow storms in all twelve months. Trying to explain the abnormal weather some quacks‚ of the time yes, they had quacks back then, too - tried to blame the cold weather on poor Ben Franklin and his slick new invention, the lightening rod, that was being installed on top of barns and houses all over the
place. As these quacks saw it, lightening was made up of intense heat, Ben’s new invention was interfering with the life of lightening, therefore Ben and Ben alone was most likely responsible for all the heat being lost. Later, when we learned a little more about this crazy planet, it was thought that the cold weather - more than likely - was caused by a number of large volcanic eruptions that occurred on the other side of the world in 1814-1815 in places like the Philippines and Indonesia. I know it’s a longwinded answer to a simple question, Peter, but sometimes there’s no way around it. In a related e-mail, Will from Newport
writes: “John, we’ve just retired to Maine and will be spending our first fall here. What do people around here do in the fall?” Thanks for the e-mail, Will. Most new arrivals like you spend a lot of time in early fall wondering things like: What ever happened to summer? Once you’ve more or less dealt with that question you can get down to doing what you probably should have been doing in the first place: Wondering if you’ve done everything necessary to get ready for winter, which is bearing down on our state like a runaway freight train. Hope you have a nice fall and are all ready when the first snow arrives, which will most likely be sooner than we think. n
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Nutrition Advice for Those With Lyme Disease Jodi Cornelio
Lyme disease – Proper Nutrition Can Help You Feel Better We have all heard the horror story of Lyme disease and hopefully we are all taking preventative precautions to avoid ticks. If you have had an unfortunate run in with a tick and have be affected by this disease there are specific nutritional precautions that you can take to help you feel better and protect and enhance your immune system. Simply put, Lyme disease is a bacterium that impacts your immune system, if caught early enough it can be destroyed with antibiotics and proper nutrition can help. Here are some simple nutrition steps to focus on if diagnosed with Lyme disease. Avoid the following foods: Glutens – Some bac-
teria thrive on glutens. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, some processed oats and any food made with these grains. Wheat-based flours, pasta, couscous, bread, flour tortillas, muffins, cereal, crackers, beer, some oats and most pastries commonly contain gluten. Some unexpected foods containing gluten are broths, can soups, bouillon cubes, breadcrumbs, croutons, fried foods, imitation fish, lunch meats, hot dogs, malt, matzo, modified food starch, some seasonings, some salad dressing, soy sauce, pasta. There are many additives that have gluten in them as well. Beware of sauces, gravies and seasoned products and basically foods that are in cans or packages. It is always beneficial to check the label or ingredient list on foods before eating them. The label “wheat-free” does not always mean that the foods are gluten free. If there are any concerns or questions, contact the manufacturer to be positive that
there is no gluten in the food items. While pure oats are gluten free, many commercially processed oats have been contaminat-
yogurt contain lactose and some bacteria thrive on that too. If taking an antibiotic the calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc found in
and take an acidophilus supplement or a probiotic supplement that contains 10 – 25 billion CFU s. Alcohol – A drink a
ed by wheat products containing gluten. It is often recommended to avoid oats if glutenfree eating is required. Sugars – minimize or avoid sugars especially if on an antibiotic drug. Sugars can hurt good bacteria’s in the body and breed bad bacteria’s. When reading food labels look for words ending in OSE such as sucralose and high fructose corn syrup. Avoid artificial sweeteners as they are just plain not wise choices and, our bodies were not designed to digest these types of manufactured products. Dairy products – Milk and cheeses and
these foods and in calcium enrich juices and vitamins can bind to the antibiotic and make it less effective. Read the label or ask your pharmacist for a list when in doubt. Yogurt can fool us. When on an antibiotic we are coached to eat yogurt to avoid yeast infections or other digestive upsets. Make sure it has active digestive cultures such as Acidophilus and no sugar added. Beware that calcium and lactose bind with the antibiotic making it less effective so you may choose to stay on the safe side
day or one glass of wine may be good for the heart and I hate to be the barer of bad news but the fact is alcohol is converted to sugar in the body and it simply not good at building the immune system in this case. Do’s Now that I have taken all the fun out of foods, what can you eat? The answer is. You can eat whole foods in their natural state. Prepare your own food as much as possible. Fresh or frozen vegetables, all meats and good fats like olive oil. Examples of foods to eat are; beans,
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Skowhegan Lions Seventh Annual Hunter’s Widow Basket Bingo WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Doors open at 8 AM WHERE: Madison Skowhegan Elks Club, 21 Silver Street, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 WHAT: Eighteen games of bingo with famous maker baskets and pottery for prizes generously filled and donated by area businesses. WHO: Since 1935, The Skowhegan Lions have addressed the needs of the area people with concerns of glasses and hearing aids. To better able us to continue with our work, we have fundraisers to help pay for needed glasses and hear-
ing aids. As well as these devices, Skowhegan Lions support Boys’ State/ Girls’ State, give generous scholarships to seniors from Skowhegan Area High School and Madison Memorial High School, as well as Skowhegan Vocational Technical Center. We also support the area food pantries and soup kitchens, domestic violence programs, Special Olympics, the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Skowhegan Free Public Library, Skowhegan Police Dept. fingerprinting program, downtown Christmas Tree lighting, preschool and kindergarten vision screening, and the Talking Christmas Tree during the Holiday Stroll, to name only a few.
