Legislative record house appendix



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Jenna Arculeo, of Wayne, who has received the Girl Scout Silver Award. This is the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to Jenna on this accomplishment; (HLS 302)

Elizabeth Carter, of Kittery Point, who has received the Girl Scout Silver Award. This is the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to Elizabeth on this accomplishment; (HLS 303)

Mervin and Nancy Greene, of Fairfield, on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them as they celebrate this special event; (HLS 304)

the National Wildlife Refuge System of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, located in Old Town, on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to this service for continued successes; (HLS 305)

Alice "Sally" Joy DeLaite, of Kingman. She and her late husband, V. Herbert DeLaite, owned and operated DeLaite's Store in Macwahoc for 20 years. She will be sadly missed by family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 306)

Benjamin Everett, of Fort Fairfield, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations and best wishes; (HLS 307)

Fred Hale, Sr., a 112-year old former Maine resident, who is the oldest man in the United States of America. Mr. Hale was born December 1, 1890 in the Town of New Sharon and lived in the State of Maine for more than a century. A member of the Masons for more than 80 years, he worked as a railroad postal clerk, retiring in 1956. When he was 95 years of age he visited Japan and at age 100 he flew to Kentucky to go deer hunting. He was the only member of the hunting party to get a deer. Mr. Hale drove a vehicle until the age of 107. Attributing his longevity to bee pollen and honey, he now resides in an assisted-living community in Liverpool, New York. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 308)

William Michaud, of Friendship, who is retiring after 15 years of working with Big Brother/Big Sister. Through his efforts, the organization has expanded to the 3 counties of Lincoln, Knox and Waldo. He also served for 12 years with the Salvation Army raising money during Christmas and serving the needs of others. We appreciate his commitment to the betterment of those less fortunate and extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 309)

Faizann Shamsi, of Presque Isle, who has won the Aroostook County Regional Spelling Bee. This is the 2nd victory in 2 years for the 8th grade student at Cunningham Middle School. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 310)

the following members of the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School Cheerleaders Team, winners of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Competition: Randi Arsenault, Hannah Austin, Michelle Bisbee, Melissa Brown, Cara Brown, Alison Demers, Kelley Groves, Ashley Courington, Karley Estes, Jillian Larrivee, Victoria Linscott, Leona Merk, Dylan Smith, Kimberly Stetson, Mandi Stetson, Shelby Stevens and Coach Deborah Loveless. We extend our congratulations and best wishes; (HLS 311)

Raymond and Ruth Grover, of Eliot, on the occasion of their 60th Wedding Anniversary, March 28. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this special event; (HLS 312)

Shirley Devoe, of Limestone, on being named Woman of the Year by the Maine Agri-Women. For over 55 years, Shirley has farmed with her husband Arthur. During that time she rode the planter, supervised picking crews, cut seed and worked in the potato house during harvest. In addition, she served 2 terms on the Farm Service Agency Advisory Board and currently volunteers for Meals on Wheels. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her; (HLS 313)

Dwayne Leonard Scanlin, career firefighter, fire captain and emergency medical technician of Fairfield. He was employed by the Fairfield Fire Department for 30 years and was a member of the first training class held for Emergency Medical Technicians in 1972. A veteran of the United States Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, Dwayne was a self-employed mason for 32 years. We acknowledge his dedicated service to his profession, his community, his State and Nation. He will be sadly missed; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 314)

Lance Stuart, of Machias, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations and best wishes; (HLS 315)

the Hampden Academy Broncos Varsity Hockey Team, of Hampden, for winning the 2003 Eastern Maine Class B Hockey Championship. Under the leadership of Coach Tom King, this is the first championship in the 10-year hockey program. They demonstrated an exceptional team effort during the season and the team is a tribute to Hampden Academy. We extend our sincere congratulations to the Broncos on this tremendous milestone and on achieving this distinctive honor; (HLS 316)

Elsa L. Johnson, of Kittery, at her beloved home, Rustlewood Farm, which she and her husband of 61 years, Chester, established and operated. She was the mother of 9 children, grandmother of 21 and she had 3 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Johnson was an active member of her church and she will be remembered fondly for her love of cooking, especially her famous decorated cakes. She was an avid reader and a very hard worker who enjoyed gardening and preserving the items grown in her own gardens. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 317)

the following members of the Mountain Valley Boys Basketball Team, of Rumford, winners of the Class B Western Maine Championship: Josh Lyons, Marcus Palmer, Byron Glaus, Korey Staires, Craig Milledge, Kevin Gallant, Zach Fergola, Matt McCann, Jeremy Childs, Jesse Theriault, Travis Fergola, Richard Korhonen, Issac Stickney, Jarod Oldham and Coaches Ryan Casey and Scot New. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them; (HLS 318)

the Honorable Richard B. Brown, of South Berwick, recipient of the 2003 Citizen of the Year Award from the South Berwick Rotary Club. Dick's vision for the Town of South Berwick focused on a vibrant downtown. Through his community involvement as Town Manager for 10 years and his membership on the Board of Directors for Camp Agassiz and St. John's Masonic Lodge, he has been able to implement many community projects. He is currently the State Representative for District 4 serving North Berwick and part of South Berwick. We recognize his dedication and service to his community and extend our best wishes to him; (HLS 319)

