FOR YOUR HEALTH: Age Healthier With These Five Tips

(NAPSI)—As your wisdom grows with age, so can the number of pill bottles in your medicine cabinet. For those “young-at-heart” seniors, sticking to healthy habits is the key to aging well. With some simple steps, you can keep a healthy routine that also gives you more time to do the things you love. Joe Koren, pharmacy manager at Walgreens, shares his top five tips for managing your health with a busy schedule:

1. Consult the experts

You know to go for regular checkups with your general practitioner, but don’t forget that pharmacists can also be accessible experts to answer questions about your health. In fact, your pharmacist is a licensed professional who provides different health care services including immunizations and can help you understand why and how to take your medications to support effective treatment. Some pharmacies offer extended hours, and 24-hour chat with pharmacy staff is available whenever you need it. Many locations also have health care clinics to treat minor injuries and illness, which can be a convenient and cost-efficient alternative to a doctor’s visit.

2. Let your smartphone help you

With a packed list of to-dos, friends to meet and grandchildren to watch, medication routines can easily slip the mind. Luckily, your mobile phone is a helpful tool to keep track of your medications, right in the palm of your hand. For example, the Walgreens app can help you set daily pill reminder notifications, so you never miss a dose. You can also find close-by health care providers and arrange a video call for a face-to-face consultation with a physician or specialist through the app. If using your smartphone comes with its challenges, ask one of the pharmacy staff or a family member to help set it up for you.

3. Simplify your prescription refills

Multiple prescriptions can mean multiple trips to the pharmacy each month. A trained pharmacist can recommend convenient refill options such as aligning multiple refill trips to one single date, switching to 90-day refills or having eligible prescriptions sent directly to your home. All these services can make it easier to stay on your medication schedule and help save time.

4. Find perks in your Medicare D plan

So you’ve signed up for your Medicare Part D plan, but are you using it to save money? Fortunately, many prescription drug plans include Walgreens in their preferred pharmacy network, which could mean a convenient way to lower your co-pays. A little bit of research into the right combination of plan, provider and pharmacy can go a long way to help you save money. Walgreens pharmacies even conduct senior days, giving you extra advice on health care topics and special offers.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

They say age is only a number, and when you’re in control of your health, that’s very true! With the time and money you’ll save from these tips, think about how you can embark on and maintain an even healthier lifestyle. Why not challenge yourself to walk for at least 30 minutes a day, connect with friends and family, or take the time to prepare nutritious meals?

These five small steps can all contribute to a healthier life, and free up time and head space for the things you really love.

For additional information on tools to make medication management more convenient, visit

Fishy Photo: Good bass fishing

James Beaudry, of Windsor, displays one of his recent catches on the lake.

According to Frank Richards, president of the Webber Pond Association, fishing on the pond has been good this winter.

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Maine’s tiny northern shrimp facing tough times ahead

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

Where have all the shrimp gone? If you enjoy the sweet taste of Maine’s northern shrimp, the news is not good. Depending on to whom you talk.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission closed the shrimp season in 2014, and it has not reopened since. On November 16, 2018, the commission voted to cancel the fishing seasons for Maine through 2021. Commissioners from New Hampshire and Massachusetts agreed. The commissioners pointed to concerns that continued fishing could drive the species into extinction.

In 2010, Maine fishermen landed more than 12 million pounds of the small shrimp, but besides a shortened 2013 season, shrimping has been completely shut down.

And the news has not gotten any better since then. Summer surveys conducted has indicated that shrimp in the Gulf of Maine have been at record lows for the past six years. Scientists have concluded that survival of younger shrimp to add to the population has been low to extremely poor for seven consecutive years. They also fear that the prospects of recovery are not promising.

Although they continue to get to the bottom of what is causing this shortage, biologists believe the warming waters in the Gulf of Maine are taking a toll on the shrimp, who are extremely sensitive to water temperature.

The Gulf of Maine is at the southern end of the shrimps’ region, and a recent survey by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute has determined that the gulf is warming at a faster rate than 99 percent of the world’s oceans.

The environment in the Gulf of Maine is in flux, with temperature rising over the past decade, and is predicted to continue to do so.

But some people disagree with the study’s results. Some fishermen have labeled the commission’s study as “just a bunch of scribbling.” Fishermen attending a meeting in Portland didn’t dispute the shortage of shrimp, but they questioned whether the study was thorough enough. Some spoke that the shrimp are there, you just have to know where to find them and have the right equipment to do the job.

