SOLON & BEYOND: Painting classes to continue this fall at RSU #54 Adult Education

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

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

Haven’t been able to chase down any recent news from Solon, so I’m going to start with an e-mail from Beyond.

“The Saturday suppers continue at the United Methodist Church in North Anson on Saturdays, July 20 and 27. Thank you so much for your support. We have no doubt that the attendance at the suppers in June was greater because of your article. Blessings, Mary Frear.” (My many thanks for that wonderful e-mail, it made my heart sing for several days!)

Received an e-mail from Vivian Champagne, Administrative Assistant of RSU #54 Adult & Community Education, asking if I wanted to continue leading the Painting Club, and my answer was “yes.” The fall brochure will be coming out soon for all the great classes offered there. I’m looking forward to seeing those of you who have been with me from the beginning, and any new ones who enjoy painting!

The North Anson Congregational Church is continuing to serve breakfasts through July, the last one is on Saturday, July 27.

Speaking of food, there was a full house in Embden last Saturday night, at the wonderful monthly supper. They are very generous with what is on the menu that particular night, it was a roast pork, with all the fixings, and it was very tasty!

These suppers are held every second Saturday of the month at the old Embden School House.

The following is for all you knitters out there! The nearest one to us in this area, is Happy Knits in Skowhegan, but the newest idea is a “Maine Yarn Cruise,” organized by Mother of Purl Yarn Shop, May 24 – Sept. 2, 2019.

Don’t miss upcoming sales and events going on in the month of July at Maine Yarn Cruise shops. Here’s just a few: Shawl Class at Mother of Purl; Meet the MKAL Designer Erin Clayton at Knitting Nook; Flamingo Festival with Quilt N Fabric; Sales at Quilt N Fabric,The Cashmere Goat, Yardgoods, Quiltessentials; Craft & Raft Adventure and Sip & Stitch at Fiber & Vine.

If you are from away! Don’t let stop you from joining the Maine Yarn Cruise. Grab a friend and come on up to Vacationland for a little yarn fun.

Had been looking forward to the following e-mail and just received it about the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club meeting on Saturday, July 13. There were 13 members, three leaders and seven visitors present. They made NUMINARY items out of tin cans, sand art and bead bowls. They talked about fair and tagging them.

They will be having a Solon Alumni Dinner at the Solon Elementary School on Saturday, July 20. They will help out and bring food, and staying to clean up.

On Monday, August 5, they will get ready for the Skowhegan Fair. On Tuesday the members will be setting up their educational exhibits.

On Sunday, August 11, some of the members will be taking part in the 4-H Day Parade at the Skowhegan Fair.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m., on August 19, at the Solon Firehouse.

After the meeting, at Mrs. Pooler’s, everyone went out to meet Mrs. Pooler’s oxen, Star and Toby.

And now for Percy’s memoir, it is one he used before, but it is a good one, and worth repeating( in my opinion) : “There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” These words speak volumes to me, they are written down in my handwriting on a piece of paper with no name as to who might have thought as I do.

SOLON & BEYOND: Fifth graders hold “step-up” day; Solon alumni set for July 20

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

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

Received this e-mail from Mary Frear: I hope that it is not too late to tell you about the Summer Suppers being held at the North Anson United Methodist Church the last two Saturdays of June and July : June 22, June 29, July 20, and July 27 at 5 p.m.

As always, I was very happy to receive the Solon School News: Best Wishes to Fifth Graders! We want to extend our best wishes and good luck to our fifth grade students who will enter sixth grade at Carrabec Community School in the fall.

The students attended a Step-Up Day activity at CCS on June 13 with the other fifth graders from across the district. They met their teachers, saw the school, and did some team-building activities.

We will miss our fifth graders. We wish them the best of luck in the next step of their educational journey.

