SOLON & BEYOND: Wrapping up the school year; encounter wildlife on drive home

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

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

Received the following e-mail from the Solon School News: We want to extend our best wishes and good luck to our fifth grade students who will enter sixth grade at Carrabec Community School in the fall.

Goodbye and good luck to…Tyler Ames, Gavin Atwood, Delena Cabral, Michael Crane, Charlie Golden, Courtney Grunder,Zackary Hemond, Alexis Leidy, Ciara Myers-Sleeper, Abigail Parent, Machaon Pierce, Allison Pinkham, Cailan Priest, Paige Reichert, Desmond Robinson, Gerald Rollins, Lawrence Soucie, Brooks Sousa, Carl Ward, Braden Wheeler, Ciarrah Whittemore and Nicholas Wildes.

Solon students participated again this year in the annual Bookmark Contest in conjunction with the Coolidge Public Library. Each student designed a bookmark with a theme that promoted reading. Town librarian Megan Myers and art teacher Richard Reichenbach judged the contest and picked a winner from each class. These students each received a book from the library, and their bookmarks were duplicated to hand out to patrons at the library.

Winners were kindergartner Evangeline Mullinax, first grader Dylan Priest, second grader Lane Frost, third grader Katelyn DeLeonardis, fourth grader Macie Plourde and fifth grader Ciara Myers-Sleeper.

The top readers in each class were Olive McDonald, Charlotte Hamilton, Annabell Roderick, Jillian Robinson, Cody James, Courtney Grunder, and Ciarrah Whittemore.

Congratulations for reading all of those books!

Winners of the Portland Seadog’s Most Improved Student Contest this spring were kindergartner Eva Mullinax, first grader Hunter Pouliot, second graders Gavyn Perigo and Levi Hamblen, third grader Hunter Emmy Golden, fourth grader Cody James, and fifth grader Abby Parent.

Received the following e-mail from Somerset Woods Trustees of Skowhegan: We have declared June 30 as Mountain Biking Day at Coburn Woods. The town of Skowhegan, Somerset Woods Trustees, the Somerset Trails Committee, and the Central Maine New England Mountain Bike Association have teamed up for a great morning of mountain biking. Bring your own bike and helmet or borrow (ages 10-adult) from them from the town. Bikes will be on site to borrow. Tours of the trails will be lead by experienced bikers. Again, thanks so much for sharing, sounds like a fun day.

Lief and I started out for Dave and Eleanor’s camp up to Flagstaff, where they were staying for a few days. Mark and Karen and Peter and Sherry were also staying the night. As always, there was perfect peace and quiet up in God’s country.

We had seen one beautiful doe on our ride up, which was great! We had intended to spend the night also, but something came up, so after a scrumptious supper we started back to Solon. When we left camp the sky was threatening rain and the bank of the road is very close to Flagstaff Lake, so we wanted to get out closer to civilization before darkness over took us.

We did get out to the main road when all of the miracles started to happen! The first wildlife was a fox that ran across the road in front of us. Soon after that, it started to rain lightly, and we couldn’t help exclaiming when a moose appeared in the road just up ahead of us, soon followed, by the tiniest baby moose. I got out of the car and took a few pictures, but not wanting to get wet or ruin my camera, I doubt that they will be very good.

By the time we had calmed down it had started to pour and darkness had overtaken us. Usually when we are up in that country we don’t see quite that much wildlife, it was a joy. But we decided, since the weather was definitely getting really rough we started out once more. We had traveled several miles, when to our wondering eyes, what should emerge from the bushes but a deer followed by her two babies!

Forgot to mention that when we left camp, to head home, an eagle was soaring over us, and miracles do happen!

Now for a quick one from Percy…..Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. (words by Grandma Moses.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Week of June 21, 2018

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

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

The North Anson Methodist Church is holding it’s annual suppers on June 30, from 5 – 6 p.m. July 21 from 5 – 6 p.m., and July 28, from 5 – 6 p.m.

