Margaret Chase Smith essay contest announced

Photograph by Brian Vanden Brink

The Margaret Chase Smith Library is pleased to announce the topic of its 24th annual essay contest. As the Pine Tree State commemorates the past during its bicentennial year of 2020, we invite Maine high school seniors to look to the future and share with us ideas of how they would propose to make the state “the way life should be” for young people so that more of them will choose to live in a place with one of the oldest populations in the nation.

Entries are due by April 1, 2020 and decisions will be announced by May 4. Prizes are $1000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and five $50 honorable mention prizes. For more information, visit the Library’s website at or contact John Taylor at 474-7133.

Located in Skowhegan, Maine, the Library is owned by the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and operated under its auspices by the University of Maine. The Margaret Chase Smith Library is an archive, museum, educational facility, and public policy center devoted to preserving the legacy of Margaret Chase Smith, promoting research into American political history, advancing the ideals of public service, and exploring issues of civic engagement.

Skowhegan Savings Bank welcomes two new employees

Skowhegan Savings Bank has announced that John Butera and Steve Gray have joined the bank as vice presidents of commercial lending. They will work to assist the bank’s customers with their business banking. Butera has over 30 years experience in economic and business development.

John resides in Waterville with his wife and son.

Steve Gray lives in Farmington with his wife, and also operates a blueberry farm called Grayberry farm. He has 38 years experience in customer service in banking, insurance and auto industries.

Eunice Farnsworth-Ruth Heald Cragin Chapter DAR

The DAR is a nonprofit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. Our motto is: “God, Home & Country.” We have 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. , and in several countries. Over one million women have joined the DAR since it was founded.

To become a member you must be 18 years or older, regardless of race, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution. We offer assistance with joining.

Some of the interesting things we do are:

We discuss women’s issues, health tips, recycling, conservation, patriotism, growing gardens, pollination, etc., maintain the World War I Memorial Sundial Garden at Coburn Park, in Skowhegan, donate to a local animal shelter, donate clothing to schools so that if a young child has an accident while at school they have a change of clothing available, donate comfort items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, soaps, lotions, razors, shaving cream, deodorant, etc. for the veterans at the VA Hospital (Togus), and we donate annually for newspapers there.

Visit our website: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~meefcdar/.

Curtis Dalton achieves rank of Eagle Scout

For his project, Dalton donated 50 Cancer Care Packages to Oncology patients at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan. (Contributed photo)

Dalton James Curtis of Skowhegan, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on October 19, 2019, at his Court of Honor Ceremony held at Centenary United Methodist Church.

Dalton is the son of Chad Curtis, of Athens, and Tammy James, of Skowhegan.

He is a member of Troop #485, of Skowhegan, and is also a member of the Order of the Arrow.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 Merit Badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle Scout project.

For his project, Dalton donated 50 Cancer Care Packages to Oncology patients at Redington-Fairview General Hospital, in Skowhegan.

Dalton is a freshman at Skowhegan Area High School.

Dalton plans on taking a basic cooking class this year, hoping to take a culinary arts program his junior year, and after graduation he plans to go on to college. His plans are to become a chef.

The Vietnam War: I was there

Credit UPI Photo by Jeff Taylor 4/19/72

by Gerald A. Boulette
Skowhegan

Yes, I was there, along with a thousand other young boys…rather, men! I saw, I did, and I’ve seen it all. It’s hard for some people to visualize what it’s like to see a man die right in front of you. For me, it will be forever in my mind. For the veterans, war will always be a figment of their mind ‘til the end. I’m reminded every month, every year of Vietnam, in one way or another. Never to forget to see your fellow comrade fall in battle. I’ve seen it all and hope never again. Yes, I’ve been there, and seen it all. My thoughts and prayers are with the future vets who will fight in all these next wars. I know what they face!

Gerald A. Boulette was a Specialist Four in the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam from December 1966 through December 1967.

Skowhegan’s annual trunk or treat

The annual Trunk or Treat, sponsored by Skowhegan Savings Bank, will take place on Saturday, October 26, at the bank’s lower parking lot.

Residents, businesses and community groups are encouraged to participate. Children will come in costume and travel from trunk to trunk in front of the hall for treats that will be handed out at each vehicle. Everyone is encouraged to decorate their trunk and a prize will be given to the best decorated trunk. We ask that trunk themes are family friendly.

This event is free of charge. Please contact us asap for the registration form and information. Registration for this event is coming soon.

Halloween Party
Friday, October 25, 9 p.m.
Southside Tavern

Haunted House
Friday, October 26, 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 26, 5 p.m.
Somerset Lodge #34 AF & AM – Skowhegan

Kid-Friendly Haunted House
Saturday, October 26, noon
Skowhegan Community Center

Haunted Circus
Saturday, October 26, 6 p.m.
Skowhegan Community Center

T&B’s Halloween Bash
Saturday, October 26, 9 p.m.
T&B’s Celebration Center

Trunk or Treat and Halloween Dance
Saturday, October 26, 4 p.m.
Cornville Regional Charter School – Cornville Campus

Ghost Hunt
Saturday, October 26, 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Skowhegan Free Public Library

Boo Bowl
Tuesday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Central Maine Family Fun Bowling Center

Costume Kickball
Wednesday, October 30, 4:30 p.m.
Memorial Field (end of East Maple Street)

Tessier Farm Halloween
Thursday, October 31, 4-7 p.m.
Tessier Farm

Madison Annual Trunk or Treat
Thursday, October 31, 5-7 p.m.
Main Street Park and Playground

Norridgewock Annual Trunk or Treat
Thursday, October 31, 5:30-7 p.m.
Quimby Child Care Center

Dog Walk Costume Contest
Thursday, October 31, 5 p.m.
Coburn Park

Trick or Treating
Thursday, October 31, 6-8 p.m.
Redington Memorial Home.

Kuntz named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program

Christopher Kuntz, of Skowhegan, has been named to the dean’s list at Ohio Christian University Adult & Graduate Studies Program, in Circleville, Ohio, for the fall semester.

Dakota Bragg named a Presidential Scholar at Clarkson University

Dakota Rae Bragg, of Skowhegan, majoring in civil engineering / environmental engineering, was named a Presidential Scholar for the spring 2019 semester at Clarkson University, in Potsdam, New York.

Steward named to dean’s list at Bob Jones University

Matthew Steward, a junior criminal justice major, of Skowhegan, was among over 800 Bob Jones University students named to the Spring 2019 dean’s list, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Local Residents initiated into the honor society of Phi Kappa Phi

The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Brooke Curtis, of Skowhegan, was initiated at University of Maine.

Jazzy Osborn of Clinton, was initiated at University of Maine.