SOLON & BEYOND: Awards presented to bookmark contest winners

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

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

On an assembly at Solon Elementary School on March 20, town librarian Megan Myers and library trustee Rich Roberts presented awards to the winners of the sixth annual Bookmark Contest that the school holds in conjunction with the Coolidge Public Library. Each winner received a certificate and a book from the library, and their bookmarks have been duplicated to pass out to library patrons. Bookmark winners are Charlotte Hamilton, Nevaeh Palmer, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Karen Baker, Olive Macdonald, Layla Andrews, and Lillianna McCoy.

Kindergarten screening for students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019 will be held on Tuesday, May 7, at Carrabec Community School. Please call Heidi Atwood at 696-3100 to make an appointment for your child to be screened.

Third Quarter Honor Roll: All A’s; Katelyn Deleonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, Lane Frost, Cody James, Madyson Mckenney, Macie Plourde, Jillian Robinson and William Rogers. All A,s B’s: Isabella Atwood, Karen Baker, Kaylynn Clark, Amelia Cooper, David Dixon, Veronica Hoffman, Jayden McKenny, Ella Mckinnon, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Riley Pelkey, Annabell Roderick, Thomas Roderick, Asron Soosman, Kaitlyn Soucie and Fisher Tewksbury.

Dates to remember: Public Hearing on the budget on April 25, at 6 p.m., at Carrabec High School. Budget referendum vote Tuesday, May 7.

Career Days Scheduled: RSU #74 will be holding three Career Days for K-5 students in May. Each Career Day will be held at the Garret Schenck School for students from all three elementary schools. Each student will hear three speakers talk about their jobs so that students begin to learn about career options when they’re young.

Career Days will be May 2 for grades K-1, May 16 for grades 2-3, and May 23 for grades 4-5. The timeframe will be 8:30 – 10:15 each day. Parents are welcome to join them for Career Day activities.

The following e-mail was sent to me about the April meeting of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club by the secretary. “Last meeting we had 14 members and four leaders. We had Cooper as president and Sarah did this report. Craig did lice spray, Devon and Mat did string art. Katelyn and Autumn made ambrosia.

April 27 has been set up for two members to give their demonstrations at Bingham Grange. There will be a supper at 6 p.m. for everyone.

After we had refreshments.

On May 4 we will have the Luck of the Draw. The kids will help by being runners. Hailey Dellarma will be making a basket for that.

Next meeting will be on May 11. We will be doing stepping stones.

Received the following e-mail with the words, “Support Local Yarn Store Day,” on April 27, 2019. Dear Yarn Friends, Next Saturday is LYS (Local Yarn Store) Day, an occasion for folks worldwide to step out and show support for their local brick and mortar yarn stores.

We think it’s a perfect opportunity for us to let you know how much we appreciate all of you. You truly are what puts the “Happy” in Happknits!

Any yarn purchase on that day will get your name entered into a drawing for a $25 Happyknits gift certificate. We will also be offering a free download of the yet-unpublished Magical Thinking shawl pattern from Ravelry designer Casapinka to anyone who purchases the yarn to make it.

We hope you can stop by between 9 a,m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Saturday, April 27: “Earth Day” Kennebec Banks Picnic Area Clean-up (April 28 rain date) from 1 to 4 p.m. Will you help us clean up our popular Kennebec Banks Picnic Area? Every year many wonderful volunteers help us get this beautiful river park ready for the summer. Please join us! With your help we hope to be even more ambitious by picking up litter from the east side of the Eddy to the picnic area and boat launch.

And now for Percy’s memoir:

Be glad that your life has been full and complete,
Be glad that you’ve tasted the bitter and sweet,
Be glad that you’ve walked in sunshine and rain,
Be glad that you’ve felt both pleasure and pain,
Be glad for the comfort that you’ve found in prayer…
Be glad of God’s blessings …His love and His care.

