Hold that pose

Tina Richard, of Clinton, captured this photo of a young buck in velvet with a doe while walking on her favorite trail.

Madison legion celebrates 100 years

Pictured, from left, are veterans Nunzio Biodello, Ray Soucy and Clara Gilbert. Absent from the photo was Ivan Hoyt. (contributed photo)

The Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post #39, of Madison, and Auxiliary, will be celebrating their 100th birthday. Both groups were represented on floats at the Madison/Anson Days parade on August 24. The legion’s float had three World War II veterans from the local area riding on it.

Monroes awarded LakeSmart status

Susan Monroe proudly holds her LakeSmart sign. (contributed photo)

Susan and Scott Monroe have owned their home and summered on China Lake for 14 years. They recently have moved permanently to this well-maintained home on the east side of China Lake. They love being on the lake. Susan calls it her piece of heaven. With a little help from the Youth Conservation Corp, Susan and Scott received the LakeSmart award and have two signs to post on their property.

There are many properties that have a steep slope at their lake front. Keeping vegetation on the slope like woody shrubs and tall trees and ground cover is lake friendly and protective for the lake. In many cases, the Youth Conservation Corp can assist property owners to strengthen this area.

If you are interested in having a free LakeSmart visit by a volunteer for ideas and information, and would like the YCC to assist with adding a better buffer for you, Contact China Lake Smart at ChinalakeSmart@gmail.com or call Marie Michaud at 207-242-2040. If you think your property is ready for the LakeSmart Award, contact us too!

Invasive Plants 101 workshop, held in China, well attended

Some of the attendees at the Invasive Plant 101 workshop, held in China on August 24, were, from left to right, Sonny Pierce, of Rangeley Lake Heritage Trust, Peter Caldwell and Marie Michaud, China Lake Association, and Spencer Harriman, of Lake Stewards of Maine. (contributed photo)

by Elaine Philbrook

Friend or Foe?

That was the question on participants’ minds who attended the Invasive Plant 101 Workshop, at China Town Office, on August 20.  The workshop was hosted by the China Lake Association and the Kennebec Water Districts. Participants included members of the China Lake Association, the Kennebec Water District, Echo Lake Association, Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, the Boothbay Region Water District, folks from the town of Palermo, and year-round and summer residents of China Lake.

The six-hour workshop was presented in four parts:

  • Overview of invasive species issues in Maine and the Nation;
  • Plant identification fundamentals;
  • Plant identification hands-on exercise with live aquatic plants;
  • Conducting a screening survey, employing tools and techniques.

Illustrations for 11 of Maine’s most unwanted invasive aquatic plants.

The overview included information on the negative impact invasive aquatic plants can have, and have had, on ecosystems, economics, recreation, property values, and human health in and around lake communities.  A few facts shared about Maine lakes and their economic development are as follows: 640,000 residents recreate on Maine lakes, visitors spend $2.3 billion annually, generating and sustaining $3.5 billion in economic activities, $1.8 billion in annual income from Maine residents and over 50,000 jobs.  These figures are from a 2005 study by T. Allen, Center for Tourism Research and Analysis, Maine Congress of Lakes Association.

The town of China benefits through the taxes generated from lake property owners, both year-round and seasonal.  China residents and others enjoy the natural beauty and recreational activities the lake provides. These same activities and pleasures are shared by people visiting for a day or vacationing for a longer period of time.  If China Lake or Three Mile Pond where to become infested by an invasive plant these recreational activities would be jeopardized.  The cost on the community can be phenomenal, from the loss of tax revenue to the expense of plant removal.  Early detection of an invasive aquatic plant will insure that the activities and financial benefits that we all enjoy from experiencing our lakes will continue uninterrupted.

One of the working groups at the Invasive Plants Workshop 101.

