Former Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley recently pitched a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds over the Cleveland Indians. Who was the last Red Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter?
Jon Lester, May 19, 2008, vs. the Kansas City Royals.
Former Red Sox pitcher Wade Miley recently pitched a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds over the Cleveland Indians. Who was the last Red Sox pitcher to throw a no-hitter?
Jon Lester, May 19, 2008, vs. the Kansas City Royals.
He was educated in local schools and attended the University of New Hampshire where he completed a degree in Hospitality Management. While at the university, through a bit of ingenuity, he established his own fraternity, Alpha Dubba Gubba, which he personally founded and elected himself president.
Upon graduation Gubby served his country as an officer in the US Army and went to Korea. Completing his term of service and ready for adventure, without any financial resources he traveled to Vermont and convinced his brother-in-law to co-sign a note with him so he could go to Europe for two months where he made many lifelong friends. He then returned to his hometown where he and his brother, Fred, purchased the Bob-In Bar and Grill, on Temple St., in Waterville. They soon took over ownership of the Chez Paree, also in Waterville, another local night spot. In time Gubby became solely affiliated with the Bob-In which he owned and ran until his move to Florida five years ago. For many years he was also the managing partner at the Budget Host Motel.
Interestingly Gubby passed away on the Sunday of the Masters. This is the man who in years past climbed the fence to get into the Masters with his best friend Carl Beck.
One of his passions was the Waterville Boys and Girls Club. He served on the board of directors and was instrumental in the relocation and building of the then new facility.
As one of ten children in a large out-going family, Gubby was gregarious by nature. He loved and enjoyed interacting with people from all walks of life. He was often late for family dinners because he had to take time to converse with a friend or with someone he just met while strolling the aisles of a grocery store. It could be said his friends ran the gamut from bank presidents to bank robbers.
Gubby loved spending time with his granddaughter Jenna at the lake in the summer. He often said that his crowning achievement in life was when he organized a weekend reunion of the extended Karter family, which was attended by several hundred people. He was the consummate host. People were drawn to this larger than life personality. His love of life knew no bounds and he lived it to the fullest.
He was predeceased by his son Jibryne Karter III.
He is survived by granddaughter Jenna Karter his son Michael Gabriel (Kathleen); grandsons Michael and Christian; and his nine siblings, Carol Cota (Hugh), Jim Karter (Mona), Mary Elliott (John), Elissa Karter, Fred Karter (Nancy), Joe Karter (Debra), Jan Bourque (David), Karl Karter (Roxanne), Jeff Karter (Tim), his ex-wife Brenda Ross Karter; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins.
A celebration of his life will be held by his family at a later date.
WINSLOW – Dorothy M. Bernard, 84, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021, of complications from heart surgery, at Maine Medical Center, in Portland. Dorothy was born in Bangor on December 20, 1936, the daughter of the late Ernest and Gladys (Hatch) Braley.
She graduated from Bangor High School in 1955; and then graduated from Berkshire Christian College in 1959.
She worked full time for the city of Bangor, married Kenneth Bernard in 1962, and celebrated 59 years together. Dorothy went on to work at Mansfield Clinic, Thayer Hospital, in Waterville, retiring in 1996, working for 33 years.
She really enjoyed working in her garden, knitting, reading, and her church and church family.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Kevin Grant Bernard who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis. Dorothy devoted her life caring for Kevin until his death in 1986. She was also predeceased by her nephew, Timothy Bernard who passed away in 1996.
Dot will be sadly missed by her husband, Kenneth R. Bernard; her sister, Ernestine Cole and her husband, David; her brother-in-law, Robert Bernard; and her nieces and nephews Deborah, Peter, Gary, Linda, Connie, Bonnie, Terrie, Rhonda, Bruce, Paul, Clayton, and Stephen.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 5, at Blessed Hope Church, 10 Pleasant St., Waterville, with Pastor Michael Alix officiating. Private burial will be held at a later date.
An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral and Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Dorothy’s memory may be made to Blessed Hope Church, P.O. Box 473, Waterville, ME 04903.
WINTHROP – Charles Longstaff, 73, of Winthrop, passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 following a brief illness. Charlie was raised in Fairfield, by his mother Edith C. Longstaff, having lost his father, Percy Longstaff, at a young age.
He graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and the University of Maine at Orono, and lived the majority of his life in central and southern Maine.
He worked in various sales positions including merchandise, finance and automobile sales. After retirement, he worked as a Job Coach at the local hardware store. Over the years he was strongly involved in many youth and outreach ministries of the Winthrop United Methodist Church, even making two trips to Red Bird Mission in the Appalachian Mountains in his 1970 Suburban with a parcel of teenagers.
Charlie leaves a rich legacy in his family, survived by his wife of 39 years, Kristine; four sons, Christopher Longstaff and wife Daria, of Newark, Delaware; Andrew Dionne and wife Mary, of Sidney, Charles Joseph Longstaff and wife Angelique, of Hancock, and David Longstaff and wife Lydia, of Winthrop; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; his sister, Diane Huntley, of Ruckersville, Virginia; and a nephew and niece.
There will be a small family service at a future date.
Anyone wishing to make a remembrance in Charlie’s name may make a donation to the Winthrop United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.
After working for Dr. Popa, in Kingsville, Ohio, for many years, Carol, along with her husband, managed Village Green Park and Campground for 28 years. She had a true love for camping, traveling in the winter, and building houses with her husband and dogs.
After retiring from the campground, Carol and her husband retired to Maine to be with her family. She loved coloring, HG-TV, doing puzzles and just spending time with her dogs.
Carol was predeceased by her parents, her brother, Gary Monday, her son, Gary Pellone, and her beloved husband, Eugene Broughton.
Carol is survived by her son, Jeff Pellone and his wife Sue, of San Antonio, Texas; her daughter, Cathy Bowen and her husband Michael, of Katy, Texas; and her daughter, Georgene Rideout and her husband Jerry, of Whitefield; her many grandchildren, Jessica Pellone, James Brown, Heidi Winslow, Steven Wight, Tyler Bowen, Jordan Bowen, Brittany Ecker, Wesley Pellone and Cassie Clary; and her several great-grandchildren, Gabriel Pellone-Lopez, Aiden Bowen, Kylie Bowen, Trey Cuellar, Mason Bowen, Lexi Winslow, Liam Bowen, Madison Ecker, and Madison Wight.
Per her wishes there will be no services as her wish is to be cremated. She would want everyone to celebrate her life instead of mourn the unimaginable loss that the family would regrettably endure.
Arrangements are in the care of Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where memories, condolences and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at http://www.familyfirstfh.com .
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the http://www.copdfoundation.org.
OAKLAND – Howard R. Jones, 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at home. Howard was born in Waterville on January 4, 1946, to Robert B. and Doris (Willette) Jones, who predeceased him, along with his two older brothers, Deane and Bruce.
He was the husband of Linda (Bulmer) Jones with whom he shared 53 years of marriage.
Howie was a resident of Oakland for many years and previously resided and grew up in Waterville. He was a graduate of Waterville High School, class of 1965, and he attended Maine Maritime Academy, in Castine. Howard started his long career as a building materials sales rep at Superior Column, Oakland. After a long successful career in the industry, he retired from Huttig Building Materials in 2015. In 2015, he received the RLDAM Lifetime Achievement Award. He continued to do consultant work with Reeb, Protecto Wrap, and Prime Source until his death.
Howie loved being outside working around his house, down at the lake, or taking walks with his wife and dogs. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, especially if they were fishing or hunting. Howie was fortunate to fish all over the continent, including Montana, Alaska, and Cabo San Lucas. He also enjoyed hunting all over the globe in places like North Carolina, Colorado, Spain, England, and South America. One of his most memorable hunting excursions was a month-long safari in Tanzania, Africa.
Howie would say though that nothing could beat his times spent hunting in his home state of Maine, especially with his grandson. They would often go deer hunting after school and were also able to go on a couple bison hunts and one moose hunt together.
Howie also took pleasure in playing softball, golf, hockey, skiing and dirt bike racing.
In addition to his wife Linda, Howie is survived by his daughter Carolyn Bridges and her husband Erik, of Oakland, and their son, Rhys; his sister-in-law, Patricia Jones, of Scarborough; many nieces and nephews; and three special cousins Gary and his wife Terry, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, Barbara Hauter, of California, and John Hauter, of New York.
