SOLON & BEYOND: More Solon school news

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

Good morning my friends.

Didn’t have room for all the Solon Elementary School news last week, so I’m finishing the Solon School News email I received. This fall students have received a colored pom-pon each time they did a good job meeting school expectations, displaying positive behaviors, or being helpful and/or cooperative as part of the new Positive Behavioral Intervention Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Students put these pom-pons in a jar on the counter behind Mrs. Weese’s desk. The students were told that there would be a schoolwide celebration when the jar was full.

Right before Christmas the pom-pon jar was filled. Fifth grader Fisher Tewksbury suggested that for the pupils reward they all play a winter version of the Hearts game they play every Valentine’s Day. So they did! K-5 students were divided into multiage teams to play this game, which is similar to Yahtzee, on December 19.

They also had a contest to see which male student, female student, and staff member could come closest to guessing the number of pom-pons in the jar. There were 709 pom-pons, each one representing a positive action by one of the students. winners were Stuart Hamblen, Katelyn DeLeonardis, and Mrs. Campbell.

Winners of the Hearts Drawing was Hunter Pouliot and Kaitlyn Soucle.

Superintendent of schools, Mike Tracy, joined the kindergarten class for Thanksgiving dinner on November 15. The class enjoyed his visit!

My many thanks for sending me this information to share.

Received the following e-mail from Angie Stockwell from the Margaret Chase Smith Library, in Skowhegan.

Dear Readers,

It’s difficult to imagine that a new year has begun and the first of our newsletters is ready for your reading enjoyment. Our front cover news is the election of Maine’s first woman governor and her connection to Senator Smith. A new exhibit on the 19th Amendment is near completion. Interestingly, the California fires bring back memories of Maine’s forest fires in 1947. National History Day in Maine is always in the works, as is our annual essay contest for high school seniors. The passing of President George H. W. Bush recalls the friendship of the Bush family. And our heartfelt thanks to all our donors who responded to our annual fund drive. It promises to be busy year and we’re grateful for our continued support. Best wishes for 2019.

The following email is from Happyknits. We’re thumbing our noses at winter with another Wine and Twine. Come join us at the Miller’s Table (just downstairs from Happyknits) on Saturday, January 19, from 4 – 6 p.m. Bring your project and a friend while we laugh, sip and nosh. Don’t feel like “wining”? Don’t feel like “twining?” That’s ok – just come anyway! We promise you’ll have a good time!

Do you know about Knit Night at Happyknits? It’s held every Tuesday night from 5 – 8 p.m. It’s free and open to everyone. Does that not work into your schedule? Happyknits has open knitting/crocheting every day of the week, so bring your project, a friend ( or two or three) and sit by our cozy fire. We have set aside Thursday afternoons (anytime) and Friday afternoons, from 2 – 4 p.m., if you want to gather with a group, but you are welcome to relax in our shop anytime we’re here. It’s cheaper than psychotherapy, and a whole lot more fun!

And now for Percy’s memoir: Hold fast your dreams! Within your heart Keep one still, secret spot Where dreams may go, And, sheltered so, May thrive and grow Where doubt and fear are not. O keep a place apart, Within your heart, For little dreams to grow! We see so many ugly things – Deceits and wrongs and quarrelings: We know alas! we know How quickly fade The color in the west, The bloom upon the flower. The bloom upon the breast And youth’s blind hour. Yet keep within your heart A place apart Where little dreams may go, May thrive and grow. Hold fast— hold fast your dreams! (words by Louise Driscoll.)

SOLON & BEYOND: News from Solon Elementary School

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

Good morning dear friends.

Was so happy to receive the Solon School News, as always, and there was a lot of good information there.

Solon Elementary School held a Secret Santa activity again this Christmas. Students and staff members drew names and each one designed a tree ornament for the person whose name he/she selected. These ornaments looked great on the school Christmas tree in the lobby!

The Solon PTO sponsored a special Children’s Shopping Day on December 17. Students were able to shop for inexpensive gifts for their families at a “store” set up by the PTO. Thanks to parents who donated items for this activity and to the parents who helped at the store.

The Solon Christmas Program took place on December 18. Students from preschool through the fifth grade performed songs and skits for their families and friends. There was a standing room only crowd for this festive annual event.