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seeds and nuts in their natural, unprocessed form, fresh eggs, fresh red meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated), all fruits and vegetables. Gluten free flours are; Amaranth, Arrowroot, Buckwheat, Corn and cornmeal, Flax, Rice flour, Potato flour, Hominy, Millet, Quinoa. And as always get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, exercise everyday moderately and try to avoid stress. Yoga is a good outlet and great for the nervous and immune system. Live Long, Live well. For additional reading and references see: CDC.org, Mainelyme. org, Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, Vol 14, number 3 Fall 2009., The Lyme Diet by Dr Nicola McFadzean ND. n
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The Healthy Geezer
By Fred Cicetti Q. I’ve been seeing lots of references about “restless legs syndrome.” I’ve never heard of this condition. Is it rare? Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) affects about one in ten adults in North America and Europe. RLS is found in both men and women
but can begin in children. The percentage of people with RLS increases with age. And, seniors experience symptoms longer and more frequently. Many researchers believe that RLS is underreported. Victims of RLS are often diagnosed as suffering from insomnia, depression or a disorder of the nerves, muscles or skeleton. RLS is a neurologic movement disorder. It produces uncomfortable sensations that cause an irresistible urge to move the legs. RLS symptoms can be relieved temporarily by movement. Symptoms occur during
inactivity and strike most frequently during the evening. These attacks lead to sleep problems. The Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation says there must be five essential features present for a diagnosis of restless legs syndrome: * You have a strong urge to move your legs (sometimes arms and trunk), usually accompanied or caused by uncomfortable and unpleasant sensations in the legs. * Your symptoms begin or become worse when you are resting or inactive, such as when lying down or sitting.
* Your symptoms get better when you move, such as when you walk or stretch, at least as long as the activity continues. * Your symptoms are worse in the evening or night than during the day, or only occur in the evening or nighttime hours. * Your symptoms are not solely accounted for by another condition such as leg cramps, positional discomfort, leg swelling or arthritis. RLS may be inherited. About half of patients have a family history of the RLS. Also, there is a lower incidence of RLS in Asia than there is in North
America and Europe. There are two forms of RLS—primary and secondary. Primary RLS is unrelated to other disorders; its cause is unknown. Secondary RLS can be brought on by kidney failure, pregnancy, iron deficiency anemia, or some medications. Research has shown that there is a relationship between RLS and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Most people with RLS also have periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), which causes leg twitching or jerking movements during sleep. There are drugs ap-
proved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat RLS. These include Mirapex®, Requip® and Neupro®. There are also several drugs approved for other conditions that help alleviate RLS symptoms. It is possible to combat the symptoms in other ways. Walking, massage, stretching, hot or cold baths, vibration, acupressure, meditation and yoga can help. Caffeine and alcohol can worsen RLS symptoms. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@healthygeezer. com. n
News from Skowhegan’s Eunice Farnsworth-Ruth Heald Cragin Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Coburn Park was the setting for the September 12, 2015 meeting of EF-RHC chapter NSDAR. The chapter members gathered in front of the gazebo in the warm sunlight. The meeting was called to order by Regent Linda Miller, who had a small table set up with the American flag, the NSDAR flag, and the 9/11 Remembrance flag of the National Society.
