VETERANS CORNER: Veterans who qualify should contact the VA for vaccine appointments

Veterans Administration facility at Togus. (Internet photo)

by Gary Kennedy

Well here we are again. Most of us especially veterans thought it would be over in Washington by now but much to our dismay politicians are still planning and plotting ways to get the upper hand in one way or another. The Biden entrance exam is under way with stimulus that makes some of us lust and others to drool for more. It seems the big issue is does a previous $600 stimulus plus a new $1,400 stimulus add up to the $2,000, some believe promised, of course, the debt accrual over the long haul is not being considered. Some don’t even care; just give me the money. There is no easy way to give a stimulus to those in need only. There are many people of means who will receive and keep that money as well. Of course, taxes have to go up and some programs have to be shutdown. Veterans watch this very closely as they know what can happen when the country and world are placed in desperate situations.

In case you haven’t been watching the world has been mobilizing while we play partisan politics; a dangerous oversight of reality, I use veterans in particular as they are always on alert when it comes to threats to our country. So if you haven’t been paying meaningful attention there are powers that be out there that are mobilizing in a very serious way. We should be hanging our head is shame. In our arrogance we boast world superiority when it comes to military might. We shouldn’t be so careless. India has just purchased 80 fighter aircraft from the Russians. That’s a lot of sky power. Iran says they can go nuclear now. We thought we had N. Korea at bay but we are finding out that they may have purchased nuclear weapons instead of making them. China has built a powerful base in the Sprattle Islets which actually belongs to the Philippines, but President Duterte says, “what can I do?” The Chinese are too powerful to argue with. Taiwan is a target of China which we need to defend and it seems that the agreement between England and Hong Kong has been broken. If we throw in the Covid-19 problem we are super extended. Who will side with us when all is said and done? It seems we aren’t loved nor feared as once was the case. We might need the second amendment.

Then in all of this we have the President Trump report card. The political parties argue over how much he did and how much can others claim. We are still trying for the second time to impeach. I personally am ashamed of what we have become. I pray that we get it straight soon. The politicians are now fighting over who gets the credit for the vaccine. It hasn’t been given out fast enough some are saying. I heard on the news this morning that one of the western states and Florida are the best states for distribution. I would argue with that as I have been watching Maine and especially the VA Center at Togus Maine which has been giving thousands of doses of Moderna out already.

The caregivers at Togus are complete and many elderly with comorbidities have received the vaccine. There have been lines for two weeks, many elderly vets have been called and appointments given. If you are elderly, especially with comorbidities and you haven’t been called then you need to contact your primary caregivers’ office. Obviously, the vaccine is given out in the order of established need. If you’re a veteran contact the VA center at 623-8411 and push “0”. Ask for advice on vaccine. If you are 100 percent disabled with other serious issues, waste no time.

God bless you and yours and a little extra for bringing us together.

The views of the author are not necessarily those of The Town Line newspaper, its staff and board of directors.

Windsor selectmen turn down Chelsea offer to purchase solar power

by The Town Line staff

The Windsor Board of Selectmen took up a few items during their January 5, 2021, meeting.

Town manager Theresa Haskell informed the selectmen she had been contacted by Chelsea Town Manager Scott Tilton, inquiring as to whether Windsor would be interested in purchasing solar power. After some discussion, the board declined the offer at this time.

Haskell also read the Parke Property Forest Management Woodland Exam which stated nothing is recommended at this time. There was a brief discussion of possibly removing some of the pines near the fence line to be added to next year’s budget.

Again, at this meeting, there was much discussion of the employee manual. That will be continued to the next board of selectmen meeting.

Road supervisor Keith Hall informed the board that during the last snow fall, they had three trucks out of service. Besides the McGee truck, which suffered a flat tire, the 2007 International lost its transmission. It was repaired. Nothing was reported on the third truck. Hall also said 560 pounds of “stuff” had been picked up from the side of the roads.

Monthly transfer station figures for December showed there was $5,285.50, which is down by $1,465.70 from the same time last year at $6,751.20.

In other business, Selectman William Appel Jr. stated he had reached out to Ryan Carver, Windsor Youth Sports basketball commissioner, regarding the request for the board of selectmen to submit a letter in support of the Windsor Youth sports program, regarding the use of the gym at the Windsor Elementary School. The access to the gym has been denied because of Covid-19 safety concerns. Appel suggested the president of the Windsor Youth Association write a letter and then have the board of selectmen review, and add to it, if necessary. Haskell said she would contact Howie Tuttle, RSU #12 superintendent, to get more information.

The next meeting of the Windsor Board of Selectmen took place on January 19, at the Windsor Town Hall.

Vassalboro selectmen discuss scaled-down marijuana ordinance

by Mary Grow

At their Jan. 21 meeting, Vassalboro selectmen discussed a seriously scaled-down marijuana ordinance that would allow only medical marijuana operations in town.

Instead of the complex document discussed at their Jan. 7 meeting (see The Town Line, Jan. 14), they are considering a local ordinance based on the Town of Turner’s. One objection to the previously-discussed ordinance was that it would require too much permitting, inspecting and other work for town employees. Eliminating all but medical marijuana would simplify the town’s role.

Town Manager Mary Sabins said she had received many comments on the Jan. 7 draft, prepared by Town Attorney Kristin Collins. None expressed enthusiasm for non-medical facilities.

The state Office of Marijuana Policy (OMP) suggested the Turner ordinance as a useful model, she said. She had talked with the Turner town manager, and had forwarded the ordinance and his comments to Collins.

Selectmen agreed that if they decide to recommend a medical-only ordinance, they should seek public comment again.

Sabins added that the OMP has licensed 20 medical marijuana caregivers in Vassalboro. Selectmen were not aware there were so many.

The other major topic Jan. 21 was the Gray Road culvert replacement. Selectmen expect they will be able to get the new culvert needed to replace the failing one in time for the work to be done this summer, if town meeting voters approve it.

