Legal Notices, Week of February 9, 2017

STATE OF MAINE
KENNEBEC, ss.
TONI M. FREDETTE,
Plaintiff,
V.
MARY ANN FREDETTE
f/k/a
MARY ANN WENTWORTH
Defendant
SUPERIOR COURT
CIVIL ACTION
DOCKET NO:

ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S
MOTION TO PERMIT
SERVICE BY PUBLICATION
TITLE TO REAL ESTATE IS INVOLVED
688 AUGUSTA ROAD, WINSLOW, MAINE
BOOK 12300, PAGE 133

A Complaint has been filed with the Court against Defendant MARY ANN FREDETTE f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH, which requires personal service in accordance with Rule 4(d) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure.

Upon motion, the Court hereby ORDERS:

That service cannot be made upon MARY ANN FREDETTE, f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH in any of the usual manners prescribed by Rule 4 despite the due diligence of the Plaintiff. Service shall therefore be made upon MARY ANN FREDETTE, f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH and all those who claim or may claim by, through, or under MARY ANN FREDETTE, f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH by publishing this Order once a week for three (3) successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the County of Kennebec, the county in which the property at issue in the Complaint is located and the county in which MARY ANN FREDETTE, f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH was last known to reside.

The first publication shall be made within twenty (20) days after this order is issued. Service by publication shall be complete on the twenty-first (21st) day after the first publication.

Plaintiff seeks a judgment in Kennebec County Superior Court against MARY ANN FREDETTE, f/k/a MARY ANN WENTWORTH to obtain a partition of certain property now owned by Toni M. Fredette and Defendant, and previously owned by Leo and Loretta Fredette, being located at 688 Augusta Road, Winslow, Maine.

The property at issue in the Complaint consists of the property described in the deed recorded at Book 12300 Page 133 at the Kennebec County Registry of Deeds.

A copy of the complaint for partition may be obtained from Plaintiff’s attorney at the address and number below.

If you wish to oppose this lawsuit, you or your attorney MUST PREPARE AND SERVE A WRITTEN ANSWER to the complaint WITHIN TWENTY (20) DAYS after service is completed by the foregoing method.

You or your attorney must serve your answer by delivering a copy of it in person or by mail to the Plaintiff’s attorney, Bryan B. Ward, of the firm of O’Donnell, Lee, 112 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine. You or your attorney must also file the original of your answer with the Court by mailing it to the following address: Kennebec Superior Court, 1 Court Street, Augusta, Maine, before or within a reasonable time after it is served.

IMPORTANT WARNING: IF YOU FAIL TO SERVE AN ANSWER WITHIN THE TIME STATED ABOVE OR IF, AFTER YOU ANSWER, YOU FAIL TO APPEAR AT ANY TIME THE COURT NOTIFIES YOU TO DO SO, A JUDGMENT BY DEFAULT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU IN YOUR ABSENCE FOR THE RELIEF DEMANDED IN THE COMPLAINT. IF YOU INTEND TO OPPOSE THIS LAWSUIT, DO NOT FAIL TO ANSWER WITHIN THE REQUIRED TIME.

IF YOU BELIEVE THE PLAINTIFF IS NOT ENTITLED TO ALL OR PART OF THE CLAIM SET FORTH IN THE COMPLAINT OR IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A CLAIM OF YOUR OWN AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF, YOU SHOULD TALK TO A LAWYER. IF YOU FEEL YOU CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY A FEE TO A LAWYER, YOU MAY ASK THE COURT FOR INFORMATION AS TO PLACES WHERE YOU MAY SEEK LEGAL ASSISTANCE.

Dated: January 15, 2017
/s/ Michaela Murphy
Justice, Superior Court
Plaintiff’s Attorney:
Bryan B. Ward
O’Donnell and Lee
112 Silver Street
Waterville, Maine 04901
Telephone: (207) 872-0112
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Obituaries, Week of February 2, 2017

ANN C. HIGGINS

VASSALBORO – Ann Cates Higgins, 80, passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Alfond Center for Health, following a brief illness. She was born in East Vassalboro on November 24, 1936, to Benjamin Harold Cates Sr. and Annabel Ingraham Cates.

Ann was the youngest of the Cates’ 12 children, all of whom were raised on the family farm in East Vassalboro.

Ann attended grade school in East Vassalboro Elementary School. She graduated from the Lincoln School, a Quaker secondary boarding school in Rhode Island. From Lincoln School, she matriculated at Earlham College, a Quaker private college in Richmond, Indiana, where she studies biology with an emphasis on education.

