SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Elementary School news; upcoming budget meeting

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

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

It is with great pleasure that I send you Solon School News this morning and I thank them very much! Will start off with the First Quarter Honor Roll: All A’s, Lane Frost, Charlotte Hamilton, and Jillian Robinson. All A’s & B’s, Isabella Atwood, Izaiah Busler, Maxx Caplin, Kaylynn Clark, Amelia Cooper, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Lydia Dixon, Allyssa Hutchins, Alex Jerkins, Jayden McKenny, Joseph McLaughlin, Nevaeh Palmer, Riley Pelkey, Hunter Pouliot, Benjamin Powell and Spencer Rogers.

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

The Solon Christmas Program took place on December 12. Students from preschool through fifth grade performed songs and skits for their families and friends, The Solon PTO also held a book fair on this night. They had a large crowd for this annual festive event. They were also pleased that residents from Tissues Country Estates in Athens and Somerset Residential Center in Bingham attended the dress rehearsal.

On December 19, they recognized the top sellers in the Nature’s Vision fundraiser. Each one received a Walmart gift card. Top sellers Taylor Dube (kindergarten), Mason Boothby (first grade), Eva Mullinax (second grade), Charlotte Hamilton (third grade), Nevaeh Palmer (fourth grade), David Dixon (fifth grade), and Mrs. Pat Hines (staff).

They thank all the parents and family members who bought from students during this fundraiser. The profits will be used for special activities for our students.

Solon Fire Department holds Christmas parties for students: On December 13, the Solon Fire Department came to the school to hold Christmas parties for the grades K-2 students and the grades 3-5 students in the gym. There were games and food, and Santa Claus made an appearance. They thank the Fire Department for supporting the students in so many ways all year long.

Congratulations to a girl from the Carrabec girls basketball varsity basketball team, Courtney Rollins, for winning the Central Maine Central Region State foul shooting contest. She made 45 out of 50 baskets. Way to go, Courtney!

Don’t forget the Solon budget meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 8 a.m., at the Community Building .

Those who will be running for the following offices are Sarah Davis for a three- year term as a selectman; Wayne Johnson is running for a one-year term as a selectman, Gary Bishop is running unopposed for road commissioner and Laura Layman for school board.

A 2020 preliminary budget meeting was held in Solon on December 11, 2019. The agenda was call to order: election of moderator, financial state of town and staff changes at town office and budget ramifications. Road budget issues and gravel road maintenance. Marijuana opt-in or out. The regular Solon budget meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 8 a.m.

When I went to the town office to get information to share with you, Elaine was the only selectman present and she gave me some papers. On one that said, Proposed 2019 State valuation for Somerset County, it lists Solon’s as 96,500,000. Elaine said that the town will be doing a revaluation this year.

The annual Solon town meeting will be coming up in March.

And now for Percy’s memoir: This comes from a small book by Susan Polis Schutz: entitled, One World, One Heart. We all hear the same sounds. We look up and see the same sky. We cry the same tears. Our feelings and emotions are the same. All mothers are sisters. All fathers are brothers. All children are one. Yet there is hate. There is violence. There is intolerance. There is confusion among people. We don’t try hard enough to understand each other. We don’t seem to realize that we all have the same basic needs, no matter who we are or what part of the world we come from.

We must understand the differences among us and celebrate the sameness. We must make the world a place where love and friendship dominate our hearts. Equality, respect, compassion and kindness must guide our actions. Only then will we all be able to peacefully and lovingly live the life we each choose.

SOLON & BEYOND: Taking a peak at past columns

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 sit here at my contrary computer with crossed fingers and a prayer that it will cooperate with me today! This is Monday, January 6, 2020, and after reading our daily Morning Sentinel paper of January 4, with the headline on the front page saying; “Sentinel to debut digital-only Mondays; Cost-saving measure to preserve newsroom jobs starting March 2.”; I was shocked to say the least! Anyway it had got me thinking of how much many things had changed in all the years I have been writing a column in the many papers over the years. The above information was written by J. Craig Anderson, of the Portland Press Herald…for those who didn’t see it, it goes on to say; “Four daily newspapers in Maine, including the Morning Sentinel, will cease production of their Monday print editions as of March 2 in a cost-cutting move to preserve newsroom jobs, according to their CEO.”