The Solon Fire Department came to the school and and held a Christmas party for the K-5 students on December 20. They set up games and activities for the students, and they even brought Santa with them. We appreciate the support of the Fire Department all year long.

In Mrs. Waugh’s technology class, one of the activities in early December was for K-2 students to write and type letters to Santa Claus. At the school the fifth graders teamed up with the kindergartners to help them write their letters. And it is understood that Santa wrote back to the students.

Monthly Assemblies Scheduled at Solon Elementary: The school is holding monthly assemblies again this year, and parents and other family members and friends are welcome to join them for those. At each assembly one of the classes presents a topic they have been studying. At some assemblies, they give awards, the Civil Rights Team makes a presentation, and/or we do other activities.

This is the schedule of upcoming assemblies: January 9, Presentation by Grade 1. held at 1:45 p.m. February 6, Presentation by Civil Rights Team, Honor Roll & Attendance Awards; 1:45 p.m. March 6, Presentation by Grade 3, Bookmark Winners announced at 1:30 p.m. April 24, Presentation by Grade 2, Honor Roll and Attendance Awards, 1:45 p.m. And on May 8, Presentation by Grade 5 at 1:45 p.m.

PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 10, at 6 p.m.

Each year Solon Elementary School holds a contest to see which student can guess the date of the first Snow Day when school will be canceled due to stormy weather. This year’s winner, who accurately predicted that the first Snow Day would be November 16, were first grader Emma Pooler and fourth grader Kaitlin Dellarma. Each of them won a bag of snow-related gifts.

The District Band and Chorus Winter Concert will be held on January 15, at 6 p.m., at Carrabec Community School. Directed by Dan Gilbert.

One thing about our schools in this modern world that had been bothering me terribly, is the fact that cursive writing was not being taught in our schools now.

I had kept thinking I would write a letter to the editor in the paper, {daily paper}, but since it had taken lots of phone calls, and just about a month to get my last letter printed, I gave up on that! But it made my day last week when I read the headline, “Cursive coming back to schools. Writing by hand provides skills in communication. ” ( I would have thought they would have figured that out long before now.)

And now for Percy’s memoir: “You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. There are no limitations in what you can do except the limitations in your own mind as to what you cannot do. Don’t think you cannot. Think you can.” (words by Darwin P. Kingsley.)

I had a very wonderful gift given to me recently. It was a very special pin that this friend had made for me of a cat and he said, “It is in memory of Percy,” and I love it!

SOLON & BEYOND: Embden Community Center has many activities scheduled for January

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


The Embden Community Center is having their monthly supper on January 12, at 5 p.m.

Embden Community Center, 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., Fri. and Sat. The monthly Suppers on the second Saturday of each month. Country Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m., second and fourth Sunday. By donation. Sewing Class 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays. Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Come in and sign up- new members accepted. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 10:30 – 1:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Community Center meetings: 6:30 p.m., Thursday prior to the second Sat. Supper. Yoga: 6:30 p.m., (1 hour) Bring your mat, etc. and Sat. 8 a.m.; weekly by donation. If you have any questions, contact Wayne at 474-1065.

We are having a vacation from our Painting Club at Skowhegan Area High School, it will be starting up again the last of February. I’m looking forward to seeing all those artists who have been with me since the beginning, and to those who may want to join us.

Lief and I had a wonderful Christmas with our families and I hope all of you enjoyed the season as well.

Came across some old clippings when I was writing for the Skowhegan Reporter back in 1988. Had forgotten this one: It started with my greeting: “Good morning my friends! The other day when I went to the post office there was a package waiting for me there with the return address to AAA (American Automobile Association). When I opened the package the card was signed by a “concerned citizen” and it is a year’s insurance with this company! The only way I know of to thank this “concerned citizen” is through this column, because I have a sneaking suspicion that they probably read it. I do thank you from the bottom of my heart, it is a comforting feeling that someone cares enough to have surprised me with this unexpected gift and as the letter enclosed states: “Welcome to Maine and dependable travel world-wide! From this point on, everywhere you go, we go, providing all the protection and convenient services you need every time you leave home. “It is a bleak and hopeless feeling to break down along the road as I can vouch the day my wheel broke off; and so my many thanks for the kind thought until this detective mind of mine finds out who you and I can thank you in person!

