FOR YOUR HEALTH: Four Ways To Have A Festive And Safe Holiday Season

(NAPSI)—Entering the second holiday season of the COVID-19 pandemic, Idahoans are eager to reconnect with family and friends and return to treasured holiday traditions. Some simple steps can keep family and friends healthy through their fall and winter celebrations.

“Every family has unique traditions, and they are eager to enjoy time with loved ones this year, especially if they skipped or changed their holiday plans due to COVID-19 in 2020,” said Dr. ­Catherine Oliphant, co-chair of pharmacy practice and administrative sciences and professor at Idaho State University College of Pharmacy. “With a little care and planning, it is possible to enjoy these special holiday traditions while making sure everyone stays healthy.”

As generations gather to celebrate, the No. 1 way to avoid spreading COVID-19, including to grandparents, young children and others who may be vulnerable, is to make sure everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated against COVID-19. Children ages 5-11 are the most recent group eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more at

People can take these additional steps to ensure they safely enjoy family, friends and special connections they may have missed recently, even as people from different households and different parts of the country gather.

Assess travel plans. Consider delaying travel until you’re fully vaccinated. Remember, masks that cover your nose and mouth are required for everyone on planes, buses, trains and other public transportation. If you’re unvaccinated, plan to get tested one to three days before your trip within the United States and three to five days after you return. Plan to self-quarantine for seven days, even if the test is negative. If you travel by car, be aware that you and your travel companions could be exposed to the virus on stops for gas, food and bathroom breaks. Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing at these locations. If traveling internationally, especially to places where vaccination rates are low and COVID-19 is spreading, visit the CDC’s website for recommendations on international travel.

Get tested. If you’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or if you’re not feeling well before the holidays, especially if you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested. Tests are widely available at pharmacies and doctors’ offices. Getting tested can provide security, knowing that you won’t infect your friends and relatives and everyone can enjoy a stress-free holiday. If in doubt, consider staying home and joining festivities virtually. This will allow you to enjoy the fun while staying safe.

Pay attention to ventilation. When celebrating with your families, try to avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces. Consider moving celebrations outdoors, especially if you are planning a large get-together. Have a cookout or roast marshmallows. If you attend family festivities indoors where some guests may not be vaccinated, wear a well-fitting mask over your nose and mouth, remembering that you should never put a mask on a child under the age of 2. The CDC also recommends mask wearing in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status.

Consider your health status. If you or someone in your household has a health condition or someone is taking medications that weaken the immune system, you should take extra precautions, even if you are fully vaccinated. The CDC recommends that those with weakened immune systems follow similar guidelines for unvaccinated people, like such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

The winter holidays are a time to reconnect and celebrate with people we care about. There are many ways to make this year’s festivities a time to remember. Following these safety measures can allow Idahoans to gather together and practice traditions that make the holidays so special. Safe practices are key and the most effective way to ensure a joyful holiday is to get vaccinated.

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New AARP survey reveals veterans are more likely to lose money to certain scams than non-military

The statistics we hear about scams and fraud are nothing short of staggering and a new AARP survey shows that scams targeting veterans are on the rise. Scammers will stop at nothing to steal veterans’ benefits including pension payments and much more. Please consider the following scams and take a look at the survey results. Of those who lost money, the top scams reported include:

  • Benefit Buyouts: Turning over U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pension and/or disability benefits for a supposed lump-sum payment that never materializes (47%).
  • Fraudulent records scam: Paying for updated personal military records (32%).
  • The fake charitable giving request: Donating to fake veteran charities (32%).
    Other key findings include:
  • Military/veteran adults reported losing more money than civilians on the grandparent-impostor scam (more than twice as often) and financial phishing schemes (nearly twice as often).
  • Nearly half of military/veteran adults reported they are not using a robocall blocking service and over 1 in 4 have not registered their phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
  • 81% of military/veteran adults have not placed a security freeze on their credit report.

If you are a veteran, you are unfortunately a target, so be mindful of this reality in your day-to-day transactions. Remember that The Veterans Administration will never call you, e-mail or text you to verify or update your information. Only work with VA-accredited representatives when dealing with VA benefits; you can search for them online at the VA Office of General Counsel website.

If you would like a copy of the Veteran’s Edition of the AARP Watchdog Alert Handbook: 10 Ways Con Artists Target Veterans, you can download it for free by visiting or call AARP Fraud Watch Network at 1-877-908-3360.