Katie Robinson, of Gorham, who won a gold medal in Original Oration at the Maine Forensic League State Championship. The Cheverus High School sophomore has accumulated enough points to qualify for the Catholic Forensic League Competition in Virginia and the National Forensic League Competition in Georgia. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her; (HLS 320)

Wilfred Mercier, of Livermore Falls, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations to Wilfred on this accomplishment; (HLS 321)

Nathan Patrick Hamilton, of Livermore, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations to Nathan on this accomplishment; (HLS 322)

Orpha Davis, of Harrison, on the occasion of her 100th birthday, February 11. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her on this special event; (HLS 323)

Larry Harrison, of Washburn, recipient of the 2003 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 1977 he has been Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #177 in Washburn and, under his tutelage, 21 boys have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He is also an active member of the Lidstone Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Washburn Rotary Club and has twice chaired the annual Washburn August Festival Committee. We recognize and appreciate Larry's spirit of volunteerism and we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 324)

Bishop Michael Richard Cote, of Portland, who has been named the new Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, Connecticut. Born in Sanford to Paul and Alma Cote of Springvale, he graduated from St. Mary's Seminary College in Baltimore and then attended 4 years at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest by Pope Paul VI in 1975 and was ordained a bishop in 1995, making him one of the youngest bishops in the country. He will be leaving his position as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Portland to accept his new position. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Bishop Cote on his promotion; (HLS 325)

Brandon Andre Michaud, of Frenchville, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. Son of Robert and Jeannette Michaud, Brandon's community service project consisted of organizing and reconstructing the St. Agatha Recreational Park. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on his accomplishment; (HLS 326)

Frank and Joyce (Dufour) Martin, of Frenchville, on their retirement as owners of Martin's Service for 30 years. Active members of their community, Frank was a past commander of Cyr Plourde Post #145 and a volunteer firefighter; Joyce was past president of the Women's Auxiliary. They are the proud parents of 3 children and 3 grandchildren. We recognize their business and civic contributions to the people of St. John's Valley and extend our congratulations and best wishes; (HLS 327)

Geraldine Chasse, of St. David, who has been voted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame. She was a charter member of the Acadian Cultural Committee and the Maine Acadian Heritage Council. In addition, she founded the Madawaska Historical Society and was instrumental in starting 6 other historical societies in the St. John Valley. She also created the Genealogy Research Center at the Madawaska Public Library and the Acadian Cultural Exchange of northern Maine. In 1970 Geraldine began publication of the Madawaska Historical Society Newsletter and has also published extensively on local Acadian history and folklore. She was a primary organizer of the Annual Acadian Festival, serves on the advisory board of the Acadian Archives and was a member of the St. John Valley Tourist Bureau. Geraldine was the first recipient of the Acadian Achievement Award and was selected as Madawaska's Citizen of the Month by the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce. We recognize her continuing efforts in genealogy and research and extend our best wishes to her; (HLS 328)

Ben Levine, of Rockland, who has been inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame. The film maker was recognized for his efforts over the past 30 years to document the repression and renaissance of the French culture in New England. He is presently on tour with his latest film "Reveil: Waking up French", an epic story of New England's largest minority. This documentary revisits the people and issues in his 1980 film "Si Je Comprends Bien", which explored language and power in the context of the first Quebec referendum for independence. The film also documents the recent dynamic push among young Franco-Americans to reclaim their ancestral language. Ben is a winner of the prestigious ITVA Gold and Silver Award for corporate communications, the Broderson Gold Award for broadcast public service and the NAGC Gold Screen Award for public information. He has also been recognized by the Maine Commission on the Arts, the Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on receiving this honor; (HLS 329)

