SOLON & BEYOND: On the road, again!

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

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

Friday, September 13, Lorna and Carlton Russell, from Stockton Springs, will perform an organ concert at 6 p.m., at the Solon Congregational Church. The organ is believed to be the oldest pipe organ of its kind in New England, There will be light refreshments served at intermission. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Received the following e-mail from Carol Dolan: Come join us at the New Portland Library for a free class on Aging Well with Technology, on September 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m. For more information or to register, please call 628-6561 and e-mail us at newportlandcl@gmail.com. Learn to connect through basic technology, protect your digital presence, use technology for better health and get what you need on line! These classes are offered by Americorps Digital Literacy Initiative.

Take a chance on our raffle baskets. Two for the price of one! One for males and one for females. Check out the picture of the baskets on our Facebook page: New Portland Community Library. $1 per chance or six chances for $5. Drawing to be on September 14, at the library. Don’t have to be present to win.

We have a gig router for $5 if you have a need. We also have an Epsom printer that needs a little work. (There is something wrong with the black cartridge being recognized. Make an offer!

Our board room is available again for small groups. The room holds about 10 people and is available for free use for non-profit groups. Stop in today to fill out an application. We also have a small office that can be used for individual use or for two people.

Also, I believe we are having a star gazing party on August 29 (Thursday), weather permitting. Times to be announced.

That is all I have for news that has been sent to me from others, and as always it it very much appreciated!

This morning I am a little bit weary as I sit down in front of this contrary computer to share news with you! We just got home yesterday afternoon after the third weekend in a row going to events from one end of the state to the other! We had spent this last weekend up in the northern most county in Maine , up in the ‘County,’ where Lief grew up. It was the 39th annual Washburn August Festival; the Theme: Welcome Home to our Vietnam Heroes! Grand marshals in the parade were local Vietnam heroes.

We had driven up on Friday in pouring rain all the way, and when we got to the interstate, I was not happy, we were going 75 miles an hour and cars were passing us as if we were sitting still! But…. it was all worth it, the people up there in Washburn really know how to put on a wonderful party!!

We attended the banquet Friday night and went and watched the long parade held on Saturday (All Vietnam and other veterans were invited to march at the head of the parade). The people of Washburn have erected a very impressive wall and there was a Wall Ceremony for the this wall honoring veterans.

The next day Lief walked all along the wall to read all the names and history of those who had served, I hate to admit that I didn’t have the energy to do so, but everyone was saying it is very impressive, and well worth seeing.

I got up Saturday morning feeling awful but tried not to hinder his good time up where many of his family and friends still live. But…. I am thankful that was the last weekend for awhile that we will be traveling!

We drove home through the Patten Woods, and that brought back many memories of the first time I had been on that road, (before the interstate was built) It was when Frank and I took our first born (Mark) up to go to college at Fort Kent. It seemed like the end of the world.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Rest is not quitting the busy career; Rest is the fitting of self to one’s sphere. “Tis the brook’s motion clear without strife, Fleeting to ocean, After this life. “Tis loving and serving, The highest and best; “Tis onward, unswerving, And this is true rest. (words by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.) – People keep telling me I should slow down, and some day I will!

SOLON & BEYOND: Smith family holds 69th reunion

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

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

Was so very happy to receive the following letter from Charlotte S. Withee about the following Smith Family 69th reunion.

“The family of the late Henry and Gertrude (McLaughlin) Smith held its 69th reunion on July 29, 2019, at Moores Pond in Lexington, Maine. The descendants of Harry Smith were the host.

There were 48 members and guests attending. The family enjoyed spareribs and hamburgers provided by Lester and Gail Smith. Other members provided salads and desserts. Everything was delicious..

ELMER’s family – none attended.

HARRY’s family – Lester and Gail Smith; Jack Theriault; Sylvia and Amelia Brenna; Mike and Margi Theriault; Brian and Susan Smith; Timothy and Emily Gauthier; Mackenzie Smith; Stephen and Elizabeth Smith; Bradley Smith and Kayla Linkletter, children Noah and Owen; Lois and Jeff Smith. Lester and Gail Smith’s guest Wayne and Naomi Smith.