Following the opening ritual and the playing of the National Anthem, the President General’s (Lynn Forney Young) message was read. It was titled, “Making a Difference Throughout the Country.” This year marks the 125th Anniversary of the D.A.R. Members have been volunteering their services around the country. The National Defense report was read taken
from the FRA Magazine, “FRA’s Call for White House to Honor Fallen Marines, Sailor.” The minutes of the June meeting were read; followed by the monthly Treasurer’s report. This month’s Commemorative Events moment provided by Associate Member Ruth MacDonald of Wisconsin, was titled, “Master Penmen ~ Timothy Matlack and Jacob
Shallus.” There was a reading of a bit of the history of North Anson’s Ruth Heald Cragin chapter about the presentation of the chapter’s framed original charter to the DAR Museum in Washington, DC for the Americana collection. The Eunice Farnsworth chapter of Skowhegan merged with the Ruth Heald Cragin chapter in 2008. A report was presented by member Lynda Quinn regarding the dedication of the DAR sundial monument in Coburn Park in
1920 by the Eunice Farnsworth chapter. EF-RHC has secured permission from the Skowhegan Park Commission to clean up the area around the monument and to maintain the area in the future. The chapter will look into either repairing or replacing the monument which was dedicated to Corporal Alvan W. Bucknam. In the meantime, the area has been cleared of brush and dead limbs and raked up. Chapter members will add some interesting plantings to the wide array of differ-
ent types of Hosta plants that are there. A rededication ceremony will take place next year. The chapter will meet at the Winslow Congregational Church on October 3rd at 10 a.m. for the annual joint meeting with Fort Halifax (hosting chapter) and Silence Howard Hayden chapter. The chapter’s Vice Regent Shirley Emery will be standing in for the chapter Regent at this meeting. A good time is had by all when these chapters get together. n
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Have a Happy, Healthy & Safe Halloween! Follow these simple tips to keep little ghouls and goblins out of harm’s way on Halloween.
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New Location for Local Pizzeria Skow Town Slice Bar opened it’s doors at it’s new location on October 6th and three days later on a Friday night October 9th they were rocking and rolling and buried with business. The newest version of the Slice Bar can be found at its new place on 213 North Avenue. (Evelyn’s Furniture is behind them) Through the years the new location has been a thrift store, bicycle shop and a tee shirt company but nothing seems to fit as perfect as the Skow Town Slice bar. From the big pine tables where you sit down and eat at, to the spacious modern kitchen, the Slice Bar and the 213 North Avenue building are a perfect fit, a match made in the Pizzeria Heavens. And for ambiance big windows allow customers to check out North Avenue while munching from Skow Vegas’s most exotic pizza menu.
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How did this marvelous concept all come together? When you eat at the Slice Bar the gourmet pizza menu you scan makes you feel like you’re sitting in the “Old Port” in Portland. It’s no wonder pizza lovers in Skowhegan are coming out of the woodwork to try these unique combinations and toppings. Like the new “Blue Flame Pizza” a ranch, blue cheese crumbles, chicken, bacon, cheese, jalapeno with buffalo sauce drizzled pizza pie. Masterpieces like this are emerging from the back kitchen on a regular basis. The Slice Bar’s humble start was the brain child of local resident and owner Sean Cates (age 26). Originally located at the island next to the Fire Department, the Skow Town Slice Bar was a late night “Buy a Slice” to munch place where many patrons would stop and
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of us, the main reason to be there picking our way through the thornapples, alder tangles and wire birches, the gun dog: the Setters, the Pointers, the Britts and the German Short Hairs. It is a rare upland bird hunter who doesnâ€™t nurture and treasure a special relationship with his gun dog. Legendary grouse writer Corey Ford captures manâ€™s romance with his gun dog in â€œThe Road to Tinkhamtown. The old man in the story spends his final hours reliving his days in the grouse covers with his beloved Shad. â€œ...Shad was standing motionless. The white fan of his tail was lifted a little and his backline was level, the neck craned forward, one foreleg cocked. His flanks were trembling with the nearness of the grouse, and a thin skein of drool hung from his jowels. The dog did not move as he approached, but the brown eyes rolled back until their whites showed, looking for him. â€œSteady boy,â€? he called. His throat was tight , the way it always got when Shad was on point, and he had to swallow hard. â€œSteady, Iâ€™m coming.â€? This time of year, especially this time of year, memories of my â€œShadâ€?
