Football is in the air in central Maine – from youth to an old rivalry

Winslow’s Marek Widerynski (2), attempts to block for ball carrier Cody Ivey (22), while Waterville’s Anthony Singh (21), Kody Vallee (23), and Jack Lloyd (73), move in for the tackle. Winslow won the annual Battle of the Bridge, 54-23, on September 15. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Kennebec Timber Framing PAL player Noah Cole, 7, of Benton, runs for a touchdown during Super Sunday on September 2 at the PAL Field in Fairfield. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Winslow’s Bryce Gunzinger (32), sweeps for a touchdown against Waterville on September 15, with Waterville’s Trent Andreozzi in pursuit. (Photo by Tawni Lively, Central Maine Photography staff)

Local students on dean’s list at Dean College

Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts, is pleased to announce the students that have earned a place on the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester.

Kiara Andreozzi, of Waterville, and Joshua Veilleux, of Winslow.

Sen. Collins visits Winslow McDonald’s in support of local schools

Maine’s U.S. Senator Susan Collins, right, speaks with Brian Allarie, an employee of McDonald’s, in Winslow, and recipient of McDonald’s student tuition reimbursement program. (Photos by Eric Austin)

by Eric W. Austin

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins stopped by the McDonald’s restaurant in Winslow on Friday, August 24, to show support for that location’s “Back to School Supplies Drive,” which aims to help Winslow Elementary School teachers and students by collecting donations of school supplies for the upcoming fall semester.

Senator Collins showed up with a backpack filled with goodies for students and teachers, including crayons and pens, glue-sticks and stickers. She also donated a copy of the book “What is the Constitution?” by Patricia Demuth Brennan, and a bundle of paperback copies of the US Constitution.

Susan Collins displays the book, What is the Constitution?, one of the items she donated to the school supply drive.

Afterward, Senator Collins stepped outside to speak with local media. She spoke about her meeting with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, her recent “No” vote on a proposal to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, and the current feud between President Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

About Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh, she said, “I had an excellent meeting with Judge Kavanaugh. I asked him many questions covering a wide-range of topics. I started off by asking him whether he had made any commitments to any outside groups, like the Federalist Society or anyone in the White House, including the President, about how he would approach specific cases; and also did he make any commitments on how he would rule. He assured me emphatically that he had not.”

The Senator said they had then moved on to discuss a number of issues, including abortion rights, the Affordable Care Act and the question of coverage for pre-existing conditions, his views on executive authority, and whether a Special Counsel can investigate a sitting president.

“He was very clear that he believed not just in the precedent of the lower courts,” she said, “but recognized the importance of adhering to precedents that the Supreme Court has established itself.”

Although Senator Collins insisted she “had an excellent discussion with him,” she also said, “I have learned always to wait before rendering a final decision — or even preliminary decision — until the hearings before the Judiciary Committee have been held.

“I found him to be very forthcoming. I found him to be very bright, experienced, extremely knowledgeable, and a person who’s thought deeply about the issues and the constitutional roots of precedent.”

She also commented briefly on her vote against an amendment Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had proposed be added to a government spending bill which would have cut-off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. “I was one of two Republicans” (the other being Lisa Murkowski, Republican senator from Alaska) “who voted against an amendment that would have taken away all federal funding for Planned Parenthood … and I think that demonstrates how important I view a woman’s right to choose,” she said. “What I have said is that I could not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe. I did not see that with Judge Kavanaugh.”

Susan Collins speaks to local media outside the McDonald’s in Winslow.

A reporter then asked about the current tension between President Trump and his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. “I am really appalled at the President’s continued public humiliation of the Attorney General,” she said. “It is totally inappropriate.” But she added, “I recognize that he serves at the pleasure of the President.”

In reference to the investigation into Russian election meddling, she said, “It’s obviously troubling that Mr. Manafort was the chairman for the Trump campaign for a time, but I think it’s important for Congress not to get out ahead of the Special Counsel.

“My advice to [President Trump] all along has been that he would be better off not saying another word about the investigation.” She added, “That advice has not been taken.”

She emphasized that the Intelligence Committee, of which she is a member, is continuing with its own investigation. “In fact,” she said, “we’ve already issued two chapters on election security saying, without any doubt, that the Russians have an ongoing and active attempt to influence public opinion in this country.”

The questions then shifted to Senator John McCain and the news of his decision to discontinue medical treatments for brain cancer. “I am so sad for John McCain,” she said. “He is a dear friend of mine. My heart just aches for him. He can die knowing he’s been a real hero to the American people and a great friend.”

The event that precipitated Senator Collins’ visit, Winslow McDonald’s “Back to School Supplies Drive,” wrapped up on August 24, but you can still donate by contacting the Winslow Elementary School at 872-1967.

Mike Ortins, owner of the McDonald’s in Winslow and sponsor of the school supply drive, said it was a big success. “This is the first year we’ve done it,” he told me, “and we plan on expanding it because it was so successful. I hope to do it in all our locations next year!”

McDonald’s owner, Mike Ortins, says they have collected “multiple boxes” of school supplies to donate to Winslow Elementary.

Lakey performs in Wheaton College commencement celebration concert

Wheaton College student Adrienne Lakey, of Winslow, recently performed in the 2018 Commencement Celebration Concert. Lakey sang soprano I with the Women’s Chorale.