The second and third parts of the workshop were about the 11 aquatic invasive plants, their native look-a-likes, and what to do if you find a suspicious plant.  If you think you have found an invasive plant you should mark the sport where you found it, take a photo or obtain a sample of the plant, and contact your local identification representative on invasive plants (Elaine Philbrook) to help with identification (or follow the directions on the Lake Stewards of Maine web site: https://www.lakestewardsofmaine.org/reporting-aquatic-species-6/). A word of caution, when gathering a sample of a suspicious plant, be careful to gather all the fragments of the plant.  Invasive plants are able to propagate from very small plant fragments.

The final part of the workshop covered how to conduct a lake screening survey and use helpful tools. A screening survey consists of people who have had training to identify invasive aquatic plants.  Participants choose or are assigned an area on the lake to watch for suspicious plants.  Once a year they report their findings to the lead supervisor.  A survey can take place anytime during the year you can get out on the water. The best time to do a survey is between mid-July to early fall because plants are in bloom.

To become a “screener” you need to be trained.  Trainings can be a six-hour Invasive Plant 101 workshop, or three-hour Invasive Plant Paddle; both are offered by the Lake Stewards of Maine. A third option is an Invasive Plant Paddle offered by a trained local resident.

If you are interested in becoming part of the screening survey team contact Elaine Philbrook at esphilbrook@gmail.com.   The goal of the China Lake Association is to have enough trained people available to develop a screening survey team that will continuously monitor the China Lake.

Windsor Fair 2019 “Schedule of Events”

The above poster is by Alyssa Willey, of Warren, who was the 2019 Windsor Fair Poster Contest winner.

Windsor Fair 2019

Sunday, August 25 through Labor Day, September 2


Sunday, August 25, “Get Acquainted Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 1:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 1:30 P.M.

9:15 A.M. All Day Ancient Ones of Maine – Living History – Windsor Historical Society 9:15 A.M. Giant Pumpkin/Squash Contest – Registration & Weigh in – (Ag. tent)
9:30 A.M. Draft Horse & Draft Pony Show – (Outside Show Ring)
9:30 A.M. Steer & Oxen Scooting Contest, Dept. 6, Lots 1&2 – (Vanner Pulling Ring) 10:00 A.M. The Maine Classic – Open Boar Goat Show followed by Youth Boer Goat Show (Prime Show Barn)
10:00 A.M. Poultry Show – (Poultry Building)
1:00 P.M. Poultry Showmanship (Poultry Building)
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
5:00 P.M. Maine Junior Holstein Show – (Prime Show Barn)
7:00 P.M. Demolition Derby #1 – Sign up at Gate 5 at 4:00 P.M. ($20.00 Entry Fee)
Sponsored by “Paul’s Pick-A-Part” of Chelsea, Maine

Monday, August 26 “24th Annual Woodsmen’s Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00 – Seniors (60+) $5.00, 15 and Under are Free
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 3:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 1:00 P.M.

9:15 A.M. Maine State Holstein Show – (Prime Show Barn)
9:30 A.M. Woodsmen’s Field Day Events – Check-in and number must be picked up prior to 9 A.M. 10:00 A.M. Show Steer & Oxen Log Twitching Contest – (Outside Show Ring)
12:30 P.M. Maine State Jr. Holstein Pee Wee Showmanship – (Prime Show Barn)
1:00-9:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $23.00 per person, ride until 10:00 P.M.
1:00 P.M. Show Steer & Oxen Log Twitching Contest – (Outside Show Ring)
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
7:00 P.M. 4-WD Pickup Pulls followed by Monday Night Pulling – 10,500, 12,500, 14,500, 16,500 Stock Farm Tractors, Mini Modified, (Race Track – Infield)

Tuesday, Aug. 27 “Horsemen’s Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 3:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 1:00 P.M.

