Students earn degrees from the University of Vermont

Some 2,329 students were awarded a variety of bachelor’s degrees during the University of Vermont’s 215th commencement ceremonies on May 22, in Burlington, Vermont. Approximately 502 advanced degrees were awarded by the UVM Graduate College, and 106 took the oath of Hippocrates following the awarding of their M.D. degrees at ceremonies of the UVM College of Medicine.

The following local students were among the graduates:

Allyson Drummond, of Augusta, graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science in zoology.

Ryan Holm, of Whitefield, graduated with a bachelor of arts in Chinese.

Brenden Wood, of Vassalboro, graduated with a bachelor of arts in Russian.

Legal Notices, Week of September 22, 2016

Court St., Skowhegan, ME
Somerset, SS
Location of Court
18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted.  The first publication date of this notice is September 22, 2016

If you are a creditor of an estate listed below, you must present your claim within four months of the first publication date of this Notice to Creditors by filing a written statement of your claim on a proper form with the Register of Probate of this Court or by delivering or mailing to the Personal Representative listed below at the address published by his name, a written statement of the claim indicating the basis therefore, the name and address of the claimant and the amount claimed or in such other manner as the law may provide.  See 18-A MRSA 3-804.

2016-120 –    Estate of CLYDE E. MOWER, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased.  Paul R. Dionne, Esq., 465 Main Street, Suite 201, Lewiston, Me 04242 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-233 –    Estate of BRENT L. REDLEVSKE, late of Mercer, Me. Deceased.  Casaundra Redlevske, 1965 Mercer Road, Mercer, Me  04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-235 –    Estate of RAYMOND A. FONTAINE, late of Madison, Me deceased.  Laurie L. Carrigan, 279 Shusta Road, Madison, Me 04950 and Jalana Rae Carrigan, PO Box 303, Bangor, Me 04401 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2016-236 –    Estate of TRACY J. DEMO, late of Canaan, Me deceased.  Dorothy Smith, 15 Bartlett Street, Fairfield, Maine 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-240 –    Estate of PAUL A. DAVIDSON, late of Fairfield, Me deceased.  Lorrie L. Pelotte, 262 Green Road, Fairfield, Me  04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-241 –     Estate of STEVENS J. PLANTE, late of Jackman, Me deceased.  Ross T. Plante, 899 Compass Way, San Diego, CA 92154 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-243 –    Estate of MARTIN D. GARBE, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased.  Sharon G. Soderberg, 52 Carver Street, Bangor, Me 04401 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-248 –    Estate of ALTON C. BRANN, SR., late of Cornville, Me deceased.  Amy Cunningham, 143 Wood Road, Cornville, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on September 22, 2016 & September 29, 2016.
Dated: September 19, 2016
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate




Notice is hereby given by the respective petitioners that they have filed petitions for appointment of personal representatives in the following estates.  These matters will be heard at 9 a.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be, on October 5, 2016. The requested appointments may be made on or after the hearing date if no sufficient objection be heard.  This notice complies with the requirements of 18-A MRSA §3-403 and Probate Rule 4.

2016-247 –    Estate of CASSY LEE WALKER, Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Cassy Lee Walker, 654 Warren Hill Road, Palmyra, Maine 04965 requesting her name be changed to Cassy Lee Martell for reasons set forth therein.

2016-249 –    Estate of DEAGEN GREGORY LINDSAY, Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Justin Ellis of 1 Merrill Street, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 requesting that the minors name be changed to Deagen Gregory Ellis for reasons set forth therein.

2016-253 –    Estate of MARIAH MAY TRACY Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Tracy and James Tracy, 36 Saint Mart Street, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 requesting that the minors name be changed to Alexander James Tracy for reasons set forth therein.

Dated:  September 19, 2016
/s/ Victoria M. Hatch
Register of Probate

I’m Just Curious: Catching up!

by Debbie Walker

Okay, so let’s play catch-up. Time has been flying by too fast. I am getting up to about 45 degrees in the mornings. I’m not happy about this. I’m really not ready to see all the leaves fall and the snow fly!!

So…. I have been volunteering for a first grade class. That pretty much means the kids are either late 5-year-olds all the way to new 7-year-olds. Fun ages! I just love them. They are so comical. One of the girls asked me the other day, “how come your skin under your arms wiggle?” Too funny. I told them it was because I’m getting old! They giggled and walked off, happy with their answer.