Good-Bye And Good Luck To Karen Baker, Cody James, Joshua Knight, Madyson McKenney, Elenoar McKinnon, Aiden McLaughlin, Peyton Plourde, Mylee Roderick, Thomas Roderick, William Rogers, Aaron Soosman, Kaitlyn Soucie and Fisher Tewksbury.

Students in grades K-2 created a beautiful memorial to Lisa Weese, our secretary who passed away on April 17. You can see it in our library. There will be more School News next week, it’s been a long time since I’ve had this much news to share, all at once!

Received the following from the Secretary of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club, Sarah Craig: Last 4-H meeting was held on June 8 with Cooper Dellarma as president. We talked about what we would be using our money on.

When the meeting was over we went on a field trip to Pipers Farm. They taught us how they milk the cows and showed us how they make/get food for cows. They then showed us the baby and pregnant cows and what they do with them

On June 20 we will be going to Lake George. We will go swimming and more fun activities.

Linda French, secretary for the Solon Alumni sent me the following : Reunion day is July 20, 2019, at the Solon Elementary School, beginning at 9:30 with the registration and coffee hour with the business hour starting at 10:30 a.m. The auction will follow the business hour. Please remember your auction item. Last year we made $553 on the auction. This was matched by the Meader Family in memory of their parents Everett and Arlene Meader making a total of $1,106. Diane Oliver was the auctioneer.

Lunch will begin at 1 p.m. and will be catered by the Solon Pine Tree Club.

The class of 1969 will celebrate their 50th reunion. Members are Mae Baxter, William Farnham, Penny McQuilkin Rogers, Arthur Myers II, Reginald Padham, Dana Parsons, James Perry, Charles Philpot, Jean Quimby Wooster, Jo Rancourt Holden, Bruce Robbins, Linda Stickney Stewart, and Roberta Tewksbury Proctor. So class of 1969 we hope to see you here. This is the last class that graduated from Solon High School and they always have a good turnout.

Fifty-six alumni and guests attended last year. Allen J. Foss received a scholarship for $1,100. Jo Rancourt Holden was elected as the new treasurer replacing Brenda Padham who retired.

Deaths reported were Carolyn Waugh, class of 1931, Pat McCarty Coro 1954, Stephen Moody 1971 Carrabec, Also some well known community members Joe Wooster, Darrell Roderick, Margaret Dellarma, Pauline Mayhew, Luke Tewksbury, and Howard Rogers. Also Steven Hartley who attended Solon High School for three or four high school years and then transferred to Fairfield in 1963.

And now for Percy’s memoir:

God Grant Us Hope and Faith and Love

Hope for a world grown cynically cold,
Hungry for power and greedy for gold…
Faith to believe when within and without
There’s a nameless fear in a world of doubt…
Love that is bigger than race or creed,
To cover the world and fulfill each need…..

(These words were part of a statement by Helen Steiner Rice.)

Saddened and confused: the flooding of Flagstaff village

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

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

This morning I’m going around in circles as I have been trying to find some local news to share with you. Since I couldn’t come up with anything new, I had told you I would remind you when Carolyn Waugh’s memorial would be coming up; it is on June 29, here in Solon.

Lief and I have been traveling the roads a lot, we went up to the ‘County’ and spent three days up there visiting his sisters and brother. We also stopped at the cemeteries where relatives were buried.

Because of the strange weather we’ve been having this spring, there were very few potato plants sticking up through the earth; although, as always, there were many, many fields plowed up waiting for some sunshine.

It was fun to visit with members of Lief’s close knit family and see and hear about the places where he had grown up.

We also visited with some of my family, up in God’s country, which is always a pleasure for me, (and, thankfully, Lief likes it, too.) As I have written before, two of my brothers have camps near Flagstaff Lake. We visited Tom and Insowa whose camp is right on the lake one day, and then, a few days later, when Larry and Stefhanie were up to their camp, we went there to see them, and it was a wonderful visit. As I have written before, the peace up there passes all understanding!

