The browntail moth continues to be in a lot of conversations. Now that the caterpillar is all but gone, the moth is abundant, and is the carrier of the next generation. That is why experts say they need to be dealt with now before the next round of caterpillars are hatched.
After they were sighted in all 16 Maine counties, and countless Mainers itching the blistery rash, it appears the worst may be over for the year’s browntail moth caterpillar infestation.
In April, experts predicted this summer would be the worst for browntail moth caterpillar infestations since the invasive insect arrived in Maine 100 years ago. They were right.
The browntail moth is an invasive species found only on the coast of Maine and Cape Cod. Over the last few years, it has been moving inland. This moth is an insect of both forest and human health concern.
The browntail moth caterpillar has tiny poisonous hairs that cause dermatitis similar to poison ivy on sensitive individuals. People may develop dermatitis from direct contact with the caterpillar or indirectly from contact with airborne hairs. The hairs become airborne from either being dislodged from the living or dead caterpillar or they come from cast skins with the caterpillar molts. Most people affected by the hairs develop a localized rash that will last for a few hours up to several days but on some sensitive individuals the rash can be severe and last for several weeks. The rash results from both a chemical reaction to a toxin in the hairs and a physical irritation as the barbed hairs become embedded in the skin. Respiratory distress from inhaling the hairs can be serious.
Caterpillars are active from April to late June. Hairs remain toxic throughout the summer but get washed into the soil and are less of a problem over time.
Pursuant to Maine Statute Title 22, §1444, the Director of Maine CDC can declare an infestation of browntail moths (BTM) as a public health nuisance. The declaration may be made on the director’s initiative or upon petition by municipal officers.
I’ve spoken with folks who believe there will be another round of browntail moth caterpillars and their toxic hairs this fall.
Usually, when I write about certain creatures of the forest, I rarely go into great detail on the reproductive cycle, mostly because of space. But I’m making an exception this week so we can see why now is the time to act on browntail moths.
The brown-tail moth produces one generation a year. It has four life stages; egg, larval, pupal, and adult. Eggs are laid in July and hatch in August. The annual cycle is approximately one month as eggs, nine months as larvae, one month as pupae, and one month as winged, sexually mature adults.
Eggs are preferentially laid on oak trees.
Pre-diapausing larvae (caterpillar): Emerge and feed gregariously starting in August after about three weeks of egg incubation.
Diapausing larvae: As a response to shortened periods of daylight, larvae build communal winter nests in the fall, inside of which they overwinter. These involve webbing, binding leaves together at tree-top branch tips. Distinct from other communal moth larvae such as eastern tent caterpillar which over-winter as eggs, then create webbed nests in branch crotches during spring and summer. Should you see a nest, cut it down and, preferably, burn it.
Post-diapausing gregarious larvae: The emerging larvae, approximately three-eighths of an inch long, resume feeding in early April synchronized with bud break, and still inhabit the winter nests as their resting places, or else make communal web-nests. These small larvae will also detach from trees and fall to the ground, then search for new trees.
Post-diapausing dispersive larvae: Once larvae reach late instars, colonies break up and larvae start feeding independently.
Pupation: Larvae pupate in June after six to eight instars.
Emergence: Imagoes (winged, sexually mature adults) appear about one month later; mate, lay eggs and die.
One of the remedies going around right now calls to fill a bucket with Dawn dishsoap (only Dawn will do) and water. Place a light near the bucket to attract the moth, which is nocturnal but attracted to light. The moths will fall in the bucket, and the soap will prevent the moth from taking flight. In the morning, dig a hole and bury the moths. Some friends have tried it and they say it works.
CICAEDA PREDICTS FIRST FROST
Well, it’s July and guess what usually happens: the cicaeda made its first appearance of the year on Saturday, July 17. We only heard it twice, but it was there. You know the old folklore, when you first hear the cicaeda’s call, the first killing frost will occur 90 days later, following the full moon, which this year, puts that date at October 20.
Isn’t it awful to be talking about frost already.
MOUNTAIN LION SIGHTING
Last week, I received another email from a reader reporting a Mountain Lion sighting. The email stated: “This week, a large cat was creeping across our property as my wife was letting out our [German] shepherd. The shepherd doesn’t chase deer but gave a hard chase of what I assumed [at first] was a bobcat. My wife said the cat was tawny [in color], had a long tail and was the same size as our shepherd (75-80 lbs.).”
It seems there have been more frequent sightings recently, but the “experts” continue to dispel their existence in Maine.
Roland’s trivia question of the week:
Which Red Sox pitcher has recorded the most wins at Fenway Park?
Which Red Sox pitcher has recorded the most wins at Fenway Park?
Tim Wakefield, with 97 wins.
CYNTHIA L. DICKENS
SOUTH CHINA – Cynthia L. Dickens, 77, of Dickens Way died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at the home that she shared with her daughter Laurie, son-in-law Thomas and grandson Colby. She was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on January 26, 1944, the daughter of Gordon W. Thomas and Bertha
She met the love of her life, Stephen, when she was 19. They married and raised four children.
She worked at her father’s fish market in Danvers, MA for many years and helped her husband work with their horses. She also worked in Augusta at the Value Inn doing hospitality services.
She was loved by so many. Known by most as Grandma or G-Ma whether they were family or not. She loved playing games with her grandchildren, scrapbooking with the ladies, and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are her son, Stephen J. Dickens, Jr., and his wife Jodi, of Derry, New Hampshire; three daughters, Dawn M. Putis and her husband Edward, of Las Vegas Nevada, Cindy L. Senkbeil and her husband Steven, of South China, and Laurie M. Rumpf and her husband Thomas, of South China; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Raymah Roberts of Ipswich, Massachusetts; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at noon, Sunday, July 25, 2021, at 12 Dickens Way, South China.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the China Rescue PO Box 151, China, ME 04358 in memory of Cynthia L. Dickens.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at directcremationofmaine.com.