A Celebration of Life will be held on June 26, at 10 a.m., at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, at 250 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Waterville. An interment at Pine Grove Cemetery will be done later with family.
Arrangements are in the care of the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences to the family may be shared on the obituary page of the website http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Howie’s memory may be made to Good Shepard Food Bank of Maine, P.O. Box 1807, Auburn, ME 04211, or Pine Tree Camps,149 Front St., Bath, ME 04530.
NEW YORK CITY – Kenneth Jacobson, 91, songwriter and activist, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2021, two days after his birthday. The son of Gertrude and Henry Jacobson, he was born and raised in Waterville.
As a child, he gravitated toward music naturally, picking out tunes on the piano that he heard on the radio, writing songs and skits that he and a younger sister performed in the family living room, with or without an audience. His talent developed over the years, and while still in high school, he played with Waterville’s Al Corey’s Big Band. During his first year at Colby College, in Waterville, he attended the performance of a musical play and realized that this was what he wanted to do. During his time at Colby, he wrote the music for two such shows, Lucky to Be Me (1947) and Bottoms Up (1949). They were both performed at Colby and Bottoms Up went on tour.
Kenny also served as president of Powder and Wig, Colby’s student run theatre club. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Condon Medal “established in 1920…to honor the graduating senior who exhibited the finest qualities of citizenship and made the most significant contribution to the development of college life at Colby.” Years later, a Kenneth Jacobson Music Room was established at Colby.
After a short stint in the Army where he was stationed in Orleans, France, and was responsible for the entertainment of the soldiers, he moved to New York City. Almost immediately, he met with success when his first recording, Every Day performed by Joni James, was released in 1954. It was his first gold record.
In the years that followed, Kenny’s songs were recorded by Peggy Lee, 101 Strings, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Dinah Washington, Ronnie Self, The Four Lads, Jimmy Brown, Theresa Brewer, Ella Fitzgerald, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, The McGuire Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, Lou Christie, Jackie Wilson, Shelley Fabares, Count Basie, Duane Eddy, Jim Reeves, Nat King Cole, Link Wray, Steve and Eydie Lawrence, The Partridge Family, and many others. He loved working with Ella Fitzgerald in particular, who he called his best and kindest collaborator.
A number of his songs ranked high on the Billboard charts, which are weekly listings showing the popularity of songs. In 1965, Kenny was the composer of Hot September the musical version of Picnic. He also wrote the music for the musical comedy Show Me Where the Good Times Are based on Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid. It was performed in 1970.
Kenny was an active member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). For a period of time, he taught musical theatre classes for adults at The New School, in New York City. He was unstinting with his knowledge, warmth and generosity, and in his later years mentored many young songwriters. One of them remembered a bit of Kenny’s advice: “Don’t worry if it’s bad. We all write bad. Just write it until it’s good.” Equally as important to Kenny as his music was his involvement in the AIDS activist organization ACT UP during the late 1980s and 1990s. He was lauded as “a wonderful guy and a steady hand” of ACT Up’s Treatment and Data Committee. Kenny lived a rich, modest and creative life, full of music, love and beauty.
He was very close to his three sisters – was predeceased by his sister, Estelle, and is survived by his sisters, Phyllis and Ruthie (spouse, Herb), nephews and nieces.
WINSLOW – Carroll Henry Ouellette, 79, of Winslow, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville. Carroll, the son of Henry and Viola (Bourgoin) Ouellette, was born on July 6, 1941, in Fort Kent.
Carroll grew up in Fort Kent where he met his life-long love, Phyllis, and they were married in 1962. Soon after, they moved to Winslow in 1964 to search for new opportunities and begin a future as a family. He was a hard worker, landing himself a supervisor position in the spinning room at Ski Land Woolen Mill, in Clinton, where he worked for 21 years. Carroll, however, had dreams and goals to open his own family-run business. Determined to do so, Carroll began Carroll’s Auto Body Shop, in Winslow, in 1976. Both he and his wife worked countless hours to grow this business into the successful company it has become today. After his son Michael was old enough to join in the business operations, Carroll and Mike became a partnership changing the name of the business to Carroll and Son Body Shop. He enjoyed working alongside his wife Phyllis and son Michael.
