SOLON & BEYOND: 4-H’ers active over holidays

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on December 8, with Cooper Dellarma presiding. There were 20 members, three leaders and ten visitors present.

The club is doing a Christmas dinner for a family and it will be delivered on December 19.

East Madison Grange has invited three 4-H members to come and do demonstrations and talk on 4-H. This will be done in the spring.

A craft project using mason jars was done by the members. After awards, a gift enjoyed and refreshments were served.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 12, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station. Debra Kantor, extension educator will present officers training to the members.

Received the following e-mail from Linda French: We will not be moving the thrift shop and food cupboard to the location on South Main Street, in Solon, as we couldn’t come to an agreement with the owner of the property. The food cupboard will remain in operation at the old location on Pleasant Street. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the second and fourth weeks of the month. December hours will be different because of the holiday. They will be open Dec. 13 and 14, and December 20 and 21. They will be giving out the Christmas dinners on the 20 and 21. They will also be selling a few winter items and Christmas decorations starting on the December 12. Call 643-2855 for info.

Received the following SWT E-News: First a story of great achievement! Entitled My Personal War on Knotweed. You may have recently noticed a bare spot along the river at SWT’s Kennebec Banks Rest Area, This area has become overgrown with an invasive plant called Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) or Mexican Bamboo. It is very hardy, can grow to ten feet tall, and chokes off native plants. The knotweed had grown so thick and high that it was blocking the view of the river.

On April 23, 2018, Earth Day, Somerset Woods Trustees held a Volunteer Clean Up Day and a crew tackled the knotweed patch resulting in two pickup truck loads of knotweed.

Returning two weeks later, spring was in full bloom and so was the knotweed! It had grown back to knee to waist high.

My knotweed war began! I hit it with the weed whacker. But this stuff is tough and when the string hit the stalk it was like hitting a branch. I used two spools of string. The knotweed grew again and came back thicker and stronger. People would walk by, see me cutting the knotweed and they would say “oh, good luck,” or use Round-Up, kerosene, vinegar,” or ” you are never going to win.”

Looking up another weapon that can be a little more selective I dug around in a corner of my garage and found an old weed whip. It works like swinging a golf club! Once a week the war continued; don’t even think of skipping a week!

After this summer routine, success was apparent. Wild parsnip appeared and other ground plants covered the bare earth but then inexplicably, someone dug them up! But, milkweed and other flowering plants have started to return. Next year, if the knotweed returns, maybe I’ll get a goat. (This interesting story was written by SWT Trustee, Tom Hendricks.) I can relate to the story, because I was plagued with the persistent plant at my house on Ferry Street, in Solon.

There will be a bag sale Dec. 12, 14 and 15 (Hours: Wed. 10 a.m – 12:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) at the Embden Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop. Small bags $1 and large bags $2 The Lending Library is open when the Thrift Shop is open.

And now for Percy’s memoir: There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. (words by O. S. Marden.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Local shelter hustling and bustling

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

There will be a Holiday Concert: Steel Drums, featuring “The Snow Pond Pantastics” on Saturday, December 8, at 4 p.m., at the Solon Congregational Church. Refreshments will be served. Admission by donation.

Was very pleased to receive an e-mail from Tim and Pat Hunt of the New Hope Evangelical Church telling what has been going on there. “The shelter there has been hustling and bustling all year. We are so thankful for our director, and our shelter manager and all the staff and volunteers who do such a great job here. God has provided through the prayers and the sacrifices of His wonderful people, and we are so thankful for His faithfulness. Thank you for your generosity and kindness to those women who are homeless and in need. You have helped bring comfort and healing to wounded souls. Most importantly, you have helped bring the message of hope and salvation to hearts prepared by the Holy Spirit to receive it.”

Pat and I have gotten involved with the Skowhegan Community Chorus, an area-wide group that performs several concerts a year. This fall some from the church and other good friends have joined us as well.

The church will be having its own Christmas program, A Simple Christmas Story, on Friday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. This story is interwoven throughout with music that will uplift and encourage you this Christmas season. Discover the promise that can be yours this Christmas!

The ladies at New Hope meet every two months for a Ladies Brunch for food, fellowship and a well planned program.

Another ministry to men, along with the monthly men’s breakfast, is the Man Cave, which usually meets every couple of weeks. The purpose of the Man Cave is for fellowship and addressing important topics concerning men.

