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Administrative District 11 Board for 2 terms. He acted as chaplain of the Gardiner Lions Club and was also a member of numerous Masonic organizations. Mr. Rines was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 40 years, serving as Gardiner's postmaster for 17 years. Not surprisingly, he was an avid stamp collector and was an officer of the Maine Philatelic Society. Mr. Rines will be greatly missed by his family and by the community that he faithfully served; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 115)

Cecile Collin Dufour, 101, of Madawaska. Mrs. Dufour was born in St. Agatha and called the St. John Valley her home for her entire life. She married Patrick Dufour at St. Luce Church in Frenchville in 1929 and together they raised 5 children: Gerald, Patsy, Robert, Roger and Carol. Today her family includes 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Mrs. Dufour's theme of life was "joie de vivre." She came into the world the year of the San Francisco earthquake and recalled hearing about the Titanic as a young child. She survived the 1918 Spanish influenza, danced the Charleston and witnessed bootlegging operations during Prohibition, as well as living through the hard times of the Depression. Mrs. Dufour will be sadly missed and long remembered by her family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 116)

James Melhorn, a lifelong resident of Kittery and a veteran of World War II. Mr. Melhorn served his country in the United States during World War II, as well as in the Navy and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was married to Lucille Burbank Melhorn for 50 years, and together they raised 5 children. Mr. Melhorn was an active member of the community and volunteered for countless organizations. He was an employee of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 36 years and served the Kittery Fire Department in almost every position, including chief, for 57 years. Mr. Melhorn was always there to lend a helping hand to his neighbors or as a mentor to young firefighters. Mr. Melhorn will be greatly missed and long remembered by his family, his friends and the community that he served selflessly; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 117)

the Town of Friendship, on the bicentennial celebration of its incorporation as a town, February 25, 2007. Friendship, the southwesternmost town of Knox County, was part of Muscongus or Waldo Patent and lies on the northwest side of Muscongus Bay. The Indian and Plantation name was Medumcook, meaning "Sandy Harbor," a seemingly inappropriate name since the shore is rockbound and there are many bold bluffs where ships may ride at anchor in safety in 20 feet of water. The first settlements there were made in 1750. The town took its name from the friendliness of the people. Local industries have included ship and boat building; sail, carriage, boot and shoe making; and shingle and stave mills. We congratulate the good citizens of the Town of Friendship on the special occasion of its bicentennial; (HLS 118)

Katherine "Kay" Coffin Mills, of Farmington, who is celebrating her 90th birthday, February 24, 2007. Born into a frontier farm family in rural Aroostook County, Mrs. Mills graduated from Ashland High School and Colby College before embarking on her high school teaching career. She married Sumner Peter Mills and raised 5 children: State Senator S. Peter Mills III of Cornville; David Mills of Farmington; State Representative Janet T. Mills of Farmington; attorney and historian Paul H. Mills of Farmington; and Dr. Dora Anne Mills of Brunswick, Maine Public Health Director. Mrs. Mills returned to teaching after the birth of her youngest child and continued to teach English in local high schools until her retirement in 1990. In her retirement she has remained an active and vital contributor to her community through her participation in many civic organizations, such as retired teachers associations, serving as President of the Women's Legislative Council and working in the political campaigns of her children, Peter and Janet. Mrs. Mills merits not only our best wishes but also our commendation and congratulations for her 90 years of life and for her generous service to the State; (HLS 119)

the Frederick Hutchinson Center at the University of Maine, in Belfast, on its receiving the 2007 Robert J. McKenna Award for program achievement from the New England Board of Higher Education. The center opened in 2000 with a mission to provide high-quality undergraduate, graduate and professional development education, as well as cultural opportunities, in a supportive and flexible environment for the people of midcoast Maine. We extend our congratulations to the University of Maine Frederick Hutchinson Center on this occasion; (HLS 120)

the Onward Program of the University of Maine, the 2007 recipient of the Maine State Merit Award given by the New England Board of Higher Education. This award is presented to individuals, programs or organizations for higher education excellence in each of the New England states. The University of Maine's Onward Program is a college readiness program that has taught and supported nontraditional students for 36 years. The program provides academic skill development through testing and appropriate placement into developmental courses. Upon completion of these courses, students transfer to the degree program of their choice, earning degrees in many diverse areas. Since 1970, about 7,000 students have entered the University of Maine through the Onward Program. We extend our congratulations to the Onward Program at the University of Maine on this occasion; (HLS 121)

