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Page 20 The Bethel Citizen Thursday, December 10, 2015 The Bethel CitizenThursday, December 10, 2015 Page PB ter months. In the summer, clover, flowers and grasses are foods of choice. Hares have sharp incisors that neatly clip the vegetation. Snowshoe hares mate and reproduce from March to August and three to four lit- ters are common with two to three leverets born each month. The young are born fully furred with eyes open and are capable of hopping about a few hours after birth.

They weigh about two ounc- es. The female provides little in the way of a nest choosing dense underbrush for birth- ing and the young can hop around after just a few hours and are ready to leave within a few days. They nurse infre- quently (once a day accord- ing to some sources) and are on their own usually with- in a month. By this time the female may once again be pregnant lending credibility to the myth of hares that are associated with fertility and the twenty eight day cycle of the moon. Every 10 years or so snow- shoe hare populations rise and fall dramatically and this phenomenon has been docu- mented for a couple of hun- dred years.

The hare cycle has mystified researchers who have studied the vari- ables of food availability, pre- dation the relationship be- tween predator and prey (es- pecially the lynx, a specialist predator, whose populations rise and fall along with the hares) as well as the role of social interaction as possible causes all factors that may drive the fluctuation but no final conclusions have been reached. Some of the latest studies suggest that stress whether in the form of pre- dation, disease, or scarcity of food may be the most signifi- cant factor in lowering repro- duction in female hares. But all the above hypotheses re- ally answer the ques- tion of why hare populations fluctuate so dramatically on a cyclic basis in the first place unless one is willing to en- tertain the idea that cycles of abundance and attrition are one way that nature creates balance over long periods of time. Hares live in close prox- imity to each other and rab- bits. Both sexes occupy small home ranges of a few acres, and they communicate by smell, often rubbing noses, thumping their back feet and making guttural nois- es.

They let out a blood cur- dling scream when threat- ened. During courtship they will chase each other, stop abruptly and reverse direc- tions to jump over one an- backs. Hares, like rabbits, spend days resting under dense conifer branch- es, thick brush or juniper thickets. At night they trav- el along well defined path- ways or trails that can be eas- ily identified in either winter or summer. Droppings are also a clue to their presence and they have to ingest them twice! In the summer snow- shoe hares use dusting to rid themselves of ticks.

When I was young my little brother and I found a baby rabbit (which I am quite cer- tain now was a hare) and fed the leveret with pablum that we squirted through the nip- ple of one of my bot- tles. We kept the youngster outdoors in a tall cardboard box full of grasses and fresh clover for about two weeks where he seemed to be thriv- ing. One day we discovered that our charge had simply vanished without a trace! No doubt the hare had simply gotten big enough to jump out of the box and return to the woods around my grand- parents farm where he had been born. One cautionary lesson to be learned from this child- hood experience is that small snowshoe hares, un- like rabbits, are on their own very early on and can be eas- ily mistaken for an baby. They are abso- lutely irresistible when they are little.

If you find a young hare in the spring it is proba- bly doing just fine, and if you leave it alone the leveret will return to its mother to feed when nightfall approaches if not before. The white hare is a com- mon motif in visual art, and often appears in paintings with women who are god- desses (including Mary) reflecting pre mythological influences. Al- most everyone is probably familiar with the secular watercolor of hare (Young Hare). This Europe- an brown hare is one of the most famous depictions of an animal in the history of European art. There is an unusual wooden carving of three hares at Paderborn Cathedral in Devon (Eng- land) and another in a mon- astery in Switzerland.

This animal is linked to Christian, Jewish, Islam- ic, and Buddhist sites that stretch back to about 600 AD. My guess is that the three hares represent a Trinity that is much older, depicting the three aspects of the pre- Christian Triple Goddess as Maiden, Mother, and Crone, all of which are associated with hares and the moon. GEORGE G. KNIGHT George G. Knight, 75, of MacBurnie Road, Presque Isle, died Monday, Dec.