9:15 A.M. Show Steer & Oxen 6 Ft. Percentage Pull, Dept. 4, Class M – (Vanner Arena) 9:30 A.M. 4-H Horse Show – (Outside Show Ring)
1:00-9:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $23.00 per person, ride until 10:00 P.M.
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
2:30 P.M. Garden Tractor Pulls – (Vanner Arena)
3:00 P.M. Donkey Show – (Prime Show Barn)
6:00 P.M. Pig Scramble – 8 year olds – (Vanner Arena) Must enter before 5:45 P.M. at the Information Booth – 12 Entries will be drawn
7:00 P.M. Tuesday Night Pulling – 7,000 Gas PU MSTTPA Rules, 2.5 Street Diesel PU, 2.5 Work Stock Diesel, 3.0 Pro Stock Diesel PU, 2X4 S/STK PU, 4X4 S/STK, 4X4 Modified PU, Pro Farm Tractors, Super Farm Tractors. (Race Track – Infield)

Wednesday, Aug. 28, “Vendor Appreciation Day & Half Price ‘Gate & Ride’ Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $5.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 3:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 1:00 P.M.

9:15 A.M. Show Steer & Oxen 6’ Percentage Pull, Dept. 4, Class N – (Vanner Arena) 10:30 A.M. Judging of Show Sheep – (Prime Show Barn)
1:00 P.M. Show Steers & Oxen’s Log Scooting Contest – (Outside Show Ring) Show Steers Only 1:00 P.M. Farmers Horse Twitching, Scooting (Vanner Arena)
1:00-9:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $12.00 per person, ride until 10:00 p.m.
1-5:00 P.M. Accepting Apple Pies & Registration in the (Rt. #32 Roadhouse)
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
4:00 P.M. Parade of Champions – Overall Grand Champion Sheep (Prime Show Barn)
6:00 P.M. Maine 2 Crusted Apple Pie Contest at (Rt. #32 Roadhouse)
6:00 P.M. Pig Scramble – 9 year olds – (Vanner Arena) Must enter before 5:45 P.M. at the Information Booth – 12 Entries will be drawn
7:00 P.M. Farmer’s Distance Horse Pull followed by the Farmer’s 12 FT Short Pull – (Vanner Arena). Must weigh-in at 9:00 A.M.
9:00 P.M. Fireworks (Grandstand)

Thursday, Aug. 29 “Senior Citizens’ Day” (60+) $5 and Veterans Day

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00 – Seniors (60+) $5.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 3:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 1:00 P.M.

9:15 A.M. Steer Pulling – 16 yrs old & Under – Steer Under 1300 lbs. – (Vanner Arena) Open Pulling –
1700 lbs and Under
2100 lbs. and Under
2500 lbs. and Under
2900 lbs. and Under
3300 lbs. and Under
9:30 A.M. Judging of Dairy Cattle – (Prime Show Barn)
10:00 A.M. Veterans Day Ceremony – (Entertainment Area) (Veterans with ID get in free) 11:30 A.M. Sheepdog Demonstration – (Outside Show Ring)
1:00-9:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $23.00 per person, ride until 10:00 P.M.
1:00 P.M. Oxen – 3700 lb & 4100 lbs Class – If no 2 legitimate teams in the class, they will pull in the 3700, with added weight and adjusted premiums. Sweepstakes distance pull – (Vanner Arena)
1:30 P.M. Sheepdog Demonstration – (Outside Show Ring)
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
3:30 P.M. Sheepdog Demonstration – (Outside Show Ring)
4:00 P.M. Parade of Champions – Overall Grand Champion Dairy – (Prime Show Barn) 6:00 P.M. Pig Scramble – 10 year olds – (Vanner Arena). Must enter before 5:45 P.M. at the Information Booth – 12 Entries will be drawn
7:00 P.M. Oxen pulling – 3700 lb 6FT. Over & Under – Merle Vanner Memorial Trophy – (Vanner Arena)
7:00 P.M. Demolition Derby #2 – (Race Track Infield) – (Signup at Gate #5 at 4:00 P.M. – $20.00 Entry Fee) Sponsored by “Paul’s Pick-A-Part” of Chelsea, Maine

Friday, Aug. 30 “Livestock Appreciation Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 3:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 12:00 Noon

