(NAPSI) — According to the National Safety Council, an American is accidentally injured every second by a preventable event, a vehicle crash, a fall or the like. If you or someone you care about is ever among them, there are things you should know.
One Man’s Story
“I was a victim twice,” says Jose V., as he recalled his five-year ordeal that began at a construction site. “First, the day I was working to off-load a 3,000-pound bag when, all of a sudden, the operator lifted the cables and my fingers were mangled and the doctor had to remove three of them,” he explained. “Then, I found out this was only the start of my problems and I would become a victim again. My bills were getting out of control, I was about to lose my apartment, and I had no idea how I would care for my family. I was depressed and scared. Even now I get shaken up thinking how bad it was.”
Jose is not alone. He is one of tens of thousands of average, everyday people from around the country who each year find themselves battling insurance companies and other deep-pocket defendants who delay settlement of legitimate insurance claims.
“When you are physically damaged and struggling for almost five years to regain your strength and your ability to work, it takes a mental toll,” said Jose. “Bills piled up fast and the settlement was very slow in coming. There was one delay after another. I was just determined not to give up, and between the support I got from my family and the advance I received from LawCash, I did not have to accept a lowball settlement. The longer they delayed resolving the case, the more concerned I became about being on the street. If it were not for the money I was advanced over the five years it took to settle, my children would have suffered even more and the greater the pressure I would have been under to accept whatever amount I was first offered,” he added.
For Jose, as with thousands of Americans each year, financial relief came in the form of what the legal community calls pre-settlement funding. According to Harvey Hirschfeld, president of LawCash, “Our firm is in the business of leveling the playing field for consumers whose meritorious claims are being delayed. With cash on hand to pay for life needs such as rent and general living expenses, managing cash flow, and securing medical care while awaiting settlement of their case, victims are in a stronger position and don’t have to simply accept the amount a company’s insurer initially offers.”
How It Works
The company does not promote or encourage litigation. All its clients must be represented by legal counsel and must have filed a legitimate claim before it will accept an application. Nor does it influence the case itself, as all decisions related to the legal approach and overall strategy are between the victim and his or her attorney.
Perhaps most importantly, the pre-settlement funding—a minimum of $500—is not a loan. If the case is lost, claimants owe nothing. In addition, they’re not required to put up collateral or make interim payments, and the advance has no effect on their credit.
“My doctors repaired my hand,” said Jose. “LawCash allowed me to live. Since I didn’t have to take a lowball settlement, my lawyer was able to keep up the fight for me and my family. This resulted in a fair settlement for many times more than I would have gotten if I had to settle early. For a portion of my total settlement, I was able to protect my future and my family.”
For more facts or to apply, go to www.lawcash.net or call (800) LAW-CASH.
With his win in game five of the 2013 World Series, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox became only the second Red Sox left-handed pitcher to win three World Series games. Who was the first?
A couple of weeks ago, during a discussion with associates, the subject of the brown-tail moth came up. I figured it was just another of the mundane moths we see during the summer. However, that was not the case. This particular moth, Euproctis chrysorrhoea, is one that we probably could do without.
This moth, once native only to Europe, was accidentally brought to Massachusetts in 1897 on nursery stock, and soon spread to the rest of New England, Today, it is found only on Cape Cod and along the coast of Maine, where it is considered an invasive species.
The brown-tail moth is armed with defensive barbed hairs throughout its life span but especially during the caterpillar stage. These hairs break off, and for many people exposed, are susceptible to skin rashes, headaches, and even difficulty breathing. This caterpillar also has a huge host range of plants on which they feed.
The brown-tail moth caterpillar has tiny poisonous hairs that cause rashes similar to poison ivy on sensitive individuals. Rashes may develop when people come in direct contact with the caterpillar or indirectly from airborne hairs. The hairs become airborne by either being dislodged from living or dead caterpillars, or they come from cast skins when the caterpillar molts. Respiratory distress from inhaling the hairs can be serious.
Caterpillars are active from April to late June. Hairs remain toxic throughout the summer but get washed into the soil and are less of problem over time.
The moths, which are attracted to light and fly at night, and active in July and August, have a wingspan of about 1.5 inches. The wings and midsection are solid white on both the male and female. The abdomen has brown on it, and the brown coloration extends along most of the upper surface of the abdomen in the male, whereas the top of the abdomen is white on the female, but the tuft of brown hairs are much larger.
The factors underlying brown-tail moth population dynamics are little understood and have been only thoroughly investigated by few researchers.
