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McCabe honors Skowhegan field hockey coach for 500th win

SKOWHEGAN – House Majority Leader Jeff McCabe, D-Skowhegan, presented Paula Doughty with a legislative sentiment for her 500th win as coach of the Skowhegan field hockey team. Doughty is the first coach in state history to reach this milestone for field hockey. She has coached for 36 seasons and led the team to victory in 16 state championships. From left: Rep. Jeff McCabe, Coach Paula Doughty and Skowhegan Athletic Director Jon Christopher. n

Western Maine Play Museum awarded grant

WILTON — Western Maine Play Museum has announced that they have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Skowhegan Savings Bank Foundation. With this donation, the museum is only about $44,000 away from their $500,000 building renovation goal.


Western Maine Play Museum is a registered non profit that incorporated in November 2013 and is led by a 13-member board of directors. The museum is at 561 Main St., in Wilton. For more information, email [email protected] or visit www. n

Girl Scouts of Maine to host new member sign-up events

Girl Scouts of Maine has announced it will host new member sign-up events for potential members and volunteers at various locations as part of a new recruitment initiative. Below is a list of sign-up events in several areas. These events will bring together girls from kindergarten through fifth grade and their parents, and allow them to discover why Girl Scouting is important to the development of girls, how it relates to the success of young women today and the important role that adults play. “Girl Scouts helps girls develop their full potential,” said Joanne Crepeau, CEO of Girl Scouts of Maine. “When a girl becomes a Girl Scout, she grows into a young woman who is self-confi-

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dent, strong and compassionate. She learns how to build and maintain healthy relationships. She becomes more aware of the world around her and uses her skills and talents to make her world a better place.” These new member sign-up events are just some of the many recruitment events that GSME will be holding this fall. GSME will also showcase the new signup technology at all their recruitment events, as it is now easier than ever to sign up for Girl Scouts and for members to find a troop in their area. Chelsea Elementary School, Chelsea, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 Lincoln School, Augusta, 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 Gerald D. Cushing School, Wilton, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 Norway Memorial School, Norway, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30 Lillian Parks Hussey School, Augusta, 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 Auburn Public Library, Auburn, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 Whitefield Elementary School, Whitefield, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 Madison Elementary School, Madison, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 For more information about Girl Scout new member sign-up events, visit girlscoutsofmaine. org or call 888-9224763.n

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The Somerset Express

November 2016

Funny things kids say!

Years ago, my 3-yearold niece Brianna came running into the laundry room, phone in hand, yelling, “Momma, Momma, it’s Millie Importure, it’s Millie Importure!” My sister knew no one named Millie and when she got on the phone, no one was there. This happened several times over the next few months until my sister finally realized her daughter was mimicking her, as kids so often do to their parents. Whenever my sister was on the phone and the kids started getting loud, she would say to them, “Shh, it’s really important!” – Catherine White, Wilton. Back in 2003 our daugh-

ter and her husband and 4-year-old son lived with us in our farmhouse. During a thunderstorm with heavy rain, we lost power in the middle of the night. Out in the country, when you lose power, it is dark! A louc clap of thunder woke up our grandson who then yelled for his father. His father felt and worked his way through the living room and up the hall to his son’s room, telling him all was well and that it was just the storm that had knocked out the power. Our grandson said, “Oh, thank God. I thought I had gone blind.” – Mo Lizotte in Jay. I heard a funny one from my granddaughter a few years back. She was visit-

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ing in New England from Kentucky. I took her to the beach and she could not get to the water fast enough. All of a sudden she called out, “Grandma, help! My feet have headaches!” This was her first time in our cold waters. The “feet headaches” soon disappeared and she had a great time. – Evelyn Wedding in Norway. It has been an unspoken ritual at our house for many years: the grandkid(s) come in, get Gramp’s underwear out of his bureau, and quickly stuff ‘em in the freezer. Next morning, Gramps gets up, rants and raves, “When will they ever learn that this is NOT

