Creates! accepted into Maine Master Naturalist Program

Serena Sanborn in a historic re-enactment of Mattie (Martha) Wadsworth was one of the first women to publish in Entomological News. Born on July 26, 1862, Mattie was an amateur entomologist who lived in rural Maine. (contributed photo)

An exciting new chapter will begin in the new year for Serena Sanborn, education and outreach coordinator at Waterville Creates!, as she has been accepted into the Maine Master Naturalist Program! The Maine Master Naturalist Program is a nonprofit volunteer-based enterprise that trains people to become citizen-naturalists.

The graduates of the Maine Master Naturalist Program help enrich nature education in Maine. The program is quite extensive, with 100 hours of in-depth training and more than 200 hours of practice as students learn about topics varying from Maine’s ecological systems to conservation biology, animals, geology, and more!

The program extends beyond graduation, with students promising to volunteer their time leading nature walks and sharing their knowledge, becoming part of a nexus of naturalists around the state, and having opportunities to continue learning about Maine’s natural world through advanced seminars. Upon her completion of this course, Serena has plans to expand on her already popular guided nature walks, share her knowledge through fun activities, and design even more programming around nature education.

“I am delighted not only to expand my knowledge and participate in this program, but also for all the opportunities that this will allow me to bring back to the Waterville community,” says Sanborn. “I have always been an advocate for citizen science, involvement with the outdoors, and the connections to art, so I’m thrilled and honored to be accepted into a program that focuses on something so dear to my heart.”

Vigue promoted to master sergeant

Michael A. Vigue has been promoted to the rank of master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force National Guard. Vigue is currently serving as Cyber Systems Operations Non-Commissioned Officer-in-Charge with 265th Combat Communications Squadron, South Portland,. He has served in the military for 15 years.

He is a 1982 graduate of Winslow High School, in Winslow. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1987 from the University of Maine, Orono.

Navigating the onslaught of disinformation

by Jeanne Marquis

We are now bombarded with more disinformation than ever before. Intentional misinformation can impact our day-to-day decisions we make about parenting, nutrition, finances and healthcare – anything in our lives in which we need to make informed decisions. Disinformation is not exclusive to politics and it is not a new phenomenon. It’s as old as the Trojan horse given as a “gift” to the city of Troy by the Greek army.

In his book Information Wars, Richard Stengel defined disinformation as “the deliberate creation and distribution of information that is false and deceptive in order to mislead an audience.” Misinformation in contrast to Disinformation, Stengel said, is false, though it is not deliberately deceptive. Misinformation is created inadvertently by a mistake. It is the deliberate nature of disinformation that makes it so harmful.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Roberts said in his 2019 End-of-Year Report,“ In our age, when social media can instantly spread rumor and false information on a grand scale, the public’s need to understand our government, and the protections it provides, is ever more vital.” Roberts warns us to beware of disinformation and not to take democracy for granted.

Democracies thrive on the free flow of information and the diversity of opinion. It is our dedication to free speech that makes it difficult to combat disinformation. So, what do we do as consumers of information? How do we, as individuals, heed Judge Roberts’ warning to not succumb to disinformation and protect our democracy?

Think of news as food for your brain. We know if we feed our bodies with poor quality food it adversely impacts our health, so we are careful to obtain our food from trusted sources and have a general awareness of the ingredients. Disinformation by its definition is intended to manipulate and adversely impact your thinking. That means we need to put as much thought into the information you consume in your head as you do for the food you put on your table. Granted, food comes with nutrition labels so you can easily know what you’re getting, but with a little research you can also obtain the source of your news and verify its content to determine if it is disinformation. Trust the news you consume.

Here are some tips to help you navigate the news and steer clear of disinformation:

Know the perspective of your source of news by using a reliable bias checker such as allsides.com or MediaBiasFactCheck.com. Their ratings are determined by blind surveys of respondents across the political spectrum and third-party data.

Trace the source of the money behind the publication or digital site. Look up the news source on Wikipedia to find the owner, CEO, editor and related business interests. These are oftentimes live links that can lead you to other pertinent information to reveal potential biases.