Following her graduation from Earlham College, Ann taught in Bangor, Skowhegan, and Albion. She later worked as the federal postmaser in Smithfield and Vassalboro.

Ann was a longtime member of the Vassalboro Grange and the Vassalboro Historical Society. She was a birthright member of the Vassalboro Friends (Quaker) Meeting in East Vassalboro, where she was the organist for many years. Ann loved music; in addition to playing the organ, she was a talented pianist and accompanist, and provided accompaniment for several musicals, as well as a multitude of soloists. She particularly enjoyed singing barbershop music, and was a member of the Kennebelles, in Waterville, for several decades before the chorus was disbanded. Later she sang with Maine-ly Harmony, in Gardiner.
Ann was predeceased by her parents; husband Guy Higgins; siblings, Maynard Cates, Helen Wyman, Margaret Cates, Effie Cates, George Cates, Benjamin Cates Jr., Marian Murray and June Rodis; sisters-in-law, Coralene Cates and Edna Cates; brothers-in-law, Manson Wyman and Richard Murray; nephew Martin Cates.

She is survived by her son Eric J. Edmondson; daughter Cathy S. Edmondson and partner Regina Blakeslee; brother Herbert Cates, Paul Cates and wife Elisabeth, Carleton Cates and wife Saundra; brothers-in-law Charles Rodis and Kelvin Higgins and wife Joy; stepson, Elwin Higgins; stepdaughter Linda Gervais; 20 nephews, eight nieces and their respective families.

A memorial service will be held at the Vassalboro Friends Meeting on Saturday, March 18, at 2 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Vassalboro Friends Meeting, 48 South Stanley Hill Road, Vassalboro, ME 04989.

JOHN GRARD

WINSLOW – John Grard, 64, unexpectedly passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at his home in Florida. John was born on February 20, 1952, and was the only son of the late Fred and Mary (Collins) Grard.

He married the former Cathy Hanscom on August 9, 1975.

John was a graduate of Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine. He was a major engineer, sailing on the Great Lakes for most of his career. John was a very kind and generous man who loved to garden, hunt and fish. What he loved most was spending time with his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas.

John is survived by his wife, Cathy; daughter Jennifer and husband Michael; and two grandchildren; two siblings; many cousins.

Memorial donations may be made to Maine P-PODS.org to support Juvenile Diabetes.

LARRY K. OLSEN

JEFFERSON—Larry K. Olsen, 83, of Jefferson, died on Friday, January 20, 2017, in the LincolnHealth-Miles Campus. Larry was born on January 17, 1934, in Berkeley, California, and was the son of the late Alama G. and LaRue (Wallace) Olslen.

Larry proudly served our country for the U.S. Army in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He enlisted in June 1953 and was honorably discharged in May 1955. He then went into the Army Reserves where he served for 12 years. He was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the Sharpshooter Medal.

He was employed for 11 years as a correctional officer at the Maine State Prison and owned and operated, alongside his wife, Pine Ridge Ceramics for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed watching professional sports and was a voracious reader.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth E. (Feyler) Olsen; his parents, Alama G. and LaRue (Wallace) Olsen; and brother Craig Olsen.

He is survived by children, Raymond Olsen, Lura Robinson and husband Amoe, Cheryl Rister, Lori Dodge, Shani Healy and husband Billy, John James, and Robert James; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

To send online condolences, please visit www.hallfuneralhomes.com.

DONNA H. MURCH

WINDSOR – Donna Helen Plaisted Murch, 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. She was born on November 21, 1925, to Donald Herbert Plaisted and Ora Diantha Wade Plaisted, in Belfast.

Donna started her school years in Belfast and Skowhegan and from junior high through high school attended Augusta schools, graduating from Cony High School, in Augusta, in 1942. Donna married John Murch in 1946 and raised four children, Jeffrey, Diana, Lisa and Glenna.

When the children were older she started college and earned a teaching degree from the University of Maine at Orono, and graduated in the spring of 1976 alongside her son Jeffrey and now daughter-in-law Claudette. Donna then began her teaching career at the Windsor Elementary School where she was a Title I teacher working with disadvantaged children until she retired in 1988.

Following her retirement, Donna volunteered at what was then Augusta General Hospital and gave tours to school aged children. She worked for two United States census and also did volunteer visits to elderly shut-ins.

She loved the ocean and all things nature and advocated openly to protect the environment. She had a great fondness for animals.