WINTHROP R. RICHARDS
He grew up in Benton and lived at the family farm and was the fourth oldest of 10 siblings.
He was the husband of Pauline (O’Brien) Richards.
Winthrop was a graduate of Lawrence High School, in Fairfield, and attended the University of Maine. While in high school he was actively involved in 4-H and a full-pledged member of The Future Farmers of America (FFA) receiving his State Farmer Degree. He and others in his class exhibited several head of dairy cattle at both the Windsor Fair and Skowhegan State Fair and he served as a class officer in the role of vice president and president of FFA during his last two years in high school. He was employed at Scott Paper Co., in Winslow, Keyes Fibre Co., in Waterville, and Bath Iron Works retiring in 1999.
Winthrop was an avid coach of pee-wee football and baseball for many years working with kids to improve their skills in the central Maine area. He also loved to bowl and was on various bowling leagues while at Keyes Fibre.
One of his hobbies was wagering on the horses at various fairs throughout Maine and in the Kentucky Derby where he had a couple winning tickets. Winthrop was always interested in sports, including baseball, basketball, football, hockey, golf and he especially liked NASCAR. He enjoyed being with his family and was always up for a challenging discussion whether it was about sports or politics.
He is survived by his wife Pauline (O’Brien) Richards, of Vassalboro; three daughters, Rhonda Giroux (Paul), of Liberty Twp., Ohio, Laurie Harding (Scott Pooler), of Vassalboro, and Brenda Ailstock (Ted), of Jacksonville, Florida.
Winthrop was predeceased by his two sons and grandson, Wynn in 1968, Daniel in 2019, and grandson Daniel II in 1994. Daniel’s wife, Melinda Richards resides in Gloucester, Virginia. Winthrop had several nieces and nephews; ten grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A private service was held on Monday July 19, 2021, at Shawmut Chapel, Shawmut, with burial following the service at Falls Cemetery in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society Waterville Area, Capital Campaign, 100 Webb Rd., Waterville, ME 04901.
ESTHER M. SMITH
WATERVILLE – Esther Mae Sanderson Young Smith, 92, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 9, 2021, at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Augusta. Esther Mae was born in Waterville on May 4, 1929, the daughter of William and Ethel (Terry) Sanderson.
She graduated from Winslow High School, class of 1946. She was awarded the Maine State Pin for excelling in all sports.
Esther Mae was a member of the Winslow Congregational Church, where she taught Sunday School for 20 years. She was a Deaconess, and served on numerous other church committees. She will be fondly remembered for all the delicious treats she would make for after church coffee hours, as well as the numerous baked goods she made for the annual Blueberry Festival. Church members would anxiously go to the food table to see what she had made, in hopes to find her whoopie pies, molasses cookies, pecan pie bars, blueberry muffins and so much more. Esther Mae was also a member of the Ye Olde Female Society of Maine. She worked in the Winslow School System for 20 years.
Esther Mae married Richard Young in 1950 and raised three children with him until his death in 1989. She held family and friends close and for a lifetime. To bring pleasure to her family and friends was always her goal in life. She could stretch any meal in order to invite an unexpected guest to the table. She loved family gatherings, traveling and camping with her family. She was an avid reader.
Esther Mae is survived by three children, Douglass Young and wife Doreen, of Greenville, Robert Young and wife Martine, of Monson, Susan Dunlap and husband Fred, of Rainbow Lake, New York; five grandchildren, Christopher Young and wife Bethany, of Greenville, Maia Young, of Falmouth, Cheri Ingraham and husband Dalton, of Belgrade, Holly Karabetsos and husband Eric, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Joshua Dunlap and wife Claire, of Fair Haven, New York; four great-grandchildren, Ava Additon, Brody Additon, Adeline Ingraham, Eleanor Ingraham; one stepgrandson, Jacob Smith and wife Pamela, of Florida.
Esther Mae was also predeceased by her second husband Parker Smith who continued to bring happiness to her life.
At Esther Mae’s request there will be no visiting hours. There will be a graveside service for the immediate family.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, http://www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sunset Home of Waterville, 114 College Ave., Waterville, ME 04901.
DAVID R. SOCHIA SR.
OXFORD, Mass. – David R. Sochia, Sr., 80, of Fairlawn Avenue, died peacefully on Friday, July 9, 2021, in his home. He was born in North Vassalboro, son of the late Louis and Evelyn (Lessard) Sochia, and lived in Maine for many years before moving to Oxford in 1977. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1959, and was a veteran of the United States Army.
Mr. Sochia worked at Neles Corporation (formerly Jamesbury) for 33 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the American Legion Post #58, in Oxford, Mass.
He was predeceased by his wife of 37 years, Betty Ann (Dixon) Sochia, who died in 1999; a sister, Mary Lou Dennis, a brother, Louis Sochia; and a granddaughter, Nicole Ellis.
He is survived by four children, David R. Sochia Jr., of Auburn, California, Evelyn E. Parks and her wife Aimee, of Englewood, Florida, Auralie M. Schneider, of Oxford, Massachusetts, and Lisa M. Sochia, of Holden, Massachusetts; two sisters, Diane Couturier, of Winslow, and Gloria Prickett, of Pembroke; five grandchildren, Amanda, Richard, Jacob, Zachary, and Eileen; and three great-grandchildren, Kaelin, Kaylee, and Aria.
A funeral service was held at Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home, on Saturday, July 17, 2021. Burial followed at Village Cemetery in North Vassalboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Veterans, Inc., 69 GroveSt., Worcester, MA 01605.
JOHN E. ELLIS
PALERMO – John E. Ellis, 65, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Boston Medical Center, following complications from a recent surgical procedure. He was born in Waterville on April 8, 1956, the son of Myron and Mona Ellis.