We helped celebrate three of our granddaughters high school graduations this past spring. Elli, Zoe, and Abbie all graduated, and our oldest grandson, Gabe, just turned 20! He is a fulltime welder.

Most of our spare time in the summer was taken up with repairing our pool after a hard winter brought about its destruction, breaking the skimmer, crimping the wall, and cracking the liner. Then the pump had to be replaced. But we got it functioning again and spent a lot of time in it.

The Skowhegan Community Chorus will be performing at New Hope on Saturday, December 8, at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, Not by Chance or Happenstance: Into our lives come many things to break the dull routine… The things we had not planned or that happen unforeseen … The sudden, unplanned meeting that comes with sweet surprise And lights the heart with happiness like a rainbow in the skies. Now some folks call it fickle fate and some folks call it chance, While others just accept it as a pleasant happenstance. But no matter what you call it, it didn’t come without design, For all our lives are fashioned by the hand that is divine And every lucky happening and every lucky break Are little gifts from God above that are ours to freely take. (words by Helen Steiner Rice.) Another saying of hers is “Look Up” It’s easy to grow downhearted when nothing goes your way, It’s easy to be discouraged when you have a troublesome day, But trouble is only a challenge to spur you on to achive The best that God has to offer if you have the faith to believe.

SOLON & BEYOND: It’s always great to spend Thanksgiving with family

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Many thanks go out for the Embden Historical Society 2019 Program which Carol Dolan sent to me, (plus a note of appreciation for putting their news in this paper!) It means a lot.

The Embden Historical Society, Inc. 2018-2019 officers are president, Carol Dolan; vice president, Larry Witham; secretary, Mary Frear; treasurer, Bob Donovan. executive committee members are one-year term, Jim Lightbody, Sr., two-year term, Lois Erickson; and three-year term, Andy Davis.

There won’t be any meetings of the Embden Historical Society during January and February.

Received the following e-mail from Angie Stockwell with the subject being the Margaret Chase Smith Library Newsletter, November 2018:

Dear Readers, It’s difficult to believe the holiday season is upon us! Here’s to good food, good friends, and great family fun. And perhaps you can enjoy an interesting read about all that we’ve been up to. Admiral Nora Tyson spoke about leadership at the MCS Lecture at UMaine; National History Day was featured; a new MCS Scholar has been named; the Leeke Lecture addressed the relationship between Russia and the U.S.; nine high school students competed for the Senate Youth program scholarship; and Dr. Richards spoke to a group of “Loose Ladies.” Thought that might spark your interest!

The only news I have from Solon this week, is that Lief and I enjoyed, not one, but several Thanksgivings with our families. Peter and Sherry held their annual family Thanksgiving celebration the Sunday before Thanksgiving day, with 28 of us gathered together. And Mark and Karen had driven up from Florida, as they do every year, to attend this wonderful event filled with love and great food! (Every year, it seems to me, it is better than the year before!) They decorate their garage, (which I think Peter built large enough, looking forward to these Thanksgiving family get-togethers!) I can’t begin to describe what the theme was this year, but getting together with family members makes this mother, grandmother, great -grandmother’s heart sing.

On the actual Thanksgiving Day, Lief and I had been invited to go to his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Allen Fitzmaurice’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. But after a little while we got a call saying they had lost power, so we made plans to eat at a restaurant. Later in the afternoon, we went to their house and had dessert.

Lief’s son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Cheryl Bull had come up from Georgia and stayed with us on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The next morning we all got up and met Lief’s family at a restaurant for breakfast.

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving my daughter, Mary invited Lief and I over for a Thanksgiving supper, which was very good also. Lief has been on a diet, but with all that good food, he put on a few pounds!

In doing research, I have come across some, what I think are interesting facts about Solon…..and since I don’t have much recent news, I’m going to print them. The first rural mail route was started April 1, 1899. Mr. Dudley Healey was the carrier.

Mr. Will Soper owned the first automobile about 1905. It was a two cylinder Cadillac.

Solon-Embden bridge first opened to teams April 19, 1911. Ansel Stevens was the first to cross from Embden. Lifelet Cooley first to cross over to Embden about one o’clock.

