SOLON & BEYOND: Second quarter honors at Solon Elementary

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Second Quarter Honor Roll at Solon Elementary School is as follows: All A’s, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Lydia Dixon, Lane Frost, Charlotte Hamilton, and Jillian Robinson.

All A’s & B’s Isabella Atwood, Maxx Caplin, Amelia Cooper, Veronica Hoffman, Allyssa Hutchins, Alex Jerkins, Joseph McLaughlin, Riley Pelkey, Hunter Pouliot, Aiden Powell, Ben Powell, Spencer Rogers, and Haylee Towers.

The first snow day of the year, November 12 caught them all by surprise. They weren’t ready for the annual “Guess the First Snow Day” contest. So they decided to hold a “Guess the Second Snow Day” contest! The winners, who came the closest to choosing January 16 as the second snow day, were preschooler Maelah Wellman and fourth grader Isabella Atwood.

Preschool Applications Available: If you have a child who will be four years old by October 15, 2020, stop by to pick up an application for the preschool program for the 2020-21 school year. Please call the school at 643-2491 for more information about this program.

Again this year, Solon Elementary School scheduled some fun activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They held their annual Secret Cupid activity in which each decorated a heart with some kind words for another person in the school. The hearts are displayed on the bulletin board in the lobby. The annual Heart’s game was played on February 13. Students also exchanged Valentine cards with their classmates and friends.

Superintendent Teaches First Grade: On January 28, the first graders had a very special substitute teacher. Superintendent Mike Tracy spent the day teaching reading, math, and all the other parts of the first grade curriculum at the Solon Elementary School.

Why did Mr. Tracy teach first grade? Well, he is teaching a five-part series of after-school workshops on working with children who are affected by trauma for district staff members. At each workshop, he does a drawing from the names of the staff members in attendance. The person whose name gets chosen gets a day when Mr. Tracy will fill in for him/her on his/her job. Mr. Tracy worked in the CCS kitchen in December after he picked the name of one of the cooks there. In January, Mrs. Campbell’s name was chosen so that’s why Mr. Tracy came to Solon to teach first grade. In February he will be teaching Special Education at the Garret Schenck School, in North Anson.

The first graders enjoyed working with their special teacher for a day!

Grades 3-5 students are getting ready to take the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), which will start the week of March 16 and go until April 10. Students in all three grades will take tests in reading / ELA and math. After April vacation, the fifth graders will take a test, in science. Please encourage your child to do his/her very best on this important test, which helps the school to assess each child’s achievement level as well as the progress of the school.

Ms. Rich organized an activity for students to complete a calendar of healthy alternatives to screen time that they engaged in during the Christmas break. Each student received a certificate and a water bottle.

Students completing this challenge were Katelyn DeLeonardis, Derek Dixon, David Dixon, Emma Pooler, Hunter Ingersoll, Olive MacDonald, Jayden McKenny, Sophie Duquette, Lane Frost, Kyliee McNear, and Nevaeh Beaulieu.

Students will have a chance to take the 5-2-1-0 vacation challenge again during the February vacation week.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, The Wind’s Not Always at Our Back: The wind’s not always at our back; the sky’s not always blue. Sometimes we crave the things we lack and don’t know what to do. Sometimes life’s an up hill ride with mountains we must climb. At times the river ‘s deep and wide and crossing takes some time. No one said that life is easy — there are no guarantees, so trust the Lord continually on calm or stormy seas. The challenges we face today prepare us for tomorrow, for faith takes our fears away and peace replaces sorrow. (words by Clay Harrison)

And now a few words of wisdom from my little book: “If you Always tell the Truth you Never Have To Remember What you Said.” Now isn’t that good advice?

SOLON & BEYOND: 4-Hers give demonstrations

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club met at the Solon Fire Station on February 8. There were 10 members, 4 leaders and 3 visitors present.

Their project was having the 4-H members put together food trays for the elderly as a community service. Demonstrations were given by three members: Sarah Craig’s project was a yarn ball decoration, Hunter Sousa’s project was Welding 101 and Kaitlin Dellarma ‘s was painting birch trees.

