Legislative record house appendix



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Michael Wilson, of Gray, who is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Farming in Maine Award, sponsored by the Libra Foundation and presented at the 2005 National Holstein Convention. Mr. Wilson, a second-generation farmer, purchased Spring Vale Farm in 1961. Over the years, he with his wife Marilyn and their 3 daughters worked the farm into the Wilsondale Farm. After almost 45 years of farming in Gray, Mr. Wilson has been acknowledged for his years of steady, unwavering dedication to farming, breeding and the milk industry. His herd has contributed to the hormone-free milk supply of Oakhurst Dairy, and his breeding program of Registered Holsteins has brought international exposure to Wilsondale Farm, enticing visitors from around the globe. We extend our congratulations to him and his family on their achieving this distinction and well-deserved award and thank him for his contributions to the dairy breeding industry; (HLS 1414)

Landis Green, of Bangor, Head of School of John Bapst Memorial High School, who has been chosen to participate in the Klingenstein Visiting Fellows Program at Columbia University. As one of only 20 heads of independent schools worldwide selected for the two-week program, Mr. Green will participate in intensive study and reflection and will examine education issues and policies. Mr. Green has a proven reputation as a leader within the John Bapst community, having brought the school through Phase II of its strategic planning process. He has served 2 years as a summer faculty member of the National Association of Independent Schools' School Leadership Institute. He has initiated a series of ethics training through the Institute for Global Ethics for faculty, staff and students and has cosponsored the school's Civil Rights Team. We commend Mr. Green for his tremendous efforts and dedication to his profession and wish him continued success in the years to come; (HLS 1415)

Harold M. Boyer, of Millinocket, who was a veteran of World War II and a longtime employee of Great Northern Paper Company. Mr. Boyer served in the United States Navy and was stationed in China. He worked for Great Northern Paper for 27 years and was a former member of Oddfellows and the Northern Timber Cruisers snowmobile club. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and his friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1416)

the Town of Harrison on the occasion of its 200th anniversary of incorporation. Settled in 1792, the town was incorporated in 1805 from portions of Otisfield and Bridgton, and it set off land to form part of Naples in 1834. Located in the scenic foothills of the White Mountains, Harrison is the northernmost town in Cumberland County. Named after Harrison Gray Otis, it lies between Crooked River and Long Lake. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the good citizens of Harrison on their bicentennial celebration; (HLS 1417)

Jack Pelkey, of Medway, who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his loving wife of 46 years, Linda, his family and his many friends. Mr. Pelkey loved carving in wood, and his work warmed the lives, homes and camps of people throughout the country; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1418)

Lorelee A. Crawford, of Millinocket, president of the Millinocket Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her loving family and many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1419)

Katie Delong, of Presque Isle, who has set a new school record for soccer with her 38th career goal. Katie has led her team, the Lady Wildcats, in scoring for the 3 years she has played soccer. We extend our congratulations to Katie on this accomplishment and wish her luck in this year's season; (HLS 1420)

Second Class Petty Officer Gabriel J. Knight, of Buxton, for his 6 years of service with the United States Navy, primarily on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. We extend our appreciation to Second Class Petty Officer Knight for his commitment to his country; (HLS 1421)

Tess' Market, of Brunswick, on its 50th year of serving the greater Brunswick community. Owned by Hervey Tessier, now retired, the store sells wines of all kinds, sandwiches, pizza and other convenience items. Now in the capable hands of his daughters, Phyllis Lamarre and Anne Tessier-Talbot, the store continues to cultivate a loyal clientele from Boston and throughout Maine. Mr. Tessier and his family exemplify the best of Maine's small businesses, and we extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this anniversary; (HLS 1422)

Frank Knight, of Yarmouth, on the 80th anniversary of his high school graduation from North Yarmouth Academy. One of the oldest citizens of Yarmouth, Mr. Knight is still active in the Yarmouth and North Yarmouth Academy communities and is referred to by many as the "gentleman" of Yarmouth for his philanthropic and volunteer work. He is the highly respected official tree warden in town and has done much for the town and the school concerning their trees. We acknowledge his dedicated service to his community and we send him our best wishes on this remarkable anniversary; (HLS 1423)

