Ashley Carrier graduates from Shenanhoah University

Ashley Carrier, of Madison, was among the 1,143 students who graduated from Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia, during the 2022-23 academic year. Carrier earned a bachelor of science degree in public health.

KVCOG schedules household hazardous waste pickup dates

The Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, based in Fairfield, plans to host Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days in October in Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Skowhegan, Anson, Bingham, Canaan and Madison will collect from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Skowhegan Transfer Station, 29 Transfer Station Drive. This is open to residents of those towns, who must call their own town office to schedule a time slot (Skowhegan, 207-474-6902; Anson, 207-696-3979; Bingham, 207-672-5519; Canaan, 207-474-8682; Madison, 207-696-3971).

Winslow, Belgrade, Clinton, Fairfield, Oakland and Waterville will collect from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 21, at Winslow Public Works, 135 Halifax St. Residents must call their municipal office to schedule a slot (Winslow, 207-872-2776; Belgrade, 207-495-2258; Clinton, 207-426-8322; Fairfield, 207- 453-7911; Oakland, 207-465-7357; Waterville, 207-680-4200).

Those who don’t have an appointment slot made with their town will not be able to drop off that day.

Many chemicals commonly used around the home are hazardous, either alone or when combined with other chemicals, and need to be disposed of by professionals trained to handle hazardous materials, according to a KVCOG news release.

Improper disposal of these materials can disrupt the function of sewage treatment plants or private septic systems, contaminate ground water, and harm animals and residents. Items that are difficult to recycle or dispose of — such as electronic waste, batteries, paint, anti-freeze, chemical cleaners, yard chemicals, old fuels, oils and mercury thermostats — many of which can also become harmful if left unmonitored.

The council will have local law enforcement officials on hand in Winslow and Skowhegan to collect and properly dispose of any pharmaceuticals that residents want to bring in.

HealthReach announces completion of Madison Health Center renovations

Madison Health Center

Madison – HealthReach is excited to announce that recent renovations to its Madison Area Health Center are complete.

The renovations have increased comfort and patient capacity, while also modernizing the space so that busy clinicians and staff are able to achieve the best outcomes for their patients. Among many other upgrades, these renovations included expansions to the waiting room, exam rooms, administrative areas, and medical records areas.

With an updated nurses’ station, a new lab, and additional exam rooms, staff and patients will all benefit. New offices have been built for both the site’s Connector and Care Manager, improving patient comfort in their meeting spaces where they provide patient assistance. Additionally, new offices were added for both the site’s Behavioral Health Counselor and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. These changes have already improved operations, and are allowing staff to serve more community members than ever before with an emphasis on personalized, whole-patient care.

Since its foundation in 1977, Madison Area Health Center had previously expanded its spatial capacity twice. The first expansion occurred in 1980, and the second expansion was in 1989. Today, we are excited to see this newest set of renovations allow the building to move forward as the practice grows and continues to serve the grateful people of Madison, Anson, and nearby towns.

EVENTS: Madison Legion Aux. to collect school supplies

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #39, Madison, is once again collecting school supplies for children in our local schools (Madison MSAD #59 and Carrabec RSU #74). Here is a list of the items needed: backpacks, rulers, erasers, pencils, colored pencils, ink pens (blue, black & red), crayons, markers, glue sticks, water bottles (no larger than 20 oz), pouches for binders, 1″ binders, 1 subject notebooks, college and standard ruled filler paper.

Items can be dropped off in the collection box at the Madison American Legion Hall, on 20 S. Maple Street, on Mondays through Saturdays after 3 p.m. and on Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Don’t have time to shop, you can send a monetary donation and we will do the shopping for you. Make checks payable to Madison ALA with School Supplies in the Memo. Mail to: Madison ALA, PO Box 325, Madison, ME 04950.

You can also drop off items on Saturday, August 26, at the auxiliary’s booth at the Craft & Vendors Fair located in the green space, at Skowhegan Savings Bank, in Madison, during Madison/Anson Days.