But……that was not always the case, this is a headline from an old clipping: Flagstaff Awaits Man-Made Flood That Will Cover Town; Tiny Hamlet Will Be Wiped Out By Construction Dead River Dam.”

This old clipping was written by Eva D. Bachelder, and she wrote,”Saddened and confused the people of Flagstaff are watching the preliminary procedure of the project which, if carried through, will wipe from existence their entire settlement. Their homes, church and lodges must go, their dead will be moved from their burial place. The Flagstaff that has marked the spot where Arnold’s men landed on their march to Quebec in 1775 and the War Memorial markers must be moved to the ground of a nearby town.

For when the Dead River Dam is constructed as now planned by the Central Maine Power Company, the Plantation of Flagstaff will be under the body of water made by the flowage. It is estimated that at least 13 feet of water will be over the location of the present post office and store and that the flowage will run back nearly to the village of Stratton, seven miles away.

Flagstaff’s present population is small, between seventy and one hundred, but it is a population of survivors, people who were born in the community, many of whom are living in the homes of their fathers.

They have heard the building of such a dam talked about for 20 years and twice during that time it almost seemed a certainty but as the years have passed it has become almost a myth, although all are unanimous in the opinion that a change began in the town when the company years ago began to buy farms and other land.

There has been a feeling of uncertainty for several years in everything that they have done and no one attempted to establish anything permanent. The sawmill of the Viles Timberland, Inc., of Augusta, sawing a cut of 2,500,000 feet of pine, has only temporary quarters in Flagstaff. ” It was a very trying, uncertain time living there during all of this uncertainty and so some people started selling their homes to Central Maine Power. The last of it, my folks moved their house to Eustis, many of the Rogers families moved to Solon. Frank and I and our 18-month-old son moved to a farm we had bought on the River Road, in Solon. It was a very stressful time for all involved…… and that is why I am so against this CMP Corridor!

And now for Percy’s memoir: What you do, what you say, what you are, may help others in ways you never know. Your influence, like your shadow, extends where you may never be.

SOLON & BEYOND: Slow news week; let’s catch up on old news

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

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

This morning as I sit here, the only little bit of recent news I have for you this week is the following: Please note that the “Off the Hill” Band (Donna Whittemore) will not be taking place on Saturday, June 15, due to illness.

Would also like to apologize to Alice Heald for not including a picture with the write-up about her being awarded the Boston Post Cane, will try and get that corrected soon.

And now since I don’t have any more interesting events going on in Solon to tell you about; I will tell you of the mystery that Lief and I have been trying to solve! One morning last week when he went out to get our daily paper, there along with the paper was a large package of fresh fiddle heads. We both love them, and since they were in the paper tube we assumed they were from our faithful paper lady. I wrote a thank you note to her from Lief and me and he put it in the tube for her the next day. The next day she had written at the top of that days paper that she did not give us the fiddle heads. We have asked several friends and relatives if they gave us that wonderful gift, and they all deny it! And so I beg whoever you are if you read this, to tell us who you are so we can thank you for your kind deed! They were absolutely delicious!

And so as long as I didn’t have any recent news, I went looking through my stash of old papers and came up with two Skowhegan Reports from back in the 1990s! They were much bigger ( 23″ by 28″) than the ones in our modern world. With many different writers from around Somerset County. I was one of the writers, but back then there wasn’t any Beyond, there was plenty to write about in Solon, at that time my by line was, “The friendliest town in the state.”

One of the 1990 papers that I found started with these words,”This is going to sound like I’m blowing my own horn, but please bear with me, I’m trying to get a fact across to you who might not have taken advantage of this Blood Pressure Clinic that is held at the Pleasant Street Church the first Friday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. This is the 14th year we have been doing this and we welcome you to come each month and have your blood pressure checked for FREE! Every three months, someone from the North Kennebec Regional Health Agency, in Waterville, comes up and does a cholesterol test and you find out the number of your’s right there for a fee of $6. Low blood pressure and cholesterol are very important for our well being, so come and have your’s tested.