I admit to being, “Old Fashioned,” and believe me I know that many of the values of yester-year are long gone!….but now that I have reached the ripe old age of 90, I find some things beyond my understanding! The thing about that change, is what will some of the older folks do for their news if they don’t have a computer?

History is very important to me, and so I got out some of the old papers I had written for in the past. The following is taken from a Skowhegan Reporter, Skowhegan, Maine, Nov. 3, 1988. My column was headed by lots of hearts, (12) and the words, “The friendliest town in the state” SOLON. Had told a couple of people I’d probably have to leave town after 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 everyone a good laugh). Can’t remember what worthy cause I might have been standing up for at that time.) But this dreamer’s heart can’t help dreaming that maybe a seed of thought was planted in a few minds. This column went on to say, Do you remember last winter when someone sent one of my columns to President Ronald Reagan? Well, the other day I had a letter from him, no mention of the article but it starts out on a real friendly note, Dear Marilyn,” he goes on to tell what his goals were etc., and I quote, “It’s our responsibility, yours and mine, as a beacon of freedom and liberty for the world.”

Another one of the Somerset Reporters, this one Thursday, Nov. 19, 1987, “Somerset County’s paper since 1840,” and below the name it has these words: “Better is the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Proverbs 15:16. Across the top of the weekly paper it says: “Hometown news from Skowhegan, Madison, Bingham, Moscow, Athens, Cornville, Madison, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Canaan, Mercer, Norridgewock and more. In the corner it says Somerset County’s Largest Weekly Newspaper.

One of the front page stories in the above paper is as follows: “Today’s the day smokers are urged to “but out.” What started as an upbeat, good natured effort to encourage smokers to give up cigarettes for 24-hours, is now considered a successful campaign to get puffers to quit the habit – for good.

It’s the annual “Great American Smokout Day” today, November 19, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and hospitals throughout the Central Maine area. (I’m wondering how many of you who are reading the above can remember that day…and did you quit?)

And now for Percy’s memoirs: When things seem hopeless, trust God and do what’s right. First think: God is on my side! He wants to help me. Second say: “I will rejoice and be patient through this hopeless situation.” Next pray: ask God to help you trust in him. Finally obey: patiently wait for God to work things out. God always keeps his promises, so you can depend on him to help you. That little piece of paper has been sitting here for days, don’t know who wrote it.

Also from Percy, to make you laugh, from that little book I was telling you about: …Great Minds Discuss Ideas, Average Minds Discuss Events…Small Minds Discuss People.

SOLON & BEYOND: 4-H’ers hold November meeting; Words from a little book to contemplate

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

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

Thanks be to my son Peter for coming down on a cold icy winter night to straighten out this strange, contrary computer for me. I knew that there wasn’t going to be any paper last week, and I had tried my best to get the thing up and running again for several days without success. I had come to the point of even considering using some pretty foul words (but , I didn’t!).

The worst part was the blasted machine had put an email of a 4-H Club report that I should have received and put in this paper weeks ago; so even though it is late but I’m going to send it anyway.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H had their monthly meeting on November 9. They had 13 members in attendance and three visitors. The craft project was making decorative plates with fabrics.

Cooper Dellarma started the business meeting. They shared information on making swags or center pieces at the Christmas workshop being offered at the Somerset County Extension office. They voted in favor of adopting a family for Christmas dinner. They also voted in favor to donate items to the animal shelter and have a Yankee swap at our Christmas party. During the meeting They also elected officers.

Received the following e-mail from Carol Dolan: The next Embden Historical Society meeting is Monday, April 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Community Center (797) Embden Pond Road, Embden). At 7 p.m., Jack Gibson will give his presentation along with a Power Point presentation of ” Properties, Trails & History of Somerset Woods.” ( There is some land in Embden that’s part of this.)

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and it will continue into the new year which will be here when this issue comes out.

I came across these words in a little book by Susan Polis Schutz entitled “One World, One Heart.” We who inherit the earth will cheer the new moon peaking through the womb who admire the green leaves of summer turning to lustrous reds and yellows who watch them fall to the ground cold, brown and stiff.