The club will provide food for the dinner during tow meeting day, Saturday, March 7. This will take place at the Solon School. They will also have a bake sale to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard that morning starting at 8 a.m.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m.

I also received a Solon Pine Tree 4-H News Letter:

Town meeting dinner will be on Saturday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Solon School. They will need help from parents, leaders and members on this. They will also be doing a food sale to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard at 8 a.m.

Can the members listed here help on the food sale? 8 – 10 a.m.; Isabella Atwood, Kaitlin Dellarma, Jillian R. and Cooper D. And help also needed from 10 a.m. – noon; Sarah Craig, Katelyn D., Autumn I., and Desmond R. If this schedule does not work for you. please let Mrs. Pooler know. Anyone not listed can help on the dinner.

At the next meeting members not giving their demonstrations in February are asked to do it in March.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, March 14, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station.

My many thanks to the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club for all they do, and for sharing it with all of us each month!

And that is all the local news I have again this week. I am thinking of asking Roland if I can stretch out “Beyond” in this column to other towns for their news, if this keeps up. I noticed in last week’s paper, under the picture of me, Marilyn Rogers; Somerset County columnist?

I do have a question for anyone who feeds birds, as we do, for keeping the large birds, (blue jays) away. They are always driving the little birds away and failing to share. We have many, many bird feeders out and really enjoy watching the little birds when they do get a chance to get a mouthful once in a while.

Guess maybe, I’m dwelling on age lately, now that I have turned 90! Was looking through some old papers the other day and was reading one of my columns in a 1987, Somerset Reporter. It was back when my column started with these words,” SOLON ‘The friendliest town in the state,” with lots of hearts all around it! Good morning my friends; haven’t spouted off about the importance of hugs lately. In case some of you saw me hugging that nice looking fella on my early morning walks, it was my grandson, Jeremy. It really makes a person think about the advancing years when grandsons get taller than I am.

The next paragraph went on to say; “Son Dave called me the other night and during the course of the conversation, I was telling him all the things I had to get done and not enough time to do them and he said, “What’s the matter, Mother, you getting old?”

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, “Heart Gifts:” It’s not the things that can be bought that are life’s richest treasure, It’s just the little “heart gifts” that money cannot measure…A cheerful smile, a friendly word, a sympathetic nod are treasures from the storehouse of our God….They are the things that can’t be bought with silver nor with gold, For thoughtfulness and kindness and love are never sold … They are the priceless things in life for which no one can pay, And the giver finds rich recompense in giving them away. (words by Helen Steiner Rice.)

Have a great day! The Christian Life is Like Tea. The Full Strength Comes out when It’s in Hot Water… (words from the little special book that Mary gave me.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Looking back at old stories

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

This is one of those mornings when I sit down at this computer with only one item that has to do with Solon. I received the following by e-mail: The Solon Congregational Church will be having a supper on February 15 from 5 – 6 p.m., at the Masonic Hall, in Solon. There are always some very good cooks furnishing tasty foods for these suppers. Hope you will support the church and come for the great food and fellowship at this event.

As you perhaps have guessed by now, I am a pack rat as far as old newspapers and saving lots of clippings from newspapers is concerned! I love old history! And so this morning I’m going to fill you in on one of the old papers that I wrote for back in 1983 — the Somerset Reporter.

It states, “For 143 years the Somerset Reporter has been providing Skowhegan and Somerset County with news and information. Under the current direction of General Manager Michael Daigle and Editor Dianne Smith, the paper is once again becoming a leader in the community. In Daigle’s view Somerset County is a vast and interesting territory. ‘This county is so varied,’ he said, ‘it provides us with endless possibilities. We have to be able to provide communities as far apart as Skowhegan and Jackman with the information they require. In addition, the businesses in these communities must know that our paper reaches their customers effectively.’”

Editor Smith agrees. “We have the chance to cover a wide variety of stories,” she said. “Each of the towns in the county provides a different situation for us to cover. Each town has its own character which we must understand and report.” To this end she added, the Somerset Reporter employs a wide wide-ranging correspondent network to help gather both the social and town news which is important.