9:15 A.M. New England Jumpers Association Horse Show- (Outside Show Ring) 9:30 A.M. Judging of Beef Cattle – (Prime Show Barn)
11:00 A.M. Horse Pulling – 2lb Rock – Open to any weight Sponsored by “Vigue Family)
(Vanner Pulling Arena)
12:00-9:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $23.00 per person, ride until 10:00 p.m.
1:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – 3000 lb & Under Distance Pull (Vanner Pulling Arena)
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
4:00 P.M. Parade of Champions – Overall Grand Champion Beef – Male & Female (Prime Show Barn)
6:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – 3000 lb & Under 12FT. Pull – (Vanner Pulling Arena)
“John Kelley Memorial Pull”
Sponsored by Augusta Tool Rental & Pro Rental of Rockport, Maine
7:30 P.M. Juston McKinney Admission $5 – Grandstand – followed by Fireworks

Saturday, Aug. 31 “4-H Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 1:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 12:00 Noon

9:30 A.M. 4-H Sheep Show – (Prime Show Barn)
10:00 A.M. 4-H Working Steers – (Outside Show Ring) 10:00 A.M. Youth Rabbit Show
12:00 noon Youth Market Baby Beef Show (Prime Show Barn)
1:00 P.M. Ladies Fry Pan Throwing Contest (Park Area)
1:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – 3200lb & Under Distance Pull (Vanner Arena)
Sponsored by Gagne & Sons Concrete Block, Belgrade, Maine
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game (Beano Hall)
2:30 P.M. Youth Market Lamb Show (Prime Show Barn)
2:30 P.M. Horse Pulling – Three Horse Distance Pull (Vanner Arena)
5:00 P.M. Youth Market Hog Show (Prime Show Barn)
6:00 P.M. Painted Pumpkin Face Contest at the Exhibition Hall.
7:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – 3200 lb & Under 12 FT. Pull – (Vanner Arena) “O. D .Lee Memorial Pull”.
Sponsored by Emily’s Restaurant.
7:00 P.M. Monster Truck Show – Admission $5.00 – (Grandstand)

Sunday, Sept. 1 “Museum & Children’s Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 1:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 12:00 Noon

9:15 A.M. Judging of Show Steers & Oxen – (Outside Show Ring)
9:15 A.M. All Day Ancient Ones of Maine – Living History – Windsor Historical Society 9:15 A.M. 4-H Beef Show – (Prime Show Barn)
10.00 A.M. 4-H Dairy Show – (Prime Show Barn)
10.00 A.M. 1st Annual Cornhole Tournament (Memorial Park)
10:00 A.M. Church Services – (Entertainment Area)
11:30 A.M. Kiddie Tractor Pull – (Vanner Pulling Arena)
Must enter between 9:00 A.M. & 11:00 A.M. at the Information Booth
Girls: 25-35 lbs & 36-45 lbs. Boys: 25-35 lbs & 36-45 lbs.
2:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – (Vanner Pulling Arena)
3400 lbs & Under Distance Pull – Sponsored by R&R Windows – Followed by 2 lb Rock – Open any Weight
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)
4:00 P.M. Animal Costume Class – (Prime Show Barn)
5:00 P.M. Bicycle Drawing – Ten Free Bicycles – (Across from Beano Hall)
6:00 P.M. Youth Sheep Obstacle Course – (Prime Show Barn)
7:00 P.M. Children’s Baking Contest – Exhibition Hall
7:00 P.M. Horse Pulling – 3400 lb & Under 12 ft Pull – (Vanner Pulling Arena)
7:00 P.M. Monster Truck Show – Admission $5.00 – (Grandstand)

Monday, Sept. 2 “Labor Day”

Gates Open 9:00 A.M.
Gate Admission Adults – $10.00, 15 and Under are Free.
Harness Horse Racing – Post Time 1:00 P.M.