John graduated from Messalonskee High School, in Oakland, in 1974.
John proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.
He worked at Digital, in Augusta, for over 20 years. John was later employed for the State of Maine as an Information System Specialist.
John enjoyed fishing, hunting, muscle cars, Harley’s and burning rubber with his Camaro. He was known for his green thumb, being an animal lover, and particularly being Muhammad Ali’s greatest fan. John enjoyed time spent at home with family, especially time with his grandson, his best buddy.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church, in Palermo.
John was predeceased by his parents and a brother William Abbott.
He is survived by his daughter Melissa Bouchard, significant other Rhonda Fowler, sisters Joan Hassam, Mary Keenan, Wanita Bilodeau; grandson Zachary Bouchard; step sons Chris and Eric Fowler; nephews Derek and Shawn Keenan; his birth mother Georgean Abbott.
A graveside service will take place Saturday, July 24, at 1p.m., at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Belgrade, with military honors.
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, 10 Pethaven Ln., Augusta, ME 04330.
WILLIAM C. SAUCIER
WATERVILLE – William Charles Saucier, 83, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Northern Light Continuing Care, in Waterville. William was born on June 11, 1938, in Waterville, to Joseph Percy Saucier and Marian O’Brien Saucier Gerald.
William is survived by his children, Laurie Quirion, Kelly Belanger, Stephen Saucier, and Brian Saucier; his grandchildren, Julie Goodwin, Dakota Allen, Marisa Allen, Samantha Krook, Stephanie Krook, and Spencer Belanger; his great-grandchildren, Niya Hector, Shehrahn Worthem, Vincent Krook, Ariana Krook, Desmond Krook, Natalie Krook, Lincoln Belanger, Evelyn Belanger, and Callen Belanger; nieces and nephews, Tamara Saucier, Scott Saucier, Judy Hurtubise, Eric Saucier, Shannon Courtois, Anthony Saucier, and Derik Saucier.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sister Diane Saucier Rancourt, and his brothers Eric (Ricky) Saucier and Edwin (Midge) Saucier.
A graveside memorial service was held on Monday, July 19, 2021, at Saint Francis Cemetery in Waterville.
FAIRFIELD – Melvin ‘Mel’ Creso, 77, of Fairfield, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 10, 2021. Mel was born on January 28, 1944, in Beverly, Massachusetts, and resided in Fairfield with his wife Diane, of 36 years.
He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1966 – 1972. He served two tours in Vietnam as an engineer in the 864th, He held the rank of SP5 and stationed in Nitrene. After his time in the military, Mel had a variety of jobs from painting to being a cab driver in Waterville, and then worked in Environmental Services, at Togus VA, for 17 years before retiring.
Above anything else, people remember Mel for his great sense of humor, and infectious laugh. He was a happy-go-lucky guy, who would strike up a conversation with anyone with whom he crossed paths. Shopping at “Wally World,” in Waterville, was something he always looked forward to, and made many friends throughout his years shopping there. For those who have ever had a conversation with him, know his witty self was always present. He was quick with jokes and always had a trick up his sleeve to play on people. Whether it was asking “Who are you?!” even though he knew exactly who you were, or simply telling someone “Did you know pigs could fly? I saw that happen once.” He would always tell you he was just kidding after. All he ever wanted was to put a smile on someone’s face or to make them laugh.
He enjoyed spending time with his wife Diane at home watching TV Land together and loved all her home-cooked meals. He always said he would never go hungry so long as she was home. They loved to make trips to the Maine Coast any chance they had, and always made time for their yearly trip to Cabbage Island. Throughout the years they would travel to Florida to visit family, and occasional trips to Busch Gardens and even Disney. As devout Catholics, they always made time to visit Mary Queen of the Universe, in Orlando, Florida, their favorite Church to visit.
Mel was predeceased by his father George Creso and mother Eleanor Kirkey (Creso); brother Buddy Creso, brother-in-law Robert Magee, sister-in-law Jacqueline Couture (Quirion); and daughter Ellie Silva (Creso).
He is survived by his wife Diane Creso, of Fairfield; children Mary Marquez and Donna Howell, of Massachusetts, Linda Moore, of Waterville, Alysha Creso, of Fairfield, and Mell ‘Eddie’ McClean, of Augusta; stepchildren Kenneth Dorval and fiancée Leanna Lilienthal, Millie Moore (Dorval) and husband Tippy Moore, and Roland Dorval Jr. and wife Kim Dorval, of Winslow; grandchildren and great-grandchildren Tiffany, Cierra, Sarah, Jordyn, Michael and Samuel, Benjamin, Jack, Michael and Lexi, Aiden and Mateo, Jayce and Peyson, and Ellianna; brothers- and sisters-in-law Roland and June Quirion, Carmen Magee (Quirion), and Horatio and Claudette Couture.
Family and friends may visit on Friday July 23, from 6 p.m – 8 p.m., at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm Street Waterville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville.
A Graveside service will be held later at St. Francis Cemetery, in Waterville, with military honors.
An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at http://www.gallantfh.com.
LILLIAN E. RICHARDS
BENTON — Lillian E. Richards, 82, of Benton, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital, in Portland, Sunday, July 11, 2021. Lillian was born in Vassalboro on February 24, 1939, the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Lizotte) Reny.
She graduated from Winslow High School in 1957. Lillian married James A. Richards in 1958, together they raised two children while traveling to many places due to Jim’s work. She made many friends along the way and stayed in contact with them. In her 45 years of marriage, Lil experienced several varied employment endeavors including Sears & Roebuck’s Catalog Department, Chasse Chiropractic, Uncle Jim’s Restaurant and Prism Painting.
Lillian was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow, where she was in the church choir for many years as singing was one of the loves of her life. She was also instrumental in organizing her class reunions.