According to the Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness staff, the brown-tail moth has been getting plenty of attention over the past few years. This is because the numbers have spiked to levels that haven’t been seen in quite some time. Last year was a banner year and this year’s population is predicted to be even higher.
Throughout much of its life cycle, the moth sheds its toxic hairs. Eggs are laid in August-September, when a female can lay up to 400 eggs. They build their winter nest in the fall and remain there from September to June. In June and July, the larvae spin cocoons in which to pupate. The cocoons are full of toxic hairs. The moth emerges in July and August, mate and lay eggs to begin a new cycle. During this period, more hairs are shed to cover the egg mass.
The brown-tail moth’s excessive desire to eat, and its habit of feeding on many different kinds of foods, together with its tendency to reach outbreak densities, makes this species a major pest of hardwood forests and may also attack fruit and ornamental trees.
According to the Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness staff, moth spray or lotion, to combat the rash, are available by prescription from your doctor. There is no antidote for the toxins, so treatment is focused on relieving symptoms and eliminating further exposure. “Since many reactions occur over weekends, seeing a doctor may not be immediately possible. In these cases, you may find relief by soaking in a warm bath and applying calamine lotion or antihistamine cream.”
Pursuant to Maine Statute Title 22§1444 the Chief Operating Officer of the Maine Center for Disease Control can declare an infestation of brown-tail moths as a public health nuisance. The declaration may be made on the COO’s initiative or upon petition by municipal officers.
Roland’s trivia question of the week:
With his win in game five of the 2013 World Series, Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox became only the second Red Sox left-handed pitcher to win three World Series games. Who was the first?
STATE OF MAINE
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
18-A MRSA sec. 3-801
The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice April 19, 2018.
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.
2018-077 – Estate of CLARENCE H. JONES, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Steven P. Jones, 20 Goodrich Road, Bingham, Me 04920 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-037 – Estate of JENNIE M. BERNARD, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Joseph J. Ciccarelli, 25 Willow Street, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-079 – Estate of RONALD E. HOSMER I, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Lee A. York, 39 Lambert Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-080 – Estate of CLAUDE C. DUNTON, late of Embden, Me deceased. Deana R. Dunton, 630 New Portland Road, Embden, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-081 – Estate of SANDRA J. HIGHT, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Walter H. Hight II, 22 Dyer Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-083 – Estate of DAVID L. GRUHN, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Frank N. Gruhn, 16 Hornhill Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-084 – Estate of CHARLES A. BOWERS, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Evelyn A. Bowers, PO Box 92, Hartland, Me 04943 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-087 – Estate of EVELYN MAY BOLDUC, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Cheryl A. Champagne, P.O. Box 296, Fairfield, ME 04937 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-090 – Estate of EUGENE R. CHARBONNEAU, late of Athens, Me deceased. Earl R. Bootier, 988 9th Street, Arcata, CA 95521 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-091 – Estate of BELINDA C. COOTS, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Terrie Patterson, 2900 Turnberry Drive, Findlay, OH 45840 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-095 – Estate of JAMES MCLAUGHLIN, JR., late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Taylah McLaughlin, 20 Buttons Road, Detroit, Maine 04929 and Jessica McLaughlin, 38 Prospect Street, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.
2018-096 – Estate of ALLEN A. RISINGER, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Paula S. Risinger, 465 Norridgewock Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-098 – Estate of LLOYD J. BEAULIEU, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Edith Enman, 200 Ohio Hill Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-099 – Estate of CONSTANCE ELANINE KING, late of Madison, Me deceased. Andrea Erskine, 711 SW 3rd Terr, Williston, FL 32696 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-100 – Estate GENEVE A. FALL, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Virginia Howard, 78 Coburn Avenue, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-088 – Estate of S. KIRBY HIGHT, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Louis J. Hight, PO Box 387, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-104 – Estate of MARIE C. LANCASTER-HALE, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Ryan P. Cook, 118 River Road, Benton, Maine 04901 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-105 – Estate of DARRELL D. BUTLER, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Esther L. Butler, 41 Denbow Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-108 – Estate of ROLAND P. ALLAIN, JR., late of Madison, Me deceased. Amy Glidden, 46 Pond Road, St. Albans, Maine 04971 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-109 – Estate of SHIRLEY POLLIS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Alan S. Pollis, 5 Pineland Circle, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-111 – Estate of LORRAINE P. HAYDEN, late of Starks, Me deceased. Brenda Hobbs, PO Box 151, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-112 – Estate of DALE R. GORDON, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Brenda Lawrence, 160 Ross Hill Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-113 – Estate of ERNESTINE R. WILLIAMS, late of Embden, Me deceased. Laura Hauser, 6 Little River Road, Old Orchard Beach, Me 04064 and Jean Young, 38 Dunstan Landing Road, Scarborough, Me 04074 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.
