SOLON & BEYOND: Received a letter from NRCM

Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percyby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
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
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!

SOLON & BEYOND: Model flyers meet for indoor fly-in

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

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

I am pleased to have some news about Lief’s favorite club that he enjoys so much, the Franklin County Aircraft Modelers Club, Deadstick Landings. The club members hold their Indoor Flying at the Calvary Pentecostal Church, in Madison, every Thursday 9 a.m. – noon. (Donations Appreciated).

The meeting of the club was called to order on November 26 by president Lew Gordon with five members present. The secretary’s report for the October meeting was approved as printed in the November Newsletter. The treasurer’s report was read by Frank Bedard and accepted as read.

Under old business: It was mentioned for the record that the club owns two lawn tractors and a field roller. The roller will be used by the airport owner to maintain the runways which we also use.

Under new business: As no new nominations were made for the club, a motion was made to close nominations and for the secretary to cast one ballot for the slate of officers as listed in the November Newsletter. That list is as follows and the secretary did cast one ballot for the nomination. Elected were: Wayne White – President, James Towle – Vice President; Frank Bedard – Treasurer, William Connor – (Randy) – Secretary and Wayne White – Safety Officer.

A motion was made, and seconded and passed after discussion that Lew Gordon be removed as a second signer on the club banking accounts and Wayne White, newly-elected president, be added to the accounts as a second signer. Treasurer Frank Bedard will see that this is accomplished.

After the business was concluded, a lengthy discussion ensued of all the benefits of growing old! (I would really liked to have been there to hear that one!)

Motion made to adjourn past at 7:28 p.m. Minutes respectively submitted by secretary pro tem Joseph Gilbert.

The next meeting will be on February 25, at 7 p.m., at the Calvary Pentecostal Church.

There won’t be any Embden Historical Society, Inc., meetings during the months of January, February and March. The April 13, 2020, meeting is at 6:30 p.m.; Program at 7 p.m.: Properties, Trails & History of Somerset Woods. Chairperson; Carol Dolan, (slide presentation) by Jack Gibson, location: Embden Community Center, 797 Embden Pond Road, Embden

We have a beautiful guest at our large window off the living room in our home recently. She has been knocking on the window and staring in at us all day for over two weeks, it is a beautiful female cardinal. The male cardinal quite often comes and drags her away, appearing quite upset with her, but she persists and comes right back! (I wonder if any of you who read this have ever had it happen at your house?) We are enjoying watching this beautiful creature, and even put a small feeder which glues to the glass for her but she continues to tap on the glass!

Peter and Sherry had their annual family get together for Thanksgiving on the Sunday before and we all look forward to it! This year there were 28 of us who enjoyed all the love and great food together. They always have a different game after the dinner, and seems as though that gets better every year, there was lots of laughter and good fun going on. As always, Mark and Karen drove up from Florida for the wonderful event, the awful snow and rain storms made it more difficult, but everyone got back home safely!

And now for Percy’s memoir called, “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 priceless little treasures from the storehouse of our God. They are the things that can’t be bought with silver or 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.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Town to hold preliminary budget meeting; to discuss marijuana opt-in options

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

Received this e-mail from the Solon Town Office: There will be a preliminary budget meeting for annual town meeting on Wednesday, December 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the town office conference room. This is a preliminary meeting to discuss town budget issues before the annual budget meeting and the marijuana “Opt In” options for a town vote in March.

The selectmen will be attending a workshop on December 4 on the new marijuana laws and what it means for the towns.

Also Selectman Keith Gallagher is resigning effective November 28, 2019. He and his family are moving out of state in December. The selectmen are sad to see him leave. He has been a real asset to the town and brought new knowledge and insight to the board of selectmen.

The selectmen will not hold a special election to fill his seat. Instead, at the March 2020 annual town meeting there will be two selectmen positions on the ballot; one a three-year term and one a one-year term. Selectman Sarah Davis will be running again for the three-year term position.