Petty Officer Third Class Travis L. Donald, of Wilton, who has returned from active duty in Iraq. We have been blessed with generations of men and women like Petty Officer Donald who have stepped forward to fight for the security of this nation so that we might continue to enjoy liberty and freedom. We join citizens throughout the State in welcoming Petty Officer Donald home to America and in extending our appreciation to him for his commitment to the United States military; (HLS 1424)

Gary M. Downs, of Industry, on the occasion of his retirement as President of the Franklin Savings Bank. Mr. Downs, originally from Rumford, has worked for the Franklin Savings Bank for 31 years, the last 12 as president and chief executive officer. The bank is 137 years old and is the only locally owned bank in Franklin County. Under Mr. Downs' leadership, the bank has grown to $290 million in assets and has earned the label "Strongest Bank in Maine" by Weiss Ratings, Inc. Mr. Downs has also been named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Farmington Rotary Club in 2005 and has served as president of the American Institute of Bankers, as well as serving on many other community organizations. We acknowledge his dedicated commitment to his profession and to his community, and we send him our best wishes on his retirement; (HLS 1425)

Francis R. and Barbara A. Hamilton Carroll, of Limerick, on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, October 22, 2005. Mr. and Mrs. Carroll have 6 children and 16 grandchildren. They are the owners of F.R. Carroll, Inc. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this special occasion; (HLS 1426)

Peter Reed, of Owl's Head, on the occasion of his retirement as Harbormaster of Owl's Head. Mr. Reed was appointed harbormaster in 1972 and became the first harbormaster elected in the State of Maine when it became an elected position in 1989. He has served the town of Owl's Head in various positions since 1948 and he has a long history of valuable fishing and boating experience. We acknowledge his exemplary service to his community, and we send him our best wishes on his retirement; (HLS 1427)

Gerald E. "Jerry" Wiles, of Wilton, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, October 15, 2005. He and his wife Roma have been married for 47 years. They have 2 children, 3 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to him on this special occasion; (HLS 1428)

Joe Corriveau, 89, of Patten, for his many years of community service entertaining elderly shut-ins in Aroostook County. Mr. Corriveau, with his partner Verna MacArthur, has been volunteering his time since 1982, doing at least 5 musical shows a month in local nursing homes across the county and at the Houlton Regional Hospital. He has traveled more than 45,000 miles over the years, entertaining as far north as Eagle Lake, Frenchville, Madawaska and Caribou. For all the happiness he has brought others over the years, he feels he has gotten at least as much in return. We acknowledge his dedicated service to the people of his community and we send him our best wishes; (HLS 1429)

Verna MacArthur, 86, of Island Falls, for her many years of community service entertaining elderly shut-ins in Aroostook County. Mrs. MacArthur, with her partner Joe Corriveau, has been volunteering her time since 1982 doing at least 5 musical shows a month in local nursing homes across the county and at the Houlton Regional Hospital. She has traveled more than 45,000 miles over the years entertaining as far north as Eagle Lake, Frenchville, Madawaska and Caribou. For all the happiness she has brought others over the years, she feels she has gotten at least as much in return. We acknowledge Mrs. MacArthur's dedicated service to the people of her community and we send her our best wishes; (HLS 1430)

Clifford and Maida Grass, of Mars Hill, on the occasion of their 65th Wedding Anniversary, October 17, 2005. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to them on this special occasion; (HLS 1431)