Received the following e-mail on the way people in Solon voted on Question 1. 76 voted yes and 128 voted no. This was certified by the municipal clerk, Leslie Giroux.

As I continue to go through my collection of old things that I hope are of interest to people in Solon, I came across an old, old newspaper called The Solon Weekly Times. Volume 4. Number 39. Wednesday, June 27, 1894. Devoted to Local and General News and to the Development of Home Resources.

It is a large paper, 22 by 15 inches and quite yellowed with time, and only $1 A Year! There is lots of news from the following towns: South Norridgewock, East Madison, North New Portland, Oakland, Bingham, Dennistown, New Portland and of course, Solon.

Some of the things written about were quite different than today’s news…such as, “Dr. Danforth’s crop of strawberries this year is both luscious and abundant.” And another one…”Fishing parties are the order of the day in these parts just now. Two were made up Saturday.” It is a most interesting paper for one who has been writing for papers. I intend to give it to the Solon Historical Society if they don’t have one like it.

Now for Percy’s memoir, called A Creed to Live By. Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others. It is because we are different that each of us is special. Don’t set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you. Don’t take for granted the things closest to your heart. Cling to them as you would your life,for without them life is meaningless. Don’t let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future. By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life. Don’t give up when you still have something to give. Nothing is really over…. until the moment you stop trying. Don’t be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect. It is this fragile thread that binds us to each other. Don’t be afraid to encounter risks. It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave. Don’t shut love out of your life by saying it’s impossible to find. The quickest way to receive love is to give love; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings. Don’t dismiss your dreams. To be without dreams is to be without hope ; to be without hope is to bewithout purpose. Don’t run through life so fast that you forget not only where you’ve been but also where you’re going. Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

SOLON & BEYOND: Library, 4-H activities; Bob Marley coming to Embden Community Center

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

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

Stewart Public Library in North Anson will hold its annual book sale, Saturday, June 30, 9 a. m. to 2 p.m., at the North Anson Fire Station. Books, audio books, magazines for adults and children. Come and stock up for summer and winter reading!

Comedian Bob Marley will be at Embden Community Center on Friday, June 29 (7:30 – 9:30). Tickets are available online at and at the door.

The Solon Pine Tree 4H Club met on Saturday, June 9, with Cooper Dellarma presiding.

The members discussed doing an educational exhibit at Skowhegan Fair in August.

Seven members, two parents and one leader are planning to attend 4-H Fun Day at Lake George on Wednesday June 20th.

After the meeting the club members, leaders and parents went to the Kennerson Farm in South Solon. for an educational tour. The Kennersons told how they got started with Lamers and Buffalo. A great time was had by all.

The next meeting will be July 13 – 15 at the Evergreen Campground for a weekend of camping.

The Madison Kennebec Valley Grange will be having a Father’s Day ham dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sunday, June 17. For more information you may call 474-5006.

I am putting in some news rather early in the month so it will surely get to be read. I don’t know about you, but the days seem to fly by, and another month has come and gone already!

The above real news is all I have to share with you this week, and as always I would love to hear from more of you. I truly do appreciate when you share your news with all of us. (I am amazed to hear from so many of you about how much you like this column, it makes my day!)

And so with July 4 fast approaching, I came across one of those old yellowed newspaper clippings about the last celebration of July 4th in Flagstaff! In large letters it starts with, Rev. Arthur MacDougal To Give Address: One of the highlights of the entire celebration will be a fitting address to be delivered by Rev. Arthur MacDougal, of Bingham, well-known preacher and sportsman. A softball game between Flagstaff and Dead River will occupy the attention of the crowd from 3 to 4 p.m., and this will be followed by a baseball game.

