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  • Published
    February 27, 2010

    Looking Astern

    A search through the newspaper archives revealed the following: One year ago, 2009 Ten inches of snow fell in Rockport while Hope saw 12 inches from a storm that hit Feb. 22 and 23 and caused more than 130,000 Central Maine Power customer outages. The Rockland Planning Board voted to require a traffic study before the board would decide whether to waive its right to review a proposed 49 lot housing project ...

  • Published
    February 27, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Earl Dearborn, a true-blue "granger." Fish Hash 1 1/2 cups cooked fish 2 cups mashed or boiled potatoes 1/4 teaspoon pepper salt to taste 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons margarine Combine leftover fish and mashed potato, or if it's leftover boiled potato then chop fine with fish. Add pepper and salt, mix with beaten egg. Add some dry mustard if you wish. Melt two ...

  • Published
    February 27, 2010

    Summit misses the mark

    The health care summit held Feb. 25 in Washington, D.C. between President Barack Obama and leaders of Congress was planned with the aim of dealing with one of the most pressing issues facing many citizens in this country. But the summit failed to look at what many consider the most commonsense approach to health care -- a single-payer, universal program. Local activist Jerry Call rightfully pointed this out ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2010

    The folding metal chair of democracy

    In Maine there are two absolutes. You will root for your favorite basketball team at tourney time and you will sit through a town meeting in March. Every year I find myself back in that uncomfortable folding metal chair in a gymnasium or town hall, thumbing through a town report so new the ink's barely dry. Most town meetings take place in a former school that has been turned over to the town. Some are in ...

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    February 26, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    'Hearts for Haiti' Thank you so much to everyone who supported our sale, "Hearts for Haiti," last Saturday. We made note cards as well as lavender sachets for InterVol, a volunteer organization that sends desperately needed medical supplies to those in need around the world. When the devastating earthquake in Haiti occurred, InterVol focused its attention there. We would like to thank Ken and Laurel Ames of ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2010

    Coming up empty

    In the Gulf of Maine waters, the contrast couldn't be more striking. Crustaceans are plentiful and the lobstering industry is thriving, while groundfish stocks are at all-time lows and the fleets are on the verge of extinction. The effect of humans on the marine resources -- from overfishing to policy making -- is undeniable, controversial and little understood. And that's where economic anthropologist James ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2010

    Black cat

    What a winter. Not. Daffodils are poking up in Lincolnville as an early spring is tempting us in too many ways. The weekend saw a lot of folks outside, not skiing, but raking and poking at the garden dirt, as if it were April, not February. In Lincolnville, the community was out Feb. 20, making a festival of winter at Breezemere Park and Norton Pond, or up the road at the Cellardoor Winery. People played ...

  • Published
    February 26, 2010

    What lies beneath

    The yawning sinkhole on Old County Road in Rockland has captivated the attention of the public, not just locally, but in the broader state. The story has become a media focus as cameras probe every angle of the hole, and the Maine Department of Transportation geophysicist uses radar to discern if an underground tunnel laces beneath pavement and grass at the Rockland Golf Course. This is obviously no ordinary ...

  • Published
    February 25, 2010

    Don’t make promises

    In writing a weekly political column, you learn not to use the first paragraph to make extravagant claims you can’t possibly deliver on. Such tantalizing come-ons at the start of a piece – Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins once posed naked for Popular Mechanics magazine, causing its circulation to plummet – just set up readers for disappointment, when, after 850 words have slipped by, there’s no further informati...

  • Published
    February 21, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Spelling bee The Friends of the Rockland Public Library Adult Spelling Bee held Feb. 9 was a huge success, raising more than $1,100 for the Friends of the Rockland Public Library, which works to support the collections, programs, equipment, and activities of the library through fundraising and volunteer assistance.Twelve five-person teams competed, mostly supporters from the area (including a team from the ...

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