(words by Helen Steiner Rice)

SOLON & BEYOND: Revisiting a past interview

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

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

Baker Mountain Ski Tow, in Moscow, had a great ski season with all the wonderful snow. Thank you to all the volunteers who made that possible. On March 24 they held age-category and male/female races and a BBQ. Winners of the races included snowboarders: (kids) first place winners, Levi Hills; (age 13-17) Drake Whittemore, Jada Ward, and Alvaro Martin; second, Nikk Dube; (adults) first place, Dennis O’Connor and Kelly Vicneire. Ski winners included: first place, Hunter Tewksbury, Cylee Pratt, Tian Jacques, Tyler Jacques; second, Fisher Tewksbury, Hallam Singer, Ethan Wyman, and third, Xavier Belanger, (adults) first, Damian Belanger and Maria Cirelli; second, Tanya Langly; third, Rachel Tremblay.

The above e-mail was sent to me by Judy Belanger.

And….sad but true, that is all the local news that I have received for this weeks column. By now you know that I have been going through old papers from times gone by. They all had long columns of what people had been doing, who had been visiting who, etc… the times, they have changed in these modern days.

I am sad to tell you of the death of my brother-in-law, Howard Rogers, of Solon, who died last week at the age of 97. He had just recently received the Boston Post Cane as Solon’s oldest resident.

Howard and his wife Peggy moved from Flagstaff to Solon back when we were flooded out and had to move. I always enjoyed talking with him about the friends we had there, and the good old days. I’m afraid that I’ll be the only one left soon that remembers way back then.

The other day I came across a, issue of The Town Line paper printed on September 18, 2008, with Percy’s and my picture on the front page. Under the picture, these words were printed: Marilyn Rogers discusses Percy’s philosophical contributions for her weekly column, Solon and Beyond. The article was written by Lyn Rowden , and the picture was of Percy and me laying on the floor, ( and it did look as if we were discussing something!) Lyn also took the picture.

The following is some of what Lyn wrote about Percy and me: “I like to write , I have no formal training but I like to record history, and have it to go back to,” she said. For nearly 25 years she has been doing just that, writing of local events for local papers. She had a weekly column in the Morning Sentinel. She wrote for the Skowhegan Reporter which became the Somerset Reporter and later the Somerset Gazette. She also contributed articles to the Carney Brook Chronicle of Bingham and the Chronicle of Jackman. She had her first front page in 1986 with the Somerset Reporter. In that paper she liked to add old photos and write about historical events such as log drives, which ceased in 1976. “My step-father was on the drive: I wish he would write it all down, she said, noting that it is important to record these happenings while people are still here who remember them. Then, I just had to admire her spunk when she put aside her documentarian side and added, ‘I don’t write about political things anymore, but I can get controversial if something doesn’t seem right to me. Even if sometimes people don’t like it. I stand up for what I believe in,’ she avows, a true believer in the freedom and power of the press. (It was a wonderful long column, with lots of other complements to Percy and me, and our writing, on a blustery, cold, snowy day recently, it really lifted my spirits!

Lyn ended her column that day with these words about Percy: Percy was adopted as a stray kitten nine years ago and has made himself at home. I would say his philosophy is like Marilyn’s: he adopted a home and embraces it as she does Solon.; “he’s a different animal,” she says, and she’s a positively uncommon soul too; he is beautiful, talented, sharp-witted, playful, a great and loving companion and “a good judge of character,” and full of the very words Marilyn would use if Percy didn’t come up with them first.

I asked Percy if he could come up with some lines to pay tribute to Marilyn at the end of my article, and he obliged saying:”To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.” Marilyn, you have succeeded; Solon and way, way beyond love you!”

SOLON & BEYOND: Food cupboard at new location

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 an e-mail from Linda French which is very important. People seem to be having trouble with the new location of the food cupboard. It has been moved to 120 Pleasant Street, in Solon. Just before you turn onto the Brighton Road. It is open the second and fourth weeks of the month on Thursday and Friday. The hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number to call is you want to check to see if it is open or if you need to make arrangements for a different time is 430388.