Another important way to protect yourself from scams and identity theft is to place a freeze on your credit report. Identity theft can be devastating because once armed with enough personal information, a scammer can access their victim’s credit report. With access to the credit report, an identity thief can then open a credit card, apply for a loan or even apply for government benefits, all in the name of their victim.

The best way we can protect ourselves from identity theft is to prevent criminals from obtaining our sensitive information in the first place. This is why placing a credit freeze with all three major credit bureaus is considered the most effective way to block identity thieves. When the freeze is in place, our credit reports are protected. Contact the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection for all the details by calling 800-332-8529 or visiting

As a veteran, you have protected our country with your service. Now let us help you protect yourself from scams that target veterans and your guaranteed benefits. As with all scams, vigilance is your number one weapon.

Jane Margesson
AARP Maine Communications Director

FMI: Visit or call our toll-free hotline at 1-877-908-3360. It’s free and available to anyone of any age whether you are an AARP member or not.

Managing lands for high quality water: Kennebec Water District’s Watershed Management

photo by Eric W. Austin

by Robbie Bickford,
Water Quality Manager,
Kennebec Water District

The Kennebec Water District (KWD) will be hosting a public informational meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at the KWD Water Treatment Plant, at 462 Main Street, in Vassalboro, to review the Forest Management Plan and the South Narrows Peninsula Harvest Plan. These are available for review on our website at:

China Lake (or “the Lake”) has been the sole source of supply for KWD since 1905. When the Lake was first used for drinking water, the land around the West Basin was heavily impacted by livestock pasturing and other agricultural activities. In 1909, seeing increasing development around China Lake, KWD began purchasing the shorefront land around the West Basin to protect the drinking water supply. Subsequently, thousands of trees were planted to reforest areas previously cleared for agricultural use.

Today, KWD owns approximately 344 acres of forested land in the China Lake watershed consisting of a nearly continuous, approximately 200-foot-wide, strip of land surrounding the West Basin and two larger plots of land known as the North and South Narrows Peninsulas.

To ensure that KWD’s watershed lands are managed to prompt the highest possible water quality in the Lake, KWD has contracted with Comprehensive Land Technologies, Inc. (CLT), of China, to assess the health of the forested land and develop a Forest Management Plan. Parts of this plan provide recommendations for improving the health of the forest through selective harvesting to prompt an uneven-aged, mixed species forest.

An uneven-aged, mixed species forest has been found to be the most effective buffer to limit erosion and to trap nutrients and contaminants in runoff as well as providing a more resilient forest to a multitude of pests and other adverse conditions.

In winter of 2021-2022 KWD anticipates conducting a selective harvest of the South Narrows Peninsula stand to promote new healthy growth and develop an uneven-aged, mixed species forest. This harvesting will have the primary goal of protecting and enhancing the water quality of the Lake as its focus and any harvesting activities will strictly adhere to industry “Best Management Practices” to minimize the impact on the land and lake water quality.

As always, KWD is committed to preserving and enhancing the water quality of China Lake and this approach to active forest management is the next step in the long line of efforts to achieve this goal. Any questions about the public informational meeting on December 1, 2021, or KWD’s efforts in the China Lake Watershed can be directed to


Public notice



The Fairfield Town Council will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chambers ,at the Community Center, at 61 Water Street, on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., for the purpose of hearing public comments on the following matter:

A special amusement permit for the purposes of music and dancing submitted by VFW Post 6924 located at 246 Main Street, Fairfield, Maine 04937

Copies are available at the Town Office. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearings and will be given an opportunity to be heard at that time.

Signed: Christine Keller,
Town Clerk

Palermo Community Garden seeks seed money grant

The Palermo Community Garden last summer. (Contributed photo)

The Palermo Community Garden supplies over 350 pounds of organic greens, veggies, fruit, and herbs each growing season to the Palermo Food Pantry, and is run by volunteers. This project is participating in the SeedMoney Challenge, a 30-day online fundraising competition, and it could really use your support. In addition to keeping the money they raise from individuals, they have a chance to win up to $1,000 from SeedMoney, based on how much they raise between November 15 and December 15.

You can find our donation page here: Your kind donation is, of course, tax deductible, as they are a registered 501(c)3 organization. For more info, please contact Connie at 993-2294.

