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FOR YOUR HEALTH: Diabetes Makes Disaster Planning Even More Important

(NAPSI)—Everyone should plan for natural disasters, but this planning is especially important if you have a chronic health condition such as diabetes. Follow these nine steps to be ready:

  1. Do basic planning. Plan for where you will go if you must leave home, how you will get there and who will meet you there. Stay current with your vaccinations. Contact your county emergency management office for advice on transportation and other services for people with special needs.
  2. Pack a go-kit. In a waterproof container, pack first aid supplies including antibiotic cream, a flashlight and spare clothes. Include extra socks and shoes, because it’s important to keep your feet dry and free of infection. Keep on hand for quick packing a week’s worth of medicine plus supplies, medical equipment, spare equipment batteries and cash. If you use insulin, store it in the fridge with an insulated lunch bag nearby, ready to fill and go. Keep your kit by the front door.
  3. Put an information folder in your kit. This should include contact information for your healthcare professionals, pharmacy and emergency contact person; a list of your medicines, doses and dosing schedules; and the make, model and serial number of any medical device you use in case you need to replace it. Also include copies of recent A1C results or other lab work, your health insurance card and your photo ID.
  4. Include food supplies in your kit. Pack a three-day supply of water and nonperishable foods that fit with your meal plan. Include snacks to treat low blood sugar.
  5. Wear a medical alert ID. Ask your healthcare professional about how to get a free tag that states your medical condition. This is important if you need medical care but are not in a condition to talk.
  6. Do kidney care planning. If you are on dialysis for kidney disease, which often co-occurs with diabetes, talk to your dialysis center about their disaster plans. If you have a home dialysis or peritoneal dialysis machine, plan for how to power it if the electricity is out and how to stop dialysis if you lose power in the middle of a treatment. Register with your water and power companies for priority service restoration. In your information folder, keep a copy of your dialysis treatment plan, the phone numbers of your dialysis center and other nearby centers, and the kidney community hotline at (866) 901-3773. Talk with your doctor about what food to pack in your go-kit for an emergency three-day diet. This eating plan can save your life if dialysis treatments are missed or delayed, because it reduces water and waste buildup in your body. Finally, if a disaster is looming, try to get your dialysis treatment ahead of schedule.
  7. Be ready. Tune in to weather reports and listen for what local leaders say about evacuation. Keep your phone and any medical devices charged. If you have a car, keep it gassed up.
  8. Evacuate early. As soon as local leaders advise people to evacuate, go to your preplanned location. Don’t risk being trapped without access to electricity, clean water and supplies. Plus, early evacuation gives you a better chance of being housed in a special-needs shelter. When you arrive at a shelter, alert workers about your health conditions so you may get the support you need.
  9. Update your plan and restock your kit. At least once a year, review your emergency plan with your doctor. On an ongoing basis, swap out items with expiration dates.

To learn more about how to manage your diabetes, visit

Winslow youth football grades 5/6 team 2019 season

Front row, from left to right, Bryce Whitman, Addison Duplessie, Emma Rodrigue, Nolan Bell, Cody Land, Austin Land, Trevor Tibbetts and Dan Ouellette. Middle row, Broddik Bimpson, Lucas Spencer, Patrick Loubier, Nick McCann, Liem Fortin, Brody Davidson, Saunders Chase, Cameron Waterhouse, Ben Thomas and Damian Welch. Back row, Coach Roger Buker, Coach PJ Lessard, Coach Erik Davidson and Coach Joe Gorman. (Photo courtesy of Central Maine Photography)

Winslow youth football grades 3/4 team 2019 season

Front row, from left to right, Levi Elwell, Liam McKenney, Owen Vigue, Jacoby Bragdon, Lucas Bailey, Lucas Cormier and Scott LeClair. Middle row, Cooper Farr, Tim Knowles, Ben Allen, Isaac Bulgee, John Kesaris, Cohan Swoveland, Freddie Ouellette and Michael Loubier. Back row, Coach Lindquist, Jaxson Lizzotte, Ben Bragg, Terrance Reffett, Thomas Turbovsky and Brysen Bouchard.Absent from photo, Maddox Lambert, Zander Dickey and Coach Michael DeRoche. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

Food service program feeds community kids

Alfond Youth & Community Center provides meals in three locations

The Alfond Youth & Community Center (AYCC) is participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program to make evening meals available at no separate charge to children ages birth through 18 years without regard to race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.