And now for Percy’s memoir: (It is a saying that he used when he was alive, but for some reason I didn’t put the date down.) How To Live A Hundred Years Happily. 1. Do not be on the outlook for ill health. 2. Keep usefully at work. 3. Have a hobby. 4. Learn to be satisfied. 5. Keep on liking people. 6. Meet adversity valiantly. 7. Meet the little problems of life with decision. 8. Above all, maintain a good sense of humor, best done by saying something pleasant every time you get a chance. 9. Live and make the present hour pleasant and cheerful. Keep your mind out of the past, and keep it out of the future.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon elementary school Civil Rights Team gets underway

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends, Don’t worry, Be happy!

Thank – you to our veterans! The Solon Civil Rights Team has begun its work in our school this fall. Part of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, its mission is to teach our students the negative effects of biased behaviors.

The team advisers are Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Jillson. The team is made up of students in grades 4 – 5 who will organize activities for the school. These are the members this year: Kaylynn Clark, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Gavyn Easler, Emmy Golden, Cody James, Elijah Katz, Ella McKinnon, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Riley Pelkey, Macie Plourde, Jillian Robinson and William Rogers.

The Civil Rights Team is already hard at work! They ran a Halloween Dime Raffle in which they raised money to be used for T-shirts and for other team activities. They are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 5-16 to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard. On November 13, members of the group will attend the annual Civil Rights Team Conference at the University of Maine at Farmington. In addition to a Civil Rights Team, we have a Kind Kids Club made up of K-2 students and run by Mrs. LaChance. All of the K-2 students do activities to show kindness to their classmates, school staff members, their families, and community members.

On October 18 and 23 Solon students and staff participated in the Walking School Bus Program. This activity is part of our school wellness plan.

Students, staff and parents met at the Solon Thrift Shop each of those mornings by 7:20 a.m. and walked to school to promote exercise and fitness. When they got to school, our cook, Mrs. Lawrence, served everyone a delicious breakfast.

We hope to hold some more Walking School Bus activities in the spring.

Linda French has told me there will be more information about the move of the Solon Thrift Shop in the near future to share with you. But since I don’t have it yet, I’m going to write some long ago facts about the old Solon Methodist Church where it was located.

The Methodist Church building was built in 1859. It has some very heavy timbers in its construction and is representative of fine workmanship. It is said that some of the timbers were originally intended for buildings on French Hill, but Capt. Moses French saw the building of the church might be delayed and so did not hesitate to contribute timbers intended for his own purposes, and so made possible the completion of the church in 1859. The church was dedicated in 1860. This act of Capt. Moses French is one among a great many in which he so often manifested his great love of the church and its interests.

When Linda and I went upstairs that day I wrote about, we took especial time to look at the beautiful old memorial windows in that church. This information I am sharing with you today, came from information I found at the Solon Historical building. I found information on the memorial windows, there isn’t any date on the following: Memorial Windows In M. E. Church: “In Memoriam” Asa Fletcher, Elizabeth Fletcher, Jotham Williams and Augusta Colby Williams by their children. David Whipple 1861, Jacob Lowell 1845, Mercy J. Whipple 1870, Grace McFadden Lowell 1854, Heman Whipple 1898, Jane Lowell Whipple 1904 and Eleaser Whipple1858. Another one tells of In Memory of Sarah Kidder French, wife of Capt. Moses French, 1825- 1900. Capt. Moses French, Co. K, Second Maine Cavalry War, for the Union 1861-1865, By His Comrades.

And now for Percy’s memoirs, If Just One Soul: If just one soul has been enriched Because you trod this earth, Or if one doubting heart can trust And realize its worth, And turn to Christ Because you shared Your joy To ease his pain . You’ll know beyond doubt, You’ll not have lived in vain!

My hope is that all of you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Elementary announces honor roll, discusses attendance matters

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The First Quarter Honor Roll at Solon Elementary School is as follows: High Honors All A’s is Amelia Cooper, Katelyn DeLeonardsis, Kaitlyn Dellarma, William Rogers and Aaron Soosman. Honors – All A’s & B’s: Isabella Atwood, Karen Baker, Kaylynn Clark, Paul Craig, David Dixon, Gavyn Easler, Lane Frost, Cody James, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Nevaeh Palmer, Gavyn Perigo, Riley Pelkey, Macie Plourde, Jordynn Rishardson, Jillian Robinson, Annabell Roderick, Mylee Roderick, Kaitlyn Soucle and Fisher Tewksbury.

