PHOTO: 2021 Winslow Minors baseball team

The Winslow Minors 2021 baseball team, front, Quincy Nesbitt, left, and Kallan Oakes. Middle, Caden Canavin, Cooper Grant, Rusty Vigue, Elliott Refuse and Tyler Fisher. Back row, Jace Poulin, Frank Farnham, Cameron Beaster, Kevin Hendsbee, Ben Fisher and Austin Pomerleau. (photo by Missy Brown/Central Maine Photography)

SCORES & OUTDOORS: Where have all the Whippoorwills gone?


Roland D. Halleeby Roland D. Hallee

While sitting on the deck at camp one lazy afternoon recently, one of our friends asked, “Why don’t we hear Whip-poor-wills anymore?”

Interesting question.

Besides the fact that whip-poor-wills are strictly nocturnal – that meaning they are active at night when I’m sleeping (something that seems to be happening earlier all the time) – whip-poor-wills are elusive.

Often heard but seldom observed, the whip-poor-will chants its name on summer nights in the eastern woods. Sometimes, the song seems to go on endlessly.

The whip-poor-wills, Antrostomus vociferus, have been made famous in folk songs, poems and literature for their endless chanting on summer nights.

Randy Travis features that fact in his song, Deeper than the Holler, with the stanza that goes:

My love is deeper than the holler, stronger than the river
Higher than the pine trees growin’ tall upon the hill
My love is purer than the snowflakes that fall in late December
And honest as a Robin on a springtime window sill
And longer than the song of a whippoorwill.

During the night, they will lay low and fly upwards to catch moths and other aerial insects.

At dusk and dawn, and on moonlit nights, they scurry out of their perches to sweep up insects in their large mouths.

During the day, they roost on the forest floor, or on a horizontal log or branch, and are very difficult to spot. Their brindled plumage blends perfectly with the gray-brown leaf litter of the open forests where they breed and roost.

Look for them in open understories. They can be found in both purely deciduous and mixed deciduous-conifer forests, often in areas with sandy soil.

Eastern whip-poor-wills migrate to Mexico and Central America for the winter, apparently traveling mostly over land to get there. In spring they arrive in breeding grounds between late March and mid-May. Since they are less vocal in autumn, less is known about their southward migration routes and timing, but they seem to leave between early September and late November.

The Eastern whip-poor-wills are medium-sized birds with a large, rounded head and a stout chest that tapers to a long tail and wings, giving them a distinctly front-heavy look. Like all nightjars, they are patterned with a complicated mottling of gray and brown, which camouflages them nearly perfectly with leaf litter and tree bark.

Nesting activities may be timed so adults are feeding young primarily on nights when the moon is more than half full, making it easier for them while foraging. Males sing at night to defend their territory and to attract a mate. They do not build nests in the traditional way. The nest site is on the ground in shady woods but often near the edge of a clearing, on open soil covered with dead leaves. They do not build a nest, but instead the eggs lay on the flat ground.

The entire state of Maine is part of the whip-poor-wills range.

But, getting back to the original question: Eastern whip-poor-wills are still fairly common birds, but their numbers declined by almost 3 percent per year between 1966 and 2015, resulting in a cumulative decline of 75 percent during that time, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. In some areas, parts of their range seem to have become unoccupied. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 2 million with 95 percent living part of the year in the U.S.

The decline in parts of their range is blamed mostly on open forests being converted to pasture urbanizing and agriculture. Although it’s not fully understood, the decline may also be caused by a general reduction in numbers of large moths and beetles.

The Eastern whip-poor-will is on the 2016 State of North America’s Birds’ Watch List, which includes bird species that are most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats. Also, because whip-poor-wills often fly over roads or sit on roadways while foraging, they are also vulnerable to collisions with cars.

Restoration could occur when abandoned farmlands revert to forest.

So, on those quiet, moonlit nights around a campfire, listen off in the distance, and you just might here the call of the whip-poor-will.

Roland’s trivia question of the week:

Name these five Major League baseball players: The Bambino, Teddy Ballgame, Hammerin’ Hank, Charlie Hussle, The Say Hey Kid.

Answer can be found here.

Roland’s Trivia Question for Thursday, June 3, 2021

Trivia QuestionsName these five Major League baseball players: The Bambino, Teddy Ballgame, Hammerin’ Hank, Charlie Hussle, The Say Hey Kid.


Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Pete Rose, Willie Mays.

OBITUARIES for Thursday, June 3, 2021


UNITY – Joyce M. Reynolds, 89, of Unity, passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, in Waterville, following a brief illness. Joyce was born on December 30, 1931, in Canaan.

