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Seniors Not Acting Their Age: Exploring New Meadows River

Tenacious is how I would describe my longtime friend and Brunswick resident, Carolyn Welch.  An octogenarian, she has endured several months of physical setbacks followed by the difficulties and uncertainties of the pandemic.  I suspect even the most ardent outdoor enthusiasts among us would lie low for the summer.  Not Carolyn. 

Despite the fact that all of the outdoor clubs she’s affiliated with cancelled trips, Carolyn was not to be deterred.  If you’re a friend of Carolyn and love the outdoors, you’re the beneficiary of her resolve.  Recently, I received her “unofficial paddle trips with friends” summer sea kayak schedule.  First on the agenda was New Meadows River located between Bath and Brunswick.  Technically not a river, New Meadows is a tidal inlet off from Casco Bay.  

The Androscoggin Historical Society opening Knight House

One of Auburn’s oldest structures, the Knight House was built in 1796. This small Cape Cod-design building is located on the Auburn Riverwalk near the West Pitch Park. An adjoining one-room shoe shop contains tools and equipment that demonstrate how some Auburn residents made their living at that time in the city’s history. 

The Knight House is not the oldest house in Auburn — it is the oldest frame house in the Goff Corner area, which is downtown Auburn, and is typical of houses built at the time.

Records show that the house has had 12 owners and was moved six times. It originally was located on Cross Street near North River Road, nearly a mile from the present site. It probably was originally built on a 100-acre tract by settler Caleb Lincoln, a Revolutionary War veteran who soon conveyed it to Hezekiah Wyman, of Bath.

After a succession of six owners, the house was sold to Nathaniel Knight in 1864. Knight had it moved to growing Goff’s Corner village, which began near what is now the corner of Court and Main Streets.

The Knight House is mainly furnished in a style and function typical of the time the Knight family occupied the home, late 1800s, early 1900s, although there are notable exceptions.  Some of the kitchen utensils weren’t invented until the 1940s, for example.

Do you wonder about what daily life was like in this home?  The Androscoggin Historical Society (AHS) invites you to an Open House on Wednesday, July 15 from 12 to 3 p.m.  This Wednesday is laundry day, so expect to see family doing the laundry and related tasks.  No, you do not need to bring your laundry — there will be plenty on hand.  

AHS hopes you’ll stop by and see this local historical gem right in downtown Auburn.  While tours and participation are free, the Society depends on donations to offer these programs to the public.  

Seniors Not Acting Their Age: Senior revelations on the Dead River

A kayaker paddles Hayden’s Falls on the Dead River

The first time I canoed the Dead River thirty-five years ago, the dam release was 1,000 cubic feet per second (CFS).  The seemingly huge waves, mammoth holes, and powerful currents were the most intimidating whitewater I had ever experienced.  As is true with many aspects of life, one’s perspective changes over time.

As the years passed, my skills improved, and I acquired higher performance canoes and kayaks.  Elevated river levels became more appealing.  When a friend inquired as to my favorite Dead River volume, I unflappably responded 5,500 CFS was my preference.  She thought I was embellishing but at the time, it was the truth.  The transformation had been augmented by paddling with more accomplished companions and learning to roll.  

The importance of rolling a canoe or kayak in whitewater can’t be overstated.  It’s a game changer.  Without a roll, capsizing results in swimming.  Canoes, kayaks, paddles, and other gear are lost unless quickly recovered in often difficult and sometimes dangerous circumstances.   Experienced companions are invaluable in these predicaments but they can’t always assist with a rescue.  In short, swimming in whitewater can run the spectrum from inconvenient to life threatening.   

Once a roll is refined, the boater’s whitewater world changes dramatically.  Initially, most devotees roll frequently as they challenge more difficult rapids.  At some point, another realization enters the mind of the nascent paddler; being upside down in whitewater is a precarious position and rolls sometimes fail.  For many including me, avoiding the need to roll has become a priority.

Absentee ballot drop box now accepting ballots

Due to the high demand of voters wanting to return their absentee ballots by hand and the limitation on the number of customers in the City Hall due to social distancing, the City has established an Absentee Ballot Drop Box in the Park St lobby of City Hall.  Thanks to a change in state law last fall, voters can now return their ballots in a sealed return envelope and deposit them into the box.  The metal drop box is always locked and monitored by the building door attendants.  The box is accessible in the lobby Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m. through 4p.m. The returned ballots in the box will be removed several times a day. Voters do not have to add postage to their envelopes if they are hand delivering them to City Hall. Voters with questions are welcome to call the City Clerk’s Office at 513-3124.