At their earlier Jan. 7 board meeting, selectmen considered the possibility that voters would not approve money for the project. But if they waited until after town meeting to order the culvert, it would probably not come in time for summer 2021 work.

Project engineer Eric Calder, of Calderwood Engineering, in Richmond, said Dirigo Timberlands, in North Anson, from whom Vassalboro officials bought the new Cross Hill Road culvert, will build the culvert before Vassalboro voters act.

Dirigo and Benton-based Nitram Excavation and General Contractors, chosen at the Jan. 7 meeting to carry out the project, will work out details and sign a contract for the culvert. Nitram will be responsible for seeing that it is built and delivered as specified.

Selectmen approved the plan and unanimously authorized Sabins and Calderwood to proceed with a contract with Nitram.

Calderwood said it is time for the town and his firm to develop a Phase Three contract that will cover Calderwood’s oversight of the construction. He said the contract will be based on an hourly rate, not a flat fee, and people from his firm will be on site only as needed.

In a brief discussion of another project, Steve Jones’ request to restore the coldwater pool that housed brook trout before the Cross Hill Road culvert was replaced, Sabins said she still hopes a volunteer will be able to get a permit at no cost to the town. If the permit is obtained, she thinks the town public works crew can do the work.

Vassalboro’s 2021 town meeting is currently scheduled as an open meeting on Monday, June 7, followed by written-ballot elections (and other questions if needed) on Tuesday, June 8. Selectmen and Sabins talked briefly about whether they should try to convene an open meeting, as they did in 2020, or vote entirely by referendum, as many other towns are doing in response to Covid-19.

They discussed a theme for the 2020 town report. Sabins said the report dated 2020 is published in the spring of 2021, and covers the fiscal year that ran from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.

Until the pandemic, selectmen had intended to recognize Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood (March 15, 1820) in the 2020 report and Vassalboro’s 250th anniversary of incorporation (April 26, 1771) in the 2021 report. With limited state and town celebrations to report, they are reconsidering.

Two of the selectmen, Barbara Redmond and Chairman John Melrose, approved annual liquor license renewals for Natanis Golf Course. The third board member, Natanis owner Robert Browne, abstained on the vote.

Sabins plans to distribute a first draft of the 2021-2022 town budget at the Feb. 4 selectmen’s meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., virtual only. Board members decided to follow the Feb. 4 review with an in-person budget workshop at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the town office meeting room.

SCORES & OUTDOORS: It’s Groundhog Day; what does Woody have in store for us?

Woody on Zoom.

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

While I was checking my calendar last week, I realized that February 2 is next Tuesday. Where does time go?

It’s time for me to take my annual trek to visit by little, furry friend, Woodrow Charles, the weather prognosticating groundhog.

Folklore has it that should Woody see his shadow on Groundhog Day, we will experience six more weeks of winter, whereas, if he doesn’t see his shadow, we can plan on an early spring.

As I looked out the window, it was a beautiful day, brilliant blue sky, nary a cloud in sight, and temperature hovering in the mid-30s. It has been a remarkably mild winter thus far. For the first time, the hike up to his domain in center Vassalboro will be an easy one. No snow and I’ll be walking on bare ground. After all these years, it’s getting harder and harder to get up the energy to take this annual trip.

As I walked to the closet to fetch my coat and hat, I figured I should check my emails one more time. After all, I would be gone for most of the afternoon.

Scrolling down through the many emails I receive each day I noticed one from Woodrow Charles.

I opened it wondering why he was getting in touch with me this way. He’s never done that before.

In his message he said, “Sorry to inconvenience you, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would rather you didn’t come out this year. I have set up a Zoom account, and we can do it that way.”

Well, to be honest, I have a dislike for Zoom conferences. For some reason, they seem impersonal. But, what was I to do.

At the designated time, I logged on to my computer, and waited for Woody to make his appearance. I sure hope he’s wearing pants.

After about ten minutes, his face came up on my screen.

“How’s everything going? Are you OK?” I asked.

“Sure, everything is good,” he replied. “Keeping my distance from everyone. We don’t know how that virus would affect a groundhog should he become infected. Not much science on that.”

“Well, I was hoping maybe you’d be available again this year,” I stressed. “It’s been 17 years, you know. I didn’t want to break the streak.”

Woodrow replied, “Well, it’s best to do it this way this year, and be able to resume our tete-a-tete next year.”

“I will miss your great raspberry tea,” I continued. “The warmth and coziness of the wood fire, and the aroma of the wax melter in your abode is magnificent. Who can not like the scent of Essence de Cabbage.”

“Well, all that aside,“ he came back. “It’s also gonna be different this year. You know how I host a Super Bowl party each year. My buddies, Frank, Butch and Slim won’t be able to come over to watch the Super Bowl. At least the grocery bill will be less this year. They are such moochers.”

“Can’t you wear masks and social distance?” I asked.

“Well, my place is a little cramped. Best to be safe. Wouldn’t want to spread the virus throughout groundhog land. And besides, those masks don’t go well attached to our ears.”

“So, what do you have for me this year?”

“I stopped making predictions,” Woody said. “Seems whatever team I root for, always comes out the loser.”

“If you’re like me,” I answered, “Even though you don’t say it out loud, just thinking about which team I want to win seems to be a jinx on them, anyway.”

Woody rubbed his chin, looking like he was thinking of something serious. “I have to say I have to go from the heart this year, and wish my old buddy, Tom, the best of luck.”

“Well, said. So how about the rest of the winter?”

“The way I see it,” he started, “early February will see sunny and mild temperatures, with rain and snow showers through mid-February, followed by sunny and mild temperatures into the third week of the month. Late February will see rain and snow showers, again, with cold temperatures at first, turning mild later on. The temperatures in February could be as much as 5 degrees above normal with slightly above normal snowfall. We will experience a period of snowy weather in mid-March.”

“What are you trying to say,” I asked.