“Those volunteers, (and we are just that – volunteers, though some people like to tease us about how much we make on this job!), who have been faithful to this cause are Lois Holzworth, who takes the blood pressures, (and we couldn’t do it without her, everyone knows I don’t want that job!); Amy Robinson, Mary Hall, and Heloise Ward. Others whom I have depended upon when they needed, are Ellen Hills, Linda French and Ruby Gates. Of course, I’ve been there rooting for a good cause, Do come and see us!”

Near where the above was printed, there was a great picture of Lois Holzworth taking Amy Robinson’s blood pressure.

When I read the story I couldn’t help thinking how the Solon Methodist Church building in Solon has housed at least two worthy causes over the years; the Blood Pressure Clinic and the Solon Thrift Shop and Food Cupboard.

Years ago when the Methodist and Congregational churches were federated in Solon, Sunday services were held at the Congregational Church in the summer time and the Methodist church in the winter time. I can remember some very inspiring sermons being preached at both churches.

And so for Percy’s memoir: It is called, An Old Limerick: There was a young lady named Hannah Who slipped on a peel of banana. As she lay on her side, More stars she espied, Than there are in the Star Spangled Banner.

SOLON & BEYOND: Alice Heald presented with cane as Solon’s oldest citizen

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

On May 22, 2019, Alice Heald was honored with the presentation of the Boston Post Cane as she is the oldest resident of Solon. Also present were her son David Heald, daughter Betty Price, grandsons William Price, Charles Price with wife Amy and great-grandchildren Seth and Leah Price, Lief and Marilyn Bull. Presenting the award were Elaine Aloes and Sarah Davis.

Alice Heald was born on December 1, 1922, daughter of Isaac and Arra Davis with siblings Harrison Davis, Arlene Meader, Richard Davis Beverly Shaughnessy, and Isaac “Bunky Davis, Jr. Alice lived in Solon all her life. She helped with the chores on the Isaac Davis farm across from the present Solon Elementary School for many years. Alice attended Solon schools and graduated in 1940. She attended Skowhegan Commercial School graduating in 1942. She worked at Depositor’s Trust Bank for four years, 1942-1946.

On July 11, 1946, she married the love of her life Roger A. Heald. They were married for almost 56 years until Roger passed away in 2002. After discharging from the Navy, Roger and Alice purchased a farm on what is now known as the Meader Road, in Solon, working on it from 1946 to 1958. The main part of their house still exists on the Meader Road. In the fall of 1958, Roger, Alice, David and Betty moved to the house on North Main Street where she presently resides.

Alice also worked with her husband at the D & B Store which was on the corner of Pleasant and Maine streets in Solon beside the Solon Hotel for about five years. Alice was secretary-treasurer of the Solon Village Cemetery for several years. In 1984 Roger and Alice bought the building where the Solon Post Office is, selling it a few years ago. She has been involved in the Solon High School reunion in which she still participates.

Alice spent most of her life as a homemaker taking care of her family. She has done many crafts throughout her lifetime being a member of the Solon Extension for over 50 years. She enjoys cooking to this very day.

Alice enjoys spending time with family and friends over her 96-plus years with many anniversaries and get-togethers.

I also wanted to add that Alice was a member of the Solon Chapter of the Chowder Eating, Beer Drinking, Marching and Singing Society, and we have walked miles, and miles together over the years. She is a dear friend! ( I checked with Alice as to whether she would mind if I added that information, and she had a good laugh remembering. ( Just wanted all of you to know there was never any beer drinking on our early morning walks!)

