• The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

    Ben Taylor in concert August 7

    Ben Taylor

    Musician Ben Taylor is the son of folk/rock icons James Taylor and Carly Simon. Even with those genes, he had a hard time finding his own way. But that changed when he came out with his critically acclaimed debut album, “Famous Among the Barns,” released in 2010.

    On Thursday, Aug. 7, Ben Taylor comes to Boothbay Harbor to perform at the Opera House, giving the Midcoast an opportunity to listen to this soulful folk-rock heir in an intimate setting.

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  • YMCA Silent Auction July 25-26

    The Boothbay Region YMCA Annual Silent Auction is a very special event planned by the Boothbay Region YMCA to benefit its Youth Programs.

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  • Lyman Boat Rendezvous opens to the public

    On August 10 at 10 a.m., the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club will play host to the 18th annual Lyman and Antique Boat Rendezvous. 

    Lyman Boats (later renamed Lyman Boat Works) was founded in 1875 by Bernard Lyman, a cabinet maker working in Ohio along Lake Erie. The company has made many different types of wooden boats over the years, from 8-foot speed tenders to the 35-foot Sea Hawk small luxury yacht.

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  • A Bird’s Tale

    A most interesting woodpecker

    We were watching a massive female grizzly bear with cubs moving through the willow flats below the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park with high snow-capped peaks towering into the blue sky behind, when a bird darted over our heads with a bold white wing stripe. It was a sapsucker — a red-naped sapsucker, the closely related western counterpart to our own yellow-bellied sapsucker.

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  • What’s Cooking

    Too hot to cook

    We’ve had a couple of “dog days” here in Maine so far this summer, and there are more to come I’m sure. I don’t know about you, but when the humidity is so high in the kitchen that you’re tempted to put on your Wellies and a slicker, the last thing I want to do is turn on something that makes more heat when meal time comes around.

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  • Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

    Sheriff Todd Brackett reports the following:

    On July 21, Deputy Mark Bridgham responded to a report of a theft of a bicycle in the Whitefield area. The bike was taken sometime between noon and 5:40 p.m. on this date and is described as a Mongoose 26”, 21 speed, neon green/yellow in color. Value is approximately $300. Further investigation if leads develop.

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  • Weather advisory for tonight

    Expect fireworks tonight, just don't expect them to be man-made.

    Despite Wednesday, July 23’s bright sunny weather and warm temperatures, things are about to a bit darker, as a cold front moves in. The National Weather Service in Gray, Maine has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Midcoast Maine beginning tonight.

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  • Curtain up at the Lincoln Theater

    Agata Trzebuchowska in "Ida."

    Did we forget to thank you? Because of you, Lincoln Theater was voted Best Theater Venue in Maine in the 2014 Down East Magazine Reader's Choice awards. This week is a good example of some of the variety of programming that perhaps led folks to vote: a hit film, a Broadway play, a powerful Polish drama, and The Royal Shakespeare Company, and that's just this week. Thank you for making Lincoln Theater an audience favorite.

    Jersey Boys

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  • ‘Arts at the Schoolhouse Show’ in Round Pond this weekend

    The Round Pond Schoolhouse Association (RPSA) is hosting its annual “Arts at the Schoolhouse” on Saturday, July 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As always, admission is free.

    Over 20 local artists will be exhibiting and selling their work at the historic Washington Schoolhouse. You’ll meet area woodworkers, painters, photographers, jewelry makers, fabric artists, potters, stained glass, basket-makers and more.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Please take survey

    Dear Editor:

    Healthy Lincoln County is working to reduce underage drinking and illegal drug use in our communities. We are asking if you would please share some of your thoughts and perceptions about underage use in Lincoln County. Please log on to the following short Web survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRJCF7R .

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  • Sign up for 21st Rowgatta

    Gather your paddles and oars for the 21st annual Southport Rowgatta on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the Newagen Town Landing on Southport Island.

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  • Video

    Antique Auto Parade

    Photo of Antique Auto Parade

    The Boothbay Railway Village’s 50th celebration of Antique Auto Days culminated with a parade of classic cars through downtown Boothbay Harbor.

  • Local Business

    Traditional wooden boat building going strong in South Bristol

    Peter Kass grew up in Arlington, Mass., tinkering with old boats and junk cars. The owner of John’s Bay Boat Company in South Bristol is the first to admit he wasn’t much for school, and he knew he didn’t want to go to college.

    “I probably wasn’t interested in too much in particular, but I liked boats the best,” he said.

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  • Mary’s Musings

    Gambling: Still alive, but perhaps not so well

    Not surprisingly, the downturn in the economy has had an impact on casinos, particularly in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, long considered gambling headquarters for much of the country, with news just this past week that still another New Jersey casino may close. That will make four just this year. The city’s 11 casinos provide one-quarter of the 13,500 jobs there.

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  • From the Editor-at-Large

    Is it time to hide from the world?

    Dear Readers,

    Sometimes things are so overwhelming I just want to jump in a hole and hide. Like last week.

    For openers, a border squabble between Russia and Ukraine resulted in the shoot down of a commercial airliner, an act that rained down the bodies of more than 300 innocent victims into a sunflower field.

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