We who give birth to new life who are exhilarated by the sun rising who are romanced by the sun setting who dream to the floating clouds…

We who have a passing mark on the future of the world must have the same heart must have compassion for one another must have respect for one another must understand that though we have differences we all want the same things Nothing should divide us.

I admit that I dream a lot but I’m hoping and praying that these words stay with many of you in this coming year: All Hearts Must Be One: Everyone has the same emotions, Everyone has the same feelings, Everyone has the same desires, No matter where we live or what we believe in all hearts must be one. We must make the world a place where love dominates our hearts, nature sets the standard for beauty, simplicity, and honesty are the essence of our relationships , kindness guides our actions and everyone respects one another.

And now for Percy’s memoir: He had helped me write these columns for many years, and it was a sad day on November 4, 2015, when he died at the ripe old age of 17. He had been giving his advice on how to live and love at the end of these columns for much of that time. (I did let him write the whole column one week, and his faithful readers were truly pleased!) Received a little book (5+ 7) and only 24 pages book for Christmas that I shall treasure, called Positive Thinking and Laughter For The Soul. The following is from that little book and remember the words as you enter 2020! Life isn’t about Waiting For The Storm To Pass…It’s About Learning To Dance in The Rain… So I wish you very Happy New Year!

SOLON & BEYOND: Received a letter from NRCM

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 a most welcome letter this week that pleased me greatly. It was from the Natural Resources Council of Maine…and it starts with these words: “Thank you for submitting your letter to the editor titled Thankful for Strong Opposition to CMP Corridor that ran on November 17, in the Kennebec Journal. We value your commitment to make the public aware of this critical environmental issue.

“We welcome you to become an NRCM member. Your letter to the editor is aligned with the work that we do. We would like you to partner with us.

“When you join NRCM you are giving the gift of clean air and clean water to the next generation. You are helping safeguard large tracts of land that are home to treasured wildlife and are our solace.

“United we can do what no person can do alone. NRCM raises the collective voice of more than 20,000 supporters in front of state and federal officials, corporations, and policy makers. We protect Maine’s environment through sound science and un wavering advocacy efforts. We connect concerned citizens – like you – with the environmental issues of our time.

“Thank you, again, for bringing awareness to concerns facing the nature of Maine. You have made a difference. If you ever have questions or would like additional information about the projects we are working on, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please join us as a member today. Sincerely, Stacie Haines; Membership Director. Protecting the Nature of Maine. ”

I was pleased to get that letter which said that it was seen in the Kennebec Journal. I have written several letters to the editor about my feelings for the CMP Corridor through Maine’s beautiful wilderness. Some have been printed, like the one that was mentioned in this letter, but I had given up, and then it was printed.

This issue of The Town Line will be the last one until after the New Year so I am short on news….but hope you will enjoy this poem in these dark, dreary days we’ve been having…It is called All Things Bright and Beautiful. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, He made them, every one, He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty Who has made all things well. (words by Cecil Frances Alexander)

And now for Percy’s memoir called, Of Gifts of Life: Do what you can with the gifts of life and gifts of heart and mind, while they are still within our power to share with humankind – for it is seldom meant to be that gifts we own today, will be forever ours to keep or ours to give away. Don’t let them fade to trials of time or waste to dearths of age, for they are like the joys of youth and luxuries of wage, they’re ours to own for just a while,to do with as we can, that will endear our souls to God and grace our fellow man. (Words by Michael Dubina.)

Have a wonderful happy, Merry Christmas!

SOLON & BEYOND: Embden Historical Society in the 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!

The Solon Congregational Church will be having a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m., at the Solon Congregational Church on North Main Street, on Saturday, December 14. Entertainment will be Voices of Hope, all male quartet, and the Liberty String Band. Refreshments will be served, and admission is a donation at the door.

Received an e-mail from Carol Dolan about upcoming events of the Embden Historical Society, Inc. The committees for the 2020 year are as follows: Boston Post Cane: Larry Witham, Brainard Tripp and Emily Quint; Cemetery: Johnny Bigelow, Mitchell Quint, Bob Donovan, Patty Cobb, Billy Messer and Bob Berry. Genealogical, Emily Quint and Bob Donovan. Historical/scrapbook Team: Carol Reed and Emily Quint: Nominating: Two members to be appointed in July; two months before annual meeting. Set to rule over us: Carol Dolan; Historical Recordings: Emily Quint; Guest Book: Volunteer Refreshment Coordinator, Carol Dolan. Scholarship: Sara Donovan, Brainard Tripp, Mary Hatch and Jerry Sass. Town House and Grounds: Larry Witham, Bob Donovan, Jim Lightbody, Brainard Tripp, Ken Ingalls and Mitchell Quint. Lawn Care: Ken Ingalls and Recording Secretary and Year – In – Review: Mary Frear.