The Waugh family received a letter of sympathy from the George Washington University after the death of Carolyn Waugh. It states: Dear family members: We have learned of your loss and would like to express our deepest sympathy to you and your family. As a tribute to Carolyn’s relationship to the George Washington University, we have arranged to dedicate a book in the Gelman Library’s permanent collection in her memory. Library staff will select a book compatible with Carolyn’s field of study at GW and a memorial bookplate will be created. They will contact you with the book’s title, author, and call number after the bookplate has been created. Those who study at GW in the years to come will find they share a common legacy with Carolyn.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Entitled, When Blue Skies Are Gray:

Help me to think of springtime flowers, The exuberance in the message they convey – The dogwood bloom, violet’s perfume – Whenever blue skies are gray. Help me remember the summertime with the peaceful serenity of each day Gentle rains, so warm, butterflies that swarm – Whenever blue skies are gray. Let me recall a loved one’s smile and the joy that it brings my way – Just to know they care and are always there – Whenever blue skies are gray. May I ever be mindful of God’s great love and the blessings He sends, I pray; He surely will renew hope in me and you – Although today’s skies are gray! (words by Mary S. Chevalier.)

From what I hear, everyone is very sick of the gray skies, hope these words will help!

SOLON & BEYOND: Margaret Chase Smith Library is an archive, museum, education center

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

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

Received this e-mail from Susan Lahti: Good Morning all,

Please help us publicize the annual East Madison Historical Association’s Yard and Bake Sale on June 1 – 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This year we will also have our newly published EMHA cookbook with 200 recipes from members and friends of the EMHA.

Items included in the yard sale include tools, furniture, glassware, small appliances games and puzzles, books and more.

Baked items available are: Yeast and quick breads, cookies, pies candies scones and more.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word!

It certainly seems like winter refuses to step aside for spring but we are hopeful! Stephany Perkins’ talk on her efforts on behalf of JMG in Tanzania was enthusiastically received at the Leeke Lecture. DC political pundit, Sophia Nelson, spoke at Bowdoin and made a point of trekking to Skowhegan to see the library named after her idol. Lions Club Speak-Out Contest selected its regional winner. National History Day in Maine winners were selected at the UMaine contest; now on to nationals. Essay contest winners were announced as well. Community-minded kids from area schools continue to do kind deeds. Maine author, Paul Doiron, will be here on June 11 to talk about his upcoming book. Won’t you join us! This e-mail was from Angela Stockwell.

Author Paul Doiron will visit the Margaret Chase Smith Library on Tuesday, June 11, at 6 p.m., to talk about his popular Mike Bowditch mysteries. Doiron is on the tenth installment of his highly successful series about a crime-fighting Maine Game Warden. He will preview his forthcoming book, Almost Midnight which is due for release in early July. Doiron will also have available for purchase a limited number of earlier titles from the series, which he will be willing to autograph.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The Library is located at 56 Norridgewock Avenue in Skowhegan. For more details, phone 474-7133.

The Margaret Chase Smith Library is an archive, museum, educational center, and public forum dedicated to promoting the values of aspirations, service, civics, and civility modeled by Senator Smith during her long, distinguished career in national politics. The above e-mail was sent to me by David Richards.

I greatly appreciate any news shared in this column, either from Solon or Beyond.

Since the above is all the recent news I have received for this week, I am going to print some of an old column when I was writing for the Skowhegan Reporter on November, 3, 1988. That was when my column was called, “SOLON, The friendliest town in the state.” Had told a couple of people that I’d probably have to leave town after last last week’s Reporter came out and one of them commented on Friday that it was well written but he said, “You know most people probably read it and just laughed.” Oh yes, I’m sure of that (that’s what I’m here for is to give every one a good laugh) but this dreamer’s heart can’t help dreaming that maybe a seed of thought was planted in a few minds.” Wonder how many of you noticed it was the full of the moon last week? That will do it every time!

And now for Percy’s memoir, this week it is from an old yellowed page of Actual Announcements from Church Bulletins. And he means no harm, he just wants to give you something to laugh about: “This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.” Another one states: “A bean supper will be held Saturday evening in the church basement. Music will follow.”