“I guess what I’m trying to say is that even though the weather seems milder and warmer than usual for a Maine winter, snow will not leave us until at least the middle of March. Plan on six more weeks of winter.”

“Well, I can’t argue with you. You nailed it right on the head last year, compared to those other groundhogs around the country.”

“What can I say,” replied Woody, a little flauntingly, “I have my reputation to uphold.”

With that, we said our adieus, and signed off.

I sure miss our little person-to-groundhog visits.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

How many playoff wins does Tom Brady have?

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, January 21, 2021

Trivia QuestionsHow many playoff wins does Tom Brady have?


NFL record 33. 30 with New England (30-11), and 3 with Tampa Bay (3-0).

OBITUARIES for Thursday, January 28, 2021


WATERVILLE – Millicent (McInnis) Cilley, 96, passed away on Monday, January 4, 2021. Millicent was born in Waterville on April 30, 1924, the daughter of Allan and Marcella (McCabe) McInnis. She was the fifth child of nine.

Millicent married Edward (Ted) Cilley on February 5, 1946. Edward was a Pearl Harbor survivor and the son of Harold and Mary (Morin) Cilley. Together they had three children, Steven, Michael, and Bryan, as well as 10 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Ted and Millie were happily married for 70 years.

Millie graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield. She was a faithful Catholic her whole life. She was known for “wicked” sense of humor. She was making people laugh even into her 90s.

As the spouse of a career military man, she moved around the country, always able to find success. In California, she became a cosmetologist, eventually becoming an instructor and part owner of the beauty academy.

Millie’s biggest contribution to the world seemed to be the laughter she brought to all she encountered.

Burial will be held in the spring.

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


WATERVILLE – Edward Jurdak, 95, passed away on Friday, January 8,, 2021. He was born Dec­ember 7, 1925, in Waterville, the place he called home and built homes in.

A wildly handsome World War II Navy veteran who used his GI Bill to learn how to lay tile. These tiles would become the foundation upon which he would build his name. He built the homes of countless individuals on Water Street, Cool Street, Spruce, and Oakland to name a few. A man who used his hands to provide for his family, which he did so for 95 years.

Money to him was a mere object that could be reinvested into his community. Into his tenants who were like “family” and into the local businesses that supplied just the right tool for the job, and just the right amount of friendship. In every nail hammered and piece of siding hung, an act of generosity was bestowed, knowing that he was not only building a structure for this life but for one that would live on long after his own.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law George and Kathy Jurdak; his daughters Carol Ezhaya, and Donna Jurdak-Roy and son-in-law Peter Roy; seven grandchildren, Melissa Giguere husband Jeff, Brian Jurdak and wife Linda, Paul Ezhaya and wife Jessica, Amy Ezhaya, Daniel Jurdak-Roy and wife Jaime, Arielle Jurdak-Roy and partner Jordan Carson, and Lucas Jurdak-Roy and partner Ashleigh Footer; six great-grandchildren Xander and Isabelle Giguere, Ava and Benjamin Jurdak, Brady and Jaxon Jurdak-Roy. He was looking forward to meeting his newest great-grandson Ezhaya in February; his brother Richard Jurdak; sister Sandra Marcoux; cousin “Little Eddie”, as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife Carmen Lessard Jurdak in 2017. They were married for 69 years; his parents Edward George Jurdak Sr., and Anastasia Belanger Jurdak; his brothers Robert and Donald Jurdak, his sisters Marie Paradis, Jeannette Ross, Madeleine Plisga and Elizabeth Lancaster.

There will be a gathering in the spring at the time of his burial.

Arrangements are by Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service Skowhegan, Maine.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Travis Mills Foundation, 747 Western Ave., Manchester, ME 04351 or Belgrade Lakes Association, 137 Main St., Belgrade Lakes, ME 04918.


WINSLOW – Alfred F. Oberlerchner, 73, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021. He was born on October 5, 1947, in Millstadt, Austria.

Without a doubt, he would always be cheering for his homeland when watching skiing or soccer on television. He, himself, was an amazing athlete and a beautiful skier. He played soccer, tennis and golf, as well as, hunted and fished. He looked forward to his Wednesday afternoons at the Waterville Country Club with his loyal “foursome,” as well as his time playing cribbage with his friends and grandchildren. His grandchildren would often repeat his “Alfredisms” in cribbage, such as, “you stinked me” or “it’s a willy.” This fall Alfred got a deer when his lifelong friend, Alan Veilleux, took him out on his four-wheeler for one last hunting trip.

Alfred spent his life working in the hospitality industry which gave him the opportunity to travel the world. He actually met his wife, Sharon, working in Elbow Beach, Bermuda. His dream of opening his own restaurant happened with Alfred’s Restaurant, in Augusta, and subsequently, running the restaurants at the Waterville Country Club and Sugarloaf Brewhaus. Sugarloaf was a special place for Alfred and he spent many Sundays skiing with his children at the “loaf.”

Most important to him in life was his family. He loved all of their visits to Winlsow, and especially his time with his grandchildren riding on his lawn tractor, filling his bird feeders and picking vegetables from his garden. Alfred was very proud that his grandchildren were able to travel to Austria with him last year. His Austrian family meant so very much to him and were always close to his heart. He passed on the love of his birth country to his wife, children, grandchildren, and many of his friends.

Alfred is survived by his wife, Sharon Hurvitz Oberlerchner; two children, Karli Whitney and her husband Matt, and Franz Oberlerchner and his wife Jaime; four grandchildren, Griffin and Emma Whitney, and Taylor and Keegan Oberlerchner; his mother, Herta Oberlerchner, of Seeboden, Austria; his four siblings, Karin, Helmut, Astrid and Heidi; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ellen and David Landau; several nieces and nephews in the United States, Austria and the Netherlands.

Alfred was predeceased by his father, Franz; as well as his in-laws Melvin and Gladys Hurvitz.

