Unity College graduates six deputy game wardens

Six recently graduated Deputy Maine Game Wardens. (Contributed photo)

Four are from area towns Troy, Unity, Frankfort & Windsor

For any student interested in becoming a Maine State Game Warden, there’s no better way to prepare than by landing a summer position as a Deputy Game Warden. This year, all six Deputy Game Warden summer positions were filled by Unity College Conservation Law Enforcement students.

“This is an accomplishment that our students, as well as their professors, should be very proud of,” said Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury. “ In fact, it speaks to the breadth of our Conservation Law Enforcement program, and the overall quality of our education. Experience is a critical part of a Unity College education, and this will certainly give these students an edge when they graduate, whether they choose to enter the workforce or pursue further education.”

The process began for the six students with an application in December. From there, Marc D’Elia, of Troy; Nicholas Johnson, of Unity; Emily Tripp, of Frankfort; Morgan Jeane, of Windsor; Keegan Nelligan, of Abington, Massachusetts; Will Reinsborough, of Pownal, spent several months taking written exams, oral boards, swim tests, polygraph tests, and psychological exams to emerge as top tier candidates. The process closely mirrors the rigor and difficulty that a full-time candidate would go through.

After passing the first part of the hiring process, the students were then required to attend the Law Enforcement Pre-Service, administered by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, and pass the training from the Maine Warden Service, which includes firearms, water survival, and mechanics of arrest.

“Many students come to Unity with the goal of one day working for a top agency like the Maine Warden Service,” said Zachary Falcon, Assistant Professor of Conservation Law and Environmental Policy. “The Conservation Law Enforcement program prepares students to compete in the field, but they still need a strong work ethic and a high degree of professionalism to succeed. These six students demonstrate that every day, and we could not be more proud of their achievement.”

“It’s surreal. It didn’t fully sink in until they pinned the badge on me,” said Keegan Nelligan, one of the six students. “I’ve been wanting to be a game warden since I was a little kid, and even though I’m not currently a full-time game warden, this is a big step for me. I’m very excited, and excited to see what the future holds for this position.”

Though he’s currently in his training hours, Keegan said that the majority of his work this summer will be as a Boating Deputy, where he’ll patrol bodies of water such as Long Lake or Brandy Pond to ensure boaters are being safe. The Maine Warden Service, however, could call upon the Deputy Game Wardens for other tasks as needed, such as search and rescue assistance.

After this summer position, Keegan will enter into his senior year at Unity College, and hopes to land a full-time position as a game warden upon graduation.

“It’s always exciting to see where our students go after graduation,” added Dr. Khoury. “With a summer serving as Deputy Game Wardens, I see a very bright future for all six of these students.”

Seventh annual Bikes for Books held at Windsor school

Bikes for Books T-shirts were awarded to the top three readers of each grade at Windsor Elementary School. (Contributed photo)

On June 6, Windsor Elementary celebrated reading at its seventh annual Bikes for Books awards program. Bikes and helmets were awarded to twenty students at this assembly. Bikes for Books is a reading incentive program for students from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth grade. Every time a student read a book and passed an Accelerated Reader test, his or her name was entered into a drawing to win a new bicycle and helmet. The more books a student read, the more chances he or she had to win. One boy and one girl were randomly chosen from each grade level. Bikes for Books T-shirts were also presented to the top three readers in each grade.

The following students received T-shirts: Codey Haskell , Adelynne Jose, Makayla Beaudry, Hunter Beaudoin, Jaycey Tilkins, Grace Lucier, Jude Sheehan, Christopher Ontiveros, Addison Brann, Andrew Trocki, Mason Marable, Griffin Hayden, Camden Hinds, Jackson French, Olivia Austin, Gwen Parker, Anderson St. Onge, Ryan Sevigny, Andrew Box, Alyssa Trocki, Hayden Scott, Parker St. Onge, Jacoby Furrow, Jeremy Parker, Alyssa Gagne, Damon Wilson, Brooklyn McCue, Parker Reynolds, Faith Mitchell and Tenny Lincoln.