This year Solon Elementary School is implementing a Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. You will see posters with the behavioral expectations hanging all around the school. You will also see a large jar of pom-pons behind Mrs. Weese’s desk. Students receive pom-pons from staff members when they do a good job following the expectations. Our goal is to fill the jar and then enjoy a schoolwide reward.

On October 11, the Solon Fire department visited the school to do presentations about fire safety in conjunction with Fire Safety Week. Firemen Todd Dixon and Richard Kelly, of the Solon Fire department, talked to the students about how to keep safe in the event of a fire. The firefighters brought goodie bags for the students.

One of the things mentioned in this news letter was Attendance Matters! Do you consider letting your children stay home from school on Early Release Days? It’s only half a day. They won’t miss much learning time. Please think again! Early Release Days are four and a half hours long. A lot of learning happens in four and a half hours. If students miss school on one of these days, it will take a lot of time to make up the work they missed, either during recess time or at home. And they miss the advantage of their teacher’s instruction.

Please send your children to school every day, even on those shorter days. Attendance Matters!

And now for more news about our young people in this area. The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, November 10, with president, Cooper Dellarma presiding.

The club received the outstanding club award at County Achievement night. Laci Dickey received the outstanding secretary award; Autumn Ladd, the dog; Matt, the poultry; and Devyn Deleadis, the photograph awards. These awards were all county awards.

Several of the members attended the Swag workshop on Saturday afternoon.

The members voted to adopt a family at Christmas with a nice dinner. They also voted to have a Christmas Party at the next meeting.

Officers elected for next year were president, Cooper Dellarma; vice president, Hunter Soucer; secretary, Laci Dickey; assistant secretary, Desmond Robinson; treasurer, Devyn Delanardis, assistant treasurer, Jillian Robinson; reporter, Sarah Craig, flag bearers, Matt Ladd and Isabella Atwood; assistant flag bearers, Katilyn Delanardis and Kaitlin Dellarma.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, December 8, at 9:30 at the Solon Fire Station.

Hope you enjoyed reading about our young people, and all they are doing as much as I did….and thanks so very much to those who shared it with us.

Received the following e-mail, and again thanks so much for sharing! “Home Alone on Thanksgiving Day? Veterans? Just need a good, hearty meal? Join the Community United Methodist Church for Thankgiving dinner! No charge. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, at the North Anson Community United Methodist Church Community Room (disabled accessible) Doors open at 10a.m., with refreshments, games and conversation. Full Thanksgiving dinner served at 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Community United Methodist Church of North Anson/Madison Congregation.”

And now for Percy’s memoir: “The courage of working for something you believe in, day in and day out, year after year, can be difficult but holds the greatest rewards. Find your ideal… and follow it.” (words by V. Sukomlin.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Many craft fairs going on this time of year

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Don’t forget about the Solon Congregational Craft Fair on this Saturday, November, 10, at the Solon Elementary School from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Lots of these fairs going on at this time of year. There will be another one on Friday, November 9, put on by the Redington Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan, from 8 a.m.until 4 p.m., in the Main Lobby and the MOB (Medical Office Building lobby). There will be numerous vendors, holiday decorations, goodies, miscellaneous food items, handcrafted items: knit, crocheted, sewn, canned, painted, baked… list goes on. Jewelry, floral arrangements and more. There will be a raffle also.

The next Embden Historical Society event is scheduled for Monday, November 12, at 5:30 p.m., for a potluck meal; 6:30 p.m. business meeting and 7 p.m. Yankee Swap. Please bring a casserole or salad to pass and a $5 unisex gift wrapped and enjoy the good food, fun and fellowship. Plates, plasticware, yeast rolls, dessert and drinks will be provided.

The 2019 programs will be available to pass out at that time. Please come by to pick up yours.

The Embden Community Center will be hosting a complete Thanksgiving meal at 5 p.m., on Saturday, November 10. Donations will be welcome.

It was a sad day on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, when the doors closed at the old Solon Methodist Church as a Thrift Shop and Food Cupboard.

I went there on that day and walked in and asked Linda French, (who is my niece and knows me very well,) if I could ask one request? I could almost see her heart beating rapidly as I asked, but she calmly answered, “Yes, if you promise not to cry!” And then I followed Linda up that beautiful, ancient, old, curving stairway up to what was the worship area for many, many years…. and don’t tell Linda, but my eyes watered a bit on that trip! We stood and talked of some of our memories in that special old building. I had joined the Solon Congregational Church in that building over 60 years ago when we moved down from Flagstaff. When we moved, I had been given a letter from the Flagstaff Congregational Church, saying that I had been a member there.

