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  • Getting to Know the Region

    Cherie Scott, Boothbay region ambassador

    Cherie Scott is a transplant.

    Cherie, her husband Guy, and their daughter Sophia moved to Maine from New Jersey about seven years ago. And even though closing on the family’s new house in Boothbay was the first time Cherie had stepped foot in Maine, within a few days, she had landed a job at Spruce Point Inn. 

    “I'm a true witness to relocation,” she said.

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  • On the Water

    Matt Burnham, fourth generation lobsterman

    Matthew Burnham, a junior at Boothbay Region High School, is a fourth generation lobster fisherman.

    Lobstering isn't an easy occupation by any stretch. It requires physical strength and mental perseverance.

    It can also be dangerous — the waters off Boothbay Harbor are cold and sometimes treacherous.

    “I went lobstering with my grandfather, and then with my uncle (Robbie Begin),” Matt said about his first trips out to sea. “My grandfather died when I was six.”

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  • Southport: Route 27 to close for month at Love’s Cove

    The section of Route 27 at Love’s Cove on Southport Island will be closed to traffic from September 1 to September 30 so that the culvert can be replaced, according to a letter reviewed at the Southport selectmen’s meeting on Wednesday, August 26.

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  • Isle of Springs Column: Trivia night, Reba and more

    The get together at the Ridlon corner cottage that was mentioned last week also included Muffie Fernald, a long-time Islander. I’m sure she was glad to be here. She seldom has a chance to come on board.

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  • Pawn shop owner: ‘It feels like discrimination’

    Damariscotta and a local business will soon meet to discuss a conflict that has been brewing for several months.

    Maine-ly Pawn, which is located on Main Street, will be the focus of a special planning board hearing Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. for an application for a conditional use permit for outside storage.

    The shop, which features eclectics such as old gas station signs, canoes and buoys outside and antiques and electronics inside, opened in 2013.

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  • Grow It In Maine

    August fruits

    Plant growth has a pattern. A seed sprouts, then turns into a plantlet with stems, leaves and buds. Flowers follow, for our delight. In turn, fruits come from flowers left uncut. In the pattern (often interrupted by human action) seeds develop within those fruits. Then the cycle continues, according to the timetable of each individual plant.

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  • Out of Our Past

    Bishop's Grain Mill in the 1910s

    The Boothbay Region Historical Society is raffling an Earle Barlow print, described elsewhere in this issue. The print harkens back to another time, 1910s in Boothbay Harbor when the old patterns and ways of a self-sustaining, subsistence life still held in the region for almost everyone. Motorized transport was a rare novelty; there was some electricity but it was very limited, as was plumbing. Goods and passenger were still carried mostly by vessel.

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  • Driver safety course offered

    Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center is proud to co-sponsor the AARP Smart Driver Seminar with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and Lincoln County TRIAD on Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The AARP Driver Safety Program was developed by the AARP in 1979. This program is a driver refresher course especially designed to meet the needs of older drivers.

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  • Ocean Point Column: Visitors, including an eagle

    Connie Saindon’s daughter Cathy Salamon and her husband Andrew are here visiting Connie. They are grateful for the rain and the fog as their part of the country is experiencing a severe drought.

    Carl and Dee Notarangeli just returned from a trip to Santa Barbara to visit her niece. Despite the drought, they enjoyed the beautiful weather and sights; their daughter Brenda and son-in-law Glen vacationed at their cottage in their absence.

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  • Mary’s Musings

    Gone but not forgotten

    We were sad to learn last week of artist Lonny Sisson’s death, because while he hasn’t lived here for many years, he’s still one of us. Like so many who have moved away, his heart always remained here. It made us think, once more, of the many friends we’ve had over the years, and how many are no longer with us.

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  • Miracles and wonders

    The closer we all get to our “sell by date,” some folks find their body parts seem to be wearing out, or at least, they don't work like they used to.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Inspiration for success

    Dear Editor:

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  • Gleason Fine Art

    Harboring 19th and 20th century fine art for 30 years

    Classic paintings by the likes of James Fitzgerald, Robert Henri, Edward Redfield, Clarence K. Chatterton, George Bellows and William Trost Richards are displayed with the works of contemporary artists Kevin Beers, Helen St. Clair, Kathleen Billis, Henry Isaacs, Mitch Billis, Bill Irvine, Phillip Frey, Brad Betts, Jean Swan Gordon and others.

    Fine art of the 19th and 20th centuries is to be found, and explored, in the collection at the Gleason Fine Art gallery in Boothbay Harbor.

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  • Family-Friendly

    The people’s lighthouse

    Elaine Jones' mother always said she was going to be a teacher. As a child, Elaine would take bottles out of the cupboard and pretend to teach them lessons.

    A biology major in college with a concentration in education, Jones taught in the public school system for eight years before spending eight years at home raising her three children.

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  • Enjoying Nature

    An outdoor family

    photo of Nick Ullo and Tracey Hall

    It was the great outdoors that lured Boothbay Region Land Trust Environmental Educator Tracey Hall to the Boothbay region 13 years ago, and it’s the great outdoors that keeps her and her family here.

    On the Boothbay peninsula, Hall has found a perfect niche in a career and region where unspoiled nature is in easy reach.

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