Game warden educates Bears

11 years ago

Game warden educates Bears


by Susan Feeney Hopkins

    On Saturday, Feb. 9, Game Warden Preston Pomerleau of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife met with the Bears of Ashland Cub Scout Troop 179 to educate the boys about the assortment of wildlife common in our area.

Photo courtesy of Andrea White

    ASHLAND CUB SCOUT TROOP 179 recently met with the Maine Warden Service to learn about the area’s native wildlife species and careers in the Warden Service. Pictured are, from left, front row: Scouts Dakota Sutherland, Eli Walker, Alex White, Dane Driscoll and Clark Condon. Back: Maine Game Warden Preston Pomerleau.

    Pomerleau showed the Scouts skins from native species such as bobcat, red fox, ermine, coyote, black bear, fisher, muskrat, beaver, river otter and a snowshoe hare. The Scouts also learned about the hibernation habits of black bears.

    In addition, the Scouts were educated on the role of the game warden including the law enforcement “off the pavement” pertaining to the hunting, fishing and trapping of wild animals; he also discussed the general law enforcement authority of the game warden and provided the boys with information should they decide to pursue that career in the future.

    The boys had many questions which Pomerleau answered. The Troop wishes to extend their appreciation to the game warden for spending time with them.


Ashland student named to Dean’s List

    Ashland District High School alumni Brooke LaBelle (Class of 2012) has been named to Husson University’s Dean’s List for the fall 2012 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn at least a 3.4 or better grade point average on a 4.0 scale. LaBelle is studying physical therapy. She is the daughter of Ned LaBelle and Sandy LaBelle, both of Ashland. Congratulations Brooke!


Ashland Library book sale

    The Ashland Library is holding a book sale through May. Books are 25 cents each with many new donations. What a great and inexpensive way to start your own personal at home library while supporting your local public library.


Ongoing events

    The Portage Lake ATV Club will meet every first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Town Office. All are welcome to attend. Contact Rena Belanger for membership or more information at 435-2780.

    The Ashland Area Senior Citizens meet the first and third Thursday at noon for a potluck luncheon at the LeBlanc Junkins VFW Post 9699 on the Portage Road with a meeting to follow. This active and growing club of senior citizens also takes trips to various restaurants throughout The County, hosts cookouts, enjoys guest speakers and entertainment such as musicians. For more information, contact Roberta Savary at 435-6422.

    The Portage Lake Over 50’s Club lunch is held on the last Tuesday of every month at 11:30 a.m. at the Town Hall. All individuals 50 and over are invited to attend and can bring a potluck dish to share. For more information, contact Jean Clark at 435-8034 or Donna Martin at 435-7108.

    The Red Hat Loonies of Portage Lake meet the second Thursday of every month at Dean’s Motor Lodge. Membership dues are $2. Come and have a great meal and a great time, too! For more information, contact Rachel Stevens at 435-6358.

    Susan Feeney-Hopkins is the correspondent for Ashland, Portage Lake, Oxbow, Masardis, Garfield, Nashville Plantation and the surrounding areas. She can be reached at 227-7760 or