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Rick Hardy, of Farmington, who has been named Wal-Mart's 2006 State Teacher of the Year by the Phi Delta Kappa International Education Association. Cosponsored by Wal-Mart, the award brings with it a $10,000 donation to the school. Mr. Hardy is a fifth-grade teacher at Cascade Brook School in Farmington and has taught for 31 years. He was also winner of the local Teacher of the Year Award. He was nominated for Teacher of the Year by members of the community because of his experience and positive attitude in the classroom. We extend our appreciation to Mr. Hardy for his commitment to the youth of the State and congratulate him on his winning this award; (HLS 2240)

Cassie Roix, of Presque Isle, on the celebration of her 100th birthday, September 26, 2006. Mrs. Roix was born in Canada and moved to Presque Isle at the age of 11. She and her husband Wallace were married for 50 years and raised 5 children. Mrs. Roix loves sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking and gardening. She has 21 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mrs. Roix on this very special occasion; (HLS 2241)

William Mason Trask, of Old Orchard Beach and Mt. Desert Island, beloved father, friend and social activist for the rights of the mentally ill. A native of Caribou, he was the son of Reverend Joseph Mason Trask and Elizabeth MacDonald Trask of Southwest Harbor. He attended Vermont Academy and in 1978 graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Nasson College, where he was awarded the Senior Cup for outstanding leadership and scholarship. For the United States Defense Department he worked on the "Star Wars" initiative in the South Pacific and later served as Human Resources manager for the James River Corporation in Old Town and the General Signal Corporation of Pittsfield. Always active in politics, he was a pioneering advocate for the rights of the mentally challenged in federal forums and in the Maine State Legislature. An avid Red Sox fan, he was a dedicated volunteer coach for youth sports and the Boy Scouts. He will be deeply missed by his dear friend and former spouse, his beloved twin children and the wide circle of friends and family he touched with his tenacity, strong spirit of sharing and sense of the joy to be found in life despite all obstacles; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2242)

the University of Maine at Farmington, upon its being named for the tenth consecutive year as one of "America's Best Colleges" by the prestigious magazine U.S. News & World Report. The University of Maine at Farmington appears in the college guide's annual ranking, capturing second place in its geographic region, "Top Public Comprehensive Colleges- Bachelor's, in the North." This high ranking assures Maine students that Maine provides excellent and affordable higher education. We extend our congratulations to all the members of the University community who have worked with such diligence over the years to achieve this notable ranking; (HLS 2243)

Richard "Dick" John Rush, of Millinocket, a veteran of World War II and longtime firefighter. Mr. Rush died just a month short of his 90th birthday and he was the last of 13 children of Agnes and Frank W. Rush, one of the earliest settlers of Millinocket. He was president of Frank W. Rush and Sons Lumber and Hardware on Main Street for many years. He joined the Millinocket Fire Department in the 1950s as a volunteer. In 1967 he assumed the position of Assistant Fire Chief and in 1977 he was appointed Fire Chief. He was a member of the Maine State Fireman's Association and a lifelong member of the American Legion. We acknowledge his dedicated service to his community and to the Nation. He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife Mildred, his family and many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2244)

Mark Andrews, of Wales, who has been named Volunteer of the Month by the Rural Community Action Ministries. Mr. Andrews has been a committee member of the ministries for about 15 years. He has been on the Board of Directors and is now on the Emergency Shelter Committee. Mr. Andrews likes and works well with all people and enjoys volunteering. We extend our appreciation to Mr. Andrews for his commitment to the citizens of his community; (HLS 2245)

Bob Walker, of Monmouth, for his years of dedicated service to the citizens of Monmouth. Mr. Walker served as a director of the Monmouth Federal Credit Union for 50 years. When he first started as a director, the credit union had $5,000; today it is a multi-million-dollar financial institution. The credit union was moved from place to place in the early years and was even located in Mr. Walker's house for several years. In June of 2002, the credit union was moved to its current location, and to honor Bob the new facility was named "The Walker Building." We extend our appreciation to Mr. Walker for his commitment to the citizens of the State; (HLS 2246)

