FOR YOUR HEALTH: Major Changes Headed To A Product Label Near You

(NAPSI)—If you’re like 90 percent of shoppers, you consult the Nutrition Facts panel on food packages before you buy. To make it easier to make informed food choices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a new Nutrition Facts label. Here are the seven major new features:

1. Increased print size for “Calories.”

Calorie counts will be easier to see.

2. Inclusion of “Added Sugars.”

The FDA currently defines added sugars as “sugars that are either added during the processing of foods, or are packaged as such, and include sugars (free, mono- and disaccharides), sugars from syrups and honey, and sugars from concentrated fruit or vegetable juices that are in excess of what would be expected from the same volume of 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice of the same type.” Sugar alcohols, or polyols, provide sweetness but aren’t counted as “added sugars” because they’re not sugar. These low-digestible carbohydrates can replace sugar as a lower-calorie alternative. Common polyols include erythritol, maltitol, sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol, lactitol, isomalt and hydrogenated starch hydrolysates.

3. Changing “Sugars” to “Total Sugars.”

Sugar can be present in healthy foods. This change can help consumers understand the amount of sugar the product contains from any source.

4. Removal of “Calories from Total Fat.”

Research shows the type of fat (for example, polyunsaturated) is more important than the total calories from fat. Labels still include “Total Fat,” “Saturated Fat” and “Trans Fat.”

5. Increased print size for “Serving Size” and “Servings per Package/Container.”

Portion control remains a problem for many. Increased visibility of recommended serving sizes can help people make better, more accurate decisions.

6. The amounts of vitamin D and potassium are now required, instead of vitamins A and C.

Based on research from the Institute of Medicine, the new labels will include this information to increase visibility of vitamin D and potassium requirements. Though voluntary, similar information for vitamins A and C may still be included.

7. Revision of “Percent Daily Value” Footnote.

The new language will specifically state: “The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.” Experts at the Calorie Control Council, a nonprofit association that seeks to provide objective, science-based communications about low-calorie foods and beverages, suggest that this revision may help clarify the meaning of “Daily Value.”

Vassalboro school superintendent presents zero percent budget

Vassalboro Community School. (source:

by Mary Grow

“I can’t remember the last time I brought a zero percent budget in,” Vassalboro Superintendent Alan Pfeiffer told budget committee members and selectmen as they assembled to review results of March 19 and March 26 school budget discussions.

He added that the proposed budget is still subject to change. Possible causes for an increase – or conceivably a decrease — include eighth-graders changing their minds about which high school they’ll attend in September, a final decision on the price of 2019-2020 fuel and legislative action affecting state school funding, minimum wages and other topics.

The main reason for Pfeiffer’s draft no-increase budget is that 60 Vassalboro students are leaving high school and only 44 seniors are entering, Pfeiffer and School Board Chairman Kevin Levasseur said.

Tuition will cost Vassalboro about $1.9 million in 2019-2020, the second highest expenditure category. Running Vassalboro Community School (VCS) for students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade is projected to cost about 3.445 million. Special education at $1.446 million is the third major expenditure category.

Tuition rates vary from one high school to another. For schools the majority of Vassalboro students attend, Waterville’s $8,969 is lowest, Erskine Academy’s $11,770 highest. Pfeiffer explained that because private schools are ineligible for state construction funding, Erskine is allowed to charge what is called an insured value factor (IVF) to finance capital improvements. State law allows a maximum 10 percent IVF, Pfeiffer said; Erskine will charge 6 percent.

If Principal Megan Allen’s enrollment statistics don’t change too much, the tuition break will continue for two more years. As of mid-March, VCS had 43 seventh-graders and 37 sixth-graders before a jump to 51 fifth-graders.

Given the effect of tuition rates on the school budget and local taxes, school board members at their March 19 meeting wondered if it is time to poll residents again on whether they would prefer the board to contract with a single high school, instead of giving students a choice. They might discuss the issue at a summer meeting.

Allen and Pfeiffer pointed to a steady decline in student enrollment. Having fewer students reduces costs, but also reduces state subsidies that are based on student numbers. As of March 26 Pfeiffer had not contracted for fuel for the 2019-2020 year because, he said, he keeps expecting a price drop, based on increased United States production.

The proposed budget includes few new items. Pfeiffer summarized them for the budget committee: a change from a half-time contracted social worker to a full-time staff social worker; floor and wall repairs in the kindergarten-grade two wing at VCS; a change from the income-based pre-kindergarten program to what he called a universal pre-k with no income limits; and a request for state funding for two new buses.

