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Article 1 of 76

PHOTO RECALLS FRANCO-AMERICAN PAST

Published on December 28, 2000    Page: 2E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Recently, my husband found an antique photo from 1900 of his grandfather, Narcisse L'Heureux, standing alongside his large first-generation Franco-American family.In the photo, Narcisse and his wife, Lumina, are bookends for their 13 children. The boys are dressed in suits, and the girls are wearing their Sunday-best dresses. Older children are in the back row, and the young ones are in front. The picture was taken on the front porch of the family's home on Lebanon Street in Sanford.Viewing a 10

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FOR FRANCO-AMERICAN FAMILIES, 'TIS THE SEASON OF TOURTIERE

Published on December 21, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Les Fetes is the time between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day when Franco-American families celebrate their heritage with reunions and plenty of tourtiere (pork pie) served alongside spicy pickle relishes pickles, tomatoes and diced beets.Families proudly bring their tourtiere recipes to celebrations. Every year, family members routinely ask the same questions, like, "Do you use cinnamon in your tourtiere?" This is an annual question, creating an hour or more of animated dinner conversation. It

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Article 3 of 76

RESOLUTION OF BORDER DISPUTE LEFT LEGACY OF FRIENDSHIP

Published on December 14, 2000    Page: 5E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Residents of Aroostook County have a history of maintaining excellent relations with their neighbors and family members who live in Quebec and New Brunswick. This tradition was established after some pretty bloody conflicts.The United States shares a 3,000-mile border with Canada, but many Americans are unaware of the history shared by the two countries, which dates back to the early 17th century when the French colonized Quebec under the supervision of the explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel d

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Article 4 of 76

HONOR ROLLS

Published on December 7, 2000    Page: 5E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

WELLSThe following students have been named to the first quarter Honor Roll list at Wells High School:SENIORSHIGH HONORS --- Emily Brazer, Michael Brown, Katharine Condon, James Esson, John Fortune-Agan, Kacy Heggan, Heather Hodsdon, Phillip Kilbride, Chad Krueger, Benjamin Lamarche, Robert MacKenna, Katherine Mann, Wichita Sao, Meghan Sirois, Jennifer Smith, Amanda Westman and Faith WheatonHONORS --- Aaron Aguiarm, Adam Bissell, Bolden, Jr., Patricia Cutting, Elizabeth DiBona, Joshua Dion, Jenn

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Article 5 of 76

NEWSLETTER'S FOCUS: 'LES FILLES DU ROI'

Published on December 7, 2000    Page: 5E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

One of the most popular subjects for Les Franco-Americans readers is "Les Filles du Roi" (Daughters of the King), the true saga of 17th century French women sent by the king of France to help settle and populate colonial Quebec.Thanks to LeRoy Valyou of North Berwick, there is new information available about a biannual newsletter published to preserve the culture founded by these brave women and their thousands of descendents. "Sent by the King" is a tribute to the heritage forged by the young F

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Article 6 of 76

BOOK TO HONOR LOCAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS

Published on November 30, 2000    Page: 7E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Along with excellent genealogical records, the Franco-American Genealogical Society maintains a series of association-written books about York County residents at Biddeford's McArthur Library.The society is now working on a book to honor local Korean War veterans, says member Celeste Nadeau Steele of Alfred. Members are currently collecting photos and short articles of local interest to include in the book, to be published next year.Each year, the society selects a particular theme to display at

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Article 7 of 76

HONOR ROLLS

Published on November 29, 2000    Page: 4B

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

LYMAN MOORE MIDDLEThe first quarter honor roll at Lyman Moore Middle School has been announced.Grade 6Brita Anderson, Anne Bartlett, Andrew Bean, Courtney Beliveau, Kristine Berke, Christina Best, Thai Chiem, Alexia Christy, Taryn Coffin, Rachael Colcord, Michelle Cole, Christopher Corrado, Malika Davis, Sarah Deroche, Joshua Dibiase, Deanna Emery, Ashley Feeney, Derek Fuller, Thomas Gainey, Andrew Gervais, Dillon Gilmore, John Glover, Brittany Gordon, Alexa Grassi, Derek Guimond, Jonathan Hamil

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Article 8 of 76

HONOR ROLLS

Published on November 29, 2000    Page: 4B

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

BATH MIDDLE SCHOOLThe following Bath Middle School students were named to the honor roll. Grade 8High honors: Kathleen Bailey, Celeste Bessey, Vincent Bosso, James Brawn III, Sara Clukey, Kincaid Cook, Erica Davis, Jacob Derector, Juliana DuTremble, Lindsay Easterling, Matthew Elwell, Lukas Farabee, Emily Frey, Joseph Gallant, Samuel Giles, Sarah Guethle, Ariel Hagan, Jessica Hogan, Reuben Hudson, Sean Hutchinson, Clare Jaquith, Lauren Kinne, Lindsay Laamann, Brittany Lounder, Jenise Lucas, Megh

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Article 9 of 76

DISHES SERVE UP HELPING OF MEMORIES

Published on November 23, 2000    Page: 10E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Thanksgiving is when our Franco-American family sets the dinner table with memories associated with cut-glass relish dishes, heirloom glasses and antique serving pieces. Each year, our quaint heirloom dishes are gently taken from the china cabinet, pampered and washed, then used to decorate the dinner table.Someone from the L'Heureux family can tell a poignant story about almost every serving dish on the table. Remembering the original family members who once owned these serving plates, silver-p

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Article 10 of 76

NEWSLETTER RECOUNTS WHEELWRIGHT'S STORY

Published on November 16, 2000    Page: 5E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Readers have asked for more information about Esther Wheelwright, the 17th-century colonial settler and Wells native who was kidnapped as a child by Indians and raised in Quebec.Although many children were kidnapped during French and Indian raids on English settlements, Wheelwright is interesting because she declined the opportunity to return to her Wells family after a ransom was proposed for her release. Despite pleas from her family, Wheelwright remained in Quebec, where she grew up as a Fren

