Winners of 2019 China Lake Association post contest

The winners of the China Lake Association poster contest were, from left to right, Elaine Philbrook, contest coordinator, April Dutilly (fifth grade, fourth place), Madeline Clement (fifth grade, fourth place), Elijah Pelkey (fifth grade, third place), Elliotte Podey (fifth grade, first place), and Kayleigh Morin (sixth grade, first place). Back is China Lake Association President Scott Pierz. Not present, fifth grade winners, Ruby Pearson (second place), Bayley Nickles (fourth place), and Octavia Berto (sixth grade, second place), and Jayda Bickford (sixth grade, third place). (photo courtesy of Elaine Philbrook)

Leah Savage named to Adelphi University’s Spring 2019 dean’s list

Leah Savage, of Skowhegan, has been named to the Adelphi University spring 2019 dean’s list, in Garden City, New York.

Savage was among a select group of outstanding students named to the spring 2019 dean’s list. The dean’s list comprises full-time students-registered for 12 or more credits-who have completed at least 9 graded credits and achieved a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester.

First ever Intergenerational Day on the Kennebec River

Don’t miss this first ever intergenerational day on the Kennebec River, in partnership with the Age-Friendly Communities of Augusta, Hallowell and Gardiner, Augusta Downtown Alliance, Vision Hallowell, Gardiner Main Street and AARP Maine. Bring your own canoe, kayak, and equipment. Lifejackets and some paddling experience are required.

Registration will begin at Mill Park, in Augusta, Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers will assist at the Mill Park Boat Launch. The paddle will begin at 11:24 a.m. with high tide. Options are a 2-mile paddle to Hallowell or a 6.5-mile paddle to Gardiner. Shuttles will return you to your car at Mill Park, in Augusta, from either Hallowell or Gardiner.

Cost: Free for all! Registration is required:

I’m Just Curious: Crazy August holidays

by Debbie Walker

Last month I told you I had discovered there are weeks to honor the holidays as well as individual days. August weeks are:

July 3 to August 11 are the Dog Days of summer: the hottest and steamiest days of summer.

Peach Month, you can tell here in Florida because there are vendors alongside the roads selling Georgia peaches. They are great!

The first week of August is National Simplify your Life Week. Keep things simple, relieves stress.

August is also National Picnic Month. Get those picnics in while you have the weather for it.

August 2: International Beer Day – Gather with friends and enjoy beer.

August 3: International Hangover Day – Directly following International Beer Day. Explanation is probably not necessary for this one.

August 4: Sister’s Day – Celebrate being or having a sister.

August 6: Wiggle Your Toes Day – This day is to encourage you to give your little piggy toes some exercise.

August 9: Book Lovers Day – To encourage you to find a place in the shade to relax with a good book. Please encourage any young ones in your life to read.

August 10: Lazy Day – Your chance to goof off and definitely not work.

August 13: Left Hander’s Day – Right handed people operate from the left side of the brain. Left handed people use the right side. Only left handed people are in their right mind! (I’m left handed).

August 14: V-J (Victory in Japan) Day – The end of World War ll, the end of the fighting with Japan.

August 15: Relaxation Day – Another day to kick back and do nothing!

August 17: National Thriftshop Day – Never heard of it before but I celebrate this day as often as I can!

August 18: Bad Poetry Day – I am hoping you will try this out. Just use your imagination and enjoy writing your own poetry.

August 19: National Potato Day – celebrate and enjoy a few Maine potatoes.

August 20: World Mosquito Day – I believe this occurs in Maine for more than one day!

August 21: National Senior Citizens Day – to honor and recognize and show appreciation for the value and contribution of elderly people.

August 23: Ride the Wind Day – Relax and let the wind carry you away in whatever direction it is blowing.

August 25: Kiss and Make Up Day – Today is a day to end the fight, kiss and make up. Make it fun.

August 27: Just Because Day – Is there something you’d like to do, but there isn’t a reason for doing it? Do it today.

August 31: International Bacon Day – This is a day to celebrate crispy strips of bacon at every meal. Have a party!

These pieces of info can be found on a website called There are a few days that I skipped to save on words, but you can find them. Computer has some neat stuff when you start looking. I enjoy it.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. Have fun with some of these days. Let me know how you do. I’ll be waiting.

I’m just curious who I will hear from. Contact me at with your stories, comments and questions. Thanks for reading!

REVIEW POTPOURRI: Robert Frost, American poet

Robert Frost

Peter Catesby Peter Cates

Robert Frost

American poet

American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) was one of the very few who could earn a living from poetry alone, not having to do other jobs . He was also the only winner of four Pulitzer prizes for poetry.

Frost’s main subject material was living in New England, mostly its trials and tribulations and a few moments of its joys. His poetic technique was the native colloquial speech of New Englanders and the poems had simplicity, infinite re-readability and deeply profound themes that resonated.

