SOLON & BEYOND: Another birthday passed; let’s talk about Solon school

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

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

Whewu-u-u! My birthday is finally behind me, and now I can go back to calling the number of years of my age, “Just a number!” And the occasion was celebrated on two different days. On Friday Dave and ‘Pete,’ (Eleanor) came up from Falmouth, Mary and Dave, from North Anson, and Peter and Sherry and Lief and me, from Solon, all got together for lunch and visiting at Griswold’s for lunch. Then on Sunday, Lief and I were invited to a birthday dinner at the home of my daughter, Mary and her husband David Walz, in North Anson. Others there to enjoy the scrumptious dinner were Peter, Sherry, Amanda, Mary J. and Zander. It was wonderful, with lots of special gifts and love shared, the only ones unable to attend were Mark and Karen who are still in Florida, but will be coming up to their summer home in Belgrade soon.

Now for some news from Solon Elementary School; In March the third graders participated in a coloring contest sponsored by the Elks for schools in this region. Out of about 100 students who took part in the contest, four of the six winners came from Solon Elementary School!

Second place winners were David Dixon and Riley Pelkey, who received certificates and checks for $50. Third place winners were Jillian Robinson and Elijah Katz, who received certificates and checks for $25. Congratulations to all the winners.

Third Quarter Honor Roll, All A’s are Katelyn Deleonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Gavyn Easler, Courtney Grunder,Machaon Pierce, Macie Plourde, Desmond Robinson, Jillian Robinson, William Rogers,Aaron Soosman and Ciarrah Whittemore.

All A’s & B’s: Gavin Atwood, Karen Baker, Delena Cabral, Charlie Golden, Emmy Golden, Teagan Goodwin, Riley Graham, Zackary Hemond, Veronica Hoffman, Cody James, Madyson McKenny, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Ciara Myers-Sleeper, Abby Parent, Riley Pelkey, Allison Pinkham, Cailan Priest, Thomas Roderick, Gerald Rollins, Brooks Sousa, Fisher Tewksbury and Braden Wheeler. Congratulations.

Happy Spring, Solon Elementary School’s Maine Night, will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 6 – 7 p.m. See the giant map of Maine, participate in fun Maine activities, enjoy Maine treats, receive take-home treats, receive take-homeome bags for kids, take a chance on the door prize. Don’t miss this evening of family fun.

Had a call from another person about the East Madison Grange 141st anniversary who read about it in last week’s column. This event will be open to the public on May 12 and the right time for the supper is 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.

Received an e-mail from the Somerset Woods Trustees about their most recent successful cleaning of the Kennebec Banks Rest Area that I have been putting information about the up-coming event. “Thanks to so many who came armed with rakes, chain saws, bags, gloves, shovels, and best of all, wonderful spirits to help us freshen up the Kennebec Banks Rest Area for the spring.

The property was raked clean, trash picked up from the picnic area to Coburn Park, two picnic tables repaired, a large patch of Japanese knotweed knocked down, the kiosk stained, and an invasive honeysuckle shrub removed.

Solon Town Treasurer Sharon Begin is moving and so that position will be open. For more information you may go to the town office and enquire about it.

And so for Percy’s memoir, I’m going to use a special birthday card I received called Ten Wonderful, Wacky Things to remember on Your Birthday, (Percy lived to the ripe old age of 17, old for a cat!) #10 Life is too short to wear pantyhose. #9 Pretending to be a normal person day after day is exhausting. #8 If you want rainbows, you gotta have rain. #7 Never get caught up in the thick of things. #6 Don’t play it safe; make waves…#5 Inches, ages, and sizes don’t tell you anything about the amazing woman inside. #4 Life is about how you handle Plan B. #3 Art does not have to match your sofa. #2 Always color outside the lines… And the #1, most important thing to remember: Age is nothing but a state of mind! (And so to all of you readers, who are my age or older, especially remember # 1!)