Guy Dubay, of Madawaska, who has been inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame. He is a well-known genealogist, respected historian, writer, international lecturer, educator and administrator. He has been active in many organizations, including historical societies, the Maine Humanities Council, the Maine League of Historical Societies, the Canadian-American Institute, the Acadian Festival Committee, the Stockholm Tri-cultural Committee and the Acadian Archives at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Mr. Dubay's published works include the historical document "Chez Nous: the St. John Valley" and the play "Justice for All". He was also the presenter for MPBN's "Reflets et Lumieres". We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on receiving this prestigious honor; (HLS 330)

the Michaud Family, whose reunion will be held in Madawaska in June 2003. In 1656 Pierre Micheau, son of Antoine Michel and Marie of Fontenay-Le-Comte in the diocese of Malsais in Poitou, France, came to New France, Quebec, Canada settling in Cote de Beaupre, where he married Marie Ancelin. In the 1700's, the Michaud ancestors had settled in Kamouraska, Quebec and began migrating to other parts of the world, including Madawaska. The Michaud descendants have distinguished themselves in a variety of public and private professions. We extend our best wishes to the Michaud Family as they celebrate family and renew acquaintances and friendships; (HLS 331)

Chief Steve French, of Minot, a member of the Minot Fire Department, who has received the Level One Certified Fire Chief Award from the Maine Fire Chiefs Association. We extend our congratulations and best wishes; (HLS 332)

Cindy Williams, of Brunswick, who has received the Girl Scout Silver Award. This is the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to Cindy on this accomplishment; (HLS 333)

Jayme Kennedy, of Brunswick, who has received the Girl Scout Silver Award. This is the highest award in Cadette Girl Scouting and is given for excellence in skills development, leadership, personal growth and community service. We extend our congratulations to Jayme on this accomplishment; (HLS 334)

Ryan Michael Celli, of Brewer, a member of Boy Scout Troop #15, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. As his community service project, Ryan helped construct and install covered seating at the Brewer pool. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on this accomplishment; (HLS 335)

Elaine Paul, of Eliot, recipient of the Fabyan Drake Good Citizen Award. This award was presented to Elaine for her many years of dedicated public service. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her; (HLS 336)

Anthony J. Neves, of Freedom, who recently retired as the State Tax Assessor, after nearly 8 years in that position. A doctoral candidate mathematician, an educator and a professional tax auditor and administrator for over 24 years, Tony is known as a tireless advocate for equitable tax law, effective tax administration and the fair application of the State's tax law to its citizens. His skillful command of Maine Revenue Services has been a major element in the success of tax administration in the State and his departure is noted with great sadness. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Tony is a dry bean farmer, talented marine craftsman, sailor and family man. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him in his well-earned retirement; (HLS 337)

Billi Blanchard, of Presque Isle, who has been selected for the Big East Conference Class A All-Conference First Team. Billi is a Presque Isle High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team member. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to her; (HLS 338)

Tim Prescott, of Presque Isle, who has received the Big East Conference Service Award. The Presque Isle High School Boys Varsity Basketball coach, who is a 4-time Coach of the Year, has been coaching for 18 years. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 339)

Jeff Hudson, of Presque Isle, who has been named the Big East Conference Class A Coach of the Year. Jeff is coach of the Presque Isle High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 340)

Kevin Sjoberg, of Presque Isle, recipient of the 2002 Maine Sportswriter of the Year Award from the National Sportscenters and Sportswriters Association. Kevin has been the sports editor for the Star Herald in Presque Isle and the Aroostook Republic in Caribou for 15 years. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 341)

Fred Bird, of Presque Isle, who has been selected for the Big East Conference Class A All-Conference First Team. Fred is a Presque Isle High School Boys Varsity Basketball Team member. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 342)

Laurel "Sonny" Green, of Presque Isle, recipient of the 2003 Citizen of the Year Award, presented by the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. He worked for the Maine Public Service Company for 41 years, retiring as the energy management services director. Laurel is very active with the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club and serves as the chairperson of the Home, Garden and Recreation Show, the organization's largest fund raiser. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 343)

the Katahdin Trust Company, of Presque Isle, recipient of the 2003 Business of the Year Award presented by the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. A strong community supporter, Katahdin Trust contributed almost $60,000 and more than 3000 volunteer hours to local projects as well as helping raise $7,000 for the American Red Cross and the United Way of Aroostook. We recognize the commitment of Katahdin Trust to the local economy and its people; (HLS 344)