I’M JUST CURIOUS: A few ideas and uses

by Debbie Walker

Good afternoon. Any snow yet? I have to ask, you know. I am on a race tonight to get this done before Tabby (cat) comes in. When she comes in at night, or whenever she comes in, she expects to be the center of attention. Laying across my keyboard tends to assure her of the attention possibilities.

I have to ask. Have you ever heard of aluminum foil balls in the dryer? The instructions say to wad up some foil into two small balls and pop in the dryer instead of dryer sheets. I plan to try this one. I’ll let you know.

In the November FIRST magazine the question was asked, “What do you do if you can’t sleep?” The responses published were: 1. Turn your digital clock away from you to help stop the anxiety of calculating your wake-up time. 2. “Get out of bed and journal or doodle. Lying there creates negative association between bed and sleep, worsening insomnia.”

When I was in real estate I stumbled across this suggestion: As your days are busy start a list of things you want to remember for the next day. Cross off the items on your list as the day goes by. At the end of the day go over your list and make changes as appropriate. When you go to bed that night you don’t have to be worried about forgetting to do anything the next day. It’s all written down and you can relax. You won’t forget anything. This worked well for me, so much so I still do it.

Do you know how to tell if your mascara is old? It is important to know because of possible eye infections. Too much air in the chamber makes for breeding ground for bacteria. When you pull the wand out, listen for popping sound. If you don’t hear it, trash it.

Have you gotten out your winter coat yet? Any problem with the zipper? How well is it working? I found rubbing liquid soap back and forth over the zipper. Then work the zipper up and down. You should see a difference. It worked well for me.

What do you do about your cat and plants? Cats dislike citrus. Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and rub around the rim of the planter. It should keep Kitty away.

Do you have trouble organizing your linens? Put the pieces together with a dryer sheet into a paper bag and label, then put in closet. You will know which ones they are, and all the pieces will be together. I put mine inside one of the pillowcases. It saves time and aggravation.

I have made wind chimes in the past and I use fishing line to hang the items. After reading a short hack today I will be using dental floss next. The wax will protect the cord and isn’t as stiff as fishing line. The dental floss isn’t as stiff as fishing line, but it is strong enough to hold the items I hang.

Ever have a leaky faucet and the noise is driving you crazy? Try this: Tie a long piece of dental floss around the end of the faucet and place the other end into the drain. The leaking water will travel down the cord and into the drain. Peace at last.


Peter Catesby Peter Cates

Winter poetry

Christina Rossetti

As winter’s balmy freeze approaches with increasingly grim ur­gency and inevitability for the next six to seven months, some brief depictions of the ice cold season are offered.

Poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) gives a slightly humorous perspective in the following lines from Winter: My Secret:

“Today’s a nipping day, a biting day;
In which one wants a shawl,
A veil, a cloak, and other wraps:
I cannot open to everyone who taps,
And let the draughts come whistling through my hall.”

Edwin A. Robinson

Gardiner’s native son Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935) conveyed the following contrasting images in his 1923 poem, New England:

“Here where the wind is always north-north-east
And children learn to walk on frozen toes,
Wonder begets an envy of all those
Who boil elsewhere with such a lyric yeast”

Robinson’s slightly younger contemporary Robert Frost (1875-1963) pulled the following long evening of November in his ironically titled Desert Places:

“Snow falling and night falling fast, oh, fast
In a field I looked into going past,
And the ground almost covered smooth in snow,
But a few weeds and stubble showing last.”

John Crowe Ransom

Southern poet John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974) wrote in his Winter Remembered of the loss of a once true love, preferring the less painful numbness of the outdoor frostbite:

“Better to walk forth in the frozen air
And wash my wound in the snows; that would be healing;
Because my heart would throb less painful there,
Being caked with cold, and past the smart of feeling.”

Will Rogers

Will Rogers (1879-1935) succinctly commented, “I was just thinking, if it really is religion with these nudist colonies, they sure must turn atheist in the wintertime.”

The footage of the Russian wilderness during winter in the 1965 film Doctor Zhivago has, for me, never been surpassed, although the Coen brothers 1997 film Fargo comes awfully close.

My favorite portion of Antonio Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons has always been Winter and numerous performances of it abound on YouTube.