Harry O. Gordon, of Strong. Mr. Gordon was a lifelong resident of the Town of Strong, a town that he loved. He was a self-employed lumberman who exemplified the true Maine spirit: he didn't always tell you what you wanted to hear, but he was a caring, unselfish and honest man who was passionate about everything that he did, whether it was working in the woods or enjoying a 4th of July celebration at his camp surrounded by his friends. On January 17th Mr. Gordon would have received a surprise award from the Business Alliance for his dedication to his business and to the Town of Strong. He served briefly but proudly on the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Gordon will truly be missed and long remembered by all who knew him; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 122)

Sam Webber, of New Vineyard, Mt. Blue High School junior, who won the Class A State Wrestling Championship. Sam has joined his three older brothers, who also won state wrestling championships in their high school careers. He finished an outstanding season, posting his 100th career victory on the same day. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Sam; (HLS 123)

Roger Roberts, of Morrill, who is retiring after 22 years of service to the Town of Morrill. Mr. Roberts will be stepping down from the positions of First Selectman, First Assessor and Welfare Director. We thank Mr. Roberts for his dedication and commitment to his community and extend our best wishes for all his future endeavors; (HLS 124)

Tyler Benjamin, of Searsmont, who has earned the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouting. Tyler, a senior at Belfast Area High School, is a member of Searsmont Boy Scout Troop No. 35. For his service project, he completed GPS mapping of Searsmont's largest cemetery, including a database of pertinent information that can be updated to keep an accurate townwide inventory. We commend Tyler for his many dedicated hours of service to his

community and extend our congratulations on his attaining this distinctive honor; (HLS 125)

Gloria M. Thornton, of French Island, on her retirement, and for her long business career in the food industry and the quality service she provided to all who entered her establishments. Mrs. Thornton and her husband have owned and operated The Pines and the Kalico Kitchen, 2 well-known Milford eateries, for many years with their 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Over the years, Mrs. Thornton provided hundreds of jobs to area students, which enabled them to continue their education. Always proud of her Franco-American heritage, Mrs. Thornton's kindness and caring attitude toward people have made her a much-loved figure in the community. We send Mrs. Thornton our congratulations on her retirement and our best wishes on her future endeavors; (HLS 126)

Mike Twitchell, of Turner, who is the 2nd-generation owner of Twitchell's Airport and Seaplane Base in Turner, which has operated for 60 years in the area, providing excellence in the aviation industry in Maine. Mr. Twitchell's father founded the airport, which offers flight training, private instruction and airplane rentals, and his son works there as well. Mr. Twitchell is a generous member of the community and he has mentored many pilots through the years. We acknowledge his exemplary contributions to aviation in Maine and we send him our best wishes and our congratulations for the 60 years of quality flight service that Twitchell's Airport and Seaplane Base has provided; (HLS 127)

William H. Craig, of Millinocket. Mr. Craig retired from Great Northern Paper Company in Millinocket as a millwright. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II with the 92nd Fighter Control Squadron. Mr. Craig was a life member and past commander of the Bernard L. Coro Chapter No. 22, Disabled American Veterans; a life member of Hamm-McGinley Post No. 7409, Mattawamkeag; a member of Millinocket VFW Post No. 4154 and the American Legion Post No. 80, Millinocket; and POW-MIA. Mr. Craig will be sadly missed and long remembered by his family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 128)

Jordan Drouin, of Cutler, for being the fifth-grade winner of the fourth annual Energy Savings Tip Contest. The winners were chosen by the Efficiency Maine program of the Public Utilities Commission and the Office of Energy Independence. Jordan received an iPod shuffle for his suggestion to "insulate the hot water tank so the heat won't get out and have to use more electricity to reheat it." We extend our congratulations to Jordan on his insightful tip to help conserve energy and preserve our environment; (HLS 129)