Donna was predeceased by her sister Glenn Plaisted.

Survivors include her children Jeffrey Murch and wife Claudette, from Windsor, Diana Osberg, of Van Nuys, California, Lisa Houllahan and partner Jeffrey Ruder, of Mercer, and Glenna Snively and husband Scott, of Kingston, Washington; grandchildren Garrett Murch, Aubree Murch, Joshua Hayward and wife Nicole, Jennifer Hayward, Johnny Houllahan, Samantha Snively, Braedon Snively and Ian Snively; great-grandchildren Yemaya McLaury, Bradley Hayward, Abigail Hayward.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, Maine 04330, or The Greyhound Clinic, 231 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta, ME 04330, or the Shriner’s Burn Hospital, c/o Kora Temple, 11 Sabattus St., Lewiston, ME 04340.

ANNETTE J. BOUFARD

SOMERVILLE—Annette J. Bouffard, 86, of the Rockland Road, died Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Sussman House, in Rockport. She was born in Seekonk, Massachusetts, on July 31, 1930, the daughter of Lorenzo Daneau and Lydia (Pelletier) Daneau.

She was employed as a certified nursing assistant in nursing homes in Massachusetts and Maine for many years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald A. Bouffard, in 2015.

Surviving are two daughters, Christine Gupton, of Somerville, and Marie A. Campbell, of New Hampshire; two sons, Raymond A. Bouffard, of New Hampshire, and Jean A. Bouffard, of Somerville; 10 brothers and sisters in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Florida; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

JOSEPHINE E. BUKER

ALBION – Josephine “Jo” Evelyn (Tucker) Buker, 87, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017. She was born in Abbot on June 15, 1929, the daughter of Percy and Dorothy (Whitney) Tucker.

After 61 years of marriage, Ken died on October 30, 2011.

Jo is survived by a half-brother, Roy Tucker; two half-sisters, Mary Lou Runnion and Cookie Garret; numerous nieces, nephews, and their spouses; sister-in-law, Ruth Buker; two brothers-in-law, Gene Robinson and Joseph “Sonny” Brown.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Doreen Gerry and Mina Lane; all of her husband’s siblings.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 18, at 10 a.m., at the Second Baptist Church, 172 Water Street, Waterville, with Pastor Bill Lawrence officiating.

Interment will be in the spring at the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery, Augusta at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of their choice.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.

WALTER A. WATTS SR.

VASSALBORO – Walter A. Watts Sr., 64, of Vassalboro, died at the VA Maine Healthcare at Togus on Sunday, January 29, 2017, following a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Skowhegan on December 3, 1952, the son of James E. Watts and Patricia E. (Bishop) Watts.

His wife T Dale, preceded him in February 2016. He was also predeceased by a sister, Linda.

He is survived by his son Walter A. Watts Jr. and wife Amity, of Brooks; daughter Lindsay L. Watts, of Vassalboro; stepson Ryan Chasse, of Hooksett, New Hampshire; brother Ryan Watts and wife Karen, of Heber, Arizona; sisters Judy Libby and husband Jim, of Skowhegan, Diane Culleton and husband Earl, of Skowhegan, Ruth Cyr and husband David, of Lewiston and Helen Smith, of Tucson, Arizona; three grandsons, Walter A. Watts III, of Brooks, and Miles and Spencer Chasse, of Hooksett, New Hampshire; aunt Dorothy Pinkham, of Waterville, and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a committal service with military honors at noon on June 2, 2017, at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Augusta.

Arrangements were under the direction of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusts. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at www.plummerfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Love Without Boundaries, PO Box 1861, Lowell, Arizona 72745, or VA Hospice. Checks may be sent to Hospice Donation, c/o Voluntary Services, VA Maine, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 049330. Checks made payable to VA Maine.

ELIZABETH F. COONAN

SOUTH CHINA – Elizabeth Fortin Coonan, 67, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, following a courageous and valient fight with cancer. She was born on October 13, 1949, the eldest daughter of Donald and Priscilla (Violette) Fortin, in Waterville.

Betty spent her childhood on the family farm in Winslow and graduated from Winslow High School in 1968. She worked at F. W. Webb/Kennebec Supply for many years. Betty enjoyed gardening and spending her winters in Port Charlotte, Florida, with Mike. She loved spending time with her family, most of all. She was a very hands-on grandmother, seldom missing a big event in her granddaughters’ lives. She would travel the country and Germany to visit and spoil them.

