North Haven news
As October comes to a close the impending winter becomes more evident with the sights and smells of wood being burned. North Haveners, like a lot of Mainers, rely on wood to heat their homes; perhaps even more so here due to the higher cost of oil and the abundance of wood. The forest’s on North Haven are primarily made up of soft wood which can create more creosote if it is not dried and burned properly. This is why it is a perfect time of year for North Haven’s older residents to reach out to Forrest or one of the other capable volunteer firefighters about having their chimney cleaned. While the volunteer crew offers this service to certain families, I feel I should say that if you are reading this and you are capable or have a partner who is, I guess it’s that time of year to get out on the roof. To those cleaning their chimneys, if you have any questions, concerns or need the tools for the job Forrest is only a phone call away.
The fair weather of October has lots of workers outside trying to finish projects before the snow flies, and the crew from Prock Marine is no exception, yet again. This time the crew is out here rebuilding the Casino Yacht Clubs pier. The Casino project started Sept. 26 and is scheduled to go through the middle of December. Ten plus weeks and over a quarter million dollars will provide future boaters and sailors with all new pylons, framing and decking at the Casino wharf. The work taking place downtown has been quite interesting to see unfold. I’m sure the new wharf will turn out well considering Prock’s reputation for their work.
Oct. 18 started out as dark and rainy day only to become sunny just as Joe Browns graveside service got under way. Joe was laid to rest at the Fuller Cemetery on North Haven. Immediately following the service friends and family gathered at the Grange Hall (which Joe was the longest serving member of) to celebrate his life. Joe is survived by his sister Mary Ella Gove and his two brothers James and Charles Brown. While Joe may be laid to rest, his impact on so many on North Haven is still alive and strong.
Saturday, the 26th was youth day for deer hunting and just as most Mainers burn wood most of us also love the taste of venison and chasing that elusive monster buck. For the next four weeks we can all expect to hear gunshots, wear blaze orange while out for walks, and see dead deer in the back of many a truck at North Haven Grocery. To the islanders and off islanders planning to hunt on North Haven (or anywhere for that matter) a little common sense and courtesy goes a long way. Good luck and happy hunting to all.
I’m going to use this next paragraph to touch on a few things that have and are happening on North Haven that many islanders and I don’t care for. The first: The fact that someone would buy a house, kick out the renter and tear it down. Sure it’s theirs and they can do as the please, but it really is a travesty if you ask me. The second: When a large group of young people come to North Haven to hold a road skiing race and show little regard for others on the road. Some of the things I heard this year about the recent race were: on youth hunting day, I got flipped off, on dump day, where was the notice, it was on Sunday for the past two years, it’s dangerous and my favorite “no one should have to endure that much spandex in one day”. Perhaps next year they could wear more natural fibers like wool, come out on Sunday, i.e. not dump day and keep all their fingers on their ski poles. As for the tearing down of houses that could be inhabited, I’m not sure what we can do there but at least I got a nice tub and sink out of there. The third subject is one I don’t care to get involved in but I have had people ask me if I am going to say anything about it so here is what I have to say: The former basketball coach Ryan Lantagne was in fact arrested again on similar charges and if this story interests you there is plenty of print out there by actual journalists. It wouldn’t be right for me to ignore this as something big around town but it would also not be right for me to make assumptions about the recent allegations.
This column will be finding you on the last day of October, every kid’s favorite pre-Christmas holiday. Halloween is usually a downtown thing so for all the people out on Crabtree or the North Shore trick-or-treaters are usually a rare event which means we’re stuck with a bowl full of candy. This year will be different though. Trunk or treat has been talked about around town this year. The idea is to get people from the outskirts of town to come to the ballfield, dress up and of course hand out candy to the local ghosts and goblins, perhaps out of the trunk. I’m not one for endorsing activities out of one’s trunk but this seems to be pretty harmless. Filling my trunk with candy and bones seems like something I would do any time of year anyhow so chalk me up. The kids should really score this year, one stop shopping. To all the little ghouls, be safe and to the older clowns think of something original this year for the after hours thing, toilet paper in trees is so '50s.
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Kim Lincoln has worked for Courier Publications since 2003, serving as a reporter, assistant editor and copy editor.
During her time with the company she has worked for each of the three newspapers, The Courier-Gazette, The Camden Herald and The Republican Journal.
When she is not in the newsroom, Kim likes to be outside, whether it be gardening, swimming, hiking or just enjoying the sunshine.
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