Silver medal winners at shootout


The Central Maine Youth Hockey Hornets squirt team that captured the silver medal at the Turkey Shootout, in Auburn, last weekend. The Hornets defeated Bangor, 5-2, Casco Bay, 7-2, and Lewiston, 4-3, before falling in the title game against Auburn, 4-2. Team members  include, front, Hunter Hallee. First row, left to right, Ben Foster, Anthony Eafrati, Hunter Hart-Gurtein, Tatum Doucette and Will Bourgeois. Middle row, Tyler Hanson, Dustin Bearce, Bjorn Brickett, Cam Dostie, Andrew Beckwith, Denny Martin, Garrett Card and Judson Thomas. Back, coaches Dan Bourgeois, Ryan Hallee and Dennis Martin.  Photo courtesy of Jesse Beckwith


The Central Maine Youth Hockey Hornets squirt team goaltender Hunter Hallee, 10, of Rome, makes a spectacular glove save in the championship game vs. Auburn at the Turkey Shootout last weekend. He was chosen most valuable player of the game, along with one other game in the tourney. Other Hornets to garner MVP honors in other games were Tatum Doucette and Denny Martin. Contributed photo

Is your goose cooked?

Roland D. Hallee
by Roland D. Hallee

Well, it’s December, and Christmas is closing in on us fast. What does that have to do with a sports and outdoors column? How about talking about one of the all time traditions of the holiday dinner – the Christmas goose. After all, even Ebenezer Scrooge, of the 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, prompted by the Ghost of Christmas Present, observed the Cratchit family enjoying a goose for Christmas dinner.

The once common farm bird, the goose has a rich legacy of multi-purpose value. Geese possess down feathers, dark flavorful meat, and rich high-temperature cooking fat.

As natural foragers, geese much prefer to graze than feed on grain alone, and need the freedom to roam in search of tender grasses. Their tendency to grazing has made them difficult to be produced under farm conditions, like the turkey.

According to Frank Reese, “In the old days you’d never harvest a goose until after you had freezing weather. The old people really felt that the cold weather allowed the goose to put down that important layer of fat that was needed to make it taste like it was supposed to.”

Goose, before Christmas dinner.

Goose, before Christmas dinner.

I once attended a wild game dinner with some friends. As hunters and fishermen, we would gather once a year and share our bounty from the previous season. That was the first time I had tasted goose, which had been harvested in New Jersey. I found the meat to be tender, a little greasy, but very pleasant to the palette.

Geese are a waterfowl. The word goose is a direct descendent of the German word gos, with the plural ges and gandres, becoming the modern English words of goose, geese, gander and gosling, respectively.

Actually, goose is the name given to the female of the species. The males are called ganders. Interestingly, a group of geese on land or in water is called a gaggle, while in flight, it is known as a skein.

Fossils of true geese in North America seem to indicate the different species of geese have been around since about 10 million years ago.

Geese are monogamous, living in permanent pairs throughout the year; however, unlike most other permanently monogamous animals, they are territorial only during the short nesting season. Paired geese are more dominant and feed more, two factors that result in more young.

However, farmyard ganders have been known to have a harem of three or four females. They are extremely dedicated partners and will actually mourn the loss of a mate.

And the Goose just before Christmas dinner.

And the Goose just before Christmas dinner.

Geese are herbivores, and the bumps in their beaks are used for cutting through grass stems. Since the inside of the beak and the tongue are serrated, they are often mistaken as fangs.

The goose is also the subject of many well-known sayings in American culture:

  • What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander;
  • Your goose is cooked;
  • Killing the goose that lays the golden eggs;
  • A wild goose chase.

The Egyptians domesticated the goose more than 3,000 years ago. Properly cared for, geese can live to be as old as 20 years.

In Victorian England, the goose was the chimney sweep’s favorite tool. The goose was lowered down the chimney to collect the built up coal, and would come out the other end blackened with soot.

Another historical fact about geese: their feathers were used in some of the first golf balls, being created by hand, making them extremely expensive.

How do you cook a goose (no pun intended)? Very carefully.

As a casual dabbler in the culinary arts, I suggest this: Let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Generously salt both the inside and out and fill the cavity with garlic, thyme and sage. Prick small holes over the skin, being careful not to pierce the meat. This allows the fat a chance to render out during roasting. Cook low and slow, preferably at 325°F.

Having a tendency to be a bit dry, the meat should be served medium-rare. If you’re worried about the dark meat, to ensure it has had time to become tender, remove the breast part way through roasting.