When Carroll was not in the shop working countless hours on vehicles or towing wrecked cars, he was out at his camp on Belgrade Lakes fishing and enjoying the outdoors. He could be seen out on his deck, by the water, enjoying a cigar on a nice sunny day. In his earlier years, he enjoyed going on trips with his wife to Aruba, Las Vegas, and Florida.
Carroll is survived by his daughter, Louise Irwin (Ouellette) and her husband Paul Irwin, of Winslow; and his son Michael Ouellette and partner Lynn Pelletier, of Benton; five grandchildren, Jonathan Irwin and wife Amy, of Oakland, Katie Souviney and husband Cody, of China, Kristopher Denis and partner Christina, Nicholas Denis and partner Evelyn, and Zachary Denis and partner Molly, all of Benton; four great-grandchildren, Colton and Brantley Souviney, of China, Natalie Irwin, of Oakland and Parker Redlevske, of Oakland; his sister Norma (Ouellette) Bonenfant, of Fort Kent, Nancy (Ouellette) Dubay, of Fort Kent, Gilmay (Ouellette) Power, of Augusta.
Carroll was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis (Theriault) Ouellette’ as well as his oldest daughter, Linda (Ouellette) Denis, of Benton; his father, Henry and mother Viola Ouelette, of Fort Kent; his brothers, Roger Ouellette, of Waterville, Bert Ouellette, of South China; as well as his sister, Viola Ortiz, of Vassalboro.
Please join the family in remembrance of Carroll on Saturday, May 15, at 9 a.m., at Saint Bridget’s Center, 864 Main St., Vassalboro. A celebration of life will follow at MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW #8835 lounge, 175 Veterans Dr., Winslow.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux Funeral Home, please visit http://www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to share your condolences with Carroll’s family.
He attended schools in Fairfield. On August 1, 1993, he married the former Loretta Salley, in Solon. He was employed doing farm work until he was 25 and became disabled. He enjoyed cooking, camping, gardening, fishing, hunting, spending time with family, his wife and dog, Willow, were great times for him.
Donald is survived by his wife, Loretta (Salley) Raymond; five sons, Richard Raymond and wife Nikida, of Waterville, Mark Raymond and wife Billie Jo, of Bennettsville, South Carolina, Jeffrey Raymond and partner Ashley Savage, of Lee, Damien Raymond and partner Julie York, of Embden, Jesse James and wife Shaeanne, of Jay; three daughters, Kelly Mann and husband Bill, of Jefferson, Jamie Way and husband Brad, and Kristina Goodale and husband Randy, all of Embden; 30 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and a set of twins on the way.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Jerry Raymond, and sister, Ida Landry.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 15 at 3:30 p.m. at 47 Sawtelle Rd., Oakland.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan and Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Rd, Skowhegan ME 04976.
Flowers may be delivered to 47 Sawtelle Rd., Oakland, ME 04963.
There is a go fund me page on Facebook for anyone wishing to make a donation.
FAIRFIELD – Richard “Dick” B. Clark, 79, passed away at MaineGeneral Medical Center, on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Dick was born in Summerfield, New Brunswick, Canada, on December 3, 1941, the son of the late George and Hilda Clark.
The family relocated to Maine in 1946. He graduated from Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, graduated from Thomas College, in Waterville, and served his country in the Armed Forces.
While on leave from the U.S. Army in 1963, he kidnapped his wife Blanche and returned to Europe to finish his tour while Blanche made hand-whipped spam and eggs in the Blue VW Beatle.
After exiting the U.S., Army, Dick entered the work force as a sales representative for Beechnut Baby Foods until he found his calling within the manufacturing industry at Keyes Fibre/Chinet/Huhtamaki, in Waterville, where he served 35 years before retiring in 2007 as a member of Huhtamaki’s management team, overseeing multiple production departments.
Over the years, Dick volunteered to the community coaching youth sports, helping the football and hockey boosters, as well as being a proud member of the PAL board. Fall is football in Dogtown. So, Friday nights, top row of the bleachers, directly in front of the tower, 50 yard line, he and Ronnie King would watch the “Dogs” battle.
