LEGAL NOTICES for Thursday, May 27, 2021

STATE OF MAINE
PROBATE COURT
COURT ST.,
SKOWHEGAN, ME
SOMERSET, ss
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

The following Personal Representatives have been appointed in the estates noted. The first publication date of this notice May 20, 2021. If you are a creditor of an estate listed below, you must present your claim within four months of the first publication date of this Notice to Creditors by filing a written statement of your claim on a proper form with the Register of Probate of this Court or by delivering or mailing to the Personal Representative listed below at the address published by his name, a written statement of the claim indicating the basis therefore, the name and address of the claimant and the amount claimed or in such other manner as the law may provide. See 18-C M.R.S.A. §3-80

2021-107 – Estate of EVELYN L. DOSTIE, late of Smithfield, Me deceased. Crystal L. Corbett, 99 Depot Road, Belgrade, Me 04917 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-110 – Estate if DAVID F. WHITTEN, late of St. Albans, Me deceased. Theodore Whitten, 391 St. Albans Road, Palmyra, Me 04965 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-111 – Estate of JULIA A. FIELD, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Susan M. Pomelow, 48 Upper Main Street, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-112 – Estate of MICHAEL F. BELYEA, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Karen M. Belyea, 112 Main Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-108 – Estate of JACQUELYN A. STRYSKO, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Selena Hoyak, 202 E. Main Street, PO Box 861,Worthington, PA 16262 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-113 – Estate of FLORENCE M. HUNT, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Daniel J. Simard, Jr., 6 Savage Street, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-116 – Estate of JANICE JOAN GITSCHIER, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Kerrie J. Alkurabi, 60 Alfalfa Road, Sidney, Me 04330 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-126 – Estate of GARY F. COBB, late of New Portland, Me deceased. Elizabeth V. Cobb, PO Box 124, North New Portland, Me 04961 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-127 – Estate of JACINTA N. FRANCIS, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Anthony Francis 8 Military Avenue, Fairfield, Me 04937 appoint Personal Representative.

2021-129 – Estate of PETER M. BOOTHBY, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Shawn W. Cyrway, 605 Moulton Road, Embden, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-130 – Estate of ROSEMARIE HENDRIX, late of New Portland, Me deceased. Ralph Hendrix, 95 Valley Road, Mercer, Me 04957 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-131 – Estate of JOSEPH R. BEAULIEU, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. Nellie Jane Buzzell, 790 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967 appointed Personal Representative.

To be published on May 20 & 27, 2021
Dated May 17, 2021 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate
(5/27)

STATE OF MAINE
PROBATE COURT
41 COURT ST.
SOMERSET, ss
SKOWHEGAN, ME
PROBATE NOTICES

TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE ESTATES LISTED BELOW

Notice is hereby given by the respective petitioners that they have filed petitions for appointment of personal representatives in the following estates or change of name. These matters will be heard at 1 p.m. or as soon thereafter as they may be on June 2, 2021. The requested appointments or name changes may be made on or after the hearing date if no sufficient objection be heard. This notice complies with the requirements of 18-C MRSA §3-403 and Probate Rule 4.

2021-069 – Estate of COLTON WAYNE ASTBURY. Petition for Change of Name (minor) filed by Charissa and Ethan Minnick, 506 Beech Hill Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 requesting minor’s name be changed to Colton Wayne Minnick for reasons set forth therein.

2021-085 – Estate of JOANN MARY BOONE. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by JoAnn Mary Boone, 63 Mechanic Street, Norridgewock, Me 04957 requesting her name be changed to JoAnn Mary Pullen for reasons set forth therein.

2021-086 – Estate of SARAH MICHELLE GARZA. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Sarah Michelle Garza, 138 Nichols Street, Apt 1, Pittsfield, Me 04967 requesting her name be changed to Kody Alastor King for reasons set forth therein.

2021-098 – Estate of SONIA MAGDALENA RAJKIEWICZ. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Sonia Magdalena Rajkiewicz, 281 Birches Road, Rockwood, Me 04478 requesting her name be changed to Sonia Magdalena Gabriel for reasons set forth therein.

2021-115 – Estate of MICHAEL ANTHONY PRATT. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Michael Anthony Pratt, 34 Burrill Street, Fairfield, Me 04937 requesting his name be changed to Violet River Pratt for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: May 17, 2021
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate
(5/27)

STATE OF MAINE
PROBATE COURT
SOMERSET, SS
NOTICE TO HEIRS

Estate of JOSEPH R. BEAULIEU
DOCKET NO. 2021-131

It appearing that the following heirs of Joseph R. Beaulieu, as listed in an Application for Informal Probate of a Will and Appointment of Personal Representative are of unknown names and addresses:

Children of the following deceased siblings: Dorici Beaulieu, Godrick Beaulieu, Rodrick Beaulieu, Norman Beaulieu, Roger Beaulieu, Anilda Ouellette and Ida Beaulieu.

THEREFORE, notice is hereby given as heirs of the above-named estate pursuant to Maine Rules of Probate Procedure Rule 4(d) (1) (a), and Rule 4 (e) (a).

This notice shall be published once a week for two successive weeks in The Town Line with the first publication to be May 20, 2021.

The name and address of the Personal Representative: Nellie Jane Buzzell, 790 Main Street, Pittsfield, Me 04967.

Dated: May 14, 2021
/s/ Victoria M. Hatch,
Register of Probate
(5/27)

SPECIAL TO THE TOWN LINE: Memorial Day about fallen soldiers

A close-up view of a tombstone at the Arlington National Cemetery, marking the grave site of four unknown crewmen assigned to the battleship USS MAINE (BB 2). The Marine sank after exploding off the coast of Havana, Cuba, killing approximately 260 crewmen. The sabotaging of the main precipatated the American declaration of war against Spain in 1898.

by Gary Kennedy

Memorial Day is a federal holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday of May, each year. To me Memorial Day indicates a day of memory. In our case it is the American realization that our freedom isn’t free at all. Young men and women have gone to war to protect the American way of life for several centuries now.