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Article 11 of 76

NEW FILM, 'LOWELL BLUES,' LOOKS AT KEROUAC'S LIFE

Published on November 9, 2000    Page: 5E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Franco-Americans are beginning to realize the artistic treasure they have in the American writer Jack Kerouac (1922-1969), who grew up in Lowell, Mass. Recently, an entire cottage industry has prospered in Lowell around the "On the Road" author's mystique.Kerouac enjoyed a traditional Franco-American parochial school and French-speaking upbringing until he joined a group of pre-1960s writers who were later labeled "the beat generation."Henry Ferrini, 47, a filmmaker from Cape Ann, Mass., recentl

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Article 12 of 76

FRANCO-AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL TO FEATURE MUSIC, LANGUAGE, FOOD

Published on November 2, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

This is a beautiful time of year to drive to Waterville for the Franco-American Film Festival at the Railroad Square Cinema.Franco-Americans with family roots in Quebec will enjoy participating in the festival because it shares some of the same spirit as an old-fashioned soiree with live musicians, French-Canadian food and lively discussion following the film viewing, says organizer Julia Schulz. "The purpose of the festival is to provide a place where Franco-Americans and French-speaking people

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Article 13 of 76

LOUISIANA'S CAJUNS A STUDY IN ETHNIC PRIDE, SURVIVAL

Published on October 26, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Walking around New Orleans recently brought home how important the Acadian influence is to the economic success of the Louisiana Cajun culture. The positive emphasis on "Cajun" in Louisiana is somewhat in contrast to the lack of cultural emphasis in parallel cultures of Maine's Franco-American and Acadian ethnic heritages."Wherever I go across the country, people want to know (what it is like) being Cajun," writes Cajun chef Jude Theriot in "The Cajun Story." In Maine, people seldom ask what it

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Article 14 of 76

FAMILY STORIES TELL GREATER EXPERIENCE

Published on October 19, 2000    Page: 7E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Among the many books I've accumulated after 11 years of writing this column are three by second generation Franco-American Maine writers who invested dozens of years, individually and collectively, to document their family histories.What sets these first-person accounts apart from other stories of American immigrants are the special circumstances of being Franco-American. Franco-Americans have the distinction of being reluctant immigrants to the American melting pot because their ethnicity is ro

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Article 15 of 76

CATHEDRAL IN THE HEART OF NEW ORLEANS A STUNNING EXAMPLE OF EARLY FRENCH CULTURE

Published on October 12, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

French culture is evident in other North American locations beyond New England. Typical of the colonizing French, the building of cathedrals generally preceded other cultural efforts. A recent trip to the New Orleans brought an opportunity to learn about another example of French culture and history in North America.Although French culture in New Orleans is evident in the Acadian influence, the architecture of the historic St. Louis Cathedral pre-dates the 1755 arrival of the displaced Acadians

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Article 16 of 76

NOVELIST TELLS A STORY OF EARLY QUEBEC

Published on October 5, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

In a newly published book, "Le Quebecois: The Virgin Forest," a Franco-American writer tells about her family's place in colonial French history. In her first novel, Biddeford native Doris Provencher-Faucher combines her love of teaching with a passion for the Franco-American culture.Faucher wanted to write her fiction story, based on a true family story, in her native French language. Instead, her first of four books about Francos is written in English, the language her children understand."The

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Article 17 of 76

THESIS STUDIES FRENCH LANGUAGE'S ROOTS IN MAINE, THE MARITIMES

Published on September 28, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Recent discussions about whether Franco-Americans speak the real French language motivated me to locate and dust off a 1965 thesis on the subject by St. John River Valley native Marie Gauvin, written for Central Connecticut State College in New Britain, Conn. In my opinion, Gauvin's thesis is a concise and interesting historic explanation about the evolution of French-Canadian dialects.In "Linguistic and Cultural Heritage of the Acadians in Maine and New Brunswick," Gauvin writes about how the

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Article 18 of 76

EARS ARE ON HATFIELD

Published on September 27, 2000    Page: 8C

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Rock, of course, is dying, a process initiated shortly after white people took it over and gave it a name. Its death throes have been unwholesomely fascinating at times, but now, thankfully, we're near the very end. And if indie rock -- that self-conscious, privatized shadow of rock-death anxiety -- brought our mourning out into the open, Juliana Hatfield's mild response might be the funeral bells' knell.Here's the problem, more precisely: When indie rock as a genre sprung up roughly 15 years ag

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Article 19 of 76

PREVIEWS

Published on September 21, 2000    Page: 16D

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Byline: Elizabeth Brogan It seems like Juliana Hatfield has been at the brink of stardom forever. A native of Wiscasset, Hatfield became a college radio star during the 1990s with songs about crushes, eating disorders and self-mutilation. Each album went in a different direction, ranging from quiet confessional tunes about relationships to loud, angry albums such as "Total System Failure." When the heyday of alternative rock passed, Hatfield fell from favor a bit, but she's still holding on to a cult following who cheer

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Article 20 of 76

CONGRESS TO BESTOW AWARD FOR ADOPTION WORK TO MAINE NUN

Published on September 21, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

A religious sister from St. Andre Homes in Biddeford, and a member of the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec will be recognized by Congress as the first national "Angel in Adoption" in Washington, D.C. next week.Sen. Susan Collins nominated Sister Theresa Therrien, 68, to receive the first-ever award during a ceremony on Tuesday."I was proud to nominate Sister Theresa because of her wonderful work, specifically for helping place children in adoptive homes and her efforts to help young women and chi