Received the following news by a letter from Charlotte Withee, in Anson: Athena Cemetery Association meeting at the Anson Town Office meeting room on Thursday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m.

I had begun to think spring was finally here. The snow had been melting every day, and it was beginning to look more like spring, but then I looked out the window, and it was snowing AGAIN! And it wasn’t long before I received an e-mail that school had been canceled in MSAD #54 schools because of the weather. So now I will have to call all my friends in our painting club at Skowhegan High School and tell them there won’t be any meeting tonight.

Lief and I went to the Solon Congregational Church sale last Saturday at Solon Elementary School, and were very impressed with all the people that had tables there, it was a great fair. Now, mustn’t forget Percy’s memoir; Never accept the negative until you have explored the positive.

As you know by now, I’ve been going through old clippings from old columns back when I used Salada Tea tag sayings (this one from December 2, 1994). “This week I’d like to thank Ben Safford for the tea tags that he saved for me, thanks so much Ben. And so from Salada Tea, Ben and me…“Time wounds all heels.” Now I must run and call all my friends to tell them there won’t be any painting class tonight!

SOLON & BEYOND: Activities at Somerset Woods, model aircraft flyers

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 the following e-mail from Somerset Woods Trustees: Forest Birds, Save-the Dates, & Weston Woods & Waters. SWT Hosts Audubon’s “Forestry for Maine Birds” at Weston, Madison. Did you know that Maine is said to be a “baby bird factory?” Do you love birds and would like to learn how to maintain your forests to improve the habitat for more bird species? There will be a meeting on the above on Monday, June 10, from 4 – 8 p.m. Register at mainaudubon.org/ffmb. There is a book called Guidebook for Foresters Managing Woodlots ‘With Birds in Mind.

I am going to give you the dates in April when the Weston Woods and Waters will be having other events, Save-the-Dates. April 25: Eaton Kennebec River Trail workday: Ready to use those loppers? We are looking for folks to help us improve SWT’s Eaton River Trail on East River Road in Skowhegan.The time will be 3 – 6 p.m., on this date to help us get this trail ready for the summer. Once you see Eaton Rivers trails, it’s going to be one of your favorites! More details to follow asap!

Another event the Somerset Woods Trustees are having is on Saturday, April 27: Earth Day, Kennebec Banks Picnic Area Clean-up (April 28 rain date) from 1 to 4 p.m. Can you help us spruce up our popular Kennebec Banks Picnic Area? Every year many wonderful volunteers help us clean-up the area. Please join us! With your help we hope to be even more ambitious by picking up litter from the east side of the Eddy to the picnic area and boat launch. ( According to the e-mail I received, there aren’t any events listed for the month of May at this time.)

I received the following e-mail from one of the members of the Franklin County Aircraft Modelers Club. It starts, “We Dare You! To Actually Fly .”This is not a game, so you’ll find no reset buttons here.

We want you to experience the excitement and satisfaction of piloting model air planes.

Today there are so many aircraft models to choose from: Fixed Wing land and float planes, Sail – Helicopter Quad.

We have models you can borrow to train and with free instruction!

Scale and 3-D, All flown safely – remotely, using either ground view or from aircraft perspective (FPV).

Indoor flying is held at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, in Madison, summer flying places are at Whispering Pines, on the Embden Road, and at Lily Pond, in Concord. (Any of you who know Lief, know how much he enjoys anything to do with planes and flying, is a member of this club.)

Received the following e-mail from Angela Stockwell, of the Margaret Chase Smith Library, in Skowhegan: Cold temps but warmer days give us hope that spring is around the corner. The March newsletter is available for viewing and features Director David atop a snow bank that touches the roof. And we just discovered that Georgia McKearly is a songwriter! And with all the talk about “the wall” a featured article describes the Berlin Wall with a photo of MCS standing outside the Brandenburg Gate. The U.S. Senate Youth Program selections were made and two students from Maine traveled to Washington DC. One regional contest for National History Day in Maine has been held; one more to go, and then on to the state competition. Scholars continue to study the career of Margaret Chase Smith.

