FOR YOUR HEALTH: Baby Boomers Still Playing Together Even “Party Gaming” on Zoom

The Boomer generation knows how to have fun—such as with a new pop culture trivia game about the days of their youth.

(NAPSI)—Over 70 million Baby Boomers grew up playing board games and watching game shows together—and they still love doing both.

A new pop culture trivia game is taking Boomers on a nostalgic road trip back to the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. Designed to be played by two teams, Boom Again features thousands of questions drawing upon Boomer’s memories of advertising slogans and jingles, politics and social movements, movies, music, television, and more.

Groups of Baby Boomers are laughing their way through memories on a wide variety of their experiences: from The Twist to Disco; American Bandstand to Soul Train; Doris Day all the way to Janis Joplin, and on to Steve Martin; Hula Hoops to The Pill; and poodle skirts to mini-skirts. And they are singing their way through all the music of their youth, too.

This game is clearly not an S.A.T. test with questions like:

• Name three of the most popular episodes of “I Love Lucy.”
• Name the original main courses from Swanson’s TV Dinners.
• What did Silly Putty have to do with the Sunday comic strips?

The wide array of material is organized into easily remembered categories:

Things We Heard—Music, jingles, famous speeches, lyrics, catchphrases

Things We Saw—TV shows, movies, commercials, magazines, sporting events

Things We Learned in School—The “3 R’s,” clubs, dances, school yard games

In The News—Politics, sports, world events, Sunday comics, murder, war

Stuff We Learned On the Street—Toys, Fashion, Cars, Social Movements, Dances, etc.

A Box Full of Memories

The game comes packaged in a “cigar box” familiar to Baby Boomers who stashed their stuff in those as kids. It has two boxes of cards with 2,244 questions, and Boomer era tokens including a Metal Skate Key, a “Students For Kennedy” Button, a center insert for a 45-RPM Record, and more.

There’s even a “Boomers’ Little Helper” magnifier in case someone forgets their readers.

An Antidote to Pandemic Isolation

Apparently nothing can keep a social Baby Boomer from hanging out with their friends. Party games have always brought people together. Now, even when friends and families haven’t been together in person, they have been playing Boom Again together on Zoom. It’s become known as a Boom Zoom!

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Local children’s book author releases new book

Jeanine Deas

In her new children’s book, Twinkle, Twinkle, Where You Are, Waterville-based children’s book author Jeanine Deas offers a comforting, reassuring message for children everywhere — one especially powerful as we all journey through the pandemic.

“The book is about love and longing,” Jeanine says. “During COVID — and after that — it offers a magical way for children (and adults) to endure times of isolation and separation from family and friends. It encourages us to remain hopeful that we’ll soon be reunited.”

The book began in a most surprising way, as, one morning, Jeanine “spoke” with her deceased mother. “I still feel the energy of our relationship,” Jeanine says. “I begin each day talking to her. One morning, while gazing at her picture, I whispered, ‘Mom, where are you?’ I paused, then said out loud, “I love you so, wherever you are.’ These words were the inspiration for Twinkle, Twinkle, Where You Are.”

Presented in delightful, touching rhymes and illustrated by Meaghan M. Bailey, Twinkle, Twinkle, Where You Are is ultimately a hope-filled picture book with a message that can enrich children throughout their lives.

“My desire,” says Jeanine Deas, “is that readers will come to understand that when distance, time, or even death separate us physically from those we love, we are always connected through the ever-present energy of our relationship. It’s the ‘TWINKLE’ that gives us hope.”

Twinkle, Twinkle, Where You Are is available at Children’s Book Cellar, in Waterville.

Vassalboro Community School honor roll

Vassalboro Community School (contributed photo)


High honors: Aliyah Anthony, Zander Austin, Xainte Cloutier, Twila Cloutier, Dekan Dumont, Mariah Estabrook, Riley Fletcher, Camden Foster, Sarina LaCroix, Jade Lopez, Cassidy Rumba and CameronWillett.

Honors: Sophia Brazier, Samantha Carter, Grace Clark, Kaylee Colfer, Samantha Craig, Wyatt Devoe, Dawson Frazer, Peter Giampietro, Aubrey Gofroth, Lucian Kinrade, Landon Lagasse, Addison Neagle, Austin Pease, Olivia Perry, Juliahna Rocque, Isaiah Smith, Bryce Sounier and Haven Trainor. Honorable mention:m Lukas Blais, Chanse Hartford, Isaac Leonard, Arianna Muzerolle, Kaylee Pease and Elliott Rafuse.