I couldn’t possibly be upset with their questions, they are just curious, too. I promise I’ll do better. I’ll try to remember to explain to them that it’s not nice to ask some questions, but I want to do it without destroying their curiosity.

Sometimes, in this time with them, I am reminded of my daughter or my grandkids at that age. I found a clump of curly hair on the floor beside this one desk. Gee, what do you suppose happened here? Well, she just didn’t know because it wasn’t her hair. Too funny. I remember when my daughter cut her hair, it was the first and last time I ever allowed the babysitter to bring a friend. They were in the bathroom doing their hair and Deana was in my bedroom cutting her hair and hiding it in a Sears catalog. Oh yeah, before the night was over I saw the damage. That morning she had school pictures, thank goodness it was after the pictures and not before. The beautician was able to come up with a short shag with what was left.

I will be glad when the testing is all done. I know schools have to develop a baseline to have something to compare the coming spring tests to. I just can’t say it is my favorite part. I so enjoy hearing their excitement when they are learning, especially when some subject gives them a new interest!

As I had written in my first column where we talked about volunteering I believe I told you that even if you can’t leave your home, teachers have to do preparation for some of their activities and they would appreciate someone cutting and gluing,  etc., anything that saves them precious time.

Well, so much for “catching up” time. I’ll find something new to share before next week. After all you know, I’m just curious. Thank you so much for reading, hope it gave you a chuckle and woke up a memory for you.

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PLATTER PERSPECTIVE: Composer Bartok; Composer Antonin Dvorak

Peter Catesby  Peter Cates

Bartok: Viola Concerto and Hindemith: Concerto After Old Folksongs for Viola and Small Orchestra; Daniel Benyamini, viola, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Orchestre de Paris; Deutsche Grammophon 2531 249, 12-inch vinyl LP, recorded 1979.



Bartok’s very inspired Viola Concerto, which was completed by Bartok’s friend, Tibor Serly, after the composer’s death from leukemia. While in the throes of the illness, Bartok also wrote his Piano Concerto No. 3 and Concerto for Orchestra, a very inexplicable streak of physical and creative energy.
Hindemith’s tart Concerto, or Schwandreher, takes getting used to but has its own rewards for persevering listeners.

I  have had a type of love/hate relationship with Barenboim’s conducting for over 40 years. He could be overly mannered; an awfully aggressive and bombastic interpreter at the piano and on the podium; or very sugary. But, he keeps drawing me back to his vinyl and CDs because, when he is good, he is very, very good. This LP is one of his finest.

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim

He was married to the exceptionally gifted cellist, Jacqueline Du Pre, until her death from multiple schlerosis in 1987. She was the main subject of a popular film several years ago, Hillary and Jackie.

Jacqueline Du Pre

Jacqueline Du Pre

Dvorak: Symphony No. 5; Hussite Overture- Vladimir Ghiaurov conducting the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Laserlight 14 005, CD, recorded 1991.

Another genuine beauty loaded with melodies and counter-melodies but developed into a symphony that hangs together so well, that Dvorak is given a very exciting performance by a gifted, below-the-radar conductor who is the son of the late operatic bass Nicolai Ghiaurov and the stepson of the famed soprano Mirelle Freni. Plovdiv is a Bulgarian city and possesses an orchestra on the same level as the best in the world. I particularly like how Ghiaurov savors notes and bars in the most enjoyable manner while maintaining tension and pulse that keep things moving.

Vladimir Ghiaurov

Vladimir Ghiaurov

The Hussite Overture is a very compelling piece of writing of a driven nature and performed quite well.

Widowmaker: a new mystery novel

Dan CassidyINside the OUTside
by Dan Cassidy

If you’re a skier who either lives or commutes to the western mountains of Maine or just enjoys reading great mystery novels, Widowmaker and Precipice, along with others by a local author are must read books.

The seventh in a series of novels by author Paul Doiron, Widowmaker takes place in a western Maine ski area in and around the Franklin county area.  There are five other books, authored by Doiron, that are on my to do reading list.