Virginia Millward Phillips, of Portland, beloved mother and grandmother, civic activist and faithful member of the Portland Friends Meeting. The daughter of William Bolton Millward, Sr., and Alberta Weymouth Millward, she was a graduate of Deering High School and Westbrook Junior College and continued lifelong learning at the University of Southern Maine. A Camp Fire Girl in her youth, she served as codirector of Camp Hitinowa in Litchfield, one of Maine's first Camp Fire Girl camps, and later Camp Ka-ya-ne for girls at Winslow Park in Freeport. Devoted to youth causes, she worked at the Chicago YWCA and as director of residence at the Portland YWCA. An expert seamstress, she worked at the Pride's Training School and crafted ballet costumes for the Dorothy Mason School of Dance. She was an event organizer for the Women's Literary Union and the Marston-Kotzchmar Club. She wrote the history of the Portland Friends Meeting and lived the Quaker principles of simplicity, dedication and civic participation all her life. Although a world traveler, she was fondest of family times on Maine's coast and inland lakes. She will be sadly missed by her family, many friends and the wide circle of people she reached through her devotion and generosity in Maine, her beloved "Pine Tree State"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1432)

Elvin S. "Bud" Winckler, Jr., of Portland and South Portland, actor, raconteur and lifelong advocate of the performing arts. Mr. Winckler was born in Portland, the son of Elvin S. Winckler, Sr., and Eleanor Corey Curtis. He was a graduate of Deering High School and the Caston Drama School. Enchanted by the theater from an early age, he studied dancing at the Three Arts Studio and the Dorothy Mason School of Dance. He performed professionally at the Columbia Hotel, the Saco House and Portland's Graymore Hotel during the cabaret era of the 1940s and 1950s. On stage his professional career included performing many summers at Greenwood Gardens on Peaks Island, with such actors as Rod Steiger and Maureen Stapleton, the Kennebunkport Playhouse and the Barnstormers Theater in Tamworth, New Hampshire, with many stars of the stage and screen, and performing at the Coconut Grove Theater in Florida. He shared his beautiful voice and enthusiasm with audiences as a performer, producer and director with the Portland Players and the Lyric Music Theater for many decades and in local commercials during the early years of television. He will be sadly missed by his loving family, his many theater friends and loyal fans and the many young people he encouraged in the performing arts, believing, with Shakespeare, that "all the world's a stage"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1433)

Mark H. Sangster, of Scarborough, advertising executive, public-spirited citizen and animal protection activist. Mr. Sangster was born in Portland and was a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School. He was a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern Maine. His advertising career extended over 25 years as manager and consultant for various firms and publications, including the Maine Times, Guy Gannett Publishing, Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc. and Accent Home and Garden. Deeply concerned with the well-being of animals, he rescued Old English sheepdogs and proudly served 8 years as president of the board of directors of the Animal Refuge League, Westbrook, developing valuable adoption programs. As a professional breeder of purebred Maine coon cats, he was instrumental in winning designation of that rarebreed by the Legislature as Maine's official state cat in 1986. A student of Maine history, he cofounded William King Day, a statewide commemoration of the birthday of Maine's first governor. He served as past Master of the William King Masonic Lodge #219 in Scarborough. Believing that every citizen must do his part, he ran for the State Senate in 2000 and served as consultant for many campaigns for his beloved Republican Party. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 27 years, Hilary, his wide circle of friends and all those he knew him in the civic and business affairs of Maine, his beloved "Pine Tree State"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1434)

Strong Elementary School, which has been selected as a Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. The school was nominated by the Maine Department of Education last year for its consistently high performances on the Maine Education Assessment tests. Schools applying for Blue Ribbon recognition must also be in the top 10 percent on state assessment scores in both reading and math and show good yearly progress. Strong Elementary School was ranked as the only school in Maine in which more than 50 percent of the students met the state standards in all 4 categories of reading, writing, math and science. We extend our congratulations to the staff and students of the Strong Elementary School on their receiving this distinguished recognition; (HLS 1435)

Autumn Proudlove, of West Enfield, 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 Autumn on this accomplishment; (HLS 1436)

