Student films rock the MIFF festival

by Bonnie N. Davis

The public screening and awards ceremony of the 39th Maine Student Film Festival, held on Saturday, July 16, at the Waterville Opera House, proved once again that Maine kids are not only talented, but also gifted in their ability to tell stories through film.

Jordan Bell, from Colby College Career Center, judged films and presented awards – he is also a filmmaker.  The three categories are narrative, documentary and creative films, with submissions from K-12.

Rebecca Conley

Rebecca Conley, digital and visual producer for MPBN, was one of the judges. Photo by Bonnie N. Davis

Rebecca Conley, the digital and visual producer for MPBN, presented Nichole Knight, a 2016 graduate from Richmond High School, with the MPBN student film award for the animated film, “Spring and the Storm.”  Conley and Bell both judges for the MPBN award.

“We loved the simplicity and beauty of this film.  The art was hand drawn by Nichole – it was amazing,” Conley said.  “It was a tough competition this year, but the simplicity of her message along with the music score were deciding factors.  This is the first time an animation won this award.  “Main Street” and “Vision” were the other films we considered.”

“I haven’t done anything as intensive before,” Knight said, sharing that her vision for this film came from the death of her father a few years earlier.  Knight made her first film at age eleven and never took a film class.  She credits her art teacher with purchasing an animation program that enabled her to create this masterpiece.  Heading off to NYU this fall, she plans to study film and TV programming.

Waterville’s Mid-Maine Technical Center had two student films receive honorable mention, Caitie Collier and Robbie Moore, for their documentary, “A Journey to Guatemala,” and Nicholas Shenett for his creative film “Let Me Set the Scene.”

Robbie Moore

Robbie Moore, along with Caitie Collier, students at Mid-Maine Technical Center, in Waterville, took honorable mention for a documentary. Photo by Bonnie N. Davis

The Huey Award winner, Noah Anderson, came from the narrative category, in the middle school division, with “The Wish” – he is home schooled and produced a thought provoking film.

“First a Boy,” by Emily Kaye of Marshwood High School, was a documentary finalist, and this was her second year receiving honors at the festival.  Her film about kids dealing with transgender transition was timely and poignant. However, Sam Marjerison of Yarmouth High School, won the documentary category with a delightful film, “Yarmouth Clam Bake.”  He interviewed local elders from a youthful perspective that was both informative and engaging.

The narrative receiving honorable mention for collaboration of Wagner Middle School students was “Half Upon a Time.”  Finalist Tyler Delargy of Bangor High School had an edited version of his film “Vision” in MIFF’s short program, “Maine Shorts 1.”  The winner of this category was Connor Petros from Ellsworth High School, for a moving pay-it-forward film, “Main Street,” which brought tears to many in the audience.

In the creative category, Adam Wendell-Pearson of King Middle School received honorable mention for “Eternal Trash” with hard-hitting data about human consumption leading to disposal that is out of control.  Yvonne DePerte of Fryeburg Academy, was a finalist with “The Silent World” – a post apocalypse film.

Jorgensen’s Café hosted a reception for these amazing artists.

Next year, make it a point to view these student films as part of the festival experience.

Bingham, Mayfield and Kingsbury become wind power sites

page6pict3by Dan Cassidy

Part Two and Conclusion

Electricity headed south

John Lamontagne, Senior Director of Communications for SunEdison, said  there are three Massachusetts utilities that have contracted to receive the energy from the project, National Grid, Unitil and Eversource.

“The approximate cost of the project is about $420 million to develop and build the project,” he said.  “There are a number of financial organizations who have financed the project.”

SunEdison conducts extensive environmental studies when citing a wind project, according to Lamontagne.  “We conducted bird and bat studies to ensure the project is not in the migration path of any bird and bat species.  We continue monitoring of the project after it is operational to ensure the impacts to wildlife are minimal.  Certainly, there are some impacts to birds and bats, but we want to be sure they are kept at an absolute minimum.”page6pict1

Turbines at the project are routinely maintained and inspected by an on-site crew.  Turbines go through quarterly reviews and annual inspections to ensure they’re kept in good working order as much as possible.  “In addition, the turbines are monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at our Renewable Energy Operations Centers in California and Boston,” Lamontagne said.