Meetings for the above is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Town House, unless otherwise stated. No regular meetings are held in December, January, February and March. Program is subject to change. Dues are payable in August for the upcoming year at the rate of $3 per person. Dues may be mailed any time to the Treasurer, Bob Donovan, 547 Dunbar Hill Road, Embden, Maine 04958. If a check, please make payable to Embden Historical Society. Any donations made, unless otherwise ear-marked will be placed in the Scholarship Fund, given annually.

Volunteerism provides for a strong group interested in preserving local history.

Lief and I attended the New Hope Church, in Solon, on South Main Street, on December 7, for the wonderful program put on by the Skowhegan Community Chorus and Voices of Hope Quartet Christmas Concert. There were many other people in attendance who enjoyed the event as well. According to the program, there are 35 members in this choir, and most of them, if not all took part to blend their voices for all of us who attended to enjoy!

There was also a quartet that sang six songs, made up of Kenneth Martin, director, Mark Cayouette, Craig Carl and Valmore Vigue.

A solo was sung by Deborah Perkins.

Refreshments and visiting after the program were enjoyed as well before everyone stepped out into the very cold weather that evening, but it was worth it!.

Lief and I had a wonderful time one day last week when we traveled to Portland and met with his son Dean, his granddaughter, Kristin, and his great-grand-daughter, Dryce, who all live in Georgia. They were staying with relatives in New Hampshire. We met them at the half way spot, after bad weather and sickness had held us apart. We don’t get to see them very often, and we all had a wonderful time!

The visiting cardinals are still with us, and the female is still trying to peck through the window glass to get in to see us. It makes me feel quite inhospitable and sad, but the only thing we can do is continue to put seeds in the little glass bird feeder that is stuck to the window where she lands. ( I appreciated your column on cardinals last week, thanks, Roland)

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, Peace on Earth: Hear, O God, this holy season, hear my prayer for peace on all the earth; You came on earth to be our Brother- No other reason for Your birth. You came not as a conquering monarch To force allegiance from a slave – You came to win my love and service, As in a dim-lit cave. A little Child will surely lead us Where a conqueror must fail-E’en three rich kings on stately camels, Bowing, murmuring “Child, all hail.” And so my prayer-for peace I whisper To the God who made us all; Little Child, our God, our Brother, On this our earth let blessings fall. (words by Rev. Thomas Foy. )

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

SOLON & BEYOND: Model flyers meet for indoor fly-in

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

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

I am pleased to have some news about Lief’s favorite club that he enjoys so much, the Franklin County Aircraft Modelers Club, Deadstick Landings. The club members hold their Indoor Flying at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, in Madison, every Thursday 9 a.m. – noon. (Donations Appreciated).

The meeting of the club was called to order on November 26 by president Lew Gordon with five members present. The secretary’s report for the October meeting was approved as printed in the November Newsletter. The treasurer’s report was read by Frank Bedard and accepted as read.

Under old business: It was mentioned for the record that the club owns two lawn tractors and a field roller. The roller will be used by the airport owner to maintain the runways which we also use.

Under new business: As no new nominations were made for the club, a motion was made to close nominations and for the secretary to cast one ballot for the slate of officers as listed in the November Newsletter. That list is as follows and the secretary did cast one ballot for the nomination. Elected were: Wayne White – President, James Towle – Vice President; Frank Bedard – Treasurer, William Connor – (Randy) – Secretary and Wayne White – Safety Officer.

A motion was made, and seconded and passed after discussion that Lew Gordon be removed as a second signer on the club banking accounts and Wayne White, newly-elected president, be added to the accounts as a second signer. Treasurer Frank Bedard will see that this is accomplished.

After the business was concluded, a lengthy discussion ensued of all the benefits of growing old! (I would really liked to have been there to hear that one!)