G. Melvin Hovey, of Presque Isle, recipient of the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce. He worked for the Maine Public Service Company and was elected its President and CEO. In addition, he has served on numerous boards and organizations, including the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club, First Citizens Bank and the Maine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We recognize Mr. Hovey's leadership, integrity and volunteerism and extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 345)

the Winslow High School Girls Field Hockey Team, which won the 2002 Class B State Championship, and in extending our congratulations and best wishes to the team on its achievement; (HLS 346)

the Freeport High School Ski Team, winners of the Class C State Championship: Martin Bretigniere, Tyler Callnan, Logan Comber, Tyler Davis, Daniel Enking, Adrian Gross, Max Hames, Nick Heinz, Scott Hendee, Erik Krahn, Benjamin LeHay, Nick Martin, Rusty Milholland, Max Neale, Frank Roy, Daniel Sandberg, Wade Schwanda and Kyle Warren. We congratulate the Freeport Falcons on their second win in 3 years and extend our best wishes to them; (HLS 347)

the Franco-American Heritage Collection at the University of Southern Maine's Lewiston-Auburn College. This archival collection originated from a project in 1972 by the students at St. Dominic's High School under the guidance of teacher JoAnne LaPointe. These historical documents soon expanded to become "Centre d'Heritage Franco Americain", and in 1990 were given by the Centre's trustees to the Lewiston-Auburn College. Since that time, due in large part to the work of Madeleine Giguere, the Centre director from 1990 to 1996, and other volunteers, this collection has continued to be preserved, enhanced and made accessible to all who are interested in the region's rich Franco-American heritage; (HLS 348)

Jeffrey Osborne, of East Millinocket, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Jeffrey on this accomplishment; (HLS 349)

Lee E. Perry, of Wayne, who has served as the Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife since 1997. Before becoming commissioner, he held various positions at the State's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife from 1967-84. While there, he planned and implemented a statewide wildlife management program for game and non-game population management, research and habitat management and also worked with a variety of organizations and agencies at the state and national levels on wildlife issues. In 1984 he began serving the Arizona Game and Fish Department as the assistant director of field operations and then as assistant director of special services. Since being appointed by Governor Angus King, Lee's management skills have been recognized as being instrumental in restoring the department's fiscal integrity and ensuring that constituency concerns were considered in developing scientific wildlife management policies. He has earned the respect of diverse interest groups for his professionalism and for building a strong relationship between traditional sportsmen and other wildlife enthusiasts. We recognize and appreciate Lee's many contributions to the State and we extend our congratulations and best wishes to him; (HLS 350)

Fred Hurley, of Wayne, on his retirement from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Known affectionately as "Mr. Fish and Wildlife", Fred started his career as a Regional Biologist in the Augusta area in 1970 and quickly moved to the position of Wildlife Resources Planner. The following year he was promoted to Director of the Bureau of Resource Management. He served as Deputy Commissioner from 1998 to the time of his retirement. We recognize his dedication and many contributions to the State and we congratulate him on his retirement; (HLS 351)

Charles J. Wesley, of Phippsburg, who has attained the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout. For his community service project, Charles organized, oversaw and worked at the refurbishing and leveling of Cushman Field in Phippsburg. This recreational field is frequently used by the elementary school, the community and the Bath Area Little League. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Charles on his accomplishments; (HLS 352)

Doris Provencher Faucher, of Biddeford, author of a series of historical novels about the evolution of the French presence in North America. The first book in this highly documented series, The Virgin Forest, depicts the early settlement of the St. Lawrence River Valley in the mid-1600's. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Doris on her accomplishments; (HLS 353)

the immigration of the French Canadians to Waterville in 1820. Many from the Beauce region of Quebec followed Jean Baptist Maheaux, the first settler in the area, as they sought work in the textile and shoe industries. We acknowledge their important presence in the Waterville area and applaud their many contributions; (HLS 354)

Joseph D. Silverman, of Portland, the founder of Century Tire Company. He started the Washington Avenue business with no inside service bays and his employees consisted of his 4 brothers. Mr. Silverman built the first retread plant in the State and, in 1947, he became an original director for the New England Tire Dealers Association, in which he was active for many years. He also served on the advisory council for Firestone Tire and Rubber Company during the 1950's and eventually became the largest Firestone dealer north of Boston. As further proof of his business acumen, Mr. Silverman built the Minute Man Car Wash on Marginal Way which was the first car wash in the State, and which now houses the automotive service department of Century Tire Company. His civic contributions were numerous and included memberships in many fraternal organizations. He was a member of Temple Beth El, the Riverside Golf Course and the Portland Boys and Girls Club, where he was lovingly known as "Papa Joe". This successful businessman will be long remembered for his many gifts, including his keen sense of humor, his vivacious personality and his generosity. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 68 years, Bertha Visnick Silverman, his family, friends and community; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 355)

the Honorable Paul Tessier, of Fairfield, who is retiring after 12 years as Clinical Director of the Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers. He will assume his new position as President of the Northeast Bio-Tech Corridor. We extend our congratulations to him on his retirement and extend our best wishes to him in his new position; (HLS 356)



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