Now, trying to find a goose at the local grocery store can result in a “wild goose chase.”

Legal Notices, Week of December 1, 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 December 1, 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.

2016-308 – Estate of RICHARD N. SALISBURY, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Jodi Dyke, 373 Chesterville Hill Road, Chesterville, Me 04938 and Elden Salisbury, PO Box 3011, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2016-298 – Estate of LUCIE H. HUETTNER. late of Starks, Me deceased. Barbara Huettner, 375 Anson Road, Starks, Me 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-309 – Estate of DOROTHY W. CLEAVER, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Thomas W. Cleaver, 2605 First Street, Matlacha, FL 33993 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-310 – of STEVEN D. EMERY, late of Detroit, Me deceased. Tiffany Emery Lackie-Ketcham, 134 C Street, Pittsfield, Me 04967 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-311 – Estate of STANLEY L. HUFF, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Jenny-Lyn M. H. Brown, 1849 Hudson Road, Hudson, Me 04449 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-312 – Estate of DORIS M. TURCOTTE, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Edmond Turcotte, Jr., 359 Canaan Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-314 – Estate of WALTER F. PARLIN, SR., late of Anson, Me deceased. Etta T. Parlin, 703 Horseback Road, Anson, Me 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-315 – Estate of CONSTANCE ELLEN HOPKINS aka CONSTANCE C. HOPKINS, late of Solon, Me deceased. Lawrence S. Hopkins, 3827 Bonaventure Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-237 – Estate of RICHARD R. BLAISDELL, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Susan L. Baker, 43 Beckler Hill Road, Monmouth, Me 04259 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-316 – Estate of MELROY H. FULLER, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Jean E. Fuller-Lehtis, 323 Pond Road, Albion, Me 04910 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-317 – Estate of EDWARD KENDALL PERKINS, late of Saint Albans, Me deceased. George Perkins, P.O. Box 2, Palmyra, Maine 04965 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-320 – Estate of JOHN ELIAS, late of Madison, Me, deceased. Frances J. Peters, 123 Franklin Avenue, Farmington, Me 04938 appointed Personal Representative.

2016-321 – Estate of GARY EUGENE LISHERNESS, late of Madison, Me deceased. Naomi J. Lisherness, 39 Ash Street, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on December 1, 2016 & December 8, 2016.

Dated: November 28, 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 November 30, 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.

2016-318 – Estate of MICHAEL ANDREW TESMACHER. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Michael A. Tesmacher, 14 Fahi Pond Road, No. Anson, Maine 04958 requesting his name be changed to Mary Ann Elizabeth Tesmacher for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: November 28, 2016
/s/ Victoria M. Hatch
Register of Probate


I’m Just Curious: Love my new books

by Debbie Walker

Remember I bought some odd ball books last month? To refresh your memory the list of my new books reads like this: “A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant”, “The Left Hander”, “Can Holding in a Fart Kill You?”, “What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper”, “Why Do We Say It?”, and the newest addition is “Manners and Morals of Victorian America”. So….. I’m going to share a couple tidbits from each book or all I have room for here.

Manners & Morals: Never punish your child for a fault to which you are addicted yourself. Never exhibit too great familiarity with a new acquaintance. Never will a gentleman allude to conquests which he may have made with ladies. “The Curtsy vs the Bow.” Formerly it was the habit for the ladies to curtsey on being introduced, but this has been changed into the more easy and graceful custom of bowing” (1868). Yeah, I can see me worrying about doing a curtsey or bow, not a chance these days! I am reasonably sure I would be the one in the family to question these behaviors.

Yes and I know I have to answer the great questions of the book title “Can Holding in a Fart Kill You?” It was believed at one time that it could cause poisoning of the body. People still try to hold it in until the coast is clear, believing this behavior is more acceptable. The main side effect of” holding it in” is probably some stomach discomfort but they won’t die.

“What Did We Use Before Toilet Paper?” is the title of another of my books. The Chinese invented toilet paper in the 14th century and the Bureau of Imperial Supplies began to produce paper for use by the Chinese emperors. Toilet paper was factory produced in 1857 and named “Therapeutic Paper” and sold in packs of 500 sheets. Different areas of the world used different products. Such as: Rome – moist sponge on end of a stick, wealthy used wool and rosewater, Vikings in the Middle Ages used hay balls. Hawaii: coconut husks. Eskimos used snow and tundra moss. There are, of course, more but the ones who used grass, stones (?), moss were considered poor. Some countries use their hands. A friend of mine was in Afghanistan, he was introduced to an important woman and he offered the wrong hand for her to shake! BIG mistake: Woman was insulted! Sears catalogs were favorites until they started using glossy paper!! That’s where it went, I never knew!

