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    August 4, 2021

    Video: Fort Knox Civil War weekend brings history to life

    3rd Maine Infantry Company A event July 17-18 includes 1861-1865 life in and around the fort, from medical care to marches to writing — and, of course, plenty of firing of muskets and cannons.

  • Published
    June 22, 2014

    Camden's summer cottages

    Before all the lovely summer cottages were built in Camden and Rockport, many people visited here from the large cities to get out of the traffic and hot weather. People came from Bangor because it was always warmer there in the summer than Camden. Our town, being on the coast had a nice sea breeze to cool the hot weather. There were a few hotels like the Mountain View House, Bay View House, Ocean House, Whitehall...

  • Published
    May 3, 2014

    Farewell to the pen

    Many years ago I gave up wasting my time with worry. I had learned that what I worried about never happened, but what did happen I had never dreamed about. It wasn’t long before I knew also that plans do not always work, and I believe whatever happens is for a reason. While going to high school, I knew that I never wanted to work in an office. Yet, that is where I spent 44 years as office manager and accountant ...

  • Published
    April 13, 2014

    As time goes by, part II

    Last week, I reminisced about earlier days, this week continues where I left off: Camden Public Library is much larger today and a beehive of activities. Back in the 1940s and '50s one could only whisper in the library, because people were reading. It took years to overcome that habit. Then there was only what is now the third floor and called the “Reading Room.” The Centennial Wing” was a dream come true, with ...

  • Published
    September 29, 2013

    Prolific author Gilbert Patten, used pen name Burt L. Standish

    Growing up in Camden, we all knew Edna St. Vincent Millay spent her childhood here and graduated from Camden High School in 1909. But there was another famous person who summered in Camden and not much is written about him today. One of the most prolific authors, Gilbert Patten, was born in a small town called Corinna, Maine, "where neighbors still know neighbors and the welcome mat is out for strangers." The ...

  • Published
    September 15, 2013

    Annals of Camden, Part VIII

    Colonel Nathan Fletcher and I are still spending time together. I am fascinated in his version of Camden history, because he actually wrote his columns after interviewing older people in the mid 1800s. His version should be closer to the time of events than we write about from histories written in the 20th century. While he was doing his mountain climbing, he not only observed Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook ...

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    September 8, 2013

    More Fletcher's Annals of Camden, part VII

    The thought never entered my head, when writing about Fletcher’s Annals of Camden, 130 years ago, that I would receive a nice letter from a distant cousin of his. David Fletcher, from Gardner, Mass., had been sent one of my articles that told about history we were learning from Colonel Nathan Fletcher. He gave me information on the family genealogy and more about Nathan. He married Lucy A. Prescott in 1830 and ...

  • Published
    February 18, 2013

    Midcoast lens: Catching the breeze

    Gusts of up to 44 mph filter through the apparatus at the Rockland Coast Guard Station Feb. 18. Although the temperature got up to 30 degrees, the windchill made it seem more like 17 degrees.

  • Published
    February 8, 2013

    New book of herbal remedy recipes

    Stephanie Tourles of Orland is a prolific writer and engaging presenter about healthful foods and herbs. Her most recent work, "Hands-On Healing Remedies – 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments & Other Topical Therapies" (Storey, 2012; $18.95), is a must-have for the bookshelf. Beautifully designed and printed, with delightful watercolors by Samantha Hahn throughout, the book is a treasure to hold ...

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    January 25, 2013

    Apples for the home garden

    Growing apples in the home landscape can satisfy many desires: culinary, aesthetic, historic preservation (of heirloom varieties), the satisfaction of producing something for yourself, and the chance to save a little money. Picking the right site, cultivating quality soil and selecting good varieties are keys to success, said two fruit enthusiasts who spoke at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show recently. C.J. ...

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