Patricia Marsden-Magee, of Farmingdale, beloved wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Marsden-Magee graduated from Cony High School and attended the Waterville School of Nursing, where she earned her degree in nursing. In 1982 she opened Twin Cedars Boarding Home, specializing in providing health care and living facilities for Veterans Administration patients. She operated Twin Cedars Boarding Home with the highest level of care and consideration for all of her patients. Mrs. Marsden-Magee will be remembered for the care and active lifestyle she provided the honorable men and women who served their country in the United States military. Most of all, she will be remembered for her humanity and unselfish care of others. Mrs. Marsden-Magee will be greatly missed by her husband, Paul W. Magee, her children, Deborah, Victoria and Bert, and her grandchildren, Ashley, Avery, Logan, Madison, Stella, Lucas, Danielle, Chrissy, Justin, Jasmine, Brittany, Zack, Tyler, Nick and Alex; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2247)

Francis and Shirley Richard, of Milford, upon the celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Richard were married on September 3, 1956 and are lifelong residents of the Old Town area. They have two children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. They maintain a family-owned business and are active in charitable work in the community through the Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, Knights of Columbus Women's Auxiliary and Red Hat Society. Mr. Richard also dedicates his time to local concerns as Chair of the Milford Select Board. We send them our congratulations and best wishes on their Golden Anniversary; (HLS 2248)

the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, on the celebration of the ninety-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China, which is on October 10, 2006. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston represents the interests of the Republic of China in New England and has helped strengthen that nation's ties with the State of Maine. We extend our congratulations and best wishes on this occasion; (HLS 2249)

the Henry L. Cottrell School, of Monmouth, on the celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Henry L. Cottrell School opened in September of 1956. The school was then the Memorial School, with 97 students in grades 6, 7 and 8. In 1961, 4 classrooms were added, and the school expanded to include grade 5. The school was named the Henry L. Cottrell School in 1971 in honor of Mr. Cottrell, who had been the principal at the Memorial School during a time of educational innovation. Another addition brought kindergarten through grade 3 classes to the school. Today the Henry L. Cottrell school is home to kindergarten through grade 3 classes and has an enrollment of 215 students. Although it has changed its shape and increased in size several times over the past 50 years, the Henry L. Cottrell School has always provided a solid base of high-quality education with forward-thinking standards, backed by strong community support that adds to its family-like atmosphere. We join the citizens of Monmouth in extending our appreciation to the Henry L. Cottrell School for its years of dedication to educating our youth and extend our congratulations and best wishes to the school as it celebrates this milestone; (HLS 2250)

the Town of Porter on the occasion of its 200th anniversary. The Town of Porter, located in Oxford County, was incorporated on February 20, 1807. The bicentennial celebration will begin with a reenactment of the first town meeting, which was held on March 20, 1807. To commemorate the event, elections will be held for offices such as fence viewer, tithingman, hogreeve, pound keeper, field driver and culler, positions of importance in the early 1800s. Other celebratory activities will include a stamp cancellation, historical costume contest, picnic lunch, fiddling exhibition and winter carnival. We congratulate the Town of Porter on this wondrous occasion and wish its citizens prosperous years ahead; (HLS 2251)

Saint Joseph's College, of Standish, on the celebration of its 50th anniversary on Sebago Lake. Saint Joseph's College was founded in 1912 by the Portland Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and chartered by the Maine Legislature in 1915. The college was originally located on the grounds of the Motherhouse in the Deering district of Portland. In 1956, the school relocated to Standish, just off the shoreline of Sebago Lake. We join the citizens of the State in extending our appreciation to Saint Joseph's College for its years of dedication to educating our youth and extend our congratulations and best wishes to the school as it celebrates this milestone; (HLS 2252)

Robert Austin Allaire, of Sanford, a United States Navy veteran of World War II. Mr. Allaire was retired from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery. He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving wife Claire, his family and his friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2253)