Verify the content of the story with a trusted fact checker such as factcheck.org, PolitiFact.com, apnews.com/APFactCheck, pointer.org/ifcn/, nytimes.com/spotlight/fact-checks, and washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker. Generally, if a story seems outrageous, it probably is disinformation. Creators of disinformation prey on the audiences’ emotions, either to stir up a sense of rage or injustice, in order to entice them to share the story with others. Use a factchecker for any story that raises your suspicions.

The final tidbit of advice to help you avoid disinformation, keeping with the food analogy, is to make sure you consume news from a wide variety of sources. You wouldn’t eat from one food group, so get a complete diet of daily news from several sources. You’ll feel better and so will those around you.

The Town Line will be following the important topic of disinformation with updates throughout the year. The next topic will be a non-partisan look at the impact of disinformation.

2019 State champion

Kaleb Brown, a brown belt, of Palermo, earned State Championship titles for both Kata (forms) and Kumite (fighting) on December 7, 2019. This prestigious award is given to only the first place winners. It is an honor to hold such a title as it represents hard work, determination and commitment to the art. (contributed photo)

Central Maine Youth Hockey Association Mini Mites Black team

Front row, from left to right, Cedric Carey, Annabelle Mayou, Chase Fay, Parker Watson and Caden Woods. Second row, Gabe Loubier, Martin Laliberty, Hunter Brown, Jacob Cyr and Kaiya Stevens. Back, Coaches James Laliberty and Tyler Brown. Absent from photo, Zekhi Alvarez. (photo by Mark Huard, Central Maine Photography)

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Just because raccoons are out during day, doesn’t mean they’re rabid; heed caution

Left photo, a rabid raccoon, and right, a raccoon foraging through human trash. (internet photos)

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

On our way home to Waterville from Augusta last Sunday, my wife and I observed a raccoon walking along the roadside in Winslow. My first thought: “A raccoon out during the day is not normal, and could mean it is rabid.”

While it is true that a rabid raccoon will exhibit a variety of unusual behaviors, activity during daytime is most definitely not a guaranteed indicator of rabies. You see, although raccoons are primarily noctural, they do often get some stuff done during the day. It’s not that unusual for a raccoon to be active in the middle of the day. We just don’t see it often. They often go off in search of food or drink, especially a nursing female raccoon who has babies to take care of, and who have extra nutritional requirements.

Raccoons, along with foxes, skunks and bats are considered a primary carrier of the rabies virus in the United States. While any warm-blooded animal can carry rabies, these are the ones that are called “rabies vector species.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only one human has ever died from the raccoon strain of rabies. That is because a rabid raccoon is usually dead within 1-3 days of becoming infected, and even if you’re bitten by a rabid raccoon, effective post-exposure treatment is available and recommended.

How can you tell if a raccoon has rabies? Rabid raccoons are very sick, mostly they are lethargic. Their walk may be erratic, or their legs paralyzed. They may be walking in circles or falling over, discharging from the eyes or mouth, or lurching in an unnatural fashion. In short, they just plain look sick. If you see a raccoon outside when it’s light out, and it looks agile, alert, is running or foraging in a smooth and coordinated manner, then you can be almost certain that it doesn’t have rabies. This doesn’t mean you should approach it and offer it a lick of your ice cream cone, but you most likely have nothing to worry about.

But the best advice is that should you see a raccoon, no matter what time of day, leave it alone. Never try to feed it or approach it. A raccoon out during the day may be foraging for food. For example, especially in urban locations, if you always put your trash out at 1 p.m. in the afternoon, raccoons will learn that. So, if you see one that is lingering in your yard, seems overly friendly, is acting unstable, etc., leave it alone, and contact your police or animal control officer.

  • A couple of myths about raccoons is that if a raccoon is seen during the daylight hours, it is rabid. Well, we’ve already discussed that, and the answer is “no.”
  • Raccoons hibernate during the winter: No, they go through a period of decreased activity in the winter.
  • All raccoons are carriers of rabies: No, the majority of them do not have rabies but those that do, will die within days of being infected.
  • Raccoons eat cats: No, they don’t – usually. Raccoons are quite capable of killing cats but normally don’t attack cats unless they are threatened or rabid.
  • Raccoons always wash their food: No, it is more akin to their “feeling” their food.
  • Raccoons make good pets: No, raccoons do not make good pets. Even though it is legal to keep wild animals in Maine including raccoons – with a permit – it’s not advisable to have a raccoon as a pet. Over time, as it grows older, it could become too wild to handle.