Eleanor Files Nelson, of Stoneham, in Oxford County, beloved mother and grandmother and public-spirited contributor to her community. Born in Rumford, she was a 1944 graduate of Norway High School and attended Bliss Business College in Lewiston. Mrs. Nelson worked as office staff in many area businesses, including Camp Susan Curtis, where she was the favorite of hundreds of children who attended the pioneering summer program for disadvantaged youth. She lived with her husband of 56 years, Albert E. Nelson, Sr., near the shores of Lake Keewayin. Always a proud community volunteer, Mrs. Nelson was a member of the Kezar Lake Grange No. 440, an officer of the Daughters of Union Veterans and a member of the Stoneham Planning Board. She donated countless hours to the Stoneham Congregational Church. She was one of the longest-serving correspondents to Oxford County newspapers, chronicling births and deaths and the changes and challenges that symbolize the enduring spirit of small-town Maine. Mrs. Nelson will be sadly missed by her large and loving family and her wide circle of friends, who were touched by a generous and optimistic spirit she shared with all who love Maine, her beloved "Pine Tree State"; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 130)

Robert L. Glidden, of Westfield, who retired after serving the State for over 30 years. Mr. Glidden started with the Department of Health and Human Services in October, 1975 as a social worker for the Welfare-to-Work Program (now known as ASPIRE). In 1982 he became a regional manager for the same program. In 1992 he moved to Child and Family Services where he worked as a casework supervisor until his last day of employment on January 17, 2007. We extend our congratulations to Mr. Glidden and thank him for his long and dedicated service to the State; (HLS 131)

Matthew Dunlap, of Old Town, Maine's Secretary of State and an outdoor columnist, who was honored by the New England Outdoor Writers Association for Best Column in a Magazine. Mr. Dunlap writes a monthly outdoor column for Northwoods Sporting Journal and he tied for first-place. He is a former legislator who served the State of Maine with distinction for 8 years in the House of Representatives. We congratulate Secretary of State Dunlap and applaud his achievement; (HLS 132)

Kenneth Black, of Union, who was known as "Mr. Lighthouse" throughout the country for his longtime work with lighthouse preservation. Mr. Black served for over 32 years in the United States Coast Guard, starting in World War II and ending in 1973 as the Commanding Officer of the Rockland Coast Guard Station. He started a lighthouse artifact collection in the 1960s at the Rockland Coast Guard Station and spent 30 years traveling all over New England collecting artifacts. This collection is now in the Maine Lighthouse Museum, which opened in 2005. Mr. Black also volunteered his time and services to other worthwhile organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Rotary Club, the Shriners and the American Lighthouse Foundation. Mr. Black will be sadly missed by his family and friends and long remembered by the citizens of this State and lighthouse enthusiasts everywhere for his legacy, which will live forever at the Maine Lighthouse Museum; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 133)

Police Chief Naldo Gagnon, of Presque Isle, the 2007 Police Chief of the Year. Chief Gagnon received this award from the Maine Chiefs of Police Association. It is the highest award that a municipal chief of police can receive. Chief Gagnon began his career in law enforcement in 1978 with the Limestone Police Department. Since 1979, he has worked his way up in the Presque Isle Police Department from a patrolman to the department's chief. Among his achievements are serving as president of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association and graduating from the FBI National Academy in ;Quantico, Virginia. Chief Gagnon is described by a colleague as a good role model for other police officers. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to Chief Gagnon; (HLS 134)

Rufus Candage, of Blue Hill, businessman, newspaper publisher and avid sports enthusiast. Mr. Candage, a lifelong resident of Blue Hill, served in the Army in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He returned home and married his wife of over 60 years, Jeannette, in May, 1946. In 1958, he opened his own hardware store and he started a local newspaper to report town and area news. The two-page mimeographed paper, called Man on the Street, continued until the early 1970s and became an institution in the town. Mr. Candage also wrote sports articles for the Portland Sunday Telegram during the 1950s and 1960s. He was instrumental in bringing baseball to the area by founding the Waldo/Hancock Baseball League. Mr. Candage also served for two terms on the Maine Boxing Commission, being first appointed during the Clay/Liston fight in Lewiston. Mr. Candage

will be sadly missed and long remembered as a colorful, integral part of life in Blue Hill; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 135)