Meals are being served at the following facilities:

Alfond Youth & Community Center, 126 North Street in Waterville. Mon. – Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

North End Boys & Girls Club, 16 Hillside Ave in Waterville. Mon.– Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

South End Teen Center, 5 Libby Court in Waterville. Mon.– Fri. Evening Meals starting at 3 p.m.;

Boys & Girls Club of Oakland at Ralph M. Atwood Primary School, 19 Heath St in Oakland. Mon. – Fri. Evening Meals starting at p.m.;

Common Street Arts, in the Hathaway Creative Building, 10 Water Street, Suite 106 in Waterville.

 FMI AYCC: Kitchen Manager Shawn Forkey,; Grants Manager Jared McCannell,

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Dealing with those pesky underground terrorists

Many people confuse yellow jackets and hornets. Pictured at left is a yellow jacket, and a hornet on the right.

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

A few weeks back, I wrote about how strange this past summer has been (see The Town Line, August 15, 2019). My research also revealed that I wrote a similar column back in 2015. Is there a pattern developing?

Anyway, one of the things I mentioned was the lack of bees this past summer. Well, I was raked over the coals by fellow campers this past weekend when we were swarmed with yellow jackets. We could not enjoy the outdoors during the day because these little monsters were everywhere, trying to find anything that contained liquid. Due to the recent dry spell, they are looking for anything sweet with sugars.

Searching, we found four ground nests of yellow jackets. That is a good sign in itself. More on that later. Now, it was what to do about it.

That is one of the things I am on the fence about. I don’t want to destroy the hives, nor kill the bees, who are declining in numbers. On the other hand, they are annoying, and pose a danger to anyone who might accidentally come upon the hive, especially those allergic to a bee sting.

I have come to refer to these yellow jackets as underground terrorists.

Over the course of the last week, we have closed up the hives, hoping the bees will find somewhere else to go. Of course, there was some collateral damage.

With one hive left, I sprayed it on Sunday evening, right around dusk, the time when all the bees are back in the hive for the evening, so there is no activity around the opening. I checked on it Monday morning, and saw where there was still some activity. I didn’t spray on Monday evening because of the threat of rain.

Tuesday morning delivered the surprise. When I went to check on the hive, it had been completely dug up with the honeycomb exposed. Obviously the work of a skunk.

Skunks will dig up in-ground hives for the honeycomb. Their thick, tough skin makes them immune to bee stings.

Yellow jacket is the common name in North America for predatory social wasps. Members of these genera are known simply as “wasps” in other English-speaking countries. Most of these are black and yellow like the eastern yellow jacket and the aerial yellow jacket; some are black and white like the bald-faced hornet. Others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side-to-side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging.

Yellow jackets are important predators of pest insects. Yellow jackets may be confused with other wasps, such as hornets. A typical yellow jacket worker is about half an inch long, with alternating bands on the abdomen; the queen is larger, about three-quarters of an inch long.

Yellow jackets are sometimes mistakenly called “bees, ”given that they are similar in size and general coloration to honey bees, but yellow jackets are actually wasps. In contrast to honey bees, yellow jackets have yellow or white markings, are not covered with tan-brown dense hair on their bodies, do not carry pollen, and do not have the flattened hairy hind legs used to carry it.

Yellow jackets have lance-like stingers with small barbs, and typically sting repeatedly, though occasionally a stinger becomes lodged and pulls free of the wasp’s body; the venom, like most bee and wasp venoms, is primarily only dangerous to humans who are allergic or are stung many times.