Alfred did not want services but in celebration of his life, toast a “half glass” of wine in his honor.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at


WATERVILLE – James “Jim” Colin Stewart, 78, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, following a long illness. He was born in Waterville on March 27, 1942, the son of Clarence and Margaret (Gaudet) Stewart.

Jim attended Waterville High School, where he met his future wife, Joyce (Buker) Stewart. They were married for 58 years.

After high school, Jim held various jobs in the Waterville area. He worked for Central Maine Power Co., and then became a firefighter/EMT for the Waterville Fire Department. He made many lifelong friends there.

At the ripe old age of 33, Jim decided to attend the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and become a law enforcement officer. He was employed for several years as a sheriff’s deputy for the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. However, Jim wasn’t done yet…he made his final career move by becoming a safety and security officer for Sappi Fine Paper, in Hinckley, before retiring in 2001.

Jim loved fishing, Moosehead and Rangeley lakes, and anything to do with landscaping and making his yard look impeccable. He had a great deal of pride in it. Jim also loved to tinker in his garage and could fix just about anything. He mostly loved being a “Papa” to his two grandsons. His family meant the world to him.

Jim was predeceased by his mother and father; and brother, Clarence “Sonny” Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughters, Vicki (Tom) Higgins, Trisha (Dan) LeGage; his grandsons, Lucas and Logan LeGage; sisters, Germaine Jackson, Beverly Stewart, and Patsy Jolicoeur and brother, Fred Stewart.

There will be a graveside service later this spring.


FAIRFIELD – Daniel Lee Sawtelle passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Daniel was a kind, caring, Christian man who never hesitated to help someone in need. He was a member of Sidney’s Second Baptist Church. He enjoyed finding deals on Ebay, going fishing, taking long rides with his wife Cindy to look for antiques and enjoy the outdoors. He especially loved his two dogs, Sampson and Xander.

Daniel attended Kennebec Valley Technical College, in Fairfield; he graduated the top of his class in accounting on the nationwide accounting exam. He received an award for placing second.

Daniel is survived by his wife of 37 years, Cynthia Hosea Sawtelle; his mom and stepdad, Barbara and Ken Butler; his brothers, Dana Sawtelle and his wife, April, Daryl Sawtelle and his wife, Tina, Don and his wife, Kristina Welch; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Darlene Nicholas; and his grandparents, Roland and Anita Sinclair.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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

In lieu of flowers, donations to pay for cremation services and future bills are appreciated. Please go to go fund me page at: or send your donation to Cindy Sawtelle P.O. Box 102, Fairfield, ME. 04937.


OKLAHOMA – Wilmot Rufus Jones IIII, 86, passed away peacefully in his home in Ada, Oklahoma. Rufus was born in New York City, New York, on December 29, 1934.

He spent his formative years growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, where his father Bill was headmaster at Wilmington Friends School. From his parents and his schooling, he was raised in the light of the Quaker faith yet still found means of expressing (and frequently getting away with) a mischievous sense of humor that he never abandoned in adulthood, as his sister Lee can attest. Rufus’ childhood summers were enjoyed at his family’s vacation home in South China, where the family escaped the cloud of the Depression and war and where Rufus came to embrace his father’s love of sailing. Rufus graduated Friends School in 1952 to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he studied Hotel Adminis­tration. At Cornell he met his first wife Joan with whom he graduated in 1956. That year he was called into military service when, keeping with his Quaker faith, he served as C.O. at Memorial/Sloan Kettering Institute in New York. In 1957, Rufus and Joan were married and then returned together to Ithaca where Rufus obtained his MBA from Cornell. The year 1959 marked the dual launch of his successful career in marketing, and more importantly to him, the start of their family which grew over the next 12 years to seven children strong.

As the ‘Great Provider’ for nine, Rufus pursued a career path where a willingness to move and meet opportunity facilitated a steady and steep career trajectory. Rufus ascended into senior management with many large food service companies including General Foods in Indianapolis, Indiana, R.T. French Co. in Rochester, New York, Nestle Foods’ chocolate division (a hands-down favorite of his children) in White Plains, New York, and Pet Foods in St. Louis, Missouri, leaving his mark at every stop. Anyone who is familiar with the ‘Squeeze Me’ bottles of French’s Mustard or has ever enjoyed the crunch of Rice Krispies in their chocolate bar has Rufus to thank.

He somehow found the time for competitive sailing with his daughter Jennifer on Lake Ontario, going to Indian Guides campouts with his boys, teaching his cheerleader daughters the finer points of high school football just so they would know the perfect cheer to call, or simply showing up at the back row in the audience of a school play when you knew he had to work late. All this while saving enough to send all seven kids to college.

In 1992 Rufus married Rusty Pardon in St. Louis, Missouri, expanding his family to include stepdaughter Pamela and stepson Douglas. Still with some career energy to burn, Rufus purchased Mike & Min’s, a renowned blues bar in the Soulard neighborhood downtown which he owned and operated until his retirement in 1997. In 2002 he and Rusty decided it was “time for re-potting” and moved to St. Augustine, Florida, where together they built the home of their dreams. Over the decades, South China was a steady hub for Rufus, a love for which his family came to share. In a life already full of victories, it was a personal highlight for Rufus to acquire with Rusty a property of their own on China Lake, just a stone’s skip down the shore from the original Jones family camp founded by his namesake grandfather.

In 2006 Rufus’ beloved Rusty was lost to cancer, but not before she played matchmaker and connected Rufus with her best friend of 40-plus years, Martha Ehrlich. Martha and Rufus were married in 2007, in a ceremony overlooking China Lake. Rufus’ family had expanded again to include Martha’s children, Miles Ehrlich, Erich Ehrlich and Cara Crawford and a new home base in beautiful Ada, Oklahoma. Rufus’ final years were spent in peace and happiness with Martha at his side until his final sunset.

Rufus will be remembered for his bone-dry wit, his competitive spirit (be it on the squash court, croquet pitch or backgammon board), his fondness for a certain whisky, a roaring fire, frequently hideous pants, but above all, his love of family and the legacy of a life very well lived.