Raccoons in general can be a nuisance, but caution should always be used around them. I once had one living under my garage. I set a Hav-a-Hart trap baited with cat food, and captured it within an hour and a half. But the tricky part was moving it to another location in the country. Frightened, it because very aggressive while in the cage, and I had to use a stick, with gloves on, in order to load it in the back of my truck. Its claws are as sharp as razors and could have done some major damage to my hands when I tried to grab the handle. The release was successful, and the raccoon hurriedly waddled away. I don’t recommend this to just anyone.

A very safe rule of thumb, quite simply, is if you see a raccoon, leave it alone, or contact a professional if you suspect that it is rabid.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Of the eight remaining teams in the NFL playoffs, Minnesota, San Francisco, Tennessee, Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle and Green Bay, which team was the most recent Super Bowl winner?

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, January 9, 2020

Of the eight remaining teams in the NFL playoffs, Minnesota, San Francisco, Tennessee, Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Seattle and Green Bay, which team was the most recent Super Bowl winner?

Answer:

Seattle Seahawk, Super Bowl XLIX, 2014.

SOLON & BEYOND: Taking a peak at past columns

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
grams29@tds.net
Solon, Maine 04979

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

This morning I sit here at my contrary computer with crossed fingers and a prayer that it will cooperate with me today! This is Monday, January 6, 2020, and after reading our daily Morning Sentinel paper of January 4, with the headline on the front page saying; “Sentinel to debut digital-only Mondays; Cost-saving measure to preserve newsroom jobs starting March 2.”; I was shocked to say the least! Anyway it had got me thinking of how much many things had changed in all the years I have been writing a column in the many papers over the years. The above information was written by J. Craig Anderson, of the Portland Press Herald…for those who didn’t see it, it goes on to say; “Four daily newspapers in Maine, including the Morning Sentinel, will cease production of their Monday print editions as of March 2 in a cost-cutting move to preserve newsroom jobs, according to their CEO.”

I admit to being, “Old Fashioned,” and believe me I know that many of the values of yester-year are long gone!….but now that I have reached the ripe old age of 90, I find some things beyond my understanding! The thing about that change, is what will some of the older folks do for their news if they don’t have a computer?

History is very important to me, and so I got out some of the old papers I had written for in the past. The following is taken from a Skowhegan Reporter, Skowhegan, Maine, Nov. 3, 1988. My column was headed by lots of hearts, (12) and the words, “The friendliest town in the state” SOLON. Had told a couple of people I’d probably have to leave town after last week’s Reporter came out and one of them commented on Friday that it was well written but he said, ” You know most people probably read it and just laughed.” Oh yes, I’m sure of that (that’s what I’m here for is to give everyone a good laugh). Can’t remember what worthy cause I might have been standing up for at that time.) But this dreamer’s heart can’t help dreaming that maybe a seed of thought was planted in a few minds. This column went on to say, Do you remember last winter when someone sent one of my columns to President Ronald Reagan? Well, the other day I had a letter from him, no mention of the article but it starts out on a real friendly note, Dear Marilyn,” he goes on to tell what his goals were etc., and I quote, “It’s our responsibility, yours and mine, as a beacon of freedom and liberty for the world.”

Another one of the Somerset Reporters, this one Thursday, Nov. 19, 1987, “Somerset County’s paper since 1840,” and below the name it has these words: “Better is the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Proverbs 15:16. Across the top of the weekly paper it says: “Hometown news from Skowhegan, Madison, Bingham, Moscow, Athens, Cornville, Madison, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Canaan, Mercer, Norridgewock and more. In the corner it says Somerset County’s Largest Weekly Newspaper.

One of the front page stories in the above paper is as follows: “Today’s the day smokers are urged to “but out.” What started as an upbeat, good natured effort to encourage smokers to give up cigarettes for 24-hours, is now considered a successful campaign to get puffers to quit the habit – for good.