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Article 21 of 76

HARVARD PILGRIM WOMEN'S FITNESS 5K

Published on September 18, 2000    Page: 2D

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

at Portland1. Julia Kirtland 17:43; 2. Christine Snow-Reaser 18:08; 3. Mya Mangawang 18:12; 4. Nicole Way 18:40; 5. Carol Hogan 18:54; 6. Kelly Rodrigue 19:16; 7. Katherine Chabot Boucher 19:38; 8. Denise Harlow 19:45; 9. Laurel Valley 19:48; 10. Amy Tchao 20:12; 11. Juliana Lagin-Nasse 20:14; 12. Megan Lane 20:16; 13. Sindee Gozansky 20:27; 14. Amy Crowley 20:31; 15. Kimberly Moody 20:32; 16. Bobbie Cokendolpher 20:37; 17. Lorna Humphries 20:44; 18. Jennifer Desena 20:50; 19. Mandy Bowden 20:55

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Article 22 of 76

DIALECT OR SLANG, THE WORDS ARE FRENCH

Published on September 14, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

While visiting a bookstore in York County recently, I heard a lady behind the counter express a common misperception about the French language spoken by Franco-Americans."Franco-Americans do not speak real French," she said.Sometimes, perceptions are difficult to confront, even when they are blatantly wrong. In fact, Franco-Americans speak "real French," but with a special accent peculiar to North America.Frequently, the local Franco-American dialect (not always recognized as "real French") is c

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Article 23 of 76

EARLY WELLS KIDNAPPING LEADS TO LIFE IN A QUEBEC CONVENT

Published on September 7, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Colonial life in early 18th century Maine was dangerous for the families of English settlers. They were frequently under attack as a result of the French and Indian wars. Several stories document the abduction of children by Indian warriors who carried the young captives back to Canada, where they were raised in tribal communities. Some abducted children were subsequently rescued by French missionaries or by citizens' militia groups with names like "Rogers' Rangers."One strange but true story in

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Article 24 of 76

EXPLORING THE STATE'S FRENCH COMMUNITIES, VIRTUALLY SPEAKING

Published on August 31, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Telephone callers to the University of Maine at Fort Kent's Acadian Heritage Center are greeted with a cheerful, "Bonjour," followed by a bilingual introduction from Lisa Ornstein. Ornstein, a graduate of Quebec's Laval University and director of the university's Acadian Archives, is a cheerful promoter of French cultural preservation work who informs others about the special history of the St. John Valley.Students of Acadian history are accustomed to calling Ornstein or traveling to northern Ma

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Article 25 of 76

PORK TAKES THE CENTER STAGE AT SUMMER FAMILY REUNIONS

Published on August 24, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Pork continues to play a major role in Franco-American recipes, particularly at family reunions in the summer.Families share recipes for calorie-rich delicacies such as creton (pork pate), tourtiere (pork pie), boudin rouge (blood sausage), fromage de tete de cochon (hogshead cheese), gras de porc (fat pork) and potat brun (roast pork with potato). Practically every part of a pig is used to create these old-fashioned recipes. Fromage de tete de cochon is made using almost the entire head of the

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Article 26 of 76

ANTHOLOGY INTRODUCES UNPUBLISHED WRITINGS BY AUTHOR JACK KEROUAC

Published on August 17, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Writer Jack Kerouac was recently described by Lowell, Mass., author Paul Marion as a familiar author who is, nevertheless, "underknown."Marion recently published "Atop An Underwood: Early Stories and Other Writings," an anthology of previously unpublished writings by Kerouac.Kerouac wrote on an Underwood typewriter, thus the origin of the book's title. "On The Road," published in 1957, is Kerouac's best-known book and led to his reputation as one of the founding fathers of the beat movement in t

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Article 27 of 76

MANIFESTS CONTAIN NAMES OF 'THE KING'S GIRLS'

Published on August 10, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

A popular story about the colonization of Quebec is the true saga of "The King's Girls" (Les Files du Roi). Many columns were written about the 800 young women who sailed from France during the mid-17th century to marry bachelors in colonial Quebec.Thousands of Franco-Americans trace their family genealogies to the weddings between those maidens who married the colonial French officers and soldiers from the Carignan Regiment.The Carignan Regiment was a superb French infantry unit. Sending this u

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Article 28 of 76

PEOPLES BEACH TO BEACON: THE OFFICIAL FINISHERS

Published on August 6, 2000    Page: 11D

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

2086. Timothy Michaud, Falmouth ... 55:562087. Peter Pompeo, Portland ... 55:562088. Cara Michaud, Portland ... 55:562089. Tia Duppler, Appleton, Wisc. ... 55:572090. Frank Perkins, Holladay, Utah ... 55:5956:002091. Monique Robitlle, Nortn, Mass. ... 56:002092. Andrew Lamberth, C. Elizabeth ... 56:002093. Ronald Robitaille, Norton, Mass. ... 56:002094. Wolfgang Wendler, Yarmouth ... 56:012095. Michael Liberty, Gray ... 56:022096. Karen Connolly, Hollis Center ... 56:032097. Denice Hallstein, Sw

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Article 29 of 76

FESTIVAL DE JOIE EXTOLS THE COLORFUL CULTURE OF FRANCO-AMERICANS

Published on August 3, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Franco-Americans in Lewiston-Auburn are preparing for the Festival de Joie, which will be Friday through Sunday at the Central Maine Civic Center and Drouin Field in Lewiston.Festival chairman Lionel Guay says last year's festival attracted 18,000 visitors from Maine and the United States. People came from as far away as Tennessee and Scotland, he said.Guay, a Lewiston native, wants to promote the Franco-American culture."All of my grandparents came from the province of Quebec in Canada. I grew