Fortunately, for those who did not serve in a military capacity had the support of those who would give their all to protect this great country and the residence who resided in the place they called home. This day is full of “do’s and don’ts”. The don’ts are what we need to avoid. Research shows five things we should not do on Memorial Day;

  • Don’t wish anyone a “Happy Memorial Day”. Memorial Day was not born out of happiness and joy.
  • Don’t thank the current troops. (Thank you for your service) it’s not about them.
  • Don’t regard the sale at Wal-Mart as a tribute to our deceased brothers and sisters. Be respectful.
  • Don’t forget it exists and why, explain it to the children.
  • Don’t let politics sway you from the respect that is deserved to those who gave their life for you. If you don’t respect what was given, then life means very little to you.

It’s very important to remember we are not celebrating veterans here; we are memorializing those who gave their lives. In 1868 General John Logan declared the day for paying respect to “those who have died”, defending our way of life with flags and flowers. As you can see there is an important distinction. Thank you for your service and wish you were here are very different. Even though some of us may disagree with the politics of war; that is not the issue of the holiday. We are showing thanks for our existence and respect for those who died securing that. No one could give more than his/her life for family, friends and country.

Historically our flags are flown at half staff from dawn until noon. You can put flowers on the grave of any fallen hero. It is customary to pause at 3 p.m. and say a little prayer. Wearing a red poppy is a symbol of respect which began early on when Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day. (May 30, 1868).

The Ohio Congressman and future president, James Garfield gave the first speech which took place at Arlington National Cemetery. This began as a Civil War event, in which over 620,000 men and women died. Later this was expanded to include all wars. Remember, Veterans Day honors all that have served in the armed forces but Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives. The late Billy Graham said, “Courage is Contagious”. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened. President James Garfield stated, “For love of country they accepted death.” Nathan Hale stated, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

There are so many famous quotes surrounding this holiday. “In Flanders Field” probably is the greatest of them all. It was written by a Canadian physician during World War I, Lt. Colonel John McCrae. McCrae was inspired to write the poem while presiding at the funeral of a dear friend. Later he discarded the poem believing it to not be good. It was retrieved by another and published giving credit to McCrae.

In Flanders Field was first published on December 8, 1915. It is one of the most quoted poems to this very day, and applies to all conflicts of war and has even been used in advertising. In the U.S.A. we use it with Veterans and Memorial days. It was used as a recruiting tool during the romance period of war and was written in order to give a voice to the dead. A simple wooden cross in a field of poppies is where it received the breath of life from the mind and hand of one trained to save life. Bury your friend with a raincoat for cover. War is hell. When will we ever learn? Don’t forget this and be sure to pause at 3 p.m., and whisper your prayer. The world is in a bad place, even now. Enjoy your day off with friends and family and remember those who have allowed you to do that.

God Bless and stay safe.

In Flanders Field

The Larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce head amid the guns below

We are the dead. Short days ago,
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high
If ye brake faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Field.

PHOTO: Great winter of fishing!

It was a great winter of fishing for Megan Hallee, 12, of Rome. She caught the smallmouth bass, left, and the brown trout, right, while fishing with her maternal grandfather, Terry Greenleaf, of Oakland, last winter. She is the daughter of Ryan and Rachel Hallee, of Rome.

CRITTER CHATTER: The difference between animal control officer, and animal damage control officer

A caged mink at the Wildlife Center. (photo by Don Cote)

by Jayne Winters

When Don and I talked about a topic for this month’s column, he suggested letting readers know what the differences are between an Animal Control Officer (ACO) and an Animal Damages Control Agent (ADC). Although the titles of “Animal Control” and “Animal Damage Control” are often used interchangeably, they represent two different areas of specialty. Simply put, Maine Animal Control Officers handle domestic animal complaints, while Animal Damage Control Agents deal with wildlife issues. Both must be licensed or certified by the overseeing state agency and successfully complete continuing education or training; both are required to have a current Maine trapping license.

Animal Control Officers are licensed and regulated by the Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry under its Animal Welfare Program. According to semi-retired ACO Patrick Faucher, of Oakland, municipalities are mandated by the state to have Animal Control Officers, but due to limited budgets, often hire and share an officer to cover several towns in the area.

According to the National Animal Control Association (NACA), Animal Control Officers “work to maintain public health standards by making communities safe for both people and animals.” Most entry-level ACO positions require a minimum of a high school diploma, but agencies often require additional training and education related to animal or veterinary sciences, and/or law enforcement. Typical duties include investigation of complaints; working with the public, animal shelters, and potentially dangerous animals; maintaining records and preparing incident reports; monitoring dog licensure; capturing and possibly quarantining loose or stray animals; issuing warnings or citations to pet owners for appearance in court; and trapping/rescuing/transporting injured or sick animals. They also need to know the appropriate, safe practices and use of various equipment used in animal handling. In addition to having the physical abilities required to perform field work, they also need a valid driver’s license and must be certified as an ACO at the time of hire or within six months. Maine ACOs must fulfill mandated 8-hour training requirements annually; failure to do so results in Phase I (core competencies) and Phase II (practical instruction and exercises) recertification. Many training options are currently provided on-line due to Covid-19 restrictions until regular in-person training can be safely held.