And now for Percy’s memoir, (he died two years ago today):

Remember what’s Most Important…

It’s not having everything go right; it’s facing whatever goes wrong.
It’s not being without fear; it’s having the determination to go on in spite of it.
What is most important is not where you stand, but the direction you’re going in.
It’s more than never having bad moments; it’s knowing you are always bigger than the moment.
It’s believing you have already been given everything you need to handle life.
It’s not being able to rid the world of all its injustices; it’s being able to rise above them.
It’s the belief in your heart that there will always be more than bad in the world.
Remember to live just this one day and not add tomorrow’s troubles to today’s load.
Remember that every day ends and brings a new tomorrow full of exciting new things.
Love what you do, do the best you can, and always remember how much you are loved.

(words by Vickie M. Worsham.)

SOLON & BEYOND: News from Embden Community Center; thrift shop moves in Solon

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

This is one of those weeks when I only have one item of real news to share with you, and on top of that, it’s one of those rainy, foggy days we’ve had so many of lately! But don’t get down and discouraged and stop reading, this is some very important information about what’s going on in Embden at their Embden Community Center.

Their regular events are:

Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop/Lending Library, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Wed. and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

Suppers: 5 p.m., on the second Sat. each month, except December.

Country Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m., second and fourth Sunday, by donation.

Sewing class: 1 0 a.m. – noon on Wednesdays.

Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m., on Wednesdays. Come in and sign up, new members excepted.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 10:30-11:30 a.m., on Wednesdays.

Community Center meetings: 6:30 p.m., on Thursdays prior to the second Saturday Supper.

Yoga: 6:30 p.m. ( 1 hour). Bring your mat, etc., second Sat.

If you have any questions, contact Wayne at 474-1065.

They will be serving a Complete Thanksgiving meal starting at 5 p.m., on Saturday, November 10. Donations welcome.

My very many thanks go out to Carol Dolan for sharing the Embden news with us, she is one of my most faithful friends to do so!

Just a little more about the weather before I get to more pleasant things, and I hope I’m not stirring up some people by doing so! But I have a question for all you weather experts, “Do you believe that caterpillars can forecast what the weather is going to be like this winter?” Old time legends say it depends on how wide the stripe is on their back as to how much snow we will get this winter, the wider the stripe, means the more snow we will get……I sure hope that is not true, because I saw a pretty little fella recently that had a really long stripe covering his whole body, except for black on both ends of him!

I am so very sorry to tell you of this very sad news that I just received from Linda French, of Solon, who has been running the Solon Thrift Shop. On Saturday, October 31, 2018, will be the last day that it will be open at the old Methodist Church, on Pleasant Street, in Solon. (I’m going to have to read my cheerful words over again myself, I could cry after hearing that bad news! But there was nothing that could be done to keep it at that place on Pleasant Street. And so after about two weeks of moving all of the items to 46 South Main Street, in Solon, it will be opening again! I admire Linda’s courage immensely! Keep watch this column for more news.

Now I’m going to let Percy’s memoirs have more space this week, so you will be happier after reading them, from what I’ve heard, I think that’s why some of you read this column!! The following one comes from a book entitled, “Don’t Ever Give Up Your Dreams.” It’s natural to feel disappointed when things don’t go your way, It’s easy to think…”I can’t do it, so why try?” But no matter how scared you are of making a mistake or how discouraged you may become, never give up… because if you don’t try and if you don’t go after what you want in life , it won’t come to you, and you’ll be forced to accept things you know could be better… Success is not measured by whether you win or whether you fail— there’s always a little bit of success , even if things don’t go your way — What’s important is that you’ll feel better about yourself, for the simple reason that you tries. (words by Amanda Pierce)

SOLON & BEYOND: Ronald Brown returns home following another reunion with fellow veterans

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Ronald Brown recently returned home after attending a reunion of those he served in the Navy with. He served his country from 1962 until 1966. He went to Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illinois. His first duty station was in Maryland. His second duty station was school in San Diago, California. His third duty station was in Bremerton, Washington; UUS Reeves D L G -24. He went to Long Beach, California, which was also his home port for awhile. While he was in the service he earned his GED.