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Clayton Benoit and friend Catheryne Greenleaf enjoy, in their own ways, one of the childrenâ€™s ride at the Farmington Fairâ€™s Midway last month. The Midway was packed as area schools let out early so students could visit the fairgrounds. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel) L to R: Nicholas Rowe and brother Mason of New Vineyard won first places in their age divisions at the Farmington Fair 4-H Swine Show. Nicholas also won the Overall C h a m p . (Photo by Bill Van Tassel) VisitorS to the Farmington Fair throughout the week could enjoy betting on the ParaMutuel races in the Grandstand. These sulkies were coming by the Pulling Arena where the 3000lb. / 12 foot event was happening. (Photo by Bill Van Tassel)
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Tough Scout Camporee a Success
Nearly 300 Scouts and volunteer leaders - some from as far away as Jackman, Winslow, Gardiner and Jefferson to as close as Strong, Jay, Temple and Skowhegan - attended the "Tough Scout" camporee held at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington on the weekend of Octo-
ber 16-18. Despite some snow and temperatures below freezing, the scouts camped out in tents on a nearby air field runway. Activities included mountain biking, orienteering course, obstacle course, an evening "glow" hike, slingshot, shelter building, gi-
ant airplane competition, and knots among others. After two cold nights in their tents, the Scouts were eager for the hot breakfast Sunday morning at the ski area's lodge. One of the highlights of the weekend was the awarding of the District Award of Merit to Kevin
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Union Laws Apply to Non-Union Workplaces:
Non-solicitation and non-distribution policies even where there is no union Submitted by Rebecca Webber No union? Your business still needs to pay attention to the National Labor Relations Act. The issue getting a lot of attention is facebook messages and what can be done about them when employees slam their bosses or employer’s business but there are other issues too, and those apply to nonunionized workplaces as well as places with unions. The Supreme Court has long held that the right of employees to communicate with one another regarding self-organization at the job site is protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. Section 7 is the part of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) that gives employees the right to self-organization. This part of the NLRA applies to non-unionized workplaces as well as places with unions. Section 8 is the portion of the NLRA that makes it illegal to interfere with the rights set out in Section 7 and describes what are called “unfair labor practices.” Prohibiting union solicitation but allowing other types of solicitation would be called an unfair labor
practice. The right to communicate set out in Section 7 encompasses the right to distribute union literature. The Court has affirmed this right in a variety of settings. See, e.g., Beth Israel Hosp. v. NLRB, 437 U.S. 483, 507 (1978) (holding that a hospital violates Section 8(a)(1) by preventing an employee from distributing union materials “during nonworking time in nonworking areas, where the facility has not justified the prohibition as necessary to avoid disruption of health-care operations or disturbance of the patients”). Limits on distribution policies apply to email as well. An employer may not single out union-related messages for harsher treatment, whether explicitly in its policy or by enforcing a policy only against union communications. For example, if an employer allows employees to send personal messages using company email, it must allow them to send union-related email messages. Similarly, an employer that allows employees to solicit coworkers on behalf of various organizations may not prohibit messages solicit-
ing on behalf of a union. Limits imposed with a union in mind will need to be evaluated in terms of all the non-union solicitation and distribution that often takes place in any workplace. For example, as one court noted, the employer, a hospital, “had permitted use of the cafeteria for other types of solicitation, including fund drives, which, if not to be equated with union solicitation in terms of potential for generating controversy, at least indicates that the hospital regarded the cafeteria as sufficiently commodious to admit solicitation and distribution without disruption.” Beth Israel Hosp. v. N.L.R.B., 437 U.S. at 502-03. The Court did acknowledge that union activity was recognized as possibly generating behavior that was “undesirable in the hospital's cafeteria,” but held that there were “less restrictive means of regulating organizational activity” that were more focused on the precise harm to be avoided. In other words, if the concern is noise, limit noise, but not all union gatherings; if the concern is crowding, limit meetings to less crowded times rather than impose a
