Maine Antique Tractor Club to hold festival

Photo courtesy of Maine Antique Tractor Club

The Maine Antique Tractor Club has held an Antique Tractor Festival for the past 23 years and this year the event will be on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24 at 351 Waterville Road, Norridgewock. Gate opens at 8:00 each day. Admission is $5.

The Maine Antique Tractor Club, founded in 1994 by a handful of tractor lovers, has grown to over 500 members. As a non-profit organization, it focuses on the preservation of information, documents and artifacts relating to the invention, development and use of farm tractors and the related implements and equipment used. Its mission is to teach present and future generations about the uses of these antique tractors, implements and equipment and show them at work.

The festival will have upwards of 150 antique farm tractors collected in one area, including Farmall, Allis Chalmers, Ford, Cockshutt, John Deere, Case, Oliver, and more. Pulling demonstrations in many weight classes, antique lawn and garden tractor demonstrations and the doodlebugs, known as the “poor man’s tractor” or “homemade” tractor are scheduled.

Antique equipment demonstrations such as that of the 1940’s rock crusher, a working blacksmith, a cedar shingle mill and a Windlass, are just some of the working attractions.

Students named to Colby-Sawyer College dean’s list for Fall 2017

Colby-Sawyer College, in New London, New Hampshire, recognized 254 students for outstanding academic achievement during the 2017 fall semester. To qualify for the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale while carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours in graded courses.

Ross Sirois, of Norridgewock, a member of the class of 2018, majoring in biology.

Haley Carver, of Sidney, a member of the class of 2020, majoring in sociology.

Chelsea Perry, of Oakland, a member of the class of 2021, majoring in business administration.

Local residents named to dean’s list at RIT

The following local residents made the dean’s list for the 2017 spring semester at Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, New York:

Bethany Hartley, of Whitefield, who is studying mechanical engineering technology, and Anna Lorette, of Norridgewock, who is studying packaging science.

Siobhan Billings Pearce on dean’s list

Siobhan Billings Pearce of Norridgewock was named to the Emmanuel College Dean’s List for the Spring 2016 semester, in Boston, Massachusetts.

To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for a 16-credit semester.

Area students on Husson University’s presidents list

The following area students have been named to the Spring 2016 presidents list at Husson University, in Bangor.

Lyndsay Weese, of Athens, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Shayne Brown, of Augusta,  is a junior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Marketing Communications program.

Sophia Ramirez, of Augusta, ME is a freshman who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program.

Tabitha Willman, of Augusta, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Health Care Management program.

Samuel Jandreau, of China, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Zoe Mather, of China, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Tyler Rollins, of China, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Undeclared program.
Courtney Smart, of Cornville, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.

Leah LaBree, of East Vassalboro, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism program.

Spencer Folsom, of Fairfield, is a freshman who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.

Tennyson Martin, of Fairfield, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program.

Kyleigh Plourde, of Jefferson, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certification program.

Alexis Prescott, of Liberty, is a freshman who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.

Makaela Michonski, of Norridgewock, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Amanda Saucier, of Norridgewock, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Darian Hughes, of Oakland, is a junior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology program.

Raina Rauch, of Palermo, is a junior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

Kaitlyn Grover, of Skowhegan, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Cailee Manzer, of Skowhegan, is a freshman who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.

Ali York, of Skowhegan, is a junior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Financial Management program.

Christina Belanger, of South China, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

Meghan Farrell, of Vassalboro, is a junior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program.

Destiny Silcott, of Windsor, is a senior who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

Logan Vashon, of Winslow, is a sophomore who is enrolled in Husson’s Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Human Movement Science and Doctor of Physical Therapy program.

University of New Hampshire announces graduates

The following local students graduated from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham, New Hampshire, during the commencement ceremony.

Julie Arbour, of Augusta, earned a BS in nursing.

Maxwell Brown, of Waterville, earned a BA in Spanish.

Sydney Crogan, of Winslow, earned a BS in business administration: marketing.

Leah Caverly, of Clinton, earned a BS in sustainable  agriculture and food systems.

Maxwell Kenney, of Fairfield, earned a BSENVE in environmental engineering: municipal, Cum Laude.

Jacob Withee, of Norridgewock, earned an MS in zoology.

Kallie Buzzell, of Oakland, earned a BS in nutrition and wellness.

New Norridgewock Dunkin’ Donuts

Local officials help Ed and Colleen Bailey celebrate the grand opening of their new Dunkin’ Donuts

Local officials help Ed and Colleen Bailey celebrate the grand opening of their new Dunkin’ Donuts, in Norridgewock. From left to right, Sen. Rod Whittemore, Ed Bailey, Colleen Bailey, Rep. Bran Farrin and town manager Richard A. LaBelle. Contributed photo

Sezak candidate for Somerset County Commissioner

Robert Sezak of Fairfield has announced his  candidacy for Somerset County Commissioner for the District 1 towns of Fairfield and Norridgewock.

Robert Sezak

Robert Sezak

“I am running for county commissioner because  I believe a person working very hard can make a difference in finding solutions to the problems facing our towns and county,”  Sezak said in his announcement.

“The communities of Somerset County offer a diversity that is envied by many.  We have the best of hunting and fishing, large and small businesses, hospitals, educational facilities, and economic opportunity.  It is important that we can continue to enjoy the resources and vital services Somerset County has to offer without losing those qualities we have come to know and appreciate.  This will be more difficult with the closure of the Madison mill and the devaluation of the Skowhegan mill, making the shrinking tax base  the most important issue in Somerset County.  I will work to find means of increasing County revenue, outside of taxation, by attracting and expanding craft-industries and other businesses in Somerset County, ”  Sezak said.  “The county also needs to lower the costs of jail indebtedness through legislation in order to ensure that payment for the debt on the jail will come mainly from boarding out-of-county inmates, as was originally intended. “

“Our county government can play a greater role in alleviating the legislative and economic pressures imposed upon the people and municipalities of Somerset County. “

Robert Sezak, 63, currently chairs the Somerset County Budget Committee and the Fairfield Town Council, and has been a small business owner for over 22 years.