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

SOLON & BEYOND: News from beyond, yarn trail, and a letter from a 13-year-old

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

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

More news from beyond: The New Portland Community Library is holding its annual Chinese Auction at the Happy Horseshow Campground, in Lexington, on May 25. Tickets are $1 per ticket or 5 for $5; bidding opens at 10 a.m. and winning tickets will be announced starting at 11 a.m. This is a fun way to get something you’ve always wanted for a small price and to benefit the library at the fundraiser. On Saturday, June 1, the library is holding its annual plant, bake and book sale from 9 a.m. to noon at the library. Get some great munchies for your table, plants to spruce up your gardening spot, and books to read on a lazy summer day.

Now for more beyond news: “More yarn fun is to be had by joining the Maine Yarn Cruise. Twenty-one yarn shops from across Maine are hosting a summer-long shop-hop beginning on Friday, May 24, and running all the way until Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019.

“Please join other fiber enthusiasts from across Maine (and beyond) for the Maine Yarn Cruise, a 20-plus yarn hop spanning the state of Maine. You’ll have all summer to “cruise” around, visiting as amany or as few shops as you like. Each shop will be awarding prizes every month to a lucky participant.

“To get started, pick up your passport (plus a tote bag and some other goodies) here at Happyknits, then have your passport stamped at each shop along the way.” This e-mail was sent by owners, Sarah, Karla and Mart Lou.

As you all know by now, I was born in Flagstaff, Maine, and lived there until we were all flooded out by Central Maine Power …. and so I probably feel stronger about their proposed CMP Corridor than some of you. ……….I thank all of you who have written letters to the editor against this project. The one that touched my heart the strongest was published in the Irregular weekly paper, of Kingfield, by a 13-year-old boy! These are the words of one of our youths: “No to the CMP corridor. I think CMP shouldn’t be able to cut down trees to make more power lines. The only way it would be okay is if this money were going to a fund to save the Earth and replace the trees.

“CMP will make millions of dollars off of this operation, and maybe more if they sell the trees. If they can do that, I would be angry because they would be taking jobs from smaller logging companies. CMP already makes a lot of money. They don’t need to take away jobs from other people.

“They already have a lot of power lines. If they need more, they should be able to do it in an area where they don’t need to cut so many trees.

“In looking at their history, like what they did in Flagstaff, it may be a lot of work and no gain.”

To think that a young boy would take the time to write a letter like that about our Maine wilderness, that means so much to him. But…..those last words in his letter really choked me up!

Sorry, I have not left enough room for Percy’s memoir, but I’m sure he forgives me.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Pine Tree 4-H holds meeting; update on Carolyn Waugh service

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

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

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, May 11, with President Cooper Dellarma presiding.

Cooper Dellarma gave his demonstration on making butter at Bingham Grange on April 27.

Several members, and three leaders helped with the Luck of the Draw on Saturday, May 4, in Skowhegan.

The members picked a theme for their educational exhibit at the Skowhegan State Fair, in August. They will be working on it at the next meeting.

On May 18, several members and parents will be attending the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying at the Evergreen Campground from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After the meeting the members made stepping stones with Kevin Souca. These will be exhibited in the fairs this fall.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, June 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station. Following the meeting the club will be going to Piper’s Farm, in Embden, for an educational tour.

The following news is way ahead of the actual event, but wanted all of you to know when Carolyn Waugh’s funeral and burial will be.

Received an e-mail from Fran Flick who wrote, “My name is Fran Flick and Carolyn was my aunt. I read with interest your column on May 2 in The Town Line concerning the lady who wanted info about the upcoming celebration of her life. I played a part in putting that together. The funeral is to be held in the North Main Street Congregational Church, at 12:15 p.m., and the interment at Pierce Cemetery, just north of Solon village. All this will be on June 29.”

I have already thanked Fran for her e-mail and a copy of the program for the upcoming service. In the program it states, “Open Forum” for those who might like to say a few words about their dear friend, Carolyn. There will be a short graveside service which will include a military tribute.