Giant Midway Opens at 12:00 Noon

9:15 A.M. Horse Barrel Racing – Outside Show Ring
9:15 A.M. – 1:00 PM. – Windsor Fair Hanging Plants Sale (benefit the Town of Windsor’s Veterans Memorial Fund)
11:00 A.M. Antique Car Show & Parade – MOAL Members Only – Windsor Fair Park
11:00 A.M. Horse Pulling – Sweepstakes Distance Pull – (Vanner Arena) “Merle Vanner Memorial Trophy” Sponsored by; Dick’s Used Trucks – Chelsea, ME & Dick Condon – Chelsea, ME
12:00-5:00 P.M. Purchase your bracelet for $23.00 per person, ride until 6:00 p.m.
12:00 P.M. Youth Baby Beef Sale – Followed by Youth Market Lamb Sale – followed by Youth Hog Sale (Prime Show Barn)
1:30 P.M. Horse Pulling -3600 lb & Under Distance Pull – Followed by Special Elimination Sweepstakes 12 Ft. Pull (Vanner Arena) Sponsored by; Dick’s Used Trucks, Chelsea, ME & Dick Condon, Chelsea, ME
2:00 P.M. Windsor Fair Charity Beano Game – (Beano Hall)


Sunday the 25th

11:30 – 1:30 Walter Weymouth
11:30 – 1:30 Country Gentleman – Rt. 32 Road House
2:30 – 4:30 Chris Poulson & Company
2:30 – 4:30 B S Entertainment – Rt. 32 Road House
5:30 – 7:30 Working Class
7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby #1 (Grandstand)

Monday the 26th

1:00 – 3:00 Present Company
4:00 – 6:00 Rippleton Cross
7:00 p.m. Truck & Tractor Pulling (Grandstand)

Tuesday the 27th

1:00 – 3:00 Gelina/Pike – Mainly Blue Grass
4:00 – 6:00 Taylor Road
7:00 p.m. Truck & Tractor Pulling (Grandstand)

Wednesday the 28th

12:00 – 2:00 Delighted Soul
3:00 – 5:00 Frye Mountain Band
6:00 – 8:00 Sharon Hood & Dixon Road
9:00 p.m. Fireworks (Grandstand)

Thursday 29th

10:00 – 12:00 Veteran’s Ceremony
12:30 – 2:00 The Hyssongs
3:00 – 5:00 Spare Parts
6:00 – 8:00 Steve & The Good “Old” Boys
7:00 p.m. Demolition Derby #2 (Grandstand)

Friday the 30th

11:30 – 1:30 Country Mist
2:30 – 4:30 Milltown Roadshow
5:30 – 7:30 Wild Horse Band
7:30 p.m. Juston McKinney, $5.00, followed by Fireworks (Grandstand)

Saturday 31st

11:00 – 1:00 Jim Gallant – Rt. 32 Road House
12:00 – 2:00 The Mainely Country Band
12:00 – 5:00 “Sweetums” Clown Lady
2:00 – 4:00 Simons & Goodwin – Rt. 32 Road House
2:00 – 4:00 Kora Klowns (strolling)
3:00 – 5:00 Rockit Band
5:00 – 7:00 Meghan Clark – Rt. 32 Road House
6:00 – 8:00 Undercover Band
7:00 p.m. Monster Trucks – $5 (Grandstand)

Sunday the 1st

10:00 – 11:00 North Windsor Baptist Church Service
11:00 – 1:00 Jack Duggins – Rt. 32 Road House
12:00 – 1:00 Dana Perkins Magic Show
12:00 – 5:00 “Sweetums” Clown Lady
2:00 – 4:00 Dave Michaud, Elvis Act – Rt. 32 Road House
2:00 – 4:00 Andy Happel Band (fiddler)
4:00 – 6:00 Down East Brass (Strolling)
5:00 – 7:00 Davidson County Line
7:00 p.m. Monster Trucks – $5 (Grandstand)

Monday the 2nd

11:00 – 1:00 Court Jesters – Rt. 32 Road House
11:00 – 1:00 New Relm
2:00 – 4:00 Sue Deane Karaoke – Rt. 32 Road House
2:00 – 4:00 Silver Fox Dancers

Historical Society Museum Open Daily (Free Admission)
Gate Opens 9 a.m. Every Day
Free Parking Every Day!
All Rides Have Height Requirements
Horse, Oxen, Steer and Tractor Pulls – Daily


207-549-7911 • 207-549-5249



Erskine Bus Schedule – Fall 2019

(photo credit: Erskine Academy)

