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Mildred Knowles Obrey, of Eliot, on the occasion of her 95th birthday, June 7, 2003. A native of South Berwick and product of Maine schools, Mildred graduated from Boston University in 1931. She began her teaching career in 1932 at the Titanic School in South Berwick. She went on to teach in Connecticut and New York for a short time, returning to Maine to teach English and history in Eliot. Mildred instituted a hot lunch program and coached the debate team, archery club and motorcycle club. A wing at the Eliot Elementary School was named in her honor when she retired in 1976. Upon retirement, she began 16 years of service on the board of School Administrative District No. 35, serving as chair for many years. A founder of the Retired Teachers Association of York County, she continues to be an active member. She has always found time to support her church, its members, Project Share and the William Fogg Library. Mildred has been honored as the Town of Eliot Fabian Drake Citizen of the Year and the South Berwick Rotary Club Citizen of the Year. Widowed after over 50 years of marriage, she remains the center of her family. Her 2 sons, 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren are the focus of her life. She is still reading 3 to 5 books a week and continues to be an incredible asset to the community of Eliot. We honor this outstanding citizen of Maine and extend our congratulations and best wishes to her on this very special occasion; (HLS 643)

Joseph A. "Joey" DiPietro, of Portland, beloved husband and father, businessman and proud public servant. He began his business career at age 10, making sandwiches in his parents' grocery store. A 1960 graduate of Portland High School, he made DiPietro's Market a community gathering place and neighborhood landmark for over 35 years. As a community activist, he served as President of the Italian Heritage Center, President of the Portland Lions Club and as a member of the Portland Boys and Girls Club Alumni Association. He also served as elected President and trustee of the Portland Water District for over 15 years. He will be greatly missed by his customers, family and large circle of friends in Portland, Longfellow's city "that is seated by the sea"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 644)

Elizabeth Althea Millett Maxfield, of Waterford, on her 90th Birthday, May 18, 2003. Mrs. Maxfield was born and raised on Plummer Hill in Waterford and graduated from Bridgton Academy in 1930. She married Harold Maxfield in 1932 and has 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Maxfield is a past member of the Harrison Rebekahs and a member of the Harrison VFW Auxiliary. She attends the Norway Baptist Church and has been residing in Waterford since 1985. We extend our congratulations to her and join her many friends and family to offer our best wishes on her 90th birthday celebration; (HLS 645)

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Sandra Straubel, of Littleton, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of her 225-member class at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Mrs. Straubel maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her college career, all while the wife of the pastor of Littleton United Baptist Church, the mother of 5 children, 4 of whom are school age, and serving her church as a member of the choir and as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent and while working part-time at Cary Library and as a substitute teacher. She received a B.S. in Secondary Education with a major in Social Studies and History. We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Straubel on this honored occasion; (HLS 647)

E. Patricia Salem, of Millinocket, beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Salem and her husband Fred own and operated Salem's Grocery Store for 42 years. She was a communicant of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and a past Regent of the Little Flower Circle Daughters of Isabella No. 392. She worked on the cemetery commission and assisted with the March of Dimes and Multiple Sclerosis Society. She helped to deliver food baskets and clothes to those in need. She worked for her church as the chair of suppers, speakeasy minstrel and bazaars. She will be missed by her family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 648)

Beth Anne Nielsen, of Clinton, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2003 graduating class of Lawrence High School. She is a member of the Spanish Club, the Civil Rights Team and the Lawrence Theatre Company. She is President of the National Honor Society and manager of the basketball team and softball team. She is a volunteer tutor for junior high math students. She will be attending University of Maine at Orono. We extend our congratulations to Beth on these achievements; (HLS 649)

the following members of the graduating class of 2003 at Schenck High School, who obtained a grade of 87 or higher for 4 years: Lindsey Nicholson, Valedictorian; Ellen Surrette, Salutatorian; Christopher Violette; Michael Rossignol; Beth Chasse; Chelsey Swazey; Angela Hebert; Alyssa Federico; Krista Cole; Heather Duprey; Aaron Rideout; Chad McLaughlin; Kayla Hathaway; and Jodi King. We extend our congratulations to them on their achievements and our best wishes in their future endeavors; (HLS 650)