Okay, I think I’m about at the end of my allotted words! We will, of course, be visiting my books from time to time, especially when I find some of the really interesting tidbits!!

I’m just curious what I’ll find yet?! Hope you enjoyed and I thank you for adding me to your day. Love comments! is my e-mail, sub line: Odd Books. Thank you again!

REVIEW POTPOURRI, Week of December 1, 2016

Peter Cates

by  Peter Cates

Brook Benton and Dinah Washington

Baby; I Do; Mercury- 71565, seven-inch vinyl 45, recorded 1959.

Singer Dinah Washington (1924-1963) landed a contract with Mercury records in 1946 and performed songs from a variety of genres including jazz, blues, R&B, novelties, covers, etc., amassing a sizable pile of disks for the label.

Meanwhile, the much younger, less experienced Brook Benton (1931-1988) had been signed and was making headway with his own brand of pop, when a lyricist Clyde Otis got the idea of bringing the two together for the recording of a song he had written, Baby.

Due to the dissimilarly strong personalities of both singers, a firestorm of sorts ensued. But some kind of deal was hashed out and the two would record Baby and eventually three others before Washington walked out of one of their studio session.

Baby was a mega hit; the spirited but contrived aura of sexual tension between the two, as they sang, worked its musical and monetary magic and the performance was a classic R&B romp, still deserving of hearing 57 years later.


Trout Quintet – Members of the Budapest String Quartet with pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski and bassist George Moleux; Columbia ML 4317, 12-inch mono vinyl lp, recorded 1950.

This music has a bubbly, lovable charm and is the best piece with which to start listening to chamber music, its 4th movement being based on one of the composer’s songs, Die Forelle, or the Trout. It received its first performance in the living room of a wealthy music lover. Also to be noted, Schubert wrote all of the individual parts of each of the five instruments before putting everything together.

The players give a very spirited performance, still available in different venues on the internet.


Violin Concerto No. 2, with violinist Bruno Belcik and Vaclav Neumann conducting the Prague Symphony; Piano Concerto No. 3, with pianist Josef Palenicek and Karel Ancerl conducting the Czech Philharmonic; Artia ALS 7205, 12-inch stereo vinyl LP, recorded mid-to-late ‘50s.

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was a Czech-born composer who produced 400 works in the various genres- symphonic, chamber, opera, etc. He confounded so many critics by this productivity because he also maintained a consistent level of high quality, due to regular efficient yet exacting work habits.

Because he lived several years in France, Switzerland and the U.S., his music has an array of qualities – a tight sense of structure; a powerful aura of drama and surging emotion; the infectious rhythms of jazz and Stravinsky; the charm of native slavic folk music; and the exotic, colorful sonorities of such composers as Bartok, Janacek, Roussel and other 20th century figures. But, most importantly, it has a vibrant individuality that gives his writing such staying power after listening to, and living with it for a while.

Both works here demand committed listening before their veiled beauties reveal themselves and the performances are top notch. Only vinyl LPs are available on Amazon of this coupling, starting at $7.50.

A couple of tidbits. When Martinu was a child, his father was the sexton of a church and the family was allowed to live in the tower apartment; being very sickly, the boy was frequently carried up the 143 steps to the family quarters by his father or older sister.

In 1946, while teaching at the Boston Symphony’s summer home in Tanglewood, Martinu was given a magnificent rooftop bedroom at a local estate. One night while walking on the veranda, he fell through a gap in the railing and sustained a fractured skull and concussion. The recuperation period took three to four years during which he gave up all composing. The Wiki bio provides other interesting details of a rich full life for any curious reader.

IF WALLS COULD TALK, Week of December 1, 2016

by Katie Ouilette

WALLS, you sure do have a lot to write about today! Thanksgiving was wonderful at Samantha and Leigh’s house in Canaan, as they not only had both sets of parents present for the simply divine turkey dinner, but their two little ones, Reese and Owen were absolutely wonderful with their books and, yes, Reese’s performing what she would be doing at her dance recital on December 10.

Also, with the last issue of The Town Line on my desk, how could WALLS not congratulate China for having Maine’s largest solar farm! Frankly, faithful readers, WALLS sure got a bit nostalgic when reading about the large solar farm that is planned for China, as thoughts of such incredible scientific developments haunted everyone who grew up when such science was only being thought about. Ah, sweet memories! In fact, WALLS, it has been said by many of my era that we grew up in the best of times….but, my being a Great Depression born and bread kid, when folks bought only what was needed, as there was no money for what was wanted.

