American Legion collecting 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). With all the uncertainties ahead this year, the need is even greater. Here is a list of the items needed: rulers, erasers, pencils, colored pencils, ink pens (blue, black & red), crayons, glue sticks, backpacks, pouches for binders, 1″ binders, 1 subject notebooks and college ruled filler paper.

Items can be dropped off in the collection box at the Madison American Legion Hall, 20 South Maple Street, on Wednesdays and Fridays, after 3 p.m., and on Sundays noon to 4 p.m. If you would like to send a monetary donation, make checks payable to Madison ALA, PO Box 325, Madison, ME 04950 with School Supplies in the Memo.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) helps to advance the mission of The American Legion. With more than 600,000 members, the ALA is one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, military, and their families. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1.1 billion each year. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill. The American Legion Family has been instrumental in advancing legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. If you would like to become a member contact Robin Turek, president, at 696-8289.

Madison Area Memorial High School announces top 10 seniors

Madison Area Memorial High School (photo: JMG)

The following are the top 10 seniors in the Madison Area High School’s class of 2020.

Katrina Barney – Daughter of Anna Zabrock, of Madison, and Jody Barney, of Sidney. Plans to attend University of New England to major in medical biology – pre-med track.

Shelby Belanger – Daughter of Lindsay Cool, of Madison, and Peter Belanger, of Madison. Shelby plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono for chemical engineering. Shelby is the Salutatorian for the Class of 2020.

Olivia Clough – Daughter of Scott and Jennifer Clough, of Madison. Olivia plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, for health sciences – nursing.

Emily Edgerly – Daughter of Michael and Nicole Edgerly, of Madison. Emily plans on attending the University of Maine in Orono for communication sciences / speech disorders.

Grace Linkletter – Daughter of Matthew and Bethany Linkletter, of Athens. Grace plans to attend Aveda Institute for Cosmetology.

Lucy Perkins – Daughter of William and Sandra Perkins, of Madison. Lucy plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington for elementary educaiton and music. Lucy is the Valadictorian for the Class of 2020.

Luke Perkins – Son of William and Sandra Perkins, of Madison. Luke plans to attend the University of Maine in Orono for parks, recreation and tourism / forestry.

Isabella Petrey – Daughter of Roy and step-mom Kimberlee Petrey, of Madison. Isabella plans to attend the University of Maine at Farmington to study secondary education with a concentration in social sciences.

Skyelar Pollis – Daughter of James Pollis, of Madison, and Kristy Hilton, of Mercer. Skyelar plans to attend Thomas College, in Waterville, for sports management with a concentration in marketing.

Kathryn Worthen – Daughter of Vernon and Cindy Worthen, of Mercer. Kathryn plans to attend Kennebec Valley Community College, in Fairfield, for liberal studies/general education.

2020 Memorial Day parade canceled; other activities still planned

The Memorial Day parade, in Madison, sponsored by Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post #39, scheduled for Monday, May 25, has been canceled due to the coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the following Memorial Day services will be held for participants only:

9 a.m., at Starks Town Office.

9:30 a.m., approximately, at Anson Town Office, followed by scattering of flowers off the bridge,

10 a.m., approximately, at Madison Library.

10:30 a.m., approximately, at the US/Canadian Monument, at Forest Hills Cemetery.

11 a.m., approximately, at East Madison, Joseph Quirion Monument (last service).

If you want to attend, please park and stay in your vehicle. For more information, call Bob at 399-6422.

Soucy honored for 75 years service

Raymond N. Soucy, a lifetime and dedicated member of the American Legion Tardiff-Belanger Post #39, in Madison, was presented with a certificate, on March 15, 2020, from National Headquarters for his 75 years of continuous membership. The certificate was presented by Past Commander H. Ralph Withee, of Post #39, Madison.

The post was first named after Emile Tardiff; a soldier from Madison who died in World War I. The name was changed to Tardiff-Belanger Post #39 after Maurice Belanger, the first Madison soldier to die in World War II.