Yellow jackets are social hunters living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males (drones). Colonies are annual with only inseminated queens overwintering. Fertilized queens are found in protected places such as in hollow logs, in stumps, under bark, in leaf litter, in soil cavities, and in man-made structures. Queens emerge during the warm days of late spring or early summer, select a nest site, and build a small paper nest in which they lay eggs. After the eggs hatch from the 30 to 50 brood cells, the queen feeds the young larvae for about 18 to 20 days. Larvae pupate, then emerge later as small, infertile females called workers. Workers in the colony take over caring for the larvae, feeding them with chewed up meat or fruit. By midsummer, the first adult workers emerge and assume the tasks of nest expansion, foraging for food, care of the queen and larvae, and colony defense.

From this time until her death in the autumn, the queen remains inside the nest, laying eggs. The colony then expands rapidly, reaching a maximum size of 4,000 to 5,000 workers and a nest of 10,000 to 15,000 cells in late summer.

The diet of the adult yellow jacket consists primarily of items rich in sugars and carbohydrates, such as fruits, flower nectar, and tree sap. Larvae feed on proteins derived from insects, meats, and fish, which are collected by the adults, which chew and condition them before feeding them to the larvae. Many of the insects collected by the adults are considered pest species, making the yellow jacket beneficial to agriculture. Larvae, in return, secrete a sugar material to be eaten by the adults. In late summer, foraging workers pursue other food sources from meats to ripe fruits, or scavenge human garbage, sodas, picnics, etc., as additional sugar is needed to foster the next generation’s queens.

As mentioned earlier, finding multiple ground nests is a good sign, according to old farmers’ folklore. Finding nests in the ground is an indicator of low snowfall for the upcoming winter. We’ll wait to see if that is the case.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Which two Boston Red Sox players each had over 30 homers and 50 doubles this season. The first time that has happened in Red Sox franchise history.

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, September 26, 2019

Which two Boston Red Sox players each had over 30 homers and 50 doubles this season? The first time that has happened in Red Sox franchise history.


Xander Bogaerts & Rafael Devers.

New farm to table, wellness center coming

The old Resurrection building on Rte. 32, in Windsor, has been purchased and plans are in place to transform the long-vacant building into a community focal point for wellness, dining and gathering while building and supporting the community and its’ local economy. (contributed photo)

After weeks of work and negotiations, the old Resurrection building on Rte. 32, in Windsor, has been purchased and plans are in place to transform the long-vacant building into a community focal point for wellness, dining and gathering while building and supporting the community and its’ local economy. The facility will be managed in a co-operative concept offering membership opportunities as well as host events and workshops throughout the year.

Intentions are to get things started at the property right away with a farmer’s market then open early November will be a certified, gluten-free bakery and a wellness center that will offer a variety of instructed classes such as yoga, tai chi and Pilates as well as personalized consultations and therapies in different disciplines.

If all goes as planned, the Gathering Room will be available for special event rentals in December providing farm to table catered menu selections and local craft beer, wine and liquors.

One of the first spring projects will be to erect a canopy-covered pergola for seasonal dining, event rental and aerial yoga.

Watch for details! Sometime toward the end of October a Harvest Dinner Pig Roast will occur to generate community awareness and raise funds to install the kitchen equipment needed to open the farm to table restaurant/lounge portion of the facility.

The website is currently under construction so find the Facebook page for more contact information and updates.

GROWING YOUR BUSINESS: Ten commandments of on-site service company

Growing your businessby Dan Beaulieu
Business consultant

I was walking by a prominent Waterville building the other day and could not help but notice this scene. Well, actually, I heard it first when the solitude of my daily walk was shattered by the blasting of the worst loud music I’d ever heard. This music was so loud that Ozzie Osbourne himself would have felt forced to shout, “Turn that bloody music down!”

When I looked around, I spied the source of the noise, a group of shirtless men working on the roof of this city building. As I stood there, I looked at them. I was stunned to see them running around that roof without any means of safety support, by the way. No harnesses, no support belts, nothing, they were just running around; an accident and lawsuit obviously just around the corner. And by the way they were smoking cigarettes while they worked and throwing the butts off the roof and onto the lawn.