And here is Percy’s memoir for this week, cheerfully called: “Welcome Spring.” O welcome Spring! We’ve waited long To feel your touch and hear your song, To smell your flowers-scented breeze, And view again your blossomed trees. O welcome Spring! We’re glad you’re here To spread your beauty and good cheer. You bring god’s vivid promise true… That all things shall be born anew. ( words by Beverly J. Anderson.)

SOLON & BEYOND: First-ever ambulance ride; town meeting highlights

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

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

Had a problem with my computer this morning, and I had to call Peter for help in fixing it. My many thanks for his help, don’t know what I would do without him.

Ever since this new year started, we have been having problems of one kind or another. All the snow has been a big problem. I’m sure many of you have had a hard time with that issue as well, and my sympathy goes out to you.

In January, I took my first ride in an ambulance, in all my many years (I don’t tell how many that is!). On February 20 Lief had to have a pace-maker and that was quite upsetting for awhile. They didn’t get one of the parts connected the first time, and he had to have it done twice. Then it was hard to keep him from doing things that he shouldn’t be doing! (He claims he has two pace-makers, and he points to his chest and then at me!)

Sorry to be negative, but it has been a bit hectic with all the appointments and all, but Lief is doing fine now and says he feels so much better, which is good.

My apologies for taking so long to report on the annual Solon town meeting. There were only 37 people who attended the meeting led by Moderator Peter Mills. There was a municipal resolution: The 2019 Solon, Maine, Maine Spirit of America Foundation Tribute honors Linda French for commendable community service.

A Resolution: Providing for: Recognition of Linda French. Be It Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Solon as follows : Whereas, Linda French has served as a Ballot Clerk for many, many years; and Linda served as a Library Trustee from 1991 through 1996; and Linda served on the Bicentennial Committee from 2006 through 2009; Linda has opened her home and her heart to numerous children in Solon and the surrounding towns and provided them with love, encouragement, and guidance, and sometimes a safe place to stay; Linda has supported families in our town by volunteering at and then managing the Solon Food Cupboard and Thrift Store for many years; now Be It Resolved by the Selectmen of the Town of Solon that Linda French is hereby recognized for her great achievements and honors that she has brought upon this community with the 2019 Solon Spirit of America Foundation Tribute; and Be It Further Resolved that a copy of this resolution be appropriately framed and presented to Linda French for appropriate display. Congratulations, Linda, I am very proud of you.

Many of the first 29 articles passed with very little if any questions or discussion. Articles 30, 31 and 32, that have to do with the problem about the dispute with James Farley about land on the McQuilken Road, has yet to be settled. I will let you know when I hear from the selectmen. The meeting started at 1:30 p.m. and was over by 3:30 p.m., on March 2.

And now for Percy’s memoir: I’m walking down the road of life, My dreams within a sack, And though I always look ahead, There’s a joy in looking back. Things always seem much clearer, When there’s distance in between, And we get the right perspective, For at last we’ve really seen. For we fashion our tomorrows, From mistakes of yesterday, And we profit from the piper’s song, For which we had to pay. We are better for the lessons, That life teaches us so well; There would be no rising upward, If our feet had never fell. It is good to be a doer, But a dreamer has his place; It is helpful to remember, That the turtle won the race. I have found the highway straighter, But I love the beaten track… The view ahead is lovely, But I’m always looking back. (words by Grace E. Easley.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Keystone Eastern Star elects new officers

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

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

Keystone Chapter #78, Order of the Eastern Star, Solon, will have an Installation of Officers on Friday, March 22 at the Masonic Hall in Solon.

