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Woodpeckers at the Care Center Carleen Cote Among the woodpeckers of Maine are the hairy, downy, pileated and, two not usually thought of as woodpeckers, the yellow-shafted flicker and the yellow-bellied sap sucker. All species have resided at our Care Center. They are a joy to care for, very vociferous and quite the characters. Several years ago I received a call from a woman who excitedly told me she’d found a nest that had been blown from a tree by high winds. I instructed her to put the young birds in a strawberry box or basket and hang it in a tree, then watch to see if the female retured to care for them. Her response was, “Are you kidding? These birds will never fit in a basket!” That afternoon, her daughter delivered the birds to me: three chubby, raucous flickers. I fed them a specially-prepared diet, and their twittering and calling filled the house

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with song. Very soon, they were feathered out and ready to be moved to the aviary. I continued to hand-feed them, however, and added a container of food to start the

weaning process. They were subsequently joined by a young robin that screamed for food whenever it spied me out in the yard. The flickers would join in the screaming,

reminding me that they, too, were ready to be fed! In no time, the young birds were weaned and ready for release. On release day, one of the flickers flew away, never

to return. The robin and remaining two flickers stayed in the area, returning several times a day screaming for refills on a plate I’d set out. One of the flickers would fly to me as soon as I stepped out of the door, as if to urge me to hurry a little faster with the food. Soon, their visits became less frequent and eventually stopped. Once we received two pileated woodpeckers. These rescues were deemed necessary as cats were reported prowling around their nest which was 60 feet up in a tree. The birds were a delight to work with. Their diet, feeding schedule and weaning were the same as those of the flickers and, after their release, they also remained at the center, flying around and screaming to be fed. The male left earlier; the female remained longer and continued to beg for food. She then began searching for her own worms, her pecking resonating throughout the neighborhood. However, her targets were not hollow, rotting trees, instead, they were the roofs

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Spruce Budworm Returns

V. Paul Reynolds Unless you are in your forties you probably have no recollection of Maine’s last spruce budworm infestation. The budworm, which can chew its way through acres and acres of coniferous forest and kill spruce and balsam fir, left its destructive mark on Maine’s softwood stands in the mid 1970s. I remember it well. By the early 1980s the spruce budworm had destroyed more than 20 percent of Maine’s fir forest. The

budworm assault has been likened to a “slow-moving hurricane.” Timberland owners had little choice: harvest the defoliated trees immediately or lose the economic value of huge tracts of forest. The result, of course, was expansive and controversial clear cuts the likes of which Maine had never seen. Clear cuts are not pleasing to the eye. Neither is the knowledge that miles of Maine forestlands that are home to fish and wildlife are being inundated with insecticides. It was a tense era, a clash between economics and environmentalism that led, eventually, to passage of the Forest Practices Act of 1989, which today regulates forestry practices in Maine. Unfortunately, according to experts, Maine is

about to undergo another major spruce budworm infestation. The budworm moth can be tracked. It is moving our way from Canada. Will it be a repeat of the 1970s with sprawling sections of fir trees rendered dead and brown by the voracious budworm? It’s hard to predict the extent of the impact, but we in Maine are expected to see the effects of the budworm within the next 2 to 4 years. Experts say that it is possible, through

good preparation, to mitigate the damage, although I’ve yet to see any explanation of how this will be done. At this point, state and private interests are collaborating on a disaster preparedness plan to be unveiled this summer. Of course, Mother Nature marches to its own drummer, but Maine needs a spruce budworm epidemic about as much as another record-breaking winter. There is a ripple effect when large tracts of forest just perish. Birds

and wildlife lose precious habitat. Trout streams lose protective canopies that keep flowing water cool. In rural Maine there are economic consequences that can be substantial. Then there is the issue of insecticides. In the 1970s, tons of insecticides were air-dropped across Maine’s fir forest by aircraft in an attempt to “mitigate” the march of the budworms. Not-to-worry assurances were made to the public by state foresters and timberland owners, but it was a hard sell. One day in June of 1976, as I was casting a fly upon the waters of one of my favorite Aroostook County trout ponds, I saw and heard the drone of a low-flying “delivery” aircraft a few miles to the north. Soon, the glassy surface of this pristine

trout pond was disturbed by oily droplets that soon dissipated. It happened only once, but I never forgot the sight and the sick feeling in my stomach. Whether there, indeed, was any side-effects or lasting damage by the insecticide war against the budworm is a question never addressed insofar as I know. The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He is also a Maine Guide, co-host of a weekly radio program “Maine Outdoors.” His e-mail address is paul@ sportingjournal.com . He has two books “A Maine Deer Hunter’s Logbook” and his latest, “Backtrack.” n