As I tried to cross the street, I found myself looking at a mini traffic jam as the company’s (I assumed they were the company’s, since there were no signs on the them) trucks were parked willy-nilly on both sides of the busy street. “Wow,” I thought, “these guys are the epitome of everything a service company can do wrong.” This group of workers had covered just about every bad habit a company like this can possibly have, when suddenly the music stopped and one of them hollered to another one on the ground amidst a jungle of tools scattered all over the beautifully manicured front lawn of the building. “Hey (expletive deleted) get off your (expletive deleted) and bring up another (expletive deleted) (expletive deleted) bucket of (expletive deleted) tar!”

And there it was, a perfect trifecta of everything a service company can possibly do wrong! And on a public site on one of the cities’ busiest street no less. Amazing, simply amazing!

What a learning moment, what a time to ask you to find ten things or more wrong with this picture.

So, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to lay out my ten commandments of an on-site service business.

The ten commandments of an on-site service business:

  • Thou shall wear shirts (preferably neat shirts with the company logo on them) at all times.
  • Thou shall keep the site neat at all times…no tools and other equipment strewn all over the customer’s property.
  • Thou shall not swear, and curse, and use vulgar language, at any time ( I think this might actually be a real commandment).
  • Thou shall always consider safety first.
  • Thou shall always have clean service vehicle, bearing the company logo and carefully parked so as not to bother the neighbors of passing traffic in any way.
  • Thou shall not play music, any music, regardless of personal taste too loudly…if at all.
  • Thou shall not smoke on the job, and that means vaping as well.
  • Thou shall have some kind of sign proudly signifying what company is doing the work on this building. (Although in this particular case, I’m not sure an identifying sign would have been a good idea.)
  • Thou shall disturb the occupants of the building as little as possible. I’m sure the occupants of this building got a lot of work done this day.

And finally, the tenth and most holy of all these commandments:

  • Thou shall all do their best to represent this company in the most professional way possible at all times.

Follow these ten commandments diligently and your business will also be growing to the point of thriving.

Obituaries for Thursday, September 26, 2019


DADE CITY, Fla. — Philip E. Starbird Sr. (formerly of Clinton), 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, in Tampa, Florida, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on July 27, 1932, in Burnham, the son of Earl and Florence (Chamberlain) Starbird Griffeth.

He enlisted and proudly served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a 50-year plus member of Sebasticook Lodge #146 A.F. & A.M., in Clinton. He was a member and past treasurer of the Local #320 Millwrights-Carpenters Union.

He was quick witted, a jokester, and always enjoyed a good game of cards or Dominoes with his family and friends. He will be remembered for his positive attitude and great big smile.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Anna (Degan) Starbird, of Dade City, Florida; his children, Veronica Fuller, of Skowhegan, Philip Starbird Jr. and wife, Dena, of Frankfort, Candy Strout and husband Danny, of Clinton, Earl Starbird and wife Nina, of Forked River, New Jersey, April Starbird, of The Dalles, Oregon, Cindy McGinnis and partner Jason Harris, of Newburgh, Alan Starbird and wife Melissa, of Benton, Bryon Starbird, of Skowhegan, and Lynn Starbird and partner Michael Provost, of Skowhegan; his stepchildren Donna Wiggin and husband, Pete ,of Spring, Texas, Lorie Speaker and husband Kevin, of Bluffton, South Carolina, Tom Buotte and partner Kathy, of Delta Junction, Alaska, and Michele Clark and husband John, of Clinton; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; his brother Leroy Starbird, of Clinton, and his sister Rosemary Springer and husband Dean, of Pittsfield.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife Verna (Ketch) Starbird; and his sister,Phyllis Bickford.

A graveside service with full military honors and a masonic service will be held at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, 143 Blue Star Avenue, Augusta, Maine, in Section K, at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18, with the Rev. Scott Jones officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Gulfside Hospice, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34639; James A. Haley, VA Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, Florida, 33612; or Code GPF9138 Hospice, VA Maine Hospice, 1 VA Center (135), Augusta, ME 04330.