Keystone Chapter #78 OES Officers for 2019 – 2020 to be installed are Worthy Matron, Eleanor Pooler PM; Worthy Patron, James A. Owens PGP; Associate Matron, Midge Pomelow PM; Associate Patron, Rance Pooler PP; Secretary, William Merrill PP; Treasurer, Elaine Jillson PM; Conductress, Jean Morang; Associate Conductress Freda Toneatti ; Chaplain, Robert Ward PP; Marshal, Timothy Pomelow PP; Organist, Douglas Drown; Adah, Charly Durgin; Ruth, Donalie Burbank; Esther, Kathleen Perkins PM; Martha……Electa…….Warder, Leon Hilton and Sentinel Neil Hunnewell PP.

The above event will be held at 7:30 p.m., and is open to the public.

The East Madison Historical Association will be welcoming spring by hosting a chili and chowder supper on Saturday, March 30, from 4:30 – 6 p.m., at the East Madison fire station, 1108 East Madison Rd., in Madison. On the menu will be items from the upcoming EMHA cookbook including corn and fish chowders, vegetarian and wild game chili, cornbread, a variety of beverages and desserts. Come join us as we usher out the snow and welcome spring.

I enjoy getting e-mails like the above very much, and get as many of them in as possible.

Solon Elementary School students win District Awards: We are proud to announce the Solon students who have won awards in the RSU #74 District MEA Awards Program, an annual program started in 2010-11, which is open to students from Carrabec Community School, Garret Schenck Elementary School, and Solon Elementary School. Awards are given to the top scores in the district on the Maine Educational Assessment in grades three, four and five in reading/English language arts and math and to the top scorers in fifth grade science.

Winners from Solon for the 2017-18 MEA’s were Kaylynn Clark and Kaitlin Dellarma for grade three reading, Kaitlin Dellarma for grade four math, William Rogers for groud four reading, Gavyn Easler for grade four reading and math, and Desmond Robinson and Gerald Rollins for grade five science.

We thank Mr. and Mrs. Chet Hickox from Embden and the PTO from Solon, CCS, and Garret Schenck for donating to this awards program. Each winner received a certificate, a check for $50, and his/her name on a plaque in the lobby at CCS.

Grades 3-5 students are getting ready to take the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), which will start the week of March 18 and go until April 12. Students in all three grades will take tests in reading/ELA and math. After April vacation, the fifth graders will take a test in science.

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

This week I’m going to use words from a little yellowed slip of paper for Percy’s memoir, entitled, Twelve Reminders: The value of time. The success of perseverance. The pleasure of working. The dignity of simplicity. The worth of character. The power of kindness. The influence of example. The obligation of duty. The wisdom of economy. The virtue of patience. The improvement of talent. The joy of originating. (words by Marshall Field) – Don’t know if some of you may not know that Percy’s real name was Perseverance!

Hope you all have a great week!

SOLON & BEYOND: Fondly remembering Carolyn Waugh

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 weeks’ column is going to start out a little different. It is about friendship and an amazing woman named Carolyn Waugh, of Solon.

I received the following letter after Carolyn died, from one of her friends who lives in Laconia, New Hampshire. I have no idea how this good friend of Carolyn’s got my name and address, but it is a beautiful letter about friendship, that I think should be shared. She started out:

“Carolyn Waugh, Teacher, Mentor, Friend to 1,000 children. Today, the last day of February 2019, I lost my best friend Carolyn Waugh. We were elementary teachers in Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland, and we were the only ‘New Englanders’ in our school. We became fast friends from 1958 to the present day perhaps because we had the same New England accent and enjoyed our conversations each day. They reminded us of home and our loneliness was less each time we talked. Of course, we could understand one another.

“Few people know how generous Carolyn was to others, especially school age children. She made hundreds of mittens, an untold number of shirts and hats, paid for their lunches when no lunch money was available, and bought school supplies when the school funds had run out. Not once did she tell anyone of her generosity. She was the great example of a teacher you would want for your child. She was their friend, the mother substitute for the one that had left the home, the father substitute for the one who was no longer in the home. She dried their tears and told them how important and worthwhile they were. And she never missed a day of school except for severe illness.