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blanket prohibition. In another case, the employer allowed a wide variety of solicitations – without discipline – including solicitations at work stations for Girl Scout cookies, ‘beach balm’ suntan lotion, March of Dimes, United Way, Secretary’s Day, and Boss’ Day, and ‘going away’ parties, birthday parties, and other social occasions. In addition, conversation was not limited to just work but included a wide range of subjects unrelated to work, with no resultant counseling. In contrast, an employee soliciting on behalf of a union was disciplined for both discussing and soliciting the signing of a union card. That employer was found in violation of the NLRA. Guidelines: 1. Don’t wait and update/revise/review policies until after union activity has already begun. 2. Decide what the harms are that the policy is intended to prevent: disruption of customer service? Customers seeing disturbing information? Noise? Crowding? Distraction during working times as opposed to breaks or off duty periods? Don’t
suddenly have a concern about noise, though, for example, just at the same time someone first posts a piece of union literature on a bulletin board. 3. Draft a policy that is focused on doing just what is necessary to accomplish those goals and address the identified concerns. 4. Don’t have a policy that allows unlimited exceptions so long as approved by someone in management. 5. Don’t have a policy that forbids union activity, or that is used to discipline an employee for union activity, when other solicitation activity is allowed. 6. Don’t have an access policy that forbids solicitation and distribution in areas where non-union solicitations and distributions have taken place in the past. 7. Do have a policy that limits access solely with respect to the interior of the facility and other working areas; “mixed use” areas or areas that have been used for solicitation in non-union activities cannot be limited in terms of the content of the use by employees and discussion allowed. 8. Do disseminate the
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at camp on Lake Wesserunsett teaching his children to swim, water ski, and boat, and ice skate in the winter. Dan and Maureen bought the camp when their children were very young because they knew that summers there would bring them all a lifetime of warm and happy memories, and it did. His family was his life and he spent his time playing and laughing with them and their friends. Neighborhood kids would often knock on his door and ask Mrs. Davis if Dan could come out and play. He helped Zeb sneak into Boston Garden to shoot baskets on the parquet floor Larry Bird played on. He took Michaele every week to the donut shop on their way to the dump. And he was willing to let Danielle change her name to anything she wanted as long as he could change his to King. Dan loved bird hunting with his buddies, a time to play cribbage, tell stories , and drink a few beers with the guys he called his
That same year, she married H. Bruce Sherman in East Stroudsburg. Marion was employed as a certified nurse’s aide by Monroe County General Hospital in Pennsylvania for many years, then at Redington Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan. Marion was involved in many civic and community organizations, for many years she was an active member of the Methodist Church Choir, Skowhegan Community Action Group, Skowhegan Community Chorus, sang in a group called “Just Us” with her husband Bruce, Henry and Shirley Whittemore, and belonged to the Artworks and Quilting organization for many years.
He was born on June 01, 1950 in Watertown, N.Y., son of late John A. Davis and Marjorie G. Davis. He graduated from Skowhegan High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ricker College where he met his wife Maureen Dupree Davis. They married in college and spent 45 years together. They raised three children, Michaele, Danielle, and Zebulun whom he adored and who adored him. Dan worked in the family business since he was 14 years old and helped build the company he became President of Northeast Coffee Company. Dan loved spending time
friends. Dan loved Barbados, the sun and the water and for 35 years he and Maureen traveled there, to see his parents and to bring his children and grandchildren. He loved the trips he and Maureen took whether it was a road trip or abroad He is predeceased by his parents John A. Davis and Marjorie G. Davis. He is survived by his wife, Maureen, his children, Michaele Layng and her husband Robert, their four children, Annalise, Harper, Emantu, and Finan, Danielle Davis and her son Lennox, Zebulun Davis and his wife Gina and their children, Nora and Emmett, his siblings, Jack Davis and wife Sue, Terry Hornstein, Deborah Arsenault and husband Keith, Clarence Davis, David Davis and his wife Rita, Donald Davis and wife Jane, and Marjorie Lewis and her husband Kevin. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews and his very best friend and brother Randall L. Franck.n
Marion (Sheerer) Sherman, 88, passed away October 9, 2015 at the Maine General Medical Center in Augusta. She was born July 3, 1927 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Wilmer F. And Mary (MicKey) Sheerer. She attended schools in Pennsylvania and graduated from East Stroudsburg High School in 1946.