SOLON & BEYOND: Scams, corn beef suppers and grange 141st anniversary

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

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

My apologies that the bottle drive that was held last weekend at the Solon Fire Station was submitted too late for publishing. I have to receive news by Sunday to get it in on Thursday’s paper. I thank Aryke Coombs, very much. This is the second time I have received news from her, and I can’t begin to state how much that means to me.

Perhaps if you had some place where bottles could be dropped off at any time, that might help. If you think that would work, just let me know, and I will print it here.

Another thing I would like to bring up, since Lief got scammed we do not answer the phone unless you are leaving a message. (Being scammed is not something I wish to go through again, EVER!) As I have stated here more than once, I truly do appreciate hearing from you with any news that you have, that I can print. On one occasion, a person had e-mailed and I found it in my dump box so it never got printed, (my computer has a mind of its own! But…..) I try to forgive this machine when it brings me e-mails like the following one from G.G. Roberts. “Thank you so much for writing about our January soup and sandwich! Turnout was very light but your article brought some to us! Would you be able to include a notice in your column about the following?”

East Madison Grange is having a: corn beef and cabbage supper with all the Irish fixings on Saturday, May 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Grange. FMI contact G.G.Roberts, 730-0878.

And you are personally invited! Make yourself known to me and eat and enjoy us for free!

East Madison Grange 141st anniversary is Saturday, May 12, and the meeting is open to the public. Supper at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Surrounding granges and folks interested in Grange come to this party.

She writes that, “My information is that “everyone reads Marilyn.” (Such sweet words, and very much appreciated! Thank you, G.G.)

The following information will be of absolutely no use to women now-a-days but, I thought it might give some of you a good laugh. How to put on Your Back Lace Corset. Loosen lacings to full length, so that the spread is three or four inches across laces. Fasten front clasp and hooks below. Next pull corset over hips and set at waistline. Always fasten back supporters first, side supporters next, and front supporters loosely so that they will not pull garment down in front. Pull strongly and evenly on waist loops to set corset firmly at waistline. Pull evenly on lacers at hip loops, and tighten lacings until garment is comfortable. Tie at waistline. When finally adjusted, laces should be two or three inches apart. Tuck in lacing next to body. To take off corset, always loosen lacer at waist loop and hip loop. This relieves strain on front clasp, which helps keep garment in shape, as well as making it easier to remove.

Another really informative one on this little old yellowed card is, “How To Wash Your Rubber Reducing Corset.” This really precious, (to me anyway) little card , was in among some old papers that my brother Steve gave to me. Hope you enjoyed reading about the ‘Good Old Days’!

Now we mustn’t forget about Percy’s memoir entitled Extra Things. We thank Thee, God, for extra things You send along our way Both when our days are sunny bright And when our skies are gray. The little planned surprises dropped From Thy great, loving hand, Like unexpected showers on A parched and desert land. The meeting of an old friend, The lifting of a care, The sunlight breaking through the clouds To tell us You are there. Just why You do these extra things Our finite minds don’t know; It must be You delight in them Because You love us so! (words by Alice Hanche Mortenson.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Somerset County 4-H Leaders Association to hold auction, activities on May 5

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

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

Was very pleased to receive the following very interesting news about Somerset County 4-H Leader’s Association 2018. Officers for this are Eleanor Pooler, president; Sherry Grunder, vice president; Lori Swenson, secretary and Karen Cornell, treasurer.

Ted Blum 4-H Center

The Somerset County 4-H Leaders Association is holding a fundraising effort: a “Luck of the Draw” Auction on May 5, in Skowhegan.

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. Our 13 local Somerset County 4-H clubs and independent project volunteers/ members learn life skills and participate in community service activities. Research studies document that 4-H youth are more likely to go on to college than youth engaged in other out-of-school programs. We provide funds to enable youth to participate in programs like Engineering Day, the 4-H @ UMaine Conference, summer camps and various county educational activities along with awarding county scholarships to youth who attend college. In an effort to reach more youth, we are coordinating with local schools and teachers to establish afterschool programs.

