New books at Albion library

Albion Public Library

The Albion Library has received several new books for Juveniles from Tumblehome Learning, Inc. of Boston. Here are a few:


Seeking the Snow Lion,
Geology is a Piece of Cake,
Remarkable Minds.


The Perilous Case of the Zombie Potion,
Mosquitoes Don’t Bite Me,
The Confounding Case of the Climate Crisis.

Springfield College recognizes dean’s list students

Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, named the following local students to the dean’s list for academic excellence for the spring 2018 term.

Christopher Hayden, of Madison, studying applied exercise science.

Ryan Pellerin, of Albion, studying sport management

Centenarian competes in golf tourney

Joe Y. Stroh­man heads to the golf course with his son.

100-year-old Joe Y. Stroh­man readies a shot during Masonic Lodge golf tourney. (Contributed photo)

On June 23, the Masonic Central Lodge #45, of China, hosted its annual golf tournament at the Cedar Springs Golf Course, in Albion. Joseph Y. Strohman, who turned 100 years old in January, was one of the golfers who golfed 18 holes that day. He had also donated a picture of the Pebble Beach Golf Course, in California, that he had painted himself for the live auction.

Joseph has been a mason for 62 years. The tournament was very successful thanks to the help of lodge members, families and friends. There were 47 local businesses that provided hole sponsorships to support the event who believe in the cause. Their contributions make it possible for them to continue to support the two Shriners Hospitals for Children in Massachusetts, the Bikes for Books Program, and the Widows Program. It was a fun-filled day with a great group of people coming together for great causes.




Seagulls claim championship

Front row, left to right, Preston Roy, Ryan Brown, Gaige Martin, Jaiden Berube, Connor Brown and Colby Nadeau. Second row, Mike Stewart, Braden Littlefield, Nash Corson, Parker Higgins, Matix Ward and Wyatt Gamache. Back, coaches Joel Littlefield, Nick Nadeau, Mike Corson, Matt Ward and Chuck Roy. Contributed photo

The Albion Seagulls captured the Fairfield PAL majors baseball championship recently. The team entered the tourney as the No. 1 seed. They took the opening game, 20-11, over Yankee Trophy, and put the title game away, 15-1, over Wright’s Dairy.

Local fire chiefs cited

David LaFountain, retiring chief of both Waterville and Winslow fire departments (left), Andrew Clark, chief of Albion Fire and Rescue (right), and Senator Scott Cyrway (center). (Contributed photo)

David LaFountain, retiring chief of both Waterville and Winslow fire departments, and Andrew Clark, chief of Albion Fire and Rescue, were both recipients of EMS Excellence Awards at a ceremony put on by Maine Emergency Medical Services, in Augusta, on May 23. EMS Excellence Awards recognize individuals for their contributions to the EMS system, either in their area or to the state as a whole. Senator Scott Cyrway (R-Kennebec) attended the awards ceremony, presenting both recipients with legislative sentiments recognizing their accomplishments. Timothy Beals, of Waterville, executive director of Delta Ambulance, was also an EMS Excellence Award recipient, but he was unable to attend the ceremony.

Albion native obtains doctorate in pharmacy

Kayla Keay

Albion resident Kayla Keay graduated from Husson University, in Bangor, with a doctorate in pharmacy, on May 5.

Kayla, a 2012 graduate of Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, is the daughter of Daryl and Gloria Keay, of Albion, and granddaughter of Ruth Fuller and the late Guy Fuller, and the late Crosby and Gloria Keay.

Hart-to-Hart to host Easter egg hunt for charity

The late Cassidy Charette with one of her little friends from Hart-to-Hart Farm, in Albion. (Contributed photo)

Hart-to-Hart Farm & Education Center will host its 2nd Annual ShineOnCass Easter Egg Hunt, free to the community on Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 pm at 16 Duck Pond Lane in Albion.

Children are asked to bring their own basket to collect hidden eggs on the farm. The event includes special treats and prizes for kids, an animal petting area, face painting, spring crafts, games and a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny. The egg hunt will start at 2:30 pm for children ages 6 years and younger, followed by a separate hunt for ages 7 to 13. All are encouraged to wear boots and warm clothing to the event.

Hart-to-Hart Farm is a family owned and operated organic dairy farm that offers a variety of educational programs for children, adults and families. Cassidy Charette, an Oakland teen who died in a hayride accident in 2014, was a long-time summer camper there. In 2015, farm owners Linda and Doug Hartkopf and the community helped build Cassidy’s Kitchen — an outdoor, three-season kitchen for educational programs.

Families are asked to bring pet items that will be donated in Cassidy’s memory to the Humane Society Waterville Area, where she was a volunteer. The Humane society has a wish list which includes most needed items: wood pellets for cat/kitty litter, dye free at foods (such as Purina Naturals) and canned food for kittens and cats, paté style, no fish please.