High honors: Emily Clark, Keegan Clark, Basil Dillaway, Fury Frappier, Baylee Fuchswanz, Allyson Gilman, Lillyana Krastev, Kaitlyn Lavallee, Cheyenne Lizzotte, Elizabeth Longfellow, Mia McLean, Elliot McQuarrie, Agatha Meyer, Randel Phillips and Grace Tobey.

Honors: Caylie Buotte, Kaleb Charlebois, Ariyah Doyen, Gabriella Duarte, Isadora Duarte, Zoe Gaffney, Jack LaPierre, Mackenzy Monroe, Emma Robbins and Ava Woods. Honorable mention: Mason Brewer, Harlen Fortin, Kaylee Moulton, Weston Pappas and Naseem Umar.


High honors: Benjamin Allen, Tristyn Brown, Dylan Dodge, Jasmine Garey, Drew Lindquist, Caleb Marden Paige Perry, Brooke Reny, Judson Smith, Alana Wade, and Reid Willett.

Honors: Logan Cimino, Jennah Dumont, Ryleigh French, Drake Goodie, Cooper Lajoie, Brandon Neagle, Ryder Neptune-Reny, Trinity Pooler, Abigail Prickett, Landon Sullivan, Leigha Sullivan, Jannah Tobey and William Traynor. Honorable mention: Grayson Atwood, Zoey DeMerchant, Zachary Kinrade, Katherine Maxwell and Jade Travers.


High honors: Sophie Day, Ryley Desmond, Madison Field, Adalyn Glidden, Bailey Goforth and Bryson Stratton.

Honors: Madison Burns, Emma Charleson, Eilah Dillaway, Wyatt Ellis, Kylie Grant, Olivia Leonard, Jack Malcolm, Josslyn Ouellette, Mackenzie Oxley, Natalie Rancourt and Taiya Rankins. Honorable mention: Tyler Clark, Tallulah Cloutier,
Colby Frith, and Caspar Hooper


High honors: Emily Almeida, Jacob Lavallee, Ava Lemelin, Mylee Petela and Hannah Polley.

Honors: Quinn Coull, Madison Estabrook, Aiden Hamlin, Taylor Neptune and Leahna Rocque. Honorable mention: Saunders Chase, Mason Decker, Lilian Piecewicz and Addison Witham.


High honors: Brooke Blais, Sofia Derosby, Allison Dorval, Kaylene Glidden, Ava Kelso, Greta Limberger and Ava Picard.

Honors: Brady Desmond, Ellie Giampetruzzi, Brandon Hanscom, Kaelyn Pappas, Seth Picard and Emma Waterhouse. Honorable mention: Landen Blodgett and Kenneth Fredette.

Can I come home this year?

by Ralph Ashburn

It’s been a long, lonely, cold winter so I am really looking forward to coming home for the summer. But I’m not sure if traveling to Maine will be as bad as last year. As an old guy I spend time at my different kids’ homes, but love to spend summers at the camp. Last year I never knew what the law of the day was concerning Covid. Sometimes the state required a 14-day quarantine. Sometimes I had to be tested within a few hours of crossing the big bridge. There were even times that if I traveled into Maine, I could not get out because neighboring states had more entry rules.

Despite all last year’s rules, I was fortunate to spend time at the camp, but with not many people around I had all the black flies to myself. The rules said that I needed to pack in enough food for 14 days of quarantine and not go to a restaurant unless it was a drive-through. I remember one day an old friend of mine over on the coast called me to say she knew of a restaurant with inside seating and did I want to join her for lunch.

My conversations with myself had started to get dull and repetitive, so an offer of a lunch date with an old friend was the best news I’d heard in a long while. This would spring me from lockdown isolation. I was thrilled; a real live person, face to face. My friend told me that there would be conditions, which I ignored as they were listed.

Jo Ann is an old public health nurse who began by saying that she has paid attention to every Covid-19 press conference by the governor and CDC director. First, we would remain six feet apart with masks on at all times. There would be no hugging, no touching and absolutely no kissing. “Fine, fine, fine,” I agreed, as long as talking was still on the table.