After Jim’s passing, she met Harry Pollard Jr., and together for the last 17 years they shared many adventures at camp in Rockwood where she took great pleasure in watching the deer and sitting around the campfire. Also, traveling in their camper including a trip across country.
Lillian was known for her delicious cooking, including her appetizing vegetable platters and tourtiere pies.
She was predeceased by her parents and husband James; her brother, Robert Reny; her sisters, Pauline Daniels, Mary Thorne, and Arlene Mayhugh; and her godchildren, Billy Daniels, and Donna Montgomery.
Lillian is survived by Harry Pollard Jr., her soul mate; her children, Scott Richards and wife Irene, Regina (Richards) Cain and husband Kevin; her grandchildren and their spouses, Mathew Cain and wife Brandy, Sarah Williams and husband Nathan, Melanie Thurston and husband Ben, Stephanie Gaddar and husband Nick, and Jacob Stinson, and fiancée Ashley Pelotte; and her great-grandchildren, Cameron, Mackenzie, and Kyle Williams, Mavin Gaddar; her brothers, Donald Reny and wife Lorraine, Peter Reny and wife Jackie; and sister, Priscilla Perry.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 21, at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Winslow, with committal prayers following at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, on Grove Street, in Waterville.
An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared at http://www.familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, 107 Main St., Fairfield.
In lieu of flowers, family and friends wishing may make donations in Lil’s memory to: Spectrum Generation Muskie Center,38 Gold St.,Waterville, ME 04901.
EVELYN A. HURD
WINSLOW – Evelyn A. Hurd, 91, passed away peacefully under Hospice Care on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Northern Light Inland Hospital, Waterville. Evelyn and her twin brother, Leroy, were born to Gardner Leroy and Anna Lenard Adams on February 15, 1930, in Hartland.
Evelyn devoted her whole life to providing genuine love and care to many people throughout the years, establishing many long-lasting friendships. In 1949 she married Lewis J. Hawes. He passed away in 1964. Together they had two daughters, Patricia and Cynthia.
In 1970 Evelyn met and married Ronald E. Hurd. They shared a life in their cottage on Salmon Lake, in Belgrade, until Ron’s passing on April 23, 2001. She spent her remaining years in Winslow at Meadowview Lane.
She loved flowers and baking many, many batches of cookies she gave away to neighbors and friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a very special lady. Remember her for her optimistic outlook on life, as well as a great sense of humor and “witty” remarks.
She is survived by daughters Patricia and Mike Verzoni, of Largo, Florida, and daughter Cynthia and Robert Shorey, of Vassalboro; three grandchildren, Megan Verzoni, James Shorey, Katherine Shorey; great-granddaughter, Clementine; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A service was held at Vassalboro United Methodist Church, Main Street, Vassalboro, on July 21, 2021.
Graveside service for immediate family will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at Veterans Cemetery, Augusta.
Arrangements by Direct Cremation, Belfast.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Northern Light Hospice and Homecare, 325 D Kennedy Memorial Dr., Waterville, ME 04901.
BENTON – Charles Kent, 102, long time town of Benton resident, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Affectionately known as Charlie, his final days were spent surrounded by family. Spending time with family was Charlies’s favorite thing to do after he retired. He was so proud that he and Nina provided a college education for his four children. He was also very proud of his well rototilled garden and manicured lawn. He loved mowing with his ride-on lawn mower.
Charlie never really retired from 25 years of dairy farming 100 acres of land and milking 80 head of cattle, as he continued selling hay for another ten years and then assisted his youngest son, Dennis, with his hay business by baling every summer, including last summer, and repairing machinery. This was all after 14 years as a diesel locomotive mechanic in the piping department for the Central Maine Railroad (CMRR), in Waterville.
When laid off from the CMRR in the 1940s he worked in the Fairfield Woolen Mill. Early in his work career he was a butcher and ran a meat cart, drove a milk truck for $2/day, pumped 10 gallons gas/$1, worked in the woods and for a man with a portable saw mill and sold wood for $6/cord, worked in a candy factory, picked potatoes and served as Benton Methodist Church janitor, among other odd jobs.
Charlie was born during a pandemic, lived through major agricultural, industrial and societal changes before breathing his last breath during a pandemic. The pop-up toaster, short wave radios, and arc welders were invented in 1919 and Woodrow Wilson was his president. From tilling the land with horses to the use of GPS systems on tractors to plant and harvest huge crops, Charlie has witnessed how technology has changed the efficiency and economics of farming.
Few towns have had the good fortune of having such a dedicated servant as Charles was to his beloved town of Benton. Among his many contributions to the town include serving as its first selectman for 28 years (also assuming the role of overseer of the poor and road commissioner many of these years). During this tenure he established and chaired the town planning board and was a member of the town budget committee.
Among his major accomplishments include initiating construction of the eight room elementary school with gymnasium in 1957 for $95,000, including donations of land, time, equipment and money; replacing 14 wells in 1973 by hooking up a public water line from China Lake to the town with $28,000 of state funding; securing a $100,000 grant and a $100,000 FHA loan when needed to install secondary lines to the main sewer connector lines to complete secondary sewer lines to enable Benton to join the Kennebec Sanitary Treatment District; constructing a salt and sand shed; building a new town hall.
His representation on the State of Maine Grange and Maine Municipal Association legislative committees, while serving two years in the 101st Legislature as the welfare committee chairman, benefitted the townships of Albion, Benton, Clinton, Sidney and Unity greatly. On his 100th birthday, he was recognized as the Honorable Charles C. Kent, Jr., by the 129th Legislature and the people of the State of Maine and extended congratulations and best wishes for his dedicated service in the 101st Legislature. He proudly received the Boston Post Cane in 2014 and was presented an honorary Lawrence High School diploma in 2015.