CLA to present 10-year runoff plan

China Lake

A 10-year plan to restore water quality in China Lake will be the focus of an online, interactive public meeting sponsored by the China Lake Association on Thursday, December 2, at 6 pm. The meeting will provide an overview of the proposed measures needed to minimize stormwater runoff into the lake, address internal phosphorus loading from lake sediments, and ultimately prevent annual algal blooms that have been occurring in China Lake over the last 40 years. The China Lake Association and their partners urge China, Vassalboro, and Albion residents, lake users, public drinking water customers, and all interested parties to participate in this free program. The public’s participation will help experts protect this valuable resource through the sharing of knowledge and by helping to shape the plan.

Register for this webinar here:

Don Plourde named CMGC’s 2021 Developer of the Year

Don Plourde

Central Maine Growth Council is pleased to present its annual 2021 Developer of the Year award to Don Plourde, broker and co-owner of Coldwell Banker Plourde Real Estate, in Waterville. The award was presented at Central Maine Growth Council’s Annual Meeting, sponsored by Central Maine Motors, Kennebec Savings Bank, MaineGeneral Health, New Dimensions Federal Credit Union, and Huhtamaki.

Don’s passion for developing central Maine through commercial real estate has been exemplified by his commitment to growing businesses and supporting economic and community development throughout the region. Beyond Don’s day-to-day real estate operations, his investments within the region, along Robert LaFleur Airport Business Park, and, most recently, acquiring two flagship buildings in downtown Waterville – 36 Main Street and 70 Main Street – have all made significant contributions to the local economy and will support further investment and new business development opportunities during an exciting period of redevelopment within the municipality.

“The city of Waterville is poised to continue its trend of revitalization and renaissance due to key private sector stakeholders like Don. Similarly, his commitment to regional betterment extends beyond development and associated business expansion and growth initiatives, but is equally reflected in community projects and the innumerable volume of new families and young professionals that have been welcomed into the area housing market, including throughout COVID-19, where Don has transitioned new rural remote workers and Maine ‘boomerangers’ across the country into our local economy,” stated Garvan Donegan, director of planning, innovation, and economic development for Central Maine Growth Council. “Don is a champion of the region and has pursued his projects in a dedicated fashion, encouraging a bright future for central Maine and its residents.”

The Winslow native opened Coldwell Banker Plourde in 1989, growing from a staff of two to more than 20 and counting in its 30 years of operation. Don serves on the Maine Real Estate Commission, where he previously served as the organization’s board chairman. His work in real estate development has laid the groundwork for welcoming new businesses and families to central Maine while contributing to a renewed quality of place throughout mid-Maine and beyond.

Don has served on several boards throughout central Maine, including Waterville Development Corp., Maine State Housing, Winslow Capital Planning Committee, and Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, where he served as the organization’s chairman in 1998. Acknowledging Plourde’s many years of community betterment and service, Don and Irene were recognized as the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Community Service winners.

“I am humbled to receive such an honor from the Growth Council,” said Don. “Having the ability to contribute to the vitality and success of the region has been my life’s work, and I could not have done it without the support from the community and my family.”

LEGAL NOTICES for Thursday, November 25, 2021

18-A MRSA sec. 3-801

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

2021-283 – Estate of CHRISTOPHER P. ALLEN, late of Madison, Me deceased. Shannon M. Rollins-Allen, 237 Preble Avenue, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-285 – Estate of NORBERT F. POULLIOT, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Jodi J. Leclair, 17 Valley Farms Road, Fairfield, ME 04937 and Jeffrey J. Poulliot, 604 Oakland Road, Belgrade, Me 04917 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2021-286 – Estate of GARY A. HANSON, late of Ripley, Me deceased. Brenda J. Hanson, 172 North Road, Ripley, Maine 04930 appointed Personal Represen­tative.

2021-288 – Estate of THEODORE E. SEELEY, late of Madison, Me deceased. Jessica Roderick, 155 Lower Mills Road, Madison, Me 04950 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-291 – Estate of ROBERT C. MACARTHUR, JR, late of Fairfield, Me deceased. Robert C. MacArthur, III., 39 Hardwood Lane, Fairfield, Me 04937 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-297 – Estate of RONALD P WILLS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Christine M. Wills, PO Box 114, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-298 – Estate of BARBARA HARVIE-WILLS, late of Anson, Me deceased. Christine M. Wills, PO Box 114, North Anson, Me 04958 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-300 – Estate of ALVIN JOSEPH WALKER, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Rebekah Lynn Thibodaux, 514 S. 6th St., LaPorte, TX 77571 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-301 – Estate of SANDRA J. EVERETT, late of Jackman, Me deceased. Herbert I. Everett, PO Box 541, Jackman, Me 04945 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-303 – Estate of BRUCE A. SHEAFF, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Pamela J. Berry, 19 Free Street, Skowhegan, Me appointed Personal Representative.

