Legal notices for Thursday, August 1, 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 August 1, 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.

2019-216- Estate of PAUL S. BUTLER, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Candace M. Butler, 116 Bubar Road, St. Albans, Me 04971 appointed Personal Representative

2019-219 -Estate of GALE W. CUDDY, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Donna Morris Pullen, 12 High Street, Bingham, Me 04920 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-222- Estate of STEPHEN L. VERZONI, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Angelo E. Verzoni, 20 Lillian Way, Scarborough, Me 04074 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-224 – Estate of LOUISE M. GREENIER, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Cheryl A. Preble, PO Box 457, Hartland, ME 04943 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-226 – Estate of SUSAN A. GAUDETTE, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. Arthur F. Gaudette, 105 Bates Street, Pittsfield, Me 04967 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-233 – Estate of GARY G. ROY, late of Madison, Me deceased. Christopher E. Roy, 469 Main Street, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-232 – Estate of WILLIE P. AYOTTE, late of North Anson, Me deceased. Clyde Ayotte, 22 Prescelly Drive, Skowhegan, Me 04979 and Sarah Williams, 87 Boardman Road, Solon, Me 04979 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2019-236 – Estate of RODNEY B. CHARRIER, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. John P. Charrier, 199 Notch Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-247 – Estate of MARGARET L. NICKERSON, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Rhonda J. Bolduc, 661 Mercer Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-237 – Estate of JUDITH ANN TURMELLE, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Jaimie Judith Turmelle, 7 Alder Street, Exeter, NH 03833 appointed Personal Representative.

2019-259 – Estate of KEITH W. BLACKWELL, late of Madison, Me deceased. Benjamin W. Blackwell, 595 Preble Avenue, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on August 1 & August 8, 2019.
Dated: July 29, 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 August 14, 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.

2019-192 – Estate of HANNAH ELIZABETH HERSEY. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by John and Elizabeth Hersey, 23 Hebert Lane, Fairfield, Me 04937 requesting minor’s name be changed to Carson John Hersey for reasons set forth therein.

2019-202 – Estate of BROOKE ALLISON STEVENS, minor of Bingham, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Amy Roux, 54 Owens Street, Bingham, Me 04920 requesting minor’s name be changed to Brooke Allison Roux for reasons set forth therein.

2019-203 – Estate of COLE ROBERT STEVENS, minor of Bingham, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Amy Roux, 54 Owens Street, Bingham, Me 04920 requesting minor’s name be changed to Cole Robert Roux for reasons set forth therein.

2019-205 – Estate of CARISSA AUTUMN McCALLUM, adult of Skowhegan, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Carissa Autumn McCallum, 25 North School Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 requesting that her name be changed to Chris Autumn McCallum for reasons set forth therein.

2019-210 – Estate of DAVID ARLEN SNOWMAN, adult of Palmyra, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by David Arlen Snowman, 392 Main Street, Palmyra, Me 04965 requesting his name be changed to David Badoe Snowman for reasons set forth therein.

2019-211 – Estate of JESSE JAMES COOKSON, III, minor of Anson, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Monica Moore, 448 W. Mills Road, Anson, Maine 04911 requesting minor’s name be changed to JJ Weston Moore for reasons set forth therein.

2019-212 – Estate of KIERA LYNN ROSE SNOWMAN, minor of Palmyra, Me. Petition for Change of name (Minor) filed by Samantha and Joshua Snowman, 390 Main Street, Palmyra, Me 04965 requesting minor’s name be changed to Kiera Rose Snowman for reasons set forth therein.

2019-213 – Estate of LAURIE JEAN PORTER. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by by Laurie Jean Porter, 58 Prentiss Lane, Skowhegan, Me 04976 requesting her name be changed to Laurie Jean Bickford for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: July 29, 2019
/s/ Victoria Hatch
Registrar of Probate


DOCKET NO. 2019-226

It appearing that the following heir of SUSAN A. GAUDETTE, as listed in an Application for Informal Appointment of Personal Representative is of unknown address as listed below:

Jodi Murphy, 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 to be August 1, 2019.

Name and address of the Personal Representative: Arthur F. Gaudette, 105 Bates Street, Pittsfield, Me 04967.

Dated: July 15, 2019
/s/ Victoria Hatch
Registar of Probate

I’m Just Curious: World War II Memorial in Pittsburgh

Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial

by Debbie Walker

When the Wandering Nanas were in Pennsylvania, in June, we were treated to an evening in Pittsburgh. We had gone to a casino and were then taken to dinner at Jerome Bettis’ Grille 36 on the riverfront. (He was an important player for the Pittsburgh Steelers.)