Would you be so kind as to help by donating an item or gift card? Many people love gift certificates for services or fun events. We are collecting new items or gently used things; no used clothing please. Your cash donations may also be used to purchase gas cards, a popular item in the auction for much needed help to many local residents. Items may be dropped at the Skowhegan Cooperative Extension Office.

Your donation will help further the leadership skills developed and demonstrated by many youths participating in our county. We would love to acknowledge your contribution by listing your name or organization. The above letter was signed by Lori B. Swenson, Secretary, Somerset County Leaders Association, UMaine Extension Office, 7 County Drive, Skowhegan, Maine 04976. (207) 474-9622

Now for the monthly news from Solon’s Pine Tree 4-H Club from leader, Eleanor Pooler: The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met at the Solon Fire Station with three leaders, nine members and seven visitors in attendance.

Plans are being made for the club to do flowers for Mothers Day at the Solon Congregational Church. Several members are planning to attend to pass out the flowers.

The Somerset County Leaders Association is planning to have a “Luck of the Draw” auction on May 5 at the American Legion Hall, on Route 201, in Skowhegan. Anyone wanting more information can contact Eleanor Pooler at 643-2305.

Five members gave their demonstrations. This is something that members are asked to do each year.

After the meeting the members enjoyed doing a craft project. The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station.

Several columns ago, I shared a letter I received from the Somerset Woods Trustees. This is just a reminder that they would appreciate volunteers to help clear the Kennebec Banks Rest Area on April 22. Please bring whatever tools you may have to dig, cut, and trim. We should dig out the Japanese knotweed and honeysuckle. Please bring your gloves. We’ll supply the doughnuts and hot chocolates.

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled, “Life’s Adventure”:

Life is a great adventure,
Each day a new surprise,
So sweep the cobwebs from your heart,
And open up your eyes.
Sorrow flees the sunlight,
So throw the windows wide,
And watch the brightness flooding in,
Warm everything inside.
Life is a great adventure,
For those who would explore
The road winds upward and the wind
Taps lightly at the door.
And should the day be cloudy,
No reason to complain,
When trees along the avenue,
Are singing in the rain.
Life is a great adventure,
Each day that passes by.
A dazzling panorama
As broad as it is high.
Beyond all comprehension,
The wonder of the spheres,
When one by one the hours make
A ladder of the years.

(words by Grace E. Easley.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Invitation for bids out for road projects in Solon

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

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

Now for some news from the Solon Selectmen’s Office, from a statement given to me: You have been invited to bid on our 2018 Road Project. Project: repave Meeting House Road and South Solon Road. Bid deadline: April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Bids must be filed with the Town Clerk at the Solon Town Office in a sealed envelope with “Road Bid” written on it. If mailed, mail to PO Box 214, Solon, Maine 04979; 207-643-2541 or Fax 207-643-2864 and “Attention Selectmen – Road Bid.” If hand delivered, it must be in a sealed envelope with “Road Bid” written on the envelope. No bids will be accepted after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The job must be completed by October 1, 2018.

Bids will be opened and read aloud at the meeting of the selectmen at the Solon Town Office Conference Room on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. After consideration of all bids the selectmen will announce their decision. The selectmen reserve the right to waive all formalities and to accept or reject any or all bids.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any and or all bids.

The newly-elected selectman, Keith Gallagher, will be taking over the position of overseeing the Solon Transfer Station and Tree Growth. Kerry Evangelista is now on the planning board. There are openings for anyone interested on the Coolidge Library Board and planning board.

Several notices have been sent out for tax liens.

That seems to be all the real news I could gather up this week, always waiting for your e-mails and letters telling about what’s going on in your life to share.

Several times during the many years I have been writing for different papers, people have told me, “You should write a book!” The other day when I was going through some boxes I found an envelope with three little books, (3″ x 3″) that I had made out of folded paper and written stories in them, way back when I was a child in Flagstaff. The names of these books were, The Book of an Adventure, Pailsblue, A Book of the Color, and The Book of Adventures and Buckingbronkos. (As you can see, my spelling wasn’t the best way back then!)

