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  • Published
    February 4, 2010

    Operators are standing by

    Here’s the ugly truth about Republican, 2nd-District congressional candidate Jason Levesque: He earns his living making infomercials. And he has a pine cone growing out of his head. Let’s take that second problem first. Levesque has been running a campaign ad on the Web site Pine Tree Politics (pinetreepolitics.com) showing a photo of the candidate with what appears to be a snow-covered pine cone bursting ...

  • Published
    February 1, 2010

    From Thomaston to Camden: the Tolman Bus

    My son-in-law's father, Tom Fletcher, was born in 1900 and told me one time about seeing the first automobile to come to his town of Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan. Tom said he was 12 years old when the first horseless carriage came to town, racing around at speeds of up to 15 mph, frightening the horses and chickens, and endangering women and children. "There ought to be a law," concerned citizens said. Well, the ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Early and active Halls in Camden

    In section 2, lot 37 at Mountain View Cemetery lies one of our very early and distinguished settlers, Joseph Hall. He was a younger brother of Farnham and Frye Hall, who came to Camden before him. Hon. Joseph Hall was born in Methuen, Mass., on June 26, 1793, and received his primary education there, plus a few months in Andover, Mass.        Joseph came to Camden when he was about 16 years of age, and found ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Save money and lose weight

    I know I caught your attention! After Americans are done ringing in the new year and are past all the holiday cheer, the number one New Year's resolution starts: weight loss. So ... which diet to choose? Well, after a quick search of diet books currently on the market, and 394 authors later, I defer to the common sense illustrated by my clients who have successfully lost weight and kept it off. I know the ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Colorful flowers fill winter dreams

    The cold, white winter is fertile ground for colorful flower dreams; so as I order seeds for the vegetable garden, lots of flowers creep into the plan. Sweet alyssum is great for beautifying vegetable gardens and, at the same time, attracting beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, lacewings and tachinid flies; supporting bees; and producing fragrance (especially white-flowered varieties). This low-growing, ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Editorial cartoon

    This editorial cartoon appeared in the Jan. 27 Herald Gazette.

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Expert care This letter is written on behalf of my family in Maine and Massachusetts to express ourgratitude for those who provide services to Midcoast residents responsible for the care of their elderly loved ones. My mother, Lena Page, lived in Maine for the past 15 months. My wife and I wanted herto live with us in our home in Owls Head after living alone in her own home inMassachusetts for nearly 20 years ...

  • Published
    January 31, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Robert Betjemann, a boat builder and carpenter of highest acclaim. Doughnuts Beat: 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons melted shortening Add: 1 cup buttermilk Stir in: 3 1/2 cups flour, sifted together with 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder. Store in covered container overnight in refrigerator. (This dough may be kept ...

  • Published
    January 30, 2010

    When only a letter will do

    "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." - Harriet Beecher Stowe I recently wrote a letter to a person who was a very important part of my childhood and young adult life. Though we rarely visit or talk anymore, and she is reaching an age of goodbyes, she still holds, and always will hold, a special place in my heart and mind. I cannot, looking back, imagine ...

  • Published
    January 30, 2010

    Woodworker uses pallets as his palette

    Consider the lowly used shipping pallet. Where others see junk or firewood, woodworker Hugh Lane sees a handsome, functional piece of furniture. Lane, who works out of a shop in Rockland's Lincoln Street Center, uses lumber salvaged from pallets in the woodworking classes he teaches to adults at the Mid-Coast School of Technology. "Salvaged pallet lumber has many virtues," said Lane. "It's usually a nice ...


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