Street Dancing Will End Celebration: Promptly at 8 p.m., there will be heard the strains of music from the instruments of Keefe’s Orchestra, well known to the dance lovers in this section. Dancing will continue until midnight, and when the last street dancer has finally decided to call it the end of another day, there will be happiness in the hearts of some, while to many it will be a sad affair – the thought of never treading on the streets of their home town again. Then the next headline states: Town Will Be Flooded Next Year: The cause for all the excitement and celebration is all due to the fact that just a year ago, July 5 to be exact, work was begun on the clearing of the famous Dead River Storage Project with the Central Maine Power Company, Great Northern Paper Company, Hollingsworth & Whitney Paper Co taking active part in this gigantic project which is expected to be finished in its entirety by July 1950. When the land is cleared and the houses removed, it will be the end of something for which plans had been made nearly a quarter of a century ago. Surveys and buying of property began as far back as 1926.

O. K., I’m sure Percy would not have let me put in all that sad news, if he was still here, so his memoirs this week are:

Cultivating Friends

Sow a word of praise today,
Plant a kindness-seed;
Listen to a troubled friend,
Help someone in need.
Compliment a weary soul
Too fatigued to try;
Shine forth rays of hope on all,
Comfort those who cry.
Scatter deeds of love each day,
Plant each row with care;
Sprinkle joy along your way,
Soak each one in prayer.
Ask the Lord to bless each one,
And one day you’ll reap
A harvestful of loving friends
To cherish and to keep.

(words by Connie Hinndn.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Benefit bean supper, and Solon Elementary School honor roll

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

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

There will be a benefit bean supper for Robert “Bobby” Dunphy on Saturday, June 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Northern Star Masonic Lodge across from Carrabec High School, in North Anson.

Students from the Solon Elementary eighth grade who will be graduating soon are Tyler Ames, Gavin Atwood, Delena Cabral, Michael Crane, Charlie Golden, Courtney Grunder, Zackary Hemond, Alexis Leidy, Ciara, Myers-Sleeper, Abigail Parent, Machaon Pierce, Allison Pinkham, Cailan Priest, Paige Reichert, Desmond Robinson, Gerald Rollins, Lawrence Soucie, Brooks Sousa, Carl Ward, Braden Wheeler, Ciarrah Whittemore and Nicholas Wildes.

Christy Jablon, of Embden, has been hired to be Solon’s Town Treasurer. This position is a hired one instead of elected. The town still needs a Deputy Clerk and Deputy Tax Collector. For more information you may call the Solon Selectmen at 643-2541 or 643-2812.

The Solon Fire Dept. Auxiliary is selling summer calendar raffle for 2018 calendars through the month of June. Every ticket gives you 31 chances to win, every time your name is drawn, it goes back in for a chance to be drawn again…and again. All proceeds go to benefit the Solon Volunteer Fire Department. Funds collected are used for such things as additional training, safety equipment, fire prevention education, as well as community outreach programs.

The Solon Summer Kids Program, which offers a variety of activities, including free breakfast and lunch, to be held at Solon Elementary School from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Children will travel by bus to Embden Lake for swimming lessons during the week of July 23-27.

There is a pink form that you will have to fill out marking the dates your child will be attending. Please return the form to the school or town office ASAP. Any questions? Please call Laura Layman, 643-2593 or 399-1385, There will be no cost for this program.

Celebrate in Solon on July 4 with parade, fireworks and more! They would love to have entries such as music, floats, dancers, animals, antiques, businesses, and much more. If you would like to join us, pre-register with one of the following committee members today!! Alicia – 431-1506, Elizabeth – 399 – 6185, Blin – 399-4388, Leslie – 643-2842.

Schedule of events include: 9 – 1 a.m., registration and facepainting; 11 a.m.: parade! 6 – 9 p.m., food sale and fireworks at dusk!

For more information go to or find us on Facebook @solons4thofjulyparade.

Rebecea Philpot, director of the New Hope Women’s Shelter, in Solon, spoke at the morning service of the Bingham Congregational Church on Sunday, June 3. The remarkable story of the shelter ministry touched the hearts of those in attendance and a generous donation was given to the shelter. My many thanks to the minister of that church for sharing this news.

The town of Solon has a need to fill the following volunteer positions: planning board member, appeals board member, Coolidge Library Board of Trustees, Community Recreation Department, youth sports coodinator and Community Recreation Department youth sports coaches.