Chief Petty Officer Rene' Catholine Tolan Wiesner, of Otis, on the occasion of her retirement from active duty with the United States Navy. Chief Wiesner joined the Navy in 1984. While serving on the U.S.S. Hunley, she authored the Standard Operating and Troubleshooting Procedures for the Snap I System, which were incorporated by SUBLANT and distributed throughout the Submarine Tender Fleet. She also authored the fleet-wide instructions for loading Ephemeris Data into the Naval Terminal Data Node, allowing fleet access to satellite communications. Chief Wiesner was one of the first former Data Processing Technicians to qualify as Chief Watch Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station in Guam. She is now the Recruiter in Charge at the Naval Recruiting Station in Bangor. Chief Wiesner has been the recipient of numerous awards during her career. We extend our appreciation to Chief Wiesner for her commitment to the military and send our best wishes for her future endeavors; (HLS 1437)

Julia McGuire, of Augusta, a student at the University of Maine, who has been named a 2005 Morris K. Udall Scholar. Ms. McGuire, who is also a University of Maine Presidential Scholar and a recipient of the Margaret Chase Smith Scholarship, is one of 81 scholars in the nation to receive this honor. The Morris K. Udall Scholarship is given to recognize a student's commitment to a career in the environment, health care or tribal public policy, leadership potential and academic achievement. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Ms. McGuire on her achievements; (HLS 1438)

Brandon Steven Crouse, 18, of Brunswick, the beloved son of the Honorable Steven Crouse and Shelby (Schmersal) Crouse. He was a 2005 graduate of Brunswick High School and was a student at the University of Southern Maine. He was a creative and much-loved son, brother, cousin, uncle and grandson and a friend to many. He was a talented writer, music lover and sportsman. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1439)

Augustine R. Grassi, of Portland, beloved friend, family man and concerned community activist. A proud Portland native, he was the son of Gregory and Lucia Pecoraro Grassi. He attended Portland schools and was a lifelong member of the Bricklayers Union, building many structures with his own hands in the original Maine Mall in South Portland, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and scores of industrial and residential structures still standing in Greater Portland. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the AmVets. A communicant of Sacred Heart Church in the Parkside neighborhood in Portland, he was a cofounder of the Parkside Neighborhood Association and an anchor of its efforts to improve the life and safety of Sherman Street, his longtime home. Always cheerful, patient and sharing of life's blessings, he will be deeply missed by his devoted wife and children, large family and many grandchildren and the wide circle of friends touched by his kind nature and generous spirit in Portland, Longfellow's beloved city "that is seated by the sea"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1440)

District 19 of the United States Power Squadrons, on the special occasion of its 50th Anniversary of providing boating safety through education. United States Power Squadrons is a national nonprofit organization that teaches boating safety and provides free vessel safety checks to the boating public. District 19 includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. We acknowledge the valuable service that this organization provides to Northern New England and send our congratulations on this anniversary; (HLS 1441)

Ralph Lurvey Colby, of South Thomaston, on the occasion of his 90th Birthday, September 15, 2005. He is the son of the late William W. and Dora (Lurvey) Colby. Some of Ralph's earlier occupations included serving as an able-bodied seaman and, in 1932, as a deckhand on the steamer J.T. Morse, the last side-wheeler to operate on Penobscot Bay. Following his service with the merchant marine, Mr. Colby returned home to learn the trade of lobsterman. He continues to stay active on the water, having recently taken up the sport of kayaking. We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Colby on his 90th birthday; (HLS 1442)

Grace Bellows, of Fairfield, on the special occasion of her 100th Birthday, November 15, 2005. Mrs. Bellows holds the Boston Post Cane as the oldest resident of Fairfield and still remains active, enjoying gardening and enjoying life in her community. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Bellows on the centennial celebration of her life; (HLS 1443)

Robert M. Bouchard, of Millinocket, who worked for Great Northern Paper Company for 32 years. Mr. Bouchard served in the United States Navy from 1950 to 1954. He retired from the paper company as a millwright in 1995. He was a lifelong member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 1521, a member of Carpenters and Joiners Local No. 658 and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family and his many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1444)