ShineOnCass Egg Hunt is sponsored by Hart-to-Hart Farm, Organic Valley and the ShineOnCass Foundation. For more information, please call 437-2441, email or visit

UPDATE: This event has been rescheduled! Please see our update on the event here: Easter Egg Hunt Rescheduled.


Albion book group to hold first meeting; library receives shipment of new books

“Let’s Talk About It,” a book group sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, February 14, at 6 p.m. If you are interested in joining, they still have a few openings.

Albion Public Library

The library has several new additions to the book shelves.

In the children’s area we have:

My Journey to the Stars, by Scott Kelly;
They All Saw a Cat, by Brendan Wenzel.
Earmuffs for Everyone (How Chester Greenwood became known as the Inventor of Earmuffs), by Meghan McCarthy.

For the Adults:

We Band of Angels (The story of the American women trapped on Bataan), by Elizabeth Norman
Quakeland (On the Road to America’s next devastating earthquake), by Kathryn Miles.
Tom Clancy’s Duty & Honor (a Jack Ryan, Jr. novel), by Grant Blackwook.
Like Melvin, by Jonathan Yars (Jonathan Yars is a pen name for Albion’s own Kyle Keenan)

AUDIO: Destiny of the Republic (a tale of Madness, Medicine and the murder of a President).

New books at Albion Public Library


Anthology of Vassalboro Tales, by Esther Bernhardt and Vicki Schad
More Than a Train Yard and Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway’s Brownville Division, 1886-1963, by Kenneth Hatchette
Carnival Glass, 11th Edition, by Mike Carvile.


The Dog Master, by W. Bruce Cameron
The Train to Crystal City, by Jan Jarboe Russell.
The Land of Painted Caves, by Jean M. Auel.

Juvenile Fiction:

The Demigod Diaries, by Rick Reardon.

Historic presence of alewives in China Lake’s Outlet Stream reconfirmed

Original letters written by Stacy Blish and others, of Vassalborough, in 1799, submitted to the Massachusetts legislature. The decision of the governing body sealed the fate of the stream for more than 200 years, as numerous mills and factories were located along the banks of Mile Stream and little attention paid to its ecological health or fisheries. Photo of the letters from the State Archives, in Boston.

Submitted by Landis Hudson, executive director Maine Rivers.

ocuments recently found in Massachusetts Archives have shed light on the early history of China Lake’s Outlet Stream, reconfirming the historic presence of native alewives. Petitions and letters, signed and dated from 1798 and 1799, state that alewives were known to make their way up the stream to China Lake, but the presence of sawmills and grist mills prevented the migratory fish from completing their journey to spawning areas. The letters and petitions were written requesting that the Outlet Stream be exempted from fish passage laws to allow water-powered industries to flourish.

As was typical for the colonial period, smaller waterways like Outlet Stream were harnessed for power first because their flows were easier to control. Later, as the technology advanced, dams were built on larger rivers, like the former Edwards Dam on the Kennebec River, first built in 1837.

Letters and petitions from residents along the Outlet Stream were submitted in response to fish passage laws enacted in Massachusetts requiring dam owners to provide fish passage, due to local concerns about the declining populations of migratory fish, notably salmon, shad and alewives. In 1797, just one year before the residents along Outlet Stream sent in their letters and petitions, a law was passed requiring fish passage in Cumberland and Lincoln Counties. Maine was then a part of Massachusetts; records from this period can be found in Massachusetts State Archives, in Boston.

One letter written by Stacy Blish in January 1799 states:

“Stacy Blish, of Vassalborough, in the County of Lincoln, of lawfull age testify and say that I have lived near a Stream called Mile brook which empties itself into Sebasticook river for eighteen years last past that before any mills were built on said Stream Alewives used to pass up said Stream into a pond out of which it flows but no Salmon or Shad ever frequented it and for fifteen years last past since mills have been erected on it no alewives have been known to pass up into the pond.”

Another petition signed by 40 individuals noted, “the carrying on and Improvements of those Mills Are the principle if not the only means upon which a large number of respectable and industrious citizens depend on for acquiring property… That formerly the fish called Alewives (only) used to pass up said stream but for more than ten years None have been seen to pass up said stream…”

The letters and petitions were successful and resulted in the passage of a law titled, “An Act Exempting Mile Stream in the Towns of Vassalborough, Winslow and Harlem from the Operations of All Laws Regulating the Salmon Shad and Alewife Fisheries in Said Towns.” This act sealed the fate of the stream for more than 200 years, as numerous mills and factories were located along its banks and little attention paid to its ecological health or fisheries.