Please see the municipal clerk or selectmen for more information.

And so for Percy’s memoir:

God grant me Your eyes so I will see
All the earth’s beauty surrounding me.
God, give me Your lips and I’ll express Your love for all people with gentleness.
And Lord, let my hands be tender, like Yours,
So I will be one who renews and restores.
God, grant me these things and then I’ll share Compassion and mercy, praise and prayer! ”
All these,” the Lord said, “I already impart:
They’re found when you’re living from the heart.” (words by Pat Mitchell.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Percy’s words of wisdom remembered

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

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

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, May 12th at the Solon Fire Station with Cooper Dellarma presiding.

Several members and four leaders helped at the Luck of the Draw on May 5.

On Mothers Day four members and one guest passed out flowers at the Solon Congregational Church.

Seven members are planning to attend Fun Day at Lake George on Wednesday, June 20.

After the meeting Logan Miller showed the members how to make key chains and dog leashes.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, June 9, at the Solon Fire Station. After the meeting the members will be going on an educational tour to the Buffalo Farm in South Solon.
My apologies that I don’t have anything else for real news this week. Since it is Memorial Day as I sit here at my computer, I am going to print this letter I wrote, (probably in 2005) in memory of Percy.

Dear Friends, Percy and I have missed you. He took it really hard when his picture and advice were no longer in this paper. In fact, he was down right impossible to live with! He needed more cuddling than I really had time for as I was trying to get things made for a craft fair I was doing. My patience ran thin on days when he wouldn’t let me knit. He would climb up in my lap and I would insist that that he lay across my legs so I could still maneuver the knitting needles. He would keep trying to get his face closer to mine and the knitting needles would hit him on his nose, he would get this martyred look on his face, and I would give up and put the knitting aside and cuddle with him.

My heart has swelled to its capacity from all the nice things that have been said and written to me about how much you have missed Percy’s and my column in this paper. As I stressed several times at meetings in South China, my goal in writing all these years has been to bring love and laughter to you, my old and new friends. And so it is with great appreciation and love and many thanks for your kind words, that I write this letter to you.

Percy and I also appreciate all the calls we received, asking if his bowels had moved yet. There were even more calls than I received before the election when all the campaigning was going on! Percy is a famous and special cat from all the good advice he has given out.

I checked, and he would like to end this letter with the best advice yet; “Live well, Laugh often, Love much (even if it hurts at times).” With love, from Marilyn and Percy.

For those of you who don’t know, Percy died two years ago in November. We still miss him immensely, he was truly a very special animal!

And now for Percy’s memoir: “Money will buy a bed but not sleep, books but not brains, food but not appetite, finery but not beauty, a house but not a home, medicine but not health, luxuries but not culture, amusement but not happiness, religion but not salvation, a passport to everywhere but heaven.”

Also came across a memory from 2004 from Walter Jones, who lived in Solon. It was a short e-mail: Marilyn, I was so happy and surprised to get The Town Line I read it and re-read it again, that was my first issue. I felt like I was back in Solon. I know my folks get it, Richard and Jean LaCasce, and I know they didn’t want me to be left out. Now I look for it. We don’t get much news here. Sometimes we can get on the internet and find out what is happening in our back yard and around the world but I really enjoy The Town Line. It makes my days go so much faster. Keep sending it to my unit in Iraq. Thanks.

(I had forgotten how far this little paper has traveled over these many years. So glad I had saved this precious scrap of paper with its heartfelt memory.)

SOLON & BEYOND: African minister visits Solon and delivers Sunday sermon “Refuse to Fear”

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

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

Rev. Charles Sagay, from Cameroon, Africa, has been staying at the home of David and Mary Walz, in North Anson, for a week. He gave the sermon entitled “Refuse to Fear” at the May, 20 North Anson Congregational Church service.