2018-114 – Estate of W. REID PEPIN, JR., late of Burlington, Vermont, deceased. Craig K. Pepin, 15 DeForest Heights, Burlington, VT 05401 appointed Personal Representative.
2018-115 – Estate of FRANCES H. SMITH, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Roger Smith, 250 Sandy River Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.
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Dated: April 16, 2018 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate
STATE OF MAINE
41 COURT ST.
TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE ESTATES LISTED BELOW
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 10 a.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be, on May 2, 2018. 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.
2018-086 – Estate of NOAH WILLIAM SERAFINO, Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Leah Serafino and Brian Morin, 129 Embden Pond Road, North Anson, Me 04958 requesting minor’s name be changed to Noah William Morin for reasons set forth therein.
2018-106 – Estate of NATHAN ROSS BOYLE, Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Danielle Snyder, 10 Forrest Haven Drive, Jackman, Me 04945 request minor’s name be changed to Nathan Ross Snyder for reasons set forth therein.
2018-107 – Estate of NAKIA ROSE BOYLE, Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Danielle Snyder, 10 Forrest Haven Drive, Jackman, Me 04945 request minor’s name be changed to Nakia Rose Snyder for reasons set forth therein.
Dated: April 16, 2018
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate
STATE OF MAINE
NOTICE TO HEIRS
LORRAINE P. HAYDEN
DOCKET NO. 2018-111
It appearing that the following heirs and devisee of LORRAINE P. HAYDEN, as listed in an Application for Informal Probate of Will and Appointment of Personal Representative is of unknown address as listed below:
Katherine Casey, Patricia Warman and Mark Henry, all of address unknown
THEREFORE, notice is hereby given as heir of the above named estate, pursuant to Maine Rules of Probate Procedure Rule 4(d) (1) (a), and Rule 4 (e) a.
This notice shall be published once a week for two successive weeks in The Town Line, with the first publication date to be April 19, 2018.
Names and address of Personal Representative: Brenda Hobbs, PO Box 151, Madison, Me 04950.
Dated: April 16, 2018
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate
The kid’s books and magazines give me some different things to write about! Some of this column is from a World Magazine. I believe it is an off shoot of National Geographic World.
So we are going to start out with information about shoes:
A few years ago there was a ship carrying about 40,000 pairs of sneakers in the Pacific Ocean, headed for the United States. A storm struck and the sneakers went overboard. Sometime later beach-goers from British Columbia to Oregon saw hundreds of sneakers had washed up on the shores – “they were the ‘sole’ survivors”!
Shoes were symbols of ownership years ago. At European weddings, the bride’s parents threw shoes to ‘say’ they didn’t own the bride any longer. Shoes became a symbol of good luck. Sometimes all the wedding guests threw shoes at the happy couple. “Maybe throwing shoes helped a marriage start out on the right foot”.
Right or Wrong
Eighteenth century people didn’t have to worry about right or left shoe. Both shoes were exactly alike. Both shoes in a pair were identical!
Napoleon I didn’t have to get blisters. His servants wore his boots to break them in for him. “They spared his imperial tootsies a royal pain.”
About 500 years ago in Europe men wore shoes with extremely long pointy toes. Some were so long that the wearer had to fasten them to his knees – or he’d trip.
“Walks of Life”
People give shoes a real workout. Each day most people take about 9,000 steps. And over our entire lifetime we may walk far enough to circle the Earth three and a half times. That’s enough to make your feet sore!”
Platform shoes are not new to fashion. Years and years ago in Europe decorated platform shoes were a status symbol for wealthy women. The style “peak” was called the chopine (shah-PEEN). Sometimes rising more than two feet high, this was a shoe with a view!
Okay, I guess that is enough shoe business for one day. Although I could add that my Dad used to tell Mom to take me shoes shopping. He said they would throw away the shoes and I could wear the boxes. I have big flat feet with bunions! Used to have bunions but those were taken off, yehaw! Me and shoes still don’t get along really well. And, NO, it was not my mother’s fault. She always made sure our shoes fit well.
As usual I am just curious if you have any great “shoe” stories. For questions or comments you can contact me at email@example.com . Thanks for reading!
recorded February 17, 1964; Ermitage-ERM 200-2 ADD, CD.