Raymond is a charter member of the Tardiff-Belanger Post #39, Madison. He was commander of post #39 in 1951. In World War II , Soucy was an Army pilot of a B-24 Bomber. He had orders to go into combat, but the war ended before he had to go.

Soucy celebrated is 95th birthday on April 18, 2020, with his wife, Lauraine, at their residence in Madison.

American Legion celebrates 101 years

Front row, holding the cake is Robert Demchak, Post #39 Commander. Second row, from left to right, Vincent Santoni, Gene Dube and Ron Page. Third row, John Ziacoma, Aaron Rollins, John Bryant, Gene Tweedie, Ted Misiaszek, Joe Jenks, Joe Slavinski and Dan Houssock. Back row, Eric Fluet, Curt Sanborn, Ray Cloutier and Scott Eggleston. (contributed photo)

March 15, 2020 is the American Legion’s 101st birthday, founded in 1919. Members of Tardiff-Belanger Post #39, Madison, celebrated the Legion’s birthday with cake and ice cream prior to their monthly membership meeting on March 2. Any veteran who would like to join Tardiff-Belanger Post #39 Madison, call 696-5848, email or visit the web site at: For more information on the American Legion of Maine visit

Sumo wrestling champion 2019

Huard’s Martial Arts student Preston Schneider, of Madison, captured the eight-year-old sumo wrestling championship title at the Maine Skirmish Grappling Tournament held on November 10, at Winslow High School. (Photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography staff)

Madison legion celebrates 100 years

Pictured, from left, are veterans Nunzio Biodello, Ray Soucy and Clara Gilbert. Absent from the photo was Ivan Hoyt. (contributed photo)

The Tardiff-Belanger American Legion Post #39, of Madison, and Auxiliary, will be celebrating their 100th birthday. Both groups were represented on floats at the Madison/Anson Days parade on August 24. The legion’s float had three World War II veterans from the local area riding on it.

URI students named to the spring 2019 dean’s list

The University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, Rhode Island, is pleased to announce the Spring 2019 dean’s list. The students represent nearly all of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries.

The students are Alexandria Jarvais, of Madison, and Kristy Prelgovisk, of Oakland.

Memorial Day parades 2019


Mon., May 27, starting 10 a.m. Line-up 9 a.m. at Garret Schenck School, in Anson. Memorial Day ceremony is also scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Joseph Quirion Monument in East Madison; at 2 p.m. at the Starks Community Center, and at 3 p.m. at Madison VFW on Preble Ave.


Mon., May 27, Malcolm Glidden American Legion Post #163 will hold a Memorial Service at the Veterans Park on Turner Ridge Rd., at 9 a.m. Palermo Boy Scout Troop will participate. Refreshments will be available, following the ceremony at the post home.


Mon., May 27, 10 a.m. Line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. on Dyer St. Parade route begins at intersection of Dyer St. and Madison Ave., and turns left heading south towards downtown, then left onto Water St. and travel through downtown ending at Skowhegan Veterans Park. Dedication at the park will follow.


Mon., May 27, 10 a.m. to noon. Parade assembles at 9 a.m., at Head of Falls and ends at Veterans Memorial Park on Elm St.

Is your town planning a Memorial Day parade? Please notify us so you can be included in our Memorial Day parade directory, email or visit our Contact page.

Cub Scout Pack #482 raising funds for Boston Children’s Museum trip

Cub Scout Pack 482 at the Skowhegan Fire Station. (photo: Pack 482 Facebook page)

Cub Scout Pack #482, in the Anson/Madison area, has been selected to do a sleepover at the Boston Children’s Museum at the beginning of April vacation. They are presently raising money by having bottle drives, as well as other fundraising efforts, including a GoFundMe page.

All money raised will go towards chartering a bus that will bring the 12 scouts and their 13 family members to Boston for a trip they will never forget.

Donations may be made by contacting Christina Nelson, at 207-431-1177.

Many of the families going on could use the financial assistance.