Chelsea Run:​ ​Sheila Westcott Bus #2 (Chelsea/Whitefield/Windsor)

1. Leave Erskine – 6:10
2. At Legion Park Rd. – 6:20
3. Barton Rd./Jones Rd. – 6:28
4. Route 105/Route 32 – 6:30
5. Route 32/Route 17 (Rideout’s) -6:38
6. Chelsea School – 6:45
7. Hunts Meadow Rd. – 6:55
8. Hunts Meadow Rd./Cooper Rd. 7:00
9. Hunts Meadow Rd./Route 126 – 7:05
10. Route 126/Vigue Rd. – 7:10
11. Route 17/Route 32 (Rideout’s) – 7:20
12. Route 32 to Erskine – 7:30

Whitefield Run: ​ Mark Johnson Bus #6 (Whitefield/Windsor)

1. Leave Peaslee’s – 6:15
2. Route 17 Country Corners Store – 6:17
3. Route 17/Route 32 (Rideouts) – 6:22
4. Maxcy Mills Rd. – 6:26
5. Griffin Rd. – 6:28
6. Vigue Rd. – 6:35
7. Townhouse Rd. – 6:37
8. Heath Rd. – 6:46
9. Hilton Rd. – 6:52
10. Route 218 Sennott Rd. – 6:59
11. Route 218 Cookson Ln. – 7:01
12. Cooper Rd. -7:03
13. Wingood Rd. – 7:05
14. Cooper Rd. – 7:09
15. Windsor Rd. – 7:12
16. Route 105 – 7:20
17. Route 32 – 7:22
18. Route 32 Crosby Rd. – 7:23
19. Route 32 Elm Ln. – 7:24
20. Route 32 Choate Rd. – 7:25
21. Route 32 to Erskine – 7:30

Jefferson Run:​ Mike Lamontagne Bus #3 (Jefferson)

1. Route 32/Route 215 6:22
2. Route 32 North Mountain Rd. – 6:24
3. Jefferson Fire Station – 6:29
4. Route 32/Orffs Corner Rd. – 6:34
5. Goose Hill Rd./Hodgkins Hill Rd. – 6:38
6. Goose Hill Rd./Washington Rd. – 6:42
7. Valley Rd. – 6:43
8. Valley Rd./Route 17 – 6:48
9. Route 17/Route 32 – 6:54
10. Route 32/Route 215 N. Clary Rd. – 6:56
11. Route 215 N. Clary Rd./Route 126 – 7:00
12. Route 126/Route 218 Mills Rd. – 7:03
13. Route 218 Mills Rd./Route 17 – 7:07
14. Route 17/Route 32 Rideout’s – 7:12
15. Route 32 to Erskine – 7:21

Palermo Run:​ Wayne Lacey Bus #5 (Palermo/Somerville/Windsor)

1. Leave Tobey’s – 6:15
2. Route 3/Branch Mills Rd. – 6:17
3. Branch Mills Rd./North Palermo Rd. – 6:20
4. North Palermo Rd./Level Hill rd. – 6:26
5. Level Hill Rd./Boots & Saddle Rd. – 6:36
6. Route 3 – 6:37
7. Route 3/Turner Ridge Rd. – 6:40
8. Turner Ridge Rd./Route 105 – 6:49
9. Route 105/Turn Around Somerville School – 6:53
10. Route 105 Dodge Rd. – 6:58
11. Route 105/Route 32 – 7:03
12. Route 32/Choate Rd. – 7:07
13. Choate Rd./South Rd. & Windsor Neck Rd. – 7:10
14. South Rd./Weeks Mills Rd. – 7:15
15. Weeks Mills R./Kidder Rd. – 7:17
16. Kidder Rd./To Erskine – 7:20

FOR YOUR HEALTH: How To Never Miss A Day Of Your Medication

(NAPSI) — Most people can’t go a day without a cup of coffee or checking their e-mail. But with the demands of everyday life it’s not surprising that about 50 percent of patients sometimes fail to take their daily medications as prescribed.