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Joan “Joni” Clarkin, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at MapleCrest Living Center in Madison; previously, she had resided at 29 Nichols Street in Madison. She was born November 19, 1937 the daughter of Everett Clarkin and Mildred (Cayford) Durgin. Joni was an accomplished and registered artist. Her paintings were displayed at art galleries throughout the state of Maine. After
several car accidents, she used painting to overcome physical disabilities and to gain control of her pain. She was a loving, compassionate, nurturing caregiver and will be remembered for her caregiving abilities; especially for the care she provided her Aunt Meta for many years. She was a nurse’s aide and worked in an area nursing home for several years. Joni was also employed as a tool die machinist and was the coordinator of a dental lab and was proud of her accomplishments. In her later years, she volunteered to go into people’s homes to visit with them. She also took people to doctor’s appointments or to get their groceries. Joni received the Governor’s Award several times for her hours of volunteering. Joni was very adven-
turous and enjoyed many outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and fishing. She also played the guitar and enjoyed photography. Joni loved all animals. Joni is survived by her sisters, Donna Landry and husband Jim of Mexico, and Sonjia Ellis and husband Carl of Rumford; cousins and many lifelong friends. She was predeceased by her father, Everett Clarkin and her mother, Mildred Durgin, her Aunt Meta, two brothers James and John and her beloved dog Nick.. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. n
She is survived by her daughter, Pamella Southard of Skowhegan; son, Duane B. Sherman of Waterville; 4 granddaughters, Felicia Porter of Skowhegan, Amber R. Southard of Bangor; Morgan Porter of Rockport, and Ashley Morton of Rockport; grandson, Jeremy D. Southard of Bangor; 2 sisters, Alberta Mullins of Florida, and Margaret Ace and husband Kenneth of Pennsylvania; several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Marion’s memory to the Centenary United Methodist Church, Dr. Mann Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 n
Arthur “Art” E. Holmes, Sr., 75, died Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan following a year-long battle with cancer. He was born November 11, 1939 in Everett, Massachusetts, the son fo Arthur Lipscum and Ruth Mary (Michener) Holmes. Art grew up in Everett, Massachusetts and graduated from Everett Vocational High School in 1959 and joined the National Guard where he served for 10 years until his honorable discharge.
He drove a bus for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for 24 years. He retired in 1991 and shortly thereafter, moved to Cornville, Maine, where he found a part-time job he loved, driving a bus for the local school district. Art loved spending the summer months in Athens and on the coast while enjoying the winter months at his home in Leesburg, Florida. He had a long list of friends he would gather with for evenings of conversation and card games. When he wasn’t found playing cards, he could often be found tapping his toes at the Orange Blossom Opry, enjoying the talents of the various musicians appearing there, or out sampling the local cuisine at his many favorite restaurants. He loved Sunday dinner and card games with family and friends as well as daily rides and visiting thrift stores. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Flanders of Athens; his special
kitty, Missy; 2 sons, Arthur Holmes, Jr. and wife Diane, Michael Holmes and wife Barbara; daughter, Anne Marie LeBlanc and friend Matt; stepson, John Cobb and wife Mary; 2 stepdaughters, Valerie Brown and husband Michael, Robyn Flanders and husband Roy; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Colby and husband John; brother, John Holmes and wife Patricia; many dear friends. He was predeceased in 2003 by his beloved wife of 43 years, Helen Marie (Fitzpatrick) Holmes. The family would like to thank the Maine General Hospice team and the doctors and nurses of Redington Fairview General Hospice for their tender care of Arthur. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976. n
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Maine Skirmish Grappling Tournament On Sunday, November 8, 2015, The Maine Skirmish grappling tournament will return to Winslow Maine. The action will take place at Winslow High School and this year’s tournament will mark the 20th anniversary of grappling competition in Maine. The first Maine Skirmish was held in 1996. The competition itself is a freestyle (on the mats) ground fighting event. Competitors compete in throwing, pinning, and submitting one another throughout the day’s events. Each competitor uses maneuvers to place one’s opponent in an inferior position, and as the older teen and adult categories come into play, there are submissions allowed such as strangles/ chokes, arm locks, and or leg locks allowed in order reach victory in a match. The Skirmish has acted as a breeding ground for various world-wide martial arts champions; in particular many UFC fighters have started their careers in the early days of this classic Maine event. Kenny Florian, Marcus Davis, Tim Sylvia, Mike Brown come to mind. This commemorative 20TH event features competitors of all ages. There will be many kids and teenagers competing, all beginning with Skirmish Sumo. This fun kid only competition was thought up in the late 90’s with Jiu-jitsu teacher Professor Herb LaGue was visiting Skirmish promoter while in Maine. LaGue while working for NASA, and training astronaut’s in anti-gravity judo throws had mentioned