The following students won bikes: Owen Barnes, Aubrey Norton, Dominic Trahon, Kayleigh Chamberlain, Emery St. Onge, Makenzie Turner, Griffin Hayden, Megan Bailey, Nathaniel Wooden, Leah Barrett, William Choate, Ashley Lacasse, Andrew Box, Rachael Johnson, Noah Crummett, Evelyn Rousseau, Carson Appel, Alexis Alcott, Connor Bragg, and Faith Mitchell.

Bikes for Books is sponsored by Dirigo Lodge #104 A.F. & A.M. with support from Lily of the Valley # 157 O.E.S. and a matching grant from the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation. This program was made possible with contributions from the following businesses: Netco Inc., Mark’s Saw Shop , Norm’s Small Engine, Rideout’s Market & Grill , J.C. Stone Inc., Hussey’s General Store, Ron’s Auto Electric, Windsor Veterinary Clinic, Aunt Gin’s Restaurant, Otto’s on the River, Elmer’s Barn, Augusta Upholstery, Sharon’s Redemption Center, Black Dog Graphics and Target.

PALERMO: What’s the buzz about bees?

What types of bees are found in Maine? Why are some bee species in decline? What can we do to protect bee populations in Maine? What plants encourage bees into our landscapes? Jennifer Lund, Maine State Apiarist, is passionate about honeybee health and helping beekeepers succeed. She will answer all these questions and more on Friday, June 29, at the Palermo Community Center. Ms. Lund has a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Maine and almost 20 years experience in the field, with several hives of her own at her farm in Argyle Township.

Join a friendly group of interesting agriculturists for a delicious potluck meal at 6 p.m., with Jennifer’s talk and visuals to follow. This event is free, but donations are highly appreciated for the Food Pantry and the Community Center, which is across from the ball field on Turner Ridge Rd. For info, call Connie at 993-2294.

Ball announces candidacy for Maine House

Steve Ball

Steve Ball, of Windsor, veteran and teacher, has announced his candidacy for Maine House of Representatives District #80, which includes Vassalboro, Windsor, Somerville and part of Augusta. Ball retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army following a 27 year career. Since coming home to central Maine, Ball has taught at Erskine Academy, in South China, and at Thomas College, in Waterville. He has also served on the Windsor Budget Committee and been actively involved with HealthReach Community Health Centers, as a member and chairman of the board of directors, and with the Mid-Maine Global Forum. Ball is interested in supporting local schools, working to make health care both accessible and affordable for working families, and doing everything possible to support economic development that increases jobs and wages. He will work to make sure the state of Maine pays its fair share and supports revenue sharing. But mostly, he’s interested in working to find solutions to the problems and challenges we face in Central Maine.

“I learned in the Army that there is no substitute for hard work and that everyone matters,” Ball said. A successful leader throughout his career, he was taught at every level in the Army to first, fully understand the problem ahead and then work with everyone to get the job done. Ball is concerned that entrenched partisan politics has taken over for sound, intelligent problem solving. “Maine know how to solve problems. Most Mainers know that while you may not get exactly what you want, with hard work, leadership, and respectful discussion things get done.”

Ball is planning to get out and meet as many voters in the district as possible. For more information, contact Steve Ball at 207-214-2805, or steveballdistrict80@gmail.com.

Windsor Veterans’ Memorial Benefit Supper Planned for March 24

Efforts are underway to raise money for a new Windsor Veterans Memorial and to list the names of Windsor residents who have served our nation.

This is a very huge undertaking. There is much work that has to be done before they will have an actual amount of what the project will cost. There is a Veterans Memorial Committee and they are working on the details that are necessary to find what the costs will be for this project. A rough estimate of approximately $45,000 will be needed to erect the monument and landscaping, but as mentioned, there is still much to do before they will have an actual cost.

