Common Ground Round 3: Win a $10 Gift Certificate

DEADLINE: Friday, April 10, 2019

Identify the men in these three photos, and tell us what they have in common. You could win a $10 gift certificate to Retail Therapy boutique, 11 KMD Plaza, Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, next to the Dairy Queen!* Email your answer to or through our Contact page.

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*  Should there be more than one correct answer, a random drawing will be held to determine the winner.

Previous winner: Gisele Levasseur, Gilman, VT

Legal Notices for Thursday, March 21, 2019

18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice March 14, 2019

If you are a creditor of an estate listed below, you must present your claim within four months of the first publication date of this Notice to Creditors by filing a written statement of your claim on a proper form with the Register of Probate of this Court or by delivering or mailing to the Personal Representative listed below at the address published by his name, a written statement of the claim indicating the basis therefore, the name and address of the claimant and the amount claimed or in such other manner as the law may provide. See 18-A MRSA 3-804.

2019-037 – Estate of LARRY P. WORSTER, late of Moose River, Me deceased. Dawn K. Amaya, 36 Talpey Road, Moose River, Me 04945 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-038 – Estate of EVELYN MITCHELL, late of North Anson, Me deceased. Dawn Parker, 71 Brown Farm Road, Benton, Me 04901 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-040 – Estate of ALICE J. SOUTHER, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Jennifer Dawn Chandler, 130 Madison Avenue, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-043 – Estate of RYAN W. WORSTER, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Corinne Mathieu, 1328 Hill Road, Canaan, Me 04924 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-044 – Estate of PRISCILLA A. NORRIS, late of St. Albans, Me, deceased. Shirley Humphrey, 91 North Street, Hartland, Me 04943 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-045 – Estate of JOE W. CREAMER, late of Embden, Me deceased. Lori A. Creamer, 685 Fahi Pond Road, Embden, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-047 – Estate of CLIFFORD A. RAYE, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. Randy L. Raye, 15 Shy Road, Palmyra, Me 04965 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-048 – Estate of DEBORAH A. ROLFE, late of Anson, Me deceased. Gary Morin, 131 Embden Pond Road, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-051 – Estate of PHYLLIS G. WARREN, late of Smithfield, Me deceased. Terry Tiner, 840 Oakland Road, Belgrade, Maine 04917 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-052 – Estate of JOAN C. SY, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Vincent A. Sy, 32 Farwell Avenue, Cumberland, Me 04021 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-053 – Estate of JUDEAN E. GODIN, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Carlene L. Lybarger, 91 Salisbury Road, Canaan, Me 04924 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-054 – Estate of BETTY M. VEILLEUX, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Gail Berry, 117 Norridgewock Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-056 – Estate of ROLAND L. DUFRESNE, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Yvette D. Huskey, 1646 Monte Mar Road, Vista, CA 92084 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-057 – Estate of DOUGLAS L. ARNO, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Doris Vermette, PO Box 363, Bingham, Me 04920 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-059 – Estate of THOMAS D. LUCKERN III, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Aaron P. Luckern, 33 Six Rod Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-062 – Estate of MERVIN C. GREENE, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. James W. Greene, 31 Currier Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-063 – Estate of RANDY V. ERVING, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Amanda Kenney, 50 McNally Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 and Heidi Hartsgrove, 39 Pond Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

To be published on March 14, & 21, 2019
Dated: March 11, 2019 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate



Notice is hereby given by the respective petitioners that they have filed petitions for appointment of personal representatives in the following estates. These matters will be heard at 10 a.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be March 27, 2019. The requested appointments may be made on or after the hearing date if no sufficient objection be heard. This notice complies with the requirements of 18-A MRSA §3-403 and Probate Rule 4.

2017-130 – Estate of AIDEN BRYCE BURGESS, minor of Fairfield, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Benjamin W. Erskine, 22 Martin Stream Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 requesting minor’s name be changed to Aiden Benjamin Erskine for reasons set forth therein.