Nomination papers will be available for the two selectmen positions and the road commissioner position on Wednesday, November 27, and due back by Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The nomination papers will be available from the town clerk and are required to have the signatures of at least 25 registered Solon voters when they are turned in.

That is all the recent news I have since I just sent my column for this week. (I will be delivering the papers on Wednesday that week because of Thanksgiving the next day.)

Hoping to give you a few laughs, I’m going to write down an old poem (October 4, 1943). It was one I had written for English I, at Flagstaff High School, I had named it Saving Gas! Some people go to the movies in cars, and that is luck, But we have to go in a breezy old truck. What do we care, if we only get there. With many a song our singing is rare. We don’t have much style, but we have lots of fun. The people of Stratton always know when we’ve come!

I received an A- for this crazy poem, we had some great teachers! But…… there wasn’t any movie theater in Flagstaff, but there was one in Stratton and my wonderful uncle loaded up his truck with as many of us who fit in safely, and off we would go to Stratton! I brings back many wonderful memories!

Now I want to tell you more about the great calendars we at the Skowhegan Adult Ed teacher-less painting class have had made. There are some beautiful special pictures painted by members in this group for each 12 months of the year 2020. Much of the work done to get these calendars finished was done by Lee York, who has been with this group of artists since the beginning. I can’t call them my students since I don’t teach them anything, but I do call them wonderful friends. Don’t know how to tell you how proud I am of these painter friends of mine and their talent shows in the paintings. If any of you are interested in purchasing a calendar you can call me at 643-5805. The money that we take in for them is going to go towards scholarships.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Don’t wait with longing for the day when better times might come your way. Discard the fears that may depress; Live now and garner happiness.

It’s such a waste to dwell on gloom. Though you have problems, find the room for loving when the path is rough; For laughter when the going’s tough.

To fully live means you must face whatever comes with humble grace. And if you mourn, turn it to praise. How much to do, how few the days!

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

SOLON & BEYOND: Poolers honored as 4-H volunteers

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

Was happy to receive the following e-mail from Pat Hunt: “I’m sure you remember my husband, Rev. Tim Hunt, the pastor of New Hope E Free Church, in Solon, who passed away in January. A month after his death, I was asked to go on a two-week mission’s trip to Ireland, which seemed like an absolute impossibility at the time. However, I was able to go from October 21 – November 5, and found it to be a simply amazing experience! Our team of three workers with the Dublin Christian Mission (the second oldest such mission in the world) and during our two-week stay, we served hundreds of meals to the homeless and poured incalculable cups of tea and coffee. We also had the wonderful experience of touring much of the country and seeing the old ruins of castles, walls, and homes from this centuries-old civilization.”

For those of you who wondered at the abrupt ending of my column last week, my computer is playing tricks on me again! I had sent my entire version of news facts for things that had happened, and what was coming up, but all of it never made it to The Town Line office……and so, luckily, they will get printed in time.

But before that I will start with the rest of the article about the Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club news that was left out in the middle of it. I had written about what some of the members had received awards for ending with Mathew Ladd, in poultry. The next name of the 4H member left out was Macie Plowde, in Plant Science for her Wildflowers. Lacie Dickey was honored by being the outstanding secretary again this year.

Eleanor Pooler and Rance Pooler received certificates and pins for being 4-H volunteers. Eleanor for 60 years and Rance for 50 years.

There will be a craft fair at the New Portland Community Library on December 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., at 899 River Road, in New Portland . If you wish to reserve a table, call 628-6561 or drop in .$10 per table with three tables left. Things offered are Christmas ornaments, baked goods, wreaths, gifts…and more! Join us for last minute holiday shopping!