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All fifty states are allowed two statues of famous persons in Statuary Hall in The U. S. Capital building in Washington, D.C. Can you name Maine’s two famous persons? I bet you can’t. I wasn’t sure, so I looked it up. Maine’s two famous persons are William King, Maine’s first governor and Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s vice president. But they might not be there long. That’s because back in February, a state senator introduced a bill that aimed to evict at least one of the statues – the one of William King – with another famous native son deemed more worthy of the space..

Sen. Garrett Mason, RLisbon,wants to see Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain take King’s place in the hall, and he thinks Gov. King’s time is up. It’s not known if King’s statue will be returned to Maine or if a suitable place will be found for it. Hopefully it won’t suffer further indignities by being posted for sale on Craig’s List or eBay. Mason’s bill asks the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine State Museum and the Maine Preservation commission to study the whole question and do a survey and let legislatures know what they recommend. Fortunately, Gov. King won’t be offended by his possible eviction because he’s dead. In fact one of the main requirements for getting your statue into Statuary Hall is that you be deader than a doornail.

The free-spending legislature ended up funding a study to examine this whole issue — like it does — to the tune of $3,000. Basically, the question is: Does anybody want to replace one — or both — of these statues? And if so, with whom should we replace them? So, this week the Maine Arts Commission sent out a survey asking people those exact questions. They worked so fast they even had , time to come up with a list of 10 possible replacements, which are on the survey. You can write in your own suggestions, if you want. The whole thing was done so fast it makes you wonder if they’ve been looking for an assignment like this for a long time. What if the Arts Commission survey produces so many great replacement suggestions that the leg-

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46th Annual Kringleville Season Comes to a Successful End (By Mark Huard) On the 22nd of December Kringleville in Downtown Waterville closed its doors for the 2015 year. At the last count Santa saw over 2000 excited children. Santa mentioned it is about what he saw last year, and was happy that he saw many returning faces. When the season began the day after Thanksgiving, with the Parade of Lights, everyone working at Kringleville knew that it was going to be a very busy year. More than 10,000 people came to see the parade this year. The Parade also seems to be growing in size, Santa was quoted in saying “It grows more and more every year, it is a testament to the Christmas Spirit in Waterville Maine�. Santa visited with children again this year at REM Forum and Lounge. Everyone seemed very happy that being able to wait inside, instead of out in the elements like years before.

REM was able to provide a warm and festive area for everyone. Many people need to be thanked for their continued support in making Kringleville one of Waterville’s longest standing traditions. A HUGE thanks goes to Waterville Main Street, the Kringleville organizers and their dedicated volunteers. REM also needs to be acknowledged for the continued support, and space. The Parade of Lights and Kringleville wouldn’t have been a success without their corporate sponsors. Waterville Public works needs to be thanked for their commitment to making Waterville shine through the Holiday Season. Kringleville would also like to express its thanks to the Rough Gents, as they provided security and helped get them in shape to be decorated. Lastly all those who purchased keepsake ornaments, donated money over the course of the season need to be

thanked. Thanks to their kind and giving hearts new improvements and ideas for the future of Kringleville can be implemented for years to come. Before leaving for the year, Santa was quoted as saying,�I love ALL the children of the Waterville and Central Maine area. I want them all to know if they keep love in their hearts, I will always be there for them!� The 2016 season begins on November 25 with the Parade of lights. Organizers will start to need later this winter to start planning for next year, and as always Kringleville is always looking for excited volunteers! Come be a part of the magic! For more information call Waterville Main Street at 207 680 2055, or stay posted on the Kringleville Facebook page and by checking in to Kringleville. org.n