Swiss-born Paul Baumgartner (1903-1976) was most definitely below-the-radar, when compared to Rubinstein, Brendel, Ashkenazy or Horowitz, but he was highly revered by connoisseurs of really fine piano recordings. This CD preserves a live concert of the following works – Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Andante Favori, the Brahms Opus 117 3 Intermezzi, Debussy’s 1st Images and Masques, Schubert’s 6th Moment Musical and Chopin’s 4th Ballade and 3rd Waltz of Op. 70.
Baumgartner’s artistry was splendid but of the quieter mode, rather than of cheap, virtuosic self-indulgence. Instead he used virtuosity, of which he possessed infinite amounts, scholarship, exquisitely honed dynamics, passion and soul-filled intelligence to convey the particular beauty of each selection in the program, whether it be the muscularity of Beethoven, the nobility and reserved sentiment of Brahms, the dew drops of Debussy, the lyricism of Schubert or the captivating, grace of Chopin. My favorite performance, by a tiny margin over the others, is of the lesser known but very engaging Beethoven Andante Favori in which Baumgartner pours out his soul in each note, one of the most moving performances I have heard in a long time!
Most, if not all, of this recital is accessible via individual yts !
featuring Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary; produced by Dick Wolf; premiered 2013, each episode one hour, accessible via Netflix
For the last two or three weeks, I have been viewing one or two episodes of this investigative program most evenings and am on the second season. It follows former Houston prosecutor Kelly Siegler and her colleague, retired Las Vegas homicide investigator Yolanda McClary, as they travel around the country investigating cold cases of murder that are languishing in local police department files. According to the pronouncements at the beginning of each episode, a murder is committed in the US about every 36 minutes and there are over 200,000 unsolved homicides since 1980.
What I find most engaging and endearing about the show is the absence of melodramatics, especially eerie music and the use of actors in staged re-enactments. Also, the 2 women’s warm personalities; their very caring interactions with families of the victims; their very personable working relationships with colleagues; and finally their comprehensive knowledge of investigative science contribute immeasurably to the well paced unfolding of each story.
Not to mention the remarkable advances in DNA processing just in the last ten years. These innovations alone led to the apprehension of a rapist/murderer of a young 25 year old Pocatello, Idaho, woman; ten years earlier, his hand print had been found on the outside of the victim’s back door. But, his priors were a few burglaries, he had no known connection to the victim and he left no other implicating marks, while the police had two other major suspects and scratched him off their list! With new techniques, the investigators were able to find new, more incriminating DNA within the existing DNA and to figure out the hand print came from within the house rather than outside!
High Honors: Maggie Anderson, Courtney Austin, Lauren Boatright, Harald Christiansen, Noelle Cote, Grace Crouse, Cody Daigneault, Bryanna Emery, Shaylee Fisher, Hunter Gagnon, Brock Glidden, Angel Hall-Stuart, Nicholas Howes, Kayla Hubbard, Samantha Jackson, Megan Lemieux, Jordan Lewis, Rita McCausland, Hunter Merrill, Kassandra Nadeau, Jakob Peavey, Gabriella Pizzo, Leanna Prime, Mercedes Richard, Chantelle Roddy, Adam Silvia, Emma Solorzano, Emma Sullivan, Caleb Tyler, Lauren Wood. Honors: Annemarie Allen, Cody Azevedo, Cassidy Baldwin, Jamin Blais, Mariah Blanchard, Noah Bonsant, Hannah Bragg, Victoria Chabot, Madison Choate, Alexander Cleaves, Bailey Cloutier, Ashlyn Cook, Kaitlyn Coston, Austin Cowing, Corvus Crump, Stephen Csengery, Joshua Davis, Chelsea Duplessis, Madeline Durant, Derrick Dyer, Morgan Emond, Hannah Farrington, Brooke Fongemie, Kyle Frederick, Madyson Geboskie, Jadelynn Giroux, Samuel Grady, Elizabeth Green, Hunter Hoague, Luke Hodgkins, Billy Howell III, Carleigh Ireland, Damien Jackson, Isabella Johnson, Bjorn Jorgensen, Liam Keefe, Jacob Lamoreau, Alexis Lee, Tucker Leonard, Alex Logan, Devin Mason, Ryan Michaud, Chandler Moore, Harrison Mosher, Noah Osborne, Cassidy Penney, Kali Porter, Kaylee Porter, Molly Pullen, Jedidiah Regalado, Justin Rollins, Michaela Roy, Kaili Shorey, Michael Sprague Jr, Emma Stone, Hunter Swift, Makayla Tobey, Tyler Walker, Christopher Wight, Olivia Wyman, Martie Young, Morgan Young.
