SOLON & BEYOND, Week of December 1, 2016

Solon and Beyondby Marilyn Rogers-Bull & Percy
Solon, Maine 04979

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

The Solon Kids CARE (character, actions, respect, empathy) Club has begun its work at Solon Elementary School again this fall. An affiliate of the Maine Civil Rights Team Project, it is dedicating its efforts to encouraging in children the ideas of random acts of kindness, positive attitudes, and caring for the community.

The team advisers are Mrs. LaChance, and Mrs. Stevens. LaChance organizes activities for all of the K-2 students. Stevens works with a team of students in grades 4-5 who will organize activities for the school. These are the members this year in the Solon Kids CARE Club: Emily Baker, Jayden Cates, Sarah Craig, Michael Crane, Cooper Dellarma, Sascha Evans, Charlie Golden, William Lawrence, Summer Lindblom, Abby Parent, Jackson Pease, Allison Pinkham, Desmond Robinson, Alyssa Schinzel and Ciarrah Whittemore.

The Kids Care Club is already hard at work. They ran a Halloween Dime Raffle in which they raised $177.40 to be used for T-shirts and for other team activities. The winners were William Lawrence for the boys prize, Paige Reichert for the girls prize, and the fourth grade for the class prize.

They sponsored a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Solon Thrift Shop Food Cupboard. On November 17, some members of the group attended a conference at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Thanks to Donors Choose grant applied for by Mrs. LaChance, Maine author Lynn Plourde will visit Solon Elementary School on December 7. Ms. Plourde will do a school-wide assembly and then will spend time working in each classroom with the students. Parents are welcome to attend.

The Embden Historical Society has the following for sale. Any one ( or all of them) might make nice Christmas presents. Embden Town of Yore, by Ernest G. Walker. Originally printed in 1929 by the Independent Reporter, Skowhegan, Maine. This book was recently reduced in price from $60 to $40 plus shipping if necessary. The Embden Historical Society has reprinted this classic Embden history book. The deluxe hardcover edition has over 760 pages with useful information for genealogists and others interested in the history of Embden from the earliest settlers to the early 1900s. The book, “South of Lost Nation,” by Ernest G. Walker, has been reprinted and spiral bound. For the first time, this rich resource also includes a 46-page name-only index. The town of Concord was evidently called “Lost Nation,” making the town of Embden “south of nation.” This book contains genealogical information about local families – births, deaths, marriages and tales of the area, this one is for $18 plus $3 shipping. To order a copy, contact Emily Quint.

They also have an Embden Afghan for sale, this limited edition 46-inch by 67-inch cotton fringed afghan depicts nine historical sites of the area. On a cream background, the navy and green designs and lettering represent the blue of Emden Lake and green of the forests. To order an afghan you may contact Emily Quint at PO Box, North Anson, ME o4958, price is $25.00 plus $9.

And now for Percy’s memoir called Possibilities: The more faith you have, the more you believe, The more goals you set, the more you’ll achieve. So reach for the stars, pick a mountain to climb, dare to think big, but give yourself time.

Remember no matter How futile things seem, with faith, there is no impossible dream! (words by Alice Joyce Davidson.)


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