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By Victor Block: As the pounding of the sheriff’s wooden staff calls the court to order, James Hubbard prepares to defend his client. He is an orphan’s guardian who stands accused of squandering his charge’s estate. Centering his neat wig and smoothing the frilly lace sleeves of his shirt, the attorney bows to the bench and begins to plead his case. This scene is repeated today in the same place where it occurred during the 1770s. That is when James Hubbard lived and practiced law in Williamsburg, at a time that the town served as the capital of the Virginia colony. The actor-impersonator who depicts this historical figure bases his interpretation upon facts that historians have been able to document. For example, he describes having returned to London to study law, and rather sheepishly admits that his wife occasionally agitates him. For those who love living history, James Hubbard plays but a small part in a fascinating tableau that makes Colonial Williamsburg a perfect place to relive

pages from the past. Reenactments, tours led by factually based characters and many other interpretive programs combine to involve visitors in the interest, information and fun. The meticulously restored 17th-to-19th century historic area provides the Colonial and Revolutionary War-era setting in which chapters from our nation’s early years are dramatically revived. For nearly a century, from 1699 to 1780, Williamsburg served as the capital of the Virginia Colony, a vast enclave which stretched west to the Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. In its early heyday, the town of about 2,000 residents was the cultural, social and political center of the Colonial world. Before Thomas Jefferson relocated the Virginia capital to Richmond in 1781, he and other patriots, including George Washington and Patrick Henry, frequented its shops, taverns and other establishments. After the Revolution, Williamsburg’s importance, and fortunes, declined. That continued until

1926, when John D. Rockefeller, Jr. launched a major effort to restore the setting to its former splendor. The surviving 88 Colonial structures were renovated to their 18th century appearance, and those that no longer stood were reconstructed on their original sites, based upon research and as much documentation as could be found. Today, more than 500 history-touched buildings – imposing public structures and modest houses, bustling taverns and shops where merchants ply their trade – line tree-shaded streets that echo the clip-clop of horsedrawn carriages. Gardens and “dependencies,” including free standing kitchens, smoke houses and privies, add to the atmosphere and authenticity. Along with this historically accurate scene, it’s primarily people who bring historic Williamsburg to life. Character interpreters dressed in Colonial style clothing, many depicting real-life former residents of the town, converse with visitors in period grammar as they go about their daily

Governors Palace tasks. Part of the fun is trying to convince the actors to drop the persona of the person they represent, which invariably fails. I attempted that while dining in Chowning’s Tavern, a reconstructed 18th-century alehouse. My good-natured effort to have Edmund Pendleton, who was a delegate to the First Continental Congress and a leader in Virginia’s move to independence, reveal his true self was unsuccessful. Fortunately, that was not completely true when I handed my waitress a credit card to charge the meal and she asked, “What’s this? We usually are paid in gold.” Not wishing to part with my single gold filling, I was relieved when she agreed to take “whatever this is to see if my master will accept it.” Chefs in several kitchens demonstrate the use of “receipts” (recipes) from 18th-century cookbooks to prepare authentic dishes on a hearth. Presentations of dance, singing and other activities recall aspects of the lives of the half of Colonial Williamsburg’s population who were black.

on. As a result, James Hubbard and other figures from the past depict life as it once was in surroundings that would be familiar to the people whom they represent. One benefit of such attention to detail is an allencompassing trip back through time for today’s visitors. They may enjoy a theatrical comedy and a traveling magic show reminiscent of entertainment in the 18th century. Among choices for shoppers are inkwells, silver coffee pots and other souvenirs and gifts hand-fashioned by craftsmen in ways of old. Those interested in legalities may observe Colonial justice in action, and perhaps even play a role in the court proceedings. It’s all part of the immersion in the past available at Colonial Williamsburg. For more information, call (844) 574-2733 or log onto colonialwilliamsburg. com.n

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Fairfield Police, Cops Care for Kids Program

On, Wednesday December 23, 2015, members of the Fairfield Police Department donned Santa

Hats to deliver gifts to children from 86 families in Fairfield. The Annual Cops Care for Kids Programs

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(Photo by Mike Stowe/Central Maine Photography Staff)Front: Dispatcher Jeanne Kempers Back: Ofc Casey Dugas, Ofc Shanna Blodgett, Ofc Jordan Brooks, Ofc Blake Wilder, Ofc Patrick Mank, Chief Tom Gould, Sgt Matthew Bard, Ofc Todd Genest, Ofc Billy Beaulieu, Capt. Paul St Amand, Sgt Matthew Wilcox.

