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    June 28, 2012

    Baseball photo becomes Rockland’s pastime

    After running a photo of the 1972 Odd Fellows Rockland Little League team, we received several emails from alert readers, but who all of those boys are remains in doubt. Among those who wrote into us were Peter Grant of Waldoboro, Cheryl Frontin Kelley and David Winchenbach. Here’s what we’ve got now: front row from left, Steve Heal or Carlton Murphy, Dicky Kelley or John Murphy, Kenneth Wilson, Peter Malcolm, …

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    June 7, 2012

    Soup for a song and songs for a soup kitchen

    Frequent caller and reader Leroy “Roy” Peasley of Rockland was back on the Black Cat’s phone line this week with an interesting request. Roy has been playing his guitar and harmonica every Thursday at the St. Bernard’s soup kitchen in Rockland for some years now. At times he has been joined by a number of musical friends, playing old standards including “Danny Boy,” “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” and “Good Old …

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    May 24, 2012

    Fiddleheads and sea salt

    ‘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….

  • Published
    January 11, 2012

    A ring’s tale

    Our colleague, Kipp Wright, hit a rough patch over the weekend. Really, it was more of a slimy patch, and at the center of it all, a wedding ring. He writes: Night fell on Dec. 28, and the in-laws had departed from their holiday visit. Getting the boys back into a normal bed routine became our focus, and in wrestling a three year-old to the bath, my wedding ring slipped off my hand. Out of the corner of my eye, I …

  • Published
    November 11, 2011

    Black Cat

    Goodbye, Andy The passing of Andy Rooney last week saddened many, as the end of a long era closed for a man who said in October he would not be retiring. “But I’m not retiring,” he was quoted. “Writers don’t retire, and I’ll always be a writer.” Rooney’s wit was markedly of a time in America when a dry, erudite sense of humor was something to be cultivated. He accomplished that with style, right up until the …

  • Published
    October 27, 2011

    Black Cat

    Ellie missing in Hope Ellie, a Jack Russell Terrier, has been missing from her Hope home since Tuesday, Oct. 18. She and her “sibling” had been missing just a few days prior, and now Ellie has gone off on her own. Please call Ted or Heidi Steele if you have knowledge of her whereabouts, 542-4316. Saying goodbye to old friends On Oct. 29 and 30, Harry and Marion Swanson are holding an open house at the …

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    October 20, 2011

    Black Cat

    Chow for Chow-E Lauralee Clayton, of Lincolnville, writes about a certain black cat with his own unique history: A black cat with down-turned ears and a “chewed-up” face was dropped off some years ago on a country road in Lincolnville along with four or five other kittens. “They lived on the streets,” said Ron Rainfrette, who noticed the young cats mostly at night. One kitten stood out, larger, and Ron named …

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    October 6, 2011

    Black Cat

    Send off the season with a bang at Polly’s Folly Fall Regatta Sailors, kayakers, power boat lovers and anyone else who likes messing around in boats are invited to watch and/or participate in the annual Polly’s Folly Fall Regatta this Saturday, Oct. 8 on Megunticook Lake in Camden. The first gun will be at 1:30 p.m. The beach party and awards presentation begins around 4 p.m. at Polly’s Folly at 159 Beaucaire …

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    October 2, 2011

    Black Cat

    From the humble Farmer A friend took a picture of me while I was speaking at the Common Ground Fair and posted it on my Facebook page. A woman friend wrote beneath the picture: “I did notice that his suspenders were not centered.” Does this not raise an interesting question? Centered on what? When I looked at the picture I also noticed that my suspenders were not centered but that was the second thing I …

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    September 22, 2011

    Black Cat

    Walk for Fukushima The walkers for Fukushima began their journey in Rockland on Sept. 4 and have been gathering energy and support, including new walkers, along the way. Mie Athearn, a Japanese woman living in Rockland and a native of Fukushima prefecture, has undertaken a 16-day Walk for Fukushima, more than 200 miles, to deliver a message to the Japanese Consulate in Boston appealing to the Japanese government…

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