SOLON & BEYOND: Another birthday passed; let’s talk about Solon school

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

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

Whewu-u-u! My birthday is finally behind me, and now I can go back to calling the number of years of my age, “Just a number!” And the occasion was celebrated on two different days. On Friday Dave and ‘Pete,’ (Eleanor) came up from Falmouth, Mary and Dave, from North Anson, and Peter and Sherry and Lief and me, from Solon, all got together for lunch and visiting at Griswold’s for lunch. Then on Sunday, Lief and I were invited to a birthday dinner at the home of my daughter, Mary and her husband David Walz, in North Anson. Others there to enjoy the scrumptious dinner were Peter, Sherry, Amanda, Mary J. and Zander. It was wonderful, with lots of special gifts and love shared, the only ones unable to attend were Mark and Karen who are still in Florida, but will be coming up to their summer home in Belgrade soon.

Now for some news from Solon Elementary School; In March the third graders participated in a coloring contest sponsored by the Elks for schools in this region. Out of about 100 students who took part in the contest, four of the six winners came from Solon Elementary School!

Second place winners were David Dixon and Riley Pelkey, who received certificates and checks for $50. Third place winners were Jillian Robinson and Elijah Katz, who received certificates and checks for $25. Congratulations to all the winners.

Third Quarter Honor Roll, All A’s are Katelyn Deleonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Gavyn Easler, Courtney Grunder,Machaon Pierce, Macie Plourde, Desmond Robinson, Jillian Robinson, William Rogers,Aaron Soosman and Ciarrah Whittemore.

All A’s & B’s: Gavin Atwood, Karen Baker, Delena Cabral, Charlie Golden, Emmy Golden, Teagan Goodwin, Riley Graham, Zackary Hemond, Veronica Hoffman, Cody James, Madyson McKenny, Aiden McLaughlin, Joseph McLaughlin, Ciara Myers-Sleeper, Abby Parent, Riley Pelkey, Allison Pinkham, Cailan Priest, Thomas Roderick, Gerald Rollins, Brooks Sousa, Fisher Tewksbury and Braden Wheeler. Congratulations.

Happy Spring, Solon Elementary School’s Maine Night, will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 6 – 7 p.m. See the giant map of Maine, participate in fun Maine activities, enjoy Maine treats, receive take-home treats, receive take-homeome bags for kids, take a chance on the door prize. Don’t miss this evening of family fun.

Had a call from another person about the East Madison Grange 141st anniversary who read about it in last week’s column. This event will be open to the public on May 12 and the right time for the supper is 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will be at 7:30 p.m.

Received an e-mail from the Somerset Woods Trustees about their most recent successful cleaning of the Kennebec Banks Rest Area that I have been putting information about the up-coming event. “Thanks to so many who came armed with rakes, chain saws, bags, gloves, shovels, and best of all, wonderful spirits to help us freshen up the Kennebec Banks Rest Area for the spring.

The property was raked clean, trash picked up from the picnic area to Coburn Park, two picnic tables repaired, a large patch of Japanese knotweed knocked down, the kiosk stained, and an invasive honeysuckle shrub removed.

Solon Town Treasurer Sharon Begin is moving and so that position will be open. For more information you may go to the town office and enquire about it.

And so for Percy’s memoir, I’m going to use a special birthday card I received called Ten Wonderful, Wacky Things to remember on Your Birthday, (Percy lived to the ripe old age of 17, old for a cat!) #10 Life is too short to wear pantyhose. #9 Pretending to be a normal person day after day is exhausting. #8 If you want rainbows, you gotta have rain. #7 Never get caught up in the thick of things. #6 Don’t play it safe; make waves…#5 Inches, ages, and sizes don’t tell you anything about the amazing woman inside. #4 Life is about how you handle Plan B. #3 Art does not have to match your sofa. #2 Always color outside the lines… And the #1, most important thing to remember: Age is nothing but a state of mind! (And so to all of you readers, who are my age or older, especially remember # 1!)


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