My favorites are The Road Not Taken, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening (“Miles to go before I sleep”), Mending Wall (“Good neighbors make good fences”) and the very tragic Home Burial.

Robert Frost was very friendly and he could be difficult, to which many folks could reply, “So what else is new ?”

He and his wife, Elinor, had six children – four daughters and two sons. The two oldest daughters outlived their father while the two youngest died shortly after birth. The older son died at four years old of cholera; his younger one committed suicide at 38 years old. Elinor passed away in her early 60s in 1938 of a heart attack, himself during prostate surgery, at 88, in 1963.

Robert Frost had the honor of reading a poem in January, 1961, at JFK’s inauguration, and was given honorary degrees from several colleges and universities, even though he never graduated from one.

To conclude, a quote from his poem, The Road Not Taken:

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood….I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.”

FOR YOUR HEALTH: What to do if you lose your health insurance

Transamerica Center for Health Studies

(NAPSI)—Losing your health insurance can be stressful and confusing as you explore the options for new coverage. To recover, it is important to understand all your options, their costs and potential restrictions before purchasing new coverage. Careful planning can help you find the coverage that best meets your needs.

If you are in the market for new insurance, you are not alone. Nonprofit Transamerica Center for Health Studies’ annual consumer survey found that over one in three (35 percent) insured adults acquired new health insurance in the past 12 months. And a strong majority (61 percent) of uninsured respondents said cost prevents them from obtaining health coverage.

Do you need health insurance? While the Internal Revenue Service no longer penalizes individuals on their federal taxes if they do not have health insurance, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont and the District of Columbia all require residents to be insured or pay a tax penalty. Other states are considering adopting a health insurance mandate as well, so be sure to check these tax requirements. Even in states that do not require it, health insurance can help protect you (and your loved ones) from high medical costs, expected or not.

It is a very difficult situation when you lose your health insurance—whether you lost your employer-based coverage, can no longer afford your current premium on individual coverage, lost your parents’ or spouse’s coverage, experienced a divorce, or have a new addition to your family. At that moment of uncertainty and concern for your health, what are your options for new health insurance coverage?

Join Your Parents’ or Spouse’s Plan

If you are under 26 years old, you may be added or remain on your parents’ health insurance (if it covers children). Adult children can join or remain on a parent’s plan even if they are married; not living with their parents; attending school; not financially dependent on their parents; or eligible to enroll in their employer’s plan.

If you are married and your spouse’s employer-based coverage covers dependents, you can be added to that health insurance. This change to your spouse’s employer-based coverage may be limited to the company open enrollment period once each year.

Shop the Exchange

Another place to look is your state’s Health Insurance Exchange. About 80 percent of customers purchasing a health plan through the Exchanges qualify for a subsidy on their premiums, depending on their income level. Health Insurance Exchanges are the only place to offer these subsidies, which are available for singles with a 2019 annual income between $12,140 and $48,560, or income between $25,100 and $100,400 for a family of four. (Income limits are different in states that offer “expanded” Medicaid coverage, meaning a wider number of low-income residents can qualify.) You can check for basic information about your state’s Exchange on our website:

It is important to know that you have up to 60 days after losing your previous insurance or experiencing a life event (new baby, marriage, etc.) to purchase coverage in an Exchange. Otherwise, you have to wait until the Exchange open enrollment period each fall to sign up.

Determine Eligibility for Medicaid

If you are lower income or unemployed, you may qualify for Medicaid in your state. Generally, the income limit is about $12,140 for singles and $25,100 for a family of four, though state requirements vary. Medicaid provides full health coverage with little or no out-of-pocket cost to you and your family. Some states have work/community engagement requirements for adults. You can check a state’s Medicaid income qualifications and requirements on our website:

Buy Direct

You can also purchase health insurance directly from an insurance provider. Health plans with the “essential health benefits” required by the Affordable Care Act can be purchased directly from health plans, often on the website. You might also consider working with an insurance broker who can help you understand the different plan options available to you and the levels of coverage.

Consider Gap and Short-Term Insurance

Some health insurance products that do not qualify as major medical health insurance are also available. They are sometimes called gap insurance, but you should know the limitations of these plans before purchasing.

  • Critical illness insurance provides a cash payment if you are diagnosed with cancer, have a heart attack, suffer a stroke or another serious and costly illness.
  • Accident insurance gives you a cash payout if you are in an accident. A plan may have daily payouts for specific events, such as a cash payment for every day you spend in the hospital.
  • Short-term health insurance plans also do not comply with the Affordable Care Act, but they can provide you with health insurance if you need a stopgap until obtaining full coverage. Short-term health plans can provide catastrophic health coverage but some states limit their availability. It is important to note that short-term medical plans are not required to cover mental health services, outpatient prescription drugs, substance use disorder treatment, maternity care or other essential health benefits. Moreover, short-term plans do not cover pre-existing conditions and may deny you coverage based on your past medical history.