High Honors: Molly Babson, Madison Boynton, Jenna Butler, Caitlyn Denico, Tiffany Doyle, Dominic Durant, Cameron Falla, Ethan Furlong, Madeline Geidel, Sage Hapgood-Belanger, Samantha Heath, Eleanor Hodgkin, Kayla Hodgkins, Amber Rose Holmes, Peyton Houghton, Andrew Jackson, Christopher Jamison, Kyli Julia, Brenna Kitchen, Morgaine Kmen, Olivia Kunesh, Caitlin Labbe, Noah Labbe, Haeden Landry, Milo Lani-Caputo, Alexander Mahon, Rivers Malcolm, Desiree Mayo, James Mayo, Conner Paine, Jacob Praul, Seth Reed, Christina Roy, Hunter Rushing, Caleb Sacks, Seth Savage, Conor Skehan, Braden Soule, Briana Strout, Elizabeth Sugg, Willow Throckmorton-Hansford, Jack Tobey, Kassidy Wade, Hagen Wallace, Asiah Wilmot, Ashlyn Wing, Alana York, Peilin Yu. Honors: Alex Barney, Mark Barney, Gavin Blanchard, Lydia Boucher, Nina Boudreau, Justin Browne, Arthur Carey, Joseph Clark, Shannon Cornett, Leah Couture, ArizonaLee Crooker, Megan Crouse, Mireya Dos Santos, Keara Doughty, Travis Dow, Marshall Dugal, Austin Dunn, Dawn Elliott, Samuel Falla, Courtney Gallagher, Aaron Gilbert, Phillip Gilbert, Ashley Gillis, Dylan Grotton, Alexis Haskell, Tristan Hawk, Kaleb Hopper, Alicia Hotham, William Jones, Jack Jowett, Garrett Keezer, Dylan Keller, Tiffany Kiefer, Robert King, Tara Maltese, Noah Miller, Rebekah Morrill, Joshua Peaslee, Zachary Plourde, Nicholas Rancourt, Hannah Reid, Jessie Sepulvado, Krystina Shorey, Brianna Soucy, Shayleigh Springer, Shaine Staples, Mercedes Tibbetts, Megan To, Caden Turcotte, Jacob Wright, Jiwei Jeff Ye.
High Honors: Lucy Allen, Julia Basham, Derek Beaulieu, Haley Breton, Cassidy Clement, Norah Davidson, Nathan Evans, Alyssha Gil, Annika Gil, Boe Glidden, Keimi Henry, Summer Hotham, Sarah Jarosz, Parker King, Tristan Klemanski, Cole Leclerc, Stephanie Libby, Jordan Linscott, Adalaide Morris, Lyndsie Pelotte, Hunter Praul, Morgan Presby, Miina Raag-Schmidt, Mitchel Reynolds, Dominic Rodrigue, Alyssa Savage, Dominic Smith, Courtney Tibbetts, Brandon Tibbs, Katelyn Tibbs, Ashleigh Treannie, Hailee Turner, Cameron Tyler, Richard Winn. Honors: Lucas Anderson, Jay Austin II, Alec Baker, Adam Bonenfant, Faith Bonnell, Bridget Connolly, Devin Davis, Michael Dusoe Jr, Dominick Dyer, Vincent Emery, Jada Fredette, Mitchell Gamage, Lydia Gilman, Bryce Goff, Joshua Gower, Clara Grady, Tori Grasse, Alyssa Hale, Emma Harvey, Nicholas Hayden, Nicholas Howard, Ashley Huntley, Emily Jacques, Cameron Johnson, Colby Johnson, Marisa Klemanski, Brandon LaChance, Eleena Lee, William Leeman, Brandon Loveland, Reece McGlew, Kaytie Millay, Jakob Mills, Jamara Moore, Krysta Morris, Nathaniel Mosher, Matthew Picher, Benjamin Reed, Jennifer Reny, Andrew Robinson, Shawn Seigars, Serena Sepulvado, Santasia Sevigny, Nicholas Shelton, Ryan Sidelinger, Alissa Sleeper, Kayla Sleeper, Lily Solorzano, Jacob Sutter, Nicole Taylor, Matthew Veilleux, Tanner Watson.