The project has seen about 300 full time jobs created since the site construction started.  “Once the project is completed, Bingham and surrounding communities will receive millions in tax revenues,” he said.  “Although the energy goes to out-of-state utilities, the county should see a windfall in terms of revenues to pay for goods and services.”

Lamontagne said that when the Mars Hill project was built in 2007, folks saw their taxes drop 25 percent, once the project went on-line.  When the project was completed in Oakfield last year, folks in that community are seeing a massive benefit in their tax bills.  “Bottom line, communities see benefits in terms of jobs and economic benefits when the project is built.”

Locals chime in

Many local residents have been keeping in touch with the wind tower project.  They have seen, towers, wind blades, of about 185 feet long and a lot of other pieces heavy equipment go by on the streets, headed to the job sites.


One of the towers on its side so electronics can be placed inside. The tower stands approximately 100 meters, (330 feet). Photos by Dan Cassidy

“We are totally impressed,” Steve Steward, first selectman of Bingham said.  “It is quite a big project.  When it’s all completed, the cost of the project will be over $400 million,” he said.

The tax savings in Bingham should be affected next year, according to Steward. There are 11 towers located in Bingham that will be about $4,000 per tower.  “The other towers are located in Mayfield, an unorganized territory and Kingsbury.”

The Town of Bingham negotiated $8,000 per tower that they would pay.  “There was no ceiling, $4,000 was the minimum they have to pay for tax relief, so we accepted $8,000, and I was happy with that.”

The construction is going smoothly, and most residents are comfortable with that.  A note of interest is that the 56 wind towers being erected are not visible from Route 201.

Stanley Redmond, a local long time resident and a wood harvesting Land Agent has seen a lot of heavy equipment go right by his door on Route 201 over the last several months.  “How great it is to see science so advanced today and to watch all the people involved in installing these wind towers and see how professional they are doing their great work,” he said.

“The operation of installing these giants is something entirely different than what we thought it would be,” he said.  “Everyone involved are in great hopes these wind towers will prove to be very helpful for many reasons and will be accepted with open arms by all.  It will be interesting to see the decrease cost of purchasing power from these giant wind towers once they start turning the blades.  The engineer and all the associates should receive our thanks for such a remarkable job.”

Example tower sights

Lamontagne compared the Oakfield Wind towers in Piscataquis County, as an example, “that town will receive $26 million in tax benefits and community benefit payments over the next 20 years. “As a result, folks in that community have seen their tax bills dramatically reduced.”

“Full-time Oakfield residents now receive tax breaks and an annual check for about $2,000 per year, a benefit that will be in place for 20 years,” he said.

Waterville resident named to dean’s list at Dean College

Dean College, in Franklin, Massachusetts,  is has announced that Alexis DeVogt, of Waterville, has earned a place on the dean’s list for the Spring 2016 semester.

Albion Neighborhood News, Week of July 21, 2016

by Mary Lee Rounds

Summer…Picnics, ants, swimming at the old swimming hole, pool, lake or ocean and seeing friends who have been in warmer weather all winter. You give them back their “in case of an emergency” key and go on with your life.

Recently, we took a cruise to Bermuda. I had four months to prepare for it, thought I was ready, then discovered the day was upon me.  Carefully throwing things into my suitcase as well as taking all the shoes  I would need, my feet hurt a lot,  I change shoes  frequently and off we went.  Standing at the ship, preparing to get on I reached for my non-existent passport.  (Being one to follow instructions, I had made a photocopy of it and left the  original in the copier. They won’t recognize a copy, so why bother?)  The very nice lady asked me if I had my birth certificate.  How many of you have your birth certificate on your person in case you forget your passport?  Unfortunately, I didn’t, and she could not let me on board the ship.  Three people were standing there looking at me, I told my husband to go as the money was already spent and I would go to my  cousins on “The Cape.” The answer was no. Then the woman said if you had been born anywhere in Massachusetts you could go over about two blocks and get your birth certificate and I can let you on.  My answer:  How about 1944 Boston???  She told me where to get the taxi, called ahead to vital statistics, let me right on when I got back and walked me through all of the security lines, saying “this is the one who forgot her passport.”  Imagine the surprise of my traveling group who I met on their way to the rooms at the elevator.  The rest of the trip was quite uneventful and enjoyable.