Allie Gormley, of Levant, who has been named the 2005-2006 Key Clubber of the Year at John Bapst Memorial High School. This award was presented to Allie in recognition of her outstanding service and contributions to the school. Allie is currently a junior at the school and is very involved with the Key Club and the Student Senate. She is to be commended for her dedication to service and academics. We extend our congratulations to Allie on her receiving this award and wish her continued success; (HLS 2254)

Cumulus Broadcasting Company, on its being named Business of the Year by the City of Brewer. The company operates four radio stations in the region, including Q106.5 in Brewer, and does much to help the community, including sponsoring "Brewer Days" and the Penobscot River Winterfest. Cumulus Broadcasting Company also sponsors a "Ton of Pasta" food drive in January to fill the shelves of local food banks and the Egg Ride for the Pine Tree Camp, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. The radio stations hosted several fund-raising events to assist with Hurricane Katrina recovery. We send the company our appreciation for their charitable contributions and we extend our congratulations on its being named Brewer's Business of the Year; (HLS 2255)

the 100th Anniversary of the Eastern Star Lunar Chapter #126 in Presque Isle, which was chartered on October 29, 1906. The Chapter supports many local, regional and national charities and foundations, such as the Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, the Humane Society, Kiwanis, the Shriners Hospital, Ella Maude Lander Brady cancer research and education, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Foundation and the American Red Cross. The group also raises funds for Eastern Star Training and Religious Leadership scholarships and for a Grand Chapter Charity for members. We acknowledge the many hours of dedicated service by the women of the Chapter and we send them our congratulations and best wishes on this anniversary; (HLS 2256)

the 50th Anniversary of the Harrison Lions Club, in Harrison, November 12, 2006. Working in coordination with other Maine Lions clubs, the Harrison group supported relief efforts for victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, as well as for those impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Harrison Lions have also raised money to donate and install a generator for Camp Sunshine in Casco, which helps families with children who have life-threatening diseases. Other priorities of the Harrison Lions Club include Fidelco, a seeing eye dog foundation in Connecticut that raises and gives dogs to the needy in New England; the Iris Network, an association that trains and prepares blind and visually impaired people to join the workforce and live on their own; and "camperships" that allow underprivileged children to attend Camp Susan Curtis. Closer to home, Harrison Lions work to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids to the needy, sponsor area blood drives and provide scholarships to college-bound students. Harrison Lions' philanthropic involvement includes Cub Scout sponsorship, the town's fire department, library and team sports programs, the local school and a teen community service group, the Leos. We send our appreciation to the Harrison Lions Club on its humanitarian contributions to the community and around the globe and we extend our congratulations to the members of the club on this anniversary; (HLS 2257)

Lieutenant Nathaniel L. Berry IV, of New Gloucester, on his retirement from the Maine Warden Service on August 31, 2006. Lieutenant Berry began his career as a Maine Game Warden on November 20, 1972 and has spent the last 34 years protecting the people and the wildlife resources of the State. In 1983, he was recognized by the department as Game Warden of the Year. Lieutenant Berry has always demonstrated a love of his work through the way he has treated people and each individual situation and challenge. Because of his hard work and dedication, he was made Game Warden Sergeant in 1985 and then promoted to lieutenant in 1990. In Gray and New Gloucester, and in the surrounding towns, Lieutenant Berry has been a good family man, good neighbor and good role model for our youth and a fair and honest leader in his field. We send him our appreciation for his dedicated service to his profession and to the State of Maine, and we extend to him our congratulations on his well-deserved retirement; (HLS 2258)