United Way of Mid-Maine on Target to Reach Campaign Goal

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 businesses, partner agencies, community groups, family, friends and neighbors joined United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM) in celebrating the community’s support for the 2015-2016 campaign season. Over 100 businesses, organizations and nonprofit agencies spent the last few months, since September, hosting workplace campaigns, fundraisers, and rallying for our community. The event, held at Thomas College, is a gathering to recognize the work done throughout the campaign season from September

to December. Thank you to the evening’s sponsors and supporters: the City of Waterville, Kennebec Savings Bank, Kennebec Wealth Management, Smiles for Maine by Dr. Charlie Ruff, Sodexo, and the Town of Oakland. Music was provided by the Colby College Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Eric Thomas. UWMM board of directors, staff and the Campaign Cabinet (with Deb and Ken LaVoie leading the charge as Campaign Co-Chairs), are very excited to announce that UWMM is on target to reach the campaign

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Dylan Coombs makes his way down court during a recent holiday tournament held on December 26. (Photo by Mark Huard/ Owner of Central Maine Photography)

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Fairfield Cops Care For Kids Christmas Program

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Delivering Gifts on December 23 Left to right = Fairfield Police Officer Casey Dugas, Abigail Waldeck 14, Hailey Sargent 14, Erica Maillet 13 and Reserve Officer Jacob Boudreau. Front Ethan and Evan Sargent age 6 (Photo by Mike Stowe/Central Maine Photography Staff)

Leaps and Bounds Team Member Madyson Achorn 8 of Waterville competed in the Winter Fun Meet on December 19 in Fairfield and captured 1st place in level 3 Gymnastics. (Photo by Mark Huard/ Central Maine Photography)

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states in a national competition in Washington D.C. The first place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps (which cost $5 each) support conservation education by providing awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools. Modeled after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Federal Duck Stamp competition, the Junior Duck Stamp contest is part of an educational curriculum that teaches students about waterfowl, the importance of wetlands, and habi-

tat conservation. Proceeds from the sale of Federal Duck Stamps protect wetlands through land acquisition by the National Wildlife Refuge System. Contest rules and entry forms are currently available for download at the following web site: www.fws. gov/juniorduck/. For more information on the contest, call the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program at (207) 781-8364. Businesses or organizations who would like to sponsor this program are encouraged to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. n

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Stacey Lynn MacDonald 1982-2016

Our precious child has gone to heaven. Stacey Lynn MacDonald, 33, ofClinton was taken from her family and friends on December 26, 2015. She was born June 10, 1982 in Skowhegan, Maine the daughter of Frederick D. MacDonald and Celeste A. MacDonald. She was a graduate of Madison Area Memorial High School. She was a dedicated hard worker as well as a jack of all trades. The love of her life was her little man Carter

Chase. He was, is and always will be her world. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend. Stacey was a free spirit with a loving soul, an adventurer and a kick butt country girl through and through. She enjoyed the outdoors, mudding, camping, riding horses, kayaking, hunting, fishing and working out. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends! luv u xoxo. She is survived by her son, Carter Chase of Clinton; mother, Celeste (Seeley) MacDonald of Madison; father, Frederick D. MacDonald and fiancé Stella O’Connor of Garland; 2 sisters, Jennifer MacDonald and fiancé Jake Wade of Anson, and Lacey MacDonald of Madison; brother, Frederick D. MacDonald, Jr. Of Madison; step sister Jessye Martin of Corinth

and step brother Jacob Martin of Garland; grandparents, Robert and Catherine Maheu of Anson and Frederick D. And Roselle MacDonald of Williston, Florida; boyfriend, Dan Grenier and family; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We would like to thank Dan and Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Services for giving us time with our precious child. A Celebration of Life was held January 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM at Somerset Abbey, 124 Main Street, Madison with Pastor Tobin Curtis officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing, may make donations in Stacey’s memory to The Stacey MacDonald Memorial Fund, c/o Jennifer MacDonald and Carter Chase, PO Box 474, Anson, Maine 04911. n

Victoria (Guite) Gagnon 1962-2016

Victoria (Guite) Gagnon, 53, passed away January 5, 2016 at home in Sidney surrounded by her family. She was born December 9, 1962 in Waterville, the daughter of Robert and Muriel (Hart) Guite. She was educated in Florida schools and grad-

uated from Largo High School in Largo Florida. On November 26, 2014, she married Timothy J. Gagnon, Sr. in Masardis, Maine. She worked for a number of years as the co-owner of the Masardis Trading Post General Store, and more currently with T-Mobil. Victoria had an outgoing personality and a love of life and people. She enjoyed cooking, and travel to Florida and Maine. Victoria is survived by her husband, Timothy J. Gagnon, Sr. of Sidney; sister, Collette Doyon and husband Bernie of Rome; 3 brothers, Jeff Guite and wife Nancy of Naples, Florida, Eric Guite and

wife Jen of Benton, Paris Guite and wife Pam of Naples, Florida; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Notre Dame DeLourdes Catholic Church in Waterville. Burial will be in the spring at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Victoria’s memory to the American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, Maine 040861240.n