In the January 31, 1985, paper, the following towns in Somerset County had correspondents in Smithfield, Norridgewock, Fairfield Center, Bingham, Harmony, Madison, Embden, New Portland , Solon.

Others who wrote columns were Rosamond Haley’s “Over the backyard fence,” “Day by Day,” by Mary Day, “La Pie,” by Lorraine Shea, “Eve ‘n’ So,” by Ben Gilbert, “Speaking of Sports,” by Bruce Farrin, and “From the Barron Trail,” by Wallace Barron.

There was a large picture and column entitled, “Federated Church celebrates 200th,” written by Bruce Farrin. “Skowhegan – A very special birthday celebration took place Sunday as the Skowhegan Federated Church honored its bicentennial anniversary.”

I checked on my column in that issue of the paper to see if it was before I ended the column with Salada Tea tag sayings or Percy’s memoirs and neither one was there. But then I noticed the last paragraph, and thought, “Oh NO! ! It said, “Just want any of you who may have passed by last Thursday when I was stopped beside the road talking with that big handsome fella in the New England Tel. car, to know I wasn’t having a rendezvous – that was son Mark! You know how gossip gets started!!”

It would seem that I was just as nutty back then as I am today! and so for Percy’s memoir entitled Judgment: Don’t judge a person by the clothes he wears; God made the person, the tailor made the clothes. Don’t judge a person by his family relations; Cain belonged to a good family. Don’t judge a person by the company he keeps; Jesus can still transform lives by His Presence. Don’t judge a person by his speech ; A parrot can talk, and the tongue is only an instrument of the mind. Don’t judge a person by his failures in life; many are too honest to succeed.

Being Happy Doesn’t mean Everything is Perfect.. it means You Decide to see Beyond The Imperfections… Have a great week!

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Pine Tree Club holds meeting; marijuana opt-out meeting slated

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Pine Tree Club met at the Solon Fire Station on January 11 for their meeting. In attendance, there were six members and five leaders.

The craft project was wood burning and finishing candles from the previous month.

Leader Mrs. Pooler shared information on Maine 4-H camper scholarships ranging from $100 – $200. These camps are at Blueberry Cove, Bryant Pond, Greenland Point and Tanglewood.

Hunter, Cooper, Kaitlin and Sarah will give their demonstrations in February. The remaining members will give their demonstrations in March.

4-H members will be doing their annual food trays as a community service during the February meeting.

The club will provide food for the dinner during town meeting day, Saturday, March 7. This will take place at the Solon Elementary School.

The next meeting of the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club will be on Saturday, February 8, at 9:30 a.m.

Received the following e-mail from Angie Stockwell about news from the Margaret Chase Smith Library, in Skowhegan: First issue of 2020 is ready for viewing. Even in the dead of winter with freezing temperatures, the MCS Library continues to be busy. Chancellor Malloy visited; PBS featured a McCarthy documentary; Scott joins the MCS Policy Center; National History Day in Maine judges are needed; Essay Contest focuses on Maine’s Bicentennial; and two high school students are off to Washington, DC, as winners of the U.S. Senate Youth program. Opportunities to contribute to the annual fund are bolstered by a Hannaford Supermarket fundraiser. Here’s the link: Margaret Chase Smith Library newsletter.

There will be a marijuana opt-out or not options with (these options listed under Adult Use Establishment options are Adult Use Retail Stores, Cultivation Facilities (inside and/or outside) Manufacturing Facilities, Testing Facilities and Note: No “Social Clubs” are allowed. Medical establishment options are: Caregiver Retail Stores, Registered Dispensaries, Manufacturing Facilities and Testing Facilities..

The Maine State Law provides that all the above options are not allowed in a municipality unless that municipality votes to allow them.

In the above paper that I took this from, it states that,”The state has created the rules and regulations covering each of the above options. The state will not issue any licenses to a proposed business unless the municipality the business will be located in has voted to allow that option in their municipality. Currently Solon has not voted to “Opt In” on any of the above options and is not required that we do so.

Carol Dolan sent me this email awhile ago and I did put it in at the time but perhaps you have forgotten and need more things to do in these cold days of winter. A sewing class at 10 a.m. – noon, on Wednesday. TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday; Weight Watchers: 5 – 6 p.m., Wednesdays. Come in an sign up – new members accepted. Pickle Ball: 6 p .m., Monday’s, except second week, when it’s on Tuesday. Community Center meetings: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, prior to the second Saturday supper.