Mrs. Crosby’s house between the Besse Building and Post Office has been purchased by Laura and Joe Strohman. It was becoming quite the  eye sore in town. Now the lawn and field have been cut, renovations are occurring inside with as many original style wood, doors, etc., as possible.   Many other improvements have been planned. Hats off to the Strohman’s. Rumor has it there are other changes on the way to Main Street, hopefully making it a more inviting place for people to recognize it as a town they might like to reside in.

Johnny’s has turned those fields on the flat into gardens. They are a wonderful business and keeping the area very clean.  Roads are getting patched which makes for a much better ride. Even the state is hot topping the road to Belfast.

Hopefully, I have caught up from the last 2 weeks.

Have a wonderful rest of July.

SOLON & BEYOND, Week of July 21, 2016

Solon and Beyondby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

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

One of many enjoyable events through my many years of writing took place last Saturday at Whispering Pines, in North Anson. Thank goodness it was a beautiful, calm, (just a soft breeze) perfect for flying day for the Franklin County Aircraft Modelers who were going to demonstrate flying their planes for members of Goodwill out of Waterville.

President of the club, Lewis Gordon was contacted by a staff member at Goodwill asking about eight residents coming to North Anson to see the club members fly their planes. Wayne White, who has been flying and making some of his planes for years, demonstrated his craft, which is very breathtaking how he can make his planes do such amazing things with the touch of his fingers on the controls. The guests who watched were fascinated and asked questions.

Joe Gilbert, another experienced flyer, demonstrated his drone with CG 03 4K camera which he flew way up in the sky and it took some pictures that were absolutely beautiful! It is amazing (to me) how anyone can design these things. Some of the others from the club who flew that day were Dalton Poulin (Shorty), Kirk Rollins and Frederick Bray. I think I can safely say that many of the guests were glad to be on such a fun trip on a beautiful day. I heard many, “Thank you” from them, along with smiles.

The staff member who accompanied them was Kevin Taft, of Solon, and the driver of the bus was Chris Tredeau. They have done many other trips and enjoyed getting out to Lake George, whitewater rafting to name a few.

The Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop at the Embden Community Center is having a sale. One-half off on tank tops, shorts and sleepwear through July 23. The thrift shop is open Wed., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

My daughter, Mary Walz was born on July 18 and her son Ben Walz surprised her with a wonderful birthday party at The Sedgley Place, in Greene. Those attending were Mary’s husband, Dave Walz, her sons, Ben and Alexander, her brother Mark and his wife Karen and Lief and me. Mary’s daughter Amanda was unable to attend.

The Sedgley Place is a beautiful old mansion and we had a room to ourselves, it was a great party with lots of good food!

Some people evidently hadn’t picked up The Town Line paper the week I wrote that I was going to take a vacation from writing this column in the July 7 issue. Anyway, several people have approached me, all upset because they thought I had stopped writing. They said they liked Percy’s memoirs and said how much they missed the stories about him, but liked his memoirs!

So here is Percy’s memoir this week about Friendship. “It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm, A happy and auspicious bird of calm…. Whose coming is as light and music are.. ‘Mid dissonance and gloom – a star Which moves not ‘mid the moving heavens alone, A smile among dark powers – a gentle tone Among rude voices, a beloved light, A solitude , a refuge, a delight. Found this in an old yellowed book, the words are by Shelly.

And faith in friendship is the noblest part. Friendship above all ties does bind the heart.