In his spare time, he could be found swinging his clubs with close friends Larry Murphy, Gary Ackendorf, and Dale Buzzell (who also customized his clubs) at the Waterville Country Club. Dick’s best round was a 66, and managed a hole in one along his journey. In 1996 and 1997, Dick represented Huhtamaki at the McDonald’s LPGA Pro-Am.
Special thanks from all the grandkids for the countless rides to and from practices, sporting events, and other “random” calls and spontaneous credit card purchases. Let us not forget the suffering of all the dance recitals he painfully sat through.
He enjoyed his “do nothing week” alongside wife Blanche at their Samoset Condo. They would sit and relax on the porch for hours, cocktail in hand, laughing, savoring each other’s companionship absorbing beautiful ocean views. Daily walks on the breakwater; guaranteed, as they enjoyed the peacefulness of the ocean, sharing their continued love for one another. Forever, they will dance the night away on God’s stage.
Richard was predeceased by parents George and Hilda Clark.
He is survived by son, Eric Clark; and twin grandsons Dustin and Dylan Brown, of Fairfield; daughter Michelle Peterson and husband Clinton, of Fairfield; and grandchildren Karlie Clark and fiancé Richard Clarke, of Augusta, Tragen Clark, of Sidney, Braylee Peterson, of Sidney, Alexandrea Peterson, of Fairfield and Xavier Peterson, of Fairfield; his sister Linda Clark and partner Mike Holt, of Fairfield.
Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to the Fairfield Food Pantry.
He was the husband to Dorothy A. Campbell, formerly of Acton, Massachusetts, whom he married on New Year’s Eve 2012, and together they retired to their beautiful farm on the Ridge Road, in Fairfield.
Floyd graduated in the last graduating class from New Sharon High School, in 1966. During his high school years he worked for William “Ross” McCormick at McCormick’s Store, in New Sharon. After high school he worked construction for several years. He was especially proud of the brick work at the Learning Center at University of Maine at Farmington. He went onto complete a course at the Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which allowed him to become the sales and marketing representative for the NFO (National Farmers Organization) as the North East Regional Sales and Marketing representative.
Following that he remained a livestock dealer and dairy farmer for 24 years. He spent most of his life on the Lane Road, in New Sharon, farming and raising his family with his first wife Rose Mary (Harris) Eller. He returned to Maine in 2012 to raise beef cattle on his and Dorothy’s Ridge Road farm. Most recently he formed his LLC, Ridge Road Remodeling and has been buying and remodeling houses with the assistance of his realtor friend, Judy Williams, of Plourde Realty, in Waterville.
Floyd is also survived by his three daughters, Barbara Eller and her boyfriend Robert Searles II, of Waterville, Brenda (Eller) Avery and her husband Alan Jesse Avery, of Woodstock, New Hampshire, and Beverly (Eller) Stevens and her boyfriend Adam Hamm, of Smithfield; three grandchildren, Carter Stevens and his fiancée Kaitlin Marraché, of Jacksonville, Florida, Logan Stevens and his girlfriend Taylor Davidson, of Sidney, and Emma Avery, of Woodstock, New Hampshire.
As someone who had survived tough times and pulled himself up by his bootstraps on several occasions, Floyd was always willing to help a friend in need by any means necessary. He lived by the theory that strangers were merely friends that he had not yet met and his biggest fault was that he wore his heart of gold on his sleeve.
A sunset service was held on May 10, at their farm.
Arrangements are in the care of the Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
After graduating from Waterville High School in 1949, he served four years in the United States Air Force, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. During the Korean War, he was stationed in Japan. He was very proud of serving his country.
With help from the GI Bill, Richard earned a bachelor of liberal arts degree from the University of New England, in Biddeford, in 1959. He met many friends there with whom he always remained in touch.
After college, he met the love of his life, Madeline (Rossignol) Boudreau, when he returned to his hometown of Waterville to work at the Depositors Trust Bank, on Main St. They shared a blessed life together, enjoying 52 years of marriage that saw many classical music concerts, trips to the Maine Coast for lobster dinners, lively picnics, and fall foliage trips throughout Maine.