2021-304 – Estate of JOHN P. COTE, late of Long Pond Township, Me deceased. Michael J. Cote, PO Box 142, Shapleigh, Me 04076 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-305 – Estate of GERTRUDE OHAK, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Esther J. Geoffroy, PO Box 340, Canaan, Me 04924 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-306 – Estate of JOHN C. STUDT, late of Hartland, Me deceased. Elyse P. Wilson, 227 Studt Road, Hartland, Me 04943 appointed Personal Representa­tive.

2021-308 – Estate of DARREN L. FRIEND, JR., late of Anson, Me deceased. Darren L. Friend, Sr., 194 Hilton Hill Road, Anson, ME 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-309 – Estate of LORRAINE L. NUNN, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Dale E. Nunn, 335 Middle Road, Skowhegan, Me 04976 and Timothy A. Nunn, 22 Dawes Aves., Auburn, Me 04310 appointed Co-Personal Repre­senta­tives.

2021-310 – Estate of RODERICK F. STEELE, late of Solon, Me deceased. Brenda J. MacKenzie, 118 Partridge Road, Billerica, MA 01821 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-311 – Estate of JAMES R. LANGLEY, late of Solon, Me deceased. Joseph T. Adams, 34 Wrong Turn Lane, Warren, Me 04864 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-314 – Estate of STANLEY EDWIN WATSON, late of Madison Me deceased. Stanley Elden Watson, 4 Meadowview Road, Georgetown, MA 01833 appointed Personal Represen­tative.

2021-315 – Estate of DOROTHY E. CAYFORD, late of Cornville, Me deceased. Rebecca A. Cayford, PO Box 827, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Represen­tative.

2021-260 – Estate of SANDRA J. SHARPE, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Roberta Jean Jolicoeur, 127 Middle Road, Oakland, Me 04963 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-209 – Estate of MARGUERITE A. MROWKA, late of Norridgewock, Me deceased. Richard A. Mrowka, 206 Fredericks Corner Road, Norridgewock, Me 04957 appointed Personal Represent­ative.

2021-320 – Estate of DARRIN CARL MOORE, late of Anson, Me deceased. Torrey Lee Moore, Sr., P.O. Box 7, Anson, Maine 04911 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-321 – Estate of WILLIAM E. GLENCROSS, late of Pittsfield, Me deceased. Reita G. Abbott, 876 Snakeroot Road, Pittsfield, Me 04967.

2021-326 – Estate of DIANE A. COURTEMANCHE, late of Skowhegan, Me deceased. Phillip R. Courtemanche, 35 French Street, Skowhegan, Me 04976 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-327 – Estate of LORETA P. ANDREWS, late of Bingham, Me deceased. Timothy D. Andrews, 12 Somerset Lane, Bingham, Me 04920 appointed Personal Representative.

2021-329 – Estate of BARBARA A. NELSON, late of Canaan, Me deceased. Tara A. Nelson, 331 Waterville Road, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 and Corey N. Nelson, 800 Main Street, Canaan, Mane 04924 appointed Co-Personal Representatives.

2021-328 – Estate of JOYCE M. KENNEY late of Anson, Me deceased. David P. Kenney, PO Box 6, Athens, Me 04912 appointed Personal Repre­sent­ative.

To be published on November 18 & 24, 2021.
Dated November 15, 2021 /s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate



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

2021-271 – Estate of JESSE JAMES GAUDETTE, II, minor of Skowhegan, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Minor) filed by Bethanie M. Gordon, PO Box 2093, Skowhegan, Me 04976 requesting minor’s name be changed to Jesse James Gordon for reasons set forth therein.

2021-273 – Estate of LEAH NICOLE ALLEN, adult of Madison, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Leah N. Allen, 113 Whittier Farm Road, Madison, Me 04950 requesting her name be changed to Chance Logan Allen for reasons set forth therein.

2021-276 – Estate of ALISON ROSE-MARY THEBERGE, adult of Madison, Me. Petition for Change of Name (Adult) filed by Alison Rose-Mary Theberge, 20 Glendale Street, Madison, Me 04950 requesting her name be changed to Molly Rose Darling for reasons set forth therein.

Dated: November 15, 2021
/s/ Victoria Hatch,
Register of Probate