Obituaries, Week of July 21, 2016


OAKLAND––A life-long resident of Oakland, Gerald T. Treadwell, 66, died on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, from the cumulative effects of a stroke. That stroke hit on Memorial Day, 2008. Gerald held on at home for five years, before relocating to Woodlawn Rehab & Nursing, in Skowhegan––the location of his death. Gerald was born on May 5, 1950, in Waterville. He was the younger of two sons born to Trueman B. and Lois M. (Day) Treadwell.

He attended Oakland schools.

Gerald enjoyed following sports until his final years. While he cheered for the Bruins and Celtics, his other pro favorites were the New York Giants and Yankees. He was able to attend several pro baseball games. His longest faithful attendance, however, was at countless Colby College sporting events, where he could be seen at almost all home games and meets for all sports. Some coaches and players recognized that loyalty with souvenir presentations.

He also loved visiting Acadia National Park, and took many hikes on, up, and down its trails with his brother or friends.

Gerald was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his brother, Robert (“R.D.”) and cousins.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 0497i6.

Memorial donations may be made to: Friends of Acadia, PO Box 45, Bar Harbor ME 04609 or,


OAKLAND––On Thursday, July 7, 2016, Lawrence B. Wiles, 76, of Oakland passed away after battling leukemia for two years. Larry was born to Roland and Della (Perkins) Wiles on November 30, 1939, in Hartland.

Due to the passing of his mother shortly after his birth, he was raised by his grandparents, Bert and Gertrude Wiles in Palmyra and Vassalboro.

He graduated from Erskine Academy in 1957.

He leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Judith Ann (Mitchell) Wiles; five children, Suzanne E. (Wiles) Vanley and husband Brian, of San Antonio, Texas, Roderick L. Wiles and wife Lori, of Skowhegan, Martin W. Wiles and wife Linda, of Manchester, Jeffrey W. Wiles and wife Sandi, of Mt. Vernon, and Talitha L. Wiles, of Oakland; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two half-siblings, Roger Wiles and Linda Wiles; a stepsister, Cora Boyett; and his mother-in-law, Kathleen Mitchell, of Bangor.

To view the entire obituary or to share memories and condolences with the family, go to the obituary page of our website at:


FAIRFIELD––Mary Winniebell McCormick, 100, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016. Winnie, as she was known, was born May 27, 1916, to Harold and Nacie (Charity) Bealieu in Waterville.

She attended Fairfield schools and later worked at the woolen mill.

She married Irwin Harold Bristol and had one son, Chester “Kenny” Allan Bristol, born August 1, 1952. Together Mary and Irwin owned the Harley/Indian motorcycle dealership and the Bristol Hilltop Cabins and Restaurant in Moscow. Irwin passed away in 1966. Mary then replaced her late husband as the postmaster in Moscow until the office was closed. Mary later married Hugh “Mac” McCormick. They enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing together.

Mary was always proud of her flower gardens and her knitting. She loved spending time with all of her family and taking her annual motorcycle ride with her son every summer.

Mary was predeceased by both of her parents Nacie and Harold Bealieu.

Mary is survived by her son Chester “Kenny” Bristol and his wife Susan Newton and his previous wives Rita Meyer and Vicky Perrone; her god-daughter Ann Hood; four grandchildren, Michael Fortier, Tanya Fortier, Terrie Brawner, and Shawn Gagnon; 14 great-grandchildren, Ariel Carron, Ashley Jacobson, Justin Fortier, Matthew Fortier, Natashia Bauer, Johnathan Bauer, Catarina Manasco, Damien Manasco, Gabrielle Manasco, Antonio Manasco, Veronica Manasco, Cody Lewis, Allen Gagnon, and Gabriel Gagnon; and one great-great-grandchild, Faith Manasco.


ALBION––Virginia Rideout Sylvester. 90. passed away on Friday, July 15, 2016, following a long illness. Affectionately known as Jinny, she was born on August 1, 1925, daughter of Vinal and Susie (Hussey) Rideout.