It’s the annual “Great American Smokout Day” today, November 19, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and hospitals throughout the Central Maine area. (I’m wondering how many of you who are reading the above can remember that day…and did you quit?)

And now for Percy’s memoirs: When things seem hopeless, trust God and do what’s right. First think: God is on my side! He wants to help me. Second say: “I will rejoice and be patient through this hopeless situation.” Next pray: ask God to help you trust in him. Finally obey: patiently wait for God to work things out. God always keeps his promises, so you can depend on him to help you. That little piece of paper has been sitting here for days, don’t know who wrote it.

Also from Percy, to make you laugh, from that little book I was telling you about: …Great Minds Discuss Ideas, Average Minds Discuss Events…Small Minds Discuss People.

Obituaries for Thursday, January 9, 2020

BRIAN L. MICHAUD

OAKLAND – Brian Lee Michaud, 56, of Oakland, passed away suddenly while working, on Monday, December 16, 2019. Brian was born on March 18, 1963, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the son of Dora and Charles H. Michaud Jr.

Brian graduated from Stearns High School, in Millinocket, in 1981. Following high school, he joined the United States Navy, serving his country with pride. Love of country topped his priority list.

Brian was passive, sweet, funny, and giving. He will be remembered for his hard work ethic and the fact he could fix anything. He was always there to lend a hand for anyone. He was happy to be known as a “red neck” and a proud Trump supporter. Brian was a delivery assistant at NRF, in Augusta, at the time of his death.

Brian was especially proud of his son, Joshua Michaud, for his service in the United States Army and carrying on the family tradition of serving his country. He was looking forward to spending time with him over the holidays.

Brian enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, wrestling with Josh and cousin, Mikey, and spending time with friends and his dogs.

Brian was predeceased by his father, Charles H. Michaud Jr., on August 12, 2006.

Brian is survived by his son Joshua Michaud of Tampa, Florida; mother Dora Michaud, of Oakland; sister Andrea Stevens, of Alaska; brothers, Charles Stevens, of Arizona, and Ed Stevens, of Idaho; his girlfriend Beckey Washburn, of Oakland; uncles, Maynard, Michael and Terry Michaud; also cousins, Beth Michaud-Tillson who was like his little sister, cousins, Mikey, Luigi and Jason Michaud, Vina Walker and Digna Cournoyer; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life was held on December 29, 2019.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are by Wheeler Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 26 Church St., Oakland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Maine Veterans Home, 310 Cony Road, Augusta, ME 04330.

PHILIP P. SIMONDS

WINSLOW – Philip Paul Simonds, 66, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, in Boston, from medical complications following successful double lung transplant. Phil met his challenges with a strong spirit and a sense of humor. He passed peacefully in the arms of his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Barbara.

Born in Keene, New Hampshire, April 23, 1953, he was the son of Gilbert Conant and Geraldine Searles. He attended Brattleboro Union High School, Brattleboro, Vermont, class of 1972, and University of Southern Maine, graduating with a degree in fire science.

Phil worked as a journeyman brick mason for the MacMillan Company, of Keene, New Hamsphire, before joining the Brattleboro Fire Department where he worked until moving to Winslow, in 1982. He was firefighter in Waterville for 29 years, working as an engine operator, instructor, inspector, training officer, a certified SCBA technician, and as captain for 15 years. He received a medal of valor in 2006 for his courage as a firefighter. Retired from the fire service, he worked at the Waterville Housing Authority inspecting homes. He was on the board of the Mid-Maine Vocational Center, in Waterville, and helped to lead the youth program at the Pleasant Street United Methodist Church for 12 years.

He was a lifetime member of Waterville Elks Lodge #905.

An avid golfer, he loved spending time on and off the golf course with his golf buddies. He was a lover of adventure, beaches, camping, hiking, fishing, and following the road less traveled. His heart was filled with love for his wife, children, grandchildren, family, and friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, father, and in-laws, Robert R. J. and Catherine (Whitney) Emond.