I wonder what scientists would do today, if times were like that? Yes, Madison has created a beautiful view in Maine with its Electric Works Solar development and last week, Lew and I rode from Bingham to Athens in order to view the great wind towers that will bring electricity to our, once, forgotten countryside. Yes, these have been a long time coming to our area, as the reminiscing of them occurred of our riding the countryside in upstate Little Falls, New York, en route to our friends in Starks, New York.

O.K, WALLS, that also goes for the telephone. Wow, our old telephone service at 29 Chestnut Street, in Skowhegan, was far different than what we are accustomed to today. In fact, son Nick called us from Ferndale, Washington, and with Lew’s hand-held phone, we could even see Nick as he talked to us. Wow, I question if we were really the Great Generation that everyone of my era professes!

Speaking of the phone, Marilyn Rogers-Bull, who writes Solon and Beyond for The Town Line and I talked and we wished each other a very Happy Holiday … and Percy sent us all a message via The Town Line: “Life’s greatest celebration comes from the heart”.

One of our family members missing for Thanksgiving dinner was Roxie Paine, but we call her our World Traveler. In fact, on Thanksgiving Day, she was in Antarctica……yes, you faithful readers read it right…..Antarctica. We will learn all about how one runs a marathon race in Antarctica, but our Roxie did it on the day after our traditional Thanksgiving,……we think. Yes, you will read about Roxie’s running a marathon in Antarctica after she tells WALLS and her brother, Leigh, all about it.

Now, Lew and I will send the Christmas gift from all our adults to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, in honor of our great-grandson, Landon Ouilette, who was diagnosed with ‘rare’ Wilm’s cancer at five years old, and was at St. Jude’s for seven years…..but is now 17 years old, cancer free, and planning to attend college……and we hope he will choose to attend in Maine!

SOLON & BEYOND, Week of December 1, 2016

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

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

The Solon Kids CARE (character, actions, respect, empathy) Club has begun its work at Solon Elementary School again this fall. An affiliate of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, it is dedicating its efforts to encouraging in children the ideas of random acts of kindness, positive attitudes, and caring for the community.

The team advisers are Mrs. LaChance, and Mrs. Stevens. LaChance organizes activities for all of the K-2 students. Stevens works with a team of students in grades 4-5 who will organize activities for the school. These are the members this year in the Solon Kids CARE Club: Emily Baker, Jayden Cates, Sarah Craig, Michael Crane, Cooper Dellarma, Sascha Evans, Charlie Golden, William Lawrence, Summer Lindblom, Abby Parent, Jackson Pease, Allison Pinkham, Desmond Robinson, Alyssa Schinzel and Ciarrah Whittemore.

The Kids Care Club is already hard at work. They ran a Halloween Dime Raffle in which they raised $177.40 to be used for T-shirts and for other team activities. The winners were William Lawrence for the boys prize, Paige Reichert for the girls prize, and the fourth grade for the class prize.

They sponsored a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Solon Thrift Shop Food Cupboard. On November 17, some members of the group attended a conference at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Thanks to Donors Choose grant applied for by Mrs. LaChance, Maine author Lynn Plourde will visit Solon Elementary School on December 7. Ms. Plourde will do a school-wide assembly and then will spend time working in each classroom with the students. Parents are welcome to attend.

The Embden Historical Society has the following for sale. Any one ( or all of them) might make nice Christmas presents. Embden Town of Yore, by Ernest G. Walker. Originally printed in 1929 by the Independent Reporter, Skowhegan, Maine. This book was recently reduced in price from $60 to $40 plus shipping if necessary. The Embden Historical Society has reprinted this classic Embden history book. The deluxe hardcover edition has over 760 pages with useful information for genealogists and others interested in the history of Embden from the earliest settlers to the early 1900s. The book, “South of Lost Nation,” by Ernest G. Walker, has been reprinted and spiral bound. For the first time, this rich resource also includes a 46-page name-only index. The town of Concord was evidently called “Lost Nation,” making the town of Embden “south of nation.” This book contains genealogical information about local families – births, deaths, marriages and tales of the area, this one is for $18 plus $3 shipping. To order a copy, contact Emily Quint.

They also have an Embden Afghan for sale, this limited edition 46-inch by 67-inch cotton fringed afghan depicts nine historical sites of the area. On a cream background, the navy and green designs and lettering represent the blue of Emden Lake and green of the forests. To order an afghan you may contact Emily Quint at PO Box, North Anson, ME o4958, price is $25.00 plus $9.