Josh Galyean, of Scarborough, who has been named Maine's Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Josh, a senior at Scarborough High School, was nominated by a club leader and then went on to a final round table interview process. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the varsity lacrosse team, the varsity football team, the jazz band and student rescue. Josh plans to further his education at the University of New England and study in the pre-med program. We extend him our congratulations and wish him well as he travels to New York City to compete in the Northeast regional competition; (HLS 651)

Ashley E. Leighton, of Glenburn, who has earned the distinction of being named Salutatorian of the 2003 graduating class at John Bapst Memorial High School. We send our congratulations to Ashley on this achievement and extend to her our best wishes on her future endeavors; (HLS 652)

Zachary D. Jones, of Glenburn, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2003 graduating class at John Bapst Memorial High School. We send our congratulations to Zachary on this achievement and extend to him our best wishes on his future endeavors; (HLS 653)

Chief Boatswain's Mate Frank P. Makson, of Rockland, United States Coast Guard Officer in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tackle (WYTL 65604), for his service to the State from June 18, 2000 to July 20, 2003. We send our appreciation to Chief Petty Officer Makson for his dedication and commitment to maintaining the aids to navigation in and around the Penobscot Bay area and to keeping the Penobscot River clear of ice during the harshest of weather to insure the flow of oil and waterway traffic to the City of Bangor. We send our best wishes to him as he assumes his new duty in Florida; (HLS 654)

the following top 10 graduating students in the Winthrop High School class of 2003: Kyle Knight, Valedictorian; Stephanie Green, Salutatorian; Caitlin Mary Blanchard; Rebecca Elizabeth Cobb; Mark Russell Dennett; Rebecca Kathleen Moore; Kristin C. Pietroski; Tara Beth Schultze; Joel Weisberger and Katie Eve Wing. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on their achievements; (HLS 655)

the Honorable Carroll and Muriel Minkowsky, of South Monmouth, on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, May 9, 2003. They have 6 children, Michael, James, Steven, David, Ann and Stacy. They are leaders in their community and have devoted a lifetime to public service. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this very special occasion; (HLS 656)

William M. Nugent, of Yarmouth, on the occasion of his retirement as Commissioner of the Maine Public Utilities Commission. Nominated for the office by Governors John R. McKernan, Jr. and Angus S. King, Jr., he has served 2 full terms at the commission, spanning 12 years. Determined that utility regulation devise solutions that best fit the State's economy and bring better service at fair prices, he traveled extensively throughout the State to listen to residential and business consumers. Shortly after joining the commission, Mr. Nugent began a series of informal public hearings, "PUC on the Road," in which he met with members of the public throughout the State to listen to their concerns. He belonged to numerous professional organizations and served as the President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and as a member of its Executive Committee. He also cochaired the association's Working Group on Public Benefits, was a member of the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment and chair of its Regulatory Strategies Subcommittee, participated in the governance and administration of the association and represented the organization in discussions with both the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mr. Nugent also testified before Congress on electric restructuring issues. We send our appreciation to Mr. Nugent for his years of dedicated service and commitment to the citizens of Maine and extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on his retirement; (HLS 657)

John N. Reed, of Gorham, who died unexpectedly at home. Mr. Reed was a graduate of the former Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, where he majored in Culinary Arts, Carpentry and Criminal Justice. He was also a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. He joined the Gorham Police Department in 1974 and was still a member of the department at the time of his death. He also was employed by the R. W. Herrick Company and the Gorham Transportation Department as a school bus driver. As a police officer, he was a bicycle safety officer, school bus safety officer, bike patrol officer and cruiser maintenance officer and the organizer of the police athletic league. Mr. Reed was coordinator of the Gorham adult men's basketball league for the Gorham Recreation Department and was a co-founder and secretary of the Southern Maine Karting Association. He had a variety of interests and gave unselfishly of his time. He exemplified the best of the Maine spirit by his public service career and his devotion to his family and to his community. John Reed was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and his family will feel his loss deeply. We acknowledge his dedicated service to his profession, his community and to his State; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 658)