“Today, as we ponder the loss of a dear friend and colleague, we are reminded that very good people have been among us, near us, and we should not forget to celebrate their life’s efforts.

“Carolyn Waugh was, indeed, a special person. In her obituary it mentions that Carolyn was educated in one room school houses in Embden, and at Solon High School. After graduating from high school in 1931 at the age of 15, she went to Normal School, in Farmington, and left there two years later with full teaching credentials. She taught in one room school houses in Embden, Cornville, Chesuncook, and other places in Maine and also helped other people to become teachers in a college level school in Presque Isle for a time.

“In November 1942 she joined the Army as a WAAC and WAC and achieved the rank of Tech 4. For part of her years in the service, she served in the Military Intelligence Division War Department. She was honorably discharged in November 1945. And her remarkable life with many more accomplishments continued until she died on February 28, 2019, at the age of 103 years. She had held the Boston Post Cane as Solon’s Oldest Citizen for several years.”

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, March 9, for their sixth meeting with Vice President Hunter Sousa presiding. Hunter Sousa is planning to do his demonstration on composting at the County Demonstration Tournament at the Somerset County Extension Office, in Skowhegan, on Saturday, March 16.

The club voted to make a basket for the Luck of the Draw on Saturday, May 4.

The following members gave their demonstrations: Desmond Robinson, How to make an Apple Swan; Isabelle Atwood and Jillian Robens, How to make Energy Bites; Kaitlin Dellarma, How to make Ice Cream; Macy Plourde, How to make Sun Catchers; and Brooks Sousa, How to make a Compost Barrel.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 13, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Extra Prayer:

When the world falls down around you
And a prayer will see you through,
Say an extra prayer for someone
Who may need it more than you.
For who knows what hearts are breaking
In the silence of the night?
Just that extra prayer you whisper
May help someone see the light!
Every time you help a stranger
With an extra prayer – or two –
You are building secret blessings
That will all come back to you!

(words by Nick Kenny.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Elementary School honor roll released

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 the much welcomed Solon School News letter for February and will start this column with the Second Quarter Honor Roll.

All A’s: Karen Baker, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, Cody James, Macie Plourde and Jillian Robinson.

All A’s & B’s: Isabella Atwood, Amellia Cooper, David Dixon, Lane Frost, Jayden McKenney, Madyson McKenney, Ella Mckinnon, Aiden McLaughlin, Riley Pelkey, Peyton Plourd, Mylee Roderick, William Rogers, Aaron Soosman, Kaitlyn Soucie and Fisher Tewksbury. Congratulations!

Fifth Graders Chosen For Chorus Festival: Two Solon students have been selected to represent RSU #74 at the District IV Chorus Festival to be held at Spruce Mountain School in Jay on April 3. Fifth graders Cody James and Elenoar McKinnon were nominated by their music teacher Mr. Gilbert to perform in the festival, and they were selected along with six other district students in fifth and sixth grade. This festival will include students from schools in Western and Central Maine.

Solon Elementary School is very proud of Cody and Ella!

Civil Rights Team at Solon Elementary School teaches about the Statue of Liberty. At an assembly on February 6, the Solon Civil Rights Team performed a skit on the book Her Right Foot about the Statue of Liberty. We learned a lot!

Preschool Applications Available At Solon School: If you have a child who will be four years old by October 15, stop by to pick up an application for our preschool program for the 2019-20 school year. Please call the school at 643-2491 for more information about our program.

Valentine Activities: Again this year Solon Elementary School scheduled some fun activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They held their annual Secret Cupid activity in which each of them decorated a heart with some kind words for another person in the school. The hearts are displayed on the bulletin board in the lobby.

As you faithful readers know, lately for lack of recent news, I’ve been using some old news in clippings that I collected over these many years. Was very surprised and grateful when I received an e-mail from Jeffrey M. Soper who lives in Windham. (I didn’t realize The Town Line goes that far!) Anyway, I don’t know how long Roland will let me stretch the BEYOND in this column, but I found Mr. Soper’s e-mail to be very interesting. He is trying to gather information about his ancestors for his grandchildren, who are interested. He wrote….”With information gained by my father years ago, I can trace my roots back to my great-grandfather William H. Soper.” He also wrote that he plans to come to Solon: “when the weather is better. Any information that you might be able to provide would be great.”