And now for Percy’s memoir called Possibilities: The more faith you have, the more you believe, The more goals you set, the more you’ll achieve. So reach for the stars, pick a mountain to climb, dare to think big, but give yourself time.

Remember no matter How futile things seem, with faith, there is no impossible dream! (words by Alice Joyce Davidson.)

Bar Harbor Bank and Trust completes 28th annual community food drive

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust concluded its 28th annual “Food for Good” community food drive on November 18. More than 4,850 food items and over $3,370 were collected for and delivered to local food pantries prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. “On behalf of the Bank, I would like to thank everyone who gave a gift of healthy food to our neighbors in need by donating to the food drive,” said Margie Gray at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

These gifts helped fill Thanksgiving food baskets and stock the shelves of local food pantries for the winter months ahead. One of the five local grocery stores that participated was Tobey’s Grocery, in South China. For each “share” of one of the Bank’s “Food for Good” Facebook posts they donated one dollar to a local food pantry. “Thanks to all our Facebook fans, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will be contributing an additional $370 to local food pantries,” said Gray. Each of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust’s 14 branches also collected donations for the Food Drive and delivered them to their local food pantry for distribution. Among the food pantries were Loaves and Fishes and the China Community Food Pantry.

“On behalf of all Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees, our gratitude goes out to everyone who donated so generously to our “Food for Good” community food drive,” said Gray. “Thank you for helping neighbors in need by providing them with good, healthy food.”

China News: Selectmen approve all three requests from Thurston Park committee

by Mary Grow

China selectmen approved all three requests presented by the Thurston Park II Committee at the Nov. 28 selectmen’s meeting.

Committee spokesman Judy Stone presented a report on committee activities and asked selectmen to:

  • Choose Harold Burnett of Two Trees Forestry in Winthrop as consulting forester for the park.
  • Contract with Burnett for $400 to evaluate possible saleable timber in the park.
  • Set up a Thurston Park account into which donations, timber sales income (if any) and other funds can be deposited to be used for activities and improvements in the park.

Since there is currently no money for the park, selectmen approved taking the $400 from the $45,000 contingency fund voters granted them at the March 2016 town business meeting.

Stone said Burnett had visited Thurston Park and provided a report and map showing three small areas that might be worth harvesting. Much of the forest is young, she said; and Burnett’s report commented that the area had been heavily cut in the 1990s, leaving little potentially marketable wood.

Another pending project is improving access to the park. Stone said committee members plan to talk with Pete and Dawn Haskell, whose driveway at the south end often becomes a de facto parking area, before asking China’s TIF (Tax Increment Financing) Committee for recreational-enhancement funds to improve the access roads.

The grant funds that helped build recreational trails can be used only inside the park, not for access, she said.
Thurston Park covers about 400 mostly-wooded acres in northeastern China, bounded by Palermo and Albion. Selectman Irene Belanger commented that many people all over the state have visited or heard of the area.

The next meeting of the Thurston Park II Committee is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the town office, Belanger said. (ep)

In other business Nov. 28, China resident and state Department of Transportation (MDOT) employee Scott Rollins told selectmen about MDOT’s cooperative programs with municipalities. The state seeks local officials’ input on prioritizing work on state and state aid roads that run through their municipalities, he said.

Selectman Joann Austin asked about several problem areas and pending projects in China. Rollins said representatives of the department and the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments will be considering the Alder Park Road.

Austin and Belanger are concerned that the large culvert under Route 3 east of Rockwood Drive, installed in the 1960s and due to be replaced, tentatively in 2017, blocks what used to be a water connection between China Lake and Three Mile Pond. Rollins said this time, unlike in the 1960s, MDOT will consult with environmental agencies.

On another topic, Town Manager Daniel L’Heureux said he talked with the three landowners involved in town acquisitions voters approved Nov. 8. He has asked the town attorney for advice on proper conveyance documents to give China legal title to the lot behind the town office, the lot at the head of China Lake where boaters park and the former subdivision on the east side of Lakeview Drive.

Resident Sandra Costron recommended China selectmen consider a reaction to the Nov. 8 statewide vote approving recreational marijuana, pointing out that a majority of China voters voted against the referendum question. The item was on the agenda for the selectmen’s Nov. 29 visioning session.

L’Heureux said signatures had been validated on Marie Michaud’s petition to reconstitute the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee. Belanger is calling former committee members to see who wants to serve again; Michaud provided a list of other interested people.

