Week of March 16, 2017

Week of March 16, 2017

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A season of success and championships

The China Middle School girls varsity basketball team experienced a fantastic season, capped off by a win in the SVAC championship game against Vassalboro Community School…The Winslow Youth Wrestling team went through another successful season…The Central Maine Youth Hockey Association Bantam Hornets won the gold medal at the MHD March showdown tournament…See all the pictures here! […]

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PAL hoops champions

This group of third and fourth graders won the PAL Hoops Classic at Lawrence High School recently. From left to right, Kylie Delile, Haylie Woods, Lilly Gray, Madisyn Niles, Makenzie McAvoy, Layla Dubois and Riley Paquet. The team is coached by Rob Gray and Olivia Gray.
Photo by Central Maine Photography

Annual Battle of the Badges won by police department

The Waterville police and fire departments came together on March 9 for the ninth annual Battle of the Badges. Coming into the evening, each team had won four games. The police were happy to bring the gold ball back to the police department for the fifth time. The event is a fundraiser for the South End Teen Center, which is a drop center for teens allowing them a safe, comfortable environment to do homework and participate in extra curricula activities.
Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Skunks are not pests that everyone thinks

Roland D. HalleeSCORES

by Roland D. Hallee

“You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road, dead skunk in the middle of the road; You got yer dead skunk in the middle of the road, stinkin’ to high heaven.”

Those lyrics to the song by Loudon Wainwright III tend to speak the truth this time of the year. With the warmer weather during the day, skunks are finding their way out of the winter dens.

Skunk preparing to dig up an in-ground bee hive.

A dead skunk by the side of the road in North Vassalboro last Sunday is witness to that rite of spring.

Skunks are placid, retiring and non-aggressive by nature. They try very hard not to get in harm’s way. I’ve had several encounters with skunks and have been able to “talk my way” out of trouble. Some people call me the “skunk whisperer.” Speaking to them in a soft, calm, yet firm voice will convince them that you, also, mean no harm.

“Crossin’ the highway late last night
He shoulda looked left, and he shoulda looked right;
He didn’t see the station wagon car,
The skunk got squashed and there you are.”

Skunks eat mostly insects, many of which are pests to humans. Therefore, they are very beneficial to have around. They also eat some plant material, including wild fruits, apples and corn. In winter and spring, they may eat mice and the eggs of ground-nesting birds. In the summer, they find inground bee hives to be a delicacy.

Above, the aftermath. Note the honeycomb to the left.

Breeding usually occurs in late winter or early spring and gestation averages about 60-75 days, so babies are usually born in May or June. Second litters and late births do occur. After mating, a female can store the male’s sperm and delay initiating pregnancy for some weeks. Litters range from three to as many as 10 young who remain in the nest for about two months, after which they begin to follow their mom as she forages.

Skunks are able to dig their own burrows but will also use abandoned dens of other animals, hollow logs, wood or rock piles, under buildings, stone walls, hay or brush piles and trees or stumps. We had a family of five once reside under our deck at camp. Had I not observed them going under there at dawn one day, I would never have known they were there.

“Take a whiff on me, that ain’t no rose,
Roll up yer window and hold your nose.
You don’t have to look and you don’t have to see,
‘Cause you can feel it in your olfactory.”

The skunk’s main defense is a complex chemical substance that includes sulfuric acid that can be fired from either one or two independently targetable anal glands. Because of this ability, skunks will stand and face a threat rather than run away. This works well with people and animals but is usely against cars. As a result, many skunks die on roadways. They just can’t seem to win that battle.

Skunks generally will give you ample warning before unloading its odoriferous defense system. Each year, many skunks are killed because someone is afraid of getting sprayed. Those who are familiar with skunks know that it takes a lot to get sprayed. Hopefully, through education, people will come to recognize and understand the role these mild animals play and the benefits of tolerating their presence.

Skunks can carry rabies, but it is important to remember that not every skunk is rabid. Only if an adult skunk seen in the daytime is showing abnormal behaviors such as paralysis, unprovoked aggression, moving in circles, or self-mutilation should you call your animal control officer or police department.

“Yeah, you got your dead cat and you got yer dead dog,
On a moonlight night you got yer dead toad frog;
Got yer dead rabbit and yer dead raccoon,
The blood and guts, they’re gonna make you swoon.”

