The Camden Spyglass, Jan. 11

Jan 11, 2018

Our little piece of the coast merited coverage in no less a venerable publication than the New York Times on Jan. 4 in a story titled: "‘Bomb Cyclone’: Snow and Bitter Cold Blast the Northeast," by Alan Blinder, Patricia Mazzei and Jess Bidgood.

If you scroll down you come to the subhead: "A Mainer says it is a nice day for a run."

"...Mish Sommers, 46, who lives in Lincolnville, Me., went for a run Thursday in whiteout conditions with ice cleats on her shoes. 'Probably should have run in snowshoes,' she said"

The story also includes this: "Cooper Funk, 38, a vegetable farmer in Camden, Me., who is a fifth-generation Californian, said he was worried about the wind, which was roaring around his house at more than 40 miles per hour, though the greenhouse-like structures over his vegetables were still standing."

It seems a little confusing that he's Californian and in Camden. We hope the vegetables being talked about were in Camden, but it was interesting to get the coverage.

They missed the part about Lincolnville Beach flooding over Route 1. May not have had a kayak handy to get through there.

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The weather also had them talking about the Snow Bowl on WCSH 6 again on Jan. 6 as the temperatures dropped to 30 below with the wind chill.

"Only the die hard skiers and snowboarders were out braving the elements on Saturday. Camden Snow Bowl General Manager Beth Ward says the cold weather has been good for her business, but when it is this frigid, not as many people come out."

So the take-away here is that in the ski business, there really is a correct answer to the age-old question, "Cold enough for you?"

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One of the great mysteries as we look around us is what was it like 100 years ago and what will it look like in the future? This may be why H.G. Well's Time Machine was such a popular story.

This is also the reason we feature a historical photo each week that is provided by Ken Gross of the Walsh History Center at the Camden Public Library.

Selectperson Alison McKellar raised this question recently on Facebook:

"I am on a mission to figure out what Camden harbor and Megunticook River looked like before the dams. We know that the first dams went in near the head of the harbor somewhere around 1770, which predated photography. It seems likely that the river was redirected at least slightly at one point or another. Does anyone have drawings, paintings, or knowledge of the river in its natural state? I've found tons of stuff but not much at all from before 1800. Also interested in any photos or paintings of the river in general. Thank you! Here's a small selection of a few photos that I do have."

She quickly added:

"Also... nobody panic, this is mostly just my own historical curiosity. I am NOT on a mission to remove all the dams or drain Megunticook Lake or anything like that!"

We asked Ken, but he said there would be no photos. "The dams all predate the invention of photography! They have been there a long time; the dam at the head of the harbor was first built in the late 1700s. There are maps showing the Megunticook as a trickle and the lake as a wide spot in the river but I don’t believe there will be any photos."

We will be interested to see what comes of this investigation.

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A few thoughts on winter:

"In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer." -- Albert Camus

And

"The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter." -- Dave Barry

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