High Honors: Mara Adams, Philip Allen, Nicholas Barber, Abbygail Blair, Everett Blair, Jane Blanchard, Christopher Bourdon, Samantha Box, Trevor Brockway, Eleanor Brown, Emma Burtt, Ashley Clavette, Cody Devaney, Jacob Devaney, Amelia Evans, Nathaniel Farrar, Addison Gamage, Margaret Gamage, Cameron Gifford, Hailey Haskell, Avery Henningsen, Nathan Howell, Emma Hutchinson, Muzzammil Iqbal, Delaney Ireland, Bryan Joslyn Jr, Madyx Kennedy, Sierra LaCroix, Isabela Libby, Joanna Linscott, Colby Lloyd, Chiara Mahoney, Hailey Mayo, Jessica Mayo, Riley Mayo, Isaiah Michaud, Michael Nicholas III, Ian Oliphant, Courtney Paine, Aiden Pettengill, Sydni Plummer, Harry Rabideau, Kristin Ray, Acadia Senkbeil, Hanna Spitzer, Logan Tenney, Mollie Wilson, Samuel York. Honors: Brooke Allen, Paris Bedsaul, Vanessa Berry, Isabella Bishop, Hailey Brooks, Zoe Butler, Anthony Chessa, Saydi Cote, Nolan Cowing, Joleigh Crockett, McKayla Doyon, Abigail Dumas, Jake Emond, Avril Goodman, Braydon Hinds, Paeshance-Rae Horan, Kaylah Kronillis, Haley Laird, Gabriel Laweryson, Drew Lowell, Hunter Luczko, Eva Malcolm, Jonathan Martinez, Gavin Mills, Alicia Nelson, Tyler Ormonde, Brian Ouellette, Olive Padgett, Daniel Page, Isabella Parlin, Annaliese Patterson, Elek Pelletier, Lexis Perry, Jacob Pomelow, Allison Roddy, Kyle Rowe, Noah Soto, Hunter St. Jarre, Ariel Stillman, Riley Sullivan, Joshua Tobey, Sarena Walker, Dylan Wing, Kelby Young.
Messing About in the Maine Woods
Veterans day 2017 found me by Donnell Pond between Schoodic and Black mountains. It was a drippy night and a cool morning but the real fun began at 7 a.m. when a wall of sleet and hail hit from the east. I stood on the beach watching it roll my way. When it hit, I leaned into the blast and enjoyed the buffeting – until the hail started in earnest. Then I bravely ran back to my emergency shelter and hid. (The shelter was a tarp, staked to the ground on bottom and lashed on top to two trees.) This created an excellent barrier that diverted the sleet and wind, while I was dry underneath. I waited out the storm in my layered clothing and emerged from my manufactured microclimate, dry and comfortable. There are two reasons it went well: I was wearing layers, and I was in a pocket of still air created by the tarp.
The first reason is called thermoregulation, which is a fancy way of describing layers of clothing to take off or put back on as you warm up/cool down. I layer with a T-shirt over a long sleeve turtleneck/ long underwear shirt as a base. Then add a wool sweater and a waterproof jacket above the base layer, and the upper torso is set. Lower body layers involve the bottom of long underwear worn under cargo pants. A case can be made for a thermal layer under it all if you feel you need the extra help.
None of my layers is water wicking or fancy or expensive. Standard wisdom says to use wool, because it warms you when it is wet. There is a place for those things if you spend lots of time out in the weather, but for me they are too cost prohibitive. With the layers mentioned above I can remove pieces to keep my core temp at the stage where I don’t sweat, while staying warm enough.
The second reason is the area of stillness under the tarp, a microclimate. The difference between being warm and freezing is how well you get yourself out of the wind. I always carry a folded tarp or emergency blanket and paracord when out in the woods hiking. It allows a dry zone to be set up when the rain starts or a windbreak to take a break behind. But you can also make use of microclimates without rigging up a tarp each time a breeze blows. Use a sheltered area in the trees to recover from the wind. Bask on that warm rock. Make use of the natural features of where you are because simple changes can make a big difference.
So make sure that you have appropriate shelter for the season you are out in. Wear clothing in layers so you can thermoregulate by removing or adding those layers as you get too hot or cold. I also recommend an emergency plan for when something goes wrong – a simple emergency blanket (or contractor garbage bag) tucked in your backpack and some paracord will allow you to make a simple windproof shelter if you get stuck, hurt or ‘turned around.’ And that is how we thrive in the Maine outdoors.
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