Separated by the pandemic part 5: Temporary relocation

Rachel Morin, a resident at Schooner Estates in Auburn, shows off some of the flowers she has grown while staying at her daughter’s house in South Portland during the pandemic. (Photograph courtesy of Rachel Morin).

The following story is the fifth of several interviews being done by Nathan Tsukroff of PortraitEFX to capture the effects of this pandemic on the people of Maine. 

Rachel Morin loves being a resident at Schooner Estates, a “Senior Living Community” in Auburn, Maine.

She loves visiting with fellow residents, enjoys the activities and adult classes that are offered, and loves taking advantage of the trips offered by the facility. She thinks the meals at the facility are wonderful.

However, she is now a remote resident, staying temporarily at her daughter Elizabeth’s house in South Portland, so she can see her family on a regular basis. She spends time with her friends at the facility only over the telephone or through email.

With the need to keep residents safe during the Covid-19 pandemic, Schooner Estates had to limit family visits to scheduled appointments for “window interviews”. Residents were only able to share time with their families through a closed window, talking by telephone.

Auburn holds Backyard Campout

The City of Auburn is thrilled to join 24 communities across Maine in the first annual Maine Backyard Campout sponsored the by Maine Parks and Recreation Association on July 11. The month of July is National Parks and Recreation Month. What better way to celebrate “all things Maine” than a state-wide backyard campout? 

The mission of this event is to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy a camping experience, right in their own backyard. “We want everyone to enjoy the outdoors while also maintaining social distancing guidelines,” said Recreation Director Sabrina Best. “This is a fun way to enjoy quality family time, while being safe during these unpresented times.” 

Participants who register with Auburn Recreation are eligible for prizes and can get ideas for campfire activities, cooking, safety tips and creating a camping space right outside their back door. Camping equipment is not needed to participate. Neither is a back yard, for that matter! Recreation staff will help participants find ways to make the experience fun without spending money on equipment or a camping site! 

Participants are encouraged to share photos on social media using the hashtag #MaineBackYardCampout. 

Auburn residents who want to participate should connect with Auburn Recreation. Free campout activity kits are available to the first 20 families to register. Contact Darcey Gardiner at Auburn Recreation or 333-6611 for details.

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Job Corps enrollment open

Job Corps is currently enrolling youth 16-24 years old, who are interested in learning career training in areas such as Automotive, Welding, Healthcare, Electrical, Culinary Arts, among others, through free training. Virtual and online learning options available. Earn HSD/HSE and driver’s license at the same time.  Housing and meals included at no cost. Job Placement once program is complete. Call/text Amy Boclair at the Lewiston Job Corps Office today at (207) 458-5369 or email at for more information. 

Father Day’s gift at Auburn’s Grab ‘N Go program

The City of Auburn’s Grab ‘N Go grocery program added a little surprise with Wednesday’s pick-up, just in time for Father’s Day. Through the coordination of a local community member, Tizz Crowley, several volunteers stepped up to create 75 Father’s Days gifts to be passed out with the grocery boxes on Wednesday. The city extends a very special “thank you” to the five local community members who arranged this special gift: Ed and Sheila Desgrosseilliers on behalf of the Auburn Democrats, Joan Pedersen, Mary Roussel, and Tizz Crowley.

“Once again our amazing community continues to perform selfless acts of kindness,” said Auburn’s Recreation Director, Sabrina Best. “These gifts brought joy to many families that really need it right now.”

The Grab ‘N Go grocery program is scheduled to continue through the end of August and is free for any Auburn resident. If you or someone you know is in need of food, reach out to the Auburn Recreation Department at 333-6611. For more information on how to support this impactful community program, please contact Sabrina Best at

Separated by the pandemic part 4: Facilities still locked down

Steve Espling of New Gloucester, a chaplain with Beacon Hospice, checks in with a patient remotely. He is presently not allowed inside hospice buildings, in order to keep patients safe from infection during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Nathan Tsukroff, PortraitEFX)

The following story is the fourth of several interviews being done by Nathan Tsukroff of PortraitEFX to capture the effects of this pandemic on the people of Maine. 

Maine is starting to open up again.

Well, most of Maine is starting to open. But not hospitals, and not nursing homes, and not assisted living homes like The Sarah Frye Home on Washington Street North in Auburn. 

Not this week. And maybe not next week. In fact, MaryAnn Guenette, Activities Director, said last week she isn’t sure when The Sarah Frye Home will be allowing family members and guests to enter the facility. They plan to maintain social-distancing protocols for a little while after the State of Maine lifts restrictions, to ensure patients will not have a chance of infection from the Covid-19 coronavirus.

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