They can be frightening when you encounter one, especially in the middle of the night, but these critters are kind of nice to have around at times. I remember one time when I came out of the house in early morning to fetch my newspaper, and found a large hole dug in the side lawn. At first I was upset at the sight. Closer inspection showed that a skunk had dug up a hornets nest that I did not know even existed. It could have brought some painful consequences the next time I mowed my lawn. I still thank that skunk to this day.

Legal Notices, Week of March 16, 2017

Public Hearing
Town of China
Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District

Notice is hereby given that the Town of China Select Board will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Town Office Meeting Room at 571 Lakeview Drive for the purpose of receiving public comments on the proposed amendment to the Town’s China Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District”, said amendment to be known as the “First Amendment Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District and Development Program” in accordance with the Resolution approved by the China Select Board on February 20, 2017 and the adoption of an amendment to this development program for this District pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 206 of Title 30-A of the Maine Revised Statutes, as amended.

The summary of the proposed amendment to the Town of China Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District is:

There term of the District is extended from 20 years to 30 years.

The District Boundary is amended to include the site a new Central Maine Power substation located just south of Route 3 and designated as Tax Map 17 Lot 47-F. This extension of the District Boundary will provide additional captured assessed valuation to assist in the funding of the Development Program.

The District Boundary is amended to include likely additional economic development potential in the areas of China described in the Narrative Description of the Amended TIF District (Exhibit A) and as shown on an Amended TIF Map (Exhibit B). This extension of the District Boundary will provide the potential to spend TIF funds in these areas to assist with possible improvements and enhancements, through credit enhancement agreements as described above in Section 8, or other acceptable public investments to promote the effective use of these expanded District areas as business sites in China.

The First Amendment to the development program for the District proposes to provide financial support to a number of capital improvements in the district and to provide additional financial support to several town wide economic development projects and programs. The percentage of new taxes to be captured by the Town if the proposed 20-year program is approved is 100%.

A copy of the proposed the “First Amendment Central Maine Power/China Lake Tax Increment Financing District and Development Program”, along with the associated Resolution approved by the China Select Board, will be on file with the Town Clerk as of March 6, 2017 and may be viewed at the Town Office located at 571 Lakeview Drive or it may also be viewed on the Town Website www.china.govoffice.com.

A vote on the proposed First Amendment will be held at the Annual Town Business Meeting to be held at the China Middle School at 773 Lakeview Drive on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 9:00 am.

All interested persons are invited to attend the Public Hearing on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm and will be given an opportunity to be heard at that time.


Court St., Skowhegan, ME
Somerset, SS
Location of Court
18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice is March 9, 2017

If you are a creditor of an estate listed below, you must present your claim within four months of the first publication date of this Notice to Creditors by filing a written statement of your claim on a proper form with the Register of Probate of this Court or by delivering or mailing to the Personal Representative listed below at the address published by his name, a written statement of the claim indicating the basis therefore, the name and address of the claimant and the amount claimed or in such other manner as the law may provide. See 18-A MRSA 3-804.

2017-044 – Estate of MEREDITH E. HART, late of Detroit, Me deceased. Ralph E. Hart, 381 Troy Road, Detroit, Me 04929 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-045 – Estate of BRIAN B. MILLER, late of Embden, Me deceased. Bonnie C. Miller, 584 Battleridge Road, Canaan, Me 04924 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-047 – Estate of DEBORAH E. HUCK, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Christopher Huck, 522 Norridgewock Road, Fairfield, Me 04927 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-050 – Estate of MARTHA L. ALLEN, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Misty Simoneau, 117 Mason Corner Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-056 – Estate of DOLORES B. WESTON, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Mary MacGregor, 108 Seventh Street, Bangor, Me 04401 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-058 – Estate of RALPH M. WESTON, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Mary MacGregor, 108 Seventh Street, Bangor, Me 04401 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-059 – Estate of ARTHUR D. JULIA, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. James D. Julia, PO Box 264, Belgrade Lakes, Me 04918 and John D. Julia, 445 Old Center Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2017-060 – Estate of SCOTT D. HOWARD, SR., late of Mercer, Me deceased. Martha E. Howard, 26 Main Street, Mercer, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-061 – Estate of DOMINIC GEMELLI, late of West Forks, Me deceased. Deborah MacMaster, 569 North Road, Mt. Vernon, Me 04352 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-062 – Estate of M. VIRGINIA HARMON, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Linda Allen, 108 Oakland Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2017-063 – Estate of BARBARA L. DEARDEN, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Howard E. Dearden, 170 Ward Hill Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on March 9 & March 16, 2017
Dated: March 6, 2017 /s/ Victoria Hatch
Register of Probate