7, 2015 at the Rumford Com- munity Home, Rumford. He was born in Presque Isle on Dec. 30, 1939 and was the son of Bernard and Christine (Estes) Knight. George graduated from Pr- esque Isle High School and attended Husson College where he received his As- sociates degree. George worked as an ac- countant at the Interna- tional Paper Company in Presque Isle for many years until it shut down and then for many years as an accountant at Defense Finance Accounting Ser- vice until retirement.

He was married in May of 1966 in Royersford, Pa. to the former Joyce Bush who predeceased him. Survivors include daugh- ters Tiffany Colby and husband Kevin of Bethel, and Christine Allen and husband Daniel of Ash- burnham, sister Marilyn Casey of Portage Lake; seven grandchil- dren Miranda, Marianna and Nikolas Colby of Beth- el, Matchurin, Peterson, Isabella and Caleb Allen of Ashburnham, and was predeceased by his parents, wife, and broth- ers Richard and Robert Knight. Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memo- ries online at www.mead- erandson.com. At his re- quest there are no servic- es.

THEODORE E. COLBY Theodore E. Colby 66 of Jefferson, N.H. passed away surrounded by his family on Dec. 3, 2015 at To- gus Springs Veterans Cen- ter.

He was born in North Conway, N.H. on Dec. 30, 1948 to Earl and Nettie Col- by. Later in life, he moved to the East Bethel area where he was raised by his foster parents, Lewis and Rose Smith. In his teenage years, he left High School to join the United States Army during the Viet- nam War.

After joining the Army in 1966, he became part of the 82nd Air Borne and joined the Special Forces. He proudly served in the Vietnam War, re- ceiving several medals for his service, including the Bronze Star. He was Hon- orably Discharged from the Army in 1969. He re- turned to the New Hampshire area and worked in various Mills until he found his true call- ing of Long Haul Trucking. He drove truck for over 45 years, a long term em- ployee of Decatos Broth- ers Trucking, and, later in his career, Jewell Trans- port.

He proudly drove his black Peterbilt and lived by his motto, in Your He left behind many good friends and good times on the road. His sense of humor and playful demeanor will be missed by all who had the privi- lege of meeting him. He is survived by his chil- dren: Tuesday Kempf and partner Brian, Tara Glov- er and husband Todd, Ted Colby and wife Penny, and Timothy Colby. He was very close with all his sib- lings: Raymond Colby and wife Lucinda, Linda Mar- ston and husband Blaine, Norma Taylor, Carol Ber- ing, Rosemary Lilly and husband Albert, and Nan- cy Colby. He also shared a strong bond with his foster brothers and sisters: Grace Gross and husband Neil, Robert Parker and wife Charlotte, Russell Parker, Robert Crouse, and Elea- nor Ryerson.

He also leaves behind several grandchil- dren, numerous other fam- ily members and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Earl and Nettie Colby, his Foster parents Lewis and Rose Smith, Sister Mildred Cole and husband Jim, and brothers Stanley Colby, Willard Col- by, Albion Smith, and Lew- is Smith, Jr. There will be a Military graveside service at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Dresden, Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. All are welcome.

Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home, 130 Pleasant Street, Richmond, Maine 04357. SATURDAY, DEC. 12TH and SUNDAY, DEC. 13TH FREE HOT FUDGE SUNDAES Come and join us in Locke Mills for our annual HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE WEEKEND FREE GIFT BASKET DRAWING SANTA from 11AM-1PM (Saturday only, bring your camera) Sample a variety of Maine foods, enjoy some Christmas music, visit with friends and check out our stocking stuffers, gift baskets and Maine related gifts. MAINE LINE PRODUCTS 297 MAIN STREET, RT.

26 LOCKE MILLS, ME 875-2522 www.mainelineproducts.com Come help us celebrate our 36th year of serving the gift needs of Western CELEBRATE! THE ANDY HOUSE invited to celebrate with us Join Andy Barlow and Friends as we recognize and give thanks to the many volunteers whose helping hands built a new home for Andy. Witness Ben weigh-out as he concludes his weight loss challenge for the cause. Get your limited edition Andy Project souvenir! Food and drink available for purchase. For more information please contact Maria Holloway at 603-553-1973 Thursday, Dec 10th 6 PM Sunday River Brewing Co. Bethel, ME (Corner of Rte.