She recently became an Alabama football fan due to her eldest granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband Mike, of South China; daughter Heidi and husband Kendric; granddaughters Alayna and Ansley Robbins, of Arlington, Virginia; her sisters Beverly and Bill Rhoades, Deborah and Rodney Dubois, Theresa and Bob Macklin, and Jennifer and Steve Harrison; brotyhers Donald, of Winslow, and Richard, of Alexandria, Virginia.

She was predeceased by her parents; brother Michael; and godmother Sister Normande Fortin.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.gallantfh.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Volunteers of Waterville Area, 304 Upper Main St., Waterville, ME 04901.

LLOYD A. CORSON

ALBION – Lloyd A. Corson, 82, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, following a period of failing health, at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville. He was born April 26, 1934, in Athens, the son of Ivory and Althea Corson.

On April 18, 1953, he married the former Charlotte Evelyn Dixon. Together they settled in Albion to raise their three children.

Lloyd had many interests that included classic cars, NASCAR, working on local race cars, fishing, hunting, camping, reading the paper, the Boston Red Sox, and followed many other sports, and camp at Lake Moxie. He often could be seen at the local corner store for breakfast and coffee.

He was predeceased by his parent; his wife Charlotte; brothers Reginald and Merton, and sisters Helen and Beatrice.

He is survived by his sons, Michael Corson Sr. and wife Paulette, of Albion, Mark Corson and wife Tera, of Union, daughter Tsmmy Johnson and husband Gene, of Jackson; grandchildren, Michael Corson Jr. and wife Alyssa, of Albion, Wendy Cutting and friend Gabe, of Bangor, Natasha Johnson, of Jackson, Caleb Johnson, of Thorndike and Beth Corson, of Union; great-grandchildren Harleigh, Kaitlin, Nash, Roman, Jillian Alicen, Tylen and Jayden; stepgrandchildren Robert Kanzler, of Freedom, and Robette Bouchard, of Sidney; niece June Dixon; many siters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at www.lawrybrothers.com.

OTHERS DEPARTED

MATTHEW J. CAREY, 55, of Belgrade Lakes, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Gray Birch Rehabilitation and Long Term Care Facility, in Augusta, following a brief illness. Locally, he is survived by sisters, Nancy Cunningham and husband Lee, of Vassalboro, and Susan Inman and companion Paul Jacobs, of Oakland, and brother James Carey and wife Gisele, of Fairfield.

THOMAS F. WHITTAKER SR., 75, ofTroy, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2017, in Waterville. Locally, he is survived by a son, Thomas Whittaker Jr. and wife Anita, of South China.

I’m Just Curious: Did you know?

by Debbie Walker

I know I am not the only person who has never read a Farmer’s Almanac. I was talking with my friend Donna; she said she never had either. We did not know what we were missing. Did you know?

Did you know that every month has certain days better for function than others? Examples: Baking days are only the 1, 7, 8, 27 and 28 of February. So if someone in the family has a birthday February 10 you will need to bake that cake on the 8th unless you want it to sink in the middle or something.

I am messing up because I have an appointment for a haircut on February 4. Ooops, not the right date. According to the almanac I should have picked 2, 3, 7, 8 or 20th. Oh well, I don’t think there are any superstitions tied to any of this.

Picking apples and pears on February 10 and 18 -20 something is certainly off with that one. The cover says “Solutions for Living a More Natural Lifestyle.” How does picking apples in February fit into a natural lifestyle? Beats me!!

If you were planning on buying a house in February and you didn’t do it on February 2 you are out of luck. Even so that is better than January, there were NO days.

This magazine also says good days to get married in February 2017 are the 2nd, 3rd, 7th to 9th, 25 or 26th. If that was the same in 1970 it would have not been good. I got married on February 7, and I wound up divorced!

In the Health and Beauty column I was a little surprised to see dates to “Start a Diet to Lose Weight,” there were eight days. There were also dates to “Start a Diet to Gain Weight!” There are only three days, February 7, 8 and 26. That one has certainly never been my problem but I imagine it is as, or more, difficult as losing pounds.

There are so many more tidbits of information like on August 21, 2017, we will all be looking at the sky. There is going to be a total eclipse of the sun. This one we should be able to see in our own yard.

There are some Almanac Throwbacks from their 1877 Farmer’s Almanac. One such is “What a Western Woman Did in a Day.” Her day started at 4:30 a.m. You know it doesn’t get better. Just the work she did after dinner would have worn out most of us these days. They were tough women.