Rufus is survived by his wife of 13 years Martha L. Ehrlich; his sister Mary Lee Hargadon, of Brunswick; his first wife Joan R. Jones, of Bedminster, New Jersey; and his six children, Jennifer R. Jones, of Florham Park, New Jersey, Elizabeth A. Jones, of White Salmon, Washington, Margaret J. Carpenter, of Falls Church, Virginia, Peter R. Jones, of Acton, Massachusetts, Stephen M. Jones, of Victoria, Texas, and Kenneth C. Jones, of Kenmore, Washington; five stepchildren, 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson; six nieces and nephews. Quite a legacy, especially considering he was the child of parents that believed in the idea of low population growth.

Rufus was preceded in death by his second wife Ellen ‘Rusty’ Jones, and his youngest son Daniel T. Jones.

Rufus will be laid to rest in Maine in a private ceremony later this year.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to Wilmington Friends School or the China Lake Association.


WATERVILLE – Sister Dorothy Bujold, 94, formerly known as Sister Rita Marie, died on Friday, January 15, 2021, at Mount Saint Joseph. in Waterville. She was born on February 11, 1926, in Waterville, the daughter of Leonard and Evelyne (Guite) Bujold.

Dorothy joined the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Lyon in 1946, in South Berwick. From 1949 to 1969 she ministered with youth, teaching successively at the Academy of Saint Joseph, in South Berwick, and at the parochial schools of Saint Michael, in South Berwick, Holy Family, in Lewiston, and St. John Regional School, in Winslow.

From 1969 to 1989 Sister Dorothy was mainly at the service of religious life. She was elected to the General Leadership of her Congregation in 1969 and lived in Lyon, France, until 1977. She was then missioned to Rome where for eight years she worked at the International Union of Superiors General. In 1985, upon her return to Maine, she served for four years as Vicar for Religious in the Diocese of Portland.

In 1989, her Congregation made an appeal for Africa. Sister Dorothy answered that call and was missioned to West Africa at the age of 63. For 12 years she shared her life with the African people whom she loved, in the countries of Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso.

During her last years of active ministry, at the age of 75, she was missioned to St. Peter’s Church, Bingham, to provide parish outreach to the people in the area. In May 2016, she moved to Mount Saint Joseph, in Waterville.

Sister Dorothy is survived by four sisters, Adrienne Desveaux, of Wells, Noella Pelletier and husband Charlie, of Winslow, Fern Bard and husband Bud, of Winslow, Sister Rita Bujold, CSJ, of Lyon, France, her two brothers, Leo Bujold and wife Olivette, of Skowhegan, and Harvey Bujold and Karen Nagle, of Bonita Springs, Florida; many nephews, nieces; grandnephews, and grandnieces.

She was predeceased by her sister Paula and husband Jim Veilleux; her brother-in-law Ted Desveaux, and her sister-in-law Rita Bujold.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Notre Dame Church, in Waterville, on January 20, with burial at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville.

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

An online guest book can be signed, condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations, which will be sent in Sr. Dorothy’s memory, to our sisters in Africa, may be made to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901.


FAIRFIELD — Theresa L. (Hebert) Tibbetts, 53, of Fairfield, died unexpectedly on Saturday, January 16, 2021. Theresa was born in Portland on August 6, 1967. Two years later her (adopted) mother moved them to Franklin, New Hampshire.

In 1992 she moved to Oakland to be with her (now) ex-husband, Douglas Hebert Sr. After they divorced, she loved the area and decided to stay here.

She was a homemaker for most of her adult life and she really enjoyed doing canvas projects. She loved animals, especially her (predeceased) cats, Chumley, Bobo and Callie. She had a big heart and would help those in need when she could. One of her proudest moments was returning to Night School and getting her diploma from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1996.

She was predeceased by her mother, Elsie Tibbetts, of Franklin, New Hampshire., and her companion, Roland Landry, of Fairfield.

Theresa leaves behind her daughter, Alycia Ganjoo and her husband Arjun, from New Hampshire; her son, Douglas Hebert Jr. and his girlfriend Tabby Costa, of Oakland; two granddaughters, Jocelyn Hebert, of Waterville, and Ariella Hebert, of Oakland; her ex-husband, Douglas Hebert Sr.; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours or service at this time.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


WATERVILLE – Marie Gagnon died peacefully at Mount Saint Joseph’s, in Waterville, on Saturday, January 16, 2021. She was born and educated in New Jersey.

In New York she became a registered nurse, and then lived most of her life in Waterville and Winslow. She was employed for many years by Thayer Hospital – Mid Maine Medical Center before acquiring the new name of MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Waterville.

Marie was predeceased by Henry Gagnon, her husband of 39 years; her son, Henry Gagnon Jr.; and several sisters and brothers.

Survivors are her daughter-in-law, Susan; her grandson, Matthew and his wife Nicole, granddaughters, Rachel and Melanie; great-grandson, Fox; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow, ME 04901 or the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 101 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901.


WINSLOW – William B. Lunt, 90, of Roderick Road, died Sunday, January 17, 2021, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, Waterville, following a brief illness. Bill was born in Freeport on April 24, 1930, the son of Chester L Lunt and Rosamond (Rowe) Lunt.

Bill served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a lifetime member of the Bourque-Lanigan American Legion Post #5, in Waterville.

He graduated from Freeport High School, received a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Maine, Gorham, completed a graduate study in physical education at Springfield College, in Springfield, Massachusetts, received a master’s degree in education with focus on school administration from University of Maine Orono, and a CAGS from Boston University.

Bill was a teacher, principal, and school administrator. He was often, in his early teaching years, a basketball coach along with his teaching responsibilities.

Bill was an avid champion candlepin bowler, tennis player, ping pong player and loved horseshoes. In fact, he attended and received multiple Senior Olympic medals for ping pong (table tennis) and horseshoes. He was a painter and accomplished sketch artist. He also published a Down East humor book in the 1970s that had some of his sketches.