One fisherman from Port Clyde told how he and five other fishermen had caught 1.2 million pounds of shrimp a few years ago, while another fisherman, who had not done shrimping before, and lacking in experience, gave up after catching only 200 pounds.

However, the following year, three fishermen selected to catch shrimp for research stopped the process due to not finding any shrimp.

Some officials fear that the low stock may never recover. The survival of young shrimp to add to the population has been extremely poor. They feel that the only thing that could help the shrimp numbers to increase is for the gulf to experience several very cold years. That would allow the shrimp to lay eggs and create a new generation of shrimp. A scenario not likely to happen.

The winter shrimping season has been really important to fishermen. Losing it creates a very serious economical impact. The fisheries have been a great part of their heritage that won’t be around for at least another three years, with a potential to last even longer.

Patrick Keliher, of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, questioned when the right time would be to resume shrimp fishing. He was skeptical that the stock that has been so impacted by environmental factors, no matter what is done, might not be able to be restored. He is in favor of allowing a small fishery to go forward while they continue to monitor the stock. Commissioners from New Hampshire and Massachusetts did not agree.

So, for the foreseeable future, the tiny, sweet Maine northern shrimp will not be available come March, the traditional time of year when the shrimp used to be sold in abundance. I remember buying the diminutive crustacean for myself and my father-in-law from roadside vendors selling the shrimp from the back of their trucks. They were plentiful – and relatively inexpensive – back then.

Bearing all of this in mind, it is a sobering reality that climate change is really having an economical impact on coastal fishing communities.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Which of the following Boston Red Sox players did not spend his whole career with the Red Sox: Dwight Evans, Rico Petrocelli, Jason Varitek?

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, February 21, 2019

Which of the following Boston Red Sox players did not spend his whole career with the Red Sox: Dwight Evans, Rico Petrocelli, Jason Varitek?


Dwight Evans finished his career with the Baltimore Orioles.

Legal Notices for Thursday, February 21, 2019

18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice February 14, 2019

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.

2019-004 – Estate of ALFRED M. COCHRAN, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Judith A. Cochran, 22 Waterville Road, Norridgewock, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-005 – Estate of WAYNE J. WHELAN, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. James E. Barto, 31 Greenwood Avenue, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-006 – Estate of MICHAEL D. ADAMS, late of North Anson, Me deceased. Margaret W. Adams, 85 Patterson Bridge Road, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-007 – Estate of EDNA G. McNEAL, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Alice Lorraine M. Walter, 19 Pennell Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-009 – Estate of DELMONT M. CORSON, late of Madison, Me deceased. Jeanette E. Corson, 8 Fern Street, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-011 – Estate of EDWARD H. WILLIAMS, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Sharon M. Williams, 111 Greene Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-012 – Estate of LIONEL A. CAYER, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Heather Johnson, 4320 Commons Drive W, Unit 2205, Destin, FL 32541, Lionel Cayer, 229 Doyle Road, Whitefield, Me 04353, Michael Cayer, 79 Arsenal Street, Augusta, Me 04330, Robert Cayer, 9 Cayer Lane Fairfield, Me 04937 and Deborah Cayer, 183 Sandy River Road, Chesterville, Me 04938 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2019-014 – Estate of ROSA M. McGRAIL, late of Palmyra, Me deceased. Christopher McGrail, 44 State Street, Apt. A, Brewer, Me 04412 appointed Personal Representative.

2018-313 – Estate of VIRGINIA A. WAGNER, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Kristine M. Watterworth, 5 Webster Drive 1, Preston, CT 06365 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-015 – Estate of JOHN R. ROTE, III, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. John R. Rote, IV, 8 Max Lane, Concord, NH 03301 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-016 – Estate of JONAS DELMAR WORTHEN, late of Mercer, Me deceased. Mellori G. Worthen, 1053 Mercer Road, Mercer, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-017 – Estate of BRYAN SYLVESTER, late of Long Pond Township, Me deceased. Christopher Sylvester, 7 Gay Drive, Freeport, Me 04032 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-020 – Estate of DONALD E. EAMES, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Samuel Frost Eames, 51 Waterville Hill Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-021 – Estate of DASSIE M. JACKSON, late of Madison, Me deceased. Alfred E. Jackson, Jr., 479 East Madison Road, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-028 – Estate of LINCOLN R. STEVENS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Kathryn J. Stevens, PO Box 396, Anson, Me 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-031 – Estate of PHYLLIS A. AMES, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Richard Willette, 29 Summit Street, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-032 – Estate of GARY L. NELSON, late of Anson, Me deceased. Nancy J. Nelson, 520 Horseback Road, Anson, Me 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-034 – Estate if VANESSA L. YORK, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Alicia F. Boulette, 94 East River Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-036 – Estate of PETER M. GOODNO, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Morgan M. Goodno, 11 Center Street, Waterville, Me 04901 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on February 14, & 21, 2019
Dated: February 11, 2019 /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 10 a.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be February 27, 2019. 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.