China’s comprehensive plan is valid into 2020, L’Heureux said. Michaud’s petition asked the reconstituted committee to consider one aspect of the plan, establishing land use districts.

The town will have a new committee on providing resources for senior citizens and residents with special needs – suggested project or committee names include Aging in Place, Thriving in Place and China for a Lifetime. Selectmen appointed the first five committee members: Austin, Belanger, Kostron, Helen Roy and Toni Wall.

The next regular China selectmen’s meeting will be Monday evening, Dec. 12.

Obituaries, Week of December 1, 2016


ALBION – Wendy Lou (Severson) Crandall, 56, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016,at her home. She was born February 21, 1960, in Norfolk, Virginia, the daughter of the late Laverne and Alice (Nicoll) Severson.page4pict1

She graduated from Richmond High School in 1978. On December 30, 2000 she married Scott Crandall at Cox Methodist Church in Hallowell. She worked for 20 years as a beautician and more recently as an auditor for Parsifal Corporation.

Wendy enjoyed gardening, crafting, painting and could do anything she put her mind to. She cherished time spent with family.

She is survived by her husband, Scott Crandall of Albion; two daughters, Tracy Terrell and partner John Roinestad, of Richmond, Jessica Terrell Colby and husband Mike, of Virginia; two step-sons, Brett Crandall, of Pittston, Brandon Crandall and wife Kristen, of Georgia; mother-in-law, Trudy Crandall, of Hallowell; seven grandchildren, Dakoda, Lindsey and Lauren Roinestad, Austun and Deven Colby, Taylor Crandall, and Summer Rose Crandall; four siblings, Linda Severson Piunti, Judy Severson Bazilio, Robert Severson, and Patricia Severson Dominquez; 14 nieces and nephews.

Wendy died as she lived, with strength, courage, and grace.

“I love you forever and always!” –Scott.

Memorial donations may be made to MaineGeneral HomeCare and Hospice, PO Box 828, Waterville, Maine 04901.

Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976.


WATERVILLE – Francis J. Morin, 66, of Waterville and Fairfield, passed away November 15, 2016, at the Veterans Adminis­tration Hospital at Togus, a result of exposure to Agent Orange. Born July 20, 1950, in St. Prosper, Dorchester, Canada, he was the son of Lionel and Lucille (Morin) Morin.

FRANCIS J. MORINFrancis was educated in Waterville. He graduated from Waterville High School in 1969 and started working at the lumber store. He met his soon-to-be first wife, Marietta Dutil, at the roller rink in Winslow.

He was drafted out of high school into the U.S. Army, and did basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and St. Louis, Missouri, where he waited to be sent to Vietnam, serving in Nam 1971-1972. Upon his return to the U.S., he landed in San Francisco, California. No veterans there were debriefed about the effects they would suffer from the not-known pesticides from Agent Orange, but only handed a steak supper with a speech and sent home, which was very damaging to their morale.

Francis died from exposure to Agent Orange pesticides from Vietnam, which caused three cancerous tumors, each half the size of grapefruits, on his lower back, which started one month after his first marriage in 1973. The documentation only stated it started in October 2014; the tumors returned in the same area 45 years later, October 2014. Then nose bleeds for months, almost every night; then migraines, from which he suffered badly for years. He was given an anxiety pill to relax him for pesticide poison. You had to know him well to see the pain and turmoil in his eyes; his eyes told agony. he wouldn’t come home for hours; finally, he would call collect, was it safe to come home now, because he was exhausted driving to Boston trying to escape Vietnam. After marrying in 1973, he moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland; Frankfort, Delaware; and Ocean City, Maryland; working for Claremont Pare Construction driving an 18-wheeler.
Francis was a handy man who worked in the northern woods of Maine, with his dad for many years; Statler Tissue; SAPPI, where he retired; and logging with his brother, Mike.

Francis was a very sensitive person, with a great sense of humor. He loved his vegetable gardening, canning all the vegetables he grew (not one spot on them), and then gave up gardening for raising animals, beef, chickens, pigs and 30 turkeys every year for 10 years.

Before Vietnam, he, his dad and brother Mike, and many friends, were great hunters.

He was predeceased by his father, Lionel, in 2011; his mother, in January 2016; and his brother, Mike Morin, in 2013 in a tragic accident.

Francis is survived by his daughter, Kathy; aunts Estelle Morin, Lionette Morin, Louisa Poulin, all of Augusta; Cecil Preneau Morin, of St. Prosper, Canada; many cousins in Canada and New Hampshire.