Before you sign up for health insurance again, do your homework and shop around. That is the best way to make sure you find the best option for your needs.

Transamerica Center for Health Studies, a division of the nonprofit private foundation Transamerica Institute®, is focused on empowering consumers and employers to achieve the best value and protection from their health coverage, as well as the best outcomes in their personal health and wellness.

ARI and Ladd Dam fishway update August 2019

The Ladd Dam in North Vassalboro. (Photo by Roland D. Hallee)

The Alewife Restoration Initiative and Ladd Dam fishway construction update will be held on Thursday, August 1, at 6 p.m.

Project partners will meet for an update on the fishway construction and a project overview, at the Olde Mill Place, 934 Main Street, in North Vassalboro, from where they will walk to the site. The rain date is set for Thursday, August 8. The public is welcome.

FMI: contact Matt at 337-2611.

Unofficial returns for MSAD #49 school budget validation and referendum process

Unofficial results from Fairfield for the July 23 MSAD #49 school budget validation referendum election, as provided by Christine Keller, town clerk, of the town of Fairfield.

MSAD #49 school budget validation referendum: Yes – 97; No – 140.

MSAD #49 school budget validation referendum process: Yes – 171; No – 64.

Unofficial results will be posted on the town’s website,

Counting loons on Sheepscot Lake

(Photo courtesy of Carolyn Viens)

Sheepscot Lake Association members were on the water early on July 20 to participate in the Maine Audubon Society 36th annual loon count. This year, six loons were counted on Sheepscot Lake, including a chick with parents. The annual event is one of many programs sponsored by the lake association to safeguard the beautiful lake and gauge its health.

SOLON & BEYOND: Lynnette King, retiring from Margaret Chase Smith Library after 29 years

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

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

I’m wondering how all of you have survived the hot, sticky weather we’ve been having recently? But then, we shouldn’t complain, after the extra cold, stormy winter we suffered through last winter!

Received an e-mail from Angela Stockwell about the Margaret Chase Smith Library. “It’s always busy at the MCS Library. After 29 years of dedicated service, Lynnette King is retiring. We will miss her and wish her well. Advanced Placement history students learned about primary source research. Maine author Paul Doiron’s talk about his latest book drew a large audience. It was great! Maine students impressed judges at National History day in Maryland. Winners of the MCS Leadership Excellence Awards at West Point and Annapolis were selected. Essay winners are highlighted in this issue as well. We’re pleased to announce the renaming of the seminar room to the Merton G. & Harriet P. Henry Conference Room.”

Have been thinking a great deal about the Old Days as Flagstaff Memorial Chapel Old Home Days are fast approaching on August 3 and 4. Received a letter from my cousin RM Yehle about the events that will be going on at this annual event. On August 3, at the Dead River Area Historical Society, in Stratton, from 1 – 3 p.m. The focus will be on Clarence Jones, with family members present to meet and greet, and tell stories.

Or you can meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel and take a ride (boat or vehicle) into the Stevens’ farm (now the Ruey Stevens Baldwin camp) and Duluth Wing’s (now Kenny’s) camp. Boat and/or vehicle transportation will be provided by Kenny and RM.

On August 4, at 10 a.m., at the Flagstaff Chapel, there will be a church service with Peter Farnsworth officiating. At 1 a.m., at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel, there will be a potluck lunch, Drinks, plates, and silverware will be provided. At noon at the Flagstaff Memorial Chapel there will be the annual meeting.

RM ended this letter with these words,” Please try to attend all or some of these activities! Let’s try to increase our attendance – bring friends, let others know, post the flyer around town.

She is right, the attendance gets smaller and smaller every year. I am one of the oldest, or maybe the oldest, who attends. My good friend, who is a year younger than me always comes from New York for this occasion.

I had saved a yellowed Central Maine Newspaper dated June 6, 2002, with the headline, Make Flagstaff Lake a certain stop. There is a large picture of the lake with these words under it: “A view of Flagstaff Lake from the causeway in Stratton. The 26-mile long lake was formed more than 50 years ago by flooding three communities. ”

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Hymns and Haws: Dentist’s hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns.” Baker’s hymn, “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Contractor’s hymn, “The Churches One Foundation.”;Weather forecaster’s hymn ,”There Shall Be Showers of Blessing.” IRS’s hymn: “All to Thee.” Optometrist’s hymn: “Open My Eyes That I Might See.” Tailor’s hymn:”Holy! Holy! Holy!” and Shopper’s Hymn: “By and By” These words were printed in Guidepost in August 1996.