SOLON & BEYOND: Invitation for bids out for road projects in Solon

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Now for some news from the Solon Selectmen’s Office, from a statement given to me: You have been invited to bid on our 2018 Road Project. Project: repave Meeting House Road and South Solon Road. Bid deadline: April 25, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Bids must be filed with the Town Clerk at the Solon Town Office in a sealed envelope with “Road Bid” written on it. If mailed, mail to PO Box 214, Solon, Maine 04979; 207-643-2541 or Fax 207-643-2864 and “Attention Selectmen – Road Bid.” If hand delivered, it must be in a sealed envelope with “Road Bid” written on the envelope. No bids will be accepted after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The job must be completed by October 1, 2018.

Bids will be opened and read aloud at the meeting of the selectmen at the Solon Town Office Conference Room on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. After consideration of all bids the selectmen will announce their decision. The selectmen reserve the right to waive all formalities and to accept or reject any or all bids.

We reserve the right to accept or reject any and or all bids.

The newly-elected selectman, Keith Gallagher, will be taking over the position of overseeing the Solon Transfer Station and Tree Growth. Kerry Evangelista is now on the planning board. There are openings for anyone interested on the Coolidge Library Board and planning board.

Several notices have been sent out for tax liens.

That seems to be all the real news I could gather up this week, always waiting for your e-mails and letters telling about what’s going on in your life to share.

Several times during the many years I have been writing for different papers, people have told me, “You should write a book!” The other day when I was going through some boxes I found an envelope with three little books, (3″ x 3″) that I had made out of folded paper and written stories in them, way back when I was a child in Flagstaff. The names of these books were, The Book of an Adventure, Pailsblue, A Book of the Color, and The Book of Adventures and Buckingbronkos. (As you can see, my spelling wasn’t the best way back then!)

The word buckingbronkos brought back many memories and wonderment that I’m still alive to tell the story! I grew up on a farm and one day two of my cousins and I were in a pig pen where there were also apple trees, (I figure we were after the nice juicy apples)….But ….the older cousin dared me to ride a great big fat old pig! He was certainly old enough to know better, but I never turned down a dare, and probably too young to know better. My two cousins caught the pig and proceeded to put me on his back. My short little legs were not long enough to reach very far around his big fat old body, and, of course, there were no reins. As I can remember, it was a very short rough ride until he bucked me off on a huge, hard rock! Maybe some day when I don’t have real news, I’ll share this little book with you, then I can say, it was published! (what do you say, Roland?) In my later years, I’ve wondered if maybe I hit my head on the rock and that is why I’m such a nut now??

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Sunshine: Come out into the sunlight, Heart of mine; Why linger in the shadows And repine! Winter’s snows can’t last forever, Neither pain; Oh, come out into the sunlight Once again! In the blue the birds were singing Up above; Throw away thy gloom and sadness All is love! Oh, come out into the sunshine, Soul of mine; Never wert thou made for darkness, Love is thine! (words by Ralph Spaulding Cushman.)

Lief and I went snowshoeing one beautiful bright sunshiny day recently and it was a great feeling to be out and about in such glory to behold!

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