The Embden Community Center now has a warming center! The community center now has a generator. If there is a power outage and citizens need a place, to fill water containers, use bathroom facilities, including access to showers, place to charge phones or just someone to talk to, the community center will be open. Hours will be posted on the door. Games will be available. More to come,

Then, of course, there was Percy’s weekly memoir: “A Touch of Loveliness.” Add a touch of loveliness to the things you say and do. Give pleasure to more people by a happy smile, won’t you? Be thoughtful of the people whom you meet in shop and store, then to God you will be dearer. He will love you even more. Aim higher , think kinder, be a better, nicer you, aim higher, think kinder, for this world has need of you. (words by Sr. Mary Gemma Brunke)

Some news I just received from Beyond: On November 23 there is a Huntah’s Supper at the Wellington VFW from 4 – 7 p.m., sponsored by the Wellington VFW and Wellington Church.

Just received the following e-mail : Samual and June (Withee) Knox were honored September 21, 2019, at the Tewksbury Hall, in Skowhegan, for their 25th wedding anniversary. The celebration was given to them by their daughter Emily and son Ethan with the help of family. Samual and June reside in Madison.

Now just a short thought as I cross my fingers and hope that this column will reach it’s destination with no problems: “Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away, but never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.

SOLON & BEYOND – Gallagher resigns: no special election planned

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

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

Selectman Keith Galla­gher is resigning effective November 28, 2019. He and his family are moving out of state in December. The selectmen are sad to see him leave. He has been a real asset to the town and brought new knowledge and insight to the Board of Selectmen.

The selectmen will not hold a special election to fill his seat. Instead at the March 2020 annual town meeting there will be two selectmen positions on the ballot, one a three-year term and one a one-year term. Selectman Sarah Davis will be running again for a three-year term.

Nomination papers will be available for the two selectmen positions and the road commissioner position on Friday, November 29, and due back by Tuesday, January 7. The nomination papers will be available from the town clerk and are required to have the signatures of at least 25 registered Solon voters when they are turned in.

For those considering the selectman position, remember the selectmen meet every Wednesday from 7:45 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Also in the spring they do property tax assessing 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 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 roadcommissioner is in charge of the road crew employees.

Elaine Aloes, selectman, town of Solon, PO Box 214, 121 South Main Street, Solon., Maine 04979, 207-643-2541- 2864, Fax. Office Hours Mon-Wed.Fri . 8 a.m. to noon and 1- 4 p.m., Wed., 6 to 7:45 p.m. Please visit the web site:

Somerset County recently held its annual County Achievement Night at the Kennebec Valley Grange Hall, in Madison. The Solon Pine Tree 4H Club was the outstanding club in Somerset County. Several members received county awards in their projects. Kaitelyn De Leanardis in arts and crafts, Cooper Dellarmar, in forestry, for his maple syrup, Autumn Ladd, in dog, and Matthew Ladd, in poutlry.

SOLON & BEYOND: News from Solon Elementary School

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

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

As always, I was very pleased to receive the Solon School News, to share with you. They have some great activities going on.

The Solon Civil Rights Team has had a busy start to the school year. Part of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, it’s responsibility is for the education of young minds about matters of discrimination regarding race, religion, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, and disability.

The team advisors are Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Jillson. The team is made up of students in grades 4-5 who will organize activities for the school.

The team celebrated Unity Day on October 23. They asked students and staff members to wear orange in support of Unity Day, and there was a great response.

The Civil Rights Team ran a Halloween Dime Raffle in which they raised money to be used for T-shirts and for other team activities. They are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 4-21 to benefit the Solon Food Cupboard.

The team has displayed a beautiful banner welcoming everyone to the school on Welcome Day, October 25.

The Solon Civil Right Team members are Isabella Atwood, Izaiah Busler,Kaylynn Clark, Amelia Cooper, Katelyn DeLeonardis, Katlin Dellarma, David Dixon, Emerson Golden, Veronica Hoffman, Alex Jerkins, Elijah Katz, Jayden McKenney, Joseph McLaughlin, Nevaeh Palmer, Riley Pelkey and Jillian Robinson.