Gram dedicated her life to helping raise her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was more of a mother to her grandson Douglas and they shared a very special bond as she also did with his children. Gram also loved working at and watching the motocross races in Skowhegan. She babysat for many and was very loved. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, laughing with her great grandkids, going to cemeteries and never missed a Memorial Day to place out flower arrangements she had made.

She enjoyed raising her sheep, talking about the old days, and loved talking horses with her great-granddaughters. She was so very loved and appreciated and would always help the ones in need the ones who had been wronged in life that is her legacy. Her legacy will carry on in her memory always at JMR Quarter Horses.

She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Reynolds; her son, Dale Reynolds; her brother, Bernard Salsbury; and her cat, Tilly.

She is survived by two daughters, Susan and Nancy; her grandson, Douglas and his wife Liz, of Unity; her great-granddaughters, Katlyn and her fiancé Nick, Kaylee and her fiancé Denny, Trinity, and Abby; her great-grandson, Gage; her great-great-grandson, Henry; also eight other grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Carolyn Killam, of Pittsfield; her brother, Bruce Salsbury;

Following Joyce’s wishes there will be no funeral.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


WINSLOW – Mary Christine Fortier, 85, of Winslow, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at Lakewood Continuing Care, in Waterville. She was born in Winslow on July 24, 1935, the daughter of William and Victoria (Lukaszewicz) Wasiuk.

Mary was proud of her immigrant parents and Polish heritage, and enjoyed the diverse neighborhood off Clinton Avenue, in Winslow, where she grew up with her siblings and began many lifelong friendships and traditions.

She graduated from Winslow High School and Thomas Business College, in Waterville. Mary was employed by Scott Paper Company, in Winslow, where she worked as a secretary in the finishing department. She also served as president of the Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 260. She retired from Scott Paper Company after 37 years of service and proud of the fact that she never missed a day of work. She later worked for several years as a membership specialist at Champions Fitness Center, in Waterville.

She married former husband James Fortier in 1963, and had a son Jon, her only child.

Mary’s beautiful sparkling hazel eyes drew you into her vivacious personality and soul. A sparkle that conveyed a warmth and affection that would put anyone at ease. She loved to be with people and could literally talk up a storm (with some at times finding it necessary to seek shelter). She was also quite the mischievous flirt. On a group trip to Hawaii in the ‘70s, she attended a performance of singer Don Ho and managed to sneak onto the stage and plant a kiss on the crooner, announcing triumphantly “This one’s from Maine!”. Just an example of a gregarious behavior she displayed throughout her life.

Where there’s bright lights and excitement, there’s people…and, of course, there’s Mary! She was an ardent fan of the local casinos and enjoyed playing the slots. Mary had a circle of friends with whom she would share rides to Bangor and Oxford and rarely missed a bus trip to Foxwoods, in Connecticut. Win or lose, it was always a story of how much fun she had with her friends. She also enjoyed visiting friends and family out of state, taking numerous cruises, trips to Las Vegas, as well as a cross country RV trip she took with friends for an entire summer.

Although Mary had no grandchildren, she was very fond of her nieces and nephews and their children. She loved a good bargain and always on the search for gifts to send off to them all…and she expected pictures! When she did get them, the excitement and smile on her face was nothing less than priceless.

Without question, the pride and joy of her life was her son Jon, whom she raised as a single parent. Her proudest day was when she reunited with siblings and family to attend his graduation from Maine Maritime Academy.

She was a devout Catholic and an Associate of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She visited many people in nursing homes and folks who may have been shut ins. She valued character and had a love for those who were less fortunate.

Mary was predeceased by her parents; brother Stan, sisters Evelyn and Judy.

She is survived by son Jon; sister Pauline; nephews Dan and Jay, nieces Angela and Cari and their children.

A Mass will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument Street, in Winslow. A celebration of life will follow at the Best Western Plus Waterville Grand Hotel, 375 Main St., in Waterville. Private burial will be held at a later date.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory may be sent to Sisters of Saint Joseph, 80 Garland Rd., Winslow, ME 04901.


UNITY – Lily (Lillian Michaud) Hanning, 73, passed away on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. She was born March 15, 1948, in Waterville, to Gladys (Howard) and Roland Michaud.

Most of her working years were with the accounting department within different divisions of the State of Maine. She was an avid BINGO player and loved to explore, she could tell you how to get anywhere in Maine without ever getting on the interstate.

She is survived by her two daughters, Patty (Zinkovitch) LaChance (Joe) and Sally (Zinkovitch) Shorey (partner Bob Huntington); her three brothers, Leo Michaud (Pauline), Howard Michaud (special person Debbie) and Alfred Michaud; two grandsons, Jimmy-Lee Shorey and Richard Beaulieu; two step-granddaughters, Nikki (LaChance) Theobald and Katelyn LaChance; and nine great-grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Forrest J. Pare VFW Post #1285, on Water Street, in Waterville.