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Article 30 of 76

BOOKS OFFER WIDE VIEWS ON ROLES OF THE FRENCH

Published on July 27, 2000    Page: 2E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Summer reading for Franco-Americans can easily turn into a hobby of browsing through used book sales and recycled bookstores to find interesting titles on French Canadian-American history and culture.Recently, I was delighted to purchase Willa Cather's "Shadows on the Rock" for $4.50. Cather published her novel about Canada in 1931. Also found at the same used book store was a hardcover copy of a French Canadian novel, "Maria Chapdelaine," by Louis Hemon, published in 1927. Both Cather's and H

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Article 31 of 76

BIRTHS

Published on July 26, 2000    Page: 4B

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

MAINE MEDICAL CENTERPappalardo, Amelia Rose, born May 28 to Jeff and Melanie Ludwig Pappalardo, Tapley Drive, Gorham. Grandparents: Richard and Rebecca Ripley, Rockport, Burton Ludwig, Washington, Joseph and Joan Pappalardo, Raymond.DuPuis, Brian Roland Frederick, born June 20 to Brian DuPuis and Jessica Klimko, Portland Avenue, Old Orchard Beach. Grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lepore, Peekskill, N.Y., Mr. and Mrs. John Klimko, New Gloucester, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DuPuis, Waterboro, Ms. Linda

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Article 32 of 76

MAINERS ARE MOTIVATED TO KEEP FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURE ALIVE

Published on July 20, 2000    Page: 2E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Franco-Americans are Maine's largest ethnic group. Sociologist Madeleine Giguere defines a Franco-American as a person who is a descendent of French Canadian families who migrated to Maine and New England in the late 19th century to middle 20th century to work in the mills, is a Roman Catholic by tradition, and speaks at least some French in the home.Despite rapid assimilation and Americanization of the Franco-Americans, there are strong ethnic ties to the French-Canadian culture because of the

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Article 33 of 76

LEGEND OF QUEBEC WATERFALL TELLS TRAGIC, YET ROMANTIC, STORY OF LOVE

Published on July 13, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Legends about tragic love stories also make interesting tourist attractions, like the sad story of the White Lady of Montmorency Falls, in Quebec.Like all legends, this one begins with a semblance of fact. Summertime was when Franco-Americans typically took time off from work in the New England mills to visit family and friends in Quebec.Along the way, the Franco-Americans became accustomed to seeing the lovely Montmorency Falls, between Quebec City and Isle d'Orleans. The falls are quite high a

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Article 34 of 76

HONOR ROLLS

Published on July 12, 2000    Page: 4B

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

LYMAN MOORE MIDDLEThe fourth quarter honor roll at Lyman Moore Middle School has been announced. 6th GradeHigh honors: Kinsey Alexander, Kayla Allen, Sophia Anderson, Anthony Ardito, Jillian Beaudry, Katelyn Boucher, Kelly Brogan, Nicholas Cantrell, Christopher Cathcart, Joseph Colcord, Angela Collins, Michelle Crepeau, Monica Czurylo, Joanna Dewitt, Ashley Durgin, Moriah Duval, Scott Eshbach, Patrick Flanagan, Brittany Foley, Elissa Gordon, Laura Greenstein, Shane Griffith, Christine Grover, R

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Article 35 of 76

HONOR ROLL

Published on July 6, 2000    Page: 4E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

WELLS HIGH SCHOOLThe following students were named to the fourth quarter honor roll at Wells High School:Class of 2000High honors: Adam Dufort, Benjamin Dzamba, Robert Froncko, Emily Grumbling, Sara Krueger, Jillian Leech, Amanda Moody, Michelle Moody, Nathan Smith, Michelle Vaughan, Amanda Witham and Jennifer Wittman.Honors: Quincy Adams, Jamie Bean, Lars Borssen, Kristen Brown, Melanie Chase, Amanda Coyne, Matthew Draheim, Timothy Forcella, James Garfield, Amy Grumbling, Jason Hall, Beau Hase

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Article 36 of 76

INTERNET REVOLUTIONIZES THE SEARCH FOR FAMOUS, NOT-SO-FAMOUS RELATIONS

Published on July 6, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Researching a family tree these days is faster and more accurate than ever, thanks to detailed genealogy information available on the Internet. The Internet improves genealogy research in the same way the electric adding machine changed the way we do simple mathematics. Ten years ago, researching a family genealogy meant tracing your grandparents back about six generations. Today, some families can trace their roots as far back as the 9th century.Due to the numbers of people interested in geneal

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Article 37 of 76

BRIDGTON 4 ON THE 4TH

Published on July 5, 2000    Page: 2D

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

1. Rusty Snow 19:54; 2. Dan Verrington 20:34; 3. Gerry Clapper 20:50; 4. Scott Brown 20:53; 5. Kyle Rhoads 20:57; 6. Evan Honeyfield 20:59; 7. Barry Logan 21:22; 8. Mark Mayall 21:39; 9. TJ Hesler 21:42; 10. Adam Boardman 21:51; 11. Jorma Kurry 22:10; 12. Stephen Nickerson 22:16; 13. Richard Hartford 22:32; 14. Jeff Howley 22:34; 15. Dave Howard 22:35; 16. Michael Mageles 22:39; 17. Ryan Kerrigan 22:50; 18. Tim Livingston 22:58; 19. Mark Jensenius 23:04; 20. Craig Whichard 23:07; 21. Christine S

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Article 38 of 76

LOUISIANA TOURTIERE VARIATION SPICES UP A MAINE BARBECUE

Published on June 29, 2000    Page: 8E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Franco-Americans enjoy eating tourtiere (pork pies) during Les Fetes (the Christmas holidays), but a Louisiana recipe gives some new ideas about serving this ethnic dish in the summertime.Louisiana Meat Pies are actually fried Cajun tourtieres. The Louisiana version differs from the Franco-American tradition in as much as the spicy meat filling is placed inside a folded pastry shell and fried like a french-fried potato.Although Louisiana Meat Pies traditionally are served during the Christmas se