Phil is survived by his wife, Barbara (Emond) Simonds, of Winslow; a son, Philip P. Simonds Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Antwerp, New York; two daughters, Celina C. Beaulieu and her husband Belami, of Turner; Alyssa (Ali) M. Simonds, of Belfast; eight grandchildren, Makayla, Tyler, and Daniel Simonds, of New York, and Kyle, Brandon, Isaac, Amaya, and Elliot Beaulieu, of Maine; six brothers, James, Craig, Stanley Conant; Ralph, Gerald, and David Simonds.

Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 3 p.m., at Centerpoint Community Church, 155 West River Road, Waterville.

Arrangements have been made under the guidance of Gallant Funeral Home, Waterville, ME, and the Waterville Fire Department.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in memory of Philip P. Simonds at pulmonaryfibrosis.org or mailed in his memory to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation,230 East Ohio Street,Suite 500,Chicago, IL 60611

L. DANA DOUGLASS

WATERVILLE – L. Dana Douglass, 69, passed away peacefully at Oak Grove Center, in Waterville, on Saturday, December 28, 2019. He was born June 4, 1950, in Augusta, the son of Paul and Frances (Jacobs) Douglass.

He graduated from Winslow High School in 1971. He was employed at a dairy farm during high school, followed by Harris Bakery, in Waterville. He moved to New Hampshire and worked at General Cable for 26 years where he retired.

He enjoyed volunteering at church where he was loved by members. He also enjoyed playing bingo with friends and attending family outings. While in school, he loved to run cross country with his brother, Alfred.

Dana is survived by brothers, Eugene and wife Linda, from Millinocket, Jerry, from San Diego, California, Ken and wife Lois, from Sidney; sisters, Hazel, from Clinton, Freda, from Mars Hill, April and Scott Grard, from Clinton; many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother and father; four brothers, Frederick, Sheffield, Alfred and Marvin Douglass.

A graveside service will be held in the spring of 2020 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.

JANICE D. SATCHELL

PALERMO – Janice (Dowe) Satchell, 75, of Palermo, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at home. Born in Portland, to Milton and Virginia (Wescott) Dowe, Jan grew up in Palermo, working at her family’s general store and attending Erskine Academy, in South China. She lived in Northboro, Massachusetts, for much of her married life, and later retired to Palermo with her husband, Satch.

Jan was a lover of (in her words) “family, critters, friends, and fun.” In her younger days she loved to dance, read, bake, sew, and knit. Jan was a collector of many things both old and new, and loved to find a good bargain. She adored animals, especially dogs. She was a stay at home mom to her three daughters and to her grandson, and later enjoyed working as a home health aide with senior citizens.

Jan leaves behind her husband of 53 years, William F. Satchell II; her daughters Jean Roseman and husband, of Rochester, Massachusetts, and Catherine Satchell, of Portland; brother-in-law, Basil (Bill) Standish.

She was the beloved Nana of Michael Satchell (and wife Nicole), Emily Roseman (and fiancé Greg), Anne Roseman (and husband Jose), and to her great grandson, Mikey Satchell.

Jan was predeceased by her parents, Milton and Virginia Dowe; her sister, Judy Standish; and her daughter, Laura Satchell.

A celebration of life will take place this summer in Palermo.

There will be a private burial at Branch Mills Cemetery, in South China.

In lieu of flowers, Jan expressed wishes for her friends and family to “pay it forward” with acts of generosity and kindness. Memorial gifts in her memory may be made to the Palermo Historical Society, P.O. Box 13, Palermo, ME 04354.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family online at www.ripostafh.com.

MALCOLM S. CHARLES

ROME – Malcolm Stuart Charles, 75, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 30, 2019, on the Family Farm (established in 1792) where he spent so much time at work and play during his youth. Malcolm was born on April 9, 1944, to Kenneth and Iris (Williamson) Charles, in Skowhegan, and was raised in Smithfield.

He married Evelyn (Belliveau) Charles on a beautiful and sunny May 1, 1965.

Malcolm graduated from Williams High School, in Oakland, later received an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Unity College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta.

Out of his love for country, and inspired by family tradition of military service exemplified by his father and uncle, both veterans of World War II, a great-uncle, a Marine Corps veteran of World War I, Malcolm proudly volunteered for service in the United States Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant and deployed to Vietnam as a military policeman.