If you would like to honor the memory of our mother, please get vaccinated against COVID and/or donate to any charity in her name


WINSLOW – Jonathon Todd Beaulieu, 30, passed away on Wednesday, May 19, 2021. He was born on September 25, 1990, in Portland.

Jonathon graduated from Skowhegan Area High School and worked as a foreman at Lucas Tree, in Norridgewock. Jonathon was a loyal friend, brother and ally. Those close to him knew he was hard working, dependable, a true confidant and fiercely passionate about his beliefs. Although stubborn with his opinions at times, Jon was equally as compassionate and empathetic toward others. Jonathon was a multi-faceted man whose knowledge spanned across many fields of interest. We would often hear him saying, “did you know this?” or “I have a random fact for you!”

Jonathon is survived by his parents, Yong and Ivan Beaulieu; his older sister, Showna Beaulieu, and twin brother, Nicholas Beaulieu, of Smithfield.

Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street Waterville, ME.


OAKLAND – Dennis Wayne Knight, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at his home, in Oakland. He was born March 6, 1957, in Waterville, the son of Kenneth A. and Virginia A. (French) Knight.

He graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1976. On February 14, 1977, he married the former Debbie Holt, in Oakland. He worked at Tukey Lumber for several years, then, worked at Cascade Woolen Mill, both in Oakland, for some time and the railroad, retiring from there in 2019. Dennis was famous for his taxidermy for over 25 years.

He enjoyed stock car racing, hunting, fishing, and his favorite thing was Friday garage night with his best friend, Mark Laurance, whom he loved like a brother.

Dennis is survived by his wife, Debbie (Holt) Knight, of Oakland; daughter, Stacy L. Knight, of Waterville; son, Denny L. Knight, of Oakland; grandchildren, Hayden L. Sheets and Brandon R. Knight, both of Oakland, Noella M. Peppin, Gunner J. Peppin, and Bostyn D. Knight, all of Winslow, Bentley J. Knight, and Harper A. Knight, both of Oakland; sisters, Ester Paul and husband Gary, Rolene Harris, all of Chesterville, Linda Rackliff and husband Herbert, of Waterville; brothers, Ugene Knight and wife Litras, of Norridgewock, Donald Knight, of Jay, Kenneth Knight and wife Jackie, and Dana Knight and wife Sandra, all of Rome; sister-in-law Kerstin Knight, of Rome; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Edward Knight, Vernal Knight, Roland Knight, sister, Joyce Witham, brothers-in-law, Elwood Harris, Leslie Witham and sisters-in-law, Nancy Knight, Maryann Knight.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021, at noon ,at his home, 552 Smithfield Road, Oakland.

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


WINDSOR – Vada-Leigh Yvette Peaslee, 1, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 20, 2021. She was born February 23, 2020, the daughter of Ronald J. Peaslee, Jr. and Megan L. (Hendsbee) Peaslee.

Miss Vada-Leigh was a light in her family’s hearts and souls, as she brought joy, hope, and unconditional love to every soul she touched. The precious comfort of new life gleamed inside all of us because of our perfect little angel, Vada-Leigh. She provided all with a blanket of love and will be so greatly missed here on earth.

Miss Vada-Leigh Y. Peaslee is survived by her parents, Ronald J. Peaslee, Jr. and Megan L. (Hendsbee) Peaslee, of Windsor; her paternal grandparents: Ronald J. Peaslee, Sr. (Grandpa) and L. Rhonda Hutchinson-Peaslee (Mémère), of Windsor; maternal grandfather, Wayne T. Hendsbee (Poppy), of Farmingdale; maternal grandfather, Dexter Pinkham (Papa D), of Augusta; godparents and aunt and uncle, Molly and Patrick Kimball; uncle Zachariah Peaslee; Mikayla Brochu (Auntie Mikay) and great-great aunt Laurette Bellavance; paternal great-grandparents Hank and Elizabeth Peaslee, and maternal great-grandparents Howard and Janet Maxim.

There will be no public visiting hours.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, Windsor Chapel, 983 Ridge Rd., Rt. 32, Windsor. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

The family requests that donations in Vada’s memory be made to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, 22 Bramhall St., Portland, ME 04102.


AUGUSTA – Barbara J. Maxim-Hendsbee, 69, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 20, 2021. She was born in Augusta on April 9, 1952, a daughter of Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim.

Barbara, aka GiGi, Barbie, Barbwire, Mumma, Cupcake, and Babs, was an outstanding student; a 1970 graduate of Cony High School, in Augusta, and a 1975 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.