Because of his love of philosophy, books, and the desire to start a new career, Richard decided to go back to college in 1968. After earning a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maine at Orono, he became the librarian at Thomas College, in Waterville. During 27 years of service, he befriended students who, long after graduating, often visited him and Madeline at their home.
Retirement gave Richard more time to devote to the community and those in need. For 15 years, he and Madeline delivered Meals on Wheels for the Muskie Center, in Waterville. They loved helping others; this was a direct link to their strong Catholic faith and devotion. For 64 years (67 years of Franciscan study), Richard was a member of the Saint John the Baptist Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order and served as president, secretary, treasurer, and several other roles for the local fraternity council.
The arts held a special place in Richard’s life and was something he passed on to his children. Maybe it is no surprise for a librarian, but Richard loved books, especially the classics and Charles Dickens. An appreciation for classical music led to an extensive record collection and his children’s memories of their home filled with the sounds of Saturday Afternoon Metropolitan Opera. Richard also enjoyed model railroading and spent years building his own.
Richard especially loved the Boston Red Sox. Like many in his generation, he waited his whole life for them to finally win the World Series. The joy of that win in 2004 was something he was able to witness three more times. He shared his love of baseball with his children. He coached them and took them to see the Maine Guides, and eventually the Red Sox at Fenway Park, the church of baseball. His children have fond memories of listening to the Sox games under the large willow tree in their backyard, as Richard smoked his cigars, playing catch, and hitting thousands of pop flies to them.
He was a loving, sweet, giving, compassionate and caring father and grandfather, as well as a mentor. He would often say, “There is only one decision: make the right one. Don’t be afraid of the decisions you make; do what you think is right.”
He was predeceased by his wife, Madeline, his daughter, Margaret Mary, grandchildren Faye and Jibryne, his younger brother, Ronald Boudreau, and his older sister, Theresa (Boudreau) Guerrette.
He is survived by his children Rosemary, Jane, and Mark; five grandchildren, Dustin, Kayla, Aida,; four great-grandchildren: Jenna, Eliot, Oliver, and Mattie Lynn; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ever committed to public service and the greater good, Richard donated his body to science to the University of New England’s medical school.
A memorial mass will be held at a time to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Secular Franciscans, attention Dan Spofford, treasurer, SFO, 194 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901.
The Waterville Farmers Market is open at the Head of Falls, off Front St., every Thursday, from 2 – 6 p.m.
At their May 10 meeting, China selectmen followed up on their April 29 meeting with China Broadband Committee (CBC) members (see The Town Line, May 6) by voting unanimously to support the CBC program, without yet committing any town money.
The vote encourages CBC members to continue working with their consultants from Mission Broadband, Johan Dougherty and Mark Van Loan, and the president of the potential town broadband supplier, Mark Ouellette of Machias-based Axiom Technologies. They have two main projects: refining estimates of costs to expand and improve broadband services, and explaining the proposed service to residents and enlisting them as customers.
The next official step is the June 8 annual town business meeting. Art. 16 on the warrant asks voters if they want to approve revisions to China’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Program. The revisions include adding broadband service as eligible for TIF money and authorizing funds.
If voters approve, CBC members intend to ask selectmen’s approval to use part of the appropriation for the 2021-22 fiscal year that starts July 1 to pay Mission Broadband to continue assistance.
The next request CBC members will have for selectmen, in the summer, is to put on the Nov. 8 local ballot a bond issue to finance construction of the bigger fiber optic network that will make improved and expanded service possible.
Selectmen repeatedly said they are not committing to the bond issue at this stage, because cost projections are incomplete. They are waiting until Mission Broadband representatives and Ouellette develop more definite figures, and until they see how many China residents sign up to share the costs of bond repayment and ongoing services.
Three CBC members attended the May 10 selectmen’s meeting remotely. They answered questions and said they are satisfied with the selectmen’s vote.
The CBC meets virtually at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13. The meeting is listed on the town website with other meetings to be live-streamed.
In other business May 10, Town Manager Becky Hapgood reported on upcoming events and deadlines, including:
– Regular selectmen’s meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 24, June 7 and June 21 and a special end-of-fiscal-year meeting Wednesday, June 30. The time for the June 30 meeting is to be determined. The town office will close at noon June 30 to let staff finish end-of-year bookkeeping.