WHITEFIELD — Michael Charles Shaw passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born in Writtle, England, son of Charles W. Shaw, of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Sylvia E. (Childs) Shaw, of Writtle, England.

He grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts, and graduated Waltham High School, class of 1964, then received an associate degree in computers from University of Maine Augusta. Retiring as a computer programmer from the State of Maine, Dept. of Environmental Protection. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 through 1971. He married the love of his life, Jeanne (D’Italia) Shaw on August 25, 1979.

He and Jeanne spent their vacations and their honeymoon here and fell in love with Maine. They found the community of Whitefield and settled.

Following the move to Whitefield he became a member of the Kings Mills Volunteer Fire Department and was involved in the Whitefield historical society, the local Boy Scout troop, the church’s Knights of Columbus and the Disabled American Veterans. His favorite group that he had been involved with is the Whitefield Men, as great a group of men as you could meet.

He leaves his son Christopher, his wife Stacy; grandsons Michael, Christopher, and Robert, of Readfield; son Eric and his wife Bethany, of Augusta, and son Daniel and his wife Jessica; granddaughter Emily, of Lincoln Nebraska, and son Ian, of Whitefield; sister Margaret Doheny, of Jefferson; a brother Robert Shaw, of Whitefield, and a brother Steven Shaw, of Lakeland Florida, Uncle James Childs, of Writtle, England, and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and mother-in-law Anna D’Italia (102 years old).

A remembrance service will be held at the Kings Mills Union Hall, Townhouse Road, Whitefield, on Sunday, Sunday, October 13, 2 – 5 p.m.

Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, Maine. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website:

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Michael’s memory to the Salvation Army, 440 Nyack Rd., West Nyack, New York 10994.


CLINTON — Joseph Anthony Fusco III, 55, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, following a courageous battle against cancer. He was born January 25, 1964, in Leominster, Massachusetts, to Joseph and Marion Fusco.

That is where he attended school until he joined the U.S. Army in 1982. Joe served six and a half years until he left and followed other paths. Joe was a man of many talents; but he truly found his way after 9/11 and decided to return to the army. He had his heart set on volunteering for deployment and did just that by going to Afghanistan in 2013 with the 133rd Engineer Battalion. He fulfilled his 22-year commitment to the U.S. Army in 2016 and retired after serving many years with the 11th CST, in Waterville, where he recalls some of his best memories.

On April 22, 2016, he married the absolute love of his life, Jessica, after having her by his side for nine years prior to that. He would often joke third time was the charm. Throughout this fight she never left his side.

Anyone who had the opportunity to know Joe knew him for a couple things, one of those being his obsession with fishing. The man saw any body of water and his immediate thought was what he could catch out of it. If he could be on the water he was in his happy place. From catching Stripers on the Kennebec to fishing for Halibut in Alaska, he always found the fish. If you couldn’t find him fishing, you’d most likely find him perfecting his golf swing.

Secondly, that sense of humor! Joe had this unbelievable ability to make anyone laugh. He made the best of every situation and knew laughter cured all. Don’t take life so seriously, it’s too short.

He had an unquestionable love for his family and friends. Joe had an acceptance of everyone and absolute refusal to judge or dismiss anyone. His smile could light up a room. He will be greatly missed by many.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Marion Fusco; as well as his brother, Anthony Fusco.

Joey will always be remembered and is survived by his wife, Jessica; his sister Tina Gonsalves and husband Phil; his two sons, Jamie Miner and Travis Fusco, daughter Charity Fusco; along with many others including several grandchildren; many, many family and friends.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.

In lieu in flowers donations can be made to the Travis Mills Foundationm 747 WesternAve., Manchester, ME 04351, (207)480-3490,


BENTON — Betty F. Paul, 78, passed away at home, on Thursday, September 12, 2019. She was born in Waterville, on September 2, 1941, the daughter of John and Lucienne (Grenier) Frappier.