In 1965, he was sent to Vietnam where he served until he came home to Maine in 1966.

Ronnie has attended four of the Navy reunions at this time, but says he intends to try and go to them every time in the future. I asked if he meets any of those that he knew before, and he said he has met some.

Ronnie attended the first one in 2012. His brother Roger Brown went with him to Charleston, South Carolina, for that one. In 2014 Ronnie attended the ship reunion in Portland, Oregon. He went to the 2016 ship reunion in San Antonio, Texas. In 2018 Ronnie’s friend, Lester Chick, from Glouchester, Massachusetts. attended the ship reunion at Warwick, Rhode Island, with him this year.

The Selectmen have hired Linda Holloway, from Bingham, to be the new Town Deputy Treasurer. Linda started on October 19. Christie will remain Tax Collector/Clerk/Treasurer until January 1, 2019. Linda will take over as Treasurer on January 1, 2019, and Christie will be the Tax Collector/Clerk starting on January 1, 2019.

Also the Town Office will not be open on Tuesdays until the week of December 3. Between now and December 3, Christie and Linda will use the Tuesdays to better learn their jobs and how to use the various computer programs. The above e-mail was sent by Elaine Aloes, Solon selectman.

The Solon Pine Tree 4 – H Club reorganized for the new year on Saturday, October 13, with Cooper Dellarma presiding. Seventeen members signed up for the coming year.

Several members are planning to attend Somerset County Achievement night on Friday, October 26, at the Madison Grange Hall.

The Somerset County Leaders Association is planning a Holiday Swag work shop at the Extension office on Saturday, November 10, in the afternoon. Several members are planning to attend.

A 4-H family luncheon is being planned for Sunday, November 4 at the Solon Masonic Hall. This is potluck for the members and their families.

For a fun activity the members enjoyed painting white pumpkins which were donated by the Seavy Farm in North Anson.

Fresh cider and donuts were enjoyed by all.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, November 10, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station with election of officers.

The Solon Congregational Church will be having its Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Saturday, November 10, at the Solon Elementary School, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be a bake sale, basket raffles, crafts, and the kitchen will be open with breakfast and lunch items. The gym will be full of vendors, holiday goodies and much more! There will be a kids room where only kids are allowed. Children can buy gently used items as Christmas presents for parents and family. Wrapping and name tags included.

This event is hosted by the Solon Congregational Church. For anyone whishing to rent a space you may call 643-2180.

And now for Percy’s memoir:

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can. (words by Wesley.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Tax collector resigns to work in private sector

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The following e-mail was sent by chairman of the board of selectmen Elaine Aloes: Leslie Giroux has resigned as Tax Collector/Clerk as of October 1, 2018. She has gotten a full time job in the private sector.

“We thank Leslie for her six years as tax collector/clerk. She did a great job serving our community. It was a hard decision for her to leave the town office and we, the selectmen, very reluctantly accepted her resignation . We wish her well at her new job.”

The selectmen have appointed our treasurer, Christine Jablon, as our tax collector/clerk effective October 1, 2018. Christine will continue as the town treasurer for the time being.

They are conducting interviews for a new treasurer and will, hopefully, make a decision on October 10, on a new treasurer.

They have decided to revise the town office hours from October 8 to the end of the year. They decided to have the town office also open on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noonand 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This will give Christie more time to learn and adjust to her new job and to also train the new treasurer. Christie has only worked for the town since June of this year so she was still learning the treasurer’s job and had not yet done training for Leslie’s position. When Leslie informed she was leaving Christie started training for the tax collector/clerk position. Leslie will come in on Wednesday evenings for a while to help out.

They are planning on having a meeting with the budget committee on October 17 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this and some other issues with them.

The office hours for the selectmen are Mon-Wed-Fri. 8 a.m. to noon and 1p.m. to 4 p.m., Wed 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

The next Embden Historical Society meeting is Monday, October 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Town House (751 Cross Town Road). The program “Sandy River Rangeley Lakes Railroad,” by Tom Moore, is scheduled for 7 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments to follow.

The next Embden Community Center supper is scheduled for Saturday, October 13, at 5 p.m. Location is 797 Embden Pond Road (formerly Embden Elementary School). My continuing thanks to Carol Dolan for sharing the news with us.

