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  • Published
    February 16, 2010

    Natural history by car

    While a passenger on a long drive to Boston recently, I realized that even in winter things can get interesting out the window. Paying a little attention while watching the world go by can greatly improve a road trip, and it feels better than just sleeping the trip away. By keeping your eyes open, you might awaken your body and your mind. Of course, my first interest is always birds. I'm fond of tallying the ...

  • Published
    February 15, 2010

    Think colorful, affordable potted flowers for your Valentine

    A dozen long-stemmed roses could be one way to treat your Valentine, but why not think beyond that box this year with something novel, something unique. This is the season when shops and supermarket floral departments are laden with the widest selection of fun, affordable bulb flowers in pots. These winter wonders are largely spring bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and hyacinths that have been brought into ...

  • Published
    February 14, 2010

    Near and dear to my heart

    This article is about a woman and her brother who are buried at Mountain View Cemetery. Her name was Azizeh Ayoube and she was born in Beirut, Syria (now Lebanon) on Nov. 19, 1894. When she was but 8 years old, her mother died in childbirth and little Azizeh was left to help her father keep house and take care of three younger brothers. Her father had built a home on the mountainside of Ain Sindyani, just above ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Looking Astern

    One year ago, 2009 A surge in reported cases of influenza and upper respiratory illness in the Midcoast prompted the Maine Center for Disease Control to advise the community to take extra precaution to halt the spread of germs. The Maine Democratic Party was fined $424 by the state's ethics commission for late reporting of spending on behalf of a candidate, marking the third time since September that the ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Aftermath of Question 1

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009, the state of Maine witnessed a political battle over gay marriage that attracted funds and attention from all over the United States. The issue was Referendum No. 1 — Should the people of the state of Maine, i.e., the citizens of the state of Maine, repeal the law passed by the Legislature to permit marriage of persons of the same sex (gay marriage). If the issue was not confusing, ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    A curious sort of person

    I saw Lawrence Nash the other day. Remember Lawrence? He was a county commissioner for quite a while until Roger Moody beat him out. Kind of funny because Lawrence was on the board of selectmen that hired Roger to be town manager in Camden, and then Roger took Lawrence's job at the county. Lawrence also might be remembered for not knowing where he lived. Seems shortly after he moved to Union, he tried to vote in ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to all those who celebrate Valentine's Day. T-Bones for Two 2 beef T-bone steaks (1 inch thick and 12 ounces each) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning 1/2 teaspoon lime-pepper seasoning 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Brush steaks with oil. Combine the remaining ingredients; rub over steaks. ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Animal shelter needs support I write this letter to all residents of Knox County. I am seeking your help in an area that needs it. First let me explain who I am and what I do. I am the animal control officer for the town of Thomaston. Since I became the animal control officer, I have on several occasions visited the Humane Society of Knox County shelter and this has included taking cats and dogs to it. What I ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Looking Astern

    A look back in the local newspaper archives revealed the following: One year ago, 2009 The city of Rockland went to court to collect $222,128 in fees it claimed a contractor owed for dumping debris into its quarry landfill. The contractor, Plan-It Recycling and Transfer Inc. of Gorham, won a bid in 2007 as a way to generate additional  non-property tax revenues for Rockland. It was reported that at the end ...

  • Published
    February 13, 2010

    Time to save money

    The Legislature's Education Committee voted last week to recommend that school districts that refuse to consolidate not suffer financial penalties for the next two years. There are differing opinions about the wisdom of that decision, with some believing that the education committee, in doing so, has set a poor example for the rest of the state. Others maintain that the committee is reflecting the ongoing ...

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