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    February 27, 2011

    Black Cat

    Signs of spring are surfacing slowly (really!), at least indoors. Some windows of downtown storefronts are bursting with potted geraniums and lavender that are growing like crazy. On some days, it there is even a scent of spring in the air, while the sun remains longer with us at the end of the day. We’re dreaming of evenings on the deck and digging in the gardens. Won’t be long. Congratulations, Dave When …

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    February 13, 2011

    Black Cat

    Thank you, John Wooster! A friend visited us the other day, mollified but extremely grateful to the Camden Post Office, more specifically, John Wooster, who works there. Our friend retrieved her mail from the box, and in her zeal to reduce the level of junk mail in her life, she tossed it all into a recycle bin, and along with it, a paycheck bearing sizable digits. But Wooster, whose job it is to ensure the …

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    December 9, 2010

    Black Cat: Nautica models, trap trees, cooking firefighters

    The Black Cat has been slumbering lately, that late autumn chill keeping the prowler inside by the stove. But what a difference a few holiday weekends make (let’s not forget the power of turkey), and suddenly the old cat has pounced back into the thick of it all. The Festival of Lights in Rockland, and Christmas by the Sea in Camden, then all the celebratory tree lightings, well, there’s no time like the present …

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    November 11, 2010

    Black Cat

    Precious cargo From Union, Vicki Harriman recounts a hen’s tale … In early October, Herbie’s Happy Hens of Come Spring Farm in Union flew the coop. Those 10 aged silver-laced Wyandottes, originally from Ron Hawes’ Union Agway, were life-flighted via special cargo on Penobscot Air (rumor has it that Roger Wolverton, an old-time friend of Come Spring Farm, was the pilot on that flight). The elderly hens are now …

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    November 4, 2010

    Black Cat

    Midcoast in the national news A recent article in USA Today focused on Camden and the concern of regional groups to stop the exodus of young people from the state. The article’s spotlight was on Midcoast Magnet, the local nonprofit whose mission is to support innovative projects that foster creativity, livability and economic vitality. The article also offered a few startling census facts: New Hampshire now has …

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    October 9, 2010

    Black Cat

    Knight in camouflage armor A friend writes: “Here’s me thinking: I’ll just run out real quick to get gas, no matter it’s early evening, there’s a heavy rain shower and winds are gusting. No matter I’ve left the cell phone home on the counter, and that it is already the middle of the Camden Film Festival and the streets are crowded. I’ll just strap the two-year-old to his car seat, throw a raincoat over my …

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    September 30, 2010

    Black cat

    Attempt under way to save elm struck by lightening The elm tree at the head of the Camden Harbor that was struck by lightening two weeks ago is tentatively considered a survivor. The tree is approximately 50 to 60 years old, one of a very few old elms left in town. It survived many storms and Dutch Elm Disease. The lightening strike was severe, peeling back the bark about half way around the circumference and …

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    September 26, 2010

    Black Cat

    Hurricane damage (not) Our friend on Vinalhaven writes that Hurricane Earl passed across the Gulf of Maine, and felt fortunate enough to include a photo of the damage inflicted. The photo was of four white plastic lawn chairs tidily arranged on the grass. One, however, had tipped over on its back. An image of horrendous devastation from the island. Hurricane Igor likewise passed a little further to the east …

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    September 19, 2010

    Black Cat

    Where did that storm come from? As if on cue, Labor Day arrived and suddenly we were pulling on the long pants, socks and sweaters. Temperatures dipped, and it was hard to imagine the 97 degree temperatures of just two weeks ago. Gardens likewise responded, with cucumbers and zucchini drawing back on their incredible production of summer 2010. All of a sudden, it seemed, the sky darkened at 6:30 p.m. But most …

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    August 27, 2010

    Black cat

    Fair winds and following seas There will be a passel of homes throughout the Midcoast over the next few weeks needing full boxes of Kleenex as families send off children to school. Mothers will be waving their kindergartners off on buses, smiling bravely before turning back to the house, teary eyed as babies grow into students. Further along the spectrum, another set of mothers, maybe some fathers, will be …

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