Malcolm continued his lifetime of service to the community as a police officer in Fairfield 1968-1971 and Waterville 1971 until his retirement in 1993 as a patrolman and detective. He also was assigned to the Maine Bureau of Intergovernmental Drug Enforcement/Maine Drug Enforcement Agency from 1988 until 1992.

Upon retirement, Malcolm and Evelyn moved to the family farm in Rome where they created, owned, and operated Pointers Run Hunting Preserve and Guide Service training and working with their German Shorthaired Pointers (GSP), Mach, Katy, and Josie while providing a safe and beautiful location for upland bird hunters from throughout the northeast to train their dogs or hunt with Malcolm and his GSP’s. The preserve was featured in several publications and on sporting television shows.

He followed his father and grandfather in serving the town of Rome as selectman for many years.

He was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Lodge, in New Sharon, Sebasticook Chapter of North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (Past President) and other service organizations.

Malcolm is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn (Belliveau) Charles, of Rome; their children Karen (and Kevin) Lane, of Waterville, and their son Clark (and Brandi) who are anticipating the birth of Malcolm’s first great-grandchild, Paisley Ann; Jennifer (and Nathan) Soper, of Smithfield, and their daughter Brittney (and Evan) Gleason; Eric (and Marcie) Charles, of Roanoke, Virginia, and daughter Madisen; Kenneth (and Anne) Charles, of Farmington, and daughters Meghan and Emma; Stephen (and Christi) Charles, of Phillips, and their sons Stephen II and Cameron, and daughter Alexis; his sister, Nadine Belliveau, of Skowhegan; brother-in-law Anthony Belliveau Jr. (and Suzanne), also of Waterville; sister-in-law Barbara Belliveau, of Norridgewock, and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Malcolm was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Iris (Williamson) Charles, father- and mother-in-law Anthony Sr. and Cecile (Beaulieu) Belliveau; brothers-in-law Albert and his wife Margaret (Winnie) Belliveau, and David Belliveau.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in the summer at Calvary Cemetery, in Skowhegan.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to an Outdoors program that Malcolm enjoyed volunteering and participating with his fellow veterans and first responders: Pine Grove Programs (for Military and First Responders), P.O. Box 92, South China, ME 04358, 207-672-9200.

MARIE WOOD

FAIRFIELD — Marie Wood, 95, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. She was born on March 8, 1924, in New Brunswick, Canada, to Margaret (Bell) and Thomas Stickney.

She married Clifton A. Wood on September 4, 1943, and they shared 65 years of marriage together until his passing on January 4, 2009.

Marie was a loving wife and mother, dedicating her life to homemaking and her family. Later in her life she worked for 30 years cooking meals at Elaine’s Community Daycare where she was fondly known as “Grammie” to many.

She was a lifetime member of the Victor Grange #49, in Fairfield.

Marie’s greatest joy in life came from spending time with her family. She left her mark on the hearts of many whose memories will continue for generations.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Clifton A. Wood; and 12 siblings.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Daigle, Elaine Crowell, Carolyn Albert and her husband Kenneth, Kim Mackay and her husband Charles, and Whendolyn Smith and her husband William; 14 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

DEAN L. WADE

SIDNEY – Dean L Wade, 61, of Sidney, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019, following a seven-year battle with cancer. Deano was born on May 3, 1958, in Valparaiso, Florida, to Carey Wade and Elizabeth Carr.

He was raised between the family home in Malden, Massachusetts and Uncle Freddy’s farm, in Antrim, New Hampshire.

Dean first met Cindy (Manter) at 15 years old when their siblings began dating. Five years later, in 1978, they became the second Wade/Manter wedding. Deano and Cindy built their first house in Byfield, Massachusetts, in 1980 after the birth of their first son Tim, and welcomed their other two children, Chris and Catie into that home. Soon after they purchased an undeveloped lake property in Sidney. In 1984 Deano and a crew of weekend warriors, fueled on Miller Lite, built the family’s forever home on a beautiful spot on Messalonskee Lake.

Deano was an avid outdoorsman and shared that love with his family and close friends. Deano loved to fish, though he sometimes didn’t even bother to bring a pole. He enjoyed the camaraderie and mostly just being up north and in the woods. Deano’s guilty pleasure was sci-fi and cheesy B rated movies.