funny!” Grandkid(s) tee-hee and it’s another memory never to be forgotten. Only this time it was the three- and four-year-olds who did it for their first time, after observing their siblings or cousins. There was only one problem. They hurriedly stuck the underwear in the freezer in the ice cube maker! In the middle of the night, I could hear grinding noises in the kitchen. Yes, you guessed it! I pulled and tugged to no avail. Gramp’s underwear had to be cut out of the ice cube maker. Thank goodness it didn’t break the ice cube maker because then Gramps would have really ranted and raved. But the story doesn’t end there. A few weeks afterward, we had company from out of state who couldn’t wait to drink our delicious well water, not the chlorinated city water they have back home. My friend kept saying, “It doesn’t taste the same. It just doesn’t taste like the last time we were here.” On their last day visiting

us, we talked about each other’s grandkids again for the hundredth time. Suddenly it dawned on me that maybe the water tasted “different” because of the ice cubes! Was there an aftertaste from the chewed up underwear? Was THAT why the water tasted different? – Meme in Dixfield. I was visiting my brother several years ago and his grandchildren stopped by to visit after an afternoon of swimming. Three-year-old Michael kept staring at me and having never seen hearing aids asked,”Aunt Barb, how come you still have your ear plugs in?” – Barb in Rumford. My grandson was cooking with me when he asked, “Nana, do you always make everything from Scotch?” “No! No! Do you mean scratch?” I replied. – Kathleen Knight in W. Farmington. My great-granddaughter was 5 years old when her great-grandfather passed

When my grandson was about five years old, he said, “Mummy, it is Nana and her friend Grampy.” My grandson was jumping for joy as he had been waiting for us to arrive for a visit. – Kathleen Knight in W. Farmington. My son, Michael, was a pre-schooler when we visited a friend who had a mother cat and the kittens were being fed. When we returned home, Michael rushed to our male cat and began looking for the feeding source. I said, “Our cat is a daddy cat so he doesn’t have to feed the babies.” Michael said, “How about when he babysits?” – From a mother in Dixfield. n

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Skowhegan’s Small Business Saturday to Offer Savings, Prizes

SKOWHEGAN — Main Street Skowhegan is planning its second annual Passport to Savings program for Small Business Saturday, Nov. 26. “Last year’s program was a big hit,“ said Kristina Cannon, executive director of Main Street Skowhegan. “The event not only increased sales, it boosted brand awareness for local businesses as well.” The program encourages shop-

away. Her father told her that her great-grandfather had gone to heaven. She said, “Oh, he packed his bags and has gone to see Jesus.” – Hazel in Livermore.

pers to visit any or all of more than 30 participating businesses in the Skowhegan area on Small Business Saturday. Each business will offer an incentive—from 10 percent off at Country Crow Primitives to a chance to win a piece of art at River Roads Artisans Gallery. With each purchase, the shopper’s name is entered into a drawing for one of two prizes, this year sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

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Skowhegan’s 24th Annual Holiday Stroll brings community fun

SKOWHEGAN — Main Street Skowhegan will host the 24th annual Holiday Stroll on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Skowhegan. The event kicks off with a parade on Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Parade floats will feature local businesses, community members, and organizations, plus Santa on a fire truck. “The Stroll is such a great way to bring together the community and celebrate the season,” said Kristina Cannon, Main Street Skowhegan’s executive director. “Local businesses enjoy hosting activities for families, and everyone is excited about the parade.” A few downtown shops will stay open late the night of the parade, offering treats including free gift wrapping at Country Crow Primitives and free hot chocolate at the Bankery and Skowhegan Fleuriste. The festivities continue Saturday, Dec. 3, with breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10 a.m. at Tewksbury Hall, behind the Skowhegan Federated Church. During breakfast the Skowhegan Area Middle School Student Council will be on hand to help kids create their own tree ornaments,

and Kid Friendly Photo will offer professional photos with Santa for a small fee. All proceeds will help with ongoing revitalization efforts in Skowhegan. The popular Santa’s Village will begin at 9:30 a.m., with many downtown businesses offering children’s activities and crafts from yo-yo making to cookie decorating. The second annual elf-on-a-shelf scavenger hunt will send kids and

families searching for elves hidden in downtown businesses and organizations. Other events include horse-drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, a petting zoo, the Festival of Trees, free holiday movie screenings, a holiday bazaar, and more. For more information about the Holiday Stroll, visit MainStreetSkowhegan. org or find the event on Facebook. n










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