In this novel, Doiron portrays the fictitious Alpine Ski Academy, located at the base of the also fictitious Widowmaker Ski Resort that is about a game warden named Mike Bowditch.  Bowditch takes us to some actual locations including Saddleback, in Rangeley, and Sugarloaf, in Carrabassett Valley.  You’ll also find descriptions of people who live and work there and others who visit the area to ski.  Bowditch, a graduate of Colby College, in Waterville, grew up in the western mountains of Maine as the son of an infamous poacher.

Paul Doiron’s first novel, The Poacher’s Son, (printed by Minotaur Books, New York, 2011) describes Bowditch’s unstable upbringing as the son of an alcoholic womanizer who spent time in ski bars after his shifts on the grooming crew at Widowmaker Mountain, when he wasn’t in the woods poaching animals. “Sugarloafer’s will recognize that my fictional resort, Widowmaker is a more downscale version of their mountain,” Doiron said.

Other novels by author Paul Doiron include, Trespasser, Bad Little Falls, Massacre Pond, and The Bone Orchard.  His first book, the Poacher’s Son, won the Barry and the Strand Critics Award and was nominated for an Edgar, an Anthony, a Macavity and a Thriller Award.  His second novel, Trespasser, received the Maine Literary Award, according to a recent press release.  Doiron’s sixth book, the Precipice, was a Library Reads selection and ABA best seller.  His novels have been translated into ten languages.  Doiron is Editor Emeritus of Down East Magazines and a registered Maine Guide.  He lives on a trout stream in mid-coast Maine.

“I suppose I had two inspirations for this book, which is the seventh in a series,” Doiron said in an e-mail interview.  “In the first novel, the Poacher’s Son, Mike Bowditch’s life and his sense of the world are completely upended,” he said.  “He struggles with his sense of betrayal in the subsequent books, but I really felt the time had arrived for him to have closure with the bitter memory of his later father, Jack, who was this sort of towering figure, for bad, but also good, in his early life.”

Coming back to reality, Doiron said there was no real warden whom Mike Bowditch was based on.  “I am sure the Warden Service would consider a good thing!  He represents aspects of my own personality, of course, especially in the early books.  His bravery, his commitment to seeing justice service, his knowledge of the outdoors, I’ve also met younger wardens who started reading my novels before they applied to the service and many of them identify with Mike.  Hearing that is always a wonderful thing.

Doiron said that the local warden in Carrabassett Valley, Scott Stevens, was good enough to give me a tour of the district and answer a lot of my questions along the way.

One of Bowditch’s female confidants, Stacy plays a major role in the book.  “Stacy is based on several female wildlife biologists I’ve known, and they’ve almost all stuck me as being more dedicated than their male counterparts,” he said.  “Partly it’s because the sciences are a discipline where women have still had to prove themselves.  Her personality is largely fictional and any resemblance she might bear to certain girlfriends I had in my youth are entirely coincidental.”

The vivid depiction of the region of Maine between Saddleback and Sugarloaf, complete with the contrast between the locals and the more privileged skiers from away make this novel a real page-turner, according to a recent press release.

The Precipice

The other book I read this summer was titled The Precipice, that takes place along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail where two female hikers disappear near the 100-mile Wilderness and Gulf Hagas.  It’s here that warden Mike Bowditch and wildlife biologist Stacy Stevens get involved in the search of the missing hikers and get wrapped up in several encounters.

So, if you’re interested in reading some thriller novels before the snow flies, check these books out.  You just may not be able to put them down.

IF WALLS COULD TALK, Week of September 22, 2016

Katie Ouilette Wallsby Katie Ouilette

WALLS, you simply must tell our faithful readers about all you would talk about this week, if  you could talk.  I am amazed at all that has happened for you in just one week!