If you have any questions, contact Wayne at 474-1065.

And so now for Percy’s memoir: I seek in prayerful words, dear friends, my hearts true wish to send you, that you may know that far or near, my loving thoughts attend you. I cannot find a truer word, nor better to address you – nor song, nor poem have I heard is sweeter than “God bless you.” God bless you! So, I’ve wished you all of brightness life possesses , for can there any joy at all be yours unless God blesses? And so, “through all your days may shadows touch you never – but this alone – God bless you – then thou art safe forever!”

The above didn’t say who wrote it. Anyway, I’m going to put in another one this morning to cheer you: It is called, Love Hath No Season: Love is never out of season, we can always find it where we connect with one another, through thoughts and deeds we share. We may avow it in a letter or recite sweet words of prose; We may show it by a loving glance, or express it with a rose. We may shout it from the rooftops or whisper it soft and low, but no matter how we show it, it sets another’s heart aglow. (words by Catherine Janssen Irwin.)

SOLON & BEYOND: School news; open municipal positions

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Didn’t have room for all the Solon Elementary School news last week, so I’m going to start with that this week.

The Solon School had a Thanksgiving Food drive and they wood like to thank families for donating to their Thanksgiving Food Drive during the month of November. Students brought in 554 items which were donated to the Solon Food Cupboard to help needy families in our area. This was the most food they have ever collected!

After a lively competition between classes to see which class could bring in the most items, Mrs. Campbell’s first graders won with 174 items. Thanks to all of the families who donated to this worthy cause!

Students celebrate on the Polar Express. This fall students have received a colored pom-pon each time they did a good job meeting school expectations, displaying positive behaviors, or being helpful and/or cooperative as part of the second year of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Students put these pom-pons in a jar on the counter behind Mrs. McFadyen’s desk. When the jar is full, they hold a special schoolwide celebration activity.

In December the jar was full so they held a Polar Express activity. Students could wear pajamas and they served hot cocoa, popcorn and marshmallow treats during the movie. Students had the chance to enter into a raffle to win holiday prizes.

At Halloween, Ms. Rich’s third grade class decorated a pumpkin and won second place in the annual contest sponsored by Smart & Edwards Funeral Home in Skowhegan.

The Solon Staff all dressed up in emoji T – shirts for their Halloween costumes this year.

As always, I was so happy to receive the above news from Solon Elementary School and many thanks are extended!

The Solon budget meeting was held last Saturday. I am pretty sure that was the only one I have missed in all these years….but, I will try to get some information to share with you in next weeks column.

I wrote in last week’s news who was running for the empty selectmen’s seat. (For those who might be considering putting their name in a write-in vote, the following information required for the job is that the selectmen meet every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to noon, and 1 to 4 p.m., and 6 to 7:45 p.m.. Also in the spring, property tax assessing on several other days. Most of the work is done on computers using Word and Excel so familiarity with those programs is very helpful.

For those considering road commissioner a Class A or B driver’s license is needed along with knowledge of plowing, road maintenance, and equipment maintenance . It is a full time job with overtime when weather and/or road conditions demand it. The road commissioner is in charge of the road crew employees.

You all know by now, if you read this column, how old I am ! This goes out to all you older women who are in your 80s or older! I didn’t let on how old I was because I didn’t want to be classified as a ” Little Old Lady!” But now you all know my age after the wonderful birthday party I was given in April on my 90th birthday. Anyway, I sent away for a book entitled How Not To Become A Little Old Lady.

Already knew I had some of the traits such as wearing the plastic rain hats and all my slacks have elastic tops, to name a few, so I’m going to quote one of the items mentioned in this book, entitled Need Things Explained: “A Little Old Lady called her travel agent and asked, ‘Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage it is?’ The agent said, ‘No, why do you ask?’ The little old lady replied, ‘Well, when I checked in at the airport at Fresno, they put a tag on my luggage that said FAT, and I’m overweight.’ The travel agent explained that the city code for Fresno is FAT, and that the airline didn’t think she was obese.”