Conversely, Animal Damage Control Agents are licensed and regulated by the Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, but operate as independent contractors. Pat Faucher noted that because the state has no standard or base fees, agents can charge whatever they want, often for each animal captured. Common nuisance species include raccoons, skunks, squirrels, mice, opossums, or weasels seeking shelter in or under a house, garage, or shed. They may occupy an area sporadically, using the site for a few days until food sources are exhausted, or to give birth and raise their young. If an animal doesn’t pose a problem to you, your family, pets or other animals, you may choose not to have it removed. However, sometimes animals make noise, chew or destroy property, create odors or present a potential health hazard. Pat Faucher told me that if there is a health hazard, the town is required to respond. Due to liability issues concerning health or safety hazards, such as a potentially rabid animal or relocating a mother animal and her young, an Animal Damage Control Agent should be utilized.

Pat stated trapping is not as simple as the general public may think: wild critters, especially raccoons and squirrels, are very smart. The individual trapping must have knowledge of what type of bait to use, where and how to place it, e.g., loose or wired to the cage. Agents do not handle domestic animal calls unless they are also a licensed ACO for a given town. Some Agents specialize in certain species, such as beavers or bats, so be sure you choose a person with the right expertise. If you have questions, you should contact your town or the local wildlife biologist, game warden or rehabber. State wildlife offices do not really have the staff resources to provide animal removal services, but can provide the names of individuals and companies that do.

As noted in April, Donald and Amy are recovering from recent health issues, so the Care Center is receiving assistance from other rehabbers to help with spring admissions. We ask that you check these websites to see if there is a rehabber closer to you to help make critter care at Duck Pond more manageable: https://www.mainevetmed.org/wildlife-rehabilitation or https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/living-with-wildlife/orphaned-injured-wildlife/rehabilitation.html. Thank you.

Donald Cote operates Duck Pond Wildlife Care Center on Rte. 3 in Vassalboro. It is a non-profit state permitted rehab facility & is supported by his own resources and outside donations. Mailing address: 1787 North Belfast Ave., Vassalboro ME 04989 TEL: (207) 445-4326. EMAIL: thewildlifecarecenter@gmail.com.

PHOTO: Winslow Majors softball team

The Winslow Majors softball team members, left to right, Bill Cochran, assistant coach, Bella Loubier, Madison Cochran, Kierstyn Glidden, Cassie Chartrand, Allison Turbovsky, Callen Pooler, Emily Daigneault, John Lombard, assistant coach, Adriana Lombardi, Kelty Pooler and Kelly Daignault, head coach. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Vassalboro Black T-Ball team

The Vassalboro Black T-Ball team members, Front row, left to right, Mason Hardy, Ava Fiser and Madelyne Hanson, Back, Coach Justin Hardy, Lance Curtis, Abby Marden and Colton Fletcher. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

SCORES & OUTDOORS: An unusual story about a woman and a frog

Left, gray treefrog on Betsy’s railing, and right, the gray treefrog nestled under the burl. (contributed photos)

Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

Last week, a reader dropped by my office to tell me a nature story that is, to say the least, unusual.

Betsy, a China resident, told me about an oak tree on her property that is a considerable distance from their home. In the branches of this particular tree were multiple burls. One day, one of the burls fell from the tree during a period of high winds.

She picked up the burl and placed it on the railing of their porch, to be used as a “conversation piece,” she thought. That was about to change.

Betsy’s burl. (contributed photo)

Within a week or two, a gray treefrog took up residence under the burl … and stayed for the summer. She said she also noticed a smaller gray treefrog under the burl. Now, female gray treefrogs are larger than the male, so that could have been its mate.

The summer faded into fall and the gray treefrog was still there. As winter approached, the treefrog went away, and Betsy’s husband took the burl and placed it in the storage shed for the winter, in an attempt to protect it.

The gray treefrog, Dryophytes versicolor, is a species of small arboreal tree frog native to much of the eastern United States and southeastern Canada.

It is sometimes referred to as the eastern gray treefrog, northern gray treefrog, common gray treefrog, or tetraploid gray treefrog to distinguish it from its more southern, genetically disparate relative, Cope’s gray treefrog.

As the scientific name implies, gray treefrogs are variable in color owing to their ability to camouflage themselves from gray to green or brown, depending on the surface where they are sitting. The degree of mottling varies. They can change from nearly black to nearly white. They change color at a slower rate than a chameleon. One aspect that is unique to this frog appearance is that its legs feature a dark bandish pattern which then contrast sharply with the black-marked bright yellow or orange under the sides of its legs and arms.

Dead gray treefrogs and ones in unnatural surroundings are predominantly gray. The female does not call and has a white throat; however, the male does call and can show a black/gray/brown throat during the breeding season. As earlier mentioned, the female is usually larger than the male. It is important to know when trying to identify this frog that the appearance at a younger age is similar to others of the same species, but as the frog increases in age the appearance varies. They are relatively small compared to other North American frog species, typically attaining no more than 1.5 to 2 inches. Their skin has a lumpy texture to it, giving them a warty appearance.

This species is virtually indistinguishable from Cope’s gray treefrog, the only readily noticeable difference being that Cope’s Gray treefrog has a shorter, faster call.

Both of these similar species have bright-yellow patches on their hind legs, which distinguishes them from other treefrogs.

Gray treefrogs inhabit a wide range, and can be found in most of the eastern half of the United States, as far west as central Texas and Oklahoma. They also range into Canada in the provinces of Québec, Ontario, and Manitoba, with an isolated population in New Brunswick.

The gray treefrog is capable of surviving freezing of its internal body fluids to temperatures as low as 17°F.

The gray treefrog is most common in forested areas, as it is highly arboreal. Its calls are often heard in rural residential areas of the East Coast and the Midwest. It prefers to breed in semi-permanent woodland ponds without fish, but it also lays eggs in swamps, vernal pools, man-made fountains and water gardens, and even in rainwater-filled swimming pool covers.