AGNES’ s family – None attended.

OLIVER’s family – Craig L Smith; Judy E. Smith; David Smith and guest Marcia Hewett; Sheila (Smith) and John Callaway; Janice Gorman and daughter Jayda Laney; Russell and Kimberly Smith and children Alex; Bradley; Cassie; Cayden; Deanna Gorman.

GERTUDE’s family – Diana (Merry) Michaud; Monica Atwood and child Sage Bertone and Monica Atwood’s guest Shane Davis and his children, Camron , Elijah, Nick and Kaelyn; Rosemary; John and Sharon (Mellows) Ziacoma; Jennifer Withee and Andrea Smith; Charlotte and Ralph Withee.

CECIL’s – None attended.

CLARISSA’s family – Diana Gerrard Tardiff; Danal Gerrard; Darrell Gerrard; Darcie Verrill and her guest David M. Whitney; Nancy G. Smellie; Joan K (Paine) Steele.

VINCENT’s family – None attended.

Attending from out of state: Russell Kimberly Smith and children, from New York; Sylvia and Amelia Brennan, from Pennsylvania; Sheila and John Callaway, from California.

The oldest member was Rosemary (Mellows) Merry, age 86, and the youngest was Bradley Smith’s and Kayla Linkletter’s son Noah, age 1.”

There is a Bag Sale this week at the Embden Community Center. All clothing men’s, women’s and children, $1.50 for small bag and $3 for a large bag. Hours are: 10 a.m. – 12:30, p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The lending library is open while the Thrift Shop is open. Thanks go out to Carol Dolan for this important information and….more thanks go out to her for the following information!

New Portland Library events:

Pie Social – Come join us for our annual Pie Social at New Portland Community Library August 14, at 5:30 – 7 p.m. Yummy desserts with friends!

Bake Sale at Tindall’s Store on August 17 from noon – 4 p.m. Lots of home baked goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth! Tindall’s Store is located in North New Portland.

Aging Well with Technology class, September 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m., at the library. This free class, offered by the National Digital Equity Center, will assist participants to connect through basic technology, protect your digital presence, use technology for better health and get what you need online.

Again, my many thanks for your generous, nice people from ‘Beyond’ for sending me the above interesting news to share with our readers. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

And now again, I’m asking those of you who live in Solon if you won’t please send me your news? It doesn’t take long to send an e-mail, or send a written letter by mail! I have to get it by the Sunday before it comes out in the next Thursday paper. I will even come to your home and pick it up if you don’t live too far away!

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, Understanding: The troubles that beset you along life’s winding road are sent to make you stronger to share another’s load. We cannot share a sorrow if we haven’t grieved a while, nor can we feel another’s joy until we’ve learned to smile! Sweet mystery of music, great masters and their art, how well we understand them when we’ve known a broken heart! Let tyrants lust for power, sophisticates be wise, just let me see the world, dear God, through understanding eyes. (words by Nick Kenny.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Remembering our class trip to Washington DC

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

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

Please forgive me, but….I’m going to go way back in ‘Beyond’ in this week’s column. In fact, this column starts out way back in the year of 1947, when I graduated from Flagstaff High School. There were five of us graduating: Joanne Deming, Polly Jackson, Isabelle Burbank, Vernon Bean and myself, Marilyn Houston. There wasn’t any high school in Dead River where Vernon lived so he had joined us in Flagstaff after he graduated from eighth grade.

The ones in that 1947 class had decided we would go on an exciting journey to Washington, DC, (If I remember correctly, we girls had decided on this trip before Vernon joined us. I do not remember why we decided to invite the class of two boys coming up the next year to join us, probably to keep Vernon happy. Anyway, Loen Burbank and Dickie Ames joined us on that railroad ride to Wasahington, DC!) That was quite an undertaking to raise enough money for the trip, but we succeeded, and as I look back I think they might have all agreed with me, that we all had a wonderful time!