His civic involvement was extensive with memberships in the Fairfield Lodge of Odd Fellows; Benton and Clinton Methodist Churches; Waterville Elks B.P.O.E #905; Siloam Lodge # 92; Scottish Rite Bodies, Augusta; Maine Consistory 32nd Degree, Portland; Shriners, Lewiston; Benton Grange, master for three years and conductor of the fourth degree; Kennebec Water District Water District trustee, serving several times as its president.
Charles met the love of his life on the dance floor and married Nina Eleanor Bailey on Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941.
He is survived by his sons David (Phyllis) and Dennis (JoAnna) Kent and daughters Ruth (David) Doucette and Eleanor Peavey (Mr. Clair Culver); his four children; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
One of his happiest memories was when over 40 of these special family members attended his 100th birthday party at his winter home in Shady Oaks, in Zephyrhills, Florida.
He is predeceased by his parents, Charles Sr. and Bertha Kent; brothers Bryant (Doris), Plympton (Angelina) and Edward (Pauline) Kent; sister Doris (Odber) Robinson; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Charlie’s Life will be observed on Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 1 p.m., at the Brown Memorial Church, 36 Church Street, Clinton, ME, 04927 with light refreshments. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery, on the Albion Road, in Benton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Benton Grange, c/o Maryann Colson, 8 East Benton Road, Benton, ME 04901.
BRENDA D. RODDY
SOUTH CHINA – Brenda D. Roddy, 79, passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, following a long battle with several illnesses. Brenda was born on October 9, 1941, daughter of Montie and Marguerite (Rainie) Cunningham.
She attended Vassalboro schools and graduated from Erskine Academy, in South China, in 1960. After a brief period as an employee of the state of Maine she joined J.S. McCarthy Printing, in Augusta, as a typesetter where she worked for over 30 years. She was a member of the South Windsor Baptist Church. Brenda was a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and very rarely missed a game.
Brenda loved fishing and camping, being with family and friends, and later in life she volunteered at the MaineGeneral Health print shop and doll factory. in Augusta. Brenda loved crafts of all types. She had won ribbons for her talent for crocheting and quilting at the Windsor fair. In recent years she so looked forward to her weekly Friday breakfasts and card games at her home with her siblings.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers, Howard Cunningham and Ronald Cunningham, grandson, Trevor Bragg, her former husbands Omar Bragg, Dana Albert, and Francis Roddy.
She is survived by her children, Norman Bragg and his wife Carol, of South China, Wade Bragg and his fiancée Mary Manley, of Unity, Wendy Mitchell, of Windsor, and her partner Jonathan Litchfield, of Palermo, Mark Bragg and his wife Tanya, of Winslow, and Dana Poland-Harford, of Waterville; grandchildren, Dawne, Shannon, Benjamin, Hannah, Kristen, Emily, Meranda, Nicholas, Kelly, Livy, Alena, Justine, Evelyn, and Summer; and several great-grandchildren; brothers Robert Cunningham, Montie Cunningham Jr. and wife Betty; sisters Gwen Casey and husband Glendon, Donna Woodard, Jacqueline Goodrich and partner Tim Bickford; brother Darrell Cunningham and wife Lori; sister Cheryl Wentworth and husband James; many nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog Penny.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the South China American Legion Post #179 on Sunday, August 8, at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Aable Cremation Service, Waterville.
FAYLENE M. FERLAND
PALO ALTO, Calif. – Faylene M. Ferland, 85, of Palo Alto, California, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, June 8, 2021 following her battle with Alzheimer’s and cancer. She was born on October 18, 1935, in North Vassalboro, to Charles Arsenault and Martha Rogers, and lived the majority of her life happily in Waterville.
She relocated to California in 2018 to be closer to her son, daughter-in-law, grandson and wife.
Faye was a graduate of Waterville Senior High School and enjoyed a long career in the medical field for over 35 years. Upon retirement, she also enjoyed volunteering at Inland Hospital, in Waterville, in day surgery.
She and her husband Bob enjoyed bowling, playing golf together, dancing, and spending time with their many friends and family. Faye also enjoyed cooking and baking, especially for others, and tending to the garden flowers around her home.
Faye was predeceased by her mother and father Charles and Martha, step-father Harry Rogers, loving husband Robert (Bob) Ferland, brother-in-law Joseph Savarin, nephew Michael Savarin.
She is survived by her son Charles Godin of Palo Alto, California (and wife Lori), grandson Nicholas Godin, of Mountain View, California (and wife Jennifer), and sister Eleanor Savarin, of Memphis, Tennessee; along with numerous relatives.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 20, 2021, at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 116 Silver Street, Waterville, ME.
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 consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org.
ARTHUR W. REED
FAIRFIELD – Arthur “Joe” W. Reed, 79, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Oak Grove Nursing Home, in Waterville. He was born January 30, 1942, in Union, the fourth child of Arthur and Dorothy (Gerald) Reid.
He worked at Buck’s Taxi as a dispatcher and Hillman’s Bakery, in Fairfield. He enjoyed being a PAL and Little League coach, listening to country music and Lawrence Welk, fishing and always wanting to catch “the big one”. Later in life, he had his own ham radio shack. He could talk to anyone around the world. He also assisted with ham radio tests when needed.
Arthur is survived by his family; George Reid and wife Judy, Alan Reid and wife Sandy, Shirley Gifford and husband David, Jane Chamberlain, Betty Whitaker, Verna Goodwin and husband Wyman, Gail Dudley and husband Sheldon; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Paul and wife Kim Reid; brother-in-law, Sherwood Chamberlain; nieces, Vicky Reid, Lisa Robinson; nephew, Burton “Sonny” Danforth.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 10 a.m., at Maplewood Cemetery, in Fairfield. A Celebration of Life will be held following the graveside service from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., p.m., at the Waterville Elks Lodge, Industrial St., Waterville.
