Downtown Camden was among several Midcoast communities featured in a "Black Friday" story aired on WCSH and WLBZ by local journalist extraordinaire Don Carrigan.

He noted that the small downtowns along the coast reported this Black Friday was a good one.

“Very busy, very good,” said Peggy Wadsworth at Once A Tree in Camden.

"All those businesses hope the start of holiday shopping season is the start of a very busy month," Carrigan reported. "Store owners say Christmas profits are needed so they can stay open through the long winter months, and get ready for next summer."

So remember to shop local when you are filling those stockings this season.


Christmas must have come early to The Camden Herald's office, because we received a big box of books last week from Down East Books.

These included such titles as "50 Things To Do In Maine Before You Die," and "How Maine Changed the World," both by Nancy Griffin.

In the first one, number 38 is "Become A Champion Tobogganer" and includes a whole chapter on Camden's U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Snow Bowl.

We were also interested in the book "Haunted Islands in the Gulf of Maine," by Marcus LeBrizzi.

This book includes a terrifying chapter on the ghosts of Islesboro.

One is the ghost of Anna Robins Atterbury, who is believed to haunt the mansion that houses the Islesboro Central School. "She appears as a silhouette but more often as a pale, semi-translucent figure, tall and willowy, and dressed in a flowing white nightgown," the book says.

Her bedroom had been converted into the school's computer room, so we can understand the reason for her unhappiness. Sitting around waiting for computers to update themselves and printers to jam could make any spirit restless.

Thanks, Down East. We appreciated the diversion.


November is drawing to a close, but we should mention that it was National Diabetes Awareness Month, and we at the Spyglass certainly have friends and loved ones affected by this illness.

According to JDRF, the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research: "Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults at any age. … T1D is not related to diet or lifestyle, and there is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and — at present — nothing you can do to get rid of it. In T1D, the body’s immune system destroys cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, meaning the body produces little to no insulin to regulate blood sugar and get energy from food. The onset leads to immediate insulin dependence and the need for injections. T1D requires rigorous 24/7 monitoring of blood glucose levels — even overnight — to avoid lethal highs and lows in blood sugar, and devastating complications like kidney, eye and nerve diseases, and heart disease. … The number of people with T1D is expected to grow to 5 million by the year 2050."

To learn more about T1D and to support JDRF’s mission, visit

"In Type 2 diabetes, your body does not use insulin properly," according to the American Diabetes Association. "…Some people with Type 2 can control their blood glucose with healthy eating and being active. But your doctor may need to also prescribe oral medications or insulin to help you meet your target blood glucose levels."

November has also been National Marrow Awareness Month to raise public consciousness of the nearly 10,000 U.S. patients who are waiting for a life-saving bone marrow transplant, according to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.

If you have any concerns about any of these illnesses, talk to your doctor.


Talking about the weather is VStv's Meteorologist Tyler Southard:

"As we head through this final week of November, the leftovers are slowly dwindling and Christmas trees springing up in living rooms across the Midcoast, but the weather is still lagging behind by a couple weeks. Temperatures will be flip-flopping worse than a politician this week, with alternating chilly days and warmer days. Wednesday will feature a few clouds and a low rain chance with highs near 50 across the Midcoast, which is about 5 to 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. We'll sink back down into the 40s and 30s on Thursday, then shoot right back up to the 50s again on Friday. The mild air Friday will be accompanied by rain showers that will last the majority of the day. After the rain clears, temperatures will cool to near seasonable for the weekend, with highs once again in the 30s and 40s. There is a chance of a few snowflakes during the weekend as a storm stalls to our east over the Canadian maritimes, but you won't need to get the shovel out yet."


"Thou canst not joke an Enemy into a Friend; but thou may'st a Friend into an Enemy."

— Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack

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