Percy’s quick memoir is For Every Minute you Frown You lose 60 Seconds of Happiness.

SOLON & BEYOND: Solon Elementary School news; upcoming budget meeting

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

It is with great pleasure that I send you Solon School News this morning and I thank them very much! Will start off with the First Quarter Honor Roll: All A’s, Lane Frost, Charlotte Hamilton, and Jillian Robinson. All A’s & B’s, Isabella Atwood, Izaiah Busler, Maxx Caplin, Kaylynn Clark, Amelia Cooper, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Kaitlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Lydia Dixon, Allyssa Hutchins, Alex Jerkins, Jayden McKenny, Joseph McLaughlin, Nevaeh Palmer, Riley Pelkey, Hunter Pouliot, Benjamin Powell and Spencer Rogers.

The Solon PTO sponsored a special Children’s Shopping Day on December 17. Students were able to shop for gifts for their families at a “store” set up by the PTO. Thanks to the parents and family members who donated items for this activity and those who helped students who wrapped presents on that day.

The Solon Christmas Program took place on December 12. Students from preschool through fifth grade performed songs and skits for their families and friends, The Solon PTO also held a book fair on this night. They had a large crowd for this annual festive event. They were also pleased that residents from Tissues Country Estates in Athens and Somerset Residential Center in Bingham attended the dress rehearsal.

On December 19, they recognized the top sellers in the Nature’s Vision fundraiser. Each one received a Walmart gift card. Top sellers Taylor Dube (kindergarten), Mason Boothby (first grade), Eva Mullinax (second grade), Charlotte Hamilton (third grade), Nevaeh Palmer (fourth grade), David Dixon (fifth grade), and Mrs. Pat Hines (staff).

They thank all the parents and family members who bought from students during this fundraiser. The profits will be used for special activities for our students.

Solon Fire Department holds Christmas parties for students: On December 13, the Solon Fire Department came to the school to hold Christmas parties for the grades K-2 students and the grades 3-5 students in the gym. There were games and food, and Santa Claus made an appearance. They thank the Fire Department for supporting the students in so many ways all year long.

Congratulations to a girl from the Carrabec girls basketball varsity basketball team, Courtney Rollins, for winning the Central Maine Central Region State foul shooting contest. She made 45 out of 50 baskets. Way to go, Courtney!

Don’t forget the Solon budget meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 8 a.m., at the Community Building .

Those who will be running for the following offices are Sarah Davis for a three- year term as a selectman; Wayne Johnson is running for a one-year term as a selectman, Gary Bishop is running unopposed for road commissioner and Laura Layman for school board.

A 2020 preliminary budget meeting was held in Solon on December 11, 2019. The agenda was call to order: election of moderator, financial state of town and staff changes at town office and budget ramifications. Road budget issues and gravel road maintenance. Marijuana opt-in or out. The regular Solon budget meeting will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 8 a.m.

When I went to the town office to get information to share with you, Elaine was the only selectman present and she gave me some papers. On one that said, Proposed 2019 State valuation for Somerset County, it lists Solon’s as 96,500,000. Elaine said that the town will be doing a revaluation this year.

The annual Solon town meeting will be coming up in March.

And now for Percy’s memoir: This comes from a small book by Susan Polis Schutz: entitled, One World, One Heart. We all hear the same sounds. We look up and see the same sky. We cry the same tears. Our feelings and emotions are the same. All mothers are sisters. All fathers are brothers. All children are one. Yet there is hate. There is violence. There is intolerance. There is confusion among people. We don’t try hard enough to understand each other. We don’t seem to realize that we all have the same basic needs, no matter who we are or what part of the world we come from.

We must understand the differences among us and celebrate the sameness. We must make the world a place where love and friendship dominate our hearts. Equality, respect, compassion and kindness must guide our actions. Only then will we all be able to peacefully and lovingly live the life we each choose.