Arrangements under the direction and care of Dan & Scott’s Cremation & Funeral Service, 445 Waterville Road, Skowhegan ME 04976
WATERVILLE – Spiro (Spike) Yotides, of Waterville, passed away peacefully at MaineGeneral Medical Center, in Augusta, on Saturday, June 26, 2021, following a brief illness. Spike was born in Winslow, son of Olga and James Yotides on June 20, 1928.
Spike graduated from Winslow High School in 1946 where he was a three-sport athlete – football, basketball and baseball – and he always wore his lucky number 13 on all his jerseys! As Spike was a stand-out athlete, he earned two scholarships to attend both Maine Central Institute, in Pittsfield, and Oak Grove School, in Vassalboro. Spike was drafted into the Army in 1950 and served during the Korean War. On Valentine’s Day in 1954 Spike married Gerrie Rackleff. Together they raised three children, Tim, Tony and Kelly. They were married for 66 years before Gerrie’s death in 2020.
Spike was a well-known car dealer in Waterville for over 28 years. He was employed by Furbush Chevrolet, in Waterville, for years, and later with Frame Chevrolet, also in Waterville. In 1982, Spike semi-retired, and would be seen at Christy’s Country Store, in Belgrade, a business he shared with his two sons.
As Spike was an avid sports fan, he never missed any of his sons’ games and even was often seen at their practices. He was always heard in the stands yelling words of encouragement. He was very loyal to both the Patriots and Red Sox, and even got his wife Gerrie to become a dedicated follower of the Red Sox. In his later years, he became a golf enthusiast and played several area courses around Waterville. He was especially keen on Natanis Golf Course, in Vassalboro, and Belgrade Lakes Golf Course. He participated in every one of the 10 Patriot’s Day Open tournaments at Belgrade Lakes Golf Course with his sons, Tim and Tony, and son-in-law, Jeff, rounding out his foursome.
Spike attended several of Engelbert Humperdinck concerts with his wife, Gerrie, who was a huge fan of the singer. Although he wouldn’t admit it, he too became a fan. In addition, Spike and Gerrie went to Las Vegas, Foxwoods and Atlantic City whenever they could. Gerrie loved the shows and entertainment while Spike would often be spotted at a poker table. Gerrie and Spike were regulars at the Friday night BBQ at the Waterville Elks Club and had lots of good times with their many friends.
Spike will be remembered for his quiet disposition and his quick one-liners. He was very giving and generous – he was selfless and always put others before himself.
Spike was predeceased by his wife Gerrie; his parents, Olga and James Yotides; and brothers George, Thomas and Antonio.
He is survived by his two sons Anthony Yotides and his wife Tonia, and Timothy Yotides and his wife Lori, his daughter Kelly Johnston and her husband Jeffrey; six grandchildren, Christy Yotides, Jenna Yotides and fiancé Chad LePage, Kara Simmons and her husband Jake, Ryan Johnston and his fiancée Taylor Murphy, Spiro Yotides and Jordan Stolt; two great-grandchildren, Isabella Allarie and Kayden Lane; his sister Maria Yotides; as well as several nieces, nephews.
A committal service was held on July 20, 2021, the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, in Augusta.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Veilleux and Redington Funeral Home in Waterville.
Please visit http://www.veilleuxfuneralhome.com to view a video gallery and share your condolences with Spike’s family.
China selectmen spent most of a short July 19 meeting discussing the China Broadband Committee’s request that they approve a $10,000 grant from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) fund. They ultimately approved the request on a 4-1 vote (see related story, this week).
Bi-weekly bills that board members paid included, Chairman Ronald Breton said, checks to the organizations approved for funding at the June 8 town meeting.
Deputy Clerk Jennifer Chamberlain, filling in for Town Manager Becky Hapgood, announced that the portable building behind the town office will host a pop-up Covid-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday, July 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. Moderna and Pfizer vaccines will both be available, she said.
Nomination papers for local elective office can be picked up at the town office beginning Monday, July 26. On Nov. 2, town voters will elect two members of the Board of Selectmen, three members each of the Planning Board and the Budget Committee and one representative to the Regional School Unit #18 Board of Directors.
Selectmen announced that China Community Days plans include closing Causeway Street at the head of China Lake’s east basin, between the China Baptist Church parking lot and the boat landing, twice:
— On Saturday, Aug. 7, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the annual street dance (rain date Sunday, Aug. 8, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.); and
— On Sunday, Aug. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon for safety during the annual fishing derby.
Next month’s selectmen’s meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2; Monday, Aug. 16; and Monday, Aug. 30.
Vassalboro selectmen made decisions on two of the three major items on their July 14 agenda.
They spent three-quarters of an hour on the third, reviewing a draft Mass Gathering Ordinance, and decided they should continue working on it at their next meeting.
The ordinance is intended to make sure any such event is safe. It covers subjects like limits on attendance, provision of drinking water and toilet facilities, traffic management, parking and security.
Vassalboro’s draft is modeled on the Town of Readfield’s. It specifically exempts from the definitions of “mass gathering” and “mass gathering area” existing “established and permitted” facilities like athletic fields, auditoriums and “similar permanent places of assembly” that are equipped to handle crowds. Selectmen concluded it would not apply to places like Natanis Golf Course, St. Bridget’s Center or the old mill, in North Vassalboro.
Writing an ordinance was inspired by notice of a proposed country music concert in Vassalboro on July 20, 2022. Selectmen hope to present the draft to voters as a local ballot question on Nov. 2.
The second pending item July 14 was setting fees for medical marijuana establishments, as provided under the Marijuana Business Ordinance voters approved at the town meeting in June.
After discussing a range of figures, selectmen unanimously approved a compromise: a $500 annual license fee for each business, and if more than one business shares a building, the same $500 fee for the building owner and for each separate business owner.
Board members intend to monitor the amount of town employees’ time needed to administer the ordinance. They could change the fee, either up or down, depending on what they learn. They expect the town manager and the codes officer to be the people most involved.