The word buckingbronkos brought back many memories and wonderment that I’m still alive to tell the story! I grew up on a farm and one day two of my cousins and I were in a pig pen where there were also apple trees, (I figure we were after the nice juicy apples)….But ….the older cousin dared me to ride a great big fat old pig! He was certainly old enough to know better, but I never turned down a dare, and probably too young to know better. My two cousins caught the pig and proceeded to put me on his back. My short little legs were not long enough to reach very far around his big fat old body, and, of course, there were no reins. As I can remember, it was a very short rough ride until he bucked me off on a huge, hard rock! Maybe some day when I don’t have real news, I’ll share this little book with you, then I can say, it was published! (what do you say, Roland?) In my later years, I’ve wondered if maybe I hit my head on the rock and that is why I’m such a nut now??

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Sunshine: Come out into the sunlight, Heart of mine; Why linger in the shadows And repine! Winter’s snows can’t last forever, Neither pain; Oh, come out into the sunlight Once again! In the blue the birds were singing Up above; Throw away thy gloom and sadness All is love! Oh, come out into the sunshine, Soul of mine; Never wert thou made for darkness, Love is thine! (words by Ralph Spaulding Cushman.)

Lief and I went snowshoeing one beautiful bright sunshiny day recently and it was a great feeling to be out and about in such glory to behold!

SOLON & BEYOND: Annual inside sale planned, town in need of volunteers for youth sports

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

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

The Solon Congregational Church is once again hosting its annual Inside Sale, featuring a combination of crafters, venders and new/used sales (yard) sellers. Don’t miss out on reserving a space there this year. Lots of people look forward to getting out and shaking off the winter blues at this time of year! This event will be taking place on Saturday, April 28, at the Solon Elementary School. If you have questions you may call Jennifer Hebert at 643-2180 or 399-6510 or email at

Space reservations are mailed to: SCC PO Box 86, Solon, Maine 04979. Please make checks payable to: Solon Congregational Church. Thanks so much, Jennifer, for sharing this information.

Stopped in at the Solon Elementary School this morning to see if there was any newsletter out to share from there, but it wasn’t out yet. Teacher Terry Corson saw me there and told me some interesting news. On 98.1 Hous Skow Radio, the Solon Elementary School students will be reading poetry on the radio at different times.

I then went to the Solon Town Office to see if there was any news from there, and Leslie Giroux, who is involved in the Town Youth Program, said they need volunteers to help with the sports.

Have been trying to think about why I named this column, “Solon and Beyond” for the The Town Line? And if there was a matter of miles involved as to how far I could stretch this column for “Beyond?” Any way, I hope it takes in this exciting news, (for Lief, anyway). There will soon be a new shop, entitled, R C Destination at 415 Waterville Rd., in Norridgewock. Those of you who know Lief understand fully how much he is into airplanes and flying. This new shop will have, not just planes, but other items of interest as well. Lief had heard that the store in Oakland where he visited quite often for planes and parts had been sold, and there would be a new one starting up. This new one will be closer and we had been riding around quite a bit lately trying to find out where it was going to be. We got lucky one day last week and found it and the owner, Bob Gilcott at the new place of business that will be opening soon. Gilcott was very excited about this new venture he is undertaking. He plans on having other items as well as airplanes, I can’t wait to check it out! Will try and let you know when it is open for business.

Happyknits will be taking part in a display at the Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery from April 5 through 28 as part of an exhibit entitled “Reverence to the Thread.”

Happyknis will also be participating in “Paint the Town Blue” Child Abuse Prevention sponsored by KVCAP, in Skowhegan. To support this important effort, Happykits will be donating $1 for every skein of blue yarn purchased on “Wear Blue Day,” Friday, April 6.

Lief and I enjoyed a family supper with Ellwood and Judy Ellis, in China, on the night before Easter, followed by lots of good conversation on family history. Judy is one of Lief’s nine sisters.

On Easter day following the church service, we had been invited to dinner with Mary, Dave and family in North Anson. Another wonderful meal, shared with family, we are indeed, blessed.