SOLON & BEYOND: Taking a peak at past columns

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

This morning I sit here at my contrary computer with crossed fingers and a prayer that it will cooperate with me today! This is Monday, January 6, 2020, and after reading our daily Morning Sentinel paper of January 4, with the headline on the front page saying; “Sentinel to debut digital-only Mondays; Cost-saving measure to preserve newsroom jobs starting March 2.”; I was shocked to say the least! Anyway it had got me thinking of how much many things had changed in all the years I have been writing a column in the many papers over the years. The above information was written by J. Craig Anderson, of the Portland Press Herald…for those who didn’t see it, it goes on to say; “Four daily newspapers in Maine, including the Morning Sentinel, will cease production of their Monday print editions as of March 2 in a cost-cutting move to preserve newsroom jobs, according to their CEO.”

I admit to being, “Old Fashioned,” and believe me I know that many of the values of yester-year are long gone!….but now that I have reached the ripe old age of 90, I find some things beyond my understanding! The thing about that change, is what will some of the older folks do for their news if they don’t have a computer?

History is very important to me, and so I got out some of the old papers I had written for in the past. The following is taken from a Skowhegan Reporter, Skowhegan, Maine, Nov. 3, 1988. My column was headed by lots of hearts, (12) and the words, “The friendliest town in the state” SOLON. Had told a couple of people I’d probably have to leave town after last week’s Reporter came out and one of them commented on Friday that it was well written but he said, ” You know most people probably read it and just laughed.” Oh yes, I’m sure of that (that’s what I’m here for is to give everyone a good laugh). Can’t remember what worthy cause I might have been standing up for at that time.) But this dreamer’s heart can’t help dreaming that maybe a seed of thought was planted in a few minds. This column went on to say, Do you remember last winter when someone sent one of my columns to President Ronald Reagan? Well, the other day I had a letter from him, no mention of the article but it starts out on a real friendly note, Dear Marilyn,” he goes on to tell what his goals were etc., and I quote, “It’s our responsibility, yours and mine, as a beacon of freedom and liberty for the world.”

Another one of the Somerset Reporters, this one Thursday, Nov. 19, 1987, “Somerset County’s paper since 1840,” and below the name it has these words: “Better is the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith.” Proverbs 15:16. Across the top of the weekly paper it says: “Hometown news from Skowhegan, Madison, Bingham, Moscow, Athens, Cornville, Madison, Anson, North Anson, Solon, Canaan, Mercer, Norridgewock and more. In the corner it says Somerset County’s Largest Weekly Newspaper.

One of the front page stories in the above paper is as follows: “Today’s the day smokers are urged to “but out.” What started as an upbeat, good natured effort to encourage smokers to give up cigarettes for 24-hours, is now considered a successful campaign to get puffers to quit the habit – for good.

It’s the annual “Great American Smokout Day” today, November 19, in cooperation with the American Cancer Society and hospitals throughout the Central Maine area. (I’m wondering how many of you who are reading the above can remember that day…and did you quit?)

And now for Percy’s memoirs: When things seem hopeless, trust God and do what’s right. First think: God is on my side! He wants to help me. Second say: “I will rejoice and be patient through this hopeless situation.” Next pray: ask God to help you trust in him. Finally obey: patiently wait for God to work things out. God always keeps his promises, so you can depend on him to help you. That little piece of paper has been sitting here for days, don’t know who wrote it.

Also from Percy, to make you laugh, from that little book I was telling you about: …Great Minds Discuss Ideas, Average Minds Discuss Events…Small Minds Discuss People.

SOLON & BEYOND: 4-H’ers hold November meeting; Words from a little book to contemplate

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, dear friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Thanks be to my son Peter for coming down on a cold icy winter night to straighten out this strange, contrary computer for me. I knew that there wasn’t going to be any paper last week, and I had tried my best to get the thing up and running again for several days without success. I had come to the point of even considering using some pretty foul words (but , I didn’t!).

The worst part was the blasted machine had put an email of a 4-H Club report that I should have received and put in this paper weeks ago; so even though it is late but I’m going to send it anyway.

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H had their monthly meeting on November 9. They had 13 members in attendance and three visitors. The craft project was making decorative plates with fabrics.