He always said he married his best friend and college classmate, Ruth H. (Coombs), who preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Diana Brown Collins and Debra J. Van Valkenburg, both of Winslow; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

There are no planned visiting hours. Graveside services for family only.

Burial with military honors will be in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta. No public services or memorial will be scheduled.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME. Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at


WATERVILLE – Charlotte May Bassett, 96, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021, after losing her long battle against cancer. She was born at home, in South Portland, July 9, 1924, to her parents, Peter A.G. and Irene V. (Hall) Bruns. She was the second born of their five children.

The youngest, sister Hazel Thomas, of Weeks Mills, is the only surviving sibling.

In 1936 Charlotte graduated from South Portland High School where among many other activities she was a trombone player in the marching band.

Charlotte was married, briefly, to Malcom McAllister, bearing one son, Leland R. McAllister. Leland preceded her in death January 1, 2020, from undiagnosed sudden heart failure.

Her second, and life-long marriage was to John C. Bassett, of Calais. Together they had two sons, Donald J. and Peter H. Bassett.

Charlotte loved life, family, dark chocolate, coffee, reading, people who enjoyed having fun, playing cards and games (notorious for winning), sewing, crafts, gardening, and travel. She tolerated pets. She had a great love of nature, deeply loved family and embraced children, her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren.

Charlotte and John spent much of their married life traveling. His job took them from Maine to Pennsylvania, (five years), to Indiana, (10 years), and Puerto Rico (two years) before permanently returning to Maine. John died of cancer in 1986.

Charlotte lived for over 20 years thereafter at Cotton Mill Apartments, in Hallowell, becoming the longest residing resident. She relished the many friends she made there as well as her panoramic views of the ever-changing Kennebec River flowing just outside.

A graveside celebration of life is being planned for the spring at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at

Memorial donations in Charlotte’s memory can be made to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, Attn. Development Office, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240.


WATERVILLE – Joan “Jo” Gottardi, 88, a Waterville native, passed peacefully son Monday, January 18, 2021. Jo was born on July 29, 1932, to George (Rahen) Elias and Sadie (Mitchell) Elias.

The oldest of three children, Jo served as the leader, taking on her role as the eldest child to her two brothers Donnie and Bobby.

On November 7, 1954, she married the love of her life, then-Capt. Carl E. Gottardi, at St. Joseph Maronite Church, in Waterville, with full military honors. After their marriage, Jo and Carl, spent time abroad in Germany while Carl served with the 3rd Armored Division. During their time in Germany, they traveled throughout Europe where Jo thrived as a military wife, relishing the complexities of entertaining military officers and wives. Carl was a highly decorated military officer and Jo proudly supported him, the United States Army, and her role as a military wife. Her dedication to her country would bring her to many destinations across the globe.

Upon returning to the United States, Jo and her family lived for periods of time in Fort Williams and Portland, Springfield, Long Meadow, and Fort Devens, Massachusetts, and Port Charlotte, Florida. Upon returning to Maine, she and Carl lived in Skowhegan before finally Jo settled back in her hometown of Waterville.

When asked what the key to a long, happy life is, Jo recently responded: “A wonderful family.” Her family would agree that Jo’s presence and can-do attitude made life that much sweeter. Jo was always willing to help family, no matter the situation, and always did so with grace and sophistication.

In her leisure time, Jo enjoyed both social activities and more introspective time. She loved to golf, play cards, and participated in bowling clubs – all of which she partook with a vigor and competitive nature which those who were not close to her would find surprising. A resilient widow for 21 years, Jo filled all hours of the day. Whether sitting quietly watching the ducks at home or volunteering with the Rosary Sodality, St. Joseph’s Christmas Bazaar overseeing the bake sale table, the Maine Children’s Home, or at the Taste of Waterville.

She was an avid cook and feeding people brought her visible joy. Upon entering her home you could often smell fresh Zataar in her kitchen and leave with her filling your arms with bags of Fatayers to enjoy later. As her granddaughters and great-granddaughters showed interest, she passed on many of her mouth-watering recipes and cooking secrets and specifically enjoyed time in the kitchen with her granddaughter Nikki, who carries on her Sitto’s legacy of feeding family with delicious Lebanese food. For those lucky enough to have tasted Jo’s creations at the Taste of Waterville, they know that Jo added love to all her cooking.

Always proper, but never a pushover; independent, while compassionate and generous; Jo lived her life with a grace that will be remembered fondly. Her family and closest friends recall vividly the sounds of her footsteps as she entered their homes carrying platters of food, a smile, and words of wisdom.

Her presence; her laughter; and her general benevolence will be missed in this physical world.

Jo was predeceased by her younger brothers, Donnie Elias and Bobby Elias; her husband, LTC (Ret.) Carl E. Gottardi; and her son-in-law, Darrell Mitchell.

Jo is survived by her children, Donna-Jo (Gottardi) Mitchell and Carl Gottardi II; grandchildren Major Eric Mitchell and his wife Kate Mitchell, Tim Mitchell and his wife Bridgette Mitchell, Nicole (Mitchell) Libby and her husband Lance Libby, and Nina Rose Mitchell; great-grandchildren Ava and Lydia Libby and Ryder and Brady Mitchell; as well as cousins including Larry Mitchell, Carlene Kemp, and Sandy Morin.

A service will take place later in the year at the Maine Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Augusta.

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

Memorial donations can be made to St. Joseph Maronite Church endowment fund, 3 Appleton St.,Waterville, ME 04901.


CHINA – Carl John Stenholn, 95, passed away from natural causes at home in China, on Thursday, January 21, 2021. He was born April 3, 1925, in Hempstead, New York.

He drifted away just as he wished in the north bedroom of our family house in China, where he felt the most at home in this world. During the months prior to his leaving, he’d wake up eager to see the sunrise over the lake and say “another great day in China, Maine,” even on days when you could barely see the sun through the clouds. We hope we don’t forget his last lesson of optimism.