These frogs rarely ever descend from high treetops except for breeding – that’s what made this particular gray treefrog unique, it lived on the porch railing all summer. Also, Betsy could get within a foot of the treefrog, and it didn’t seem to faze it at all. They are strictly nocturnal. Male gray treefrogs rarely have large choruses, as they are mostly solitary animals, but might vocalize competitively at the height of breeding periods. Gray treefrogs may congregate around windows and porch lights to eat insects that are attracted to the light. During the day they often rest on horizontal tree branches or leaves out in the open, even in the sun. Evidently they are less prone to overheating and desiccation than other amphibians and rely on their superb camouflage to hide them from predators.

In captivity, their needs are similar to that of the American green treefrog.

The frogs are popular pets because of their small size, appearance, and the undemanding conditions needed to take care of them. Unlike many amphibians, they do not require artificial heating. They need a large (at least ten-gallon) terrarium and do best with a substrate that will hold some humidity, such as commercial shredded bark or coconut husk bedding, or untreated topsoil on the floor of their terrarium. Tree frogs are arboreal, so the height on the tank is more important than the length. A variety of things for climbing, such as plants or branches, should be in the habitat. A shallow water dish should be included. Captive frogs should not be handled any more than necessary; when necessary, clean gloves should be worn.

And now, for the rest of the story.

This spring, Betsy remembered about the burl in the storage shed, and had her husband retrieve it. It was put back in the same place it was the previous summer, just in case the treefrog would come back. Within a week, the gray treefrog had returned and taken up its same spot as last summer.

The vigil will continue.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

What is the national sport of Canada?

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, May 27, 2021

Trivia QuestionsWhat is the national sport of Canada?

Answer:

Lacrosse.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, May 27, 2021

DAVID H. ARSENAULT

WINSLOW – David Henry Arsenault, 72, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Maine Veterans Hospital, in Augusta. He was born August 20, 1948, in Waterville, the son of Clarence Joseph and Fern Mary Jane (Theriault) Arsenault.

He attended schools in Winslow and was self-employed for many years as the owner of Arsenault Tire Company, in Winslow. He was a veteran who proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1971 until his honorable discharge. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, and hanging out with his grandchildren.

David is survived by two sons, Steve Arsenault and wife Tiffany, and Christian Arsenault; two daughters, Danielle Arsenault and partner Brian Leathers, and Amanda Slaney; five sisters, Sharon Bouchard, Elaine Audet and husband Larry, Melinda Nelson and husband Peter, Cathy Nadeau and husband Steve, Mary Ferran and husband Herbie; many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will have a private gathering to honor David.

If anyone would like to share a memory they have of David with his family they can send it to his family at 4 Burrill Street, Fairfield, ME 04937.

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

HAROLD E. PARKER

WATERVILLE – Harold Edwin Parker, 88, died on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, at Glenridge Nursing Home, in Augusta. He was born in Oakland on October 15, 1932, the son of Laureston and Violet (Rice) Parker. He attended Oakland schools and later earned his GED.

Harold was a longtime paper worker starting his career at Hollingsworth & Whitney, working at Scott Paper, in Winslow, and finally retiring from S.D. Warren, in Hinckley. He was a member of both the Waterville Elks Lodge #905 and the Masons.

Harold loved to hunt, fish, golf and was an avid bowler winning many honors and trophies. He was an outgoing gentleman and once you met him, he could make you laugh as can be affirmed by those attending the family gatherings.

He was predeceased by his parents; wife Geneva; son Randolph; and his four siblings.

Harold is survived by his son Carl; daughter Kathy; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service and burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Belgrade, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

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 http://www.gallantfh.com.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Harold’s memory.

DAVID A. MALOY

WATERVILLE – David Allen Maloy, 53, of Waterville, son of Richard Maloy, Sr. and Margaret Rideout, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 6, 2021, in his home.

Dave worked as a farmer on the Cole Farm, in Sidney, for many years. He loved fishing, hanging out with his pup Millie girl, being on the farm, listening to music, loved cracking them cold ones, he loved his family so very much. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Dave was predeceased by both his parents, his sister Julie Maloy, and his brother Richard Maloy.

Dave is survived by his sister Lisa Maloy; daughter Maggie Maloy; his dog Millie; three grandchildren JJ and Kaleb Gagne, and Lillian Tabb; nieces and nephews Tara Amburg, Tyler Amburg, and Ashley Kinzel.

Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page.

GERALD JACQUES

WATERVILLE – Gerald Jacques, 87, son of Anna Morissette and Joseph Jacques, recently passed away quietly and peacefully on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Gerald “Gerry” was a loving father and is survived by several of his children: Diana Pass, Kim and Brian Davis, Sean and Michelle Pass , Sharon Pelotte and her former spouse Emile, Rhonda and Herb Hewitt; sister-in-law, Arlene Jacques and several nieces and nephews.

Gerry’s children that predeceased him were Merle and wife Tracy Pass. He was blessed with 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grand children, his longterm companion, Ruth Pass, mother of Diana Pass, Kim Davis and Sean Pass, brothers Harold, Edmund and David and sisters Gloria, Adrian and Louise.

Gerry was born in Waterville and lived all of his life in the Waterville area. Gerry proudly served in the United States Navy for over 12 years. He loved to fish and was a very talented and skilled carpenter who took pride in every home and everything he built.

A memorial celebration of his life will be at a future date.

CONSTANCE G. THERIAULT

CHINA – Constance G. (Bernier) Theriault, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021. She was born in Portland, February 25, 1935.

She was the oldest of nine siblings and grew up on King Street, in Westbrook, where many stories have been told pertaining to that address. From there she met and married Joseph S. Theriault on August 27, 1955.

She left Westbrook in 1955 with her new husband and headed for Michigan. After two years they ventured south to Delaware, Ohio, and after a short ten months, again moved north about 100 miles, to Castalia, Ohio.