2019-050 – Estate of NICHOLAS GENE PALMER. Adult of Solon Me 04979. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Nicholas Gene Palmer, 783 Hole in the Wall Road, Solon, Me 04979 requesting his name be changed to Nicholas Gene Pooler for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: March 11, 2019 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate

I’M JUST CURIOUS: How about some word puzzles?

by Debbie Walker

Recently I was given a 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac magazine that was prepared for Boy’s Town and their 100th year. It is done in a monthly manner. It is a nice “read;” I felt lucky to have been given one. And I decided to share the “Puzzle of the Month” with you and hope that you will enjoy it. The answers will be in The Town Line’s edition next week. So, we move on:

January: Soon as I’m made, I’m sought with care, for one whole year consulted. That time elapsed, I’m thrown aside, neglected and insulted. What am I?

February: What’s that in the fire, and not in the flame? What’s that in the master, and not in the dame? What’s that in the courtier, and not in the clown? What’s that in country, and not in the town? What am I?

March: I am composed of four letters. My first’s in a fish, but not in an owl. My second’s in shad, but not in a fowl. My third’s in a crab, but not in a quail. My fourth’s in a mackerel, but not in its tail. My whole is a thing that it pays to hoe well.

April: A motorcar is three times as old as its tires were when it was as the tires are now. When its tires are as old as the car is now, the car will be a year older than the tires are now. What are the present ages of cars and tires?

May: Often we are covered with wisdom and wit, and oft with a cloth where the dinner guests sit; in beauty around you and over your head, we are countless, though numbered when bound to be read.

June: What key is the hardest to turn?

July: What is the longest word in the English language?

August: A dealer ordered a picture 12 inches by 18 inches to be framed so that it would cover just twice its former wall space, the frame to be of uniform width. How wide should the frame be?

September: Name a bird whose name contains the name of another bird.

October: What word of six letters contains seven words, besides itself, without transposing?

November: This word is both an adjective and the name of a flower.

December: I move incessant to and fro, obedient to Moon and Sun, but though I serve both high and low, all wait on me, I wait on none.

I hope you enjoy! Let’s be good now and not get on the computer looking for answers. Try saving it for a snowy day activity. You know you are good for a couple more before winter is done with you.

I will continue here in sunny Florida. The people here are cleaning up their little “winter” reminders. My daughter and her hubby got out their kayaks to spring clean them Sunday. I see a river trip coming up for them soon.

My activities are somewhat limited as I work on getting rid of bronchitis. I don’t feel really bad but that cough…yuck!

I am just curious how many of you are going to jump right into that little game. Remember, no cheating! Answers in our next edition. Please contact me at with any comments or questions!

REVIEW POTPOURRI: A live link from London’s Barbican Centre

Peter Catesby Peter Cates

A live link from London’s Barbican Centre

Bernard Haitink

A live link from London’s Barbican Centre that I watched this past Sunday, March 10, 2019, and available on YouTube until June 10, 2019; this includes two intermission features from host Rachel Leach.

Live: Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22 (with pianist Till Fellner) and Bruck­ner Sym­phony No. 4 – Lon­don Sym­phony Orchestra under the direction of Bernard Haitink .

World-renowned conductor Bernard Haitink celebrated his 90th birthday on March 4, and, with guest-conducting engagements scheduled over the next several weeks, verifying that he remains at the top of his game being a consistently fine interpreter, as he’s been for the last 60 or more years, of a wide range of symphonic music.

Till Fellner

The Mozart and Bruckner have the glistening freshness of someone discovering this music for the first time. I have an earlier home-recorded cassette of the Maestro’s mid-’80s Boston Symphony 22nd PC with Alicia di Larrocha, while my first Bruckner 4th was his 1960s LP. These earlier performances prove his commitment to glistening freshness, even though, being human, he can’t achieve it every time. I have some examples of when he can be dull.

Nevertheless, this link is recommended for all fans of the conductor and for the mo­ments of so many people showing their love and consideration for him.