She enjoyed crafting and making jigsaw puzzles.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Nancy McLellan; and son-in-law, Barry Crabbe.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Wayne; four children, Wendy Crabbe, Jeff Paul and wife Barb, Kathy Paul, all of Benton, and Penny Ferrigan and husband Dave, of Waterville; three grandchildren, Melissa Bonnell and husband Adam, Joseph Heisley and Elizabeth Ladabour and husband Alex; two sisters, Kay Rancourt and husband Roland, Barbara Ketchen and husband Robert; three great-grandsons; many nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.


WATERVILLE — Carolyn J. (Ware) Trask, 75, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. She was born to the late Charles “Vic” and Lillian (Libby) Ware on January 14, 1944.

Carol attended Portsmouth, New Hampshire, area schools, before attending nursing school, where she became a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She worked at Waterville area nursing homes and the Waterville Osteopathic Hospital (now known as Inland Hospital) from the late ‘60s to early ‘80s while helping her husband at the time, Michael Tulley, raise their four children.

She loved to craft, almost as much as nursing. So, after retirement she and her husband, Lionel Trask, joined the crafting circuit. She was known as the “soap lady” of Mrs. T’s Soaps. She loved attending area craft fairs selling her soaps, wash cloths, and scrubbies. She also loved hosting the monthly knitting club at Seton Village. Her latest favorite pastime was creating beautiful pictures from her adult coloring books and would love to share them with friends, family, and her Mount St. Joseph family. Family and friends were Carol’s passion and delight.

Carol was predeceased by her husband of 31 years, Lionel Trask. She was also predeceased by her grandson, Zachary Tulley.

Carol is survived by her four children, Joni Smith and husband, Alan, of Lincoln, Mark Tulley and partner Midge Ouellette, of Madison, Kelley Frazee, of Fairfield, and Matthew Tulley and partner Sara Goodridge, of Waterville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; two nieces, two nephews; four great-nieces, and three great-nephews; and her sister Beverly (Ware) Smedberg and partner Randy Spain, of Brewer.

Carol requested for an intimate burial not far from her home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Waterville Humane Society.


WATERVILLE — Joseph Arthur Bishop Jr., 81, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Glenridge Rehabilitation and Long Term Care, in Augusta. He was born October 18, 1937, in Fairfield, the son of Joseph Arthur Sr. and Marion (Glacier) Bishop.

He attended the schools of Fairfield and was employed his entire adult life as a mill worker. He was a member of the Elks Club.

Joseph is survived by his companion of 40 years, Joyce L. Ricker, of Waterville; his children, Karen Woodard, Kelly Cote, Karla Willey, all from Dexter, Donna King and her husband Edward, from Nantucket, Massachusetts, Keith Bishop, from Harmony; his grandchildren, Jessica Jacobs and her husband Marshall, from Sangerville, Mandy Perkins and her husband Ryan, from Madison; Samantha Metcalf and her husband Kyle, from Waite, Carrie Campbell and her partner Laurie Brophy, of Waterville, Nathan Ricker, from Portland, Oregon, and Dustin Trottier and his wife Raven, from Brewer; great-grandchildren Hunter and Lucas Jacobs, of Sangerville, Raegan Cowan, Keaghan Perkins and Ty Cowan, all of Madison; other grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Joseph was predeceased by his parents; and two sons, Kenny Bishop and Michael Ricker.

A celebration of life will be held 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.

In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make donations in Joseph’s memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.


WATERVILLE – Albert Irvin Stone, Sr., 67, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 16, 2019, at his home in Waterville. He was born September 19, 1951, in Chatham, Virginia, the son of Amos and Rosa bell (Irven) Stone.

After the birth of his first son, Albert Jr., he moved to Maine to raise his family. After working until the age of 55, he was forced to stop due to health problems. Albert loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid fisherman and you could always find him watching NASCAR and football on the weekends. He was a very generous man and would do anything he could to help someone out.