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Article 39 of 76

DEEDS

Published on June 29, 2000    Page: 2E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

YORKJUNE 199971 and 72 Algonic Ave. -- Suzanne Bonnet to Daniel R. and Ann M. Colby, $750,000.6 Belmont Ave. -- Constance Loring to David I. Walsh, $124,500.61 Birch Hill Road -- Mark W. and Susan O'Brien to Kimberly A. Truesdale, $111,000.403 Cider Hill Road -- Nelson E. Cantave Sr. to Michael and Susan Bruno, $209,000.495 Cider Hill Road -- Edward S. and Phyllis A. Guidoboni to Michael R. and Elizabeth R. Gauthier, $210,000.587 Cider Hill Road -- P/W Inc. to Michael J. Boksandki and Bethany A.

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WEB PAGE LINKS CANADIAN, U.S. FAMILIES

Published on June 22, 2000    Page: 3E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Recently, a Canadian relative found our American relatives while searching for genealogy information on the Internet. His discovery unlocked memories about his French-Canadian upbringing being similar to experiences of Franco-Americans.Jacques L'Heureux, an astrophysicist and distant cousin who lives in Columbia, Md., is building a family Internet Web page with genealogy links he finds from among thousands of his French-Canadian and American relatives."Since your family lives in the New England

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Article 41 of 76

GREELY HIGH SCHOOL - THE GRADUATES

Published on June 21, 2000    Page: 17T

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

Greely High School in Cumberland held its graduation on June 4. Here are the graduates:Lynn Albee, Erin Alberghini, Jacqueline Alexander, Megan Allyn, Ryan Andersen, Chelsea Baker, Adrianne Balzano-Brookes, Jayme Barschdorf, Daniel Bennis, Erik Bjorkdahl, Joel Blanchard, Sara Blumenthal, Eric Booth, Mark Bowman, Megan Bragg, Ryan Brewster, Tyler Briggs, Melissa Brown, Brian Burke, Kelly Bushnell.Matthew Carr, Gregory Cary, Molly Case, Christopher Chaffee, Brian Chapin, James Charlton, Kristin Ci

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HONOR ROLLS

Published on June 21, 2000    Page: 4B

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

BATH MIDDLE SCHOOLThe honor roll has been announced at Bath Middle School.Grade 6 High honors: Rachel Anderson, Katherine Bessey, Aleecya Brown, Alissa Burgess, Cameron Burgess, Brian Carlton, Jonathan Dolloff, Mauran Evans, William Giles, Samantha Grendall, John Hall, Spencer Hallowell, Gregory Henrikson, Jesse Knowlton, Scott London, Micah Loveitt, Andrew MacDonald, Henry Mann, Paula Martel, Conor McGlauflin, Sarah Musk, Allison O'Dare, Benjamin Pinkham, Caylee Racioppi, Katie Rouillard, Luke

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SPECIAL TRAITS IDENTIFY FRANCO-AMERICAN DADS

Published on June 15, 2000    Page: 4E

© 2000 Blethen Maine Newspapers, Inc.

It's time to praise the top 10 attributes of a Franco-American father, in honor of Father's Day. Although all fathers deserve compliments, Franco-American fathers have some distinctive characteristics worth noting.First on the list is family loyalty. Franco-American fathers have a sixth sense about their family's history and genealogy. The family name and ancestral relationships are extremely important. A common question asked by Franco-American fathers, especially when meeting his daughter's ne

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EXCELLENT FRANCO COLONIAL RECORDS MAKE TRACING FAMILY GENEALOGIES AN EASIER TASK

Published on June 8, 2000    Page: 3E

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Franco-American genealogies can trace a family name to its original colonial ancestor, as 62-year-old Richard Lafrance of York has learned.Lafrance is a direct descendent of "the first prominent settler in Quebec," Louis Hebert (1575-1627) and his wife, Marie Rolet.Lafrance traces his genealogy to Hebert's second daughter, Marie Guillaumette, who married a carpenter named Guillaume Couillard in 1621.Hebert's contributions to the colonial city of Quebec were described in a recent column. He arriv

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LATINOS AT HOME DOWN EAST

Published on June 4, 2000    Page: 1A

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Byline: JOHN RICHARDSON Staff Writer When Gabino Hernandez moved his family north from central Mexico in search of opportunity, he could never have guessed he'd come so far to find it.But after years of working from crop to crop and state to state, his home is now this small Washington County fishing village, 3,000 miles north of the farm he left in Mexico."I think it's more better right here because we no move," Hernandez said, watching his wife, Deifilia, roll and press cornmeal in the kitchen of their mobile home."The baby likes

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FIRST-GENERATION FRANCO-AMERICANS WERE QUICK TO SHOW ALLEGIANCE TO U.S.