I offer a few examples of his extensive recorded legacy, including his 25-plus years as music director of the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam:

Brahms 2nd Piano Concerto with Claudio Arrau.

First Mahler 9th Symphony.

First Richard Strauss Heldenleben.

And London Philharmonic Beethoven 2nd and 9th Symphonies; and Shostakovich Leningrad and 10th Symphonies.

Beane receives a scholarship from Husson University

Husson University announced today that Fairfield, ME resident, Mallory Beane, will receive a $3,000 Provost’s Leadership Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Beane is a first-year student who is currently enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science/Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Michelle Boyer inducted in Whitefield Lions

From left to right, Barry Tibbetts, Michelle Boyer, first vice president Donna Brooks. (Contributed photo)

Michelle Boyer, of Augusta, was inducted into the Whitefield Lions Club on March 14 at the regular meeting held at the Lions Den, in Coopers Mills. The induction ceremony was performed by First Vice President, Lion Donna Brooks, of Jefferson. Boyer is sponsored by Lion Barry Tibbetts, of Whitefield. To learn more about the Whitefield Lions Club call Whitefield Lions Club President, Kim Haskell at 446-2545.

Shakespeare presented by homeschoolers

Contributed photo

Southern Maine Association of Shakespearean Homeschoolers (SMASH) presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare. It will be performed in historic Cumston Hall at Monmouth Theater on Thursday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m., and a matinee Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, please visit

Fairfield announces facade improvement plan

Downtown Fairfield. (Contributed photo)

The town of Fairfield has launched a new program to enhance the economic vitality and character of the town’s commercial districts. The Fairfield Façade Improvement and Marketing Assistance Program (FIMAP) allocates financial incentives for the renovation, restoration, and preservation of privately-owned business exteriors within the Town of Fairfield, as well as for marketing assistance to stimulate commerce.

The aesthetics of a community and its neighborhoods are a key factor in visitors’ decisions to live, work, and shop in a municipality. By providing grants or forgivable loans for up to 50 percent of the cost of façade improvement and marketing projects, the Town of Fair­field in­tends to leverage its historical and commercial assets.

“Place-based economics are a driving force behind vibrant municipalities in the 21st century,” states Garvan D. Donegan, director of planning and economic development at Central Maine Growth Council. “A high quality of place attracts investment, residents, and visitors, making FIMAP an important opportunity to realize the full potential of Fairfield’s commercial properties, in­cluding historical facilities in the down­town district.”

The competitive application process, reviewed by Fai­field’s Economic and Com­m­nity Develop­ment Advisory Commit­tee, offers two project tracks: façade improvement and marketing assistance. Within the façade improvement track, high-priority projects include, but are not limited to: preservation and restoration of original and/or historical facades; removal of “modern”, non-historic alterations or additions to original facades; repair or replacement of windows, doors, and trim; and the addition of signage or awnings. Within the marketing assistance track, eligible projects include, but are not limited to, branding, digital and/or print advertisement, and signage, and applicants must provide a long-term marketing strategy.

Successful proposals will generate significant economic and community development impact. “The Advisory Committee will prioritize projects which strongly contribute to the revitalization of our downtown district, to the restoration of our historic resources, and to job creation,” explains Michelle Flewelling, Fairfield Town Manager.

Eligible projects may apply for $3,000 to $25,000 in funding. The Façade Improvement and Marketing Assistance Program is funded by Fairfield Tax Increment Financing (TIF) revenues. Interested applicants may access a FIMAP application at here or by contacting Central Maine Growth Council.

The Economic and Community Development Advisory Committee is a “citizens” committee with open membership to all Fairfield residents, business owners, and educators who have a vested interest in community development. Meetings are open to the public, and the committee typically meets monthly at the Fairfield Community Center; go to Fairfield’s online calendar of events for a meeting schedule.

