Albion book group to hold first meeting; library receives shipment of new books

“Let’s Talk About It,” a book group sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, February 14, at 6 p.m. If you are interested in joining, they still have a few openings.

Albion Public Library

The library has several new additions to the book shelves.

In the children’s area we have:

My Journey to the Stars, by Scott Kelly;
They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel.
Earmuffs for Everyone (How Chester Greenwood became known as the Inventor of Earmuffs), by Meghan McCarthy.

For the Adults:

We Band of Angels (The story of the American women trapped on Bataan), by Elizabeth Norman
Quakeland (On the Road to America’s next devastating earthquake), by Kathryn Miles.
Tom Clancy’s Duty & Honor (a Jack Ryan, Jr. novel), by Grant Blackwook.
Like Melvin, by Jonathan Yars (Jonathan Yars is a pen name for Albion’s own Kyle Keenan)

AUDIO: Destiny of the Republic (a tale of Madness, Medicine and the murder of a President).

New books at Albion Public Library

Non-fiction:

Anthology of Vassalboro Tales, by Esther Bernhardt and Vicki Schad
More Than a Train Yard and Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Brownville Division, 1886-1963, by Kenneth Hatchette
Carnival Glass, 11th Edition, by Mike Carvile.

Fiction:

The Dog Master, by W. Bruce Cameron
The Train to Crystal City, by Jan Jarboe Russell.
The Land of Painted Caves, by Jean M. Auel.

Juvenile Fiction:

The Demigod Diaries, by Rick Reardon.

Historic presence of alewives in China Lake’s Outlet Stream reconfirmed

Original letters written by Stacy Blish and others, of Vassalborough, in 1799, submitted to the Massachusetts legislature. The decision of the governing body sealed the fate of the stream for more than 200 years, as numerous mills and factories were located along the banks of Mile Stream and little attention paid to its ecological health or fisheries. Photo of the letters from the State Archives, in Boston.

Submitted by Landis Hudson, executive director Maine Rivers.

Documents recently found in Massachusetts Archives have shed light on the early history of China Lake’s Outlet Stream, reconfirming the historic presence of native alewives. Petitions and letters, signed and dated from 1798 and 1799, state that alewives were known to make their way up the stream to China Lake, but the presence of sawmills and grist mills prevented the migratory fish from completing their journey to spawning areas. The letters and petitions were written requesting that the Outlet Stream be exempted from fish passage laws to allow water-powered industries to flourish.

As was typical for the colonial period, smaller waterways like Outlet Stream were harnessed for power first because their flows were easier to control. Later, as the technology advanced, dams were built on larger rivers, like the former Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, first built in 1837.

Letters and petitions from residents along the Outlet Stream were submitted in response to fish passage laws enacted in Massachusetts requiring dam owners to provide fish passage, due to local concerns about the declining populations of migratory fish, notably salmon, shad and alewives. In 1797, just one year before the residents along Outlet Stream sent in their letters and petitions, a law was passed requiring fish passage in Cumberland and Lincoln Counties. Maine was then a part of Massachusetts; records from this period can be found in Massachusetts State Archives, in Boston.

One letter written by Stacy Blish in January 1799 states:

“Stacy Blish, of Vassalborough, in the County of Lincoln, of lawfull age testify and say that I have lived near a Stream called Mile brook which empties itself into Sebasticook river for eighteen years last past that before any mills were built on said Stream Alewives used to pass up said Stream into a pond out of which it flows but no Salmon or Shad ever frequented it and for fifteen years last past since mills have been erected on it no alewives have been known to pass up into the pond.”

Another petition signed by 40 individuals noted, “the carrying on and Improvements of those Mills Are the principle if not the only means upon which a large number of respectable and industrious citizens depend on for acquiring property… That formerly the fish called Alewives (only) used to pass up said stream but for more than ten years None have been seen to pass up said stream…”

The letters and petitions were successful and resulted in the passage of a law titled, “An Act Exempting Mile Stream in the Towns of Vassalborough, Winslow and Harlem from the Operations of All Laws Regulating the Salmon Shad and Alewife Fisheries in Said Towns.” This act sealed the fate of the stream for more than 200 years, as numerous mills and factories were located along its banks and little attention paid to its ecological health or fisheries.