Grappling had kind of lost favor to the striking arts when the 80’s came to be. But, in the early 1990s the UFC showcased many fine ground fighting techniques, this put the grappling arts back on the map and they took off with a fierce jumpstart, all leading to much more popularity all over the world. Today everybody seems to be enjoying not only the striking arts but the grappling techniques that have become so infamous around the world ever since. Many fine martial arts competitors will be attending the Skirmish event. You’ll be seen Maine’s finest along with New Hampshire and Massachusetts fighter’s plus, also many great competitors from Canada. Last year’s title belt
Shawn Smith of Rangeley battles Chad Joseph from Winslow during the 2014 Skirmish! Sumo as being something fun as kids love to challenge themselves tossing other kids around or off a playing surface. Not quite sure how the NASA training led to such a discussion, but the event took off and it’s been a staple of the Skirmish for a very long time. The various grappling categories featured at the Maine Skirmish include, jujitsu, judo, wrestling, sambo, and just freestyle ways to grapple while fighting on a matted surface. The rules favor no one particular style, however having a background in a ground-based fighting skill is very important. Later in the day, the teenagers will pick it up with a little more hot style fighting
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Theron Irvin Micue, Jr., 78, passed away October 3, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. He was born November 27, 1936 in Clinton, the son of Theron Irvin, Sr. and Abbigale Louise (Clukey) Micue. On October 26, 1957 he married Rose M. Eastman at Getchell Street Baptist Church in Waterville. Over the years, he was employed
by a number of companies including, Ski-Land Woolen Mill in Clinton, Wyndott Mill in Waterville, Scott-Kimberly Clark in Winslow, security at Camp Keys in Augusta, and security at Tomato Greenhouse in Madison. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trips to Prince Edward Island, and breakfast at Big G’s on Saturday mornings with family and friends. He was a avid Red Socks and Patriots fan. Theron is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Rose (Eastman) Micue of Norridgewock; son, Daniel Micue and wife Colleen of Freedom; special nephew, Bruce Hubbard and wife Jane of Unity; 2 brothers-in-law, Walter Eastman of Florida, Richard Martin of Flor-
ida; 6 sisters-in-law, Jay Eastman of Waterville, Evelyn Maheu of Canaan, Phyllis Corey of Sidney, Florence Eames of Waterville, Roberta Brown of Connecticut, and Wilma Eastman of Waterville. He was predeceased by his parents, Theron and Abbigale Micue; half sister, Shirley Innam; and mother-inlaw, Ella Eastman. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in his memory to Theron Micue Memorial Fund, c/o Rose Micue, 19 Tempesta Way, Norridgewock, ME 04957. Arrangements under the care and direction of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976. n
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UMF Student Receives Prestigious Award Veronica Manasco, a firstyear student at the University of Maine at Farmington, was recently honored at the 2015 Mitchell Institute Fall Gala with the distinguished Paddy Frank Walsh Pioneer Scholar Award. Pioneer Scholars are specially selected Mitchell Scholars who show great promise in terms of citizenship, scholarship and perseverance and have overcome tremendous obstacles to achieving success. Manasco was one of only 34 out of 2,400 Mitchell Scholars and Alumni to be specially recognized at this year’s gala. “Veronica’s intellect, strong connection to her family and great resilience made her a natural se-
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Maine SBDC Announces 2015 State Star The Maine Small Business Development Centers (Maine SBDC) has selected Ann McAlhnay as the 2015 State Star. The award, given annually, recognizes a member of the Maine SBDC staff that has shown exemplary performance and a strong commitment to small business success. “Ann is an incredible asset to our program and role model among her peers. She is well connected within the small business community and works closely with our partners
to ensure the success of her clients,” said Maine SBDC State Director, Mark Delisle. McAlhany is a certified business advisor at the Maine SBDC at CEI in Bangor. She works with entrepreneurs and small businesses in Penobscot County to start and grow their businesses. In the nine years that McAlhany has been with the Maine SBDC, she has spent 9,649 hours advising 909 clients. She’s helped to start 57 businesses, create/retain 296 jobs, and generate al-
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