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 post39@beeline-online.net or visit the web site at: mainelegionpost39.org. For more information on the American Legion of Maine visit www.mainelegion.org.

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 townline@fairpoint.net 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.

Madison woman joins Sen. Collins staff

Kristin Bishop, left, and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), at the announcement of the hiring of Bishop to the senator’s staff. (Contributed photo)

U.S. Senator Susan Collins announced that Kristin Bishop, a Madison native, has been hired as a staff assistant in her Washington, D.C., office. Kristin recently completed her fall internship in Senator Collins’ D.C. office and also served as a summer intern in her D.C. and Augusta offices. Kristin is the daughter of Frank and Vanessa Bishop of Madison.

“Kristin displayed a strong work ethic as a fall and summer intern and has an impressive record of achievement,” said Senator Collins. “I am delighted that she will continue to serve Mainers as a member of my staff in Washington, D.C.”

Kristin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College in May 2018 with a degree in Government & Legal Studies and Education. While in college, Kristin was an active leader in community service organizations focusing on education and public service. As a staff assistant, Kristin will be assisting with front office duties and fielding constituent requests.



Madison Legion Auxiliary support community

From left to right, Madison American Legion Auxiliary members Robin Turek, Shirley Emery, Betty Dow, Ann Cody, Harriet Bryant, Tena Ireland and Sharon Ziacoma. (Contributed photo)

The Madison American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #39 supports community programs such as children and youth. Each year the members of the auxiliary donate school backpacks filled with school supplies and distributes them to four local schools in Madison and Anson area. This year they donated a total of 20 school backpacks.

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly 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 women’s patriotic service organization, auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls 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 www.ALAforVeterans.org or contact: Robin Turek, president – American Legion Auxiliary Tardiff-Belanger Unit #39, PO Box 325, Madison, ME – robinturek@gmail.com – 696-8289.