After the church service, a light lunch was served. During the luncheon, Rev. Charles’ presentation of what is happening at the Mission School of Hope was shown. The North Anson Church supports this worthy mission each year and every time he comes he shows pictures of the many improvements that have been made, it is very impressive and heart warming of what love can do.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met on Saturday, May 12, at the Solon Fire Station with Cooper Dellarma.

Several members and four leaders helped at the Luck of the Draw on May 5.

On Mothers Day four members and one guest passed out flowers at the Solon Congregational Church.

Seven members are planning to attend Fun Day at Lake George on Wednesday, June 20.

After the meeting Logan Miller showed the members how to make key chains and dog leashes.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, June 9, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station. Following the meeting the members will be going on an educational tour to the Buffalo Farm, in South Solon.

The North Anson Congregational Church will be having an indoor rummage and bake sale at the church on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Received the following e-mail from Happyknits and thought you knitters out there would be interested. “We’ve got a lot of fun happenings coming up at Happyknits, and we hope you will be able to join us for some or all.”

If you think of ocean waves when you think of a cruise, well, think again! Happyknits will be one of the 20 locally-owned yarn shops across the state of Maine participating in the summer-long Maine Yarn Cruise, a shop hop for yarn lovers. Anytime from May 25 through September 3, stop in any participating shop and pick up your passport, and a tote bag or a pin and then hit the road. Each shop will be offering monthly prizes, and everyone who completes the entire “cruise” will be eligible to win the grand prize, They have some extra goodies to offer folks who start the cruise here, so stop in!

While you’re here, throw your name into the hat for Main Street’s #ShopSkowhegan raffle. Happyknits has joined with lots of other locally-owned businesses that are offering shoppers a chance to win a free $25 gift certificate to their stores while supporting our towntown.

And speaking of Skowhegan, Happyknits will be celebrating Worldwide Knit in Public Day (yes, there really is such a thing!) and the Skowhegan Moose Festival by gathering at the moose at Gifford’s Ice Cream on Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. They’ll have some special moose-related kits available too. So grab your folding chair and your work-in-progress and join them for a fun time! (Sounds like lots of fun!)

In my column last week I wrote about Percy and I starting our own little paper. In my continuing efforts to organize I came across some old e-mails I had saved about my short career as a publisher of a paper. I’m not going to say who sent this one to me back in 2005, but he was a writer for a paper. It starts out: “Hi, Marilyn, Hope you didn’t fall down from skock! Just wanted you to let you know I got your newspaper. Looks great! You’re doing quite a job and lots of news. I told Roland about your paper. The only thing he said was you should look into having it photocopied. The charge is based on copies so he thought maybe the more you do the better the rate. It might not be that costly. I wondered if you could make smaller margins and reduce the size of the type to get more onto a page and cut some of the cost.That’s my two cents worth! I’m glad you’re able to get the news out. I know how bad people need it and want it.”

This week Percy’s memoirs is about grave stone markers: In a London, England cemetery: Here lies Ann Mann, Who lived an old maid But died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767. And another, Harry Edsel Smith, of Albany, New York: Born 1903 – died 1942; Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon to get new town treasurer; Remembering an attempt at producing own paper

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

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

Just stopped in to the Solon Town Office to get an update about the position of treasurer because the present treasurer, Sharon Begin, is moving. The position is for a deputy treasurer, which will lead to the treasurer position. The deadline for applying is May 30.

The Steve and the Good Old Boys Band will be playing at the Embden Community Center from 7 – 11 p.m., on Saturday, May 19.

Received an update about the events that go on at the Embden Community Center. Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop/Lending Library, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m./Wed., Fri. and Sat. Suppers: 5 p.m./ second Saturday each month, except December. Country Sunday: 1 – 4 p.m./second and fourth Sunday. By donation. Sewing class: 10 a.m.- noon/Wednesday.Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m., Wednesday. New members accepted. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Community Center meetings: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, prior to the second Saturday supper. Yoga: 6:30 p.m., (one hour) Bring your mat, Thursday starting September 14; weekly, by donation. If you have any questions, contact Wayne at 474-1065.