Codes Officer Paul Mitnik presented the third issue for the July 14 meeting, continued land use violations at the former church building at 14 Priest Hill Road, in North Vassalboro.
The deadline for the owner to clean up the lot was July 15, Mitnik said. If he failed to comply, town officials could take enforcement measures through the courts. They could be authorized to clean up the property and bill the owner; or, if the building is deemed hazardous, to have the building demolished and the property cleaned up, and to bill the owner.
Selectmen voted unanimously to authorize Mitnik to proceed with enforcement as he deems necessary.
In other business July 14, selectmen:
— Heard Fire Chief Walker Thompson’s report on the broken-down fire truck, including the potential costs of repairs (variable, depending on whether a broken gear on the low-pressure oil pump damaged the engine) and the department’s ability to get along without the truck for a while.
— Heard the good news that Vassalboro’s new fire truck might arrive by the end of the month, if back-ordered parts come in.
— Planned next steps toward installing a new compactor at the transfer station, without undue optimism about the availability of needed parts there, either.
— Confirmed their previously unofficial plan to authorize repaving the parking lots at the town office and the North Vassalboro fire station and adjacent food pantry.
— Appointed Helen Devoe a member of the Conservation Commission.
— Appointed Savannah Clark, currently the intern assisting with compiling cemetery records, a member of the Cemetery Committee.
The next regular Vassalboro selectmen’s meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.
China Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee members heard reports on how some of the town’s TIF money has been spent and approved a new $10,000 grant at their July 14 meeting.
Four Seasons Club President Tom Rumpf reported his group spent more than $65,000 out of $75,000 allocated from TIF, mostly on trail improvements. His presentation was illustrated with before and after photographs showing stretches of bumpy mud replaced by either a bridge or a gravel trail.
The club spent $25,000 on the concrete slab for their planned equipment storage garage, Rumpf said.
Rumpf told the committee the guardrails along the roadway and sidewalks at the head of China Lake’s east basin, part of the TIF-funded causeway project, need extended rub rails to protect snowmobilers and four-wheelers. Committee members accepted his offer to have Four Seasons Club members install them.
Scott Pierz, president of the China Lake Association and the China Region Lakes Alliance, praised Rumpf for his “excellent presentation” and added, “I’m so sad that I have to go next.”
Pierz reported on three main projects the groups carry out, the Gravel Road Rehabilitation Program (GRRP), Courtesy Boat Inspections (CBI) and LakeSmart.
Working in cooperation with road associations, the China Lake Association has completed run-off controls on Fire Road 11 and begun erosion control work on Fire Road 37, Pierz said. Work on Fire Road 41 is in an early stage.
CBI program employees check boats being put in at boat landings for invasive plants. Pierz is pleased that some people return year after year, so they can mentor new team members.
LakeSmart is a state-wide program educating and encouraging shorefront landowners who want to minimize undesirable effects on water quality.
The prolonged and expensive causeway project, which started with a new bridge, is finished, Michaud said. He and Town Manager Becky Hapgood are among those who inspected it. His verdict: “I’m happy with the work.”
The China Broadband Committee’s request is for $10,000 in TIF funds to hire Hawkeye Fiber Optics (also called Hawkeye Connections) to survey existing broadband infrastructure, in order to estimate costs of additional construction to provide expanded service.
Jamie Pitney, who is a member of both the TIF and Broadband committees, and Hapgood explained the plans and their importance.
TIF Committee Chairman Tom Michaud and other members questioned spending $10,000 to get a cost estimate that’s often free. Pitney and Hapgood said that Hawkeye representatives will spend up to two months evaluating telephone poles in town, to determine how many new and replacement ones will be needed. They will also provide information on miles of fiber optic cable and other needs.
The accurate cost estimate will let committee members decide how much they should ask selectmen and voters to borrow to fund the project. The loan repayment is to be funded from broadband user fees, not from taxes.
After three-quarters of an hour’s discussion, the TIF Committee members present voted 4-0, with Pitney abstaining, to recommend selectmen approve the $10,000 grant.
The next TIF Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday evening, Aug. 23. Agenda items are likely to include two postponed from July 14: review of the grant application form and discussion of a schedule for grant requests; and election of committee officers, since Michaud wants to hand over the chairmanship and his wife Marie her unofficial position as committee secretary.
China Broadband Committee (CBC) members spent their July 15 meeting planning more ways to publicize their progress as they seek expanded and improved broadband service for town residents.
The results include two more meetings: the committee will meet virtually at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 22, primarily to work on a video presentation that would give China residents a quick overview of the project; and a second public meeting is scheduled.
The public meeting is called “Brownies and Broadband” – there might be more varied refreshments, but committee members liked the alliterative title – and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at China Middle School.
Committee members planned other opportunities for people to learn about their work.
CBC Chairman Robert O’Connor is to present a report on the 2021 loon count at the China Lake Association’s annual meeting, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31. He will include a broadband update.
Someone representing CBC will offer information at the ballfields during the Saturday afternoon, Aug. 7, part of China Community Days. Neil Farrington, a committee member and head of the Saturday afternoon part of the annual celebration, says he expects up to a dozen other organizations will be represented.
After the July 15 meeting, committee member Tod Detre completed the new CBC website, htpps://chinabroadband.net. By July 16 it already contained additional information about the July 15 meeting. The town website, www.china.govoffice.com, has a link to the broadband website under the Broadband Committee (which is under Officials, Boards & Committees).
Having gained a July 14 recommendation from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Committee for $10,000 in TIF funds for planning, CBC members O’Connor and Jamie Pitney asked for the appropriation at the July 19 China selectmen’s meeting, where another complication cropped up.
The money is be used to have Hawkeye Fiber Optics (also called Hawkeye Connections), of Poland, Maine, survey existing broadband infrastructure in town to help determine the cost of expanded service.