Well, WALLS, you know me well and know, for sure, that this great-grandma absolutely loves to have busy young-ones frolicking around.  Most of them were our great-granddaughter Reese’s age, but after he got his bare feet, her brother Owen Paine showed that he wanted to climb steps.  Grandma Linda and Grandpa “Tiger” Holt kept very busy being busy.  One young student whom I was so thrilled  to talk to sings, plays the violin, tap-dances, and even created a very unusual scrapbook. She will soon appear in a play in Waterville! Frankly. WALLS, her life reminded me of when I was very young and the same path was followed.  Oh, the birthday cake that Reese made was perfect.
Yes, WALLS, I know you are eager to tell about the Skowhegan Heritage Council’s hosting the 10th “Last Rose of Summer” Day.  This year, as usual, all the Heritage groups in Somerset County were invited.  Gail Kay, the chairman of Skowhegan Heritage Council was in charge of the council’s guest book and energetically told of the work that she and her husband painted the walls of the Dudley Corner School.  Yes, faithful readers, the Skowhegan Heritage Council has been diligent over these many years in restoring the Dudley Corner School, which not only schooled students, but the schoolhouse was, at one time, a meeting house for town meetings, was home to Boy Scout meetings and even has bragging rights to having Knights of Columbus meetings there.  Former Skowhegan Town Manager Pat Dickey encouraged fund raisers for the work done to the school’s exterior and for the erection of the present historic sign.

Yes, WALLS, it is time for you to tell of the piece-de-resistance to the LAST ROSE OF SUMMER DAY event held at the Margaret Chse Smith Library, on September 14.  Skowhegan’s Senator Margaret Chase Smith definitely did everything possible for her Skowhegan and Maine people.  Well, the red rose decorated the table….a single red rose was centerpiece.

There was also sheet music of  Piece I Leave With You  centered with the red rose, as, surely Senator Smith leaves us ‘peace’. Oh, yes, there were lots of red, white and blue plates filled with cookies and there was iced tea to drink, but the best of the best was music by Robert Choinier.  Senator Smith loved music and surely she was looking down from her “special fluffy cloud’”and smiling.  Yes, Senator Smith surely loved the variety of songs played by Robert and which echoed through the rooms of the senator’s former home and who called this magnificent house “home in Skowhegan.” Yes, David Richards, though working in his office for UMO, joined us, as did Angie, John and other members  of the senator’s team.  Oh, WALLS wonder if you know the red rose is our national flower and why?

Heather Johnson, executive director of Somerset Economic Development, stopped by en route from Jackman and said she remembers Senator Smith’s waving from her favorite porch chair to people driving past her house and her waving a “welcome” to those whom she loved so much.

Now, WALLS, the latest news you should bring to our faithful readers.  Fr. John Massie announced that Father Rasle will be highlighted at the Madison Historical Society’s Museum, on Old Point Avenue, in Madison, on Sunday afternoon.

Looking for running space

Michael Achorn

Messalonskee Youth Football team member Michael Achorn (87) and Drake Brunelle (25) during a recent game vs. Waterville.
Photo by Kevin Giguere,
Central Maine Photography staff

Oakland News: Alumni hold annual banquet

The Oakland, Williams, Messalonskee Alumni Association, which started in 1920 as the Oakland Alumni Association, held their annual banquet on August 13 at the Waterville Elks hall with 150 alumni and guests in attendance.  Attendees ranged from Bernard Bulmer of the Williams High School class of 1940 to Amelia Gallagher who will graduate in the Messalonskee High School class of 2020. Elizabeth Larsen daughter, of Lee Ann Doran Larsen and Mark Larsen, received the Educational Aid Award for 2016. There were 12 alumni and guests from the Williams High class of 1946 celebrating their 70th reunion and 18 from the Class of 1966 celebrating their 50th reunion.  The Eagle Award was presented to Irene Roderick Belanger from the class of 1959.  This award is presented each year to someone who has shown outstanding service and commitment to their community. Irene served many years on the planning board in China and is presently on the selectboard as well as representing China on many local and state committees.  The 2017  banquet will be held on August 12 at the Elks Lodge.

Selectmen create 13-item local ballot for November election

by Mary Grow

At their Sept. 19 meeting, China selectmen created a 13-item ballot for local voters Nov. 8.

Voting – local, state and national – will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the portable classroom behind the town office on Lakeview Drive.

After election of a town meeting moderator for the day, the local ballot includes elections; three proposed ordinance amendments; one proposed land acquisition by purchase and another by gift; a proposed sale to the South China Public Library; two minor proposed expenditures; and three proposed rearrangements of town money.

Signed nomination papers for local office must be returned to the town office by 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.  A list of candidates will be available the following week.

A public hearing on the rest of the ballot questions is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17.  It will be held at China Middle School if the multi-purpose room is available.