Jo wanted to meet at a popular diner on the coast. It was not my favorite, but I’ll agree to anything to talk to a live person. We arrived at the same time and Jo yelled from her car, “Leave an empty space between the cars.” I got out of my car to the command, “Don’t come any closer; and follow six feet behind me and keep your mask on until we get our food.”

This is a small diner with booths the size of card tables. It was neat when we were kids because you could play kneezies with your date, but not now with a nervous public health nurse. Jo said that we would sit diagonally and not face each other when we talked. Fine, but two old people wearing masks have to keep saying, “What did you say? I can’t read your lips.”

The food came and Jo suggested that we remove our masks but face away from each other. I didn’t care as I was talking with a real live person and enjoying every word. In fact, I was so carried away that with such a small table, I began drinking Jo’s drink from her straw. When I realized what I was doing, I had to tell her. “Jo, excuse me, but I drank from your glass by mistake.” With bulging eyes, she stood up and shouted, “I’m dead. All you people from Massachusetts are infected with Covid. God help me.”

I didn’t know if I should apologize to her or tell the rest of the diner that I’d been successfully tested and quarantined, or maybe just run out to my car and leave. Then Jo said, “Wait a minute, I didn’t drink from my glass after you so I will not die and don’t worry you will not catch anything from me.” What a relief. But the rest of the diner customers now assumed that I was the infected enemy from Massachusetts. Jo noticed the hostility beginning in the other diners so she stood and announced, “Don’t worry folks, false alarm. I am a professional nurse and he is not infected.” Calmness did not return to this angry crowd so I told Jo that we had to leave and we quickly exited to our cars.

Jo yelled from her car, “That was fun. Call me the next time you visit. We’ll have lunch.” Sure, I thought as I sped back to camp, removed my number plates and hid the car behind the wood pile. I self-quarantined out of fear. Hopefully, this year will be different. I have shots, a Covid passport, enough masks to cover my head and so many tests that my nose feels like a roto-router demonstration site. The only thing I will not do is call Jo Ann to ask her out for lunch as I cannot trust myself to not drinking her drink or trying to escape from those angry people at the diner. I’m safer staying at the camp and putting up with the black flies.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Town of Fairfield


The Fairfield Town Council will hold Public Hearing electronically and in the Council Chambers, at the Community Center, at 61 Water Street, on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of hearing public comments on the following matter:
Annual Town Budget Warrant

Details are available at and the Town Office. All interested persons are invited to submit comments electronically or attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to be heard at that time.


For the June 8, 2021, Annual Town Budget Warrant Referendum, and MSAD #49 Budget Referendum & School Board Elections:

Polls are open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., at the Community Center, at 61 Water Street.

Registrar hours the week prior to Election for the purpose of voter registration are: Mon – Fri, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with late hours on Monday June 1, 2021, 5 – 6 p.m.

Absentee voting info & election details available at

Signed: Christine Keller,
Town Clerk

I’M JUST CURIOUS: Bits and pieces

by Debbie Walker

Some of these pieces you may know about and some you may be introduced to today. My hope is you find usefulness and hopefully a little humor, too, in what I am going to share with you. Most of this information is coming from the 2020 Farmer’s Almanac.

We’re going to start out with a couple Helpful Hints:

Reusable Storage: Don’t throw away any of those cardboard carriers of a 6-pack. You can use one for the cookouts. Use the individual holes for carrying ketchup, mustard, mayo and other things necessary. OR Use one for crafting or kids activities to hold supplies.

Home Spa: Tie a bunch of fresh eucalyptus to your shower head and let the smell turn your shower into an invigorating way to start the day. (It is said to open nasal passages).

Bug Bite Relief: (The bugs will return soon!) Soak a cloth in a mixture of two tablespoons of Epsom salt in one cup of water. Wring out and hold cloth over the bite for several minutes.

Plastic Snow Sled: (Summer use) Use a plastic snow sled with a rope lead to haul your camping gear from the car to your site. You can also use it for carrying planting supplies and tools around the yard, from one site to another.

Have you ever wondered about eating insects? (Me neither, but it’s kind of funny):

Crickets: Remove legs; dry roast, fry, or stir fry. There is also such a thing as cricket flour. I don’t have any, how about you? Oh, and you can get them at a pet store.