Carl had a wonderfully full life seeing a good measure of history in his 95 years and much of the globe firsthand. He graduated from Hempstead High School, in Hempstead, New York; and directly enlisted in the U.S. Navy to fight for his country in World War II.

Carl saw heavy action in the Pacific Ocean aboard the destroyer USS Hyman DD-732, newly-tooled from Bath Iron Works, in Maine. His ship was sent with so many others to be part of the complex offensive to strategically overtake the islands close to mainland Japan. On D-Day February 19, 1945, the USS Hyman was positioned close to the shore of the Island of Iwo Jima. Standing dead in the water, their ship’s guns bombarded the shores clearing the way for the Marines fighting yard by yard on the rough, unsheltered terrain. By February 22, 1945, all but the western side of Iwo Jima had been silenced and the Marines were anxious to take Mount Suribachi that night. The Hyman was ‘volunteered’ to provide searchlight illumination for the Marines’ climb, knowing it would make the vessel an easy target. Through the night, the Hyman’s 5-inch and 40 caliber guns were carefully coordinated over ship-to-shore radio providing accurate coverage for the Marines. At 0700, February 23, the Hyman was ordered to hold fire and the Marines would take the remainder of the hill by small armaments. Carl, a very young man at the time, and his crew mates didn’t realize they would be witnesses to history. At 1020, a US flag was raised by a small band of Marines indicating that Suribachi was ours. This event was the iconic flag raising of Iwo Jima.

After his military service, Carl graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono. Upon graduation, he was hired on with Allis-Chalmers (currently part of Siemens) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, working on large industrial-sized turbines as a field engineer. During a long career spanning almost four decades, he traveled worldwide to Mexico, India, South Africa, South America and the Middle East. Each trip, he would come back with stories that would encourage our curiosity about different cultures around the world.

Carl has traveled on to his grand final destination. Our hearts would be breaking, but we know he now has an angel’s view of the world he loved so much.

Carl was predeceased by his wife, Marie Alice Stenholm (Stein); his son and wife, Carl Adam and Kuniko (Greene) Stenholm; his sister and her husband, Dororthy and Bernard Rusiecki; and his parents, Anna Doe and Carl Johan Stenholm.

He is survived by his daughter Jeanne Marie Stenholm Marquis; granddaughter Megan Marie Marquis; grandson Nicholas Ian Marquis; and his nephew, John Rusiecki.

China, Vassalboro get good news about trash disposal

by Mary Grow

China and Vassalboro town managers shared good news with their respective selectboards at Jan. 19 (China) and Jan. 21 (Vassalboro) meetings: the trash recycling facility in Hampden appears ready to reopen this summer.

A company called Delta Thermo Energy, Inc. (DTE) has agreed to buy the Fiberight facility to which China, Vassalboro and 113 other Maine municipalities sent waste.

Fiberight was previously owned by Coastal Resources of Maine, which closed it for financial reasons at the end of May 2020. DTE is based in Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles northeast of Philadelphia.

The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) that represents the 115 Maine towns and cities has been searching for a new owner for the facility. MRC members considered several other firms before reaching agreement with DTE in late December.

DTE founder and chief executive officer Robert van Naarden participated in a Jan. 19 virtual meeting with MRC members. Van Naarden estimated reaching final agreement will take another two months, and after that DTE will need another four to six months to re-start operations. He plans to rehire former staff who are available, to run three shifts with 30 to 35 employees per shift and temporarily to follow Fiberight procedures.

After the first six months, he said, DTE intends to start improving the facility and the process. He also proposed setting up a citizen advisory board to work with MRC and member towns and cities.

Van Naarden said he does not intend to increase the tipping fees charged under current contracts with member municipalities.

During the time the facility was closed, much of former Fiberight users’ trash was landfilled in existing large landfills in Norridgewock and Alton. The MRC made sure the Hampden plant was monitored and maintained, Vassalboro Town Manager Mary Sabins said.

DTE’s website and van Naarden’s remarks emphasize DTE’s commitment to environmental protection. The company’s stated goal is to produce energy in a way that is sustainable, renewable and environmentally harmless.

Its process, trademarked as Green Waste to Fuel, converts municipal waste into fuel in a way that is “sustainable, clean and safe,” and its plants produce near-zero emissions. The company website says the patented/patent pending process uses a technology called hydrothermal decomposition.

According to information from the selectboard meetings and from websites, DTE already has facilities in Pennsylvania and in multiple foreign countries, including Germany, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

China selectmen hold special meeting

by Mary Grow

Ronald Breton, Chairman of the China Selectboard, led board members through continued review of the draft 2021-22 budget at a special budget workshop Jan. 25.

The meeting lasted almost three hours, and the review covered major town functions: administration, public safety, waste disposal and public works.

Selectmen began by agreeing to continue Town Manager Becky Hapgood’s contract, her probationary six months having been satisfactory.

They postponed action on her proposal for an across-the-board three percent pay increase for town employees. They did discuss principles for employee pay, like step increases, which Breton advocated; merit pay; and increases for additional skills, for example if a public works employee earns a higher class driver’s license.

They discussed the idea of an addition to the town office building to provide more storage space for documents Maine municipalities are required to keep. “We need it yesterday,” Hapgood said.

They discussed the request for funds for a building in the town forest behind China Middle School and decided to leave it in the budget. The request covers only the building; proponents plan to ask for more money to add heat and lights in the following year. Selectmen emphasized that if they and voters put up the building, approval of second-year funding for amenities is not guaranteed.

The selectmen’s meeting began with a virtual meeting with Kennebec County Sheriff Ken Mason and Lieutenant Chris Read to talk about providing additional law enforcement services by contracting with a sheriff’s deputy for 40-hour-a-week coverage. Breton also plans a private discussion with current part-time town Police Chief Craig Johnson to see whether he could provide additional coverage.