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Jeanette Ada (Crane) Martelle 1947-2016

Jeanette Ada (Crane) Martelle, 68 of Hermon passed into eternal rest on January 7th, 2016 at the home of her son and daughter in law in Winslow after a courageous and graceful battle with lung cancer. “Jan” was born on March 3rd, 1947 in Stetson, Maine to parents, Lester and Marjorie (Jellison) Crane. Jan married Albert “Pete” Martelle and they had a long and happy marriage until the time of his death in 2011. Surviving are her son, Richard Martelle, wife Andréa and her son Avery Mills of Winslow. Jan’s grandchildren Elizabeth and Adam Martelle of Bangor were her inspiration for living. She enjoyed countless Saturday mornings of “coffee-cereal talk” in the sunroom with Elizabeth as well as watching Adam build many NASCAR racetracks in her Hermon home. Survivors also

include her loving brother, David and wife, Kathy of Lamoine: her devoted sister, Margaret Ferris and husband, Bill of Bucksport along with 3 nieces and their families-Jennie Bridges of Verona, Tracie Moon of Hancock and Kim Edgecomb of Mariaville. Jan graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1965. She later graduated from the D’Lor Beauty School in Brewer. Jan owned a hair studio in her home and most recently retired from J.C. Penny salon in Bangor where she made many cherished friendships over the years. Her salon girls were a second family and continued to include Jan on adventures after her retirement. Jan was appreciative of the love, laughter and support over the years. Special thanks to Kim Rosen, Sonja Bragdon, Donna Greenlaw and Linda Mullen for being her dearest friends. Additionally, Jan was recognized as a Master Gardner through the University of Maine cooperative extension program. Her beautiful gardens highlighted her green thumb. In the weeks prior to her passing, Jan had the opportunity to visit with many family members and friends. She shared how blessed she

felt to be able to thank many people in person for their contributions to her life. Jan is especially grateful to her former daughter in law, Marcella Martelle and partner, Kevin Kenny of Bangor who had been supportive in getting her to appointments and ensuring she was able to spend as much time as possible with her grandchildren. Jan spoke of her son, Rick and his wife Andréa, AKA “nurse Ratchet” as her angels, moving her into their home to support her needs. Special thanks goes to Dr. Locke and the entire staff at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care in Augusta. Their knowledgeable and compassionate care along with Jan’s courage and strength afforded her an additional 3 years with her family and friends. Jan wanted to be sure to acknowledge the nurses who covered Andréa’s last 2 weeks of shifts so she could be home with her family helping run the “Rick and Andréa Bed and Breakfast / Hospice House”, as Jan lovingly referred to their home. The family also appreciates the care received from the wonderful staff on 2 West at the Alfond Center for Health and MaineGeneral Home Care and Hospice. n

Rachel Wright 1928-2015

It is with great sadness that the family of Rachel Rose Wright, age 86, of Fairfield ME, announces her passing on Wednesday Dec. 22, 2015. Rachel was born in Ellsworth, Maine, on December 29th, 1928, the daughter of Pauline and John Rose. She graduated from Cony High School in 1946. After graduating she worked for a time at the local telephone company. She married David A Wright in 1951 in Fairfield, Maine, whereupon they took up residence on the Bellsqueeze Rd in Clinton. Rachel lived at that same location for over 60 years where she enjoyed the longtime friendship of her neighbors. She

was also extremely fond of her herb garden at her Clinton home, tending to it into her 80’s. She worked for a time at the Clinton Brown Memorial Library and was longtime member of the Brown Memorial United Methodist Church as well as the Order of the Eastern Star. In her earlier years Rachel enjoyed collecting antiques and could often be found with her husband at local auctions. She never lost her love for Maine’s rocky coastline where she was raised, enjoying an ocean side road trip whenever possible. Recently she moved to Island Apartments in Fairfield, ME where she was quick to acquire new friends. Generous to a fault, and loving by nature, Rachel would often greet you with a big hug. Her affectionate personality will be missed by all who knew her. A proud woman by nature, one of her greatest wishes in life was to maintain the ability to live independently in her latter years. We are heartened to know that she achieved that goal.

