Holiday 2015
  • Letter to the Editor

    The choice

    Dear Editor:

    In these days of fact free political discourse, Mary Brewer’s mythological musings (November 18) are as romantic as they are false. The boogeyman of big government is an old chestnut that ought to be put to rest. But the business friendly crowd continues to rattle the bones of this myth to garner support for a business friendly agenda.

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  • Blevins, Kroitzsh named to website committee

    The Edgecomb Board of Selectmen appointed two new members to the town’s website committee. Residents Janet Blevins and Don Kroitzsh were appointed to join the four-person committee during the selectmen’s Nov. 23 meeting.

    Blevins and Kroitzsh join Carol Nutt and planning board member David Nutt on the committee. Nutt is an original member who was appointed in May. Leone joined in June but hasn’t been able to participate in any meetings.

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  • The Senior$afe Act: A commonsense plan to help protect American seniors from financial fraud

    Earlier this year, a senior citizen in Vassalboro intended to wire funds from his account at Maine Savings Federal Credit Union to an out-of-state location, supposedly to bail out a relative who was in jail. Something about this transaction didn’t sound right to the teller supervisor at the credit union. She questioned the customer, who told her he had gotten a call from an “official” at the jail, who had instructed him not to speak to anyone about the transaction.

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  • As snow flies, focus is on roads

    It was fitting that on the first day with recorded snow, the Newcastle Board of Selectmen would be discussing who gets to plow that snow for the next several years.

    The board opened bids for future years, and although the board didn't pick a contractor, roads were the main topic of conversation.

    Currently, Hagar Enterprises plows the roads and sidewalks. The bids received Monday would be for the next three years beginning next year.

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  • Fill the Bus on December 1

    Boothbay Region YMCA staff and volunteers are urging shoppers to stop at Hannaford on Tuesday, Dec. 1 between noon and 6 p.m. to help fill the Y bus with food for the Boothbay Region Food Pantry.

    December 1 is Giving Tuesday so help out our non-profit organizations that day by participating in the food drive. All non-perishable food will be accepted.

  • How cutting food waste can help address hunger

    Here are two figures that don’t add up: 40 percent of the food produced in the United States gets thrown out while nearly 50 million Americans can’t reliably access enough food to meet their nutrition needs.

    As so many people go hungry, wasted food represents a serious concern and an exciting opportunity. If we diverted just 15 percent of the food that currently goes to landfills, we could cut the number of food insecure Americans in half.

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  • Knights of Pythias

    Boothbay Lodge #32 will be holding an anniversary dinner on Monday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Baked stuffed haddock will be served and donations may be paid at the door.

    The Lodge will also be holding a potluck supper and Chinese gift swap on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., followed by a dance featuring the Murky Water Band. Admission is $10 per person and the gifts for the swap should be valued at $10 or more.

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  • Coastal Humane Society to host ‘Black Furiday’ adoption event

    The Coastal Humane Society will host its first ever adoption event the day after Thanksgiving in an event called “Black Furiday” – the shelter’s take on a Black Friday event.

    The event will feature some 40 puppies and adult dogs rescued from an overcrowded Georgia shelter where, sadly, overpopulation results in high levels of euthanasia, and plenty of local animals looking for homes for the holidays.

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  • Down East Yacht Club

    October 17 was our first gathering at the home of F/C Steve & Debbie Arkley, on Mudflat Alley in Boothbay. About 50 members attended and enjoyed the appetizers and sweets that we always look forward to. On that chilly evening most gathered in the main house, but several people ventured out on the screened porch for a view of Back River, and a few huddled around the fire pit to enjoy the evening sky and keep warm.

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  • Grow It In Maine

    Apples in autumn

    What a great year for apples this has been!

    Citizens have been “picking their own” in orchards all over the state. From the many varieties grown here, apples are being turned into juice (and pressed into cider) or used for pies and apple sauce. Jars of apple jelly are readied for gifts or for sandwiches and breakfast toast.

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  • Edgecomb artist Kim Skillin Traina in Portland show

    “Passion is contagious. My goal is to have people feel the experience, to imagine the stories, to connect to what makes living in Maine so incredible.

    As an artist, it is my hope to ignite a spark in others and open their eyes to a new way of seeing.” - Kim Skillin Traina

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  • Southport Planning Board

    The Southport Planning Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Town Offices for a pre-application discussion with Hodgdon Yachts regarding expansion of boatyard activities on Map 29, Lot 19.

  • The Harbor Theatre

    The Vienna State Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ at Harbor Theatre

    Vienna State Ballet “Nutcracker”

    The Harbor Theatre will present a holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Vienna State Ballet on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 2 and 7 p.m.

    Choreography and stage direction by the great Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev's version enjoys a particular standing in the history of this well-known ballet in that it was the first to incorporate the psychology of E. T. A. Hoffman's fairy tale on which Tchaikovsky's ballet is based.

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  • BRES students help bring technology to seniors

    Part of the mission of the Boothbay Region's Community Center in the Meadow Mall is to enrich the lives of all residents. As part of that, the center has joined forces with Boothbay Region Elementary School's LOAFS (Leaders Organizing Activities for School) group, led by computer teacher Judy Dorr.

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  • Poet Richard Blanco at Maine Coast Book Shop

    The Maine Coast Book Shop is honored to host poet, Richard Blanco, on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. in Porter Hall Auditorium, Skidompha Library, Damariscotta. Mr. Blanco will give a slide presentation and talk during the event, which is by reservation only as seating is limited.

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