They are in the beginning stages of raising funds for this project. It is anticipated that there will be many fundraising opportunities in the future and they welcome any help and ideas. If you are interested in being on the Fundraising Committee, please contact Joyce Perry at 445-2998 or email jperry@windsor.maine.gov.

The new monument will be placed at the existing site at the corner of Ridge Road and Reed Road. The new Windsor Veterans Memorial will not do away with the existing memorial, but the existing memorials will be incorporated with a new and larger monument in order to honor all veterans that have served from Windsor.

The Fundraising Committee along with much help from many community members, are planning a benefit supper on March 24, at the Windsor School.

The supper will be from 5-7 p.m., and the meal will be: spaghetti, baked beans, hot dogs, brown bread, coleslaw, garlic bread and Caesar salad. Punch, coffee and also homemade desserts including a number of various pies and sheet cakes will be served.

Donations will be accepted at the door. Come and join to help with this honorable cause and enjoy and share time with community members and families.

Windsor school receives fast track grant

LeapPads

Windsor Elementary School has announced that their Title One program received a generous grant from the Perloff Family Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation. The goal of the grant is to support engagement of both students and parents/caregivers in the love of reading. The grant awarded 15 LeapPads and sufficient apps to provide a variety of resources. This project is especially important as it is encouraging adult role models to show them fun ways to read. Twice a month, children will receive a take-home bag containing the tablet, associated materials, and a parent contact form for the weekend. Parent involvement is an essential part of Windsor’s Parents as Partners program. The LeapPads were unveiled at a parent night and another is already scheduled. Linda Farwell and Mary Clark, the Title One educators, were instrumental in gaining this award.

Early reading and language skills build a critical foundation for learning. LeapPads include games, activities, videos and eBooks designed to build important early reading they need to become confident readers. New enhanced eBooks feature a vocabulary glossary and highlighted, clickable text that children can tap on to hear each word for more practice. Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted. We know that promoting family literacy is important to future reading and school success.

Erskine Academy announces calendar changes

Parents and students should be advised of a change to Erskine Academy’s school calendar. Due to excessive storm days, the teacher workshop day scheduled for Friday, March 17, is now a regular school day and will be a white day. Please contact the school with any questions.

 

Erskine Academy to hold 8th annual 5K run/walk

The class of 2017 at Erskine Academy, in South China, will host the 8th annual Fly Like an Eagle 5K Race/Walk on Saturday, April 29, at 9 a.m. The 5K race will begin at Erskine Academy and will proceed onto the Kidder Road and back to the Arnold Road. The race will feature free race T-shirts, snacks for all race participants, and awards for race winners. The non-refundable registration fee is $20 for adults, $10 for Erskine students, and $15 for all other students if registered by April 21.

Registrations received after that date or on race day will be at the rate of $25 and race day T-shirts are not guaranteed. Race registration forms are available at www.erskineacademy.org, facebook.com/erskineacademy, or interested participants may contact Betsy Benner at bbenner@erskine247.com. The class of 2017 is also seeking business sponsorships to help defray costs associated with the race. All business sponsors will be featured on the official race T-shirt. If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please contact Betsy Benner at 445- 2964 or bbenner@erskine247.com prior to April 21.

Erskine Academy announces talent show

The Erskine Academy class of 2017 will host the annual talent show which will be held on Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m., in the gym. The show will feature vocal, instrumental, and dance performances by current Erskine students. Admission to the show is $5 and tickets may be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit the class of 2017.

Erskine watercolors

Three students in the art program at Erskine Academy hold their watercolor paintings, which have been matted and framed with a grant from the Oak Grove School Foundation. Students’ artwork will be on display at the China Dine-ah. From left to right, Ally Clark Bonsant ‘17, Michael Haoming Shi ‘18, and Katherine Keller, ‘17. Photo by Emily Foss