She had been employed for over 40 years at the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, and had most recently been enjoying the freedom of retirement as it allowed her to spend invaluable time with her cherished granddaughter Vada.

In addition to caring for her only granddaughter, Barbara’s interests included spending time with friends and family, gardening and beautifying her surroundings, watching Hallmark and Lifetime movies, fanatically rooting for her favorite New England pro sports teams, and caring for her precious rescued pets. She often could be found traveling with her best friends and Life Partner to Boothbay, Old Orchard and Belfast, dancing to live music, snacking on tuna sandwiches, enjoying coffee with cream only, singing “Barbara anthems” to her two daughters, and showering them both with every ounce of love and support imaginable.

Barbara is survived by her Life Partner, Dexter Pinkham, of Augusta; two daughters, Molly MH Kimball and her husband Patrick, of Augusta, and Megan L. Peaslee and her husband Ronald, of Windsor; her parents, Howard R. and Janet P. (Burns) Maxim, of Concord, North Carolina; two brothers, R. Michael Maxim and his partner Laura Gabriel, of Augusta, and Scott E. Maxim and wife Teresa, of Harrisburg, North Carolina; her former husband, friend, and father of her children, Wayne Hendsbee, of Farmingdale; Dexter’s children Lindsey and Justin. as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 4, at 2 p.m., at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta. Burial will follow the funeral in Rest Haven Cemetery, Rt. 32, Windsor. A celebration of life for Barbara and dear friend Rose will be held beginning at noon on Saturday, June 5, at Le Club Calumet, in Augusta.

Condolences, stories and photos may be shared at

The family requests that donations in Barbara’s memory be made to: Little Paws Big Hearts Pekingese Rescue through their website at:


WINDSOR – Jeffrey C. Stuart, 68, of Ridge Road, died Friday, May 21, 2021, at Alfond Center for Health, in Augusta, following a brief illness. He was born in Augusta on December 2, 1952, the son of Melville C. Stuart and Mabel M. (Piper) Stuart.

Jeff was a graduate of Erskine Academy, in South China.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years as foreman by the State of Maine Department of Transportation.

Jeff was a member of Dirigo Masonic Lodge #104, of Weeks Mills.

He loved the outdoors and spent many hours hunting , fishing, snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and loved to sit by the campfire and have a few beers. He especially loved partridge hunting every fall.

His favorite place to go was their beautiful mountain view camp in upper enchanted township. He had many special friends there.

For the people who knew Jeff he will be remembered for being a very hard worker and very meticulous in everything he did. He could fix anything using his ingenuity and minimal resources. We would call him Mr. Macgyver.

He took great pride in his John Deere tractor and his Ford trucks. He trucked pulled for 10 years and won many trophies at the Windsor Fair and throughout the state. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

Survivors include his life partner of 41 years, Sharon Cormier, of Windsor; his son, Jeffrey J. Stuart, of Hallowell; his brother, Richard Pooler, of Windsor; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no public visiting hours. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Rest Haven Cemetery, Windsor.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Plummer Funeral Home, 983 Ridge Road, Windsor. Condolences, photos and stories may be shared at

Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.


OAKLAND – Ralph R. Willis Sr., 63, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021, following a long brave fight with cancer at the place he chose as his final life’s wish in Oakland, watching over his favorite red tree. He was a native of South Boston.

Ralph is survived by his father, Paul Willis Sr., of Ironton Ohio; his fiancée of 26 years, Priscilla; three children, Robin Lloyd and her husband James, his daughter, Kimberly Willis, and his son, Ralph Willis Jr. and his wife Christina; his siblings, Donna Thompson and her husband Dean, of Ohio, Linda Bishop and her husband Timothy, of Massachusetts, Debbie Hasenauer and her husband Vince, of Ohio, Paul Willis and his wife Marilyn, of Florida, and Gary Willis and his wife Laura, of Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Hailey, Savannah, Nicholas, Jimmy, Autumin, Ralphie, MaKayla, and Riley; his four great-grandchildren, Brylan, Elly, Kingston and Jameson.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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


FAIRFIELD – Racheal L. (Soucy) Gola, 29, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021. She was born January 17, 1992, in Waterville, the first child of Bruce Soucy and Lisa Breault.

Racheal grew up in Fairfield, and attended Lawrence High School.

Racheal enjoyed time spent with her children, family, and friends, whether it was a trip to the lake, a lunch date, or a casual visit just to catch up. Racheal valued every moment, especially time spent with those she cared about most. She overcame many obstacles in her short time on this earth, her zest for life, wisdom, and humor were incomparable, only overshadowed by her overwhelming strength of will, determination and positivity.