WATERVILLE – Rosemary Ivory Speier, 90, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She was born in Camden, New Jersey, on November 18, 1925, the youngest child of John W. and Rose Mary Oehlers Ivory.

In 1948, she met John H. Speier, at a Dancette. They married on November 18, 1949. Daughter Linda was born in New Jersey, and daughter Cynthia was born in Ohio.

The Speiers moved many times, as John’s career as a mechanical engineer with Scott Paper Company took him up and down the Eastern Seaboard, finally to Alabama, where they retired.

After John passed away in 2015, Rosemary moved to Maine to be near daughter Cindy.

Rosemary was a talented homemaker who gardened, sewed, cooked, served as a Scout leader, and devoted herself to her husband and daughters. She was an accomplished golfer, even having a hole-in-one. Rosemary and John traveled extensively all over the U.S.

She was predeceased by her husband, John; her parents; Aunt Marie and Uncle John; brothers John and Richard.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Roger) Bowman and Cynthia (Joe) Reese; grandchildren, Joseph Reese, Jennifer (Rees Evans) Reese, Robert (Mindy) Bowman, Rachel (Justin) Glantz, and T.C. Bowman; and great-grandchildren, Zachary and Frankie Reese, Wyatt and Remy Glantz, and Jetson and Rocket Bowman.

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WATERVILLE – Mrs. Alice Roy-Corey, 52, of Waterville passed away unexpectedly at her home, Thursday, November 17, 2016. Alice was born to parents J. Armand Roy and Marjorie Roy (Gilley) on Feb. 3, 1964, at Seton Hospital, in Waterville.

She grew up the youngest of five children and attended Lawrence High School.page4pict2

Many will remember her as a lively waitress, a dedicated caregiver as a CNA, and a longtime friend to her many loyal clients.

Alice is survived by her husband and best friend, David Corey; sisters, Susan Bubier, Nancy Kinney; brothers, David Roy, John Roy; cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her only daughter, Tonya Laslie, her husband, Andrew Laslie, and Alice’s grandchildren, Addison and Kallen Laslie.

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Memorial donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 74 Gray Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.


FAIRFIELD – Ernest E. Kelley, 76, of Fairfield, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at Lakewood Continuing Care Center, in Waterville.

Ernie was a lifelong resident of Fairfield. He was proud of his extensive work life, which began in his teens on a farm in Benton and included work in the Fairfield ice house, its woolen mill, and most recently as a custodian at Lawrence High School. He was a proud Bulldog.

In his spare time he loved to fish, ride his ATV, enjoy the outdoors, and play cribbage at the VFW. He loved cats, and especially kittens. He had a great sense of humor and always liked to banter and joke with everyone, even strangers, though most people weren’t strangers for long.

He became a resident of Lakeview Care Center in 2012, and made many friends there, as well. He will be remembered by many friends, co-workers, and students at Lawrence High School.

He was predeceased by his mother, Wilda M. Kelley.

He is survived by his nephew, Paul Desjardins; and his great-niece, Crystal Desjardins.

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FAIRFIELD – Mildred Thelma Smith, 81, of Fairfield, passed away on Saturday , November 19, 2016, at Maine General Hospital, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born January 26, 1935, at home, in Albion during an intense Maine blizzard, the daughter of Willard and Thelma (Ware) Marston.

page4pict4On March 28, 1953, she married Richard Marble Smith and spent her life dedicated to raising a close-knit and loving family. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, gardening, card games, and family gatherings, which were always a great opportunity to showcase her famous beef stew and biscuits, potato salad, and her “outstanding” talents in cake decorating.

She was predeceased by a brother, Henry Marston, and a grandson, Jeremy Germon.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard Smith; her children, Lana Waters, and husband James, Donna Holmes and husband Robert, Dale Smith, and Elaine Doucette and husband William; five grandchildren, Dawn Breitenbach, Trevor Smith, Christina Holmes, Sarah Harrison and Michaela Holmes; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Adelina Breitenbach; one sister, Marion Morgan; and one sister-in-law, Charlene Gould.


WHITEFIELD – Newell “Roger” E. Glidden, 84, died Monday, November 21, 2016, at the VA Hospital at Togus following a long illness. He was born in Coopers Mills on October 2, 1932, a son of the late Elmer and Georgia (Cunningham) Glidden.page4pict3

Mr. Glidden was a graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston.
He had been employed for many years by Chambers Ford, in Augusta. Mr. Glidden was a US Army veteran, serving honorably during the Korean War and was the director of civil defense for Whitefield. He was the former fire chief in Coopers Mills and was a member of the Lions Club.