Committee members have a draft contract ready that authorizes payment of the $10,000 when the work is finished and a report submitted. However, Town Manager Becky Hapgood, who was not at the selectmen’s meeting, had noted the need for a second condition.
Funding for broadband is authorized in the revised TIF program (the Second Amendment) that voters approved June 8, and the state has not approved the revised program. Therefore TIF money cannot assist with broadband expansion until the appropriate official in the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) signs off.
Hapgood advised making payment conditional on DECD approval. After discussion, selectmen voted 4-1 to add the condition and to authorize Hapgood to sign the contract for the survey after board members re-review the final version.
The dissenter was Selectman Wayne Chadwick. Chadwick pointed out that the CBC has already received $10,000 (to pay consultants Mission Broadband) and was now asking for another $10,000, before selectmen had even decided whether to ask voters to approve the project.
Pitney explained that the survey was a useful step toward asking selectmen to ask voters to approve a construction bond issue on Nov. 2, because it will provide more accurate cost estimates than the committee has now.
When O’Connor offered selectmen posters advertising the July 29 Brownies and Broadband program, Selectboard Chairman Ronald Breton reminded him that CBC members needed to offer at least three kinds of brownies: regular ones with nuts, and, to allow for possible allergies, some without nuts and some without chocolate.
China Transfer Station Committee members have postponed action on revising the fee schedule for special items – furniture, electronics, tires, fluorescent bulbs; the list is on the town website, china.govoffice.com, under Transfer Station – or adding a fee for brush disposal.
At their July 13 meeting, Palermo committee member Robert Kurek suggested fees should be based, as much as possible, on the amount of employees’ time each type of waste requires. Another potential criterion is how China’s fees compare to those in other Maine towns.
Committee member Ashley Farrington agreed to survey other municipalities’ posted fees for comparison. The issue is likely to be on the agenda for the committee’s next meeting.
Transfer Station Manager Ronald Marois had no major issues to raise. The Free for the Taking building is open and is again accepting clothing; it is too small to accommodate everything residents want to leave for others, but there is no room to expand it, he said.
Committee members who suggested asking the public works crew to move out of the sand-and-salt shed so Free for the Taking could move in were not making a serious proposal.
The compost pile is also available for residents to help themselves. Because the compost is not screened, Marois and committee members suggested it not be used for vegetable gardens. They recommended it for lawn and tree planting and restoration projects and flower gardens.
Marois said work on the planed concrete slab on which to store freon units is awaiting a site recommendation from the state Department of Environmental Protection, as well as town approval.
Committee members created a subcommittee, chaired by Chris Diesch, from Palermo, to draft a vision statement for the transfer station.
The next Transfer Station Committee meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24. Barring emergencies, committee Chairman Larry Sikora suggested skipping a September meeting.
China Planning Board members used their July 13 meeting to continue to work on planned questions to submit to voters on a Nov. 2 local ballot.
Board Chairman Randall Downer said the draft Solar Energy Systems Ordinance had been submitted to selectmen in advance of their July 19 meeting. Board members are asking selectmen to ask voters to approve it.
Board members further intend to ask voters to decide a question that will become part of the ordinance, after it’s answered: how should solar panels be counted when calculating the percentage of a lot that is covered by man-made structures that impede or change the natural flow of rainwater?
They currently plan to ask voters to approve one of three choices, in a ballot question separate from the ordinance.
— A solar panel counts entirely as an impervious surface diverting rainwater, allowing for the panel’s being tilted (to get more sunlight) so that it covers a little less ground than its actual dimensions.
— A solar panel does not count at all; only its footings that cover a relatively small amount of ground are considered impervious surfaces.
— A compromise proposed by planning board member Scott Rollins: divide the panel area by two, so that for calculation purposes it covers half the area it actually covers.
The point of limiting lot coverage is to allow rainwater to be absorbed into the ground, rather than running into water bodies with whatever pollutants it picks up. China’s current ordinance limits lot coverage to 15 percent in shoreland, stream protection and resource protection areas and to 20 percent in the rest of town.
Solar developers have argued that because the ground under an array of solar panels is covered with grass and other low plants and is mowed no more than twice a year, it adequately absorbs run-off from the panels.
Board members figured that having panels count completely would allow a solar developer to cover up to 20 percent of a lot with panels. The compromise, counting half the panel areas, would allow up to 40 percent of the lot to be covered. If the panels did not count at all, almost an entire lot could be covered, except for setbacks from lot lines.
Board members postponed sending the triple question to selectmen until they have the opinions of two members who were unable to attend the July 13 meeting.
The other potential ballot issue is amending shoreland regulations in China’s Land Use Ordinance to meet state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requirements for state approval. This issue, too, turned out to involve lot coverage.
China’s current shoreland ordinance does not count driveways, parking areas and similar impervious (or non-vegetated, in DEP parlance) surfaces when calculating lot coverage. DEP says it should.
The change would increase the amount of lot coverage in many shoreland lots. Increasing the lot coverage, planning board members said, could limit future expansion, like applying to add a deck to a camp.
Resident Brent Chesley suggested from the audience that the increase could be offset if another amendment were proposed to increase maximum lot coverage to 20 percent in the shoreland (and the other two restricted areas). DEP regulations allow 20 percent, he said, citing Chapter 1000 in DEP guidelines.
Downer referred to China’s Phosphorus Control Ordinance, approved in 1993 to try to minimize the amount of phosphorus entering China Lake and feeding algal blooms, as a separate limit.
Board members postponed action to their July 27 meeting. In the interim they will ask to have the proposed amendments and, at Chesley’s suggestion, a link to the DEP guidelines posted on the China website, china.govoffice.com, for residents’ information and comments. Downer and Rollins also discussed looking at lakeside lots to see what effects the proposed changes would have.
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