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    February 21, 2010

    You guys here for Zumba?

    My brother picked me up to go work out the other day. He was wearing his zip-up one-piece, Army green, lined Dickies coveralls and work boots and ball style cap. His graying beard was a little scruffy and he needed a haircut. I wore black sweatpants, a green T-shirt, a black zipper sweatshirt that I discovered to my embarrassment had egg dripped on the front, running shoes and a cap rimmed with old sweat, and I ...

  • Published
    February 20, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Pat Jonas, a devoted dog lover. The following recipe is from an Amish cookbook. I made it one evening to go with some homemade chicken soup. It was listed under breads, but I think it could also be a dessert. Cinnamon Flop 1 scant cup sugar 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Sift these ingredients together. Add one tablespoon melted butter and 1 cup milk. Stir ...

  • Published
    February 20, 2010

    Exploring alternative energy production

    The opponents to wind power are concerned with the pace at which its development is occurring in the state of Maine. Skepticism and caution are necessary anytime new industries and possibly lucrative business opportunities develop. There are big bucks and big questions now associated with wind power. Oversight is the responsibility of both the state and local regulatory processes. These do not need to be ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2010

    Captain Oblivious and the four Rs

    One of my jobs as a husband and father is medical in nature. I'm not talking about putting bandages on booboos and kissing cat scratches better, though there's plenty of that. I'm really something of an amateur medical researcher. Alert readers may remember that I was the first to properly describe and diagnose M.G.S. (Morning Grumpus Syndrome). Many years of careful observation of Christine's mood prior to ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Costs of special education Citizens for Value In Education agrees with the points made by Pat Hopkins in her letter to the editor last week: The school budget making process this year is challenge filled. The objective must be to avoid increasing the burdens on the taxpayers, or better yet to reduce that tax load, while maintaining or enhancing education quality. In this effort the costs of special education ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2010

    Many Flags: good for the entire region

    As many of you know, the Many Flags, One Campus model has been researched, discussed and refined over the past seven years. We, the Many Flags Application Steering Committee, are now in the process of drafting the application for designation as the first 9-16 integrated model campus in the state. In fact, if selected, the Many Flags model will be the first of its kind in the nation. Our application is due to the ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2010

    Better roads tomorrow

    Even before a gaping hole dangerously opened Feb. 15 on a curve of the well-traveled portion of Old County Road between Rockland and Rockport, Midcoast municipalities had been preoccupied with deteriorating roads. Over the past several years, copious rainstorms have eroded area roadbeds from Washington to Camden to Waldoboro, and local taxpayers have been hit with unanticipated repair costs. A few thousand ...

  • Published
    February 19, 2010

    Camden tax increment financing districts

    The creation of two tax increment financing districts is the question being put before the voters of Camden at a special town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23. After several months of work, the Camden tax increment financing work group took a series of recommendations to the Select Board at its Feb. 2 meeting. The Select Board then voted unanimously to approve scheduling a public hearing and town meeting vote on the ...

  • Published
    February 18, 2010

    Weapon of choice

    As amazing as it seems in this age of 24-hour-a-day punditry, there are still issues about which it is permissible not to have an opinion. For instance, I won’t be drawn into the debate over the relative merits of locally grown, organic broccoli versus the chemicalized version produced at factory farms. That’s because I refuse both to eat broccoli and to engage in pointless arguments about the alleged superiorit...

  • Published
    February 18, 2010

    Black cat

    Warming days The cat is on the prowl these days, what with warmer nights that hint of spring. The sunny days are heating decks, and cats, like the wildlife, are afoot. Many car-deer accidents have been reported over the past week, reminding us that even later in the winter animals are getting, like us, a little stir crazy in their winter habitat. Even though winter returned and hit us with a big snowstorm on ...

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