When we were leaving the restaurant, we took time to look around and walk off some dinner before we got back in the car. We found a small World War II memorial in the nearby park on the banks of the river.

This is the South Western Pennsylvania World War II Memorial. It is made up of glass enclosed images, framed in steel and granite, of dozens of the region’s residents engaged in their war time activities, rather it was military or civilian.

“The images of the history of World War ll is seen through the eyes of veterans who lived it, their families and the people of Southwest Pennsylvania.”

The memorial is said to be “both an outdoor museum and a significant public art installation along Pittsburgh’s North Shore’. It was done in collaboration with over thirteen design consultants.

If you have a computer available to you look up the site: You will find pictures and explanations about that period of our history.

BUT – no where on the computer will you find the feeling of walking through the memorial.

It was evening; the weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll across the park to view this … whatever it was. There was no admission fee, no one standing guard over it to supervise anyone’s behavior. People were talking however; their words were soft spoken. No “outside” voices (think children), just softly.

Nana Dee’s husband having been career Air Force, doing several tours of duty in war torn countries and my dad’s love and respect of the Navy, the memories they shared with us were suddenly remembered by us that evening.

Walking in this peaceful place brought one word to my mind: reverent. It seemed like everyone was as reverent as in a beautiful spellbinding cathedral, maybe even more so. Most people, I imagine, have some family memories involved with WW ll. I believe most everyone leaving the memorial had a renewed respect for all involved. I know we did.

The beginning of the end of World War ll came on August 14, 1945 (known as VJ Day), the day the Japanese surrendered, formal signing came on Sept. 2, 1945.

If you feel like celebrating on whichever day you can find this information on the internet at

I am not just curious today; I am hoping you’ll forgive me with any of this information I may have made a mistake on. As always please contact me via and thanks for reading!

P.S. If you have questions about rather a family member or friend was in World War ll, you may want to visit this sight: You need to provide first, middle and last name, birth year and birth location. Let me know how you made out. Good luck in your search!

REVIEW POTPOURRI: The Atlantic Music Festival

Lorimer Chapel at Colby College.

Peter Catesby Peter Cates

The Atlantic Music Festival

Presented annually at Colby College

Since 2008, our local, world-renowned Colby College has been hosting the Atlantic Music Festival for the month of July. The festival brings composers, instrumentalists and vocalists together to make music and perform concerts free of charge to the public.

Because of my abysmal laziness and stupidity, even though I knew about the AMF, I had not attended any of its previous concerts until the season’s final two this past Friday and Saturday at the College’s Lorimer Chapel. I now stand duly admonished because of what I had been missing the last 11 years.

Friday’s program consisted of chamber music that involved the four groups in most every orchestra – strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Complete pieces and select movements from works of Karel Husa, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Charles Gounod, Sigurd Berge, Johan Halvorsen, Mikhail Glinka, and composers in the festival received splendid renditions.

Ones that stood out were Faure’s 1st Violin Sonata, Ravel’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, and Violin and Cello Sonata, Debussy’s Sonata for Harp, Viola and Flute, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie for 2 Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, and French Horns and 1 Flute, Mozart’s K.493 Piano Quartet, and one major discovery, Glinka’s Grande Sextet.

The Festival Symphony concert on Saturday was led by the very gifted Dean Whiteside, a conductor to reckon with later, along with other participants, and we heard riveting performances of Verdi’s Nabucco Overture, the Dvorak 8th Symphony and an extraordinary Violin Concerto composed by the festival’s director, Solbong Kim, in its world premiere. The soloist was Sojin Kim, no relation.

Attendance at future July festivals couldn’t be more highly recommended!

SOLON & BEYOND: 4-Hers preparing for upcoming fair season

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

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

Received the following information from Eleanor Pooler, the leader of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for many, many years: The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club sent 127 exhibits to the Bangor State Fair 4-H exhibition hall. (Eleanor said they will be sending more to several other upcoming fairs.) I admire Eleanor greatly, for all she does for our young people!

Janice Pooler, from Colorado, and her children AJ Giroux Jr., and Jessica Crocker and their families have been here visiting Rance and Eleanor Pooler. While here she welcomed a new grandson Josah Charles Giroux.

The monthly supper at the Embden Community Center will be on Saturday, August 10, at 5 p.m.

Regular events at the Embden Community Center are Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop/Lending Library 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Wed.;10:00-3:00 Fri. & Sat. Country Sunday: 1- 4 p.m./second and fourth Sunday. By donation. Sewing Class: 10 a.m. – noon/ Wednesdays; Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m./Wednesdays. Come in an sign up–new members accepted. TOPS ( Take Off Pounds Sensibly) 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. For more information you may call 566-7302.