According to a new survey by WebMD, over the past six months one-third of respondents either sometimes or most of the time missed taking their medication as prescribed even though 76 percent know it can cause their condition to worsen or symptoms to return.

When asked why they’d missed a dose, 66 percent of survey respondents said that they forgot, 38 percent said they experienced side effects, and 26 percent weren’t able to get to the pharmacy to refill their prescription on time.

“Not following a prescription correctly can seriously impact your health,” said Jamal Downer, a Walgreens pharmacist. “Your local pharmacist is an expert who can help you understand your medications and provide tips on how to use tools like smartphone apps that make it easier and more convenient to stay on track.”

Steps to help you take your medications include services online, through apps and in store:

  • Getting help whenever you need it: A pharmacist is an integral part of your support team, and now they are available anytime via phone. Walgreens Pharmacy Chat service provides 24/7 access to pharmacists who can answer questions to help you better understand your medications, including side effects and how the other medicines you take and food you eat may interact with another drug.
  • Setting reminders: Whether you need a quick prompt to take your pill or a text alert that your refill is available, calendar notifications and free tools like a pill reminder can help ensure you always have your medication on hand.
  • Simplifying your refills: Pharmacists can also coordinate your prescription refills to a single pickup date with the Save a Trip Refills® program for free. Refilling your prescription can be made more convenient by switching to a 90-day supply or setting up automatic refills.
  • Making refills convenient: Just like you can order purchases online from your phone, you can have refills shipped directly to your home. With Walgreens Express™, patients can prepay and pick up prescriptions in a dedicated line or get their eligible medications delivered.

From pill reminders to tools for conveniently managing your condition, the answer to improved health and saving money could be in the palm of your hand. Download the Walgreens app or ask your local pharmacist how they can help you stay on track with your medications.

For more information, go to http://bit.ly/redphone-wakeup.

BBBS introduces new board member

Sarah Peabody

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine (BBBSMM) is pleased to welcome Sarah Peabody as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Peabody is a Vice President at Bank of America, where she has worked for more than 24 years, currently serving as a Strategies Analyst.

She has been an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine for more than a decade, serving as a school-based program coordinator as well as a Big Sister. She serves on the Board’s Governance Committee and is a long-time volunteer for Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the agency’s largest fundraising event held in mid-coast, eastern and central Maine.

Peabody also serves as Treasurer and Immediate Past President of the local, corporate Toastmasters Club, a non-profit educational organization that teaches leadership skills. She was recognized with the “National Community Service Award” as USA Ambassador Mrs. Maine 2017 and as Mrs. Central Maine 2018, she was honored with the “Beauty, Brains and Heart Award” for promoting community service and positive pageantry. As a charity-driven organization that promotes success through leadership, integrity, character and confidence, USA Ambassador has adopted Big Brothers Big Sisters as its national charitable benefactor.

In addition to her time promoting the mission of BBBSMM, she is also a volunteer “Wish Granter” with Make-a-Wish Maine. Peabody lives in Washington, with her husband Barry. Together, they have four grown children. In her free time, she enjoys researching genealogy, photography, kayaking, travelling and spending time near the water.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth in Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset, and Waldo Counties. By partnering with parents, volunteers and organizations, children in the program have higher aspirations, greater confidence, develop better relationships, avoid risky behaviors and achieve educational success.

To learn more about defending youth potential through volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine, please call 236-BBBS (2227) email info@bbbsmidmaine.org,  or visit www.bbbsmidmaine.org.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Did you know…

by Debbie Walker

Did you know that our appliances have secrets? Yes, they do. I am sharing the information from Reader’s Digest, by Marissa Laliberte (July/August ’19).

MICROWAVE: (my favorite) I did not know the shape of the dish you use in reheating or cooking, makes all the difference in a microwave. A rectangular container attracts more energy and the corners may be over cooked, not heated as much in center. A round container allows more uniformed heating. Did you know? Here is a tip Nana Dee gave me: A whole cauliflower, remove the core. Wrap the entire head with a wet paper towel and microwave until done enough for your taste. I haven’t tried it yet but I will.