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Bigger, bolder, more aggressive coyotes destined for Maine

Eastern coyote (Photo: Anne Fraser)

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

A friend of The Town Line sent an email to me last week asking about what appears to be an increase in the number of sightings of coyotes in the China/Vassalboro vicinity. She noted a reported deer kill on China Lake and one that had been hit by a car on Lakeview Drive, in China.

If you like old western cowboy films, you always have a scene where the trail hands, or the outlaws planning their next bank heist, are camping out at night, while listening to the coyotes barking nearby. Or, as I have experienced, been out in the wilderness on a fishing trip, and hearing the coyotes off in the distance, while we sit around an evening campfire.

We have visited with coyotes before, but it may be time to take another look at the distribution of this predator.

First of all, let me say there are an estimated 15,000 coyotes in the state of Maine, according to Wally Jakubas, the leader in mammal studies for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. There have been sightings of coyotes in both urban and rural areas, in all parts of the state.

In the urban areas they tend to hunt smaller game, such as rabbits, mice, woodchucks, beavers, squirrels and birds. But coyotes are also scavengers and will seek out garbage, garden crops, livestock and poultry. Even pet food left outside.

The Eastern coyote has long been recognized by state biologists as a coyote-wolf hybrid, first documented in Maine in the early 1900s. But, what sets the Maine coyotes apart from the others is that they are destined to become a bigger, bolder, more aggressive wolf-like animal and in time will pose a much greater risk to our deer population.

Roland Kays, a leading researcher of coyote DNA at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has said the Eastern coyote found in Maine is becoming more like a wolf, as natural selection favors the dominant wolf genes that make it a bigger, more effective predator than its western counterpart.

Kay says the Eastern coyote has about eight percent wolf DNA, and that percentage will increase over time. Although inevitable, the process will take some time, and that it could be another century before the coyote will look much different than it does today.

Genetic evidence suggests it happened when the wolf population in the Great Lakes region was at its lowest point when they were heavily hunted and killed. So, basically, some wolf female came into heat and couldn’t find a wolf, so they did the next best thing: breed with a coyote.

The skull, therefore, is bigger and wider, which allows them more room in their jaw muscles. With that, they can take down much larger prey.

The Eastern coyote has colonized rapidly in the last 50 years. In the 1960s, there were approximately 500 of the animals in Maine, as compared to an estimated 15,000 today.

Even though it is believed an adult Eastern coyote still can’t kill the largest white-tailed deer, there is a consensus among hunters that this is not true. Registered Maine Guide Paul Laney, who hunts coyotes in Washington County, claims he has seen a coyote take down a buck.

They like to hunt deer in the winter when snow depths restrict the movement of the deer herd. The state, in the meantime, has instituted an aggressive campaign to protect the deer population, estimated to be at 200,000 since the 1980s, from coyotes. That includes a year-round coyote hunt with no bag limit. However, according to many who hunt coyotes, they are the most challenging animals to outwit. Despite that, the effort to protect the deer herd is working. Maine Guides believe the deer population would be in grave danger if the coyotes were left unchecked in the forest.

In a town in eastern Maine, they hold an annual coyote hunting contest. The results are undeniable. In the winter of 2009-10, there were 84 coyotes tagged by hunters in the contest and 55 deer tagged the following fall. By the winter of 2014-15, 136 coyotes were tagged, and 141 deer tagged the following fall. By thinning out the coyotes, the deer herd increased in population.

It is important to protect the deer herd as it contributes largely to the Maine economy. In 2013, more than 84 percent of all who hunt pursued the white-tailed deer. According to a survey commissioned by the state of Maine, the hunting that year provided a total economic contribution to the state’s coffers of $101 million.

All animals have a place in our ecology, but it is also important for man to sometimes intervene in the balance.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

In 2010, what Red Sox rookie became the only player in AL history to hit a grand slam home run on the first pitch of his first major league at bat of his career.

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s trivia question for Thursday, March 21, 2019

In 2010, what Red Sox rookie became the only player in AL history to hit a grand slam home run on the first pitch of his first major league at bat of his career?


Daniel Nava.