In 1960 Joseph and Constance bought their first house in Castalia and began yearly trips to Maine with their family. Keep in mind this young woman with four boys in 1962 had to come to Maine and her husband couldn’t leave work. She hopped in their 1962 Chevy II with two of the boys and headed 850 miles east. She made it there and back, and before moving back to Maine eight years later, she made at least six trips all by herself, she was very gutsy. In 1970 they moved back to Maine and it was her job to find a place to live. So every day she and the children would leave her mother’s house in Westbrook and traveled the state looking for a house to buy. After two months she found a house to be finished in China on a three-mile dirt road, 100 miles from nowhere – as thought by all the relatives.

She had many jobs throughout her life, in Ohio she worked at many doctors’ offices through Joseph’s contacts at the hospital. She liked working but loved her boys (they were her angels). One of her favorite stories was when the family moved back to Maine, and she went to work at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, and was working for the original Dr. Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H, Dr. Richard Hornberger, that blew her mind. After working there a few years she took some time off and they moved to Millinocket for a couple of years, and then back to China. She got bored and got a job at Unum, in Portland, which meant a lot of traveling, but she loved it and stayed there until she retired.

After they retired, they became snowbirds and lived the good life of “warm in summers of Maine and warm in the winters of Florida” They did this for about 20 years until health issues in 2018 forced them to move back to Maine.

Constance was predeceased by her husband of 63 years Joseph S. Theriault; her two youngest sons, Steven D. Theriault, and Michael S. Theriault; her parents; and four of her siblings.

She is survived by her two oldest sons Gregory I. Theriault and his wife Rebecca, and Timothy S. Theriault and his wife Rebecca, all of China; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of life at the Waterville Elks Banquet Center, 76 Industrial St., in Waterville, on Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. All are welcome to share their stories.

BRUCE A. DUDLEY

WATERVILLE – Bruce Albert Dudley, 65, passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021, at his home, in Waterville, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 25, 1955, in Waterville, the son of Albion and Carol (Pelletier) Dudley.

He was a talented carpenter and delivered the daily paper for the Morning Sentinel.

He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail; son, Justin; and grandson, Ethan; his brothers, Rick and Steve; sister, Tammy;

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

The family has asked for those interested to please send flowers or plants to the graveside at Pine Grove Cemetery, in Belgrade.

GERALDINE B. GOULETTE

WATERVILLE – Geraldine Rena Beaulieu Goulette, 89, died peacefully at home on Sunday, May 16, 2021, following a period of declining health. She was born in Fairfield on February 20, 1932, to Theodore and Rose (LaPointe) Beaulieu.

Along with her twin brother, Gerald, she was the youngest of 11 children.

She attended local schools in Shawmut and Fairfield and graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, in 1949. Following high school, she worked in the office at Hollingsworth and Whitney, in Winslow.

She met her future husband, Leo Goulette, on a blind date and they married on November 14, 1953. She loved being a mother and homemaker and stayed home and raised her family until her youngest was in grade school and then worked in the main office at Waterville High School for 22 years. She enjoyed her job, particularly the wonderful friends she made there. They were a fun group and gathered on a regular basis for lunches and parties, which continued into her retirement years.

She was a devout Catholic and was a communicant of Notre Dame Church, in Waterville, where she sang in the choir for many years. She served on the boards of directors at New Dimensions Credit Union and Habitat for Humanity. She also volunteered at the United Way, St. John’s Food Bank and with the Waterville High School Drama Club.

She enjoyed golf, bowling, playing piano and many summers on China Lake. She was very competitive and loved to play cards and board games. Gerry and Leo enjoyed traveling and have many fond memories of their trip to Europe and winter trips to Florida to visit family.

Gerry was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Fernando, Omer, Norman and Gerald; her sisters, Lucille Theriault, Doris Beaulieu, Lauretta Tardiff, Yvette Bourque, Ruth Beaulieu and Adrienne Beaulieu. She was also predeceased by an infant son and her first grandchild, Christopher P. Goulette.

She is survived by Leo, her husband of 67 years; her daughter Debra Carter (Scott), of Falmouth; and sons Paul (Dianne), of Baldwinsville, New York, Andrew (Linda) of York, Dana (Suzanne), of Stafford, Virginia, and Thomas, of Pittsfield; grandchildren, Natalie Carter, Aimee Goulette Reakes, Nicholas, Spencer and Joey Goulette, Cadie Goulette Yeager, Nathan and Jack Goulette, Avery, Patience, Kristanna and Matias Goulette; and great-grandson, Henry Goulette; many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may visit from 5 – 7 p.m., on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Monday, May 24, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver St., Waterville, with burial to follow at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Grove St., Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memory shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

DALE M. LITTLE

WINSLOW – Dale Maurice Little, 80, passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Born in 1940 he grew up in Harrison.

He had a myriad of jobs throughout his life. He was a farmer, soldier stationed in Germany, truck driver, contractor and owner of Morris Construction. In 1997 he married Barbara Paradise and lived out the last 24 years with love and puppies.

Dale loved puttering in his garage and around his garden. He was always quick with a joke, a hug, or a helping hand.

Funeral services are to be announced.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Kennebec Valley Humane Society, in Augusta.

MELVINA M. KANDUPA

WINSLOW – Melvina Mary Pomelow Kandupa, 93, of Winslow, passed away at home on Monday, May 17, 2021. Melvina was born in Madison on May 1, 1928, to Tuffille and Rosie (Belanger) Pomelow.

Melvina grew up and attended schools in Madison. As a child she was resourceful and strong spirited. She went to work at a young age to help her parents. She married Michael J. Kandupa, Jr., of Madison, after he returned from the European Theatre of World War II.

Through the years Melvina worked at the Madison Woolen Mill, the Norwock Shoe Shop, in Norridgewock, Solon Manufacturing, in Skowhegan, and the Elm House Restaurant, in Madison.