Edward D. True II, of Bath. Mr. True and his wife, Lynne, have been residents of Bath since 1961. When Mr. True graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 1961 he joined his father and his grandfather in the family drugstore, A. Hallett and Co. in Bath. He served not only as a pharmacist but also the maker of the famous Hallett's Ice Cream. Mr. True later joined CVS as a pharmacist. He was a member of the Phippsburg Congregational Church and proudly served as the Chairman of the Board of Old Bath Custom House. Mr. True will be greatly missed and long remembered by his family and friends; (IN MEMORIAM) (HLS 136)

the Hermon High School Cheerleading Team, of Hermon, for its winning the Class B state championship title. This is Hermon's first-ever state cheerleading title. The team is led by Coach Lisa Pratt, and the cheerleaders are: Heather Brady, Kyla Whittemore, Kayla Whittemore, Rachel Taggart, Meagan Keith, Kayla Pelletier, Kelsey Petrello, Jessica Andrews, Ashleigh Fairbanks, Chelsea Stinson, Jody Demmons, Monica Gallant, Cortney Hawes, Ashley Andrews and Lauren Peterson. We extend our congratulations to the team for this victory and wish the cheerleaders the best of luck in their future competitions; (HLS 137)

William "Bill" Pulsifer, of Belgrade, for more than 50 years of service to the Belgrade Fire Department. Bill's career in firefighting began in 1950 at the age of 16. From 1952 to 1956, while he was a student at the University of Maine, he would come home on weekends and school breaks to actively participate in the fire department. He only has 2 years of inactivity with the department since he started and that was due to his service in the United States Army. In 1963, Bill and his wife Marie moved to Waterville, where Bill joined the Waterville Fire Department. In 1970, they moved back to Belgrade and his service to the town has been uninterrupted since that time. We commend Bill's exemplary firefighting career and thank him for his dedicated service to firefighting, and to his community. We extend our congratulations as he celebrates his 50 years of helping others; (HLS 138)

Dale Glidden, of Winthrop, who is retiring as the general manager of the Augusta Water and Sanitary Districts. Mr. Glidden has worked for the City of Augusta for 35 years. He started as an assistant superintendent in 1972 and became general manager of the combined agencies 2 years ago. In addition to the hard work that he has done for the City of Augusta, Mr. Glidden has also been a dedicated volunteer in the Town of Winthrop for many years. We thank Mr. Glidden for his devotion and service to his community and we congratulate him on this new phase of his life; (HLS 139)

Michael T. Takach, Jr., of Cape Elizabeth Boy Scout Troop No. 30, who has earned the high rank and distinction of Eagle Scout, the highest award in Boy Scouting. Michael's Eagle Scout project was the cleanup of the pond at Fort Williams near his home in Cape Elizabeth. His goal was to do something for the park that he has enjoyed all his life and to improve the pond not only for residents and tourists but also for the wildlife that call the park home. Michael oversaw the cleanup, which involved a group of 15 volunteers who cleaned out more than 6 tons of debris that has choked the pond for years. We congratulate Michael for his accomplishment, and we thank him for making a significant contribution to the community; (HLS 140)

Quinn Dillon, of Dexter, on his service to Dexter Regional High School for his work as the mascot. Quinn is a senior at the school and has performed brilliantly during the girls' basketball team's journey to their 5th straight Eastern Maine Class C Championship. He has shown his love and dedication to the school during his years as The Dexter Tiger. His exuberant personality and energizing antics will be greatly missed. We acknowledge Quinn's service to the school and to his community and we send him our best wishes on his future endeavors; (HLS 141)

the following members of the Dexter Regional High School Girls' Basketball Team, the Dexter Lady Tigers, upon winning their 5th straight Eastern Class C Championship: Mallory Ames, Chelsie Chambers, Lindsay Burton, Katie Poirier, Megan Clukey, Michelle Chapman, Ashley Richardson, Claire Wyman, Miranda Gove, Kara Lawson, Alexis Mitchell, Sarah Murray and Raven Patterson; Head Coach Jody Grant; Assistant Coach Andy Conway; and Managers Alicia Marquis and Katie Day. We extend our congratulations to this group of skilled athletes and send them our best wishes on their future endeavors; (HLS 142)