Cooper Dellarma started the business meeting. They shared information on making swags or center pieces at the Christmas workshop being offered at the Somerset County Extension office. They voted in favor of adopting a family for Christmas dinner. They also voted in favor to donate items to the animal shelter and have a Yankee swap at our Christmas party. During the meeting They also elected officers.

Received the following e-mail from Carol Dolan: The next Embden Historical Society meeting is Monday, April 13, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Community Center (797) Embden Pond Road, Embden). At 7 p.m., Jack Gibson will give his presentation along with a Power Point presentation of ” Properties, Trails & History of Somerset Woods.” ( There is some land in Embden that’s part of this.)

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and it will continue into the new year which will be here when this issue comes out.

I came across these words in a little book by Susan Polis Schutz entitled “One World, One Heart.” We who inherit the earth will cheer the new moon peaking through the womb who admire the green leaves of summer turning to lustrous reds and yellows who watch them fall to the ground cold, brown and stiff.

We who give birth to new life who are exhilarated by the sun rising who are romanced by the sun setting who dream to the floating clouds…

We who have a passing mark on the future of the world must have the same heart must have compassion for one another must have respect for one another must understand that though we have differences we all want the same things Nothing should divide us.

I admit that I dream a lot but I’m hoping and praying that these words stay with many of you in this coming year: All Hearts Must Be One: Everyone has the same emotions, Everyone has the same feelings, Everyone has the same desires, No matter where we live or what we believe in all hearts must be one. We must make the world a place where love dominates our hearts, nature sets the standard for beauty, simplicity, and honesty are the essence of our relationships , kindness guides our actions and everyone respects one another.

And now for Percy’s memoir: He had helped me write these columns for many years, and it was a sad day on November 4, 2015, when he died at the ripe old age of 17. He had been giving his advice on how to live and love at the end of these columns for much of that time. (I did let him write the whole column one week, and his faithful readers were truly pleased!) Received a little book (5+ 7) and only 24 pages book for Christmas that I shall treasure, called Positive Thinking and Laughter For The Soul. The following is from that little book and remember the words as you enter 2020! Life isn’t about Waiting For The Storm To Pass…It’s About Learning To Dance in The Rain… So I wish you very Happy New Year!

SOLON & BEYOND: Received a letter from NRCM

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

Received a most welcome letter this week that pleased me greatly. It was from the Natural Resources Council of Maine…and it starts with these words: “Thank you for submitting your letter to the editor titled Thankful for Strong Opposition to CMP Corridor that ran on November 17, in the Kennebec Journal. We value your commitment to make the public aware of this critical environmental issue.

“We welcome you to become an NRCM member. Your letter to the editor is aligned with the work that we do. We would like you to partner with us.

“When you join NRCM you are giving the gift of clean air and clean water to the next generation. You are helping safeguard large tracts of land that are home to treasured wildlife and are our solace.

“United we can do what no person can do alone. NRCM raises the collective voice of more than 20,000 supporters in front of state and federal officials, corporations, and policy makers. We protect Maine’s environment through sound science and un wavering advocacy efforts. We connect concerned citizens – like you – with the environmental issues of our time.

“Thank you, again, for bringing awareness to concerns facing the nature of Maine. You have made a difference. If you ever have questions or would like additional information about the projects we are working on, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please join us as a member today. Sincerely, Stacie Haines; Membership Director. Protecting the Nature of Maine. ”

I was pleased to get that letter which said that it was seen in the Kennebec Journal. I have written several letters to the editor about my feelings for the CMP Corridor through Maine’s beautiful wilderness. Some have been printed, like the one that was mentioned in this letter, but I had given up, and then it was printed.

This issue of The Town Line will be the last one until after the New Year so I am short on news….but hope you will enjoy this poem in these dark, dreary days we’ve been having…It is called All Things Bright and Beautiful. All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. The cold wind in the winter, the pleasant summer sun, the ripe fruits in the garden, He made them, every one, He gave us eyes to see them, and lips that we might tell how great is God Almighty Who has made all things well. (words by Cecil Frances Alexander)

And now for Percy’s memoir called, Of Gifts of Life: Do what you can with the gifts of life and gifts of heart and mind, while they are still within our power to share with humankind – for it is seldom meant to be that gifts we own today, will be forever ours to keep or ours to give away. Don’t let them fade to trials of time or waste to dearths of age, for they are like the joys of youth and luxuries of wage, they’re ours to own for just a while,to do with as we can, that will endear our souls to God and grace our fellow man. (Words by Michael Dubina.)