He loved Star Trek and would always comment on how revolutionary Gene Roddenberry was.

Deano was a lifelong learner and enjoyed reading and watching documentaries. He had a gift of conveying knowledge he had picked up along his unique journey and was an amazing teacher.

Professionally, Dean was a construction supervisor, presenting him the opportunity to work for multiple firms with many great people throughout northern New England. He was one of the best excavator operators to ever pull the sticks. He also owned his own business as a licensed site evaluator, performing soil tests throughout Maine.

Whether at work or play, Deano had a way of explaining in an order of operations that made the toughest task seem simple. He touched and shaped so many people with so few words. He was a gifted listener, and so many people are grateful to have had the opportunity to sit idly with Deano in his truck and share a conversation and a cold one.

Dean was predeceased by both parents and stepfather, Edwin Carr, as well as many other family members.

He is survived by wife Cindy Wade, of Sidney; sons Tim Wade, of Sidney, and Chris Wade and wife Jen (Lovely), of Gardiner, and daughter Catie and husband Chris Perry, of Portland; grandchildren Dakota Lovely, Connor Wade, Nathan Wade, and Everett Perry; sisters Jeanie (Wade) Manter, Adel (Carr) Buckley, Beth (Carr) Lane, and Trisha Carr and brother Edwin Carr; and many other family members.

A celebration of Deano’s life will be held on Saturday, January 11, at 3 p.m., at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts (New England Music Camp), on the Pond Road, in Sidney. Flannel attire is encouraged.

Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street, Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations to deserving outdoor heritage or recreation programs be made in his honor.

CHERRY M. CROMMETT

CLINTON – Cherry Marie Crommett, 63, passed away on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Cherry was born on March 4, 1956, in Waterville, the daughter of James Palmer and Pearl (Day) Ware.

She attended schools in Clinton and Fairfield.

Cherry had a love for animals, especially horses when she was a young girl. She participated in barrel races, pole bending and other various events with her beloved horse, “Freelad.” She won many ribbons and awards.

On October 20, 1979, Cherry married her soulmate, Richard A. Crommett. Both resided together in the home they built and where they raised their three children and many, many animals/livestock/pets.

Cherry and Richard took great pride in what they did together on the farm; from raising to butchering and taking care of all the down cows around the Clinton area. They performed Mad Cow testing for the government, testing well over 600 cows. Cherry also had a knack for rescuing animals that were abused or sick.

Cherry always stuck to her Blackfoot Native roots with her respect for mother earth. She was a strong believer in “waste not, want not.” She would find uses for things that most people would throw away.

Cherry enjoyed gardening, farming, cooking, sewing, knitting, drawing and learning what she could from the television show Animal Planet. She would often share her knowledge with her family and friends. Even though she wasn’t a member of the Clinton Lions, she participated in a lot of events every year at the Clinton Lions Agricultural Fair. She would enter her artwork into the art contest, bake pies for the pie contest, and enter her veggies from her garden into other agricultural contests. Cherry and Richard ran the pig scramble for many years.

Cherry worked hard for many years for this country and she enjoyed every minute of it.

She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Linda Stewart, Debbie Leary, and Brenda Corson; her nephew, Richard Ware; her half-brother, Jeff Palmer, and John Lagross who was like a brother to her.

Cherry will be sadly missed by her husband, Richard A. Crommett; her daughter, Jeanette Palmer of Waterville; her sons, Richard Crommett and his wife, Raejeania of Benton and Irving Crommett and his fiancée, Jolene Brown, of Clinton; her grandchildren, Brendan, Adam, Gerilyn, Kendra, Jenna, Emily and James; her great-grandchildren, Aydin and Ryley; her siblings, Patricia Fortin and her husband, Dana, of Skowhegan, Richard Ware, of Clinton, and Evelyn Hyatt and her husband, Ira, of Florida; her half-brother, Randy Palmer; and many nieces, nephews; and friends.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

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

THOMAS V. WILLIAMS

CHELSEA – Thomas V. Williams, of Chelsea, passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at MaineGeneral Hospital following his long battle with cancer. Tom was born in Burlington, Vermont in 1943, the youngest of five children of William E. Williams and Ella E. Williams.