Madeline Tardy, of Millinocket, on the occasion of her retirement from Key Bank after twenty six and a half years of faithful service. We extend our congratulations to her and send her our best wishes on her future endeavors; (HLS 1445)

the Helena H. Dyer Elementary School, in South Portland. The school first opened its doors on September 5, 1972. On September 6, 2005, a newly renovated Dyer Elementary School opened, representing the final piece in a community-supported renovation plan for South Portland's elementary schools. Dyer Elementary School exemplifies the finest tradition and heritage of neighborhood schools with a climate of rigorous academic expectations and a strong culture of parent and community involvement. Staff, students, parents and administrators work together in a partnership that fulfills the South Portland School Department's mission of "Enriching Lives through ;Quality Learning for All;"; (HLS 1446)

the Portland Players, the State's oldest community theater, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary. The theater was founded in 1931 as the Portland Dramatic Guild. The theater has produced hundreds of plays and musicals and is known for the high quality and range of its shows as well as the professionalism of its actors, directors and production people. The theater is a cultural centerpiece in the region and is rooted firmly in the community theater tradition, engaging local amateur and professional actors and singers and relying on the strength of the people in the community. The Portland Players continues to be an asset and gift to the community. We extend our appreciation to the Portland Players for its commitment in presenting quality theater to the citizens of Maine and congratulate it on its 75th anniversary; (HLS 1447)

Chrystal Welch, of Wilton, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, November 3, 2005. Mrs. Welch has been married to her husband Alton for 68 years. They have 3 sons and 19 grandchildren. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Welch on this special occasion; (HLS 1448)

Alton Welch, of Wilton, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, April 17, 2005. Mr. Welch has been married to his wife Chrystal for 68 years. They have 3 sons and 19 grandchildren. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Welch on this special occasion; (HLS 1449)

the Dance Connection, in Fairfield, and its Director Jodi Ireland, who will represent the State of Maine at Dance Excellence, an international dance event held in Los Angeles, California on April 8-15, 2006. Directors and dance schools from each state, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Australia, Scotland, Gibraltar, Spain, Germany, Singapore and Canada have been selected to represent their areas in workshops, classes and performances. We extend our congratulations to Ms. Ireland, and we send her our best wishes as she and the Dance Connection represent the State of Maine at this event; (HLS 1450)

Phillip and Jeanne Whittemore, residents of 98 Main Street in Norway, on the occasion of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Whittemore were married by the Reverend Albert N. Smith in the West Paris Universalist Church on June 19, 1955. Mr. Whittemore owned and operated Whittemore's Auto Body Shop for 20 years, and Mrs. Whittemore worked at Sanborn's Motor Express and Ed Thayer Trucking for a total of 32 years. We extend our congratulations to them on this Golden Anniversary and send our best wishes on their future happiness; (HLS 1451)

Corporal Adam Babin, of North Yarmouth. Corporal Babin is a member of the United States Marine Corps, serving in Bravo Company of the 4th Combat Engineer Battalion out of Roanoke, Virginia. Corporal Babin has spent 9 months in Iraq in Front Communication Radio capacity. We have been blessed with generations of men and women like Corporal Babin who have stepped forward to fight for the security of this Nation so that we might continue to enjoy liberty and freedom. We join citizens throughout the State in extending our appreciation to him for his commitment to the United States military; (HLS 1452)

Barbara Ekemsky Hikel, of Orono, wife, mother, grandmother, community leader and longtime employee of the University of Maine. Mrs. Hikel was born in Augusta and graduated from Cony High School and Gates Business School. She was married to Rudolph Hikel and she was active in many community activities, including the School Board, SIECUS and the Girl Scouts, while raising 6 children. In 1981, she went to work for the University of Maine, where she served in diverse positions, most notably as financial manager of Research and Graduate Studies, until her retirement in 2000. Mrs. Hikel was devoted to her family and to her friends and promoted the status of women. She was also dedicated to the students, staff, faculty and administration and had a passion for improving the lives of everyone in the university community. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her loving husband Rudolph, her family and her many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 1453)



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