And so now for Percy’s memoir:

To show joy is to show love,
To show love is to know God,
To know God is to do good,
To do good is to spread happiness.

(words by Caroline S. Kotowicz.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Local pastor undertakes mission trip to Uganda

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

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

Several columns ago I told you that Pastor Tim Hunt of the New Hope Evangelical Free Church, in Solon, was going on a mission trip to Uganda. He sent me a very interesting and inspiring letter telling about his trip and I take great pleasure in sharing it with you.

From Pastor Tim: ” We have all had “profound moments” in our lives. February 5 – 16, 2018, was one of those times for me. While our wives stayed home to shovel snow and tend the wood fires, three other pastors and I went on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. to encourage and minister to Ugandan pastors. It was an awesome time, a challenging time, a rewarding and fulfilling time. There were heart-wrenching moments, but there were times of fun and laughter, too. There was great fellowship as we four American pastors served together. Above all, it was a”God-moment” in time for each of us as our horizons were broadened and we saw the struggles, the joy, and the faith of our Ugandan brothers and sisters in Christ. I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you who supported me financially on this trip and who prayed for me and my colleagues as we ministered in that beautiful country. Here is a brief summary of what we did there.

On February 5, three pastors – Bob Emrich, Tom Brown, and I left Boston on an eight-hour flight to Amsterdam. There we connected with the fourth member of our team, Jerry Conklin, from Oregon, before another nine-hours to Entebbe, Uganda, where we stayed overnight in a brand new hotel. The next day, Wednesday, we traveled to our destination – the Kalungu District – which is just southwest of Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

Thursday and Friday we had Bible conference at Faith Bible School where each of us spoke for an hour session via a translator, with Q & A both days. Then in the evenings, we divided into two groups of two and had two one-hour Bible studies in two local churches nearby. It was impressive to that these Bible School students, after being in a conference all day, walked a mile to get two more hours of Bible teaching in the evening. These student-pastors are hungry to learn the Word of God.

Saturday was the first graduation of Faith Bible School. What a privilege to be there and experience and excitement of the nineteen students and their families as they received their diplomas! This was quite an achievement for them, as they also have to work long hours in their gardens just to feed their families.

Sunday the four of us went to different churches in the area. I was to go to one that was a half-hour drive away. I was to be picked up at 9:30 a.m. However, my ride never came. Just after 9:30 a.m., a small motorcycle arrived (with a live turkey tied to the back), and thinking this might be my ride I inquired. The driver declined. Forty minutes later my ride did come, and I had a great time ministering in Pastor Joel’s church for the remainder of the morning and early afternoon. Many of those in Uganda were amazed that we Americans would come all the way to Uganda to the poor countryside to teach them the word of God.”

In this letter that I received from Tim it goes on to tell of some of the other churches they visited on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, I found this one quite interesting: ‘Richard pastors a church where there are rural farms. We literally followed a cow path to the church location. Richard leaves home on his motor-cycle for Bible School at 5 AM, picks up student #2, then goes and picks up student #3 and travels for three hours (three men on a bike) to arrive at school by 8 a.m.’”

On Thursday they headed back to Kampala and ultimately home sweet home.

And so for Percy’s memoir:

May there always be work for your hands to do;
May your purse always hold a coin or two;
May the sun always shine on your windowpane;
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain;
May the hand of a friend always be near you;
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

(There wasn’t any name to say who wrote these words, but I hope they help you.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Week of March 22, 2018

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

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

Keystone Chapter #78, Order of the Eastern Star held its Installation of Officers on March 16, in Solon. The Installing Suite consisted of Rebecca Bibber PGM, Grand Treasurer, Installing Matron; Dale Hanington PGP, Installing Patron; Julienne B. Irving PGM, Installing Chaplain, Rebecca Johnson PGM, Installing Marshal; Marjorie Pfeiffer PGM, Installing Organist; and Beverly Noonan DDGM, Star Point Ceremony.

The installation ceremony started with the entrance of 2017 Officers. Opening of the Bible Lord’s Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem; Declaration of Opening, Presentation and Welcoming of Distinguished Guests, Remarks by Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron, Introduction of Installing Suite, Retirement of 2017 – 2018 Officers, Recess.