She lived her life to the fullest knowing all too well how short life truly is taking time out of each day to reach out and personally touch those around her in a positive way. Her bright and energetic personality will be immeasurably missed by many. The strength and will power she exhibited during times of loss, and hardship along with the love, loyalty, and absolute dedication she provided to loved ones will be remembered and cherished always.

Racheal was known for her sense of humor and the ability to laugh even at her own expense. She loved Betty White sporting a quote too scandalous to share on her refrigerator.

She is survived by her two children Natalia and Gavin Gola; her sister, Brianna Soucy; two nephews, Cole and Cameron Hardy; cousin Aaron Knox and his husband Anthony Belair.

Racheal was predeceased by her parents, Lisa Breault, and Bruce Soucy; grandparents, Allan and Terry Breault; her daughter, Savanna Soucy; and great aunt, Sherry Cloutier.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life gathering on Sunday June 27, from 1-3 p.m., at the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post #8835, in Winslow. This will be a potluck full of love and laughter in Racheal’s honor.

Arrangements are in the care of Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, Fairfield.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the funeral home website at

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donational to support Racheal’s two young children.


WINSLOW – Bradford “Brad” L. Buker, 81, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Winslow. He was born on July 8, 1939, the son of Earl Buker, Jr. and Marie Estelle (Libby) Buker.

Brad graduated from Hartland Academy and went on to graduate from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1961. While at the university, Brad was a member of the initial soccer team. Brad was a teacher/principal of the elementary schools, first in East Vassalboro, and then at Carl B. Lord school, in North Vassalboro, for eight years.

In 1968, Brad moved with his family to Winslow and taught at the Winslow Junior High School for 31 years making his teaching career a total of 39 years. While at Winslow Junior High, Brad coached freshman boys’ and girls’ basketball and he also coached the girls varsity field hockey team at the Winslow High School for two years.

Brad was the president of the Initial Heart of Maine Squares Dancers, in Winslow. Brad ran the summer milk route and made ice cream for Smiley’s Dairy for a number of years.

He is survived by his son, Raymond Buker and his wife Tammy, his daughter, Heather Buker and her fiancé Bob Fortier, his daughter, Johnna Peri McCollor and her husband John; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren; his sisters, Margo Carmine and her husband Tom, and Carol Horch; her daughter, Elizabeth Chapman and her husband Robin.

He was predeceased by his parents; his daughter, Natalie P.B. Brooks; and his granddaughter, Melissa E. Hall.

A time of gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main Street, in Fairfield.

A private burial will be at Howard Cemetery, in Winslow, at a later date.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Conquer Cancerthe ASCO Foundation, P.O. Box 896076, Charlotte, NC 28289-6076, in memory of his daughter, Natalie P.B. Brooks.


WATERVILLE – Margaret Brick Robjent, 100, died following a period of declining health on Saturday, May 22, 2021. She was born April 20, 1921, in Crosswicks, New Jersey, the daughter of Arthur R. and Clara B. Brick.

Margaret was educated in Crosswicks public schools, George School, in Newtown, Pennsylvania. and Rider College. She was a legal secretary from April 1939 until August 1945.

On August 31, 1943, she married James F. Robjent, of Andover, Masachusetts. While he was overseas during World War II, she assisted in the management of the U.S.O at Fort Dix, New Jersey, was active in the Preparative Meeting of Friends, in Crosswicks, New Jersey, and served as a volunteer Travelers Aid at the Trenton, New Jersey, Railroad Station in addition to her legal secretarial position.

From 1945 to 1955 she lived in Andover, Massachusetts, where she was active in South Church and the A.P.C Sorority. In 1955 she moved with her family to Waterville, where she continued her humanitarian work in the community. She served as Cub Scout Den Leader and Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scouts, volunteered in the Mansfield Clinic, at Thayer Hospital, in the newly-formed Hospice Program, Meals on Wheels, and the Evening Supper Program. For a number of years, she was Pharmacy Assistant, at Thayer Hospital, and a volunteer in the pharmacy at the Osteopathic Hospital. She was a member of the Women’s Club.

A lifelong Quaker, Margaret was a member of the Crosswicks, New Jersey, Preparative Meeting of Friends. In Waterville she was an Associate Member of the First Congregational Church, where she served with her husband for over 30 years as assistant treasurer, was Secretary of the Church Building Committee, Office Assistant, Sunday School Teacher, member of the Women’s Fellowship and faithful worker on numerous Church committees and functions.

Margaret’s hobbies included dancing, gardening and handiwork. She especially enjoyed nature, flowers, birds, butterflies, little creatures and rock hounding, a love of all she passed on to her children.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, James F. Robjent, in 2003; her brothers, A. Robert Brick, Kenneth Brick of Crosswicks, New Jersey, and her sister Elizabeth B. Collier, of Columbus, New Jersey.