Trevor Michaud, of Limestone, who has been named the Maine Potato Board's 2006 Young Farmer of the Year. A full-time grower for 10 years, Mr. Michaud and his family tend 1,200 acres of potatoes and 1,200 acres of grain crops. Mr. Michaud earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Husson College and then returned to the family business. His knowledge of the agricultural industry and practical oversight of farm operations has earned Mr. Michaud the distinction of serving as President of the State's Agricultural Bargaining Council. He was also recognized as "an asset to the industry" by Timothy Hobbs, Director of Development and Grower Relations for the Maine Potato Board. We extend our congratulations to Mr. Michaud for receiving this noteworthy tribute; (HLS 143)

Samantha Slack, of Waldo, for her earning a Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive. As a member of Troop #530, Samantha has demonstrated proficiency in skill development, leadership, personal growth and community service. Fewer than 75 Silver Awards are presented each year by the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, making Samantha's achievement worthy of commendation. We offer our sincere congratulations to Samantha for all she has accomplished as a Cadette Girl Scout; (HLS 144)

Alex Todd, of Monroe, for her earning a Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive. As a member of Troop #530, Alex has demonstrated proficiency in skill development, leadership, personal growth and community service. Fewer than 75 Silver Awards are presented each year by the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, making Alex's achievement worthy of commendation. We offer our sincere congratulations to Alex for all she has accomplished as a Cadette Girl Scout; (HLS 145)

Kristina Marquis, of Monroe, for her earning a Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive. As a member of Troop #530, Kristina has demonstrated proficiency in skill development, leadership, personal growth and community service. With fewer than 75 Silver Awards presented each year by the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, Kristina's achievement is worthy of commendation. We offer our sincere congratulations to Kristina for all she has accomplished as a Cadette Girl Scout; (HLS 146)

Angela Linscott, of Waldo, for her earning a Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive. As a member of Troop #530, Angela has demonstrated proficiency in skill development, leadership, personal growth and community service. With fewer than 75 Silver Awards presented each year by the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, Angela's achievement is worthy of commendation. We offer our sincere congratulations to

Angela for all she has accomplished as a Cadette Girl Scout; (HLS 147)

Gabrielle Simoneau, of Brooks, for her earning a Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can receive. As a member of Troop #530, Gabrielle has demonstrated proficiency in skill development, leadership, personal growth and community service. With fewer than 75 Silver Awards presented each year by the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, Gabrielle's achievement is certainly worthy of commendation. We offer our sincere congratulations to Gabrielle for all she has accomplished as a Cadette Girl Scout; (HLS 148)

the Glenburn Boys Seventh and Eighth-grade Travel Basketball Team, which won the Division A Championship in the Eastern Maine League. All of the members of the team attend Glenburn Middle School and have played together on one team or another since kindergarten. We extend our congratulations and best wishes to the team on this achievement; (HLS 149)

Laura Fortman, of Nobleboro, on the occasion of her induction into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame by the Maine Federation of Business and Professional Women. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to women whose achievements and contributions have made a significant statewide impact, improved the lives of women in Maine and have enduring value for women. Ms. Fortman is the Commissioner of Labor, where she has included several major initiatives that have improved the economic well-being of women in Maine. She served as the Executive Director of the Maine Women's Policy Center and Lobby for 10 years, where she was instrumental in passing Maine's Equal Pay Law, Employment Leave for Victims of Violence legislation, among other major achievements. Ms. Fortman has been a tireless advocate for Maine women and families, and for all workers in the State of Maine. We extend our congratulations to her on her receiving this high honor and we send her our best wishes; (HLS 150)




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