Albert is survived by his son Joshua Stone and wife Rachel, of Oakland; daughters Amanda Varney and fiance Sonny Arsenault, of Waterville, Tonia Saunders, of Capitol Heights, Maryland; grandchildren Jeziah Stone, Tyleisha Vankeuren, Hayley Jade Stone, Sayvon Hall, Lisette Luce, Adam Luce, Isaac Luce, Shelby Arsenault, Savannah Arsenault, Carter Arsenault, Dylan Arsenault; great grandson KyShawn Saunders; his sisters and brothers, Rosa Stone, Mary Stone, Betty Stone, of Chatham, Virginia, Isabel Carter, Niles Stone, Henrietta Stone, Marilyn Stone, Linda Jennings and husband Donald, Mable Reynolds and husband Carlton, of Danville, Virginia, and Gilmer Stone and wife Niecy, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

He was predeceased by his parents, Amos and Rosa bell (Irven) Stone; sisters, Maddie Stone, Katie Stone and Shirley Stone; brothers, Thomas Stone, Robert Stone, Joe Lewis Stone, Amos Stone Jr. and Willie Stone; son, Albert I Stone Jr.

At the request of family there will be funeral or visitation hours.

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


SOLON — Odber R. Andrews, 88, of Solon passed away peacefully Monday, September 16, 2019, at his home. He was born July 22, 1931, in Norridgewock, the son of Roy C. Andrews and Edith (Hunnewell) Andrews.

Odber graduated from Solon High School in the class of 1949, and from Western National School of Heavy Equipment, in Weiser, Idaho, in 1958.

He worked for Scott Paper Company, in Bingham, as a heavy equipment mechanic for over 30 years.

Since the age of 14, he has been a member of the East Madison Grange and was a member of the Keystone Lodge #80, in Solon, as a mason for over 50 years.

A farmer at heart, Odber could repair anything, was very kind, and a man of few words. He always did what he felt was right, no matter the cost to himself. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Children were very dear to his heart. Odber spent much time volunteering as the church bus driver at United Baptist Church of Madison, as well as helping with various projects at Canaan Christian School, where his children attended.

Besides his wife, Mary, of 55 years, Odber leaves three daughters: Carol Drumm and her husband Brian, of Wilton, Tara Berube, of Mercer, Dulci Corvin and her husband Dwayne, of Pikeville, Tennessee; two sisters, Audrey Hewett, of Sidney, and Dawn Groen and her husband Gerrit, of Minnesota; 15 grandchildren, Ethan, Leah, Courtney, Mackenzie, Cindy, Kristie, Matthew, Benjamin, Robbie, Dalton, Kaytlyn, Marian, Andrew, Ellie, and Reagan; six great-grandchildren, Angelina, Joshua, Henry, Calvin, Jedidiah and Elaina; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Odber was predeceased by his parents; his son, Evander E. Andrews, his sister, Dassie Jackson, and his brother-in-law, Jerome Hewett.

Arrangements are entrusted to Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.

Donations may be made in Odber’s memory to the New Hope Women’s Shelter, P.O. Box 209, Solon, Maine 04979.


BANGOR — Sr. Elizabeth Madden SSS died at Eastern Maine Medical, in Bangor, on Monday September 16, 2019, following a cardiac arrest. She was born on September 21, 1932, in Morgantown, West Virginia, the eleventh of twelve children, the daughter of Martin and Mary Love Madden.

Her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, when she was a child and graduated from The Ursuline Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Cleveland.

Sister Elizabeth entered the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, in Waterville, and made her first vows on November 21, 1954. She served the Congregation in Waterville; Hammond, Indiana; Pueblo, Colorado; and Colombo, Sri Lanka. She filled various positions as superior, treasurer, councilor and director of adoration programs, however, Sister specialized in Liturgy and spiritual direction. Returning to Waterville in 1997, she spearheaded adoration programs in Saco and Lewiston.

She will be dearly missed by her family, especially Mr. Michael Madden, of St. Louis, Missouri, and William Madden, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; numerous nieces and nephews; and by her community and friends.

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