Mr. Glidden will be missed by his wife, Georgia E. (Shortman) Glidd
en, of Coopers Mills; three stepchildren, Clifford Wilson and Emily Wilson, both of Coopers Mills, and Ivana Wilson, of Windsor; three stepgrandchildren, Seth Allen, of New London, North Carolina, Tiffany Wilson, of Chelsea, and Rosalie Wilson, of Coopers Mills; and cousins, Mary Lou Cunningham and Rachael Potter, both of Yucca Valley,California, and Ed and Gloria Freydl of Salem, Oregon.

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Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Rte. 32, Windsor, ME.


FAIRFIELD – Richard (“Bud”) Marble Smith, 88, of Fairfield, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Glenridge Nursing Home. The son of Richard and Iola Smith, he was born on August 9, 1928, in Waterville, and grew up in Freedom on the family farm, and later in Albion with his very special Aunt Glad.

page5pict1He was proudly deployed overseas to the Korean War effort in 1951 for a two-year tour. On March 28, 1953, he married Mildred Thelma Marston, his bride of 63 years. Bud’s lifelong love of horses included logging in the Maine woods as a teenager, horse-pulling competitions at countless country fairs, and raising several ponies throughout his younger years.

He loved gardening, bowling, baseball, and traveling – Bud always considered the journey far more interesting than the destination.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred Smith; two sisters: Christine White and husband Donald and Pauline Nickless and husband Erwin; brother-in-law, George Gould; and a grandson, Jeremy Germon.

He is survived by his children: Lana Waters and husband James, Donna Holmes and husband Robert, Dale Smith, and Elaine Doucette and husband William; five grandchildren: Dawn Breitenbach, Trevor Smith, Christina Holmes, Sarah Harrison and Michaela Holmes; two great-grandchildren: Ian and Adelina Breitenbach; one sister, Charlene Gould; and several nieces and nephews.

He will be remembered by everyone in his life as an honest, hard-working husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Announcements for a memorial service will be determined at a later date and held at the convenience of family members and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to the Maine General Rehab and Long Term Care at Glenridge (Activities Department), 40 Glenridge Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330

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


JEAN A. CAMPBELL, 86. of Wiscasset, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at her home. Locally, she is survived by a grandson, James Campbell and wife Brandi, of Windsor.

PHYLLIS V. MacLEOD, 87, of South Gardiner, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at Androscoggin Home Care-Hospice, following a brief illness. Locally, she is survived by daughters Donna Proulx and husband Real, of Waterville, and Nancy Fitts and husband David, of Chelsea.

WILLIAM H. PIERCE, 87, of Nobleboro, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, following a short illness. Locally, he survived by a son, Lynn Pierce and wife Nancy, of Jefferson.

JAY L. LEMELIN, 58, of Belgrade, passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a short battle with lung cancer. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Cheyenne Joslyn and husband Donald, of Whitefield.

CHARLES A. BARROWS SR., 76, of Augusta, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Hospice Unit at VA Maine Healthcare Systems, in Togus, following a short battle with lung cancer. Locally, he is survived by sisters, Gloria Tillson, of Windsor, Jane Rocque and Kathy Paradis, both of Augusta, and Karen Holt, of Vassalboro.

MELROY H. FULLER, 72, of Norridgewock, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at the Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta. Locally, he is survived by sisters Carol Chavarie and husband Ray, of Windsor, Jeannie Fuller-Lehtis, of Albion, and Gail Dunn and husband Bill, of Augusta; and brother David Fuller and wife Chele, of South China.

JOHN F. LEMAR, JR., 71, of Hallowell, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016, following a courageous battle with lung cancer and COPD. Locally, he is survived by his daughter, Kim St. Amand and husband Rick, of Vassalboro; siblings Caroline and husband David, of Palermo, Karen Perry, of Augusta, and Walter Snell Jr., of Albion.

CLEMENT A. BEAULIEU JR., 59, of West Gardiner, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016, following a long, courageous battle with lung cancer. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Connie Dow and husband Rick, of Vassalboro.

CHRISTOPHER R. DELANO, 52, of Friendship, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. Locally, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Delano,, of Jefferson.

FRANCES B. SIMMONS, 88,, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Country Manor Nursing Home, in Coopers Mills. Locally, she is survived by a brother, Hilburn Bunker and wife Lenora, of Coopers Mills.