Have a wonderful happy, Merry Christmas!

SOLON & BEYOND: Embden Historical Society in the news

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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Solon, Maine 04979

Good morning, my friends. Don’t worry, be happy!

The Solon Congregational Church will be having a Christmas Concert at 4 p.m., at the Solon Congregational Church on North Main Street, on Saturday, December 14. Entertainment will be Voices of Hope, all male quartet, and the Liberty String Band. Refreshments will be served, and admission is a donation at the door.

Received an e-mail from Carol Dolan about upcoming events of the Embden Historical Society, Inc. The committees for the 2020 year are as follows: Boston Post Cane: Larry Witham, Brainard Tripp and Emily Quint; Cemetery: Johnny Bigelow, Mitchell Quint, Bob Donovan, Patty Cobb, Billy Messer and Bob Berry. Genealogical, Emily Quint and Bob Donovan. Historical/scrapbook Team: Carol Reed and Emily Quint: Nominating: Two members to be appointed in July; two months before annual meeting. Set to rule over us: Carol Dolan; Historical Recordings: Emily Quint; Guest Book: Volunteer Refreshment Coordinator, Carol Dolan. Scholarship: Sara Donovan, Brainard Tripp, Mary Hatch and Jerry Sass. Town House and Grounds: Larry Witham, Bob Donovan, Jim Lightbody, Brainard Tripp, Ken Ingalls and Mitchell Quint. Lawn Care: Ken Ingalls and Recording Secretary and Year – In – Review: Mary Frear.

Meetings for the above is the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the Embden Town House, unless otherwise stated. No regular meetings are held in December, January, February and March. Program is subject to change. Dues are payable in August for the upcoming year at the rate of $3 per person. Dues may be mailed any time to the Treasurer, Bob Donovan, 547 Dunbar Hill Road, Embden, Maine 04958. If a check, please make payable to Embden Historical Society. Any donations made, unless otherwise ear-marked will be placed in the Scholarship Fund, given annually.

Volunteerism provides for a strong group interested in preserving local history.

Lief and I attended the New Hope Church, in Solon, on South Main Street, on December 7, for the wonderful program put on by the Skowhegan Community Chorus and Voices of Hope Quartet Christmas Concert. There were many other people in attendance who enjoyed the event as well. According to the program, there are 35 members in this choir, and most of them, if not all took part to blend their voices for all of us who attended to enjoy!

There was also a quartet that sang six songs, made up of Kenneth Martin, director, Mark Cayouette, Craig Carl and Valmore Vigue.

A solo was sung by Deborah Perkins.

Refreshments and visiting after the program were enjoyed as well before everyone stepped out into the very cold weather that evening, but it was worth it!.

Lief and I had a wonderful time one day last week when we traveled to Portland and met with his son Dean, his granddaughter, Kristin, and his great-grand-daughter, Dryce, who all live in Georgia. They were staying with relatives in New Hampshire. We met them at the half way spot, after bad weather and sickness had held us apart. We don’t get to see them very often, and we all had a wonderful time!

The visiting cardinals are still with us, and the female is still trying to peck through the window glass to get in to see us. It makes me feel quite inhospitable and sad, but the only thing we can do is continue to put seeds in the little glass bird feeder that is stuck to the window where she lands. ( I appreciated your column on cardinals last week, thanks, Roland)

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled, Peace on Earth: Hear, O God, this holy season, hear my prayer for peace on all the earth; You came on earth to be our Brother- No other reason for Your birth. You came not as a conquering monarch To force allegiance from a slave – You came to win my love and service, As in a dim-lit cave. A little Child will surely lead us Where a conqueror must fail-E’en three rich kings on stately camels, Bowing, murmuring “Child, all hail.” And so my prayer-for peace I whisper To the God who made us all; Little Child, our God, our Brother, On this our earth let blessings fall. (words by Rev. Thomas Foy. )

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!