The China Budget Committee will meet Thursday, Sept. 22, to make recommendations on proposed spending and fund transfers.

The third and fourth articles on the ballot ask voters to approve amendments to China’s Solid Waste Flow Control Ordinance and Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance.  The major Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance change is in the transfer station hours: if voters approve the amended ordinance, the transfer station will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.  The goal is to eliminate the long stretch between Saturday and Wednesday that now occurs when Monday is a holiday.

Selectmen decided the amended ordinance, if approved, would become effective Nov. 25, to give time to inform local residents that Wednesday is no longer a transfer station day.

Changes to the Flow Control Ordinance, according to Transfer Station Committee Chairman Frank Soares, are intended to make the ordinances conform to China’s actual practices.

The Land Use Ordinance changes are extensive; the draft revised ordinance runs 75 pages, plus a separate section on definitions.  Planning board members made two main points as they worked on proposed changes: the new ordinance conforms to revised state standards, and in general it is more lenient, especially with regard to shoreland use, than the current ordinance.

Major areas that would change if voters approve include standards for enlarging non-conforming buildings (those that do not meet current requirements) within 100 feet of a water body; rules for converting from seasonal to year-round use, which would become state rules, current and future; rules governing signs; and timber harvesting regulations.

A summary of the changes, prepared by Codes Officer Paul Mitnik, is on the town web site, under the heading “Election Information.”

The land selectmen recommend buying is a 6.2 acre lot adjoining the town office lot.  Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said it is valued at $21,000; Article 6 asks voters to appropriate $12,000 for it, an agreed price.      Four selectmen voted to put the question on the ballot, with Ronald Breton opposed.  Board Chairman Robert MacFarland saw no need to buy the lot, but thought voters should decide.  Joann Austin sees the additional land as providing flexibility for future town needs.

The vote to recommend voters accept almost 40 acres off Lakeview Drive offered by Wachusetts Properties was unanimous.  The area is currently an undeveloped subdivision, on the east side of the road; resident Wayne Chadwick said most of it is wetland.  Selectmen see it as a potential site for a new China Village fire station, or as land they can sell in the future.

Art. 8 asks voters to put the $18,000 a year the Town of Palermo will contribute for use of China’s transfer station into a reserve fund for transfer station equipment replacement and similar purposes.

The first of two fund requests is for $3,800 “to conduct a community needs assessment relating to the understanding of the challenges facing older residents as they age in China.”   The project is a follow-up to the demographic survey done this summer for $500.

The second, in Art. 10, asks voters to appropriate an additional $5,000 for police services.  L’Heureux said the request is a response to what seems to be an increase in vandalism and other minor but annoying offenses in town.

Article 11 proposes transferring $100,000 from the town’s unassigned fund balance, once known as surplus, to the capital and equipment reserve account where it can be used for major purchases in an emergency, like a truck breaking down or, L’Heureux suggested, a roof collapsing.  The manager said the change would not affect China’s credit rating.

The proposed gift to the South China Library is the portable classroom the town bought from the school department this summer.  The recipients would be expected to reimburse the town for the $1 the building cost and moving expenses.

There was disagreement over whether the idea originated with library trustees or selectmen, but agreement that library officials might want to relocate the building to their newly-acquired South China property.

The draft article was amended to give library officials 60 days after the vote to accept the building, assuming the article passes.  Austin voted against putting the item on the ballot, having expressed opposition to the time limit and suggested other potential uses for the building.

The final article, recommended by the Tax Increment Financing Committee, asks voters to appropriate $50,000 from the TIF account for repair and maintenance of Four Seasons Club trails along the Central Maine Power Company line in China.  During TIF Committee discussions, club president Soares said the trails are all-season and all-purpose.

The China Budget Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday Sept. 22, to make recommendations on proposed spending and fund transfers

Local students named to spring 2016 dean’s list at Stonehill College

The following local residents have been named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

Justin A. Davis, of Palermo, a member of the class of 2019 and a political science and international studies major.

Jenna M. Fongemie, of Augusta, a member of the class of 2016 and a biology major.

Colleen O’Donnell, of Waterville,  member of the class of 2018 and a biology major.

Margaret M. Priest, of Augusta, a member of the class of 2017 and a political science and international studies major.