Lief and I were in the large crowd that attended the bridge ceremony dedicated to Cpl. Eugene Cole, in Norridgewock, on Sunday. It was a very inspiring and well planned affair, and we were both glad we had attended it. The weather was cloudy and windy as we stood watching and listening to all the wonderful words spoken about this dedicated and special man. When the people started walking across the bridge, just dedicated, the sun came out in full force and it was beautiful!

I think by now, many of you must know that I grew up in Flagstaff. And I do have many fond memories of living there. The other day as I was going through old papers, I came across a very important looking certificate that stated: The United States Secret Service Treasury Department certifies that Marilyn Houston, a student at Flagstaff High School, has completed the Know your money – know your endorser course of study on this 7th day of February 1946, is now a member of the Secret Service Crime Prevention Club. It was signed by my teacher and the Chief U. S. Secret Service person at that time. I knew that Flagstaff gave me a good education, but I hadn’t realized it was way ahead of the times. I am sure that I am not still a member of the Secret Service!

And now for Percy’s memoir for this week: “Be Happy” Life’s a treasure cherish it, Enjoy everyone special you share it with. Be thankful for all you have and know. Be happy now before this minute goes. Time waits for no one, neither should you. Make the most out of life and all that you do. (found this saying on a small piece of paper, don’t know who wrote it…but it sounds like a good idea. Hope it makes your day!)

SOLON & BEYOND: Pine Tree Club, historical society news

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Pine Tree Club met on September 15 for the final meeting of the year. After the meeting everyone enjoyed a trip to pick apples at North Star Orchard.

On Sunday, September 23, 18 members, parents and leaders enjoyed a rafting trip from Solon to North Anson, Moxie Outdoors supplied the rafts and Kate Stevens was one of the guides.

Eleven members exhibited at four fairs this year and did a very good job at each fair. At Skowhegan State Fair the members got first on their educational exhibit on “How Does Your Garden Grow.”

The members are displaying some of their projects at the Coolidge Library in observance of National 4-H Club Week which is the first week of October.

On Saturday, October 13, the club will be reorganizing for next year at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station.

The Solon Congregational Church will be having a Harvest Supper on Saturday, October 20, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the Solon Masonic Hall.

Leslie Giroux has accepted a new job, so she has given up the position as Solon Municipal Clerk and Tax Collector; her last day was October 1. Selectmen have appointed Christy Jablon, of Embden, to replace her and she will run for the position at town meeting in March. The selectmen have been accepting applications and conducting interviews for a new treasurer.

The next Embden Historical Society meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 8, at the Embden Town house (751 Cross Town Road). There will be a brief business meeting at 6:30 p.m. and the program will be at 7 p.m. Tom Moore will be talking about the Sandy River Rangeley Lakes Railroad. Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

Solon Volunteer Fire Department and Auxiliary spaghetti dinner. Saturday, October 6, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Solon Elementary School. Get served by our firefighters! Free door prize!

This is from Solon Elementary School entitled: Attendance Matters! As the new year begins, we hope to see all our students set a goal to have a good rate of attendance. Unless students are ill or there is a family emergency, need to be in school. We ask that parents try to schedule routine doctor or dentist appointments after school hours and family vacations during school vacation weeks as often as possible.

If your child is ill or needs to miss school for an appointment or family emergency please contact Mrs. Weese so that we can log that day as an excused absences. If we don’t hear from you, we have to log the day as an unexcused absence. After seven unexcused absences, the state considers your child as truant. So please help us to document your child’s absences correctly.

After 18 absences ( 10 percent of the school days in a year) whether excused or unexcused, your child is considered chronically absent, in addition to MEA test scores, the percentage of chronically absent students in our school is a factor in whether the state decides that our school is making academic progress. Of course, sometimes students are out for extended illnesses, chronic health conditions or family emergencies, and those can’t be helped. So we are working to reduce the absences of our students for other reasons.

Punctuality is also a key to a successful school year. Our buses arrive between 7:20 and 7:40 in the morning. If you bring your child to school, please be sure that he or she arrives by 7:45 a.m. in order to be ready when teachers start their classes at 7:50 a.m. A student who arrives late misses important learning time. So let’s work together to make sure your child gets the maximum benefit from his/her school experience this year. Attendance matters! Thank-you for your cooperation.

And now for Percy’s memoir taken from a little book entitled, Good Advice for a Happy Life, and it says, “Rule Number 1 is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule Number 2 is, it’s all small stuff. And if you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.