Legion Aux. collects items during youth month

Madison American Legion Post #39 Auxiliary members at the Military Child’s table, from left to right, Harriet Bryant, Nancy Misiaszek, Jackie Pollis, Pauline Bell, Ann Cody, Robin Turek, Amy Washburn, Irma Fluet, Betty Price, Diane Pinkham and Tammy Giguere. (contributed photo)

The month of April is recognized as Children and Youth Month as well as the Month of the Military Child. In observance of both, members of the Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #39, Madison, collected many essential items such as clothes, Pj’s, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, jackets, socks, hygiene products for the older children, coloring books, crayons, and toys.

These items benefit the children who will enter the Department of Health and Human Services System. Most children enter with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. With these items they can call their own in hopes that it makes the transition a little easier for them. This year with generous donations of items from the members of the local community, Girl Scout Troop #351, and American Legion family membership as well as the Auxiliary purchases, the Auxiliary delivered 464 items valued over $1,400.

Purple is the color for the Military Child, members wore purple for the April meeting. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported. Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue, all are thought to combine as a single color – purple. At the meeting, members set up the Military Child’s Table to be seen by all at the hall for the month of April.

The following are the items and their representations: The potted flowering plant symbolizing that a military child may flower and flourish where they are planted; the hand spade recognizes they may be transplanted to a new place in the world at a moment’s notice; the birthday hat and unlit candles, along with the baseball and glove, and ballet slippers represents special occasions that are missed; the family photo depicting a child with his/her uniformed parent demonstrates our country’s strength; the final touch to the table setting is the American flag to remind us that families are united in their commitment to national service, at home or away.

Contact Robin Turek, President at or at 696-8289.

Brianna Paine named to dean’s list

Brianna Paine, of Madison, was named to the Fall 2022 dean’s list at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia. The dean’s list honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

Brianna Paine named to dean’s list

Brianna Paine, of Madison, was named to the Fall 2022 dean’s list at Berry College, in Rome, Georgia. The dean’s list honors students who posted an academic average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale while carrying a class load of at least 12 hours during the semester.

SNHU announces summer ‘22 president’s list

Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), in Manchester, New Hampshire, congratulates the following students on being named to the Summer 2022 President’s List. The summer terms run from May to August.

Kate Murphy and Justin Drescher, both of Augusta, Matthew Bandyk, of Jefferson, Merval Porter, of Palermo, Lisa Johnson, of South China, Lacey York, of China, Lilly Reardon, of Benton, Jeffery Wheeler and Brendon Peace, both of Waterville, Talon Mosher, of Winslow, Jacob Colson, of Albion, Carrie Stackpole, of Clinton, Stormy Wentworth, of Fairfield, Glenn Rich and Mariah Rich, both of Madison, and Kassandra Grant, of Vassalboro.

Madison Legion Auxiliary turkey pie sale nets $2,295

American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit #39, Madison, volunteers are hard at work preparing for the annual turkey pie fundraiser. (photo courtesy of Harriet Bryant)

Harriet Bryant, left, and Pam Daigle roll out the dough in preparation for the turkey pie sale.
(photo courtesy of Harriet Bryant)

The turkey pie sales were so popular last year, members of the American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit #39, Madison, decided to sell them again. Recently they made and sold turkey pies (162 to be exact) with the proceeds to benefit local food pantries. Reny’s of Madison donated 100 pie plates, Apple Tree Bakery gave discounted price for the pie boxes, along with members donating turkeys and many of the items needed such as flour, vegetables, shortening, etc., and their time making pies. After expenses, a total $2,295 was raised and was donated to five local food cupboards. This is another way the American Legion Auxiliary supports the community.

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for over a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with Dirigo State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit or

If you wish to join the Madison American Legion Auxiliary Unit #39 contact: Robin Turek, President – American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit #39, PO Box 325, Madison, ME – – 696-8289.

Ashley Carrier makes the dean’s list at Shenandoah

Ashley Carrier, of Madison, is one of 1,087 students who earned a spot on the Dean’s List at Shenandoah University, in Winchester, Virginia, for the fall 2022 semester.