Melvina was a teacher at heart and taught her children at home when they were very young before the term “home-schooling” existed. She was a devout Catholic who taught the faith to her children. She brought her mother Rosie to hundreds of weekday Masses at St. Sebastian Church, in Madison. She was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow.

Melvina was the go to person in the family for organizing showers, weddings, anniversaries, and Sunday dinners. She had the gift of hospitality and lively conversation. She was a wonderful cook and provided chocolate mayonnaise cakes, whoopie pies, fudge, and other treats for family. She loved to have a good time and dance the night away.

Melvina married Michael Kandupa, of Madison, on May 26, 1951. They shared 23 years together. Mel and her husband enjoyed attending auctions and from that they created an antique business called “Mel’s Place”, in Madison, which they had for several years.

Mel became a widow in 1974 after her husband’s sudden death at the age of 52.

She was also predeceased by her twin sister, Melina, her sister, Lorena, and her brothers Arthur, Lawrence, and Raymond.

She is survived by her four children, Susan Richards (Joe) and Mary LeClair (Wayne), all of Winslow, Joyce Malicky (Joe), of Pleasant Mt, Pennsylvania, and Anne Briggs (Bruce), of Freeport; her grandchildren Joe, Elizabeth, Scott, Shane, Wade, Michael, Adam, and Lauren; her great-grandchildren Emilee, Joey, Lilliana, Logan, Adelinde Rose, LuCeleste, Christopher, Emerson, Piper, and Braeden.

At Melvina’s request there will be no visiting hours.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., on Tuesday, May 25, at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow; burial followed in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Father Rasle Rd., Madison.

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

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

HELEN GROTTON

SOUTH CHINA –Helen Grotton, 90, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. She finally got her “wish” to join her husband, Wyman, in eternity. They were married for 65 years. Wyman passed in 2011. Their relationship was and is an everlasting love. Helen was born the fourth daughter of Allen and Bernice (Gracie) Young, in East Union, on July 1, 1928.

She graduated from local schools and attended Gates Business School in Augusta.

In 1946, she married John “Wyman” Grotton and lived in Somerville to begin her family. Out growing that home, they moved to Unity to begin farming. In 1957, they moved to Connecticut to pursue different careers.

Helen worked at Stop & Shop Supermarket for 19 years. She enjoyed her job and her family there. After retirement they moved back to Maine.

Helen was active with the Lily of the Valley Eastern Star and was a member of the American Legion.

Mrs. Grotton was predeceased by her husband, John W. Grotton; two sons, John W. Grotton, Jr. and James W. Grotton; three sisters, Alfreda Grotton, Hazel Peabody and Marion Collins; and a son-in-law, Alan Setzer.

Helen is survived by a son, Joel. W. Grotton, of South China; two daughters, Cynthia Riley and her husband Bob, of South China, and Candace Setzer, of Winder, Georgia; and a sister, Charlotte Young, of Newcastle. Her grandchildren are Wade and his wife Lesley, Heather and her husband Peter, Jessica and her husband Mike Makowski, Rachael and her husband Ken, Nancy and her husband Mike, Joel Grotton, Jason Grotton, John Grotton and Kiley Grotton; and five great- grandchildren. In Helen’s memory, please play a game. Be it a game of Sixty Three Cards, outside whiffle ball or baseball. She loved her Red Sox! Enjoy some backyard fun and barbecues.

Being part of a large family was special to her. She has many nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law, and cousins. She loved to travel from Alaska to the East Coast to visit them all. She has said many times, “I have had a wonderful life!”

At her request, there will be no public visiting hours or funeral service. A gathering of family and friends in Helen’s honor will take place at a later date at the Riley Farm.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor, ME.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at http://www.plummerfh.com.

JAY C. DOE

WINSLOW – Jay Christian Doe, 76, of Winslow, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021, at his residence after fighting a courageous battle from cancer which was diagnosed in March 2019.

Jay was born in Waterville on December 18, 1944, the son of George and Carolyn Fernald Doe. He attended schools in Windsor graduating from Erskine Academy, in South China, class of 1962.

Following graduation from high school, Jay moved to Boston to work and pursue his education attending Northeastern University night division for nearly five years while working fulltime in the restaurant industry. After five-and-a-half years he returned to his roots to the Augusta area where he met his wife, the former Lois Pass, in the late ’60s, and they were married on June 21, 1969.

Jay moved to Waterville to take a job as a waiter at the Silent Women Restaurant, and was waiter at the former Steve’s Restaurant, in Waterville, for over 15 years. Being a dreamer, Jay decided to make a career change to attend and graduate from Pierre’s School of Beauty with the goal of owning his own business. While attending Pierre’s School of Beauty he worked part-time for his brother-in-law at Jones & Rich Funeral Home, in Portland. In 1988, Jay opened his own salon in Waterville naming it Uptown Style. After 30 years, due to ill health Jay decided in March 2020 to retire.

Jay is survived by his wife of 51 years, Lois Pass Doe, of Winslow; two sons, Christopher Doe and his wife Carla and their daughter, Delaney, Darin Doe and his son Hazen; five brothers, Peter Fernald and his wife Phyllis, of Vasselboro, Ralph Doe and his wife Madeline, David Doe and his wife Carla, James Doe and Daniel Doe, all of Windsor; three sisters, Deborah and her husband Robert Barnes, of Cape Elizabeth, Diane and her husband Robert Brown, of Dresden, Joyce and her husband Alan Vittorioso, of Scarborough; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life to be held in his memory at the Winslow VFW, Veterans Drive, Winslow, Sunday May 30, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.

Interment will be private for the family at Resthaven Cemetery, Windsor.

Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux & Redington Funeral Home, Waterville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jay’s memory may be made to the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, 361 Old Belgrade Rd., Augusta, ME 04333.