A special thanks to the medical staff at Maine General Hospital for their compassionate care in Rachel’s time of need. Rachel is predeceased by her husband David A Wright. She is survived by siblings, Jackie Rose of Kennebunkport, Paula Caldwell and her husband Richard of Gorham; her children David J Wright of Brighton Plantation, Michael Wright and wife Dorene of South Portland, Stepdaughter Patricia Pellegrino and husband, Richard of Pittsfield; grandchildren Jennipher Smith, Timothy Wright, and Dustin Wright; as well as great-grandchildren Abigail, Alyssa, Memphis & Rece. She treasured them all. At Rachel’s request there will be no visiting hours or funeral service. A graveside service and celebration of Rachel’s life will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. Friends who wish may donate in her memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation JDRF – Maine, P.O. Box 1407, Gray, ME 04039. n

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New Year’s Cheers That Won’t Derail Your Weight Management Goals Jodi Cornelio

So you’re on track with your New Year’s resolutions to manage your weight and it’s been a long week and you just want to kick back and enjoy a cocktail with friends without blowing your diet. By making the right beverage choices you can. Let’s look at some ingredients that can sneak up on you and derail your good nutrition intentions. It’s typically the mixers, syrups, juices and sodas that really get people into calorie trouble adding hundreds of unnecessary cal-

ories. Do you know that the average American gets 21% of their daily recommended calories from beverages according to a study performed by the U.S. Beverage Guidance Panel. They are not necessarily referring to alcohol. Alcohol accounts for a small portion of these calories at 96 calories per 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits. Paying attention to what you mix your cocktail with is the secret. Here are the secrets at avoiding cocktail calories. •Choose 100% pure or freshly squeezed orange juice, grapefruit juice, lemon or lime juice. 100% cranberry with no sugar added is a good choice. Tomato and V-8 juices are good choices as well, high in fiber and low in calories.

•Use club soda or seltzer water over tonics. Tonics have just as many calories and sugars as soda. There are many flavored seltzers that can add an extra jazz to your beverage. Find one you like and add a fresh lemon or lime squeeze for extra flavor. •Stay clear of cream, liqueurs, grenadines or sweet

vermouths. They can double the calories in a cocktail. If you like that rosy red cocktail with the fancy glass that is typically laced with grenadine, try making your own. You can get the same look and a sweet taste with fewer calories by boiling down pomegranate juice and adding stevia to sweeten. •Sip your cocktail and make it last. Perhaps having a glass of water handy will help you pace yourself not to over drink. •Pay attention to moderation. From a weight management stand point, your resolve can be really strong when you are sober, but after a few drinks, you may find yourself mindlessly overeating snack foods or whatever is in the pantry. Chips, nuts

and pretzels can add up to unwanted calories. •Avoid any beverages loaded with syrups, sodas or sugars. These along with the alcohol can lower blood sugars making you feel hungry and bring on food cravings. •Avoid drinks that have several shots in one glass. A Long Island ice tea has 7 alcohol ingredients and 700 calories. •Avoid after dinner drinks as most are loaded with sugar and a dessert wine has approximately 40 calories more than a simple table wine. Save a little of your before dinner drinks to end the meal if you really enjoy something after dinner. •Wine coolers and fancy flavored bottled drinks like hard lemonade, just say NO.

They sound light but they can have anywhere from 190 to 300 calories in one 12 oz. bottle. Plain wine is a better choice but still is not exactly a diet drink. It does have far less calories than a cooler at 100 calories per 5 oz. To really cut back on the calories and stretch your 5oz. allotment of red wine add club soda, crushed ice and some fruit and you can enjoy a homemade guilt free sangria that is fun and light. •Going out with the guys for a beer after work. Make it a light beer. There are some pretty good choices of low carb light beers out there. Try one and you don’t have to have a six pack. Moderation is always key. Enjoy your New Year! Live Long, Live well n

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By: Fred Cecitti In the last installment of The Healthy Geezer, we focused upon triglycerides. This column is a companion piece about cholesterol. Cholesterol is a fatlike substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones. The body can make all the cholesterol it needs. Most cholesterol is made by your liver. You also get cholesterol from foods such as meat, eggs and dairy products. Too much cholesterol is dangerous, because cholesterol can lead to blockages in your

blood vessels. Cholesterol is transported through the bloodstream in packages called lipoproteins. Low-density lipoproteins (LDL) deliver cholesterol to the body. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) remove cholesterol from the bloodstream. LDLs are often described as “bad” cholesterol; HDLs are called “good” cholesterol. If there are too many LDLs in the blood, they will combine with other material in your bloodstream to manufacture plaque, a waxy crud that builds up on the inner walls of the blood vessels that feed your brain and heart. When this build-up occurs, you have a condition called “atherosclerosis,” which is commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries.” If a clot forms in blood