My thanks go out to my son Peter, for getting my computer up and running again. It froze up on me from a scam and I couldn’t get it to do anything. It frustrates me some times but this was beyond that!

The above is all the recent news that I could gather up, and since you read this column now all know how old I am, I’m going to send out some great advice for older people…It is entitled Youth: Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees; It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; It is a freshness of the deep springs of life. Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, Of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. This often exists in a man of 50 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust.

Whether 70 or 16, there is in every being’s heart the love Of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars and the star-like things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge of events; the unfailing, childlike appetite for what’s next; and you are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station; So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from earth, from men, and from the Infinite – so long are your young.

When the wires are all down and all the central place of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then are you grown old? Indeed and may God have mercy on your soul.

Hope the above words inspire some of you to continue to live life to the fullest, no matter what your age. I used the same words in a column in The Town Line back on July 10, 2004. Hope you agree, and will start thinking younger.

And so for Percy’s memoir entitled, Have Faith: Have faith when others turn and run; Endure the night, there will be sun. Have faith when things are looking dim With head erect, your eyes on Him. Be not afraid to lose or fail; No ocean’s crossed until you sail… No victory’s won without a fight, No bird migrates without a flight. Faith overcomes the strongest foe and lights the path where we must go. Faith overcomes both doubt and fear; It paints a picture bright and clear, And faith is never far away…It grows each time we kneel to pray. (words by Clay Harrison.)

VETERANS CORNER: Farming out veterans’ services is avoiding responsibility

Veterans Affairs Regional Benefit Office Togus, ME

Gary Kennedyby Gary Kennedy

As a Disabled American Veteran, Rotarian, and Knight of Rizal, I hear, see and speak about many things that address veteran issues but also people issues. It’s the information that folks like yourselves offer or query each day that brings about a formulated question for analysis. I personally believe that this is the greatest venue possible in searching for a common sense result. A situation always needs a result; even if the formation sought after is segmented.

So many of you have noticed in the media so much appreciation for the services of our military, police, fire department, etc.,however, from what I am hearing some if not most is just word of mouth. Some are asking, do our elected officials really care or is it just political lip service. I am 100 percent service connected disabled veteran and as many can tell you at VA, I do my best being part of the solutions to the woes of the VA’s short comings. I have a very deep affection for veterans mostly because I have been part of their trials and tribulations for some 40 plus years. One of the things I am trying to communicate is, nothing is too trivial to address and remedy. I hear reminiscence in so many of the conversations I have with my fellow veterans. Comments such as, “I remember when,” are a very common occurrence. Most of these are reflections of better times. Why is that I would like to ask our readers?

Today veterans are being given so much respect as are our police and firefighters. So many people are saying, “thank you for your service.” This definitely gives one a sometimes much needed morale boost; most people really mean it. This is also a great advertising tool. Many young men and women are being noticed to join the military. There are many positives for joining our armed forces, such as medical benefits, education, maturity and even self worth. For some it’s a way to achieve dreams through giving service. I have many issues with military as well as the VA system, however, I wouldn’t trade what the military and the VA system has given me. I am just an X soldier who likes to write and address issues that I and others feel need to be addressed. I will continue to do this until I cease to exist or the negatives are corrected.

Don’t pay me lip service unless your lips are moving towards a solution. Togus Veterans Administration was built in 1866, if my memory serves me well. It was the first and has the greatest history. We have historical cemeteries which even have “Buffalo Soldiers” buried there. We have art work and old buildings. Every inch of Togus VA has a story to tell. However, this narration is supposed to be about what we don’t have or don’t do. I have just waited until now to mention a few of the negatives that have been mentioned to me. I firmly believe that the leadership of the past has been very delusive in the way they describe the conditions of our veteran’s safe haven.

Now some veterans are being farmed/transferred out to the private sector as an escape from the responsibilities of the largest and oldest facility in our nation. Do you really think that it is cheaper or more efficient to farm out responsibility? Where does the money go that is allocated for the care of veterans? Why are we waiting months to be seen? Why are we not able to acquire more doctors and other professionals? There are some situations where farming is necessary but serious conditions need a home base. Severe medical problems require an advanced medical facility.