In my on-going attempt to organize my writing material, I came across one of the newspapers I had published on February 11, 2005, in the little paper I started when I got through writing for The Town Line for a short time. I am going to dedicate it to my deceased partner who helped me entertain the many friends we made back then.

The front page shows a beautiful picture of my partner, looking very intelligent (which he was!) It states: Perseverance (Percy) Rogers co-owner of SOLON and BEYOND. And continues with a story about how I got him, etc.

“Would like to introduce you to my partner and supporter, Perseverance (alias Percy). On bad days he is right there to cuddle with me, with one paw as far as he can get it around my neck.

Percy started out as a frightened stray kitten and was rescued by a family on Route 43. They called and told me about this sweet little kitten that needed a home, and it was love at first sight. I named her Faith, but as luck would have it, on the first trip to the vet, I found out that a boys name was needed, instead. After a short time this little kitten started his true personality and hence Perseverance, or Percy for short.

Percy has many talents besides being a good cuddler, he is always at the door to welcome me home, loves to sing, (Amazing Grace is his favorite song!) He has become famous and much loved for his good advice in the columns I have written. As you can see from his picture, he is very intelligent and he’s promoting this book of meditations-for-cat-lovers. Oh yes, he thinks he is a mighty hunter and is still looking for the mouse that got away! (For those of you who didn’t get the January 21, 2005, issue of this paper, I told of his letting a live mouse loose at my feet and how upset I got at him.)I must confess, there is a slight power struggle between us as to who is really the ‘Boss!’”

And so it was how Percy got started in the newspaper world! Don’t remember just how long I published my own little paper but it didn’t take long to find out that it was a “full time job!” Now for a few more words from the same paper. ” One day this week someone said to me, ” What are you trying to do? You’re giving this paper away!” True…and had hoped for a miracle of some kind, but when the miracle doesn’t materialize immediately, you compensate. Some times you have to eat your words, as in this case, never say ‘never’! I had tried to sell ads for another paper and failed. I remember saying the words, “I’ll never sell ads again, ever!” Well, you will notice that I have started selling ads again and my many, many thanks for those who responded so graciously. (And you know, I did receive a miracle, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined your wonderful response to this little paper, my heartfelt thanks.)

A short memoir from Percy; “To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever. Anonymous.

SOLON & BEYOND: News from 4-H’ers; RSU #74 students participate in Bikes for Books program

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

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

Received the following “Thank You” from the Somerset County 4-H Leaders’ Association, about the Somerset County Annual 4-H Auction: On behalf of all Somerset County 4-H Clubs, we would like to thank you for the great generosity you showed with your donation to our “Luck of the Draw” auction fundraiser.

When you support the 4-H Somerset County Leaders’ Association, you help support these 4-H youth programs: 4-H camperships to Tanglewood, Blueberry Cove, and Bryant Pond; Eastern States Exposition; Citizenship Washington Focus; National 4-H Conference and Congress; 4-H Fun Day @ UMaine Connecting Kids to Campus Weekend at University of Maine; Demonstration Day awards: Achievement Night awards; and the purchase of 4-H curriculum for members projects including new curriculum in Science: : 4-H AgriScience, 4-H Robotics: Engineering, and Entomology.

Our ability to have Somerset County 4-H members participate in these valuable programs would not be possible without the support of local businesses like you.

This spring Solon students are participating in the Bikes for Books program. The Solon Masons are sponsoring this program at the school for the third year.

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

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

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.

The Career Days will be May 10 for grades K-1, May 17 for grades 2-3, and May 24 for grades 4-5. The time frame will be 8:30-10:30 a.m., each day. Parents are welcome.

The next Embden Historical Society meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. The business meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. and the program will be at 7 p.m. Amanda Taylor will be talking about Maine Historic Bridges (including local ones). Refreshments will follow. All are welcome.

The Embden Community Center members will be having their monthly supper, on Saturday, May 12.