2019-022 – Estate of SHANTEL MONIQUE GRENIER. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Shantel Monique Grenier, 351 Norridgewock Road, Fairfield, Me 04937 requesting that her name be changed to Shantel Monique Carter for reasons set forth therein.

2019-035 – Estate of COURTNEY ALLISON CIORTAN. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Courtney Allison Ciortan, 2015 Main Street, Suite 205, Waterville Me 04901 requesting her name be changed to Courtney Allison Rowe for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: February 11, 2019 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Watermelon ham and more fun

by Debbie Walker

Please let me know what your reaction is to this column. When I heard about it, and still now, I can hardly believe it. No, I have not tried ‘Watermelon Ham’ as yet. I won’t be making any and I don’t think I am going to Armature Works, the restaurant in Tampa, Florida, that makes it, any time soon.

My granddaughter’s friend, Chris, was telling us about it. I have no idea how the subject came up but it got my attention. Tristin (granddaughter) did warn him to be careful about what he says in front of me because it may wind up in the paper the next week. Here it is:

This meal item recipe can be found on the internet. I found it just by typing in the words Watermelon Ham so you can too. I am including some of the information I found. It has been said that it is a vegan-friendly dish that takes four to six days to prepare. (Big reason why I won’t be making one!)

The instructions I read: The melon is soaked in a mixture of coriander, salt and oregano, then left to dry and smoke for half a day. Ash is used to give the melon a “skin-like” texture, and then you soak it in its own juices before serving. There are more instructions and I believe information on YouTube.

I also found, from Ducks Eatery, in New York: Smoked cantaloupe burger. It takes a square of thick smoked melon and adds caramelized onion, hot ranch, lettuce, and sesame, again for a beef alternative.

It involves more prep than a burger, takes about two days to make. It is cured with salt and ash, gives off a similar flavor to aged beef after it goes to the smoker. It won’t taste exactly like a meat, but it does have the texture. Everyone usually has so many flavorful tastes added to it, how much flavor of the “meat” do you actually taste? However it does give vegans more choice for meals.

AND for something for dessert try ‘roasted strawberries.’ Now this one I will more than likely try! It’s the strawberry season in Florida, selling everywhere on the roadside. I feel the urge to buy some.

So: slice off the stems of two pounds of the berries. Line baking sheet with parchment lined baking sheet, add ¼ cup of sugar, toss well. Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and toss. Roast at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. You can leave them in for up to an hour, you will get more delicious syrup. Great for topping a salad, as well.

Wonder what to do with the next rhubarb crop? Try it roasted with strawberries.

Recipe: two cups hulled strawberries cut in half, three cups roughly chopped rhubarb, ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup sweet vermouth, one tablespoon balsamic vinegar, one teaspoon sea salt. Preheat oven to 350°, rack on middle shelf. Line baking pan with parchment paper. Juicy dish.

Large bowl, whisk other ingredients. Pour over the fruit, toss till coated. Single layer on pan, drizzle juices over, put in oven. Roast 40 minutes. Good for up to a week. Top it on anything that sounds good to you. Enjoy!

I am curious if you will get the chuckles that I did. Contact me at Thanks for reading!

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Vivaldi, Chopin and organ music

Peter Catesby Peter Cates


Various Concertos
Karl Ristenpart conducting the Chamber Orchestra of the Sarre; Nonesuch H-71022; stereo LP, recorded early 1960s.

Karl Ristenpart

Karl Ristenpart (1900-1967) was one of the most solid interpreters of Antonio Vivaldi’s music, along with that of Johann Sebastian Bach and others. He made a large number of recordings between the early-to-mid-’50s and his very sudden death from a heart attack on Christmas Eve 1967, during a tour with his Sarre players in Portugal.