I thank all of you who e-mail me or tell me how much you appreciate this column, it does me a world of good! ( especially, after all the celebrating I’ve been doing for my latest birthday. On one of my birthday cards someone had written the words, Marilyn, You are an inspiration! (that was special because of who had written it.)

Received this e-mail from Sue Lahti: East Madison Historical Association announces its May program. On May 16, at 6:30 p.m., Ms. Cheryl Patten will talk to the EMHA about “Preserving Our History, Caring for Our Cemeteries.” Cemeteries contain history of individuals and of towns, information that might be found nowhere else. They are delicate outdoor museums , and deserve protection. “Preserving Our History, Caring for Our Cemeteries” will provide information to help you get started conserving this valuable historical record.

The presentation will cover basic information about MOCA, the Maine Old Cemetery Association, how to correctly clean gravestones, and will address some very basic information to consider as one evaluates a cemetery to determine what work might help to conserve the cemetery,

The meeting will be held at the East Madison Fire Station, 1108 East Madison Rd., Madison. Light refreshments will be served. The regular meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Now for Percy’s memoir which was used on August 2, 2007, (when Percy was still alive, but I’m still convinced he might like to share it with you again!) “The wise person will be thankful for such things as hardship through which he is made strong, for costly mistakes through which he learns to do better, for sickness through which he comes to realize his dependence upon others, for solitude through which he has time to think through his sense of values and the purpose of life, and for the struggles with the mystery and unknown through which new joy is discovered.

SOLON & BEYOND: Cat is out of the bag…happy birthday to me

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

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

Just received an e-mail about a change in the topic of the program for the next Embden Historical Society meeting. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13, at the Embden Town House with a change in the program. The business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. The program at 7 p.m., Sarah Donovan will be presenting, Women on Arnold’s March in Revolutionary War and What They Wore. The original topic scheduled for May 13, History of South Solon Meeting House, has been postponed to a later date.

More news from Solon Elementary School: Students named as Most Improved Students: This spring Solon Elementary School participated once again in the Most Improved Student Contest sponsored by the Portland Sea Dogs. Each teacher got to choose a student who had shown the most improvement over the course of the year, and they could consider grades, academic skills, behavior, social skills, and/or work habits.

Each winner received a certificate and a free ticket to a Sea Dogs game. Most Improved Students were Karen Baker, Chase Hongo, Dylan Priest, Amelia Cooper, Hunter Ingersoll, Ethan Plourd and Cali Bassett.

Preparing for the MEA’S: Grades 3-5 students took the Maine Educational Assessment in reading, language arts, and math from March 18 – April 12. Grade five students will take the science assessment from April 22 – May 3.

To prepare for the test, students practiced with sample questions and a review of skills with their teachers.

The theme this year was video games and reaching the next level on the test like one does in video games. There was a poster contest to design a poster around this theme to inspire others to work hard on the MEAs. Winners of the poster contest were Fisher Tewksbury, William Rogers,and Kaitlin Dellarma.

……Finally the cat is out of the bag!!! I was given a wonderful (supposed to be a surprise) 90th birthday party, at the North Anson Congregational Church. I had not told too many people about how old I was going to be on that birthday, but of course, my daughter Mary Walz knew, and planned this wonderful occasion. Mary, and her great helpers (including Lief) must have spent a lot of time asking so many people to the party, but I was so happy to see all of them!

I’m not even going to try to tell you all of the people who were there. My three sons and their wives; some of them came back from their winter home in Florida early so they could be present. My three brothers and their wives attended; one of my grandsons and his wife and three little great-grandchildren from Texas came for the event. I was so busy trying to keep up with everything that I didn’t count how many were there. Another one of my grandsons and his wife and two of my great-grandchildren ….My grand daughter, Amanda and my great-granddaughter Mary helped entertain the smaller ones present.

One of Lief’s sisters, Judy, came up from China, but most of his other relatives live up in the County.