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high LDLs, you may be at higher risk of heart disease or stroke. If your total level is high only because of a high HDLs, you’re probably not at higher risk. Some physicians use the ratio of total cholesterol to HDLs. The ratio is obtained by dividing the HDLs into the total cholesterol. The goal is to keep the ratio below 5 to 1. (Interesting fact: Male sex hormones lower HDL levels. Female sex hormones raise HDL levels. Draw your own conclusions.) What can you do to control cholesterol? Diet Cholesterol is in all foods from animals, so reduce your intake of meat, eggs and dairy products. Cut back on fatty foods such as snacks, desserts and anything fried. Eat vegetables and fruit. Exercise Regular physical activity increases HDL cho-

lesterol in some people. Weight loss can help lower your bad cholesterol. Smoking Smoking lowers HDL cholesterol levels and increases the tendency for blood to clot. Alcohol People who consume moderate amounts of alcohol (one to two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women) have a lower risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. However, alcohol can be unhealthy. For example, a small about of alcohol can make a big increase

in triglyceride levels. Triglycerides are a fat in your blood that should be kept in check. Whether you should drink a moderate amount of alcohol is definitely a question you should ask your personal physician. Medicine Get your physician’s advice, too, about drugs to lower your cholesterol. If lifestyle changes don’t help you, you may need to take medicine to lower your cholesterol level. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@ healthygeezer.com. n

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Winter has Arrived, Who’s Ready for Pond Hockey? Winter has arrived and, like most winter sport lovers, the organizers of the 4th Annual Maine Pond Hockey Classic are grateful for the recent shift in weather. “Until the snow started sticking people couldn’t get excited about our event, I guess they thought winter would never come, but we’ve had one every year I can remember,” joked Tournament Director Patrick Guerette. This year’s tournament will be held on February 12th – 14th at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts on Snow Pond (Messalonskee Lake) in Sidney, Maine. While many hockey players have played “pond hockey,” few players have found their way to organized pond hockey tournaments like the Maine Pond Hockey Classic. “These tournaments are definitely a niche, but more and more players are discovering our tournaments and loving the competitive play,” claimed Guerette. “Players love the nostalgia of playing outdoors; after all, that’s where most of us got our start, and everyone enjoys the laid back atmosphere”.

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ed hundreds of hockey players from around the Northeast and even attracted players from as far away as Washington DC and Arizona. The Maine Pond Hockey Classic offers 7 divisions for players of varying ages and ability levels: Open “A”, Open “B”, Women’s, COED, Recreational, 40+, and a “College” Division. Each division winner will receive a prize pack including complimentary entry

to the following year’s tournament, Championship Sweatshirts, and a very unique trophy featuring the State of Maine silhouette cut from old hockey sticks. “We like having a trophy that you won’t see anywhere else; besides, it really wouldn’t be a great representation of Maine if we didn’t take something old and discarded and turn it into something awesome,” said Guerette. When asked what sets the Maine Pond Hockey Classic apart from similar events Guerette offered, “We really take player feedback seriously.” Following each tournament players are surveyed and the Classic committee uses that feedback

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to make improvements, “we want players to dictate what the experience should be” explained Guerette. Two of these changes are the expanded Open “B” Division to accommodate more levels of play and providing a formal Beer Garden & Player Lounge for players to enjoy between games. Registration for the 2016 Maine Pond Hockey Classic closes January 12, 2016, after which point teams can submit their name to a wait list. Each team plays three pool play games for seeding followed by a single elimination tournament. Pond hockey is played 4 on 4 without goalies or on-ice officials, and each team is allowed to have up to 7 players on their roster.

Interested teams can register and get more information at the tournament website www. mainepondhockey.org. The tournament can be followed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ mainepondhockey, or on twitter @mainepondhockey. All proceeds from the Maine Pond Hockey Classic and Polar Bear Dip benefit the local Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville. For those looking to get involved with the MPHC, there are several volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. If interested, please contact Patrick Guerette, Tournament Director, via email at mepondhockeyclassic@gmail.com. n

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