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  • Published
    January 9, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Hazel Peabody, a special lady and excellent cook. Sweet 'n' Sour Pork 2 cups diced lean pork 1 chicken bouillon cube 1 cup boiling water 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 teaspoons soy sauce 2 cups green pepper strips 1 can pineapple chunks (drain into a bowl) 2 teaspoons cornstarch Brown pork in hot fat. ...

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    January 9, 2010

    Home in the dark, snow, rain and wind

    The Maine State Legislature is contemplating putting a warning on cell phones that they might cause brain cancer. This would be a first. I'm not sure what to make of the fact that the only other state that is considering the same thing is California. There are some issues in which it would be nice to see Maine paired with California -- weather, for instance -- but cancer warnings on cell phones is not one of ...

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    January 9, 2010

    Education matters

    The news at the end of the first week of 2010 in the Midcoast is dominated by education costs, as Maine School Administrative District 40 debates closing smaller village schools, Regional School Unit 13 hears rebukes from students and parents about consolidating Georges Valley High School and Rockland District High School, and the Five Town Community School District board casts a critical eye on the costs of ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Black cat

    Get (thinking about) gardening Now that the sun is heading back this way (supposedly, though we haven't seen it through a week of snow showers), thoughts turn toward gardening. What better time to think green than in the depths of winter white. Somewhere beneath the veil of gray and white lie slumbering bulbs and seeds. Soon enough, some trees, such as poplar and birch, will even consider budding. Over at the ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Editorial cartoon

    This editorial cartoon appeared in the Jan. 6 Herald Gazette.

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    January 8, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Thanks from Freedom Riders On Nov. 21, Freedom Riders held its second successful Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser sponsored by Applebee's Restaurant. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Applebee's for the generous hospitality, and also to the community for its faithful support of our organization. This year Freedom Riders celebrated its 25th year of providing equine assisted therapies and activities to ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Going to Mark McClellan’s memorial service

    The local ice-boating community -- about six of us -- had been second-guessing ourselves: We had measured the ice thickness on Chickawaukie on Saturday, Dec. 19, finding a consistent 3.5 inches or more, and we marked the lake's only hazards with three orange traffic cones, carefully frozen in place. These were theĀ  open holes in the southeast corner of the lake. Then we excitedly sailed the hard black ice that ...

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    January 8, 2010

    A balanced approach will balance the budget

    With just about every state in the nation facing record-breaking budget shortfalls, no one really knows what the "new normal" will be in state fiscal policy. With tax revenues substantially down and unemployment up, fiscal coffers are not going to fill up anytime soon. The economic heyday of the last few decades is over. Treading water or putting our heads in the sand until the good times return is a disservice ...

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    January 8, 2010

    Courthouse security needs a boost

    In the last few weeks of 2009, residents entering the Knox County Courthouse in Rockland were greeted by two security officers and asked to step through a metal detector. Those who had metal zippers on their coats or items in their pockets that set off the detectors were then screened with a hand-held metal-detecting wand. While those who had not spent much time at court might have assumed this was just ...

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    January 8, 2010

    The ice is never safe

    The ice is never safe. There is always thin ice somewhere. I have spent most of my adult life on the ice every winter, every day I could get on it. I sail ice boats. I ski on the ice. I fly wings on the ice. I am also a former Navy diver with some experience in cold water and I have rescued a few folks, too. I have fallen through the ice more times than I can remember and rescued myself. Ice sheets are rarely ...


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