I wondered at first why he was interested in Solon and then I remembered about the old news I had been putting in The Town Line. …guess what? In the November 28, 2018, here was the answer…Mr. Will Soper owned the first automobile in Solon about 1905. It was a two cylinder Cadillac.” I think that is amazing and unusual and I won’t feel as guilty when I print old news now!

Afraid it’s going to take awhile before the weather improves, as I look out the window this morning the soft white snowflakes are silently drifting down!

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club held their annual town meeting dinner on Saturday with less people than usual supporting them. They did take in $141.00 from the food sale they always have also, which they donate to the Solon Food Cupboard. Thank you to Eleanor Pooler and all your helpers for what you do every year.

I will be writing about what happened at the annual town meeting last Saturday in next week’s column when I get the facts straight.

Jeffery Soper’s e-mail was addressed to Percy also. For all of you who knew Percy when he helped me write this column, you know what an unusual animal he was…..and since you still appear to like his memoirs, this is the one for this week: Heavenly angels, protect my cat so dear, whose loyalty and love are always sincere. Help me keep my friend from harm, purr-fectly happy, well-fed and warm. Bless this darling kitty forever at my side to kiss, to nuzzle and hold with pride.

SOLON & BEYOND: 4Hers, scouts to raise funds at town meeting

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 held a meeting on February 16 with 15 members and two guests, Rebecca Johnson and Cynthia Lewis from GGC Member on Youth.

Three older members did presentations for examples. Cooper made butter, Laci made muffins and Hunter did compost. Those three will be doing the above presentations in the County Demonstrations on March 16.

Members made food plates to be delivered after the meeting.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club members will be putting on the March 2 town meeting dinner from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., at the Solon School before the annual town meeting. They have been doing this for many years, money raised from this will be donated to the Solon Food Cupboard.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club will also being having a Food Sale from 8 a.m. -noon on town meeting day.

Hope many of you will go and support this worthy club with these young people.

Another e-mail that I received from Jennifer Hebert tells of the upcoming Solon Congregational Church’s Inside Craft/Yard Sale. “We are hoping that you will be part of our 2019 Inside Craft/Yard Sale this year. It will be held at the Solon Elementary School on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. This is a great winter blues buster for the community and always draws a good crowd! I am looking forward to hearing from you and having you at our event!”

Another e-mail that I received from Somerset Woods Trustees was very appreciated as usual. It is entitled, “CMP Transmission Line Proposal Wins Governor’s Support.”

Governor Janet Mills has issued her decision to support the 145-mile transmission line across western Maine’s North Woods that will carry hydropower to Massachusetts. Mills believes that the economic and environmental package offered by Central Maine Power is beneficial to Maine. A new 50-mile segment will be cut through the wilderness and a tunnel will be developed underneath the Kennebec River Gorge.

The Natural Resources Council of Maine’s Clean Energy Project Director Dylan Voorhees wrote in a press release that, “Mainers don’t support CMP’s corridor project because it is a bad deal for Maine and our environment. This massive corridor would cause large-scale damage to Maine’s North Woods, would not reduce carbon pollution, and could block local clean energy projects that would provide real jobs and benefits for Mainers. CMP’s settlement offer doesn’t change these fundamental problems. It strikes us as being a desperate and calculated move to win support.”

For more information about the above, the address is Somerset Woods Trustees, P.O. Box 833, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.

As many of you know, I feel very strongly about this proposed CMP Corridor, along with many that I have heard from, after they read my first letter to the editor. And some that I don’t know who are placing their feelings on STOP signs. Wonder how many of you have noticed the big red STOP signs, with the letters underneath CMP? Or some say under the big STOP trusting CMP!