2 Sunday River Rd.) Benefit for Lou Sicotte There will be a for Lou Sicotte on Sunday, December 13 It will be held at the Masonic Hall in Woodstock from 1:00 to 6:00 pm There will be music and refreshments. Lou is now in Hospice Care. Please come and spend time with those who love him. Fresh Cut Christmas Trees For Sale 10 Pine Ridge Road Greenwood 875-2102 Balsam and Fraser many to choose from including a few 12 foot massive premium Fraser Open 9 am 8 pm daily Christmas trees and wreaths Located on route 2 Rumford Point 11 miles east of Sunday River Road Cell: 357-0124 Merry Christmas from Quality Fence Co. Come choose your tree in a beautiful Christmas setting A local alternative to higher prices Cliff Gray Cremation Funeral Services LLC 60 Andrews Road Bryant Pond, ME 04219 Tel: E-Mail: In Memory of Clayton Crockett To years have passed, Since you had to go, It get any easier, Just to let you know.

We see your face In the frame every day, in a good place, forever you will stay. Our hearts are broken, They will be forever, We miss you now, and forget you never. Your loving family Congratulations Dr. Victoria Crockett-Rice! We are so proud of you. Glad that we could be there at New York Chiropractic College for your special day! Much Love, Mom, Dad, Braydon Danielle Morningstar Baking Linda Smith Will be Taking Orders Pies are $15 Also taking orders for rolls and other baked goods for the holiday season.

Please call with your orders before December 21 for pick up before the 24th. (207) 824-2666 Christmas OpenhOuse December 11 12 10am-5pm Come and see our latest pottery and share some Christmas treats! 146main Bethel 824-2821 Wish her a Happy 90th Birthday! IF you see Mary Paine driving by, 1016 US ROUTE 2, RUMFORD, ME Store Hours MON thru THURS 9 to 6 FRI 9 to 8 SAT 9 to 5 SUN 10 to 5 REMEMBER OUR 30 DAY NO FUSS MONEY BACK GUARANTEE with RECEIPT We reserve the right to limit quantities and correct errors. Prices are for in-store purchases only. Finding deals and shaving prices, what we do! Raised Queen Perfect Sleeper Mattress 99 Price with backpack carrier for easy transport 500 lb. capacity Includes external AC pump Dept.

Store Retail $89.99 Steam Fusion System High temperature steam cleans sanitizes Safely cleans Carpet, Tile, Vinyl Hardwood Surfaces 99 Price Online Retailer Price $109.99 Chic Rechargeable 99 Price Hair removal system Patented Tweezer Disc System removes hair from the root for 6 weeks of smooth skin Drug Store Retail $24.99 Adapter Travel Pouch Cleaning Brush 99 Price 2-in-One Rechargeable Triple Head Shaving System Washable Stainless Steel Blades Sideburn Trimmer 3 Replacement Blades Drug Store Retail $23.99 99 Price 2-Blade Cutting System Drug Store Retail $24.99 For All-in-1 Beard, Mustache Stubble Trimmer Other Shavers Hair Removal Systems available at similar savings Obituaries Reflections Continued from page 17 Local business leaders complete professional development session at vacation rental meeting Amanda and Anthony De- Iulio and Cindy Hiebert of Rent Bethel attended and completed an intensive se- ries of professional develop- ment educational sessions, conducted by industry lead- ers from all over the United States at the first statewide annual meeting of vacation rental professionals held at the Augusta Country Club on Dec. 3, 2015. Audrey L. Miller, Pres- ident, VRPOMe (Vaca- tion Rental Professionals of Maine) and co-owner of the Cottage Connection in Boothbay said that turnout for this first event was even better than ex- pected with about 30 compa- nies represented and some individual property own- ers as VRPOMe spon- sored the educational semi- nars, bringing in speakers from Maine and also na- tionally, to talk about the growing vacation rental in- dustry and the many chang- es that are occurring inter- nationally and nationally and the impact these chang- es will have on Maine vaca- tion rentals..

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