Levasseur added that the superintendent’s salary has been increased to pay Pfeiffer, theoretically Vassalboro’s one-day-a-week employee, for one and a half days, since he usually works for the town seven days a week anyway.

Much of the VCS budget consists of salaries that are governed by contracts. Allen said most staff members are in the second year of a three-year contract.

Vassalboro voters will make final decisions on 2019-2020 school and municipal budgets at the June 3 town meeting.

The budget committee’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, after a 6 p.m. selectmen’s meeting; both are at the town office. The next regular school board meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the VCS library.

SCORES & OUTDOORS – Pétanque: the most interesting game of which no one ever heard

Pétanque is played with steel balls, called boules – which is French for balls.

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

On March 28, while attending the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce Business to Business Showcase, held at Colby College, in Waterville, I met a gentlemen named Raymond Fecteau. He began telling me about this game that he has organized locally, and for which he helped secure funding in Augusta, to build courts.

The game is called Pétanque, a sport that falls in the category of boules sports, which include bocce and lawn bowling. A popular sport in Europe, it is not widely played in the United States. According to the Federation of Pétanque USA, approximately 30,000 people play nationwide.

Where bocce and lawn bowling are usually played with wooden balls, pétanque is played with steel balls, called boules – which is French for balls.

The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, France. The French name, pétanque, borrowed into English, comes from petanca in the Provencal dialect of the Occitan language, meaning “feet fixed” or “feet planted.”

The history of pétanque can be traced back to the ancient Greeks who played a game using stones, and was brought to France by the Romans.

Pétanque is a social, low impact game that is all inclusieve and can be played by literally everyone from grandparents to adolescent to the handicapped. If you can hold a ball in your hand and move your arm in a pendulum motion, you can play.

Games can be played head to head or in team competitions. The object of the game is to get as close to the cochonnet (jack) as you can, hitting your opponent’s ball or the jack in the process, if necessary. Every shot is fair play as long as the boule is thrown from the circle.

The games are normally played on hard dirt or gravel.

Before the mid-1800s, European boules games were played with solid wooden balls, usually made from boxwood root, a very hard wood. Following World War I, cannonball manufacturing technology was adapted to allow the manufacture of hollow, all-metal boules. The first all-metal boule, la Boule Intégrale, was introduced in the mid-1920s. Shortly thereafter, a process was developed for manufacturing steel boules by stamping two steel blanks into hemispheres and then welding the two together to create a boule. With this technological advance, hollow, all-metal balls rapidly became the norm.

To begin, a coin is tossed and the winner (Team A) begins play. They select the court, draw the circle and the captain of the team will step into the circle and tosses the jack. The jack must be tossed no less than 20 feet and no more than 32 feet. All subsequent play is done from inside the circle and the player must stay in the circle until their thrown ball touches the ground.

A player from team A then tosses their first boule. Next, a player from team B attempts to place their boule closer to the jack. The boule nearest the jack is said to be holding the point. The team holding the point does not play until their opponents take the point position. Once a team has used up their boules the opposing team then plays their remaining boules.

Points are then counted allowing one point for each boule closer to the jack than the opponent’s closest boule. After the points are counted the “end” is over.

The winning team then begins a new end by drawing a circle around the jack where the last end finished. The game ends when one team has reached 13 points.

The Pétanque courts in Augusta are located at Mill Park, where the city allowed the courts to be built. Fecteau raised $50,000 in order to construct the courts and accompanying structures. It is also set up to play day or night. Playing times are generally on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

For more information about the game, or how you can join the fun, you may contact Fecteau at 622-3389, or

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Name the only NFL team to have scored three touchdowns in less than a minute.

Answer on page 11.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, April 4, 2019

Name the only NFL team to have scored three touchdowns in less than a minute.


The New England Patriots did it twice, once in 2012 and again in 2014.

Double winner

Eban Barbeau. (Photo by Mark Huard)

Eban Barbeau, 8, of Winslow, captured first place in both forms and fighting at the 39th Battle of Maine held at Thomas College, in Waterville, on March 23. Eban also placed fourth in chanbara (padded weapons fighting).

Giving a helping hand

Photo courtesy of Frank Cole

Eagles in Seven Mile Stream, on the Mill Hill Road in Vassalboro. For a number of years some of the local schools raised salmon eggs until the salmon were about two to three inches long. The students released them into the Seven Mile Stream behind Harland Robinson’s house hoping they would return. For the last few years they have returned in large numbers in mid-May. The eagles stand in the shallow areas of the stream and feast on the salmon as they make their way upstream.