Notice is hereby given by the respective petitioners that they have filed petitions for appointment of personal representatives in the following estates. These matters will be heard at 10 a.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be, on March 22, 2017. The requested appointments may be made on or after the hearing date if no sufficient objection be heard. This notice complies with the requirements of 18-A MRSA §3-403 and Probate Rule 4.

2017-046 – Estate of NIKITA JO SCRAGGS. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Joann Goodine, 33 Fall Street, Madison, Me 04950 requesting minor’s name be changed to Nikita Jo Scraggs-Kitchin for reasons set forth therein.

2017-051 – Estate of SERENITY MARIE GERALDINE HUBERT. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Storme Hubert, 31 Middle Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 AND James Hubert, 36 Bailey Road, Dresden, Me 04342 requesting minor’s name be changed to Serenity Storme Geraldine Hubert for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: March 6, 2017 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate


DOCKET NO. 2017-063

It appearing that the following heirs of BARBARA L. DEARDEN, as listed in an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Appointment of Personal Representative is of unknown address as listed below:

Pamela Bedard, Keith Gagnon, Linda Thibeault, Melody Allen and Kelly Pelletier

THEREFORE, notice is hereby given as heirs of the above named estate, pursuant to Maine Rules of Probate Procedure Rule 4(d) (1) (a), and Rule 4 (e) a.
This notice shall be published once a week for two successive weeks in The Town Line, with the first publication date to be March 9, 2017.

Names and address of Personal Representative: Howard E. Dearden, 170 Ward Hill Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957.

Dated: March 6, 2017
/s/ Victoria M. Hatch
Register of Probate

If you’re given lemons, make lemonade?

I’m Just Curious

by Debbie Walker

Okay, so some days it would seem unthinkable to do anything other than make lemonade with those pretty little yellow things. Imagine a really hot, sticky summer day and someone hands you a clear glass of lemonade on ice. So what are your thoughts as you take your first sip?

I’ll just bet the next words out of your mouth won’t be: “Oh here, let’s pour this on the floor and use it to get rid of roaches, ants or fleas! Let’s watch the fleas flee!” After all the stuff I have been reading today I am not sure what my reaction will be here on out! I had fun with all this stuff I was reading and decided to pass it on for you to hopefully enjoy and maybe find some of it helpful.

Michelle Nati had a page in our 2017 Farmers’ Almanac about “Lemonade & Other Delights,” that is what got me started. I read her words and then went cruising on the “web.” And the following is some of what I found:

  • Headache? Lemon juice and hot tea are said to do the trick.
  • First Aid lemonade: Minor cuts and scrapes, use the lemon juice; stops bleeding and clean the wounds.
  • Acne problems? A little lemon juice on a blackhead will draw it out overnight. To help keep yourself free of those things you could try washing with lemon juice. It’s a natural exfoliate.
  • Itching? (Poison Ivy, too) Lemons have anti-inflammatory properties that relieve itching. Squeeze the juice from a lemon wedge directly onto itching skin and allow to dry.
  • Hand cleaner, softener and odor remover: Cleanse and soften the hands after washing dishes or to remove veggie stains, rub hands well with lemon juice.
  • It will remove strong odors like onions and fish from hands, also.
  • Wood floors: A half cup of lemon juice in a pail of mopping water works well to sanitize wood floors.
  • Freshen your fridge with a few drops of lemon juice on a cotton ball left inside for a few hours.
  • Try lemon water for gargling to fight a throat infection.
  • Finger tips and nails: soak in juice of half a lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak for five minutes.
  • Remove warts (that’s what I read): apply lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days. Lemon juice will dissolve the wart.
  • Metal Polish? Yup, slice lemon in half, dip it in salt and rub on metal surfaces.

So how many of you will look at a little lemon in the same way again. I’ll bet you’ll be making lemonade one day and you will remember these other uses. Will you try them? Bet you do! Lemons aren’t just for Lemonade anymore!

