On June 11, 2013, the town of Lincolnville, where I live, want the voters of the town to approve a referendum vote giving the town the power to establish or abolish a local police department. Since we already have a police department — albeit it's one person — it seems to me that the point of this is to do away with the existing police department.

So this week's column is dedicated to all the citizens of Lincolnville who feel, as I do, and understand that, a police department is as important as a fire department. Are we going to abolish them also?

Mocha Streusel Espresso Coffee Cake


1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt


1/2 cu powdered sugar

1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Combine all streusel ingredients except butter in bowl or food processor. Cut in 3 tablespoons butter with pastry blender or pulse until coarse crumbs form. Beat 1/2 cup butter in large bowl until creamy. Add sugar, beat 3 minutes or until fluffy. Combine coffee powder and 2 tablespoons hot water; beat into butter mixture, along with eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla, until blended.

Whisk 2 cups flour, baking powder baking soda and salt in medium bowl. At low speed, beat in flour mixture in three parts alternatively with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Spread half of the batter in pan; sprinkle with half of the streusel. Spread with remaining batter; sprinkle with remaining streusel. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk all glaze ingredients in small bowl. Drizzle over cake. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Our thoughts for the week:

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate and, if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." — Nelson Mandela

"The wars between peoples are a reflections of our own inner conflict and fear." — Jack Kornfield.