Published on June 1, 2000    Page: 3E

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When remembering our nation's war heroes it is important to appreciate the allegiance first-generation Franco-Americans exhibited to their adopted country, despite being loyal to their French Canadian and European roots.First-generation Franco-Americans quickly learned loyalty to the U.S. flag and went to war with unflinching commitment to defend American boundaries and ideals. Colonial-era French Canadians, such as Gabriel Gosselin of Quebec, fought with Gen. George Washington in the Revolution

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FRENCH PHYSICIAN BRANDISHED A PIONEERING SPIRIT IN QUEBEC

Published on May 25, 2000    Page: 5E

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An interesting account of Louis Hebert, one of Quebec's first prominent settlers, was found in a garage sale of old books."The First Settler" is written by Thomas B. Costain, who wrote many historic novels about the 17th century settlers of New France. Unfortunately, his books are somewhat difficult to find outside of libraries.Most books about Hebert are written in French, so Costain's book is a rare English-language account of his life.Louis Hebert was a French physician who learned about the

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HONOR ROLLS

Published on May 24, 2000    Page: 4B

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LYMAN MOORE MIDDLEThe following have been named to the Lyman Moore Middle School third quarter honor roll. Sixth GradeHigh Honors: Kinsey Alexander, Anthony Ardito, Jillian Beaudry, Katelyn Boucher, Kelly Brogan, Joseph Colcord, Angela Collins, Jessica Corey, Michelle Crepeau, Monica Czurylo, Joanna Dewitt, Ashley Durgin, Moriah Duval, Scott Eshbach, Bartley Foley, Jessica Goodwin, Samuel Green, Laura Greenstein, Christine Grover, Randall Hansen, Joshua Harrison, Whitney Harrison, Kathryn Hutchi

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FRANCO-AMERICAN MOTHERS DESERVE PRAISE

Published on May 18, 2000    Page: 5E

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Franco-American mothers have wonderful reputations because of a series of endearing characteristics. Surely, all mothers share many traits, but 10 characteristics help create a nostalgic picture of the typical Franco-American mother.The first Franco-American motherly trait is her ability to uphold the family's religion. Church on Sunday and strict obedience to religious traditions, especially Roman Catholic customs, are essential.Second is cleanliness. Franco-American mothers find and destroy di

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HONOR ROLLS

Published on May 18, 2000    Page: 2E

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BERWICKThe following students have been named to the third-quarter honor roll at Berwick Academy:GRADE 12Highest honors: Holly Gaudette, Elizabeth Horn, Marisa MacNaughton, Colin McNamee and Emily Taylor.Honors: Alexis Call, Jessie Davie, Lara B. Davis, Marina R. Donovan, Jason Eastwick-Haskell, Amy Fingland, Megan Follansbee, Mary Garrett, Christopher Knowles, David M. Labbe, Brad McAdam, Sarah Miner, Evan Morse, Carl Perry, Jeffrey Pohlmeyer, Kyle Ridgway, Alexandra E. Roberts, Johnna Seaward,

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DEEDS

Published on May 11, 2000    Page: 2E

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The following are among deed transfers in Wells:APRIL 1999 118 Atlantic Ave. -- John E. and Janet Mahoney and George L. and Carole A. Nickerson to William M. Hobbs, $240,000.437 Atlantic Ave. -- Virginia J. Dacier to Delese A. and Kevin P. Hovey, $300,000.119 Beachwood Trail -- Domenic Grasso to Laura A. Masson, $204,171.21 Blacksmith Road -- Raymond A. and Cecile M. LaFramboise to Jennifer D. and Scott L. LeBlanc, $84,500.62 Blanchard St. -- C. Thomas and Barbara M. Potter to Norman L. and Kath

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CANADIAN JOCKEY AN INSPIRATION TO MANY

Published on May 11, 2000    Page: 3E

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After three years of searching, I finally located a copy of Bill Heller's biography, "The Will to Win: Ron Turcotte's Ride to Glory." The book is autographed by Ron Turcotte. Finding the book led me to a conversation with Turcotte, who lives with his family in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada.Turcotte, 58, is the French Canadian jockey who rode the world-famous horse Secretariat to the prestigious Triple Crown. In 1973, Secretariat was the first race horse in 25 years to win the Kentucky Derby

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MARTYR'S SHRINE HONORS MISSIONARIES AND EXPERIENCES

Published on May 4, 2000    Page: 6E

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During an Easter trip to Canada, my husband and I visited The National Shrine of the North American Martyrs, located in Auriesville, N. Y.Auriesville is a small town in the Mohawk Valley just off the highway, about 30 miles west of Albany. In colonial times, the town was called "Ossernenon."The shrine, however, marks the place where three French Jesuit missionaries were murdered by angry Mohawk Indians in the 17th century. They were later canonized as Roman Catholic saints.St. Rene Goupil, a Jes

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FRENCH-CANADIAN REBELS PAID A BIG PRICE FOR THEIR WAR SERVICE

Published on April 27, 2000    Page: 3E

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When he began researching his French-Canadian ancestors who fought with Gen. George Washington in the American Revolution, Harpswell writer Henry Gosselin intended to write a book as a gift for his large family.But word-of-mouth advertising and newspaper coverage eventually helped him to sell all of the copies of "George Washington's French Canadian Spy," the book he self-published last year.While writing the book, Gosselin learned that his ancestors and other French Canadians who served with Wa

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1906 BOOK CHRONICLES ACADIANS' EXPULSION, LONGFELLOW'S POEM

Published on April 20, 2000    Page: 3E

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A reader in Springvale responded to last week's column about the historic and ethnic differences between Franco-Americans who originate from Quebec, and French Acadians from Aroostook County and the Canadian Maritimes.Joel Plourde is a native of Fort Kent who grew up on along the St. John River, the winding natural boundary that divides Maine and New Brunswick. Locals call this area "The Valley."Plourde writes, "The Acadian culture . . . is totally separate from that of the Quebecois. Most peopl

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Published on April 19, 2000    Page: 10A

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Towns together should support artsIn the aftermath of the Oak Street Theatre's decision to close, suburban residents used your columns to chide the city of Portland for not giving more tax money to support an arts district. If there is a case for public subsidy, it should draw not only from Portland but also from Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Cumberland and other communities who benefit from what a better-funded arts district might do.No one likes to think about another layer of government, fees or