The regional director brags about all the money the local director will have at her discretion. It is strongly believed there is enough money but it is being used by unskilled hands. Look at the potholes in the roads and sidewalks. Look at the lack of treatment rooms for orthopedic, for example. How about the holes and broken slabs in the sidewalk. Which several veterans have had accidents; another great example is Neurology. This is a department badly, sorely needed right now as many of our veterans are from the Vietnam era. Most of these veterans are in their 70s. This is a time in life when bone, muscle and nerve conduction studies are very much in demand. Well, I hate to tell you, but we have some good doctors although not near enough. But they don’t have the equipment for their specialty. Equipment to perform EEG (Electroencephalogram) also EMG (Electromyography). We have the doctors but haven’t had the equipment for a very long time. So, farm it out at great cost. That is certainly the easy way for a 500-acre medical facility to be run. (Examine here, execute there).

I personally had a bad experience not too long ago in which I had a torn retina. The doctor at VA was more than capable to do the surgery necessary and gave it his best shot, however, at the very end of the surgery the doctor discovered that he didn’t have the tool to complete the last phase of the surgery. So, I was sent to Portland to repeat the surgery. Don’t take me wrong, out sourcing is not necessarily a bad thing in many cases and situations but certainly is not the least expensive and efficient way to doing things when you have an existing facility that could be second to none if we just put our leadership and money where they should be. Our system and the welfare of our veterans need to be looked at in a different way. It’s not what we see, it’s what we do.

God Bless all men and women in uniform, military and civilian. God Bless our wonderful country.

THE MONEY MINUTE: Lions, tigers, and bull markets, oh my!

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

Markets crashed from October of 2007 to March of 2009. Since then, it has been a great ride to record highs. The Dow has skyrocketed and the S&P 500 recently crossed 3,000. The big question is, how long can this thrill ride last?

Bull markets are fun, especially when they last ten years or more like this current one. Such markets build public confidence and increase account values. However, everyone knows that markets are cyclical—our world is governed by certain rules, such as “what goes up, must come down.” So, the question that remains is not if, but when it will drop?

If I knew that answer, I might not be writing this little missive, but rather floating in the Mediterranean somewhere or maybe fly-fishing in a remote and untouched paradise.

I can tell you there are a few things that make me nervous about today’s financial landscape, and the events that surround these things started a long time ago. To be brief, the dollar has not been tied to the gold standard (or any official standard at all) since 1971, financial derivatives are in full swing and mask the extreme over-leveraging of dollars, the Fed has printed trillions of dollars since 2008, and we haven’t yet seen the type of inflation one would expect after this type of increase in the money supply. There is also Brexit and the shaky ground on which numerous world currencies kneel, as well as geopolitical unrest, inverted yield curves, the Fed’s fear of deflation, the roll up of debt to Central Banks and the IMF, and the list goes on.

What’s my point? As basic as it sounds, I believe this is a great time to review your asset allocation models and the diversification within your portfolios. This doesn’t mean diversifying just amongst sectors, but amongst the types of assets you own such as hard assets and physical gold and silver. I believe they could serve as strong hedges in the years to come.

Here is what I promise: The tides will turn and when they do, you will want to know where you stand. You will want to be able to wade it out.

See you all next month.

Jac Arbour, CFP®, ChFC®

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.

AARP Weekly Scam Alert! (Week of August 1, 2019)

According to government estimates, Medicare lost $52 billion to fraud, abuse and improper billing in FY2017. Medicare fraud typically involves rogue health care providers or medical suppliers who bill the program for services, equipment or medication that they don’t actually provide, or else inflate the cost of those items. Some will even falsify patients’ diagnoses to justify unnecessary tests, surgeries and other procedures or write prescriptions for patients they’ve never examined. Others use genuine patient information, sometimes obtained through identity theft, to create fake claims.

One of the most effective ways to combat against Medicare fraud is to review your Medicare statements and make sure the dates and services listed are correct. If something doesn’t look right, call your medical provider’s office.

Be a fraud fighter! If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam.

Visit the AARP Fraud Watch Network at or call the AARP Fraud Watch Network Helpline at 1-877-908-3360 to report a scam or get help if you’ve fallen victim.

Provided by AARP of Maine.

Sheepscot Lake Association holds 2019 annual meeting

Board member Joe Burke, standing, addresses the Sebasticook Lake Association members at their annual meeting. (contributed photo)

On Wednesday, July 24, the Sheepscot Lake Association (SLA) held its annual meeting at the Fish and Game Club on the lake. The meeting was preceded by a potluck supper and a great meal was enjoyed. During the meeting, the following topics were discussed:

  • Courtesy boat inspection: Again this year, SLA has hired two boat inspectors to work on Saturdays and Sundays throughout July and August. These inspectors check all boats at the launch to protect the lake against milfoil and other invasive plants. However, it is incumbent on all boat owners to check their boats prior to every launch and pull, especially if they have been boating in other lakes. Invasive plants can cause serious damage to the ecosystem of the lake if not found and removed. Remedial action can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to attempt control of the infestation.
  • Water quality: The SLA board continues to test the water quality of the lake on a regular basis using a Secchi Disk and scope. Sheepscot Lake consistently yields a transparency of 16.1 feet which is outstanding. In addition to testing with the Secchi Disk, surface grabs are done three to four times a year to measure the total phosphorus which averages seven ppb, another great reading. Dissolved oxygen meter readings have also remained in the target area. Fortunately, there also has never been any algal blooms in the lake!
  • Loon Count: Each year they participate in conjunction with the Maine Audubon Society in an organized loon count. This year the count of loons was six, including one chick. As always, lake users are urged to exercise caution when they see loons on the lake, and never approach a nesting loon. They are the treasures of the lake and of Maine’s while serving us as an early warning of lake quality problems.
  • LakeSmart: SLA continues to participate with the Maine State Department of Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Lakesmart program. Created in 2003 to minimize human impact on lake quality, the LakeSmart team will inspect lakefront properties at no cost to the homeowner to evaluate your property’s impact on lake health and provide recommendations on steps you can take to ensure your home is Lake smart! If you are interested in participating in an evaluation please contact Maria O’Rourke, SLA board member at .
  • Status of legislative activity: As you know, LD922, the legislation aimed at reintroducing alewives and sea lamprey to Sheepscot Lake fortunately was pulled in 2018. There is no further legislation at this time. Should there be any future efforts to do so, at the expense of the health of our lake and existing fish population, SLA as well as our supportive town members will continue to fight any efforts and keep you informed.
  • Palermo Days: SLA will be attending the Palermo Days parade as well as displaying a gorgeous basket of Maine treats for raffle on August 10. Please stop by to say hi and buy a raffle ticket if you’re there!

Contributed photo

Finally, following the annual meeting, the board met to elect officers for the next year. Gary Miller, founding member of the Sheepscot Lake Association, who has served as president for the last eight years, and will remain on the board for one remaining year. The members thank Gary for his amazing efforts as president and all the hard work he has done over many years. Transitioning to president is Slater Claudel. In total, there are nine active members on the board, serving in various roles to keep all the programs active and healthy. They are currently search for a secretary for the association. This does not require being a member of the board. If you are interested, please contact Carolyn Viens at

If you have not yet joined the Sheepscot Lake Association and are interested, or if you have not yet paid your 2019-2020 dues, they would love to hear from you! By Mail: Sheepscot Lake Association, PO Box 300, Palermo, Maine 04354. By email:

FOR YOUR HEALTH: Find Resources For Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Who Want To Work

(NAPSI)—When Laura set a goal of becoming a certified orthotist and prosthetist to help people who, like her, experienced limb loss, she was concerned that earning the income she would need to afford the necessary training and education would affect her Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from Social Security. But working with Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program and using other Social Security Work Incentives helped her create a path to success.

Ticket to Work Program

The Ticket program supports career development for people age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits, either SSI or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and want to work. Through this free and voluntary program, participants select a service provider to help them prepare for and find a job.

If you, like Laura, have a career goal and receive Social Security disability benefits, whether it’s SSI or SSDI, you might have questions about how work will affect your benefits. The Ticket program can help you find the answers.

From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Free, monthly Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinars offer you the opportunity to learn from the comfort of your home. Each month, the Ticket program team discusses the supports and services that are available through the program and shares resources that can help you on the path to financial independence through work.

You will learn about Work Incentives and discover how you can transition to the workplace without immediately losing your Medicare and/or Medicaid and, in some cases, your cash payments from Social Security. Each month, presenters also explain how you can access free supports and services such as career planning, job placement assistance and ongoing employment support. You can also find information and ask questions about different types of work goals, including starting your own business, working for the federal government or planning for financial independence once you start earning income.

WISE webinars are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. You can learn about this month’s topic and register online at Or call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1 (866) 968-7842 or 1 (866) 833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

Learn more about Laura and others who have used the Ticket program to succeed by visiting

Larry Brown inducted to Cal Ripken Hall of Fame

Waterville coach Larry Brown, center holding plaque, was recently inducted into the Cal Ripken Baseball Hall of Fame. The group includes Coach Brown’s former players and coaches, Spencer Brown, Wyatt Gradie, Ben Foster, Garrett Gendreau, Gage Hibbard, Alex Spaulding, Pete Sack, Brendan Roderick, Dustin Hunter, Kody Vallee, Rick Gradie, Wayne Gendreau. (photo by Mark Huard, owner Central Maine Photography)