Was really pleased that Claire Breton and her husband, Denis, came. Claire is a long-time friend from The Town Line staff. My editor who has been so good to me, Roland Hallee, started out to attend, but an emergency came up and he had to turn around.

Would like to thank my wonderful friends from the church who cooked and served the very tasty refreshments. And special thanks to everyone for the many birthday cards, gifts, flowers…..And for the love that filled the room! My heart overflows! Have already thanked Mary for doing such a great job of planning the whole wonderful party….and everyone did seem to be having a great time.

I have just one request! PLEASE, don’t treat me like ‘ a little old lady’ now that you know how old I am!

And now for Percy’s memoir: Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away, But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.

SOLON & BEYOND: Inquiry from afar on the passing of Carolyn Waugh

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
grams29@tds.net
Solon, Maine 04979

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

I didn’t realize The Town Line paper went as far away as Portland, I think that is wonderful! Especially after I received the following very interesting e-mail from Betty Manter who lives there.

She wrote: Dear Marilyn Rogers-Bull, I just learned Carolyn Waugh passed away and found your article/tribute to her. I am grateful to have stopped into the farm summer before last and spent time with her. She was amazing and remembered me and details about me and my last visit, which had been a longtime prior.

I am a direct descendant of the original Solon French family that built her farm, my great-grandmother, Livonia French, grew up there and my grandmother (Mary Berry Manter) and I often visited the farm as my grandmother had so many memories there. The last family member to have grown up there, Esther French, gave me a photo of the farm which I’ve always treasured. It was taken on her wedding day to Earl Spaulding, who lived on a neighboring farm. The last French to own the farm, sold it to Carolyn’s father.

Anyway, I’m writing because I would really love to come to Carolyn’s celebration on June 29. I’d also like to donate my old photo to the Solon Historical Society. (There must be one?) Could you help me here and offer information as to how I might learn more about Carolyn’s celebration?

Thank you in advance for your help.

I am hoping I can find out the answers to her questions and get in touch with her.

Embden Community Center will be putting on their monthly supper on Saturday, May 11, at 5 p.m.

Went to the Solon Town Office one day last week and received this bit of information: “On behalf of the MMA Workers Compensation Fund, we are pleased to send the Town of Solon a grant reimbursement check for $2,000. The check was mailed to Elaine Aloes has been copied on this letter.

“The check is payment for the October 2018 Ed MacDonald Safety Enhancement Grant awarded to your department for purchasing of fifteen Fire Helmets.

“If you have any questions about your grant award please call Jennette Holt at 624-0140. Your interest in workplace safety is appreciated and we are glad the MMA Workers Compensation Fund could assist you with your safety efforts. Together we are building safe communities.”

Again this year BIKES FOR BOOKS PROGRAM is going on at Solon Elementary School. This spring Solon students are participating in the Bikes for Books program. The Solon Masons are sponsoring a program at the school for the fourth year.

In this program, students read books and fill out a form on each book they read. In early June there will be an assembly with a drawing from the book forms that have been submitted. A girl and a boy from each class will win a new bike donated by the Masons. We will also award a prize to the student who reads the most books in each class.

Your child’s teacher has book forms for this program. Students are encouraged to read books at school and at home.

We appreciate the support of the Masons in making this program possible at our school this spring.

In March the third graders participated in a coloring contest sponsored by the Elks for schools in our region. Two of the regional winners came from Solon Elementary School.

Winning fourth place was Levi Hamblen, who received a certificate and a check for $15. Winning first place was Lane Frost, who received a certificate and a check for $75. Congratulations to Levi and Lane!

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled: The Human Touch: ‘Tis the human touch in this world that counts, The touch of your hand and mine, Which means far more to the fainting heart Than shelter and bread and wine; For shelter is gone when the night is over And bread lasts only a day, But the touch of hand and the sound of the voice Sing on in the soul always. (words by Spencer Michael Free.)