One of the reasons why my thoughts went back so far this week is that Lief and I went up to the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel, Old Home Days, last weekend. We stayed at the Mountain View Cabins outside of Stratton Saturday night. When he got to Stratton Saturday morning, we attended the Old Home days at the Stratton Community Building and then went to the Dead River Area Historical Society Building, in Stratton, in the afternoon where the focus was on Clarence Jones, who served in World War 11 and made a name for himself on the River Drives throughout the years.

The members of his family who were present to meet and greet at that place were his sons, Steven Jones, of Bingham, Tom Jones, of Farmington, and Larry Jones, of Limington, and me as his step-daughter. There were lots of interested people who attended that event that afternoon.

On Sunday morning Lief and I attended the Old Home Sunday Worship Service at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel where there weren’t too many in attendance; only three who had ever lived in Flagstaff, Isabelle Burbank, Loen Burbank and myself. It is sad but true, time marches on.

This was the 69th Flagstaff Memorial Chapel Old Home Days Sunday Gathering held at the little building in Eustis that holds the beautiful old memorial windows of the little chapel that it represents from the Flagstaff Congregational Church, in Flagstaff.

Received an e-mail from Happyknits: Speaking of relaxing, Happyknits is joining forces again with CrabApple Whitewater in the Forks for our second annual Confluence Retreat, a fall fiber and foliage get-away. Join us there from October 11-14, for a laid-back four days of knitting and crocheting, and let the good folks at CrabApple take care of your every need. We’ll be offering a few workshops, but the focus will be on having fun and being with friends. We’ve had so much fun this summer meeting folks from all over the state of Maine (and beyond) who have joined the Maine Yarn Cruise. They’ve come from big cities and small towns, from nearby and far away. But they all share what we share – a love of yarn. Each person who visits us becomes part of our Happyknits community, if even for just a few minutes. This was signed by Sarah, MaryLou and Karla.

And so now for Percy’s memoir: If you hear a kind word spoken Of some worthy soul you know, It may fill his heart with sunshine If you only tell him so! If a deed , however humble, Helps you on your way to go’ Seek the one whose hand has helped you, Seek him out and tell him so! If your heart is touched and tender Toward a sinner, lost and low, It might help him to do better If you only tell him so! Oh my sisters, oh, my brothers, As over life’s rough path you go, If God’s love has saved and kept you, Do not fail to tell men so! (No name was listed under the above words.)

SOLON & BEYOND: 4-Hers preparing for upcoming fair season

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 information from Eleanor Pooler, the leader of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for many, many years: The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club sent 127 exhibits to the Bangor State Fair 4-H exhibition hall. (Eleanor said they will be sending more to several other upcoming fairs.) I admire Eleanor greatly, for all she does for our young people!

Janice Pooler, from Colorado, and her children AJ Giroux Jr., and Jessica Crocker and their families have been here visiting Rance and Eleanor Pooler. While here she welcomed a new grandson Josah Charles Giroux.

The monthly supper at the Embden Community Center will be on Saturday, August 10, at 5 p.m.

Regular events at the Embden Community Center are Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop/Lending Library 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Wed.;10:00-3:00 Fri. & Sat. Country Sunday: 1- 4 p.m./second and fourth Sunday. By donation. Sewing Class: 10 a.m. – noon/ Wednesdays; Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m./Wednesdays. Come in an sign up–new members accepted. TOPS ( Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. For more information you may call 566-7302.

My thanks go out to my son Peter, for getting my computer up and running again. It froze up on me from a scam and I couldn’t get it to do anything. It frustrates me some times but this was beyond that!