Motion made to adjourn past at 7:28 p.m. Minutes respectively submitted by secretary pro tem Joseph Gilbert.

The next meeting will be on February 25, at 7 p.m., at the Calvary Pentecostal Church.

There won’t be any Embden Historical Society, Inc., meetings during the months of January, February and March. The April 13, 2020, meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; Program at 7 p.m.: Properties, Trails & History of Somerset Woods. Chairperson; Carol Dolan, (slide presentation) by Jack Gibson, location: Embden Community Center, 797 Embden Pond Road, Embden

We have a beautiful guest at our large window off the living room in our home recently. She has been knocking on the window and staring in at us all day for over two weeks, it is a beautiful female cardinal. The male cardinal quite often comes and drags her away, appearing quite upset with her, but she persists and comes right back! (I wonder if any of you who read this have ever had it happen at your house?) We are enjoying watching this beautiful creature, and even put a small feeder which glues to the glass for her but she continues to tap on the glass!

Peter and Sherry had their annual family get together for Thanksgiving on the Sunday before and we all look forward to it! This year there were 28 of us who enjoyed all the love and great food together. They always have a different game after the dinner, and seems as though that gets better every year, there was lots of laughter and good fun going on. As always, Mark and Karen drove up from Florida for the wonderful event, the awful snow and rain storms made it more difficult, but everyone got back home safely!

And now for Percy’s memoir called, “Heart Gifts.” It’s not the things that can be bought that are life’s richest treasure, it’s just the little “heart gifts” that money cannot measure. A cheerful smile, a friendly word, a sympathetic nod are priceless little treasures from the storehouse of our God. They are the things that can’t be bought with silver or with gold, for thoughtfulness and kindness and love, are never sold. They are the priceless things in life for which no one can pay and the giver finds rich recompense in giving them away. ( words by Helen Steiner Rice.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Town to hold preliminary budget meeting; to discuss marijuana opt-in options

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

Received this e-mail from the Solon Town Office: There will be a preliminary budget meeting for annual town meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office conference room. This is a preliminary meeting to discuss town budget issues before the annual budget meeting and the marijuana “Opt In” options for a town vote in March.

The selectmen will be attending a workshop on December 4 on the new marijuana laws and what it means for the towns.

Also Selectman Keith Gallagher is resigning effective November 28, 2019. He and his family are moving out of state in December. The selectmen are sad to see him leave. He has been a real asset to the town and brought new knowledge and insight to the board of selectmen.

The selectmen will not hold a special election to fill his seat. Instead, at the March 2020 annual town meeting there will be two selectmen positions on the ballot; one a three-year term and one a one-year term. Selectman Sarah Davis will be running again for the three-year term position.

Nomination papers will be available for the two selectmen positions and the road commissioner position on Wednesday, November 27, and due back by Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The nomination papers will be available from the town clerk and are required to have the signatures of at least 25 registered Solon voters when they are turned in.

That is all the recent news I have since I just sent my column for this week. (I will be delivering the papers on Wednesday that week because of Thanksgiving the next day.)

Hoping to give you a few laughs, I’m going to write down an old poem (October 4, 1943). It was one I had written for English I, at Flagstaff High School, I had named it Saving Gas! Some people go to the movies in cars, and that is luck, But we have to go in a breezy old truck. What do we care, if we only get there. With many a song our singing is rare. We don’t have much style, but we have lots of fun. The people of Stratton always know when we’ve come!

I received an A- for this crazy poem, we had some great teachers! But…… there wasn’t any movie theater in Flagstaff, but there was one in Stratton and my wonderful uncle loaded up his truck with as many of us who fit in safely, and off we would go to Stratton! I brings back many wonderful memories!

Now I want to tell you more about the great calendars we at the Skowhegan Adult Ed teacher-less painting class have had made. There are some beautiful special pictures painted by members in this group for each 12 months of the year 2020. Much of the work done to get these calendars finished was done by Lee York, who has been with this group of artists since the beginning. I can’t call them my students since I don’t teach them anything, but I do call them wonderful friends. Don’t know how to tell you how proud I am of these painter friends of mine and their talent shows in the paintings. If any of you are interested in purchasing a calendar you can call me at 643-5805. The money that we take in for them is going to go towards scholarships.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Don’t wait with longing for the day when better times might come your way. Discard the fears that may depress; Live now and garner happiness.