Entrance of 2018 – 2019 Officers, Prayer by Installing Chaplain, Roll Call and Obligation, Installation of Worthy Matron, Installation of Worthy Patron, Music, Installation of Elective Officers, Installation of Appointive Officers, Proclamation of Installation, Music,

Star Point Ceremony, Address of Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron, Remarks, Closing the Bible, Closing Ode: Let There be Peace on Earth, Mizpah Benediction, Declaration of Closing, Retirement of 2018 – 2019 Officers, Grace, Refreshments in the Banquet Hall.

Keystone Chapter #78 OES officers installed for 2018 – 2019 are Worthy Matron, Eleanor Pooler PM, Worthy Patron, James A. Owens PGP; Associate Matron, Kathleen Perkins PM; Associate Patron, Rance Pooler PP; Secretary, William Merrill PP; Treasurer, Elaine Jillson PM; Conductress, Jean Morang; Associate Conductress, Midge Pomelow PM; Chaplain, Robert Ward PP; Marshal, Timothy Pomelow; PP; Organist, Douglas Drown; Adah, Charley Durgin; Ruth, Donalie Burbank; Esther, Barbara Merrill PM; Martha, Mary Thomas PM; Electa, Fred Toneatti; Warder, Roland Morang; and Sentinel, Neil Hunnewell PP.

Charity….Solon Food Cupboard, Colors….green and purple, flower, purple lilac and Cheer…Eleanor Pooler…643-2305.

Stated meetings are the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Recessed in July and August. The April 5, 2018, meeting is past and present grand representatives.

There will be an Easter party on Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Solon Fire Station. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance, and there will be snacks, games, and face painting. There will be an Easter basket raffle. This party is being hosted by the Solon Fire Auxiliary. My many thanks to Aryke Coombs for sharing this information with us.

My deadline is fast approaching. I started this column last night (and should have finished it then, because this morning has been rather hectic.) Tonight is painting night at Showhegan Adult Ed and I need to get ready for that! Sometimes the days just aren’t long enough! Thirteen people signed up for the painting club this session, many of the regulars and some new ones also, we have lots of fun, and the talent in that room is amazing!

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled, Kindness: Kindness that portrays A love that will endure, Kindness that reveals A hope that’s strong and sure. Kindness that exchanges Faith enough for today, Kindness that remembers A child along the way. Kindness won my heart, Such kindness born of love, Kindness that gave all And comes from God above. And may I learn from Him Such kindness to impart, Strength and grace and faith, To another lonely heart. (words by Elizabeth E.S. Williams.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Somerset Wood Trustees to celebrate Earth Day

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

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

Received an e-mail from the Somerset Woods Trustees with an invitation: “Will you join Somerset Woods Trustees to celebrate Mother Earth on Earth Day?”

One way to celebrate Earth Day is to spruce up the Kennebec Banks Rest Area for spring. The trustees own and operate the rest area, an attractive, welcoming gateway to Skowhegan on the banks of the Kennebec River.

Many friends and visitors enjoy the covered picnic tables while enjoying the view of the mighty Kennebec. It’s the same view that Benedict Arnold’s soldiers saw on their way to Quebec City on a cold October autumn of 1775 as they prepared to portage over the falls.

They supply contractor bags to pick up trash, stain for the kiosk, and tools to attack invasive plants. All you need is to bring gloves. They’ll supply the doughnuts and hot chocolate. The date is April 22, 1 – 3 p.m.

For more information, please contact Nancy at with any questions.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on March 10 for their fifth meeting with Cooper Delarma presiding. The members voted to donate a theme basket to the Somerset County Leaders Association Luck of the Draw Auction, to be held on May 5 at the American Legion Hall on Route 201, in Skowhegan.

Several members did their demonstrations. The rest of the members will give theirs at the April meeting.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 14, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station.