June Bugs/Beetles: Fry in oil/butter with shallots. (Oh, bummer, I am all out of shallots!)

Ants: Can be roasted in a dry pan and added as a flavoring or crunchy topping to other dishes. (If you ever wondered what to do about the ants I’ll bet you never thought to cook them up for a new taste!)

Pill Bugs (Sow Bugs): These insects are related to lobster and shrimp. Boil or sauté briefly in butter.

CAUTION: Avoid insects with bright yellow, red, or orange markings. Be aware of areas sprayed with pesticides. (And please check for more information before you try any of these things, please.)

Camping Hacks:

Bring two coolers – one for just the drinks and the other for food.

Duct tape: Always bring it. It has helped us out with medical problems and patching holes, use your imagination.

Tic Tac Containers: Fill them with your favorite seasonings. Use permanent marker to write what’s inside.

Fruit Flies: Fill a small bowl with apple cider vinegar plus two drops of liquid dish soap. Mix well. Fruit flies will be drawn to the bowl… and to their demise.


It doesn’t require many words to speak the truth.

Spring is when you feel like whistling even when your shoe is full of slush.

A snowflake is winter’s butterfly.

Aspire to inspire before you expire.

Some people only like the changes that jingle in their pocket.

I am just curious if you found any bits or pieces useful. Let me know, contact me at I hope you found some things to smile at. Thank you for reading and have a great week.

REVIEW POTPOURRI – Singer: June Valli

June Valli

Peter Catesby Peter Cates

June Valli

A June 11,1953, seven-inch RCA Victor 45 record – 47 5368 – features June Valli (1928-1993) singing Cryin’ In the Chapel, which reached #4 on the Billboard charts. Artie Glenn wrote the song for his son Darrell, who recorded it a few months before Valli and had success. Numerous other singers would cover it .

Elvis Presley’s own version sold a million copies after RCA released it in 1965 without his permission, five years after he recorded it; supposedly he didn’t like the results and wanted it tossed.

Joe Reisman

Back to June Valli who gave a warm-hearted rendition with the very gifted arranger/conductor Joe Reisman (1924-1987) who led the orchestra and chorus. Side 2 was the mediocre Love Every Day You Live.

Valli came from the Bronx. After singing Stormy Weather at a friend’s wedding, she was invited to appear on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, where she won first prize, and on the Perry Como and Ed Sullivan Shows. She co-hosted an NBC summer replacement variety show with Andy Williams in 1957, toured with Fats Domino and Mel Torme and was the invisible singer for Chiquita Banana commercials.

June Valli died of cancer in 1993, at the age of 64, at her home in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Joe Reisman was a Dallas, Texas, native who produced hit records for Patti Page at Mercury, Perry Como, Eartha Kitt and André Previn at RCA Victor Records, eventually becoming Henry Mancini’s lead producer.

Reisman died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on September 15, 1987, one day before his 63rd birthday.

He recorded a very good easy listening album in 1957 for RCA entitled Door of Dreams. In much later years, he even produced sessions for the Grateful Dead.

Robert P. Tristram Coffin continued

Continuing with paragraphs from Robert P. Tristram Coffin’s essay, Kennebec Crystals:

“The thaw lasted eight days. Somebody saw a robin. He didn’t get any vote of thanks from his neighbors. A body could see his dead grandmother in such fog as there was. The graybeards by the barrel stove in Ephraim Doughty’s grocery store at Bowdoin Center shivered in their shoes. Ephraim had said earlier in the evening, as he looked out at the weather glumly, “Open winter, fat graveyards.” Active Frost cheated at checkers and got caught. Wash Alexander drank up all his wife’s Peruna.

“The only consolation in Kennebec county was the newspaper. It said it was raining all up and down the Hudson, from Saratoga to Staten Island.”

To be continued…

Carrabec High School third quarter honor roll

Carrabec High School


High honors: Jasmyne Coombs, Andrew Davis, Natalynn Deuble, Adam Lawrence, Autumn Morrill, Mikayla Oliver, Sarah Olson and Courtney Peabody.

Honors:  Logen Faucett, Ethan Johnson, Chantelle LaCroix, Elizabeth Manzer, Anastasia Quimby, Kyra Roderick and Adria Schinzel.


High honors:   Emma Baker, Abigayle Ballard, Roger Beaulieu, Cheyenne Cahill, Shyanne Holmes and Courtney Rollins.