Margaret is survived by her children, James B. Robjent and his wife Catherine W. Robjent, of New London, New Hampshire, Frederick B. Robjent, of Orchard Park, New York, and Elizabeth G. Robjent and spouse Linda Ostermann, of Oakland; four grandchildren, J. Lawrence Robjent and his wife Dr. Lindsay C. Robjent, of Richmond, Virginia, Stacey R. Damren and her husband Ian Damren, of Lewiston, and Stephanie P. Crane, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; and four great-grandchildren, Ella M. Robjent and J. Peter Robjent, of Lake Placid, New York, Claire W. Robjent and James K. Robjent, of Richmond Virginia; as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. Interment will be held at a later date in Crosswicks Cemetery, Crosswicks, New Jersey.

Arrangements are under the care of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, 8 Elm Street Waterville Maine.


CHINA – Christine L. Frigon, 68, of China, formerly of Jackman and Moose River, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Christine was born in West Warwick, Rhode Island, on December 20, 1952, the daughter of Manuel Mello and Suzanne (Bernier) Mello.

She attended boarding school in Montreal, Québec, Canada, as a child and graduated from West Warwick High School, in Rhode Island, in 1970.

In 1975, Christine moved from Rhode Island to Jackman with her husband and then, two children. She was also able to convince her parents to make the big move with them.

Christine was a CNA for many years at the Jackman Regional Health Center. She also spent some time as an EMT, a real estate agent, a town selectman, and chairman for the local school board. In 1999 Christine moved to the Waterville area. While in the Central Maine area, she worked for Sebasticook Valley Hospital, in Pittsfield, Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan, and Riverview Psychiatric Hospital, in Augusta.

Christine enjoyed many hobbies including singing in the church choir, playing guitar, and organizing children’s musicals. She enjoyed doing ceramics and had a ceramics shop in Jackman for a period of time. Chris loved animals, especially dogs. She was so proud of all three of her children and always made sure that they knew that.

Christine is predeceased by both of her parents, stepmother, Gabrielle (Lamoureux) Mello, son Adam Frigon; brother, Rene Mello, and former spouse and father of her children, William Frigon.

She is survived by son, Erik Frigon, daughter, Michelle Frigon and her partner DJ Glazier; as well as her two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Giberson Funeral Home and Cremation Services. To leave a condolence for the family and to view the online obituary, please visit

China planners finish draft of solar placement ordinance

by Mary Grow

With only three members present for their May 25 meeting, China Planning Board members finished their draft of an ordinance to govern placement of solar arrays, subject to review by the absent members.

They returned to definitions of terms in the sample ordinance with which they have been working, changing some and deleting those they consider unnecessary. They agreed definitions specific to solar power should be part of the Solar Energy Systems Ordinance, not added to the definitions section of China’s Land Use Ordinance.

At their next meeting they intend to return to discussion of a shoreline stabilization ordinance. They hope to have both documents ready to submit to voters in November.

They also need to update China’s shoreland ordinance to meet state requirements.

The draft Solar Energy Systems Ordinance and the state Department of Environmental Protection’s DEP Department Order #07-2021, about the shoreland ordinance, are on the town website, www.china.govoffice. com, under the Planning Board, which is under “Officials, Boards & Committees.”

Codes Officer Jaime Hanson said he issued 24 building permits in May, a busy month. He also shared information on dangerous buildings, the topic he discussed with selectmen the previous evening (see The Town Line, May 27, p. 3).

The next regular China Planning Board meeting would fall on June 8, election day, when the town office will be closed and the former portable classroom used for voting. Because of the need to continue work on proposed ordinances, Co-Chairman Toni Wall recommended trying to reschedule the meeting a week earlier, rather than later.

Vassalboro neighborhood yard sale June 4 – 6, 2021

by Jeanne Marquis

Click for full size list of locations.

Three years ago, Samantha Lessard and others organized The Mill Market, a weekly Craft & Vendor Fair, with the philosophy that when you help out community members the entire community benefits. It’s a full circle relationship.

On June 4, 5 and 6, this community spirit will be extended with the addition of an expansive network of neighbor yard sales throughout Vassalboro. Participation has become so popular that it will help to have a map to take full advantage of the offerings available at each address. The items that are not sold during the yard sale will be donated to The Mill for their used items area.

The used clothing and household items from The Mill have helped out Vassalboro residents over the last few years who have had fires, been displaced from their homes or have found themselves otherwise in need of clothing. These types of special requests for used items are filled by appointments only.