GERALD W. KING

WINSLOW – Gerald “Jerry” W. King, 77, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born on January 15, 1944, the son of Vernon & Veronica King, of Bangor.

Jerry leaves behind his wife, Linda, of 56 years. He will most certainly be missed by all his family and friends that knew him.

Jerry graduated from Winslow High School in 1962. He had a love for sports, especially football, where he was known as the man with the “Golden arm”. He attended Husson College, in Bangor, after graduation before he entered the U.S. Air Force.

Jerry, known as “Mr.JK” worked for Kennebec Supply Co., in Waterville, as an outside sales account manager, where he then worked his way up to vice president. The business was bought out by F. W. Webb, where he worked until his retirement.

One of Jerry’s favorite pastimes was playing golf at Waterville Country Club and traveling across the state at many courses. Jerry and his team won many tournaments over the years. He also enjoyed watching many sporting events, and found a passion for playing cards with great friends at the Elks & VFW. Jerry took great pride in his family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

He is survived by his son Gary and wife Julie, their children Ryan and Keira, and her fiancé, Bryan, grandson Zack Isbell, and his newest great-grandson, Blake; his brother Rob, and wife Pam, daughter Morgan.

He was predeceased by his daughter Susie, his parents, Vernon and Veronica King, as well as his in-laws, Basil and Margaret Adams.

There will be no visiting hours and at a later date we will plan a celebration of his life.

Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street, Waterville ME. http://www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX. 75284-0692.

TODD H. TARR

WINSLOW – Todd Howard Tarr, 63, died Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at the MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta. He was born April 7, 1958, in Dexter, a son of Donald and Deanna (Clukey) Tarr.

He graduated from Winslow High School and was a self-employed contractor. Whenever things needed to be repaired people came to him and he was well respected by his customers.

Todd will be remembered as an outdoorsman enjoying snowmobiling and four wheeling. He was a member of the Maine Snowmobile Association. After it became too cold to work outside people would start bringing their snowmobiles to him for service. His goal was to make enough during the warmer months so that he could snowmobile and work on sleds during the winter. He will be missed and remembered by many.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Donald and Linda Tarr, of Lithia, Florida; his girlfriend, Karen Reilly, of Standish; two sisters, Lori and husband Ernest Munro, of Waterville, and Julie Tarr, of Fairfield; a niece, Samantha; two nephews, Alex and Eric.

Todd was predeceased by his mother, Deanna (Clukey) Tarr.

A celebration of life will be held following a burial at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, in Dexter, at a time later in the summer.

Those who wish may leave written condolences at http://www.CrosbyNeal.com.

JEAN H. PIERCE

OAKLAND – Jean H. (Hutchinson) Pierce, 91, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in Oak Grove Nursing home, in Waterville. She was the wife of the late J. Hobart Pierce Jr. with whom she shared 64 years of marriage.

Jean was born January 31, 1930, in Houlton. She was the daughter of the late Earle M. and Ethel (Adams) Hutchinson.

She was a graduate of Williams High School, in Oakland, class of 1948. She was a resident of Oakland for most of her life.

Jean was a telephone operator before her marriage. She also was a house cleaner, seamstress, nurse, and cook for the family. Jean was a loving mother to her 10 children, Sarah, John, William, Edward, James, David, Jennifer, Allen, Katherine, and Peter.

She was an active member at the United Baptist Church, in Oakland. She loved working with ceramics, and painting. She did not smoke, drink or swear and treasured the time she spent with her family. She was also a member of the Lions Club auxiliary, the garden club and the young mothers club in her younger years.

Jean is survived by her children, Sarah Roy and her husband Gene, of Oakland, John H. Pierce, III and his wife Mary, of Oakland, William Pierce and his companion Janie Dafonte, of Oakland, Edward Pierce and his wife Sandy, of Sidney, James Pierce and his wife Cindy, of Madison, David Pierce and his wife Bonnie, of Oakland, Jennifer Rice and her husband Eric Howe, of Industry, Allen Pierce and his wife Karen, of Acton, Massachusetts, Kate Cote and her husband Roland, of Oakland and Peter Pierce and his wife Gina, of Oakland; 29 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Jean was predeceased by her two brothers, Earle Hutchinson and Glenn David Hutchinson.

Jean’s graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery, 33 Belgrade Ave., Oakland, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Arrangements were under the care of the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Pine Tree Camp, 114 Pine Tree Camp Road, Rome, ME 04963, or the Oakland Public Library, 18 Church St., Oakland, ME 04963.

WILFRED A. PATNAUDE

STOCKTON, Calif. –Wilfred A. Patnaude, 79, of Stockton, California, passed away on Thursday, March 11, 2021, following a five-week illness. He was born August 25, 1941.

He was predeceased by his parents, Wilfred and Helen Patnaude, his wife, Paula and his brother, Richard “Dicky” Patnaude.

He is survived by his sister, Donna and brother-in-law David Neddeau, of Winslow, Peggy Freeman, of Florida, and Robert Patnaude, of North Vassalboro; daughter, Gina Lajoie and husband George, sons, Jimmy and wife Lynn and Danny, of New Jersey; and many grandchildren.

PRISCILLA A. LOVLY

WINSLOW – Priscilla Anne Lovly (Dumont, 80, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, following a lengthy medical issue involving her throat.

She graduated from Winslow High School in 1959. Her class recently celebrated their 60-year reunion in 2019 and frequently got together often for luncheons. She got most of her enjoyment from working outside in her flower gardens.

She worked 12 years in the Admitting Department, at Thayer Hospital, in Waterville. Before that, she worked many years for Sears & Roebuck Co., in Waterville, after graduating high school. She was very proud of the fact that she was only involved in one, small, automobile accident, after 45+ years of driving.