In addition to a Civil Rights Team, they have a Kind Kids Club made up of K-3 students and run by Mrs. LaChance. All of the K-2 students do activities to show kindness to their classmates, school staff members, their families, and community members.

On October 10, the Solon Fire Department visited the school to do presentations about fire safety in conjunction with Fire Safety Week. Firefighters Todd Dixon and Jenny Rollins, of the Solon Fire Department, talked to students about how to keep safe in the event of a fire. The firefighters brought goodie bags for the students.

The school administration thanks the Solon Fire Department for their continuous education and support of the students at the school. First grade Naturalists at work. This fall Mrs. Campell’s first grade students watched their butterfly house as beautiful butterflies emerged from their chrysalides. The students released the butterflies outside the school.

There will be a Thanksgiving Food Drive from November 4-21. Please send in donations of nonperishable food items to help the students in this community service project. Food will be donated to the Solon Food Cupboard. Sponsored by the Solon Civil Rights Team.

Mark Your Calendar! No School Days: November 11 Veterans Day Holiday and November 27-29 Thanksgiving Break. Christmas Activites: December 9. District Chorus, Christmas Concert, 6 p.m., CCS. December 12 Solon Christmas Program, 6 p.m., and December 17, PTO Children’s Christmas Shopping Day (donations appreciated). PTO meeting on November 14 at 6 p.m.

Book Buddies Enjoy Books Together: Students in kindergarten and fifth grade are meeting once a week as book buddies. The older students read to the younger students and sometimes the younger students read to the older students.

Had lots of fun yesterday helping Amanda at the Christmas Fair, at Carrabec High School. There were lots and lots of other people there enjoying themselves as well. As I sat watching everyone, there were lots of hugs being exchanged with love; and I got lots also, from friends that I see there every year. Another thing that made my day was sitting there cuddling a precious little baby.

And now for Percy’s memoir: Each day you are provided many opportunities to practice peacemaking. St. Francis wrote, “For it is in giving that we receive.” By giving peace you will receive peace, and after you are at peace your problems all dissolve. By becoming a peacemaker you are literally providing yourself with a remedy for virtually all your anxious moments. Today be on the alert for any opportunity to become a peacemaker. (words by Wayne W. Dyer, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem.)

I know I dream a lot, but I used these same words for Percy’s memoir in this column in the October 19, 2017 issue. I hope some of you tried this advice. The world definitely needs all the help it can get!

SOLON & BEYOND: Teacher-less painting classes continue at adult ed

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

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

The 30th annual craft fair , hosted by North Anson Snowmobile Club, on Saturday, November 2, from 9 2 p.m., at Carrabec High School, in North Anson. There will be hot food, donuts and pies for sale along with over 70 crafters!

I copied the above information from a poster on the wall at Griswold’s. It is really a great opportunity to find Christmas gifts and many other things for yourself or friends.

I have always had a table there from the beginning, but this year I listened to friends and family who convinced me that maybe I should slow down a bit! And so I passed on my space to my granddaughter, Amanda Walz, who has been making lots of different goodies. I will be there helping her some, and will have a few things that I have made. Hope to see you all there!

And the above is all the recent news I could round up, so many of you have been asking me how many years I have been doing the teacher-less project at the Skowhegan Adult Ed classes. I really don’t know for sure but I found some information on a poster I had made about that club. It was an article I had written for The Town Line back on April 13, 2006, about this, with a picture they had taken of club members at that time. (That was a meeting when we were going to come up with a name for this club, so it had been going on for some time before that.)

These are the words I used in the newspaper article: “For the past few years I have been taking the oil painting classes at Skowhegan Adult Education and enjoying them immensely. Peggy Riley was the teacher and I had learned many new techniques through her instruction, and had made many new friends. Peggy decided that she wouldn’t be teaching when the January sessions started up again, and when I saw that the classes weren’t going to be offered for that semester I was disappointed.