Jinny attended Albion schools, graduating from Besse High School in 1943. After high school she attended Gates Business College, in Augusta, and then worked for the state of Maine until her marriage to Ted Carver in 1945.Jinny and Ted raised their children, Larry, Pat, Terri, and Sue in Albion until Ted’s death in 1963.

Jinny married Bob Sylvester in November 1965. Bob and Jinny lived and enjoyed their life in Albion for 50 years. Jinny served as town clerk in Albion in the 1960s. She then worked for Dr. Craine in Albion and left to work for Dr. Diehl and Dr. Pratt, in Waterville, until her retirement in the 1980s.

Jinny loved music, playing piano and singing all her life. She sang in the church choir at Fairfield’s United Methodist Church for many years. Jenny also enjoyed ceramics, embroidery, crocheting, and was a wonderful cook. She was active in the Albion PTA, firemen’s auxiliary, and the Albion Library.

Jinny was predeceased by her parents and son Larry.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Bob Sylvester; daughters, Patsy Carver Knight and husband Roger, of Mt. Vernon, Terri Sue Carver Fluhart and husband Greg, of Harkers Island, North Carolina; daughter-in-law, Lucy Carver, of Tennessee; brother Norman Rideout, of Albion; and sister Elaine Haley, of Saco.

An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

Memorial donation may be made to: MaineGeneral Hospice, 10 Water Street, Suite 307, Waterville ME 04901.


CHAD E. CAMPBELLTON, 42, of Sidney, passed awaty on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Locally, he is survived by his brother Dennis and wife Melissa, of Weeks Mills.

SHAUN M. HALL, 57, of Chelsea, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 2, 2016, at his home. Locally, he is survived by son Spencer Fielder and wife Shannon, of Vassalboro, grandchildren Cody and Kelsie Fielder, both of Vassalboro, and sister Stacia Hall, of Winslow.

HARRY A. FREEMAN JR., 94, of Farmingdale, died on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center. Locally, he is survived by granddaughter Melissa Nimon and husband Richard, of China, and great-granddaughters Sadi Nimon and fiancé Michael Ratcliff, of China, and Jessyca Begin, of Waterville.

HARRY A. TOBEY SR., 80, of Augusta, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2016, at MaineGeneral REhabilitation & Long-Term Care at Gray Birch, in augusta. Locally, he is survived by his children, Harry A. Tobey Jr. and wife Pat, of Winslow, Julie A. Lewis and husband Steve, of Albion, and Warren A. Tobey and wife Donna, of Windsor.

GERMAIN BOLDUC, 72, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, died on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Beth Israel Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts. Locally, he is survived by a son, Michael Bolduc, of Clinton; sisters Lynette Dostie, of Waterville, and Rita Fortin, of Benton.


JEANETTE C. HACHEY, 89, of Daytona Beach, Florida, died on Saturday, June 18, 2016. She was born in Waterville, October 12, 1926, the daughter of Dominique and Estelle Daviau Casavant.

She graduated from Waterville High School in 1943, and resided in Winslow following her marriage to Joseph Hachey. She was an assistant city clerk in Waterville, later becoming the secretary to Waterville Mayor George Doyle. After helping her husband open Hachey’s Market, she went to work at Scott Paper Company, retiring in 1987. She and her husband relocated to Daytona Beach in 2001.

China North Minor A champions

China North Minor A baseball team

The China North Minor A baseball team recently won the league championship with an undefeated season. Front, left to right, Parker Bellows, Dylin Breton, Ryan Tyler, Tristan Anderson, Duncan Bailey, Parker Studholme, Hayden Chase, Keenan Clark, Kyle Burrill and Ayden Michaud. Back, coaches Chad Bailey, Kirk Studholme and Adam Chase.
Photo courtesy of Katie Bailey

Lack of rain affecting local lake levels


One six-inch plank on one side of the control gates at the dam is open to minimize water runoff. Photo courtesy of Frank Richards

With very little rain in May, June and so far in July, folks residing on Webber Pond have been wondering about the low water level on the pond.

Webber Pond Association President Frank Richards commented, “My own dock is barely useable.”