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DESPITE A DORMANT PRESENCE, FRANCO CULTURE REMAINS STRONG

Published on April 13, 2000    Page: 2E

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Franco-Americans growing up in York County from 1900 to the 1950s spoke fluent Canadian French, practiced strict Roman Catholic religious traditions and were usually able to sing "La Marseillaise" -- the French national anthem -- and "O Canada!" by heart.Today, growing up as a Franco-American generally means learning about one's culture in English from relatives. "We make family stories into our culture," says Denis Ledoux, a Franco-American writer from Lisbon Falls.Although more than one-third

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HONOR ROLL

Published on April 6, 2000    Page: 3E

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The following students have been named to the second-quarter honor roll at Wells Junior High School:GRADE 5High honors: Laura Beisswanger, Dan Bragdon, Craig Burnell, Elizabeth Caron, Jennifer Carter, David Cary, Jon Dobrovich, Thomas Esson, Erica Griffith, Jason Kent, Samantha King, Meredith Lindsey, Amanda Missud, Andrea Nilosik, Rachel Plummer, Kaitlyn Sarno and Brandon Stevens.First honors: Caitlin Andrus, Jessie Araujo, Kristen Bissell, Erica Boulay, Megan Bourque, Samantha Charles, Nicole

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ACADIANS CLAIM THEIR OWN UNIQUE CULTURE

Published on April 6, 2000    Page: 4E

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Many people do not understand the historic differences between the Quebecois French and the French Acadians.Franco-Americans are frequently lumped together with Acadians, but the two groups are somewhat different.The Quebecois trace their history to the 1759 defeat of the French by British troops on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec.Much of what we know about Acadian history was described through the mythical character created by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem "Evangeline."Both the Quebeco

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'LE PARLER DE CHEZ NOUS' REFLECTS 'REAL' FRENCH OF NORTHERN MAINE

Published on March 30, 2000    Page: 5E

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Last week's column about Don Levesque's dictionary of Franco-American and northern Maine language deserves a follow-up.Although some French language purists are likely to object to Levesque's unusual dictionary because it breaks with standard French, his special collection of colloquialisms from the St. John River Valley will surely be popular with Franco-Americans who grew up learning English as their second language."Le Parler de Chez Nous" (The Language of Our House) describes the French lang

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ST. JOHN VALLEY EDITOR, COLUMNIST COLLECTS FRENCH DIALECT INTO AN INFORMAL DICTIONARY

Published on March 23, 2000    Page: 5E

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Finally, someone is challenging the conventional restraints of the traditional French language. "Le Parler de Chez Nous" (The Language of Our House) is a new informal dictionary of French "patois," or dialect language, translated according to the positively biased interpretation of Don Levesque.Northern Mainers know Levesque as editor and columnist of the weekly newspaper St. John Valley Times. He is a local humorist and pundit who captures quaint stories and homespun news in his weekly column,

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BRUNSWICK'S ST. JOHN THE BAPTISTE HAS FRANCO-AMERICAN INSCRIPTIONS

Published on March 16, 2000    Page: 3E

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Roman Catholics of the Baby Boomer era (and earlier eras) remember when the Lenten season included weekly Friday devotions to the Stations of the Cross, or simply the Stations. Franco-Americans call this devotion "Le Chemin de la Croix" (The Road of the Cross). As a religious meditation, Chemin de la Croix recalls the tortures inflicted upon Jesus as Roman soldiers marched him to his crucifixion on Good Friday.Undoubtedly, Maine's most inspiring and beautiful commemoration of Le Chemin de la Cro

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HONOR ROLLS

Published on March 9, 2000    Page: 6E

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The following students have been named to the honor roll for the second grading quarter:GRADE 8High honors -- Ian Berglund, Christopher Day, Tania Day, Milissa Lewis, Seija Sedita and Carol Stewart.Honors -- Nicholas Boland, Erica Connors, Jade Darby, Seth Day, Shaila Delea, Janine Howell, Bonnie Johansen, Angela Kendall, Jenilee McLucas, Corrie Ryder, Jesse Stacey and Andrea Sturgeon.GRADE 9High honors -- Peggy Baker, Megan Belisle, Ryan Berger, Brianna Boland and Angela Rankin.Honors -- Jesse

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MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL HAS ROOTS IN MEDIEVAL, COLONIAL FRANCE

Published on March 9, 2000    Page: 5E

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The day before the beginning of the penitential Lenten season, Mardi Gras is a festival rooted in French colonial and medieval history.French-Acadians in Louisiana take pride in creating the ritual of Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," the last day for parties and feasting before the solemn Ash Wednesday (Mercredi des Cendres).As a modern tradition, Mardi Gras is to New Orleans and Louisiana what Santa Claus is to Christmas. Mardi Gras is nearly synonymous with the Cajun culture in Louisiana, even th

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IN SUPPORT OF THE TURNIP

Published on March 2, 2000    Page: 3E

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Franco-Americans love to eat mashed "navot" during the cold winter months.Actually, "navot" is the Acadian French word for yellow turnip. In standard French, the yellow turnip is translated to "le navet," but the Franco-Americans and Acadians call it "le navot" (pronounced "navoo"). Sometimes the Canadian and Acadian variations differ because they are remnants of how the word was pronounced in medieval France.Whatever the French call it, Franco-Americans love eating this winter staple after it i

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HONOR ROLLS

Published on March 1, 2000    Page: 4B

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LYMAN MOORE MIDDLEThe second quarter honor roll has been announced at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland. 6th GradeHigh honors: Kinsey Alexander, Kayla Allen, Sophia Anderson, Anthony Ardito, Jillian Beaudry, Katelyn Boucher, Kelly Brogan, Nicholas Cantrell, Angela Collins, Michelle Crepeau, Monica Czurylo, Joanna Dewitt, Ashley Durgin, Moriah Duval, Scott Eshbach, Patrick Flanagan, Laura Greenstein, Christine Grover, Randall Hansen, Joshua Harrison, Whitney Harrison, Kathryn Hutchins, Lauren