United States Marine Corps Corporal Eric McCue, of South Portland, a graduate of South Portland High School and the son of Betsy Maxwell and Jeffrey McCue. Corporal Eric McCue was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines when he was deployed to Kuwait in January 2003. He participated in fighting near Nasiriyah during the war in Iraq and was seriously wounded by a land mine. He is now recovering from his injuries and has been the subject of an outpouring of good wishes for a speedy recovery. We gratefully acknowledge his dedicated service to his country, and we wish him well in all his future endeavors; (HLS 659)

David Wilbur, of Gray, on his retirement after 30 years at the helm of the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Dave, who began as a gatekeeper, has marshaled the wild kingdom into sound financial times. The park is growing and adding programs, which are realized through sound management of volunteers, donations and gate fees. His efforts can be seen through the upgraded, modernized and beautified animal exhibit areas that attract people from all over the world. We extend our best wishes to Dave on his retirement and thank him for his dedication to the development of the Maine Wildlife Park; (HLS 660)

Erin Moakler, of Houlton, on her 2nd consecutive Maine Principals' Association State Girls Singles Tennis Tournament championship. Erin is a senior at Greater Houlton Christian Academy. We commend her efforts and wish her continued success. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Erin on this occasion; (HLS 661)

Matt and Kevin Hancock, of Casco, recipients of the 2003 Down East Environmental Award. Matt and Kevin Hancock, owners of Hancock Land Company and Hancock Lumber, provide a business model of land stewardship. They have combined conservation techniques and good business practices by working with environmental groups on a series of easements that preserve thousands of acres of prime forest land and ensure the future of their companies. We extend our sincere congratulations on their achieving this distinctive and well-deserved honor; (HLS 662)

Frank Rackliff, of Spruce Head, who at 90 years of age is still lobstering and tending his traps every day. He is still going strong and we commend him for his many years of contributing to his community. Mr. Rackliff exemplifies the Maine spirit of hard work and independence and we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 663)

Arnold Poland, of Dover-Foxcroft, who is the recipient of the Hall of Fame Award by the Music Educators Association. This award recognizes music educators who, by virtue of their contributions, are the most highly regarded professional leaders in music education in the State. As an active music educator at Foxcroft Academy, Mr. Poland has not only made a significant contribution to the school's music program, but he has been an inspiration to the students. We extend our congratulations to him on his achieving this distinctive honor; (HLS 664)

the Town of Dixfield as it celebrates its bicentennial anniversary. The town was founded in 1789 by Colonel Jonathan Holman and was called Holmantown until its incorporation on June 21, 1803. Colonel Holman and wife Hannah Sibley's children are attributed with the actual settlement, having built their log homes on the common and later building 2 large stick-built frame homes and one brick home. We extend our congratulations to the good citizens of Dixfield on this anniversary; (HLS 665)

Christine Alessi, of Lincoln, who has earned the distinction of being named Salutatorian of the 2003 graduating class of Mattanawcook Academy. During her time at Mattanawcook Academy, Christine has been a strong contributor to the Math Team, earning the MVP award in grades 10 and 11. In the State Math Meet she placed 2nd in grade 11 and 4th in grade 12. She has also been active in the Mattanawcook Academy ski team, the National Honor Society, the Mock Trial team and the school musical. Christine is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist who plans to attend Cornell University in New York, majoring in biometrics and statistics. We extend our congratulations to Christine on these achievements; (HLS 666)

Cayle Pietras, of Chester, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2003 graduating class of Mattanawcook Academy. During his time at Mattanawcook Academy Cayle has been active in the National Honor Society and served as president of the Student Council and as editor of the school yearbook. He has also been a member of the math team, a member of the cast of the school musical for 5 years and has lettered in cross-country, indoor track and tennis. Cayle has been elected to the All-State Chorus for the last 2 years. He has recently been honored as a recipient of the Herff Jones National Principal's Leadership Award. He plans to study Liberal Arts at Columbia University in New York City. We extend our congratulations to Cayle on these achievements; (HLS 667)