Albion Days activities

In celebration of the 70th year of Albion Fire-Rescue and Yeaton’s Service & Supply, this year’s Field Day will be bigger and better than ever!

The festivities kick off on Thursday evening, July 27, with the Queens Contest at the Albion Elementary School from 7 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m.

They’re bringing back the Street Dance this year! In keeping with tradition, it will be held on Friday night, July 28, before Field Day. It won’t actually be in the street, it will be in the field adjacent to the Albion Fire Station. The Whiskey Sour Band – country with an edge – will be performing live from 6 – 9 p.m. All are welcome. Free admission. No alcohol or pets.

Saturday’s events kick off with the Fun Run behind the elementary school at 9 a.m., followed by a parade starting on the Hussey Road and proceeding down Main Street at 10 a.m. Events in the Field Day Field begin following the parade at 11 a.m., behind the Besse Building. There will be food available for purchase (chicken BBQ, fresh-cut French fries, hot dogs, baked goods, snow cones, and more), children’s activities – including a bounce house, dunk tank and petting zoo, the Lions Club auction, raffle and flea market, a K-9 Demo by Maine State Police, two shows by Tickles the Clown, and more! All are welcome! Join them for this fun, family-friendly event that brings the whole community together! Free admission. No alcohol or pets throughout the festivities.

Local residents receive bachelor’s degrees at WPI

On Saturday, May 13, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, in Worcester, Massachusetts, over 1,000 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 149th commencement ceremony.

Julia Pershken, of Albion, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering with distinction.

Mikayla Bolduc, of Skowhegan, was awarded a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering.

Julia Pershken claims women’s rowing postseason honors

Julia Pershken, of Albion, claimed women’s rowing postseason honors from the NERC or NIRC, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

New books at Albion library

The following new books are now available at the Albion Public Library:

New books about Benedict Arnold’s capture of Fort Ticonderoga, on Lake Champlain, and his trip up the Kennebec River, to Québec City. Benedict Arnold’s Navy, by James Nelson; Voices from a Wilderness Expedition, by Stephen Darley. Through a Howling Wilderness, by Thomas Desjardin.

Also, Lost Villages of Flagstaff Lake, by Alan Burnell and Kenny Wing; The One-in-a-Million Boy, by Monica Wood; The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, by Christopher Scotton; Mayflower, by Nathanial Philbrick; Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible, by Douglas Rooks; and Hey Ranger!, by Jim Burnett.

 

Albion News: Albion Lions to host fishing derby

The Albion Lions Club is sponsoring the 5th annual ice fishing derby on Lovejoy Pond. This will be held on Saturday, February 18, (Free Maine Fishing Day) at Roy Fuller’s camp on Marden Shore. There will be ice fishing demonstrations throughout the day, food, beverages, raffles.

Entry tickets will be on sale until noon. The tickets are $3/person for weighing one fish (ticket must be presented when weighing in a fish). Fish weigh-in will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Derby ends at 4 p.m.).

Prizes for Bass, White & Yellow Perch, and Pickerel will be awarded in two categories: 15 years and under and 16 years and older. Prizes are $50 cash, $50 gift certificates, and handmade plaque per category. $25 cash prize for the smallest fish.

Raffle winners will be drawn and announced at the end of the day.

Bring the family and come join the fun on Lovejoy Pond! Just follow the signs.

Letters to the editor, Week of January 12, 2017

Thanks to supporters

To the editor:

The Albion Lions Club thanks all area citizens for their support in the 27th annual Christmas Giving Tree Project. Your generous support enabled the club to help 25 Albion families and their 69 children with gifts of clothing, books and toys. Special thanks go to the Albion Corner Store, Albion Mini Mart, Albion Post Office, Albion Town Office, Central Maine Pharmacy, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, and Yeaton Service & Supply.

On behalf of the Lions and the children who received the gifts we sincerely say thank you and may you all have a wonderful new year.

The Albion Lions Club

Albion News: New books at Albion library

New books that recently arrived at the Albion Library include:

Maine Authors: Ghost Buck, by Dean Bennett; and Maine Sporting Camps, by George Smith.
Children’s: Finding Winnie, by Lindsey Mattick.
Adult: A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman; The Farm, by Tom Rob Smith; Driving Heat, by Richard Castle; and Warrior in the Shadows, by Marcus Wynne.