Richards went on to explain, “the pool is four inches below the spillway [at the dam]. Normal would be two inches.


A ruler indicates Webber Pond’s water level is four inches below the spillway. That is twice as much as normal for this time of year.

“The lake is being drained by one six-inch plank on one side of the control gates. We are trying to keep at least a drizzle going into the outlet stream.”

He also noted that the inlet at Seaward Mills Stream is “dewatered.”

Attempts to contact China Lake Association President Scott Pierz for comments on that lake were unsuccessful.

Selectmen approve funding for new fire truck

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro selectmen approved the financing for the new fire truck voters authorized at the June town meeting, after Town Attorney Alton Stevens reviewed the financing contract and proposed changes.

Authorizing Town Manager Mary Sabins to sign the necessary paperwork and approving the initial $63,000 payment were the major business items at a mostly-routine July 13 selectmen’s meeting.  Sabins said volunteer firefighters can now prepare specifications for the new truck.

Selectmen approved the rest of the bills ready for payment, some from the fiscal year that ended June 30 and others for the new fiscal year.

Sabins expects tax bills for the 2016-17 fiscal year will go out in mid-August.  By town meeting vote, the first quarterly payment is due Sept. 26.

The next regular selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for Thursday evening, Aug. 11.  One item likely to be on the agenda is proposed sidewalks in East Vassalboro, a project that has been under consideration for years.

Two committees disagree on park logging plan

by Mary Grow

At their June 27 meeting, China selectmen directed the Thurston Park Committee II and the Forestry Committee to work together and report back.

Two Forestry Committee members and eight Thurston Park II Committee members talked for two hours July 12 without making much progress.

Tim Basham and Elaine Philbrook said they and Anita Smith, who was unable to attend the joint meeting, consider themselves co-chairs of the forestry committee, which also includes Leslie French and Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux.

Basham wants to use part of the park that the 2007 park plan designates for managed forestry as a logging and teaching area where local young people starting out as foresters would gain experience and get mentioned in the town report.  His goal is to increase the supply of young commercial foresters.

His main target would be youngsters who are committed enough to have bought a skidder or other equipment and to have insurance, but who lack experience.  He suggested they be authorized to draw up and carry out their own forestry plans, and implied that income from harvesting would be theirs, referring for example, to the possibility of earning enough to pay for forestry courses.

Philbrook was noncommittal, though she did say that in her years teaching in China – she just retired – she knows of only one student who went into a forestry career.

Thurston Park Committee II members said repeatedly the park should be managed as much as possible to benefit everyone in town, not just for a few people starting careers; and any income from timber harvesting is required to be reinvested in the park or, if voters direct, another town project. Cutting should be bid out, and the bids awarded and work done with assistance from and supervision by a licensed forester, they said.

Basham reported “acres” of white pine flooded by beaver dams on the west side of the park, which is not designated for logging, and recommended cutting it while it has value.  Thurston Park II Committee members Judy Stone and Christian Wilkens cited the value of dead trees for wildlife habitat; fellow committee member Philip DeMaynadier said park management seeks to achieve many goals, including recreation, aesthetics, wildlife habitat and water quality, not just making money by selling stumpage, especially on the west side.

Reviewing June 27 recommendations from district forester Morton Moesswilde, Stone concluded the committee had met them, with the exception of establishing a relationship with a forester who would help plan and carry out timber harvesting and related activities.

Committee members agreed they wanted to talk with more than one forester.  They scheduled a park tour with one candidate for July 26, and talked about others with whom to seek to make arrangements.

The Thurston Park II Committee succeeded the Thurston Park Committee to oversee implementation of the 2007 management plan for the 400-acre parcel in northeastern China.  Under the chairmanship of recently-resigned committee member Bill Seekins, the committee has developed recreational trails and a picnic area and preserved historic areas inside the park boundary.

Committee member Steve Nelson, who lives in Albion adjacent to the park, said hooliganism and littering have diminished as recreational use of the park has increased.  The next meeting of the Thurston Park II Committee is scheduled for Tuesday evening, Aug. 9.