The same article tells me not to season my food until it’s done. Microwave energy is drawn to salt. The seasoned top leaves a dryness you don’t want. Did you know?

OVEN BROILER: Have you ever heard of leaving the oven door open a bit when broiling? Marissa wrote that the closed oven door is likened to baking. Venting the oven lets the steam out; the steam prevents the crustiness you hope for in broiling. Check your ovens manual first, you wouldn’t want to melt knobs. Did you know?

SLOW COOKER: Trapped heat is what does the cooking in a slow cooker. Unless, you keep lifting the lid, then the cooking takes longer. Wait until there is about an hour left of cooking before you lift the lid. Slow cookers are wonderful to make the most of your time. Did you know? You can dye yarn in it. Not something I will try but I am wondering what else I could do, maybe a T-shirt for one of the kids. You know I must try that one day.

DISHWASHER: Obviously, the area above the rotating arms gets the strongest spray. I learned that’s what starch foods need to eliminate their mess. It needs the force of the spray rather than the chemical clean.

The other side of the coin is dishes holding protein leftovers need the chemical clean, so the lower rack is better. It allows the soap to stay on longer for its cleaning. Did you know? Wash the baseball type hat in dishwasher. You just want to be sure to turn it off before it starts the heat and dry process.

BLENDER: If your blender stalls every few seconds, it is the layering of your ingredients that’s probably the cause. Start with a soft base ingredient (ex: yogurt) Then layer smallest to largest, ice and tough stuff on top. They will get “blended” in. Did you know? Bisquick Coconut Pie can be mixed in a blender, if you need directions, I can get them and pass on in email. Can also blend butter and graham crackers for a crust right in a blender.

STAND MIXER: Blades sometimes need to be aligned. You want them adjusted so blades can reach ingredients but not hit or scratch the bottom or sides. Find your adjusting screw by referring to your owner’s manual. Did you know?

Since I have devoted most of my life to avoiding kitchens whenever possible I did not know most of this information. The microwave information was the most important tidbit for me, and I am very well acquainted with the dishwasher as well.

I am just curious how many of these you know and how many you may have questions about. Contact me at dwdaffy@yahoo.com. I’ll be waiting. Have a great weekend.


Giuseppe Verdi

Peter Catesby Peter Cates



Fritz Reiner conducting the Vienna Philharmonic and the Society of the Friends of Music Chorus with soprano Leontyne Price, mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, tenor Jussi Bjoerling and baritone Giorgio Tozzi; RCA Victor LD-6091, 2 LPs, recorded 1960.

Composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was an unwavering supporter of the Italian Risorgimento, the unification of the Italian states lasting from 1815-1871 and becoming the country now known as Modern Italy.

A central figure for whom Verdi felt admiration was the Italian statesman, Cavour (1810-1861), himself worthy of a future column. Another was the Italian novelist, Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873). Verdi was not only drawn to the writer’s literary gifts, but also to his integrity as a human being and the ideals that sustained it. The composer stated, “I venerated him like a saint.”

The 1874 Requiem Mass was Verdi’s memorial service for Manzoni. It was finished and ready for rehearsal well in advance of the world premiere date, May 22, exactly one year after Manzoni died.

The work was an instant success and has been performed and recorded infinite numbers of times since then.

RCA Victor assembled one extraordinary group for the above set in Vienna 60 years ago when recording technology was already at a high level. Conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963), then still music director of the Chicago Symphony for another two to three years, brought a most brilliant merging of clarity, powerful surges of the Vienna Philharmonic’s playing, solo and choral singing, exacting dynamics, flexibility of phrasing and pacing.

Examples are the very low piannissimi of the lower strings and voices in the opening Requiem and Kyrie; the explosive, Damocles-sword wrath of the Dies Irae; the Agnes Dei with its opening a capella soprano/mezzo duet and their back and forths with the chorus and orchestra; and the concluding Libera Me with the return of the opening Requiem and Kyrie: and the soprano’s intoning in prayer form :

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, in die illa tremenda; Deliver me, Lord, from eternal death, on the dread day of judgment.

The set is still in print and available on CD.