In 1946, the family moved to Chelsea, which from that time forward was always considered home for him right up to his death.

He started school in Chelsea at the one room school houses #1 and #2, then went on to the Chelsea Consolidated School before going to Cony High School, in Augusta. He graduated from Cony High School in 1961 and went on to attend the University of Maine at Orono.

After the death of President Kennedy, he decided to put his education on hold and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon enlistment he was guaranteed 36 weeks of electronic training. After completing eight weeks of basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he was transferred to Fort Monmouth for microwave communications training and completed the 36 weeks with an additional eight weeks of tropospheric scatter communication systems. After the training was completed he transferred to a one year tour in Thailand providing a part of the communication links between the Army and Air Force bases in Vietnam. After his tour, he transferred back to Fort Monmouth as an instructor in multiplexing systems. He was honorably discharged after three years with a rank of Specialist 5.

Upon returning to Maine, he attended the University of Maine in Augusta and then went to Radio Engineering Institute in Sarasota, Florida, attaining an FCC First Class Radio license. It was this various training in communications systems which lead to his eventual career in audio-visual systems.

Early in life he worked as an auto mechanic learning these skills from his father and brothers. This is when he gained his skills at tinkering and repairing equipment. He coupled this with the communication system training and began a long career in system repairs. He began as an inspector mechanic for cable TV at WCBB TV, then after working for two employers in audio-visual repair, he eventually built his own business, Consolidated Electronic Service, repairing audio-visual equipment in schools statewide. Besides doing what he loved to do, he also got to see almost all of the state of Maine. He continued this for well over 25 years before finally retiring.

Tom was an avid outdoorsman enjoying both hunting and fishing. He frequently would get into political debates just for the sake of debating. He enjoyed being with family and friends often helping others with various equipment repairs. This is how he got the reputation as a “jack of all trades, master of none,” though he really was good at so much. Anytime he could he would try to pass these skills on to the kids.

Family was important to him. Besides his parents, brothers and sisters, he was able to expand his family when he married his first wife, Linda Savage Williams. Together they had a daughter, Trisha. Tom always considered Trisha’s sister and brothers as his own and was thankful for them all. Even after his divorce he continued to be with them all. In fact, after his divorce, thanks to his sister Nancy, in 1977, he met his second wife, Judy, and were married in 1983. Together they were there for the kids. He enjoyed family outings to the Maine coast, the Bridgton area, and other adventures with the kids including some unusual camping trips. Each year he looked forward to apple picking with Trish, Bill, his grandchildren, Rachel and Adam, and Judy and also helping with the holiday season Christmas tree trimming by handling the ornaments out to each of them.

He was predeceased by his parents, Williams E. Williams, Jr. and Ella E. Williams; brothers, William E. Williams III and James Williams, and sisters, Nancy White and Ruth Ann Allen.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of Chelsea; daughter, Trisha Jones, son-in-law, William Jones; and his grandchildren, Rachel and Adam, all of Grafton, Massachusetts; his extended children, daughter, Cheryl Wheeler and her husband, Gary, sons Mike McArthur and Shawn Williams, all of Augusta; and their children Brittany, Casey, Josh, Jeremy, Andrew, Isaac, Elizabeth, Taylah, Savannah, Shawnkey and Jarrett; and several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and an uncle.

A celebration of life for Tom will be held at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street in Augusta, Friday January 10, 2020, at 12:30 p.m. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 11:30 a.m. until service time. Burial with military honors will follow at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, Maine 04086.

Erskine Academy Parent/Teacher conferences set for Jan. 15

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Erskine Academy has scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, January 15, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. (snow date will be Thursday, January 16). No appointments are necessary as teachers will be available to speak with parents in their respective classrooms.

In addition, the Guidance Office will offer a brief presentation for parents of underclassmen about the post-secondary planning process and the basics of financial aid as well as a review of the course registration process for the 2020-21 school year. This presentation will begin at 6 p.m., in the library.

Please feel free to contact the Guidance Office at 445-2964 with any questions or concerns regarding this information.