It’s such a waste to dwell on gloom. Though you have problems, find the room for loving when the path is rough; For laughter when the going’s tough.

To fully live means you must face whatever comes with humble grace. And if you mourn, turn it to praise. How much to do, how few the days!

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

SOLON & BEYOND: Poolers honored as 4-H volunteers

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

Was happy to receive the following e-mail from Pat Hunt: “I’m sure you remember my husband, Rev. Tim Hunt, the pastor of New Hope E Free Church, in Solon, who passed away in January. A month after his death, I was asked to go on a two-week mission’s trip to Ireland, which seemed like an absolute impossibility at the time. However, I was able to go from October 21 – November 5, and found it to be a simply amazing experience! Our team of three workers with the Dublin Christian Mission (the second oldest such mission in the world) and during our two-week stay, we served hundreds of meals to the homeless and poured incalculable cups of tea and coffee. We also had the wonderful experience of touring much of the country and seeing the old ruins of castles, walls, and homes from this centuries-old civilization.”

For those of you who wondered at the abrupt ending of my column last week, my computer is playing tricks on me again! I had sent my entire version of news facts for things that had happened, and what was coming up, but all of it never made it to The Town Line office……and so, luckily, they will get printed in time.

But before that I will start with the rest of the article about the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club news that was left out in the middle of it. I had written about what some of the members had received awards for ending with Mathew Ladd, in poultry. The next name of the 4H member left out was Macie Plowde, in Plant Science for her Wildflowers. Lacie Dickey was honored by being the outstanding secretary again this year.

Eleanor Pooler and Rance Pooler received certificates and pins for being 4-H volunteers. Eleanor for 60 years and Rance for 50 years.

There will be a craft fair at the New Portland Community Library on December 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 899 River Road, in New Portland . If you wish to reserve a table, call 628-6561 or drop in .$10 per table with three tables left. Things offered are Christmas ornaments, baked goods, wreaths, gifts…and more! Join us for last minute holiday shopping!

The Embden Community Center now has a warming center! The community center now has a generator. If there is a power outage and citizens need a place, to fill water containers, use bathroom facilities, including access to showers, place to charge phones or just someone to talk to, the community center will be open. Hours will be posted on the door. Games will be available. More to come,

Then, of course, there was Percy’s weekly memoir: “A Touch of Loveliness.” Add a touch of loveliness to the things you say and do. Give pleasure to more people by a happy smile, won’t you? Be thoughtful of the people whom you meet in shop and store, then to God you will be dearer. He will love you even more. Aim higher , think kinder, be a better, nicer you, aim higher, think kinder, for this world has need of you. (words by Sr. Mary Gemma Brunke)

Some news I just received from Beyond: On November 23 there is a Huntah’s Supper at the Wellington VFW from 4 – 7 p.m., sponsored by the Wellington VFW and Wellington Church.

Just received the following e-mail : Samual and June (Withee) Knox were honored September 21, 2019, at the Tewksbury Hall, in Skowhegan, for their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebration was given to them by their daughter Emily and son Ethan with the help of family. Samual and June reside in Madison.

Now just a short thought as I cross my fingers and hope that this column will reach it’s destination with no problems: “Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away, but never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.

SOLON & BEYOND – Gallagher resigns: no special election planned

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

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

Selectman Keith Galla­gher is resigning effective November 28, 2019. He and his family are moving out of state in December. The selectmen are sad to see him leave. He has been a real asset to the town and brought new knowledge and insight to the Board of Selectmen.

The selectmen will not hold a special election to fill his seat. Instead at the March 2020 annual town meeting there will be two selectmen positions on the ballot, one a three-year term and one a one-year term. Selectman Sarah Davis will be running again for a three-year term.

Nomination papers will be available for the two selectmen positions and the road commissioner position on Friday, November 29, and due back by Tuesday, January 7. The nomination papers will be available from the town clerk and are required to have the signatures of at least 25 registered Solon voters when they are turned in.

For those considering the selectman position, remember the selectmen meet every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Also in the spring they do property tax assessing several other days. Most of the work is done on computers using Word and Excel so familiarity with those programs is very helpful.