There are rules for making wives and husbands happy in this almanac I have. I certainly hope you don’t mind all this babble but I felt like I needed to pass all this info along. I’m Just Curious, “Did you know?”

I am Debbie Walker and you can contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com . Sub line: Did You Know? Thanks for sharing your time!

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Albion youth attains Eagle Scout status

On December 28, 2016, Jacob Lennon, of Albion, joined the ranks of Eagle Scout, making him one of the last group of Eagles in the nation in 2016. Jacob is a member of Boy Scout Troop #446, in Albion.  The 18-year-old Lawrence High School senior, in Fairfield, began his scouting career when he was in the fourth grade.  Jacob was recently nominated, by Maine U.S. Senator Angus King, to attend one of the U.S. military academies. Jacob’s preference is the U.S. Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland, where he would aspire to become a marine engineer. Jacob’s other interests include football, weightlifting, hunting, trapping and fishing. […]

Successful season at Alfond Center

It was a successful season at the Alfond Youth Center Rec basketball league.

Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

Elementary basketball

 

Winslow Rec basketball team member Maya Lavallee takes the ball down court during a recent game.

Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

Backstroke in the pool

Waterville/Winslow high schools swim team member Molly Wasaliski doing the backstroke at a recent meet.
Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Crows v. Ravens: is there a difference?

Roland D. HalleeSCORES & OUTDOORS

by Roland D. Hallee

If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I wrote about all the birds that have been coming to our feeders, and I compared the situation with the Alfred Hitchcock thriller film, The Birds. Well, I have another chapter in that episode. I have noticed recently the high number of crows, or ravens, that have been hanging around my house. Just the other day, I saw seven of them sitting in my pine trees in the backyard. They are huge birds.

Just to draw a comparison, there was a gray squirrel – either Martha or Stewart, my resident squirrels, are pretty good sized squirrels – on one of the other branches, and these birds made it look like a field mouse. The squirrel was dwarfed by these birds. They were also licking their chops. However, the crows’ stout bill is not strong enough to break through the skin.

Later that day, while driving by the park that is located at the end of my street, there were about two dozen of these birds feeding on the banking that was bare of snow.

Where are they coming from? And are they crows, or ravens like some people are calling them?

Well, to cut to the chase, crows have a fan-shaped tail, while ravens’ tails are wedge-shaped. The birds I’m looking at have a fan-shaped tail. Obviously, there are a few differences between the two species. Most of the differences are noticeable when the two are together. However, crows will assemble in large flocks, while ravens tend to be solitary, until the fall migration.

Crow, left, and Raven. Note the position of the tail feathers. The crow’s are fan-like, while the Raven’s are wedge-shaped.

Both the crows and the ravens are highly intelligent birds. Perhaps the most intelligent. The two can learn to imitate a variety of sounds, including the human voice. Recent research has found crows not only use tools, but also tool construction. Their intelligence quotient is equal to that of many non-human primates.

There is a story that indicates crows know how to count. The story has not been substantiated, but it goes like this. Three hunters enter a hunters’ blind. They wait, the crows know they are in there. The crows don’t move. Two hunters leave the blind, and the crows still don’t move. Once the third hunter leaves, the crows know they are gone and resume their normal activity.

Crows also have a good memory, remembering where there is danger, and where their cache of food is for later consumption.

Predators include owls and hawks. Crows will gather together to move an offending or intruding owl or hawk. However, West Nile disease has been taking its toll on crow populations.

A couple of years ago, while fishing on Webber Pond, my wife and I noticed a large flock of crows headed for a tree that sat on a point. Apparently, a bald eagle was intruding on a nest. The crows mobbed the eagle and drove it off. That was interesting to watch.

So, taking all these things into consideration, the large black birds hanging around my house are crows. But the question as to where they come from and why they are hanging around, has not been answered. In the past, I have seen massive numbers of crows fly overhead in late fall. But they continue in a northwesterly direction, darkening the sky as they passed. This year, they are making themselves right at home around my house.

I will continue to investigate.

Franks named to Castleton U. president’s list

Mary Franks, of Liberty, was recently named to the Castleton University president’s list for the fall semester of the 2016-17 academic year, in Castleton, Vermont.

To qualify for this highest academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 4.0.

Hunter Williams earns place on dean’s list

Hunter Williams, of Jefferson, who was recently named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire. Williams was among 1,400 students who were honored for academic excellence in the fall 2016 semester.