The Craft & Vendor Fair at The Mill is every Sunday through the summer, with an extra Saturday on June 5. Crafters and Vendors will be inside The Mill and outside on the green under tents. Handcrafted items include spices, jewelry, baked goods, plants, vegetables, gnomes, tie dye items, jams, glass crafts, macrame, candles, woodworking, knitted items, build a bear, sewed items, magnets, essential oils, Vendors include Tupperware, Scentsy, ColorStreet, Avon, 31, Tastefully Simple, Epicure, Paparazzi.

The proceeds from The Mill Market and yard sales, besides benefitting area crafters and local families who participate, will go to the ongoing restoration of The Mill – a gathering place for the community. That’s what Samantha means by full circle.

China broadband committee members review models of potential offerings, prices

by Mary Grow

China Broadband Committee (CBC) members reviewed models for potential broadband offerings and prices for customers at their May 26 meeting and asked for more definite information, if possible, to share with residents.

They also worked on an application for a Phase II planning grant from ConnectMe to help them get the information.

And they talked briefly about Spectrum Community Solutions, the company currently providing internet service to an estimated 70 percent of China households.

The CBC plan requires enough income from broadband users to repay a proposed bond that would fund costs of new internet infrastructure; to pay for ongoing internet service; and to provide a profit for the company that provides the service. Committee members do not want to suggest an increase in local taxes to support the project.

The currently proposed service provider is Machias-based Axiom Technologies. Company President Mark Ouellette participated in the May 26 discussion, as he has in previous meetings.

Consultants Mark Van Loan and John Dougherty, of Mission Broadband, had developed models showing what levels of service could be offered at what prices to make enough money to cover expected costs.

They were still dealing with the problems that have plagued earlier predictive efforts: until experts survey the town to see how many new poles and how many miles of cable are needed, construction costs are estimates; and until Axiom finds out how many customers want their service – the “take rate” – income is an estimate.

The goal is a maximum monthly charge of $50 for the lowest tier of service. That low a price is achievable in Van Loan and Dougherty’s models, assuming a high enough take rate.

The models propose a 15 percent discount for seasonal residents. One version would offer four service levels, the top – and most expensive — one named the Tod Tier in honor of committee member and self-described geek Tod Detre. Detre doubts many other residents would need the Tod Tier.

CBC members made no decision on a plan. They agreed they need to have one before they begin making presentations to enlist residents to sign up.

The ConnectMe grant application was due by midnight May 27. Ouellette, who had assisted another town with the same application, offered advice; Selectboard Chairman Ronald Breton and Town Manager Becky Hapgood called in their approval; and committee members planned to finish the grant during the day May 27.

They succeeded. CBC Chairman Robert O’Connor reported that an application for $7,500, to be supplemented by a $2,500 local match (from contingency funds, Hapgood suggested during the meeting), was emailed to ConnectMe before the deadline.

If ConnectMe awards a grant to China, the money will be used to pay Hawkeye Connections, Inc., fiber optic specialists based in Poland, Maine, to do an engineering review of “roads, premises, and telephone poles” that will define construction costs more accurately and improve cost estimates.

On the third topic, O’Connor told the rest of the committee he had received a communication from Spectrum, the most recent of several sent as CBC discussions proceed. Spectrum was one of three applicants to provide enhanced broadband service. After reviewing all three proposals early in 2021, CBC members chose to negotiate with Axiom.

O’Connor’s belief is that Spectrum officials are willing to submit proposals to match each improvement Axiom offers; but, he pointed out, they have not taken any action. He and Detre are among those saying that Spectrum cannot meet Axiom’s service level with its existing equipment.

The meeting ended with consensus that Van Loan, in consultation with Ouellette, would continue to work toward a more definite model, and that the committee would meet again at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 3.

Scout honors deceased veterans with project over several seasons

Eagle Scout Gary Lawyerson congratulates his grandson Eagle Scout Gabriel Lawyerson after pinning the Eagle Scout medal he received in 1964. (contributed photo)

Receives Eagle Scout rank on Memorial Day weekend

by Chuck Mahaleris

Jefferson Troop #216 Scoutmaster Valerie Drever presents a special hand-made plaque to Gabe. (contributed photo)

Gabriel Daniel Lawyerson, of Troop #216, received his Eagle Scout rank during an outdoor ceremony at Damariscotta Lake State Park, in Jefferson. His grandfather, Gary Lawyerson, earned Scouting’s highest rank in 1964 and proudly pinned his medal on his grandson. Gabe is going to Fort Sill Oklahoma July 7, 2021 for his basic training in the U.S. Army.