For those considering road commissioner a Class A or B driver license is needed along with knowledge of plowing, road maintenance, and equipment maintenance. It is a full time job with overtime when weather and/or road conditions demand it. The roadcommissioner is in charge of the road crew employees.

Elaine Aloes, selectman, town of Solon, PO Box 214, 121 South Main Street, Solon., Maine 04979, 207-643-2541- 2864, Fax. Office Hours Mon-Wed.Fri . 8 a.m. to noon and 1- 4 p.m., Wed., 6 to 7:45 p.m. Please visit the web site: solon.maine.gov.

Somerset County recently held its annual County Achievement Night at the Kennebec Valley Grange Hall, in Madison. The Solon Pine Tree 4H Club was the outstanding club in Somerset County. Several members received county awards in their projects. Kaitelyn De Leanardis in arts and crafts, Cooper Dellarmar, in forestry, for his maple syrup, Autumn Ladd, in dog, and Matthew Ladd, in poutlry.

SOLON & BEYOND: News from Solon Elementary School

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

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

As always, I was very pleased to receive the Solon School News, to share with you. They have some great activities going on.

The Solon Civil Rights Team has had a busy start to the school year. Part of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, it’s responsibility is for the education of young minds about matters of discrimination regarding race, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, and disability.

The team advisors are Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Jillson. The team is made up of students in grades 4-5 who will organize activities for the school.

The team celebrated Unity Day on October 23. They asked students and staff members to wear orange in support of Unity Day, and there was a great response.

The Civil Rights Team 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 4-21 to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard.

The team has displayed a beautiful banner welcoming everyone to the school on Welcome Day, October 25.

The Solon Civil Right Team members are Isabella Atwood, Izaiah Busler,Kaylynn Clark, Amelia Cooper, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Katlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Emerson Golden, Veronica Hoffman, Alex Jerkins, Elijah Katz, Jayden McKenney, Joseph McLaughlin, Nevaeh Palmer, Riley Pelkey and Jillian Robinson.

In addition to a Civil Rights Team, they have a Kind Kids Club made up of K-3 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 10, the Solon Fire Department visited the school to do presentations about fire safety in conjunction with Fire Safety Week. Firefighters Todd Dixon and Jenny Rollins, of the Solon Fire Department, talked to students about how to keep safe in the event of a fire. The firefighters brought goodie bags for the students.

The school administration thanks the Solon Fire Department for their continuous education and support of the students at the school. First grade Naturalists at work. This fall Mrs. Campell’s first grade students watched their butterfly house as beautiful butterflies emerged from their chrysalides. The students released the butterflies outside the school.

There will be a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 4-21. Please send in donations of nonperishable food items to help the students in this community service project. Food will be donated to the Solon Food Cupboard. Sponsored by the Solon Civil Rights Team.

Mark Your Calendar! No School Days: November 11 Veterans Day Holiday and November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break. Christmas Activites: December 9. District Chorus, Christmas Concert, 6 p.m., CCS. December 12 Solon Christmas Program, 6 p.m., and December 17, PTO Children’s Christmas Shopping Day (donations appreciated). PTO meeting on November 14 at 6 p.m.

Book Buddies Enjoy Books Together: Students in kindergarten and fifth grade are meeting once a week as book buddies. The older students read to the younger students and sometimes the younger students read to the older students.

Had lots of fun yesterday helping Amanda at the Christmas Fair, at Carrabec High School. There were lots and lots of other people there enjoying themselves as well. As I sat watching everyone, there were lots of hugs being exchanged with love; and I got lots also, from friends that I see there every year. Another thing that made my day was sitting there cuddling a precious little baby.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Each day you are provided many opportunities to practice peacemaking. St. Francis wrote, “For it is in giving that we receive.” By giving peace you will receive peace, and after you are at peace your problems all dissolve. By becoming a peacemaker you are literally providing yourself with a remedy for virtually all your anxious moments. Today be on the alert for any opportunity to become a peacemaker. (words by Wayne W. Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.)

I know I dream a lot, but I used these same words for Percy’s memoir in this column in the October 19, 2017 issue. I hope some of you tried this advice. The world definitely needs all the help it can get!