CMS students learn how to plant native seeds

From left to right, Elaine Philbrook, of China Lake Association, Nate Gray, of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Matt Streeter, of Maine Rivers, and Anita Smith, Maine master naturalist. (Photo by Jeanne Marquis)

by Jeanne Marquis

For the second year, China Middle School students participated in the River Restoration project by planting native seeds and learning the importance of maintaining an eco-system. Mrs. Maroon invited three speakers who presented her class with a lecture that was a mixture of local colonial history, biology and botany.

Matt Streeter, of Maine Rivers, explained the roles the river dams played in the growing the economy of our region since the 1700s. The dams had long lost their economic purposes and were removed one by one to open the Sebasticook River as a natural fish way to China Lake. Dam removal was the beginning of the restoration of the Sebasticook.

Nate Gray, of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, explained how the herring are a keystone species and decline of their population would continue to gravely depress the ecosystem of the central Maine lakes region without the River Restoration project. Gray began by telling the students, “I am not giving you the kids version of this presentation, this is the adult version.” The students rose to his challenge and gave him their full attention.

Gray explained that although the herring spend most of their lives in the coastal ocean saltwater the herring must travel up the rivers to spawn in freshwater and replenish their population. The herring species, alewives included, travel up natural water ways such as the Sebasticook River to fresh water lakes including China Lake. As the herring population increases, a multitude of other animal and plant life thrive in and around our area lakes. Gray made it clear to the students how interconnected life is in an ecosystem and how herring is a keystone species for our local environment.

Japanese Knot Weed in flower.

Maine master naturalist Anita Smith clarified the difference between native and invasive plant life and why it is so important to the local environment to restore native species. Smith told the students, “Invasive plants are like the bullies of the neighborhood, they take over the ecosystem.” Smith went on to say that “the choices we make impact the future.” To illustrate this point, she explained how in the 1800s Japanese knot wood was used to control erosion. We know now that Japanese knot wood in an invasive species that crowds out more nutritious native species and is very difficult to eradicate.

The presenters helped the students plant seeds of native species that will help to stabilize soil, attract pollinators, provide habitats and nutrition for native wildlife. The students and presenters will meet again in the fall for a field trip to plant their native seedlings at the Masse Dam site, in Vassalboro. Elaine Philbrook, from the China Lake Association, organized this educational outreach opportunity.

THE MONEY MINUTE: Do you work 9 – 5 for free?

by Jac M. Arbour CFP®, ChFC®, President
J.M. Arbour Wealth Management

Many people who earn a paycheck have never been paid. Sounds a little crazy, right?

When you hold your paycheck in your hand or view your electronic deposit, I’d like you to consider that the amount you see doesn’t represent what you actually earned. By this point, the amount you see has already had taxes deducted and the remainder will now go to pay for things such as your mortgage or rent, your electricity, water, sewer, cell phone, internet, cable, property tax, heating and cooling, your automobile, groceries, etc. When all of this is paid, how much remains for you? Do you get to keep any of it? If the answer is no, then YOU are not being paid.

Consider redefining what you are “paid” as what you “get to keep.” Consider opening an account for yourself that is earmarked for the “future you”—the person who might have a financial emergency someday and need cash or the future version of yourself who wants to retire with a solid nest egg. Either way, you are the person who determines your future capacity in both of these situations and many others.

If you have debt, consider the interest rates and terms of that debt and decide the best way to eliminate it. While eliminating debt, consider building an emergency fund equal to six to twelve months of expenses. After that, it’s time to start one or more investment accounts. Remember, you don’t need to invest much each month; it is amazing how a little bit of money over a long period of time can turn into something truly significant.

When you invest money in an IRA (Individual Retirement Account), 401(k), 403(b), TSP (Thrift Savings Plan), or some other pre-tax investment account, you are investing money before Uncle Sam gets his share. This is what I call paying yourself first. Before anyone, anything, or any monthly bill touches your paycheck, you put some away for yourself. Trust me: you’ll thank yourself later.

If you have questions about strategies to accomplish such goals, please reach out to one of the professionals at JMA or consult an advisor who has a fiduciary responsibility to you.

See you all next month.

Jac Arbour is the President of J.M. Arbour Wealth Management. He can be reached at 207-248-6767.
Investment advisory services are offered through Foundations Investment Advisors, LLC, an SEC registered investment adviser.

Obituaries for Thursday, April 4, 2019


WINSLOW – Mona Ann Marie Sirois, 58, passed away unexpectedly in her Winslow home on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.

Happiest when gardening, Mona enjoyed her flowers and plants and loved gathering with family and friends.

Mona, an LPN, was predeceased by her father, Philip Siirois and her stepdad, John H. Giroux Sr.

