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    April 29, 2010

    Rockport charter

    Of course everyone has their pantyhose knotted up about this Rockport Select Board member/charter amendment deal. It's the talk of people all through the area, going way beyond Rockport. Everybody has an opinion and so do I. Mine may be a little different, but that shouldn't come as any surprise to people who follow what I write. There are three people who are jammed right up here and don't deserve to be. I ...

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    April 29, 2010

    Rising red tide concerns

    The first red tide closure of the season hit the Maine Coast in late March, halting the harvest of some species of shellfish from Harpswell to the New Hampshire border. This unexpected closure, about a month earlier than usual, seems to confirm the warnings of marine resource officials that 2010 may be an especially difficult year for our shellfish industry. The reasons for the dire predictions are the high ...

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    April 28, 2010

    The demise of a credit card offer collection

    Hey! My credit card offers are missing! Ten years of collecting credit card offers down the drain, apparently swiped from my office. I had them here in a neat pile beside my desk. All right; the pile wasn't very neat this morning but that's only a matter of timing. Every week I get a number of offers in the mail in which large financial institutions beg both my wife and me to accept large amounts of credit from ...

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    April 24, 2010

    Good for Peter!

    The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner always draws a large group of business and community leaders for a night of awards, speeches and entertainment. At this year's event held April 17, it was especially nice to see Peter Lammert of Thomaston recognized for all of his volunteerism. Lammert was named the Community Person of the Year. "Since his arrival to Thomaston, this individual has ...

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    April 24, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Jeannie Johnson of Port Orange, Fla. Jeannie is a hardworking neighbor of my sister's and is an excellent cook, which I can personally testify to since I recently visited my sister. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies Beat by hand: 1 cup shortening 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla add: 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups flour ...

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    April 22, 2010

    Earth Day: an annual observance of a long journey

    I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.  ~Elwyn Brooks White, Essays of E.B. White, 1977When Senator Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, suggested the first Earth Week, 40 years ago, he was responding, in part, to the results of a major oil spill on the Pacific coast.Born in a ...

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    April 21, 2010

    Resilience amid upheaval

    I wonder how many of us have ever been hit in the head with a rock? It seems to me, as a kid, that I was once on the receiving end of that treacherous concoction of innocuous snowpack surrounding hard core. And then, there was the time the (empty, thank God!) 55-gallon drum rolled off a wooden shelf and banged me in the head during a Boy Scout meeting. That's when I found out that they can also glue — not just ...

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    April 20, 2010

    Beheaded. A metaphor?

    When Rockland received its most recent destination designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, accompanying the news announcement was a photograph of the Gilbert and Adams Central Park and gardens in their glory, with the Reed-installed gazebo, and the water view in the background. For a minimum of 25 years, Marie 'Sis' Reed and friends created and maintained the beautiful gardens and gazebo ...

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    April 17, 2010

    The Preface

    For Shubhra Chand   We have only had a glimpse of your work it lies here in the sun of the bay still enclosed in linen I saw black and white red and gold yesterday at your brother's house though we have a small local collection only one, a Kollwitz restrike out of the country however, we long for the rest of the world we have a little room of Asian objects flags, a tiger of Mongolia, ...

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    April 17, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Gary B., a server at IHOP, on W. Cheyenne Blvd. in Las Vegas, Nev. This gentleman was an excellent waiter -- fast, polite, amusing and helpful. He took the time to go above and beyond 100 percent. May he live long and prosper. Tropical Bruffins 1 (8 3/4 or 9 ounce) can crushed pineapple 2 bananas 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup milk 2/3 cup Grape-Nuts 2 cups biscuit ...

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