The above is all the recent news that I could gather up, and since you read this column now all know how old I am, I’m going to send out some great advice for older people…It is entitled Youth: Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees; It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; It is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, Of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. This often exists in a man of 50 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether 70 or 16, there is in every being’s heart the love Of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars and the star-like things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge of events; the unfailing, childlike appetite for what’s next; and you are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station; So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from earth, from men, and from the Infinite – so long are your young.

When the wires are all down and all the central place of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then are you grown old? Indeed and may God have mercy on your soul.

Hope the above words inspire some of you to continue to live life to the fullest, no matter what your age. I used the same words in a column in The Town Line back on July 10, 2004. Hope you agree, and will start thinking younger.

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled, Have Faith: Have faith when others turn and run; Endure the night, there will be sun. Have faith when things are looking dim With head erect, your eyes on Him. Be not afraid to lose or fail; No ocean’s crossed until you sail… No victory’s won without a fight, No bird migrates without a flight. Faith overcomes the strongest foe and lights the path where we must go. Faith overcomes both doubt and fear; It paints a picture bright and clear, And faith is never far away…It grows each time we kneel to pray. (words by Clay Harrison.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Lynnette King, retiring from Margaret Chase Smith Library after 29 years

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’m wondering how all of you have survived the hot, sticky weather we’ve been having recently? But then, we shouldn’t complain, after the extra cold, stormy winter we suffered through last winter!

Received an e-mail from Angela Stockwell about the Margaret Chase Smith Library. “It’s always busy at the MCS Library. After 29 years of dedicated service, Lynnette King is retiring. We will miss her and wish her well. Advanced Placement history students learned about primary source research. Maine author Paul Doiron’s talk about his latest book drew a large audience. It was great! Maine students impressed judges at National History day in Maryland. Winners of the MCS Leadership Excellence Awards at West Point and Annapolis were selected. Essay winners are highlighted in this issue as well. We’re pleased to announce the renaming of the seminar room to the Merton G. & Harriet P. Henry Conference Room.”

Have been thinking a great deal about the Old Days as Flagstaff Memorial Chapel Old Home Days are fast approaching on August 3 and 4. Received a letter from my cousin RM Yehle about the events that will be going on at this annual event. On August 3, at the Dead River Area Historical Society, in Stratton, from 1 – 3 p.m. The focus will be on Clarence Jones, with family members present to meet and greet, and tell stories.

Or you can meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel and take a ride (boat or vehicle) into the Stevens’ farm (now the Ruey Stevens Baldwin camp) and Duluth Wing’s (now Kenny’s) camp. Boat and/or vehicle transportation will be provided by Kenny and RM.

On August 4, at 10 a.m., at the Flagstaff Chapel, there will be a church service with Peter Farnsworth officiating. At 1 a.m., at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel, there will be a potluck lunch, Drinks, plates, and silverware will be provided. At noon at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel there will be the annual meeting.

RM ended this letter with these words,” Please try to attend all or some of these activities! Let’s try to increase our attendance – bring friends, let others know, post the flyer around town.

She is right, the attendance gets smaller and smaller every year. I am one of the oldest, or maybe the oldest, who attends. My good friend, who is a year younger than me always comes from New York for this occasion.

I had saved a yellowed Central Maine Newspaper dated June 6, 2002, with the headline, Make Flagstaff Lake a certain stop. There is a large picture of the lake with these words under it: “A view of Flagstaff Lake from the causeway in Stratton. The 26-mile long lake was formed more than 50 years ago by flooding three communities. ”

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Hymns and Haws: Dentist’s hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns.” Baker’s hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Contractor’s hymn, “The Churches One Foundation.”;Weather forecaster’s hymn ,”There Shall Be Showers of Blessing.” IRS’s hymn: “All to Thee.” Optometrist’s hymn: “Open My Eyes That I Might See.” Tailor’s hymn:”Holy! Holy! Holy!” and Shopper’s Hymn: “By and By” These words were printed in Guidepost in August 1996.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And now for Percy’s memoir:

God Grant Us Hope and Faith and Love

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

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

Saddened and confused: the flooding of Flagstaff village

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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