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  • Published
    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, ...

  • Published
    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 ...

  • Published
    April 16, 2010

    Downsizing to downtown

    I love adventures, and the adventure of moving is one I strongly recommend every 10 years or so.  It isn't easy, but it will freshen up your relationships with things, and with people. Tiring, even exhausting, as the process is, there's a spiritual component to it. We usually look at things from a human-centered point of view: We own a house. We try to manipulate the selling process to gain enough treasure, to ...

  • Published
    April 16, 2010

    Fishing for consensus

    The image of the solitary Maine fisherman is part of American culture. These independent, resourceful and hardworking people are so interwoven in our perception of the Maine Coast that it would be difficult to imagine our communities without them. As the human population and its demand on the earth's bounty grows, the strain on fisheries and harvesters is becoming increasingly evident. The November decision by ...

  • Published
    April 15, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters 04/21

    No resting on laurels Pen Bay Healthcare is proud to have received the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce's Good to be Green Award Saturday night at the chamber's annual dinner. While the success of Pen Bay Healthcare's Green initiatives is due to a group effort, there are a few individuals who need to be singled out for special thanks. Those people are: Kathy Florance, RN; Don Gross, administrator at ...

  • Published
    April 15, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    Weatherization project The Green Sneakers weatherization outreach date is coming up on Saturday, May 15 and we are looking for more volunteers (teen and older) to carry energy saving information to neighborhoods in Camden and Rockland. We get useful online energy efficiency training (and nice T-shirts!) and the opportunity to let people know how they can save energy and money while reducing pollution and ...

  • Published
    April 11, 2010

    Herald Gazette letters

    SAD 28: How about a break for the taxpayers? When Maine School Administrative District 28 elected to purchase the Montessori School, Camden and Rockport taxpayers paid. When the SAD 28 middle school needed renovation, Camden and Rockport taxpayers paid. When SAD 28 decided to build Rockport Elementary School West, Camden and Rockport taxpayers paid. Earlier in the last decade, as SAD 28 school enrollment ...

  • Published
    April 11, 2010

    Solitary confinement

    We agreed with Rep. Ed Mazurek, D-Rockland, when, after voting against L.D. 1611, "An Act To Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners," he said the new warden at the Maine State Prison should be given time to come up with her own review and policies. But we don't find the other reason for his vote very convincing. Mazurek said the prison is a prison and not a mental hospital, and isolation units ...

  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Devastating examples

    For any parent or taxpayer affected by the Rockland and Thomaston area proposal for immediate school consolidation: If we are to be concerned about "devastating effects," it should be with the school leader and not with the budget cuts. As concerned parents and taxpayers, my husband and I attended the March school board meeting. We have been following the issues from home on Channel 11, but with the motion in ...

  • Published
    April 10, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Carmen and Reggie Sanchez of Arizona -- good neighbors and good friends. Carmen gave me the following recipe: Oregon Carrot Cake 2 cups of sugar 3 eggs 1 1/2 cups cooking oil 3 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt (if desired) 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups grated raw carrots 1 1/2 cups crushed pineapple, drained 1 cup ...

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