And now for Percy’s memoir: The only way to find rainbows is to look within your heart; the only way to live fairy tales is through the imagination and power of your mind; the only place to begin a search for peace is within your soul; because rainbows, fairy tales, and peace are treasures that grow from the inside out. (words by Evelyn K. Tharp) (I used the above words 12 years ago, even before we lost Percy, hope you like them.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Looking back on a journalism career

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

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

First I would like to thank the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for the wonderful gift of love in the form of a very large plate of home made, delicious cookies on Valentines Day! It was delivered to our door by one of the 4-H members wishing us a Happy Valentine Day. This wonderful club has been in Solon for many, many years, thanks to the leader, Eleanor Pooler; we are truly blessed.

The next meeting of the Embden Historical Society will be on March 11, at 7 p.m., at the Embden Community Center. The DVD “Cut & Run” Changes in Wood Cutting in the 1970s will be played. The film was produced by Richard Searls.

As was voted a couple of years ago, there is no February meeting.

A Happy Valentine’s Day e-mail was sent to me by Happy Knits: The message is, “We hope you get to spend time today with the folks and things (yarn) you love.”

Some folks say that the snow is beautiful and, while we agree, we’re really ready for a bit of color therapy. As a cure for cabin fever, we’d like to prescribe a dose of Noro color!

When I hadn’t received any more recent news before I sat down to write this column, just in case, I had gone through some more old clippings and papers last night. (And there are many of them to look through and reminisce.) Anyway, I came upon this very impressive one written by Darla Pickett back on April 16, 1990. It states, Weekly tabloid, Somerset Gazette, steps into Reporter’s shoes. In bold, large letters are the words, The Somerset Gazette, Central Maine’s Weekly Community Newspaper, Serving The Route 201 Corridor.

It goes on to say: Jackman – Within a week of the closing of The Skowhegan Reporter, a new newspaper has stepped in to fill the gap.

Carrying the masthead, The Somerset Gazette, the weekly tabloid will be published in Jackman by Russ and Gail Lombardi, owners – publishers of the Jackman – Moose River Chronicle for the past two years.

The Skowhegan Reporter (more commonly known as Somerset Reporter until recent months) was shut down by its owner-publisher Howard James on April 3, closing the final chapter on the 150-year history of the paper published under several names.

The Lombardis’ didn’t take long to jump on the bandwagon.

The first complimentary issue of the Gazette is going to hit the mailboxes on Monday, according to Russ Lombardi, who said on Tuesday he is excited about the project.

“It will be a weekly mailed to about 12,000 mailing addresses in Somerset County.”

The Jackman-Moose River Chronicle, which the Lombardis began publishing in January 1988, will continue to be published, Lombardi said. Both papers will be printed in Waterville.

Lombardi said a random poll was made of people in Somerset County and “we found two things that everybody wanted: A tabloid, and the word Somerset in the name.”

The coverage area, Lombardi said, will include Lexington, Highland, North New Portland, Embden, North Anson, Anson, Madison, Starks, Norridgewock, Larone, Mercer, Smithfield, Kingsbury, Mayfield, Brighton, Solon, Athens, East Madison, Lakewood, Cornville, Skowhegan, Canaan and Hinckley.

The above one brought back many memories. I was writing for the Skowhegan Reporter when it closed and figured my reporting days were over, had written for other papers before that, and because of my curious nature, had enjoyed it immensely. But lo and behold, I got a phone call from Roland Hallee, asking if I would like to write for the Somerset Gazette, and the rest is history. My many thanks go out to him! It was a great pleasure to work for the Lombardis.

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled Hymns and Haws: Dentist’s hymn, Crown Him With Many Crowns; Contractor’s hymn: The Church’s One Foundation; Baker’s hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour;” Weather forecaster’s hymn, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessings;” Optometrist’s hymn, “Open My Eyes That I Might See;” IRS’s hymn, “All to Thee;” Shopper’s hymn: “By and By.” (words from a Guideposts in August 1996.)