Because of the big storm last week, we were unable to pick up and deliver The Town Line papers until Saturday…. and speaking of all the snow… I’m not going to tell you what year it was, because perhaps Peter would not like you to know how old he is! Anyway, when Flagstaff was flooded out, many of us in the Rogers families moved to Solon, and Frank and I had purchased the Barney Wooster farm on the Solon River Road. Our first son Mark was born in Flagstaff, and David was born in April after we moved to Solon.

Then two years later Peter was due on March 7, and along came that BIG blizzard…. we were snowed in and they were not able to plow the River Road for awhile, but then, knowing there was a pregnant woman about to give birth on that road, they were able to plow as far as our house, and I was never so happy to see anyone in my life! But……the story continues: We had an old 1925 Studebaker car that was tired on the night I needed to get to Farmington Hospital, and Frank had to stay with Mark and Dave so we had a problem! But, one of those miracles happened, the doctor that I had was in North Anson, and he said he would be over to pick me up.

It was in the dark of night and the roads weren’t the best, and I really needed to get to the hospital, and I did feel better that at least I had a doctor in the car! It was a very cold night also, and over on the Anson Valley Road we came upon a very drunk man who definitely needed a ride, and so we picked him up and continued on our way!

It wasn’t too long after we got to the hospital when Peter entered the world, all nine-plus pounds of him and I welcomed him with open arms!

It seems to me that quite often we get a big storm around March 7 and it always brings back memories of days gone by, my apologies if I bored you with one of my stories.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, The Joy of Unselfish Giving:

Time is not measured by the years that you live
But by the deeds that you do and the joy that you give–
And each day as it comes brings a chance to each one
To love to the fullest, leaving nothing undone
That would brighten the life or lighten the load
Of some weary traveler lost on Life’s Road —
So what does it matter how long we may live
If as long as we live we unselfishly give.

(words by Helen Steiner Rice) She is my favorite poetry writer.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon town meeting one of shortest in memory

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

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

The Annual Solon town meeting was held at the Solon Elementary School on March 3, with voting for candidates for officers in the morning. One hundred residents got out to vote and those returned to their positions were Leslie Giroux, Town Clerk/Tax Collector and Robert Lindblom, RSU #74 Director. Gary Bishop was elected Road Commissioner and Keith Gallagher as the new selectman, taking Mary Lou Ridley’s position, (she was retiring). Mike Foster has also retired as road commissioner, after doing a good job for six years.

Elaine Aloes, first selectman, presented Foster with a plaque for his six years of service to the town. Elaine also presented a plaque to Mary Lou for her many years in the position of selectman. The Solon Fire Department was presented with the Spirit of America Award by Mary Lou.

Was unable to find out how many attended the meeting in the afternoon which started at 1:30 p.m., with Peter Mills as the moderator.

The 27 articles on the town meeting warrant were voted on and approved in one hour, with very little discussion. It was the shortest town meeting I have ever attended.

Eleanor Pooler thanks all those who purchased food and attended the 4-H sponsored dinner on town meeting day. She said $208 was taken in on the food sale and will be given to the food cupboard. She was very pleased that more people attended the dinner this year, there were 32 in attendance.

There will be an open installation of Keystone Chapter #78 Order of the Eastern Star of Solon, Installation of Officers on Friday, March 16, at the Masonic Hall in Solon.

Beginning on Tuesday, March 6, and continuing all the way through May, Mary Lou Ridley will be hosting Knit Night from 5-8 p.m., at Happynits. Grab that UFO and come on in for a fun time. Oh, and of course, there’s no charge!

That is all the real news I could gather up this week, with this privacy thing no one wants their names and activities in print anymore. I have some of the old, old clippings from when I was writing years ago and there were many very long accounts of who visited who and where they had been. The times, they have changed! Had been writing about some of the things Lief and I have been doing, but didn’t want to bore you this week. But… I can’t help stating that I would love to hear from you with what has been going on in your lives!

And so, for Percy’s memoir I’m going to write some more of the Ten Commandments for good manners. Thou shalt not criticize: A person with good manners is above criticzing others or complaining about circumstances. Negativity in any form is to be avoided. If you hear gossip, don’t join in, be indifferent to it.