The East Madison Historical Association is holding its annual yard and bake sale on June 2 and 3, at 1108 East Madison Road, in Madison. In preparation for this fundraiser, we are looking for donations. If you are interested in donating something to the sale, please contact Gary Malbon at 474-6444 or Eric Lahti at 474-5961 before May 30th. We can arrange for pick up. Thank you. My many thanks to these kind people who keep us informed.

Now for Percy’s Memoir: Faith is Like Magic Glasses: Faith is like a pair of glasses I bring here and there with me, The thrilling thing about them is the wondrous things I see; When life grows dark and dismal and my sight is near decline I don my magic glasses; the perspective soon grows fine. If I slip on this treasure I can toil with greater ease Troubles and afflictions at length begin to please, The world becomes all rosy and as cheery as can be, I surely feel most grateful for the faith God gave to me. Perhaps, you once had glasses, but by faith no longer live. Friend ask God for His pardon, He is kind and will forgive; O cherish this dear tresure till you meet God up above Then present faith as an off’ring with the gifts of hope and love. (words by Sister Mary Gemma Brunke.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Another birthday passed; let’s talk about Solon school

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

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

Whewu-u-u! My birthday is finally behind me, and now I can go back to calling the number of years of my age, “Just a number!” And the occasion was celebrated on two different days. On Friday Dave and ‘Pete,’ (Eleanor) came up from Falmouth, Mary and Dave, from North Anson, and Peter and Sherry and Lief and me, from Solon, all got together for lunch and visiting at Griswold’s for lunch. Then on Sunday, Lief and I were invited to a birthday dinner at the home of my daughter, Mary and her husband David Walz, in North Anson. Others there to enjoy the scrumptious dinner were Peter, Sherry, Amanda, Mary J. and Zander. It was wonderful, with lots of special gifts and love shared, the only ones unable to attend were Mark and Karen who are still in Florida, but will be coming up to their summer home in Belgrade soon.

Now for some news from Solon Elementary School; In March the third graders participated in a coloring contest sponsored by the Elks for schools in this region. Out of about 100 students who took part in the contest, four of the six winners came from Solon Elementary School!

Second place winners were David Dixon and Riley Pelkey, who received certificates and checks for $50. Third place winners were Jillian Robinson and Elijah Katz, who received certificates and checks for $25. Congratulations to all the winners.

Third Quarter Honor Roll, All A’s are Katelyn Deleonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Gavyn Easler, Courtney Grunder,Machaon Pierce, Macie Plourde, Desmond Robinson, Jillian Robinson, William Rogers,Aaron Soosman and Ciarrah Whittemore.

All A’s & B’s: Gavin Atwood, Karen Baker, Delena Cabral, Charlie Golden, Emmy Golden, Teagan Goodwin, Riley Graham, Zackary Hemond, Veronica Hoffman, Cody James, Madyson McKenny, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Ciara Myers-Sleeper, Abby Parent, Riley Pelkey, Allison Pinkham, Cailan Priest, Thomas Roderick, Gerald Rollins, Brooks Sousa, Fisher Tewksbury and Braden Wheeler. Congratulations.

Happy Spring, Solon Elementary School’s Maine Night, will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 6 – 7 p.m. See the giant map of Maine, participate in fun Maine activities, enjoy Maine treats, receive take-home treats, receive take-homeome bags for kids, take a chance on the door prize. Don’t miss this evening of family fun.

Had a call from another person about the East Madison Grange 141st anniversary who read about it in last week’s column. This event will be open to the public on May 12 and the right time for the supper is 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.

Received an e-mail from the Somerset Woods Trustees about their most recent successful cleaning of the Kennebec Banks Rest Area that I have been putting information about the up-coming event. “Thanks to so many who came armed with rakes, chain saws, bags, gloves, shovels, and best of all, wonderful spirits to help us freshen up the Kennebec Banks Rest Area for the spring.

The property was raked clean, trash picked up from the picnic area to Coburn Park, two picnic tables repaired, a large patch of Japanese knotweed knocked down, the kiosk stained, and an invasive honeysuckle shrub removed.