– Regional School Unit (RSU) #18’s annual budget meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at Messalonskee Performing Arts Center, in Oakland. This meeting is when voters from the five member towns (Belgrade, China, Oakland, Rome and Sidney) vote on the 2021-22 school budget.
– China’s annual town business meeting will be by written ballot Tuesday, June 8, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the former portable classroom behind the town office. The annual school budget validation vote will be held at the same time. China’s local elections are held in November, not in June.
– Absentee ballots for the China meeting are available from the town office until June 3. Absentee ballots for the school budget validation vote will be available May 21, after voters approve the budget. The secure dropbox for returning ballots is in place in the town office dooryard.
– The town office will be closed Saturday, May 29, and Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. It will also be closed all day Tuesday, June 8, so staff can help with voting.
Pre-election information is on the town website, www.china.govoffice.com.
Selectmen appointed ballot clerks for the June 8 election. They appointed Thaddeus Barber as a member of the Recreation Committee.
Ronald Breton, chairman of the selectboard, reported that he and Hapgood have started conversations with Palermo selectmen over the contract under which Palermo residents use China’s transfer station. The 33-year contract was signed in 2016 (Breton’s first year as a China selectman, he said).
Hapgood reported for other town department heads, including:
– Public Works Manager Shawn Reed, who has been “continually battling the beavers” in the vicinity of Evans Pond on Hanson Road; and
– Police Chief Craig Johnson, who said he and his staff had put in 15 hours in China during the month of April.
Breton commented that the budget for police services allows up to 26 hours a month, when the part-time officers have time.
Selectmen unanimously approved a resolution condemning discrimination against Asians and Pacific Islanders. Hapgood said the item was on the agenda at the request of the Waterville City Council, whose members passed it last month and are encouraging area towns to follow suit.
Vassalboro Planning Board members ended up with a single application to review at their May 4 meeting. The previous week, Board Chairman Virginia Brackett reported that Sebago Technics had postponed continued review of their application for a solar farm off Cemetery Street.
Brackett said she did not know why Sebago representatives were not ready to appear May 4. Their application is tentatively scheduled for the June planning board meeting.
New (and returning) Codes Officer Richard Dolby expects Sunvest Solar might also be ready for a June 1 presentation on their project on Webber Pond Road. Board members agreed two solar farm applications would fill up the June agenda.
The application reviewed and approved at the May 4 meeting was from Renee Zohar Fischman and Mathew Williams, to reopen the marijuana grow facility in an existing building at 1776 North Belfast Avenue (Route 3).
Action was delayed repeatedly. First, board members had trouble finding copies of the application Fischman and Williams had given previous Codes Officer Paul Mitnik before he retired at the end of April. After Fischman sent the documents, there was another pause as Brackett tried to determine whether anyone was viewing the virtual meeting and wanted to make comments.
“This meeting is going well,” Brackett remarked as board members waited for an answer from the meeting facilitator, David Trask, Vassalboro Community School’s Technology Systems Administrator.
Fischman said she has owned the Route 3 property since September, and she and Williams have been licensed medical marijuana caregivers since January. They intend to abide by state regulations as well as town ordinances.
Board members agreed the application to resume the operation was in order, because it had been closed for less than a year. Once they had necessary documents, they found the project meets all criteria in Vassalboro’s ordinance, and approved it unanimously with three conditions:
Fischman and Williams plan no changes to the building exterior, access driveways, landscaping or other external factors except addition of motion-activated security cameras and lights on the building. The lights will be down-facing and should not interfere with neighbors or traffic on North Belfast Road or Whitehouse Road, Williams said.
Amber Lambke, founder and CEO of Maine Grains, Inc., will speak at the June Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, June 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Amici’s Cucina, 137 Main Street, Waterville.
Enjoy a fabulous lunch and meet Amber Lambke, founder and CEO of Maine Grains, Inc.
She will share her vision for the future of growth in the organic grains community, her notable entrepreneurial path and lifelong experiences that propelled her to her current position.