She is survived by her mother, Rita Tanguay Sirois Giroux; brothers, John Giroux, Robert, Gerard, and Ronald Sirois, as well as four sisters, Jeanine Chicoine, Pat York, LInda Welch, Diane Believance and families; seven nieces, 11 nephews, nine great-nieces, 15 great-nephews, one great-great-niece, and one great-great-nephew.

A Celebration of life is planned in Mona’s honor for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Winslow Baptist Church, 1040 Augusta Road, Winslow. Friends and family are invited to share in the Celebration of Life and gather later at Hibachi Supreme Buffet, at 350 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. We will be going “dutch” and all are welcome.


FAIRFIELD – Jane Charlotte Moreau, 76, of Fairfield, died on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. She was born on November 17, 1942, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, one of six children of Edna May (Eddy) and Roy C. Wilkins.

She grew up in Farmington, New Hampshire, and over the years she worked in various shoe shops in Maine and New Hampshire.

Jane was a member of the Winslow VFW and enjoyed camping, knitting, sewing, crocheting, and quilting. She also took pleasure in her flowers and was an avid reader. She will be remembered for her caring and helpful ways, as well as being a great pastry cook.

Jane is survived by her husband of nearly 23 years, Ronald Moreau, of Fairfield; daughter, Terri Weston, of Barrington, New Hampshire; son, Dana Ricker and wife, Kristine, of Farmington, New Hampshire; daughter Christine Torno, of Lebanon; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held later this spring in Fairfield.

Please visit to share condolences, memories and tributes with Jane’s family.


ALBION – Michael Caldwell, 51, of Albion, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, at his home, following a long and admirable battle with brain cancer. Mike was born in Waterville, June 27, 1967, the son of Linda and Walter Williams, of Waterville and Wayne Caldwell, of Florida.

He proved his immense strength and desire to be with his family when he overcame a prior diagnosis of cancer in 2006.

He graduated from Nokomis Regional High School in 1985 and worked for Tel Power, in Palmyra, for many years before being employed at Tidewater Telecom, of Nobleboro. Mike was proud of his 20 year career at Tidewater and loved his co-workers.

Mike was a family man and was always the happiest when his family was together. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four wheeling and golfing. His children inherited his love for these activities. He was most proud of his 242 lb. 12 point buck; which got him into the Biggest Bucks of Maine club.

Mike was also very passionate about watching his children play sports. He and his wife Lynn attended every game during each season and spent many hours traveling to cheer for their favorite players.

Mike is survived by his best friend and wife of 20 years, Lynn Caldwell; children, Jessica and her husband Rob Bowie, of Plymouth, Christopher Caldwell and his companion, Kim Bancroft, of Waterville, Camryn Caldwell and Ethan Caldwell, of Albion; three grandchildren, Ashlyn, Conner and Alec Bowie, all of Plymouth; brother Scott Caldwell, of Corinna, sister Michelle and husband Bill Andrews, of Corinna; niece Amanda, nephew Cody and his wife Kristen and daughter Asa; mother-in-law Carol and husband Mike Ouellette, of Pittsfield, father-in-law Marland Soucy and his companion Diane Bartlett, of Dexter; brother-in-law Gary Soucy and wife Danielle and son Emmet. Mike is also survived by his “brother from another mother” Chris Bilodeau, of Winslow.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. Please visit their website to share your memories and offer condolences.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mike’s memory to the Albion Athletic Association, c/o Associations Treasurer, Chuck Roy, 18 China Rd., Albion ME 04910.


AUGUSTA – Wilma Joan Bickford, 92, passed away Wednesday, March 6, 2019. She was born May 30, 1926, in Weeks Mills, to Lincoln and Gladys (Bailey) Reed.

Wilma graduated from Erskine Academy in 1943 and attended Gates Business College.

She married her childhood sweetheart, Maurice Bickford in 1944 and celebrated 60 years of marriage until his death in 2004.

Wilma was an avid bridge player and loved sharing her knowledge with others. She especially enjoyed her bridge friends at the Cohen Center and at Bob Brooks Garage.

She was a lifetime member of the Lily of the Valley Eastern Star, serving a few years as worthy matron. She worked as an administrative assistant and retired from the state after 20 plus years of service.

Wilma was predeceased by her husband Maurice; sisters Dycal Bonenfant and Martha Pushard.

Surviving is a daughter, Maureen Brochu; son Mark Bickford and wife Dorothy; sister Jane Farrington; grandchildren Kimberly Maddocks, Jason and Nicole Maddocks, Tara and Shawn Hembe, Amy and Jason Corliss and Diana Bickford; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Spring burial will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Augusta; date to be announced.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta.

Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at


WINSLOW – Gloria A. Papsis, 91, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, following a battle with congestive heart failure. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on February 28,1928, the daughter of Roger and Anna Serena.

After living in the town of Cotuit, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, for 25 years, Gloria moved to Winslow wo live with family, most recently she was a resident of Mt. St. Joseph Nursing Home, in Waterville.

Gloria enjoyed an extended retirement on Cape Co after raising her family with Eddie. She was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and spending time with family.

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Eddie; and a brother, Victor.

She is survived by four children, Edward Jr. and wife, Candis, of Winslow, Stephen and wife Frances , of Franklin, Massachusetts, Elaine and her partner, Richard Desmond, of Mashpee, Massachusetts, and Robert, of Lewiston and fiancee Kellie Duplisea, of Pittsfield; eight grandchildren; and great-grandchild; a sister, Josephine.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home,


WINSLOW – Theresa “Terri” A. (Grandmaison) Boudreau, 82, passed away Monday, March 18, 2019, at MaineGeneral Hospital, in Augusta. She was born March 5, 1937, in Oakland, the daughter of Roland A. and Hilda (Rood) Grandmaison.

She was educated in Oakland, and had worked at the Wyandotte-Worsted Woolen Mill, in Waterville, and waitressed at local restaurants. Terri also was a bartender at the VFW Post, in Fairfield, a job she truly loved. Many of her friends called her “Ma.”

Theresa had a deep love for her family. Christmas Eve was “her” night, buying gifts and supplying a fabulous buffet. She made sure that everyone went home with the leftovers.

She was a member of the Elks and VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing Bingo, cribbage and boating. She leaves her family with so many special stories and fond memories.

Theresa was a woman of faith, determination and a strong work ethic. Her family admires how bravely she fought all her health challenges with dignity and grace. She will be immensely missed by her family members and friends.

She is survived by her son, Michael and wife Rebecca; stepmother, Beverly Grandmaison; step son, Steve Boudreau and companion Tammi; grandchildren, Timothy Morgan and wife Sara, Michael Joseph and companion Crystal, Amanda Winn and husband Caleb, Roy Lawrence, Shawn Lawrence, Cami Hippler and husband John, Amy Davidson and husband Erik, Danika Morgan; brothers, Theodore, and Daniel; sisters, Pam and Lori.

She was predeceased by her father, Roland Grandmaison; mother, Hilda Gower; son, Daniel Morgan; daughter, Debra Lawrence; great-grandson, Connor Trask; brothers, Richard and Roland; sisters, Anna and Neomi; nephews, Ricky Goodrich and Teddy Grandmaison; companion, Jim Oneal.

A graveside service will be held at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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


WINSLOW – Joseph Norman Poulin, 92, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, in Winslow. He was the son of Joseph Albert and Marie Dora (Michaud) Poulin.

Norman was a Seamen First Class in the United States Navy, serving his country during World War II. He was a longtime supervisor at Colby College in their physical plant operations until his retirement. Norman lived in his log cabin, that he built on Bay Street, for 40 years.

He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, Winslow, where he was an Acolyte, a leader for the Amore Dei Prayer group, and a member of the St. John Grotto group. Norman was a longtime member of the Winslow Fire Department, Winslow
MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post 3835, and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Winslow.

He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Lita (Tibbetts) Poulin; his sister, Jackie Marcoux; two step-sons, David and William Brill.

Norman is survived by son, Gary Poulin and wife, Louise, of Benton; step-son Timothy Brill; three grandchildren, Christian D. Poulin, of West Gardiner, Jason G. Poulin and wife, Lora Joy, of Bonita Springs, Florida, and Jessica Willette and husband Jeff, of Waterville; great-grandchildren, Avery, Hunter and Tatum Willette.

Arrangements were under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at


DIANE P. COLFORD, 79, of Inverness, Florida, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Crystal River Health & Rehap Center, following a lengthy illness. Locally, she is survived by her twin brother, David Thorne, of China.

DANA W. BEAULIEU, 55, of Anson, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 7, 2019, a Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan. Locally, he is survived by his mother Mary Ellen Beaulieu and partner Ron Gilbert, of Winslow.

GERALDINE H. QUIRION, 85, of Waterville, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Northern Light Continuing Care – Lakewood, in Waterville. Locally, she is survived by her children, Jerome Quirion, of Waterville, Patrick Quirion, of Benton and Carl Quirion and wife Janet, of Winslow.

Erskine Academy announces School calendar change April 2019

(photo credit: Erskine Academy)

Parents and students should be advised of a change to Erskine Academy’s school calendar. Due to excessive snow days, Friday, April 12, will now be an early release day for all Erskine Academy students. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.