Solon Town Treasurer Sharon Begin is moving and so that position will be open. For more information you may go to the town office and enquire about it.

And so for Percy’s memoir, I’m going to use a special birthday card I received called Ten Wonderful, Wacky Things to remember on Your Birthday, (Percy lived to the ripe old age of 17, old for a cat!) #10 Life is too short to wear pantyhose. #9 Pretending to be a normal person day after day is exhausting. #8 If you want rainbows, you gotta have rain. #7 Never get caught up in the thick of things. #6 Don’t play it safe; make waves…#5 Inches, ages, and sizes don’t tell you anything about the amazing woman inside. #4 Life is about how you handle Plan B. #3 Art does not have to match your sofa. #2 Always color outside the lines… And the #1, most important thing to remember: Age is nothing but a state of mind! (And so to all of you readers, who are my age or older, especially remember # 1!)

SOLON & BEYOND: Scams, corn beef suppers and grange 141st anniversary

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

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

My apologies that the bottle drive that was held last weekend at the Solon Fire Station was submitted too late for publishing. I have to receive news by Sunday to get it in on Thursday’s paper. I thank Aryke Coombs, very much. This is the second time I have received news from her, and I can’t begin to state how much that means to me.

Perhaps if you had some place where bottles could be dropped off at any time, that might help. If you think that would work, just let me know, and I will print it here.

Another thing I would like to bring up, since Lief got scammed we do not answer the phone unless you are leaving a message. (Being scammed is not something I wish to go through again, EVER!) As I have stated here more than once, I truly do appreciate hearing from you with any news that you have, that I can print. On one occasion, a person had e-mailed and I found it in my dump box so it never got printed, (my computer has a mind of its own! But…..) I try to forgive this machine when it brings me e-mails like the following one from G.G. Roberts. “Thank you so much for writing about our January soup and sandwich! Turnout was very light but your article brought some to us! Would you be able to include a notice in your column about the following?”

East Madison Grange is having a: corn beef and cabbage supper with all the Irish fixings on Saturday, May 19, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Grange. FMI contact G.G.Roberts, 730-0878.

And you are personally invited! Make yourself known to me and eat and enjoy us for free!

East Madison Grange 141st anniversary is Saturday, May 12, and the meeting is open to the public. Supper at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Surrounding granges and folks interested in Grange come to this party.

She writes that, “My information is that “everyone reads Marilyn.” (Such sweet words, and very much appreciated! Thank you, G.G.)

The following information will be of absolutely no use to women now-a-days but, I thought it might give some of you a good laugh. How to put on Your Back Lace Corset. Loosen lacings to full length, so that the spread is three or four inches across laces. Fasten front clasp and hooks below. Next pull corset over hips and set at waistline. Always fasten back supporters first, side supporters next, and front supporters loosely so that they will not pull garment down in front. Pull strongly and evenly on waist loops to set corset firmly at waistline. Pull evenly on lacers at hip loops, and tighten lacings until garment is comfortable. Tie at waistline. When finally adjusted, laces should be two or three inches apart. Tuck in lacing next to body. To take off corset, always loosen lacer at waist loop and hip loop. This relieves strain on front clasp, which helps keep garment in shape, as well as making it easier to remove.

Another really informative one on this little old yellowed card is, “How To Wash Your Rubber Reducing Corset.” This really precious, (to me anyway) little card , was in among some old papers that my brother Steve gave to me. Hope you enjoyed reading about the ‘Good Old Days’!

Now we mustn’t forget about Percy’s memoir entitled Extra Things. We thank Thee, God, for extra things You send along our way Both when our days are sunny bright And when our skies are gray. The little planned surprises dropped From Thy great, loving hand, Like unexpected showers on A parched and desert land. The meeting of an old friend, The lifting of a care, The sunlight breaking through the clouds To tell us You are there. Just why You do these extra things Our finite minds don’t know; It must be You delight in them Because You love us so! (words by Alice Hanche Mortenson.)