Here is another one published in the Skowhegan Reporter on October 13, 1988. After writing this column for over six years, some weeks I am hard put to think of something amusing or uplifting to share with you. Such was the case this week and then lo and behold on Saturday what should I find in my mail but an official looking letter from Central Maine Power Co. My heart skipped a beat and I opened it with trepidation because when I get riled over “the principle of the thing” I’m apt to get a bit sassy! Anyway, inside, much to my wondering eyes was a check for $48.73: this was the $50 deposit that I was told I couldn’t get back until 1993! They had added on $1.47 in interest and subtracted $2.74 for final bill, there is something very final about “final bill.” Now whether this was one of those miracles that sometimes happen in my life or “the power of the press,” either way it did me a world of good. (I don’t remember who the editor was at that time, but they were very good to me! (And if you are still alive and reading this paper, I would love to hear from you.)

And now for Percy’s memoir: “May you be blessed with Everything That Could Ever Bring You a Smile. And never forget each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.

“Every day, you’re given a chance to determine what the words will say and how the story will unfold. The more rewarding you can make each page, the more amazing the entire book will be.

“And I would love for you to write a masterpiece.” (words by Douglas Pagels.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Town office expands hours, nomination papers available

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

Time surely flies! It will be town meeting time before we know it!

Have received two e-mails from Christy Jablon about the following: I am informing you that nomination papers are available at the town office for anyone interested in running for the following positions, Selectman/Assessor/Overseer of the Poor, term: 2019-2022 ( three years); Road Commissioner, term 2019-2020 ( one year); Town Clerk/Tax Collector, term 2019-2020 ( one year); RSU 74 School Board Member, term 2019-2022 ( three years).

Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerk by the end of the business day January 1, 2019.

I realize this does not give you much time to get a paper for a position with signatures, and I apologize for that, it was not Christy’s fault, she sent it in plenty of time. My computer and I rage often with each other, as in this case!

Another e-mail that I received from Christy states: I’m happy to announce that starting this month the Solon Town Office will also be open on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed noon -1 fp.m., or lunch). We are hoping that being open an extra day will be more convenient for everyone. We are going to keep these new hours through March. At that time the town will vote whether or not to keep the office open four days a week. I hope this works well for everyone.!

Now for a report on wonderful events that took place in Solon recently!

Lief and I attended the Holiday Concert-Steel Drums, featuring “The Snow Pond Pantastics,” at the Solon Congregational Church on December 8, at the church; (along with a sizeable crowd, who also seemed to be enjoying it.)

I would never have believed it if I hadn’t heard it, that just drums could produce such beautiful music! Another thing for me, that made it so special, was the joy on the faces of those producing these wonderful sounds!

And then at 7 p.m., on the same day, we also listened to beautiful singing voices by the Skowhegan Community Chorus at the New Hope Church, in Solon. It was a very large group, some from other chorus, and many towns; again, very special!

At both events we were invited to partake of scrumptious food after both performances, needless to say, we were both stuffed – but very happy that we had attended both events of extra special music!

Speaking of e-mails: I had received one earlier about a meeting of the Somerset County Commissioners on December 5 to hear the pros and cons of the NECEC power line project. The one in favor of the project would get a chance to speak first, and those against it could speak later.

Lief and I also went to that meeting, along with a large crowd of those for and against it, (and it was so large some people couldn’t get in the room where it was held. We sat and listened to all the CMP people and their supporters until it ended. I went up to talk with the commissioners after it ended and asked why the ones against it didn’t get a chance to give their side of the issue. The two that I talked with told me there had been a meeting for them two weeks before. Somehow, I missed the boat! On the e-mail that I got, it said the commissioners were going to vote on the issue after that meeting. But now I hear that vote has been changed to December 19.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Have a Wonderful Day…Every Day! Your presence is a present to the world. You’re unique and one of a kind, Your life can be what you want it to be.Take the days just one at a time. Count your blessings, not your troubles. You’ll make it through whatever comes along. Within you are so many answers. Understand, have courage, be strong. Have health and hope and happiness. Take the time to wish upon a star. And don’t ever forget… for even a day… how very special you are. (words by Douglas Pagels.)

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.)