His grandfather served in the Marine Corps for 27 years and three years in the Army. Linda, his grandmother, was in the Marines 7-1/2 months (then daughter Amy came along). There are others who served in Gabe’s family. Gary, Gabe’s father, served in the Army four years, Gabe’s other grandfather Leo Peters served in Paratroopers Army 101st Airborne during the Korean War, among many others, of course. His respect and appreciation for those who served in the military runs deep.

The Eagle Scout ceremony was held Friday evening of Memorial Day weekend which is appropriate as Gabe’s Eagle Scout Service Project consisted of taking photographs of 1,200 veteran grave stones at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, in Augusta, on Civic Center Drive. The photos were given to the Bureau of Maine Veteran Services which plans to provide a website family and friends can visit loved ones virtually when they can’t visit in person. His Scoutmaster, Valerie Drever, said, “Congratulations Gabe, you have worked very hard to achieve this honor. Baden Powell would have been proud!”

Gabe’s grandmother Linda Lawyerson assisted him with his project and spoke during the ceremony. “The project was a long process spent over several seasons. I watched him persevere during winter months and overcome all obstacles. I saw him go from being a young man into an adult.”

Gabriel Daniel Lawyerson, of Troop #216. (contributed photo)

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SING ME A TUNE: Jayne Winters, of South China, snapped this squirrel who appears to be serenading her.

LUPINES ARE BACK: Greg Mazoti photographed these lupines last year. June is the time for their return.

RELAX: Michael Bilinsky, of China Village, photographed this loon as it sits in the lake, relaxing.

Dirigo Lodge delivers food to area food pantries

Members of Dirigo Lodge #104, from left to right, Lenny Goodine, present Lodge master, Jason DeMerchant, lodge member, Sheldon Goodine, past Lodge master and lodge member, Don Pratt, trustee of the Maine Mason Charitable Foundation and lodge member. (photo by Ron Maxwell)

by Ron Maxwell

Caring for your neighbor is a tradition that is alive and well here in central Maine. I was fortunate enough to see our local Masons in action this week at the Dirigo Lodge #104. Lodge #104 was founded in 1860 and its first lodge master was James Parnell Jones. This lodge has continued since, and celebrated its 160th anniversary last year. I spent some time talking with the men behind the scenes and here’s the story.

Member Sheldon Goodine (and a former lodge master) says he asked about doing something for the needs in our area at a recent lodge meeting. The group discussed and adjourned, but the seeds were planted.

Jason DeMerchant (their newest member, and grandson of Sheldon Goodine) went to work the next day at a distribution center and started the ball rolling by asking his superiors if they wanted to take part. Their work is to supply local shops (think Hannaford and the like) with the product they put on their shelves. When the supplies come to the distribution center they are in a large quantity which is broken up and then sent in smaller amounts to the local shops. The excess is good product which sometimes does not get to the shelves of any shop, and it was a pallet of this excess that was donated to the Masons’ efforts.

The Masons have a charitable foundation, the Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation, which works to maximize the efficiency of donations. The Chairman of Disbursement and lodge member Don Pratt, joined the process by coordinating with food banks in Windsor, Palermo and China to distribute this donation to as many in need as possible.

Fast forward to the day of handing over the donations to the local food banks!

Food items collected by Dirigo Lodge #104, prior to their distribution to China, Windsor and Palermo food pantries. (photo by Ron Maxwell)

I arrived early to speak with the lodge members before the food bank representatives arrived. In addition to Sheldon Goodine and Jason DeMerchant, who were present to help load the food bank vans, were the current Lodge Master, Lenny Goodine (son of Sheldon, and uncle of Jason) and Don Pratt. I chatted with all four members about the day and the process that made it possible and got a tour of the lodge. All four made quick work of the mountains of donations in an assembly line process that streamed loads out of the lodge and into the waiting van of the volunteer from China. There were protein bars and breakfast cereal, toiletries and bandages, taco sauce and barbecue sauce, ready to heat meals and side dishes, organic candy and fruit snack. (If you read that last sentence out loud you can get a feel of what it was like to watch the four men bring load after load out of the lodge!) In no time, the donations were whisked off to the respective food banks. I left after the China load, and as I swung out of the parking lot, the four members were hard at work filling the truck for Windsor. From idea to source, coordination to distribution, the well-tended machine ran, powered by the dedication of lodge members. What was a question became a well-timed donation from members of a community to the community at large.

This process is not unique to the Masons – I have also seen it in our schools and our places of worship as members turn out to assist the community that surrounds them. This is the spirit that inspired me to settle here many years ago. When you have a cynical moment or a discouraging day, think about these efforts and try getting involved with one of the causes that give back. Taking your mind off yourself and thinking/doing for others is the backbone of our community. We should all spend some time caring for our neighbors.