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    September 1, 2011

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    Rumming with the Heron The lovely schooner Heron, whose homeport is Rockport, is one of the stars appearing in a major film premiering Oct. 28 around the country. Johnny Depp co-stars along with the Heron, so the boat is in good company. The movie is “Rum Diary,” Depp’s film based on Hunter S. Thompson’s first novel “The Rum Diary.” Depp plays the journalist-drinker in Puerto Rico, circa the late 1950s. The …

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    August 15, 2011

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    High Summer has settled into the Midcoast, vegetable gardens are getting heavy with tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers, boats are getting used, and all kinds of visitors are thronging the area, with festival after festival filling weekends. After a lot of July angst, local tourism has picked up and restaurant owners are singing much happier tunes. On Sunday, Aug. 7, it rained hard, filling the ground with much-neede…

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    June 30, 2011

    Black Cat

    From the humble Farmer In yesterday’s online newspaper almost 500 people wrote in to rain hellfire on the gay marriage law that just passed in New York. So when I read today that “When builder X constructed a home for his partner…” I expected to see more than 400 letters beneath the article condemning X for his perverted lifestyle. But then in the next word, when we learn that his “partner” is a woman, …

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    June 23, 2011

    Black Cat

    Welcome summer! Animal antics and other phenomenons of nature seem to fill our corner of the world this June. From the amazing double rainbow that followed a thunderstorm on June 18 and viewed all along the immediate Midcoast to suddenly sumptuous flower gardens all abloom, June is delivering a show of life and color. The solstice occurred at 1:16 p.m., June 21, under bright azure skies and warming temperatures….

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    June 2, 2011

    Black Cat

    New arrivals Animals — birds and otherwise — are taking center stage these first few weeks of growing (and hatching and birthing) season. Nature is exploding with new life, as the warm sun and balmy temperatures have collaborated for a stretch of early summer weather. Few can say their perennials have not sprung up a few inches, or feet. The soil is commanding, “quick, quick, get the seeds and seedlings in the …

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    May 19, 2011

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    Beware!Visitors to the cemetery on Heal Road in Lincolnville may receive an unexpected greeting from the cemetery’s keeper, which would be … a rooster. As Lincolnville veterans were placing flags on gravestones to prepare for Memorial Day, the rooster, whose feathers were in a ruffle, hopped onto the car of Ron Rainfrette, who was able to get a photograph of him. Another veteran, who was at the cemetery at a …

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    May 12, 2011

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    Spring 2011 Mother’s Day arrived with sunny, warm breezes, and right on schedule with it, this year’s crop of black flies. But that only means that soon to follow will be lilies of the valley, lilacs and lupines, as nature balances a perfect spring with just a few irritants. (Yes, the ticks are here, too.) We all mark the glorious Maine spring with different appreciations: Some just dig in the dirt, others wash …

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    April 21, 2011

    Black Cat

    Peas are in the ground After the storm blew through on Sunday morning, April 17, the world was suddenly a lot warmer, and a lot greener. A perfect day to get the peas in the ground. As the adage goes: peas in the ground by April 15, then salmon and peas, and maybe even new potatoes for Independence Day meal. The courageous crocuses are in full glory now, and the daffodils and other little colorful bulbs are not …

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    April 8, 2011

    Black Cat

    Yeah, yeah, April Fools’ The illustrious weather on April 1 was our special collective version of a great April Fools’ joke, and the prank was on us as we attempted to travel on that Friday. When Route 1 resembles a buckboard, the signs are all there that perhaps we should not even be on the road. A reader in Friendship, alert to the scanner, heard the frustration over the scanner in late morning: “Eighteen …

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    March 12, 2011

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    Who are these men? Francina Pearse, of Hope, has this photo in her collection and would like help identifying the men in it. They were the directors of the Camden Farmers Union and the picture was taken approximately 60 years ago. If you know who they are, please call 236-8511. What hides in the attic Barry Payson, of Warren, stopped by the Camden office of VillageSoup and The Herald Gazette with a …

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