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  • Published
    February 5, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Too much of a good thing As director of parks and recreation for the town of Camden, I would like to thank everyone who has come to the Snow Bowl this winter to enjoy the tubing, skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. It's been a great winter so far, though as we often see here on the coast, it's been a mix of big snow and, recently, big rain. All of the staff here work hard to keep the terrain at its best but ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Fields of vision

    “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world,” wrote William Sloane Coffin, scholar, religious leader and activist. I thought about that quote as the disaster in Haiti reached a peak in the usual media frenzy about such things. After months of hearing anti-government hysteria from the “Tea Party” and their Republican hangers-on it was more than a little revealing when a ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Black cat

    Teens For Jeans A jean drive is on at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport where the main office is accepting donations of gently worn jeans. The purpose is to help teenagers in Haiti, as well as homeless teens in local communities. The jeans get collected and then delivered to Aeropostale (a jean designer and manufacturing company), which sends them off to Haiti or a local homeless shelter. The jeans ...

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    February 5, 2010

    Maintaining modest estate tax promotes shared prosperity

    Amid all the end of year legislative frenzy to wrap up by Christmas, an important piece of legislation was left behind -- the federal estate tax. This is a tax that most of us will never have to worry about -- only 42 estates in Maine paid the tax in 2008. But it's also a responsible and fair way to pay for important public services. The estate tax is essentially a tax on property transferred at the time of ...

  • 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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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    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, ...


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