The best times of her life were spent roller skating at Happy Wheels, in Augusta, and taking care of, helping to raise and spending time with, her firstborn grandson, the “apple of her eye”, Andrew. Priscilla could be seen walking the Dunbar Road with her brother, Frank, or at the indoor track at Colby College, walking two miles a day as well as at the many yard sales around Central Maine with her daughter Heidi, until just a few years ago.

Priscilla and Heidi hit yard sales for 30 years together! She would always say “We don’t spend a lot of money, but we have a lot of fun!” This was in reference to both roller skating AND yard saling.

Priscilla was predeceased by her parents, Annie (Bolduc) and Herman Dumont, her oldest brother Carlton; granddaughter, Hope Marie Lovley, and her longtime companion, Everett Whitman.

Priscilla is survived by her daughter Heidi A. Stewart and son-in-law Mike, of Winslow; her son, Heath T. Lovley and daughter-in-law Heather, of Gorham; brother Larry Dumont, currently of Scarborough; brother Frank Dumont, of Winslow; grandchildren, Heidi’s boys, Andrew Ryan Lovley, of Providence, Rhode Island, and Benjamin David Stewart, of Anchorage, Alaska, Heath’s children, Lila Hope Lovley, Lily Hope Lovley and Luke Heath Lovley, all of Gorham; adult neices and nephews; “unnofficial grandson”, Joshua Fluke, of Waterville.

A private family burial took place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, in Waterville.

Arrangements were under the care and direction of Gallant Funeral Home, Waterville.

An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memory shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.

Vassalboro town meeting set for June 7-8

by Mary Grow

Vassalboro’s annual town meeting will be held Monday, June 7, and Tuesday, June 8. The town meeting warrant and related information are posted in the center column of the town website, www.vassalboro.net.

The open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Vassalboro Community School gymnasium. After voters complete Art. 37 (the final item in the 2021-22 school budget), the moderator will recess the meeting until 8 a.m. Tuesday, when polls open at the town office for written-ballot voting on Articles 38 through 41. Polls close at 8 p.m.

For the open meeting, Town Manager Mary Sabins intends to divide the gymnasium by a solid curtain to conform to Covid-19 gathering limits. Rules for masking, social distancing and similar protective measures will be established as recommended by state authorities at the time.

For Tuesday’s written-ballot voting, Town Clerk Cathy Coyne recommends voters request and return absentee ballots, to minimize lines at the polls. The deadline for obtaining an absentee ballot is Thursday, June 3 (five days before the election); ballots must be returned before polls close at 8 p.m. June 8. Requests can be made in person, by telephone or by email.

The questions to be decided at the polls June 8 are as follows:

  • Approval or rejection of the new “Town of Vassalboro Marijuana Business Ordinance,” which prohibits new marijuana businesses in town and regulates recreational and medical marijuana facilities and businesses that existed before the ordinance’s Feb. 18, 2021, effective date;
  • Approval or rejection of the 2021-22 school budget approved the previous evening (the “school budget validation referendum”);
  • Continuation of the school budget validation referendum for three more years, or discontinuance; and
  • Local elections for three-year terms on the selectboard and school board. The only candidates on the ballot are Christopher French, to succeed John Melrose on the selectboard, and Jolene Clark Gamage, for re-election to the school board. As of May 24, neither Coyne nor Sabins was aware of any write-in candidate for either board.

The marijuana ordinance is on the website, well down in the center column.

The articles to be voted the evening of June 7 begin, as usual, with election of a moderator. Voters will next elect five budget committee members for two years; those whose terms expire in 2021 are Donald Breton, William Browne, Christopher French, Phillip Landry and Peggy Schaffer.

Art. 5 combines 14 spending categories that make up town services, including administration, public works, road paving, solid waste disposal, police and fire and others, for a total of more than $2.2 million.

Art. 6 asks voters to spend $293,500 for four purposes: $187,000 for the new culvert on Gray Road; $85,000 to add to the transfer station reserve account; $17,500 for a new furnace in the North Vassalboro fire station; and $4,000 toward restoring the Civil War statute in Memorial Park in East Vassalboro.

In Art. 10, selectmen ask permission to spend up to $230,000 for a new public works truck, with plow and sander. They plan to pay for it with $122,000 from the public works truck reserve and $108,000 from 2021-22 local taxes. They also want permission to sell a similarly-equipped 2009 truck.

Art. 11 asks approval to use up to $156,000 from the transfer station reserve fund to “provide up to two operational trash compactors” – there is now only one – and make other improvements. The reserve account will have approximately $156,000 in it only if voters approve Art. 6 adding $85,000, Sabins said. If Art. 6, or that part of it, is not approved, the transfer station appropriation in Art. 11 will need to be reduced.

Many municipal articles are familiar, like authorizing selectmen to apply for and accept grants (Art. 9) and to continue the annual alewife harvest (Art. 16); funding the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program (Art. 17); and allowing selectmen to “dispose of” tax-acquired real estate (Art. 8) and town-owned property valued at $10,000 or less (Art. 18).

Art. 13 specifically requests approval to accept American Rescue Plan money from the federal and state governments.

In Art. 19, the selectmen request their annual $15,000 contingency fund to be taken from the town’s surplus account if needed “in the event of an emergency and to avoid overdrafts.” Article 20 has a list of 10 private agencies to which voters are asked to contribute.

The school budget is set forth in Articles 23 through 37. The total requested expenditure in Art. 36 is $8,313,609.72. It includes the state-required town contribution of $2,573,425 (Art. 34) and another $1,227,703.79 in additional local funds (Art. 35). The remainder is covered in Art. 37, which asks voters to authorize the school board to spend money received from “federal or state grants or programs or other sources.”

Vassalboro selectmen recommend that voters approve all articles. The budget committee recommends approval of all proposed expenditures. As of mid-May, Town Manager Sabins was projecting a property tax increase of barely over one percent if voters approved all expenditures.