Note: The progress on my bionic knee has gone on smoothly. Doc Collett says we’re a bit ahead on the deal (thanks to him). My PT guy, Jason, is getting ready to cut me loose by the time you read this. (Still more therapy but I can leave home now). Kids at school are making the cutest cards!! Thank you all!

Yup! I’m still just curious! Thanks for your thoughts! Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com!

Composers: Prokofiev & Bartok; Country singer: Lynn Anderson


by  Peter Cates

Prokofiev and Bartok

                          3rd Piano Concertos
Boris Krajny, piano, with Jiri Belohlavek conducting the Czech Philharmonic; Stradivari- SCD-6068, CD, released 1989.

Bela Bartok

Bela Bartok

Boris Krajny (1945-) is a Czech-born pianist who has performed in this country a few times while still being better known in Eastern Europe; also his list of recordings is quite small and in­clude this long out of print and rarely seen gem from the late ‘80s, which – and I mean this in the truest sense of the word – miraculously appeared one day out of the blue at Waterville’s Bull Moose.

Sergei Prokofiev

Sergei Prokofiev

The 3rd Concertos of both Bela Bartok (1881-1945) and Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) are two very good introductions to 20th century piano music, along with the 2nd and 3rd Concertos of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) .

All four have a most engaging combination of melody, rhythm and deep, sincere emotion that give pleasure on the first hearing, especially with a great performance and very good recorded sound.

The great conductor, Jiri Belohlavek (1946-), and world class Czech Philharmonic rise to the challenge, giving very satisfying performances; Stradivari’s engineers deliver superb sound.

Unfortunately, since the CD is hard to find, I recommend the very reasonably priced classic DG recording of Geza Anda, with Ferenc Fricsay conducting for a two-CD package containing all three Bartok Concertos and a cheap Sony single CD presenting Gary Graffman and the arch- perfectionist, George Szell, in Prokofiev’s 1 and 3.

Lynn Anderson

Flower Of Love
Pickwick SPC-3267, 12-inch stereo vinyl LP, released during the 1970s as a re-issue of singles from the Chart record label.

Lynn Anderson

Lynn Anderson

Flower of Love brought together 10 of Lynn Anderson’s (1947-2015) singles from Chart records, for whom she recorded between 1966 and 1970 before her move to Columbia records. They include such hits as Joe South’s Games People Play, Merle Haggard’s Okie From Muskogee and Tammy Wynette’s Stand by Your Man, all of whom are sung with spirit and personality, the very traits which rightfully endeared her to many listeners during her more than 40 years of performing.

She was also the daughter of the very talented singer/songwriter, Liz Anderson (1927-2011), who had already been signed also to Chart records in 1965, one year before her daughter, with one of her songs being a megahit for Merle Haggard, namely All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers.

Unfortunately, daughter Lynn’s private life was a horror show of difficulties with alcohol and the legal system – blatantly cursing her children in court, DWIs, and punching an arresting cop; one can read more details in her wiki bio.

In 2015, Lynn Anderson died of complications brought on by pneumonia and a heart attack.

Performs at fundraiser

Young Americans Dance Center team member Silver Picard, of Winslow, performed at the Battle of the Badges benefit basketball game between the Waterville police and fire departments, to benefit the South End Teen Center, in Waterville.

Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff

IF WALLS COULD TALK, Week of March 16, 2017

Katie Ouilette Wallsby Katie Ouilette

Y’know, WALLS, it’s for sure the season for many things. I did write about having Spring Fever a bit ago, and spring has so much for us to be thankful for. First of all, we got the news of a flock of robins flying over Skowhegan’s famous and ‘historic’ lumber business a few days ago. Then, there was a father-daughter dance held in one town and Big Brother-Big Sister celebrations held for many. You are so right, WALLS, the reason I didn’t know about it all is because I, Katie, have been a ‘one and only’ Kathleen Valliere. Thank goodness I had lots of great kids to play with in our Chestnut Street neighborhood and great friends throughout those ‘growing’ days. Yes, WALLS, the Skowhegan High School Class of ‘48 has decided to meet at the new KelMat Café on the first Monday of each month, so our friendship lingers on, as well as our memories.