The Wheaton College Conservatory of Music provides students with comprehensive instruction that cultivates creativity, proficiency, and achievement in a Christ-centered environment. Wheaton College is located in Wheaton, Illinois.

Area U18 girls capture title at international soccer tourney

The Winslow U18 travel soccer team includes, front row, from left to right, Hannah DelGiudice, Mia Velazco, Paige Lord, Katie Doughty, Siara Martin, Ashley Rhoades, Mya Velazco, and Olivia Hallee. Back, Coach Gary Walker, Coach John DelGiudice, Riley McRaven, Lily Wilkie, Autumn Weeks, Shauna Clark, Ally Stabins, Aaliyah Wilson Falcone, Sara Doughty, Katie Brittain, Julie Lapierre, Karma Mantor, Coach Wayne Doughty, Coach Chris DelGiudice. (Contributed photo)

by Mark Huard

The Winslow-based U18 girls travel soccer team recently traveled to San Marino, Italy, with Gary Walker and All Pro Soccer Tours to participate in the San Marino Soccer Cup. The team had a truly amazing experience!

The U18 team is made up of 18 players from 12 different central Maine high schools, competing against teams from all over the world.

The team advanced from their bracket in group play having won all three games. They went on to win the quarter final game against a team from Canada and then won their semi-final game against an Italian team. Having advanced to the final game, they beat FCF Como 2000 Italy, a regional championship team from Italy, to win the overall championship.

The Winslow team defeated, Milton Magic, Canada, 2-1; ImoleseF & M ACD, Italy, 2-0; King City United, Canada, 1-0; CSR D. Azalee, Italy, 5-3, on penalty kicks; and FCF Como 2000, Italy, 1-0, in the championship game.

Winslow Police announce promotions, new appointments

Left to right, Det. Alex Jones, Captain Haley Fleming, Ofc. Matt Buck, Chief Shawn O’Leary, Sgt. Brad Hubert, Ofc. Cameron Huggins. (Photo by Heidi Stewart)

by Mark Huard

The Winslow Police Department recently announced promotions and new additions:

  • Sergeant Haley Fleming was promoted to Captain
  • Detective Brad Hubert was promoted to Patrol Sergeant
  • Officer Alex Jones has been assigned to the Criminal Investigations as a Detective
  • Officer Matthew Buck came from Clinton Police Department where he was a Reserve Police Officer. He will be attending the Maine Criminal Justice Academy this coming August for 18 weeks
  • Officer Cameron Huggins came from the Waterville Police Department where he was their School Resource Officer.

Winslow McDonald’s holds grand re-opening

Original general manager, Jim Sevey, and present general manager Chrystal Parker, cut the ribbon at the grand re-opening following recent major renovations.

The McDonald’s in Winslow, owned by Mike and Lana Ortins, gave away more than $1,500 at the restaurant’s grand re-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 16.

The ceremony began with an official flag raising from Richard Poirier, a Bronze Star recipient and veteran of the Korean War, while the Winslow band played the Star Spangled Banner.  20 percent of that day’s sales from 9 am to 1 pm, along with a check for $1,000, was also donated to the Winslow Parks and Recreation Department.

Above, during the 1987 grand opening at McDonald’s, in Winslow, Bob Ortins, far left holding the ribbon, and original general manager Jim Sevey, right in black jacket, cut the ribbon. Current owner, Mike Ortins, can be seen directly behind the man holding the scissors, wearing a red and white shirt with a dark jacket.

Veteran of the Korean War and winner of the Bronze Star for bravery, Richard Poirier raises the flag to kick-off the grand re-opening ceremony. The Winslow High School band plays in the background.


Mike and Lana Ortins present a check to Winslow Band Director Ben Clark.


Mike and Lana Ortins present a check in support of Winslow Parks and Rec to department director Amanda McCaslin.


Andreozzi and Veilleux on dean’s list at Dean College

Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts, has announced that Kiara Andreozzi, of Waterville, and Joshua Veilleux, of Winslow, have earned a place on the dean’s list for the Spring 2018 semester.

Competition begins for Winslow teen

Hannah Comfort of Winslow (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

June 28 marks the start of competition for Hannah Comfort, the Winslow teen competing in the 61st Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Comfort, along with 49 other state representatives, has been in Mobile for the past two weeks.

The program’s evaluation process includes scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self-expression. Comfort has completed an individual interview with a panel of five judges and her scholastic performance has been scored through an evaluation process of her high school academic record and standardized test scores.

For her talent presentation, Comfort will perform a tap and vocal piece titled “I Can Do That.” Comfort is a 2018 graduate of Waterville Senior High School and the daughter of Michele Lacombe.

Winslow students to attend Boys State

In photo, from left to right, American Legion Post # 5, in Waterville, Legionnaire Larry Mitchell, students Josh Gordon, Nick Tiner, Isaac Lambrecht, Jake Witham, Zack Laflamme, Jared Goss, and Legionnaire Pearley Lachance. (Contributed photo)

Seven Juniors from Winslow High School will be attending the 71st annual American Legion Dirigo Boys State Program, at Thomas College, in Waterville, during the week of June 17-21, 2018. The students will participate in activities that will show them how local, county and state government works.