Review of transfer station operations included consideration of whether the 2020 increase in demolition debris, assumed to be a result of people having time for home repair and renovation projects, is likely to continue in 2021-22.

Breton and board member Blane Casey would like to get rid of the town-owned 1981 grader, and Public Works Director Shawn Reed agreed. With only one gravel road in town, the grader is seldom used; contracting grader work would save money, he believes.

Reed was less content with selectmen’s inclination to cut back on road paving for the second year in a row. He said early in the century, town roads were repaved, on average, on a seven- or eight-year cycle. By 2015, the average repaving came after 10 or 11 years; and doing only four miles in 2020 extended the cycle to an average of 12 years.

The next regular China selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, and will include additional budget discussion. Another special meeting could be held Monday evening, Feb. 8, if needed. Hapgood’s goal is to have the final budget, approved by the budget committee and the selectboard, ready by March 15.

The sound quality for the Jan. 21 meeting was much improved over previous in-person selectmen’s meetings. Hapgood credited Jeremy Mahns from API Technologies, in Gardiner, for suggesting and implementing changes.

The meeting record is available on the town website,, under Live Stream.

China selectmen review proposed budget; OK five appointments

by Mary Grow

At their Jan. 19 meeting, China selectmen began review of the proposed 2021-22 town budget and made five committee appointments.

Town Manager Becky Hapgood summarized the town’s current financial position and she and selectmen discussed future expenditures. Board members deliberately made no decisions, postponing their recommendations until the end of the review.

The discussion covered town administration, including Hapgood’s recommended salary increases; repairs the town office building needs; town committees’ fund requests; dues for organizations to which the Town of China belongs; and other topics.

The draft budget includes a proposal to increase local law enforcement resources by making an agreement with the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office. Proposals to hire a full-time town policeman or to contract with the sheriff’s department were deleted from the 2020 warrant for the town business meeting when Covid-19 forced a change from an April open meeting to a July written ballot.

The committee appointments were:

  • To the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee, former Selectman Robert MacFarland as a member and former TIF Committee secretary Trishea Story as an alternate.
  • To the Revolving Loan Fund Committee, Thomas Rumpf, Robert Batteese and Janet Lully.

After an executive session discussion of Hapgood’s position, selectmen took no action.

Board members scheduled a special meeting for continued budget review for Monday evening, Jan. 25. Their next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1.

A recording of the Jan. 19 meeting is available on the town website, To watch it, open Live Stream (bottom left of the home page) and under Recent Events click on January and then on the meeting. The variable sound quality makes it difficult to follow some of the discussion.

Farm to table to wellness; the Fusion of Windsor

The Fusion of Windsor owner Antoinette Turner, flanked by her daughters, Rhya, left, and Ellese. (photo by Steve Ball)

by Steve Ball

The dining room at the Fusion of Windsor. Above, items for sale at the restaurant. (photo by Steve Ball)

In a building that has seemingly been in search of a purpose there now resides a new restaurant in the town of Windsor. The Fusion of Windsor Restaurant has grown up out of grit, toil, will and a bit of luck. For the new owner, Antoinette Turner, of Somerville, to find out that she acquired a property on nearly the same day as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions went into place would have been enough for some to reconsider their aspirations. Might this just not be the best time to open a brand new business? But, as days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months, Turner found there were just too many good things happening for her not to stick with it and see this idea of a business through.

The property where the Fusion of Windsor now sits, on Rte. 32, nearly half way between Hussey’s General Store and the Windsor Fair Grounds, seemed to Turner to be the perfect spot for a Farmer’s Market, and possibly, at some time in the future, a small farm-to-table restaurant. What exists there now is really more of an evolution than the product of a definite business plan. Talking with Turner, it’s obvious that she is an entrepreneur with a head racing with new ideas and a deep desire to make a difference in her community. She and her daughters also have the gumption to do the work necessary to see her ideas come into being.

Antoinette Turner’s passion was originally in farming and bringing the community together around a farmer’s market. She is a certified goat milk producer who loves farming and appreciates what farms do for a community. Her idea for a farm-to-table restaurant grew out of this, but she knew any restaurant would need to be able to serve beer and wine if it were to compete with other full-service restaurants in neighboring cities and towns.

Items for sale at the restaurant. (photo by Steve Ball)

The Town of Windsor, however, had an ordinance not allowing alcohol to be served and consumed in any establishment. Realizing this would be a deterrent to possible investors, Turner went about changing the ordinance. She attended selectmen’s meetings and took petitions door to door to get the ordnance change put on the ballot. Turner was successful and the town’s people voted to change the No Alcohol ordinance in June of 2019.

It was after this change that the concept of the Fusion of Windsor took shape and became a possibility. Turner was able to get investors to support her idea of a farm-to-table restaurant, farmer’s market, banquet room, and wellness center. She now had some money, but not nearly enough, to transform this building into a functional restaurant and possibly a wellness center. So, she and her daughters went to work and sanded, stripped, painted and reconditioned room after room.

When asked, Turner says COVID-19 restrictions and limitations have, in a strange way, been a blessing. While she is anxious to fully open, the slower pace of business during this period has allowed her to continue to work on the building and tweak her restaurant offerings for what customers are asking.

Aside from a full restaurant, lounge and banquet room on the ground floor, open from Thursday – Sunday, there is also a year around Farmer’s Market open on Sundays. If that wasn’t enough, the basement has a 1,500 square foot room for yoga, Pilates, and other exercise classes and other space being set aside for a mini-spa and bridal dressing room. Turner concluded my tour by saying “and in the back of the building there will be a beer garden” to provide for outside dining and enjoyment. I was stunned that so much could be squeezed out of this space. But, after spending any time with Turner, one realizes she is always thinking; What more can I do? How can I make this better?

It’s clear Antoinette Turner is a person driven to be successful. To see her eyes light up and feel her enthusiasm is enough to believe in her. To see what she and her daughters have done while being restricted by COVID limitations makes me more sure she will be successful.