Vivaldi wrote a huge quantity of music, also sustained by exceptional quality. There are five Concertos on the above album, the A minor and C Major ones for piccolo with Roger Bourdin; one also in A minor for violin; a D minor for two violins and an F Major for three violins, featuring the Sarre concertmaster Georg-Friedrich Hendel in all three works, Klaus Schlupp as second violinist in the D minor and F Major, and Hans Bunte in the F Major. The five Concertos are captivating, the performances top notch.

Some other recent listening experiences:

Chopin’s Opus 10 Etudes and F Major Ballade

Vladimir Ashkenazy, pianist; Hall of Fame, HOF 520, LP.

Vladimir Ashkenazy

The 82-year-old pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy is more active as a conductor for the last 30 years. This LP consists of recordings before the 1962 Second Tchaikovsky Competition, in Moscow, through which he shared first prize with the late pianist John Ogden. They have extraordinary intensity, virtuosity and color, compared to his later Decca/London recordings of the composer that were a bit more aloof .

The last of the 12 Etudes from Opus 10 (there is a later set, Opus 25), known as the Revolutionary Etude, comes from 1831 when the Russian army suppressed Poland’s revolution by attacking Warsaw. Chopin wrote, “All this has caused me much pain. Who could have foreseen it?” It was dedicated to Franz Liszt.

19th-Century Austrian Organ Music

Franz Haselbock, organist; MHS 1972, LP, released 1974.

Anton Bruckner

Side one of the above LP is devoted to the small number of organ pieces composed by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), an organist himself, whose powerful nine symphonies are staples of the orchestral repertoire. The second side contains selected works of the lesser known organist, Simon Sechter (1788-1867), one of Bruckner’s teachers. This music, while not on the same level as Bach’s, is worthwhile and quite moving.

Franz Haselbock gave fine performances and wrote interesting liner notes. He played the Bruckner Organ of the Piaristenkirche, located in Vienna, Austria, and considered one of its finest. Built 1856-58, it was played by Bruckner several times; hence its name.

SOLON & BEYOND: Looking back on a journalism career

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

Good morning, my friends, don’t worry, be happy!

First I would like to thank the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for the wonderful gift of love in the form of a very large plate of home made, delicious cookies on Valentines Day! It was delivered to our door by one of the 4-H members wishing us a Happy Valentine Day. This wonderful club has been in Solon for many, many years, thanks to the leader, Eleanor Pooler; we are truly blessed.

The next meeting of the Embden Historical Society will be on March 11, at 7 p.m., at the Embden Community Center. The DVD “Cut & Run” Changes in Wood Cutting in the 1970s will be played. The film was produced by Richard Searls.

As was voted a couple of years ago, there is no February meeting.

A Happy Valentine’s Day e-mail was sent to me by Happy Knits: The message is, “We hope you get to spend time today with the folks and things (yarn) you love.”

Some folks say that the snow is beautiful and, while we agree, we’re really ready for a bit of color therapy. As a cure for cabin fever, we’d like to prescribe a dose of Noro color!

When I hadn’t received any more recent news before I sat down to write this column, just in case, I had gone through some more old clippings and papers last night. (And there are many of them to look through and reminisce.) Anyway, I came upon this very impressive one written by Darla Pickett back on April 16, 1990. It states, Weekly tabloid, Somerset Gazette, steps into Reporter’s shoes. In bold, large letters are the words, The Somerset Gazette, Central Maine’s Weekly Community Newspaper, Serving The Route 201 Corridor.

It goes on to say: Jackman – Within a week of the closing of The Skowhegan Reporter, a new newspaper has stepped in to fill the gap.

Carrying the masthead, The Somerset Gazette, the weekly tabloid will be published in Jackman by Russ and Gail Lombardi, owners – publishers of the Jackman – Moose River Chronicle for the past two years.

The Skowhegan Reporter (more commonly known as Somerset Reporter until recent months) was shut down by its owner-publisher Howard James on April 3, closing the final chapter on the 150-year history of the paper published under several names.

The Lombardis’ didn’t take long to jump on the bandwagon.

The first complimentary issue of the Gazette is going to hit the mailboxes on Monday, according to Russ Lombardi, who said on Tuesday he is excited about the project.

“It will be a weekly mailed to about 12,000 mailing addresses in Somerset County.”

The Jackman-Moose River Chronicle, which the Lombardis began publishing in January 1988, will continue to be published, Lombardi said. Both papers will be printed in Waterville.

Lombardi said a random poll was made of people in Somerset County and “we found two things that everybody wanted: A tabloid, and the word Somerset in the name.”