Now, speaking of memories, WALLS, you must be ‘number three’ in thanking Milt Huntington for making our minds turn to yesterdays. WALLS say many thanks, Milt. Yes, your writing for PAGES IN TIME might have been ‘mushy,’ but every word brought back memories to those of us over 65 years of age but, frankly, PAGES IN TIME surely gave our youngsters a glimpse of what we used to do with our spare time. Yup, no computers and Facebook in our growing years.

Oh, my, WALLS, now antiquity has really come to your fore. Yes, you often have thought about the ancient buildings that have existed in other countries on our Earth. Milt awakened our thoughts about our own Augusta, our State Capitol City and what it used to be like. Yup, we Americans want everything new. In fact, we tear buildings down when they aren’t even ancient! Just this week, WALLS, you witnessed the ancient coliseum in Italy that, admittedly, has walls broken, but remains. You also saw archaeologists digging in foreign lands to find remnants of villages that existed or caves that led to some of the history that we never had to study, because, in yesteryear, none of us knew about them. This is where we must thank scientists for their curiosity and their search for knowledge for us.

WALLS, thank you so much for bringing our history alive through our newspapers, magazines and television. What’s more, even now, modern folks about whom we read or see, are bringing the past to us. Yes, our USA is changing, as we hear of the repairs and rebuilding that is needed for our infrastructure. Let us hope that those rebuilding jobs or repairs are made available to those who need employment and are not left to robots. Yes, even robots and air service are being done for people. What a world awaits our future! But, we know that Maine is as life should be…….even shoveling snow!

SOLON & BEYOND, Week of March 16, 2017

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 March 11, for their sixth meeting with Hunter Soucer as president. The club raised $170 on the bake sale on town meeting day to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard.

The members voted to donate $50 to the benefit for Zack Corson. Zack was a past member of the club. Linda French invited the 4-H club to visit the Solon Food Cupboard. The members voted to do this after the April meeting.

The Evergreen Campground will host the 4-H club and leaders to a camping weekend this summer. The members voted to do this, and Cliff Stevens, of Moxie Outdoors, has offered to take the members on a rafting trip on the Kennebec River and to do a water safety meeting.

Desmond Robinson, Tehya Caplin, Laci Dickey, Sarah Craig and Dystony Young did demonstrations. Laci Dickey is planning to do hers on March 25 at the County Demonstration tournament. The next meeting will be on Saturday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station. Members not giving their demonstrations at the March meeting will do theirs in April.

The Solon Congregational Church will be hosting a solo piano concert on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m. This will be featuring Alexander Walz, of North Anson. Refreshments will be served. Donations will be accepted.

I know bragging is not nice, but I’m going to do it anyway! Alex, or most people call him Zander, is my grandson and he is a very special guy,. When he plays the piano you can feel how much he loves music. I highly recommend this event and it will benefit the church as well.

The grades 3-5 students at Solon Elementary School are getting ready to take the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), which will start the week of March 20. Students in all three grades will take tests in reading, writing/language, and math. Later the fifth graders will take a test in science. Then all three grades will do a writing assessment in May.

This year’s test will be taken on thye computer. The test will be administered over multiple days so that students do not get too tired. Teachers are using practice items and teaching test-taking strategies with students to help prepare them.

The spring exhibit at the Margaret Chase Smith Library, in Skowhegan, is open for viewing. “Encore! Walking the Red Carpet with Margaret,” focuses on Senator Smith’s many connections to Tinseltown. Come see Margaret hobnob with Hollywood royalty like Jimmy Stewart, Esther Williams, Bob Hope, Marlene Dietrich, and Ronald Reagan.

This also introduces the first Margaret Chase Smith Research Scholarship recipient; highlights other researchers; and indicates the enormity of snowfall in Maine .

But spring is just around the corner and they welcome visitors, school groups, and friends to this remarkable tribute to one of Maine’s most beloved political figures.

I’m always glad when I have space to print such goings on in this area. I would still welcome any news I might receive from the Solon Coolidge Library, but I hate to keep bugging people.

And now for Percy’s memoir: I may not pass this way again, Lord let me stop awhile; To help some stranger on the way; And make somebody smile! I may not pass this way again. Lord, let me find the poor, And give them food and show them love; And lead them to Thy door! I may not pass this way again, Lord, let me love and give; And do according to Thy will While on this earth I live! (words by Marion Schoeberlein.)

I’m going to put in two of his memoirs this week, hope you like his choices: “We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed on God.” (words by St. Francis de Sales.)