Erika LaForge, of West Enfield, who has earned the distinction of being named Salutatorian of the 2003 graduating class of Penobscot Valley High School. She is the recipient of the United States Marine Corp Scholastic Excellence Award, the Outstanding Senior Portfolio, the Four-year Orchestra Award and Pin, the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award and Pin and the Voice of Democracy Merit Award. We extend our congratulations to Erika on these achievements; (HLS 668)

Edward Bernard, of West Enfield, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2003 graduating class of Penobscot Valley High School. He is the recipient of the United States Air Force Recruiting Math and Science Award, the United States Marine Corp Scholastic Excellence Award, the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award and Pin and the Voice of Democracy Merit Award. We extend our congratulations to Edward on these achievements; (HLS 669)

David Buzanoski, of Newport, who has earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of the 2003 graduating class of Nokomis Regional High School. David is the son of Edward and Monique Buzanoski. We send our congratulations to David on this achievement and extend to him our best wishes in his future endeavors; (HLS 670)

Heather Meyers, of Corinna, who has earned the distinction of being named Salutatorian of the 2003 graduating class of Nokomis Regional High School. Heather is the daughter of Thomas and Cynthia Meyers. We send our congratulations to Heather on this achievement and extend to her our best wishes in her future endeavors; (HLS 671)

Raymond B. Hart, of Sandy Point, on the occasion of his retirement from School Administration District #63. Ray has worked tirelessly since 1996 to promote education in SAD #63 and was instrumental in the building of the Patricia A. Moore Wing of Holbrook School. We thank him for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors; (HLS 672)

Henry and Miriam Leino, of Harrison, on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, September 5, 2003. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this very special occasion; (HLS 673)

the Reverend Ken Smith, of Parsonsfield, on his retirement as United Methodist Minister in Newfield. Reverend Smith has served the ministry in Maine and Massachusetts and has been very active in his community. He has served as treasurer of the Parsonsfield Public Library and auditor of the Newfield Historical Society, worked with the Co-operated Food Bank and been committed to keeping toxic waste out of Maine. Reverend Smith is a veteran of the United States Air Force. We acknowledge his dedicated service to his church, to his community and to the State of Maine and we extend our best wishes to him on his retirement; (HLS 674)

Martha Huff, of Hollis, upon her retirement as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Martha's dedication and years of service to the Town of Hollis have earned the respect and gratitude of her fellow citizens. Her contributions to the town's bicentennial celebration in 1998, along with her many hours of diligent work on the Poland Spring T.I.F. were remarkable. Martha was also instrumental in the establishment of the Hollis Municipal Fire Department. Her caring demeanor was clearly evident in the formation of Santa Helpers, through which she actively recruited help from town businesses so that there would be no child without a gift on Christmas morning. We wish Martha well and thank her for all that she has accomplished; (HLS 675)

the Town of Bristol on having the Pemaquid Point Light selected as the design for the Maine quarter. Built in the early 1800s above spectacular cliffs, the lighthouse is the subject of countless paintings and photographs and the site of many marriage ceremonies. We extend our congratulations to the Town of Pemaquid for being chosen to represent Maine in the 50 State Quarters Program; (HLS 676)

J. Franklin Howe, of Bath, a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and a member of the United States Air Force Reserves for many years, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He worked for 30 years with the Bath Savings Institution. He was elected to 2 terms of the office of Sagadahoc County Commissioner and retired as chairman. He was a trustee and office manager of the Davenport Trust Fund. Mr. Howe was a member of numerous civic and fraternal organizations and enjoyed helping people at the Patten Free Library, Bath YMCA, Bath Alumni Association and the Plant Memorial Home. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 677)