The coverage area, Lombardi said, will include Lexington, Highland, North New Portland, Embden, North Anson, Anson, Madison, Starks, Norridgewock, Larone, Mercer, Smithfield, Kingsbury, Mayfield, Brighton, Solon, Athens, East Madison, Lakewood, Cornville, Skowhegan, Canaan and Hinckley.

The above one brought back many memories. I was writing for the Skowhegan Reporter when it closed and figured my reporting days were over, had written for other papers before that, and because of my curious nature, had enjoyed it immensely. But lo and behold, I got a phone call from Roland Hallee, asking if I would like to write for the Somerset Gazette, and the rest is history. My many thanks go out to him! It was a great pleasure to work for the Lombardis.

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled Hymns and Haws: Dentist’s hymn, Crown Him With Many Crowns; Contractor’s hymn: The Church’s One Foundation; Baker’s hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour;” Weather forecaster’s hymn, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessings;” Optometrist’s hymn, “Open My Eyes That I Might See;” IRS’s hymn, “All to Thee;” Shopper’s hymn: “By and By.” (words from a Guideposts in August 1996.)

VETERANS CORNER: Contacting VA for help should not be a negative experience

Gary Kennedyby Gary Kennedy

I will try to hit on several of the things that seem to be of interest to our readers regarding veterans and their perceived difficulties with first contacts with the VA System. We receive a lot of phone calls which ask about receiving VA help and the best way to approach that perceived negative.

First off, it should not be approached as a negative but some tell stories of demeaning responses and degrading attitudes of those in an advisory position both administrative and service organizations. Some feel fearful to approach the VA to ask for assistance in areas of both medical and emotional distress. All it takes is one demeaning answer to send someone in need down the road to suffer alone. I have seen this and it is very sad to say the least. When a veteran extends his/her hand for assistance it should be taken and given the assistance that is needed. Actually, that is one of the reasons that person receives a paycheck.

I have always been of the opinion that the employment screening process should be very in depth. Those without sensitivity to our veterans should never be considered for employment no matter “who or what” they know. Have you ever seen a veteran cry? Well, a negative visit by a veteran to the VA leads to one of two things, tears or extreme anger. Both of these responses are tragic and unnecessary. One leads to withdrawal and dangerous depression and the other leads to adrenaline rushes and cause extreme anger and possible violence.

I have been asked on many occasions by other veterans to accompany them to the VA and help with the development of their cases. So, I end up doing a lot of that sort of thing and sometimes become privy to exactly what they fear. However, I am equipped to handle those sort of things to the benefit of the veteran. Usually we successfully handle the situation to the veteran’s benefit.

Another question that is very popular is how does one qualify for outside consultations and treatment? All veterans that receive treatment at the VA due to these service-connected disabilities have the right to ask for an outside consult. This is usually done through your Primary Care Provider (PCP). If your circumstances warrant it, this will be allowed and the charges for this will be forwarded to fee services via VA Community Care. I myself have been referred to outside providers in this manner.

I have been a VA watch dog for many years and have seen many negatives over time, but I must say, Fee Services and the VA Community Health Care teams have never been one of them. Their teams are extremely well versed and solid. They handle millions of dollars in payouts for medical situations every year. They are very compassionate and are there supporting us 24/7. Sometimes things move a little slower than some of us would like, but that the team is, without any doubt, behind us and will never let you down. That is one team in the VA system that is under greater leadership and sees that we vets are protected in the medical theater.

Learn to understand the different departments and what they do and you will know how to approach these areas in a meaningful way.

Next week we will try to approach BVA which is an entirely different department than the one I have discussed today and I know many of you are anxious to know more about that other area that appears to be a stumbling block to a lot of you. God Bless.

Empty Bowls fundraiser to be held at Messalonskee

Empty Bowls has been a fundraiser for several years at Messalonskee High School. The purpose of this project is to raise money for food pantries in our communities. It is also about raising awareness that many people are struggling to provide food for their families.

Students in pottery classes, faculty members, and people in the community have been crafting ceramic bowls under the direction of ceramics teacher Sherrie Damon, to be sold as part of the dinner. The bowls will be on display for diners to choose and take home after their meal as a reminder of the event and what is represents.

This year the Empty Bowls will be held on Friday, March 8, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the Messalonskee High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

The menu will include homemade soups, salads, rolls, drinks, and desserts. There will also be a raffle and prizes to give away.

Diners can complete the evening by attending Something Wicked This Way Comes, performed by the MHS Players. The show starts at 7 p.m.

For more information call Susan Perrino at 465-9135 or email