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ASSISTED-SUICIDE QUESTION WILL GO TO VOTERS

Published on February 24, 2000    Page: 1A

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Byline: PAUL CARRIER Staff Writer Maine voters will decide in November whether the state should legalize doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.The Legislature's Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted 9-0, with four members absent, against a bill that would allow physicians to help mentally competent adults kill themselves when they have no more than six months to live because of an incurable and irreversible disease.The four absent lawmakers still have time to cast their votes, and all four are expected to agree with th

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SENIOR COURSE CONCENTRATES ON FRANCO-AMERICAN HISTORY

Published on February 24, 2000    Page: 5E

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Franco-Americans who are 55 and over can learn more about their culture and its 500-year history in North American in a course offered by the York County Senior College on the campus of the former Nasson College in Springvale.The eight-week daytime course will focus on Quebec, French-Acadian history and ethnic immigration into Maine.An experienced instructor will lead the class. Gilles Auger, 65, volunteered to teach the course, which is called Tracing Your French-American Heritage.Auger is a F

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TRANSLATIONS OF NAMES UNEARTH INTERESTING TIDBITS ABOUT FAMILIES

Published on February 17, 2000    Page: 3E

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French family names often tell something about the culture. Many French names are actual words: L'Heureux means "happiness," Rousseau means "brook," Sanfacon means "without expression," and so on.A recent column about "dit" names tells how French names changed in response to the North American environment. For example, when colonial French families relocated, the families might change their names to describe their new homes or to separate themselves from ancestors who lived somewhere else.An ant

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FRANCO-AMERICANS NEVER CALLED KEROUAC ONE OF THEIR OWN

Published on February 10, 2000    Page: 3E

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Thirty-three years after his untimely death at age 47, the writings of the writer Jack Kerouac are experiencing a revival. In particular, there's renewed interest in Kerouac's classic novel "On the Road," which is now available in an attractive paperback and on audiocassette, read by actor David Carradine.Two generations have grown up since Kerouac published "On the Road" in 1957, but the themes of sex, drugs and mysticism he wrote about are current today.Kerouac was a gifted writer who received

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WEB OFFERS HELP ON DEVIATIONS IN FAMILY NAMES

Published on February 3, 2000    Page: 2E

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Genealogical research can become muddied when a family finds variations of the family name. Recently, LeRoy Valou of Berwick searched out a wonderful Internet site where genealogy researchers can learn more about the variations in family names, commonly called "dit" names. The English translation of "dit" is "said" but it indicates a deviation from another name. Some deviations in a family name are the result of changed spellings, but others are Anglicized variations.Hundreds of Franco-American

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SWEEPING THE 'BILIEU' FROM UNDER THE BED, OUT OF LANGUAGE SHADOWS

Published on January 27, 2000    Page: 3E

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Many readers responded to last week's column about "piton," a handy Canadian word used to describe any kind of a button or pointed head. Franco-Americans are also familiar with "bilieu," (pronounced "beee-looo"), another useful Canadianism with lots of colloquial meanings. Although "bilieu" is not as widely used as "piton," it is a familiar and distinctive word used to describe images of things not wanted.In fact, "bilieu" translates into English as something ugly or bilious-looking. As a Canadi

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ASSIGNING FRANCO-AMERICAN WORD TO A MODERN DEVICE SEEMS NATURAL

Published on January 20, 2000    Page: 3E

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Generally speaking, Maine people get the meaning of the Franco-American word "piton." It is a colorful word used to describe any little "point" or "button." For example, a piton can be a light switch, the snooze button on the radio, a video game button, a door knob or a television remote-control device.Indeed, Franco-Americans should take credit for giving this word to the Maine dialect and culture. A recent column highlighting the usefulness of this handy word drew the attention of a Biddeford

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CANADIAN LAWMAKER NEEDS HELP IN KEEPING CENSUS RECORDS OPEN

Published on January 13, 2000    Page: 4E

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A Canadian senator wants to help Franco-American genealogical researchers retain access to census records, although her government wants to implement an old law to protect the privacy of Canadian citizens.Franco-American genealogical researchers have had access to original documents when studying their ancestors. Thanks to the excellent record-keeping of Roman Catholic clergy, Franco-Americans can easily trace family origins to the 17th and even to the 16th centuries in Quebec and Nova Scotia.Ho

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JOHN MARTIN KEEPING FRANCO HERITAGE ALIVE

Published on January 6, 2000    Page: 2E

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A recent list in the Maine Sunday Telegram of 20 Mainers who influenced the 20th century included a prominent Franco-American political figure. John Martin, 57, is a ninth generation Franco-American who lives in the Aroostook County town of Eagle Lake.Martin is well known for his 33-year record in Maine politics. He has dedicated himself to serving his constituents in the Aroostook County towns surrounding Eagle Lake. He held the speaker's post in the state House of Representatives for 20 years

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DEEDS

Published on January 6, 2000    Page: 2E

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D E E D SThe following are among deed transfers recorded in South Berwick:JANUARY95 Academy St. -- Leigh F. Peake to Daniel S. Kelsey, $122,000.14 Brookwood Drive -- Thomas C. Gowen to G. Edward Gowen, $10,000.14 Brookwood Drive -- G. Edward Gowen to Brian D. and Susan M. Rousseau, $166,500.19 Hill Drive -- J. Russell Tarason to ATP Inc., $29,300.42 Lords Lane -- Bernard A. and Meredith L. Horne to Christina L. Cunningham, $139,900.57 Old County Road -- Charlotte Chick to Jeffrey D. and Stephani

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