Steve Hunter, of Readfield, a senior at Maranacook Community School, who has been named Maine Student of the Year for the second year in a row by the American Association of Teachers of German. He was honored in a ceremony held at the Blaine House with Governor Baldacci. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Steve on his future endeavors; (HLS 678)

Roland W. Smith, of Wayne, at the age of 74. This farmer and logger was working in the woods, doing what he loved best, when his heart gave out. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 37 years, Allene; his 3 children, Laurie, Darrell and Brenda; his 3 grandchildren, whom he adored, Maria, Garrett and Megan; and all his siblings, friends and relatives; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 679)

the Destination Imagination Team from Holbrook School in Holden, on its outstanding achievement in placing 8th in the world at the global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include students Danny Wheeler, Ricky Adams, Brian Cowan, Michael Sekera, Kylie Hopkins and Kristy Kerns and Coaches Don Spencer and Anne Marie Wheeler. The team competed in the Theater Arts at Middle Level (6-8) in the instant challenge portion of the competition. We congratulate the team on its accomplishments at this "Once in a Lifetime Educational Event"; (HLS 680)

the Destination Imagination Team from Holbrook School in Holden, on its outstanding achievement in placing 42nd in the world at the global finals in Knoxville, Tennessee. Team members include students Anthony Castiglia, Sam Swanton, Sam Rioux, Nick Gramlich and Nat Hewett and Coach Yolanda Castiglia. The team competed in the Once Improve a Time at Middle Level (6-8). We congratulate the team on its accomplishments at this "Once in a Lifetime Educational Event"; (HLS 681)

Paul A. Penna, of Portland, on his retirement as Assistant Principal of Portland High School after 16 years of service to the most religiously and ethnically diverse high school community in Maine. A proud native of Portland, he graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in 1981 and the University of Southern Maine with a Master of Science in Education in 1985. Beginning his public service as a South Portland police officer, he served as a guidance counselor at Oxford Hills Junior High School and at Portland High School. In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Principal of Portland High School. For a decade he has served as advisor, advocate, firm counselor and friend to thousands of students. We salute him as he enters new challenges on his own road of life; (HLS 682)

the Scarborough High School Academic Decathlon Team, who have won the State Title. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the following members: Mike Mack, Tim Waterhouse, Will Orr, Ellen Thornton, Brian Vautin, Paul Jameson, Noah Cohen, Chris Buttarazzi, Jake Oliver, Michael Gill, Eric Pons and coach Ellen K. Ross; (HLS 683)

the following members of the Scarborough High School Girls Swimming Team, who have won the Class B State Championship: Tina Maples, Emily Kipp, Erika Diodati, Elizabeth Grotton, Kate Danforth, Kristen Davis, Jehna Flint, Stephanie Bragdon, Ashley Wheeler, Amanda Chamberlain, Maria Risbara, Sarah Russell, Ellen Thorton, Christina Dell'Olio, Ali Ronca, Katie Cella, Jenn Flaherty, Kelsey Bean, Kelly Clark, Seana Bamford, Brittany Quirk, Amanda Brown, Carrie Chykaliuk, Laura Wood and Jackie Maples. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them; (HLS 684)

Stephen T. Malcom, of Millinocket, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 57, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Stephen on this accomplishment; (HLS 685)

HTC Navy Chief John Oliver Brown, beloved father and friend and a founder of the town of Long Island, Maine. Born into a Navy family at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., he was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in China, Guam and ports in the Pacific. For over 40 years, he served his country as a Naval Recruiter in Maine and New England, retiring in 1987. Always active in his community, he was a member of the Bowdoinham Fire Department and a life member of VFW Post 9605, Long Island and the Fleet Reserve Association of South Portland, and he served on the Board of Directors of the Casco Bay Island Transit District. He was one of the founders of the Town of Long Island in Casco Bay in 1993, and was proudly elected "Mr. Long Island 2002" on the 4th of July in that year. He will be sadly missed by his family, fellow townspeople and wide circle of friends around his beloved Casco Bay; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 686)



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