‘Oh fiddleheads!’

While the Black Cat saves a lot of time and energy each week due to the invention of email, we still welcome snail mail, handwritten notes, letters and office visits at all of the Courier Publications newspaper offices.

One of our new employees “from away” was baffled this week in the Belfast office as he tried to decipher a hand-scrawled epistle from a town columnist. “Fiddleheads?” he wondered. “What are fiddleheads?”

The Black Cat grew up in Maine and has eaten the tender, curled ferns since kittenhood. They are best with a little butter, salt, pepper and vinegar.

They rank right up there with Moxie, another new experience for some employees.

Speaking of salt

Speaking of salt, have you noticed many foods including potato chips are boasting they contain “sea salt.” Pharmacist Curtis Jensen of Jensen’s in Rockland informed the Black Cat this week that the more common and less trendy table salt contains iodine, which is not naturally occurring in many foods and is good for the thyroid. Sea salt doesn’t have this. Either way, most people are getting way too much salt in their processed foods, so take it easy on the salt shaker. Your heart will thank you.

Writing in the Midcoast

In other sea salt news, Steve Waterman, a fisherman, diver and veteran from South Thomaston, stopped into the office the other day with a copy of his book, “Just a Sailor.” He took some time to talk shop with the Black Cat about photography and even told a few nautical-themed ghost stories. As with most members of the Waterman clan, he continues to be a real character.

Sim City

The Black Cat recently met Rockland Historical Society President Harold Simmons.

Simmons mentioned, with a certain amount of understandable pride, that his father Carl Simmons changed the world in Rockland. The elder Simmons owned Sim’s Lunch at Park and Union streets in the 1950s. He has long been credited with the invention of the lobster roll. Where else would it start, but Rockland?

The attached picture is included in “Around Rockland,” a publication of the Shore Village Historical Society. Carl is behind the counter.

More old papers

Francis Bates of Rockland stopped by the office this week to drop off some old newspapers. The publications included some pages from The Courier-Gazette in June 1966. The pages included a picture of the Business and Professional Women’s State Convention at the Samoset Hotel. Among them was at least one beehive hairdo and some pointy glasses frames. The paper also noted that welfare was down in the city from 51 families to 46.

Miller’s, Inc. on Rankin Street was selling everything from the 1964 Valiant Tudor (that’s 1960s for two-door) to the ’63 Rambler sedan. Prices weren’t included, but we’re assuming they were affordable.

Also part of Mr. Bates’ collection was a paper called The Rockland Opinion including issues from 1911 and 1906. Turns out in February 1911 you could buy a 20 h.p. Jackson touring car with detachable Tonneau cover for $350. “Car is in fine running condition today, speedy, and a fine hill climber,” which is more than the Black Cat can say about the ’83 Chevy Chevette he drove during his university days.

Thank you Mr. Bates.

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