If you disagree with others, do so respectfully. Don’t verbally attack or condemn them. You may win the argument, but lose a valued friend.

Thou shalt be punctual: Appreciate the value of time, yours and others. If you make an appointment, arrive on time. If you must be late, call first.

Never arrive early for a social engagement: your host may still be getting dressed!

Don’t overstay your welcome. Lingering good-byes merely cause frustration and can ruin an otherwise good time. A quick, simple exit at the proper time is usually appreciated.

Thou shalt not embarrass others: Treat others as you would like to be treated, and think of how you can put them at ease. The feelings of other people can be as fragile as fine crystal. Never demean anyone with rude jokes or an unwelcome nickname. Be considerate. In conversation, never ask embarrassing questions such as how much was paid for a new item or about matters of the heart. It’s always good manners to think of others first. (there are still a few more that I may be able to get in another time).

And now for Percy’s memoir for this week called, “Your Own Version.”

You are writing a Gospel,
A chapter each day,
By deeds that you do,
By words that you say.
Men read what you write,
Whether faithless or true;
Say, what is the Gospel According to You?

(words by Paul Gilbert.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon school opens preschool registration

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

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

It is time to begin the preschool application process for the fall of 2018 at Solon Elementary School. If your child will be four years old by October 15, 2018, you can apply for enrollment into the RSU #74 2018-19 preschool program. The program is open to all four-year olds regardless of family income.

Applications can be picked up at any of the elementary schools, you can have one mailed to your home by calling the school at 643-2491, or you can download one from the district website.

You will need to provide income verification and a copy of your child’s birth certificate, MaineCare card, and immunization record.

If you have any questions about the preschool program, please contact the school at 643-2491.

Grades 3-5 students at Solon Elementary are preparing for State Assessment Tests.

Grades 3-5 students are getting ready to take the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), which will start the week of March 19. Students in all three grades will take tests in reading, writing/language, and math. Later the fifth graders will take a test in science.

This test will be taken on the computer. The test will be administered over multiple days so that students do not get too tired. Teachers are using practice items and teaching test-taking strategies with the students to help prepare them. Please encourage your child to do his/her best on this important test, which helps us to assess each child’s achievement level as well as the progress of our school.

Again this year Solon Elementary School scheduled some fun activities to brighten the winter season. The Solon Kids Care Club sponsored a Secret Cupid activity in which each of us decorated a heart with some kind words for another person in the school. The hearts have been displayed on the bulletin board in the lobby.

Received this e-mail from my good friend, Nancy Whittemore, and she wrote: I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of the folks in the community of Solon, and surrounding communities for all of the many kind deeds and encouraging words to me during my difficult journey with Terry’s illness and death. It meant so much to me.

And now an e-mail from the Happyknits Crew with some news that perhaps many of you didn’t know about. “We’re starting to notice that the days are lengthening and the temperatures are shifting as we move in fits and starts towards spring. Happyknits is making a bit of a shift too. Julie Cooke, who first opened this yarn shop on her own and gave us all a little place for yarn paradise, has decided to change directions and move on to other interests. We’d like to express our gratitude to her for being our partner and good friend for the last several years, and we wish her the best in her new adventure!

Sarah, Mary Lou and Karla are looking forward to continuing to serve you all. They are grateful to all of you for helping to make Happyknits such a happy place and we hope to see you soon!

Percy’s memoir this week is entitled, The Magic of Love:

Love is like magic.
And it always will be,
For love still remains
Life’s sweet mystery!
Love works in ways
That are wondrous and strange
And there’s nothing in life
That love cannot change!
Love can transform
The most commonplace
Into beauty and splendor
And sweetness and grace!
Love is unselfish,
Understanding and kind,
For it sees with its heart
And not with its mind!
Love is the answer
That everyone seeks –
Love is the language
That every heart speaks –
Love can’t be bought,
It is priceless and free,
Love like pure magic
Is a sweet mystery!

(words by Helen Steiner Rice)