(The article was too long to get in this column so this is a shorter version of the one that was printed.) I came up with the crazy idea of having a teacher-less painting club. I went to the administrator’s office and asked them if they would let me do this with a teacher-less person running it. Was very, very happy and pleased when they gave their permission.

When I arrived the first night I was given the attendance folder with M. Rogers, instructor, on the cover. The word “Instructor” went to my head a little, and one night when one of the members was misbehaving, I gave him a push and he nearly fell over, bending his glasses in the near fall. Since then I don’t rule with an iron hand!

Some people would not agree with that statement, I’m pretty sure! I have stressed, (without any violence) that I would prefer that there wouldn’t be any discussions on two topics, politics and religion while we are there so that those who love peace while they paint, can enjoy their stay there! Have had a fear that that is probably against “Freedom of Speech,” but I do know it can get pretty rowdy and loud with some discussions!

And now back to the picture and write up about this teacher-less painting class! Members at that meeting were Suzanne Currier, Shirley Foxwell, Linda Sullivan, Gerda Pilz, Betty Dow, Dana Hall, Linwood Turcotte, Peter Foxwell, and me. The column ended with these words: “We meet every week for three hours of relaxation in a pleasant atmosphere and I know I look forward to our Monday night sessions. I’m pretty sure the other nine members feel the same way. I am so happy that the Skowhegan Adult Education had enough faith in us to try this experiment with a teacher-less club, and my thanks go out to them.”

And now for Percy’s memoir: Enthusiasm may mark the difference between success and failure. Undertakings entered into half-heartedly often lack the extra or the plus that can lift them over the hurdle. A whole heart comes with confidence and with belief in what you are doing. As St. Paul said, “Whatever you do, put your whole heart and soul into it, as into work done for God.”

SOLON & BEYOND: Pine Tree 4-H Club reorganizes

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

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

The Solon Pine Tree 4-H Club reorganized on Saturday, October 12, with 15 members joining. Two new members were welcomed.

The Somerset County Achievement night will be held at the Kennebec Grange Hall on Friday, October 25, with a potluck supper. After the supper a fun activity will be enjoyed with awards program.

The members voted to have a family supper on November 1, at the Solon Masonic Hal,l with a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m.

The members from last year are displaying some of their projects at the Coolidge Library in observance of National 4-H Week.

As a fun activity the members did a picture frame using colored leaves and other nature items.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, November 9, at 9:30 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station. Election of officers will be held at this meeting.

If you are looking for a Halloween costume, check out the Embden Community Center Thrift Shop (Wednesday 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.).

There is a holiday craft fair coming up on Saturday, November 9, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Solon Elementary School. There will be a gym full of crafters/vendors, holiday goodies and much more.

There will be a Kids Room. Kids only allowed! Children can buy gently used items as Christmas presents for parents and family. Wrapping and name tags included.

Hosted by Solon Congregational Church; vender/crafters space rentals – Contact Jen @ 643-2180, 399-6510 or

Another really great event that the Solon Congregational Church hosted, was their Annual Harvest Supper which was held at the Solon Masonic Hall on October 19. It was a packed house with lots of good food and fellowship. Former residents, Clayton and Peggy Davis, had traveled up from their home in Augusta, and Lief and I sat near them. We had a great time talking about old times and memories of long ago.

Lief and I spent last week at the time share, in Rangeley. We checked in on Saturday afternoon, and went to the cabin where we would stay. As we approached the walk leading up to the door we noticed a huge old tree nearby had a very rotten bottom to it. With the wild weather predicted for that night and next day it sort of worried me, (I know, I always preach, Don’t Worry)!) Anyway, I said an extra prayer that night about that tree, and hoped for the best! The next morning when we opened the door to go to the car, that old tall, tall tree laid out between the cabin (within inches of the cabin, well, maybe that’s stretching it a little bit!) and the woods! And….. And the top of another tree on the other side of the path had come down, but missed our car that was parked there! And I believe more firmly than ever, that God works in mysterious ways, the wind had to have been blowing in just the right direction to perform that miracle!