Maine Grains are carried by specialty food stores and used by bakeries, breweries, and chefs throughout the Northeast.
Amber is also the founding director of the nonprofit Maine Grain Alliance whose flagship event, the Kneading Conference, draws hundreds of attendees from around the world each year and has spawned countless similar conferences.
A driving force behind Maine’s sustainable foods movement, Amber has worked with local business leaders and community members to successfully bring the cultivation and processing of grains back to the northeast. Her efforts have generated a broader understanding and appreciation of the flavor, nutrition, economic and environmental value of freshly milled, organic grains.
To register for this event please email Cindy@midmainechamber.com, check the website at www.midmainechamber.com or call 873.3315. Cost for the Leadership Luncheon is $20 per person for members; $25 at the door and for non-members. Lunch is included with the reservation.
Leadership Luncheon sponsors are Kennebec Savings Bank and Central Maine Growth Council.
The Skowhegan High School class of 1963 will be gathering for a breakfast buffet on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., at 234 Hilton Hill, MountainsView, Cornville. FMI call 858-0946.
Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), is sponsoring a Pond Construction and Maintenance Workshop on Friday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the District office at 893 West Street in Rockport.
Constructed ponds can add value to a property – if properly built and maintained! We will review the basics of designing, planning, constructing and maintaining a private pond as well as information on water testing. Joe Dembeck, wildlife biologist and executive director of Somerset County Soil & Water Conservation District. will focus on pond biology and the wildlife associated with ponds in Maine. He will discuss pond habitat features for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, fish considerations, and nuisance wildlife.
Fee for the workshop is $15 per person ($16 online), which covers the cost of provided materials. For more information or to register, check out our website at https://www.knox-lincoln.org/pond-construction-workshop or call the District office at 596-2040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already have a pond and would like to stock it with rainbow or brook trout this spring, visit the Trout Stocking Sale page on our website, https://www.knox-lincoln.org/trout-sale.
This summer the Winslow Public Library will again proudly offer the Summer Reading Program for children and teens. The theme this summer is Tails and Tales, which young readers will discover through art, stories, STEM, and imagination-themed activities. Due to the pandemic, most aspects of the program will be offered outdoors with mask requirements and social distance protocols, while other aspects will be offered online
“With this year’s online Summer Reading Program, we hope to inspire continued reading over the summer, along with an ongoing love of learning,” said Kathleen Powers, Youth Services/Technology Librarian. “We do this by offering activities for all ages, along with reading incentives.”
Participants will work towards incentives through a challenge-tracker card that will include reading and activity challenges. In this way, youthful participants will be able to earn fun prizes such as free books and comic books throughout the summer.
Social-distance parts of the Summer Reading Program will include outdoor programs for all ages. To kick off the summer program the library will offer special guest Lucky Platt, an illustrator of Imagine a Wolf, for an art-themed program that focuses on animals, including wolves. This program will be held on the library lawn June 17, at 2:30 p.m., with a rain date of June 24. Art presentation will be limited to ten families so please reserve a slot by calling 872-1978. A pre-recorded tie-in program will also be available virtually.
The library’s weekly story times will be held, at 10 a.m., each Tuesday on the library lawn and each Friday, at 10 a.m., at the playground, on Clinton Ave., in Winslow. This will provide an opportunity for a younger audience to interact with fun stories, songs and create a craft featuring the week’s theme.
Starting June 24 and extending for the following nine weeks, the library also will be offering a weekly outdoor Lego Club and outdoor Art Club. Lego Club will be offered to develop engineering concepts and explore creativity. This will be social distanced with individual brick buckets and individual tables. Art club will feature weekly themed projects or individual art exploration time. Open to youth of all ages. Attendance is limited for both programs so please register. Masks are required for all youth outdoor programs.
Sign-up for Winslow Public Library’s Summer Reading Program starts June 14 in person at the library, through calling (207) 872-1978, or by emailing email@example.com. Trackers will be emailed to participants who sign up online.
All parents and young readers interested in the Summer Reading Program from Winslow Public Library should check the library’s website, Instagram, and Facebook pages for the most up-to-date information on programs and events.
For more information, please contact Kathleen Powers, at Winslow Public Library, 207-872-1978.