Blanche M. Cook, of Scarborough, on the celebration of her 105th birthday. Mrs. Cook, the daughter of Joseph and Lillian Small, was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, and spent her childhood in Pownal, Maine. At the age of 16, she moved to Portland and worked as a waitress at the Willows Hotel in Prouts Neck of Scarborough. She also worked at Haven's Candy Kitchen in Portland, where she learned to dip chocolate. In 1928, she married John Cook and together they raised one daughter, Lorraine. In 1947, the family moved to Scarborough. Mrs. Cook went on to work for Len Libby's, Libby's Candies and the hot lunch program at Scarborough's high school and junior high school. She is a member of the First Congregational Church in Scarborough and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star and belongs to the Nonesuch Senior Citizens. We send our best wishes and congratulate Mrs. Cook on this tremendous milestone; (HLS 2259)

Lynne M. Constantine, of Portland, loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, companion and friend. Ms. Constantine graduated from Deering High School in 1999. She obtained her Certified Nurse Aide certificate and worked as an emergency medical technician for Northeast Mobile Health Services. Prior to that, she worked at several nursing homes. She loved helping people and took great pride in what she did. She was a huge Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed camping and the outdoors. She will be missed by her family, friends and all who had the pleasure of knowing her; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2260)

Darrell Wetherbee, of New Gloucester, who was killed by enemy fire while serving his country in Iraq. Mr. Wetherbee was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, and moved to Maine in his early twenties. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1978 to 1986 and joined the Freeport Police Department in 1991. In 1999, he began work with DynCorp International, a Virginia-based company doing security work overseas. Mr. Wetherbee was serving in Iraq as a police trainer and was helping to prepare the Iraqi police to protect their own country when he died outside a police station near Tikrit. Mr. Wetherbee's legacy will be that of a good patriot, a United States Marine, a police officer and a good husband and father who was devoted to his family. He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving wife Sheila and their three children, Staff Sergeant Clayton Mahone, Stephanie McGuinness and Dakota Lance Wetherbee; his family; and his many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2261)

Rear Admiral Sean F. Crean, United States Navy Reserve, of Freeport, on the occasion of his promotion from Captain on October 1, 2006. Attainment of this rank is a testament to his outstanding leadership and dedication to the service of his country and the men and women who wear the uniform of our nation. He is the first Supply Corps officer in the United States Navy Reserve from the State of Maine to reach this position, and his leadership and commitment to the service are deeply appreciated by his community and his State. In addition to being an officer with 28 years of military service, Rear Admiral Crean is an integral member of his community, currently serving as a member of the Freeport School Committee, assistant cubmaster for Cub Scout Pack 45 and Little League baseball coach. His time spent with the youth of his community has been a positive investment in the future of Maine. As a procurement analyst for the United States Small Business Administration for over 15 years, he has been instrumental in assisting Maine and small businesses to find opportunities and success in the federal marketplace, helping strengthen our State's economy. Rear Admiral Crean embodies the idea stated by Sir Winston Churchill when he said, "to be a reservist is to be twice a citizen." We extend our gratitude to him and his family for their willing contribution to the protection and defense of the Constitution of the United States, and for the service he has devoted to his community and State. We send him our congratulations and best wishes on his well-deserved promotion in rank; (HLS 2262)

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Regan, of Portland, on the celebration of their 60th Wedding Anniversary, August 24, 2006. Mr. and Mrs. Regan were married in St. Joseph's Church in Portland. They raised 8 daughters and have 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. They continue to share their time, talent and treasure with their extended family, their many friends and their church. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Regan on this very special occasion; (HLS 2263)

Jacques M. Downs, longtime resident of Kennebunkport, who was a retired humanities professor and China trade scholar. Mr. Downs was a teacher, mentor and political advocate who received his doctorate at Georgetown University. Mr. Downs served in Berlin during the Korean War and later joined the Foreign Service, rising to the level of Vice Counsel. He moved to Maine in 1961 to teach American history at St. Francis College, now the University of New England. He has published books both on local history and about his specialty, early America and the China trade. During Mr. Downs' 35-year tenure at St. Francis College, he served as department chair and established a scholarship program to help students study abroad. He was an active member of the Democratic Party of Kennebunkport and ran for a seat in the Maine State Legislature. We acknowledge Mr. Downs' dedicated service to his community, to his State and to the Nation. He will be greatly missed and long remembered by his loving wife Eva, his family and his many friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2264)