We came back to Solon to check if there was any damage to our home the next day and the entrance to the South Solon Road was blocked off on Rte. 201, but we managed to get to our house, and there was no damage to it. There were several trees down on the South Solon Road and power was lost .

Would like to thank my good friend Donna Bishop from the bottom of my heart, for delivering The Town Line papers for me while we were in Rangeley. Friendship is precious.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled Value Every Day: A day without love is a cold day when worldly riches fade away. A day without hope is a dreary day filled with shadows of dismay. A day without faith is a fruitless day as we trudge along life’s way. A day without friends is a lonely day without a cheery word to say. Embracing faith, hope and love assures sweet blessings from above. (words by Catherine Janssen Irwin.)

SOLON & BEYOND: Many activities planned at Embden Community Center

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

Received the following from the Embden Community Center, Upcoming Events (subject to change), October 27 Country Sunday/Open Mic , 1 – 4 p.m./second and fourth Sun./By donation. Kitchen Open. November 9, supper: complete Thanksgiving meal, 5 p.m./seocnd Saturday of the month. By donation. November 10: Country Sunday/open mic. 1 – 4 p.m./second and fourth Sunday/by donation. November 24 Country Sunday/open mic ; 1 – 4 p.m./second and fourth Sunday / by donation. Kitchen open. December 8, Country Sunday/open mic; 1 – 4 p.m. / second and fourth Sunday / by donation. December 22, Country Sunday/open mic; 1- 4 p.m. Sunday/by donation. Kitchen open.

Other events that takes place at the Embden Community Center 566-7302, 797 Embden Pond Road, Embden, Maine 04958, Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Shop/Lending Library; 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Suppers: 5 p.m., second Saturday each month, except December. Sewing Class: 10 a.m. – noon / Wednesdays. Weight Wathchers 5 – 6 p.m./Wednesdays; Come in and sign upm new members accepted. Tops (Take Off Pounds Sensibly : 10:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays. Pickle Ball: 6 p.m.; Mondays except second week it’s on Tues. Yoga: 5:30 p.m. / Thursdays ( 3/4 hr.) (Chair Yoga (All levels ) 6:30 p.m. / Thursdays ( 1 hr.) Bring mat (All levels) 8 a.m. Saturdays (1 hr.) (All levels); by donations.

Community Center meetings: 6:30 p.m., Thursday prior to the second Saturday Supper. If you have any questions, contact Wayne at 474-1065.

The above is the only e-mail I received this week with recent news, and thanks so much Carol for sending it to me.

What I am about to write about now is from one of my old columns which I had used on July 10, 2004, in The Town Line. It is one I found years and years ago, called simply, “Youth!” It is very inspiring to me and I hope many of my older friends will find it so as well. ” Youth is not a time of life – it is a state of mind. It is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips and supple knees.

“It is a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; It is a freshness of the deep springs of life.

“Youth means a temperamental pre dominance of courage over timidity, Of the appetite for adventure over love of ease. This often exists in a man of fifty more than a boy of twenty.

“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years; People grow old only by deserting their ideals.

“Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these are the long, long years that bow the head and turn the growing spirit back to dust

“Whether 70 or 16, there is in every being’s heart the love of wonder; the sweet amazement at the stars and the star-like things and thoughts; the undaunted challenge of events; the unfailing, childlike appetite for what’s next; and the joy and the game of life.

“You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear, as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

“In the central place of your heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage, grandeur and power from earth, from men, and from the Infinite-so long are you young.

“When the wires are all down and all the central place of your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then are you grown old indeed and may God have mercy on your soul.”

Hope the above inspires some of you to continue to live life to the fullest, no matter what your age.

And now for Percy’s memoir entitled HOPE: Hope is a robin singing on a rainy day; He knows the sun will shine again though skies may be gray. Like the robin let us be, meet trouble with a smile; And soon the sun will shine for us in just a little while. (words by Roxie Lusk Smith.)