Honors: Elijah Canales, Xavier Cloutier, Charlee Davis, Tyler Edwards, Sean Olson, Seth Sayles, Brandon Smith, Cassidy Smith, Devon Spencer, Brooke Welch, Garrett Wilson and Ethan Wyman.


High honors:  Luke Carey.

Honors: Jessica Benedict, Lindsay Hamilton, Robert Lindblom, Jr., Gabriella Manzer, William Price II, Isabella Slate, Hunter Sousa and Faith Willette.


High honors:  Kolby Carpenter, Cooper Dellerma and Brooke-Alexis Dube.

Honors: Alex Briggs, Jayden Cates, Riley Crocker, Devyn DeLeonardis, Trevor Donahue, Emma Junkins, Summer Lindblom, Dillon Nelson and Jordyn Plourd.

China Middle School honor roll

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High honors: Carter Brockway, Ashlee Camillo, Lauren Cowing, Lillian Crommett, Kalli Duvall, Clara French, Serena Hotham, Parker Hunter, Abigail McDonough, Shannon McDonough, Noah Pelletier, Justin Reed, Laney Robitaille, Avery Ross, Carlee Sanborn, Aislynn Savage, Parker Studholme and Dalorice Vires.

Honors: Haileigh Allen, Jayda Bickford, Keenan Clark, Dylan Cooley, Lucas Farrington, Brooke Lee, Jackson Levesque, Sadie Pierce, Kyle Scott and Larissa Steeves.


High honors: London Catle, Madeline Clement-Cargill, Clkaire Davis, Sylvia Davis, April Dutilly, Faith Given, Kasen Kelley, Bayley Nickles, Ruby Pearson, Elijah Pelkey, Desirae Proctor, Christian Salvadori, Jaelyn Seamon, Madelynn Spencer and Abigial Studholme.

Honors: Brock Bowden, MacKenzie Chasem, Gavin Clark, Colby Hardy, Willow Haschalk, Easton Houghton, Laylah Leach, Nathaniel Levesque, Hayden Little, Aurora Littrell, Jeremy McKay, Jack Murray, Michael Richardson, Benjamin Severy, Nichala Small, Kayla Stred, Phoebe Taylor, Kamryn Turner and Alexander Walker.


High honors: Isaac Audette, Khloe Clark, Connor Crommett, Logan Dow, Nolan Dow, Bella Dutilly, Isabella Farrington, Danica Ferris, Scott Fitts, Kaylee Grierson, Johanna Jacobs, Peyton Kibbin, Kate McGlew, Annie Miragliuolo, Natalie Peaslee, Bryson Pettengill, Caylee Putek, Jessika Shaw, Gabriel Studholme and Sabrina Sutdholme.

Honors: Delia Bailey, Mason Carrillo, Landen DeCosta, Kelsie Dunn, James Goodwin, Connor Hardesty, Chase Hester, Wyatt Michaud, Hadleigh Morin, Haile Pierce, Dylan Proctor, Mason Reed-Prosser, Julianna Ripley, Dylan Saucier, Blake Spry, Colby Spry and Matthew Vernesoni.


High honors: Dawson Baker, Mackenzie Bowden, Jackson Bryant, Trevor French, Tyler Gagnon, Landon Larochelle, Bella Lefferts, Lainey McFarland, Ava Miragliuolo, Liam Ross, Maxine Spencer, Amelia Spry, Ethan Studholme, Dalton Stufflebeam, Kallie Turner and Brian Walker.

Honors: Alexxander Catassi, Dante Farrell, Myla Gower, Madison Levesque, Mason Mattingly, Alexander Mayo, Clara Monroe, Nolan Pierce, Reed Pilsbury, Keegan Sears, Braelyn Waters and Leah Watson.

POETRY CORNER: God’s Wonders

God’s Wonders

by Marilou Suchar

Did you ever taste the ocean?
Is it really salty brine?

Did you ever see a rainbow,
And wish it were all mine?

Did you ever throw a stone,
And watch it make a ring?

Did you ever catch a firefly
And hold it in your hand?

Did you ever drag your feet
And hear the singing sand?

We walked along the shore,
He showed me all and more

The birds, the shells and tide
From me, did nothing hide.

In my heart these memories abide – forever.