Clement and Diane Richardson, of Carmel, on their 60th Wedding Anniversary. Diane Wheeler of Newport was married to Clement Richardson of Carmel by the Reverend John H. Miller on October 11, 1946. They made their home on the Hampden Road in Carmel in a house built by Mr. Richardson, raising five children: David, Michael, Brian, Sandra Jo and Paul. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren and great-grandparents of eight great-grandchildren. After serving in the Merchant Marines as a radio technician, Mr. Richardson began his career as a truck driver for T.R. Savage of Bangor and later worked for the Maine Department of Transportation, retiring after 20 years. Mrs. Richardson had a 37-year career working at Pilot's Grill Restaurant in Bangor. We send them our congratulations and best wishes on this special occasion; (HLS 2265)

Edmund Potvin, of Fort Kent, on the occasion of his 91st Birthday, September 17, 2006. Mr. Potvin was born in New Canada, Maine and has spent his career as one of Northern Maine's most hard-working farmers. He has given much to the community and we send him our congratulations and best wishes on his birthday; (HLS 2266)

Guido P. "Vetal" Ciarrocchi, of East Millinocket, loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Mr. Ciarrocchi was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles," as a paratrooper. After his time in the service, Mr. Ciarrocchi operated Ciarrocchi's Pool Hall for many years. He was a communicant of St. Peter's Catholic Church. His kindness and generosity as a local business owner endeared him to many members of the community of East Millinocket. He will be sadly missed by his loving family and the community; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 2267)

the John Bapst Memorial High School Girls Team, upon its winning the 2006 Penobscot Valley Conference Small School Track and Field Championship. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the team on its achievement; (HLS 2268)

Verna Chick, of Ellsworth, on the occasion of her retirement after more than 23 years with Yesterday's Children, Inc. at the Birchwood Assisted Living Center as a certified nursing assistant. Ms. Chick has held many positions and has carried out many duties during her time at the center. She is deeply respected by the clients and staff who have been an important part of her life for so many years. We extend our appreciation to Ms. Chick for her dedication, caring and hard work for the citizens of the State and join the management, fellow employees and all the clients of Yesterday's Children, Inc. in ;wishing Ms. Chick good health and Godspeed as she begins a much deserved retirement; (HLS 2269)

Albert J. Childs, Jr., of Brownville, on his being inducted into the Holland Club of the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated, USS Maine Base. The Holland Club was formed to honor those submarine sailors who have attained the benchmark of at least 50 years since first qualifying by serving on a submarine. Mr. Childs is a life member of the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated, and is currently Commanding Officer of USS Maine Base. Mr. Childs left the United States Navy Reserve in 1958 as a Radioman Third Class, RM3 (SS). He first qualified in 1956 by serving aboard the USS Halfbeak and he participated in Arctic deployment and 2 deployments to the Mediterranean Sea. We acknowledge the extraordinary service that Mr. Childs has devoted to his Nation, and we send him our congratulations and best wishes on his attaining the honor of membership to the Holland Club; (HLS 2270)

William "Bucky" Walters, of Readfield, on his being inducted into the Holland Club of the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated, USS Maine Base. The Holland Club was formed to honor those submarine sailors who have attained the benchmark of at least 50 years since first qualifying by serving on a submarine. Mr. Walters left the United States Navy Reserve as a Fire Controlman Submarine Third Class, FCS3 (SS), after World War II in 1947. He is a life member of the United States Submarine Veterans, Incorporated. He first served aboard the USS Porpoise in 1944 and then served aboard the USS Pike in 1944 and aboard the USS Irex after World War II ended. Mr. Walters was one of the members of the "Prize Crew" who successfully returned the German U-boat U530 to the United States from Argentina, where the Germans surrendered it at the end of the war. We acknowledge the extraordinary service that Mr. Walters has devoted to his Nation, and we send him our congratulations and best wishes on his attaining the honor of membership to the Holland Club; (HLS 2271)

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