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Friday, September 04, 2015
  • The panel discussion on Wednesday August 19, on the use of natural gas as a transitional fuel from coal and oil to renewals was informative and . . . 
  • I suspect many Free Press readers can agree that Mac Deford consistently posts an intelligent and knowledgeable column about things near and far. . . . 
  • I feel compelled once again to write in praise of my two favorite columnists — Eva Murray and Melissa Waterman — to say that they have touched my . . . 
  • A couple weekends ago, amid a torrent of jackhammering and flying dust, an enormous tent appeared in the park at Rockport Harbor. It occupied the . . . 
  • With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches! . . . 
  • A Volunteer Service Journey to Kenya, Africa is scheduled to kick of 2016. Expanding Opportunities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization operating Aina . . . 
  • Proud to Be Part of This Community—
    We, the Blueberry Cove and Tanglewood camp family, want to thank the wonderful local businesses that donated delicious food and drink to our fifth . . . 
  • On behalf of the Friends of the Rockland Public Library I would like to thank the many people who contributed to the success of our first annual . . . 
  • Lately I’ve been reading that iconic work “The Federalist Papers.” One of the comments made by the editor of this edition of it is that while the writers . . . 
  • Mainers deserve a government of, by and for the people — not one bought and paid for by special interests and the wealthy. That’s why Question 1 on . . . 
  • It was wonderful to read the story of “The O’Hara Fishing Dynasty” featured in the August 13 issue, and surprising that their Tillson activities only . . . 
  • Although the decision to immediately move the Rockport Library to new rented quarters is well intended (we all are concerned about the health and . . . 
  • Many from Local Community and Around the World Contributed to Cultural Cuisine Dinners at Penobscot School—
    For the second year, Penobscot School in Rockland offered Cultural Cuisine, a series of ethnic dinners promoting community cohesiveness, cultural . . . 
  • Team “Tonka” would like to thank all the individuals and businesses whose donations of time, raffle and auction items, food and money made the . . . 
  • I’m listening online to the hearing on the proposed gas power plant in Rockland, and there is silence (with several notable exceptions) on the real . . . 
  • “Voters without a college degree typically back Trump by two to four points.” You can’t argue with the polls, and, thanks to the paucity of educated. . . 
  • We would like to extend a huge “THANK YOU!” to the city of Rockland and all of its citizens for once again hosting the annual Maine Boats, Homes & . . . 
  • The 2015 Camden High School Alumni Banquet was held on August 14 at Point Lookout with 206 attendees. The Camden High School Alumni . . . 
  • Did you know that the Friends of Rockland Public Library, a non-profit that works to enrich our wonderful library, raises and donates to the library on . . . 
  • Maine has a serious drug problem. And it is a complex problem, with no singular cause, no simple solution. To seriously address this growing problem . . . 
  • As a born-and-raised Mainer who’s considering staying in Maine after college graduation, I thank Senator King for understanding that Maine’s . . . 
  • Maine’s legislature recently failed to pass LD 1270, An Act Regarding Patient-Directed Care at the End-of-Life.  The bill would have allowed a . . . 
  • After extensive research, and comparing several quality bids, the Thomaston Dog Park Association is pleased to announce that they will be working . . . 
  • The Aina Moja Shop, at 39 Main Street in Belfast, was broken into around 4 a.m. Monday morning. No inventory was taken, but the cash box was . . .? 
  • In the last five days, I have been run off the road, and then again nearly, on the stretch of Route 52 that runs along Lake Megunticook between . . . 
  • My sincere gratitude goes to everyone who made Trekkers’ “Living the Art of Stewardship” presentation on July 15 with Mr. Greg Mort such a . . . 
  • In remarks delivered on the Senate floor last Wednesday, August 5, U.S. Senator Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees . . . 
  • As the conservative right rhetorically and politically lays waste to climate science, critical thinking, moral reasoning and democracy, we witness . . . 
  • On behalf of Merryspring Nature Center, I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making our 2015 Kitchen Tour a huge success. . . . 
  • Last April, there was a big to-do: An announcement that a natural gas plant wanted to come to Rockland. Of course, there were concerns: Why the rush . . . 
  • During a July 30 WGAN radio interview, Governor LePage was asked, “Are you worried about an impeachment procedure?” The Governor replied . . . 
  • On behalf of Trekkers, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Officer Tim Hoppe and the local law enforcement community for sponsoring a . . . 
  • The New Flatbread Company held a pizza benefit evening to support the children in shelter at Hospitality House, a program of Knox County Homeless . . . 
  • On Saturday, August 1, as part of this year’s Maine Lobster Festival, the Maine Fishing Heritage Alliance organized a successful “Meet Your Local . . ." 
  • I greatly appreciate The Free Press’s attention to problems domestic and international by Mac Deford and other learned analysts. And now we have . . . 
  • Both Michael Roskin’s scholarly disdain of, and Phil Crossman’s righteous anger at, Donald Trump (Free Press, July 23) fail to deal with a much more . . . 
  • Maine has a history of leading on election fairness, accountability, and transparency. Our public campaign financing and reporting system makes it . . . 
  • Ringy dingy? Years ago I was delightfully amused by Lily Tomlin’s portrayal of Ernestine the telephone operator. Today I am not laughing at the . . . 
  • In his otherwise excellent July 30 column “Greece Frightenin’,” Grayson Lookner does a grave injustice by referring to Greece’s first post-civil war . . .?? 
  • From the solstice on June 21 until August 2, I have been “artist in residence” at the Beech Hill Preserve, as a part of a program offered by the Coastal . . . 
  • On behalf of Trekkers, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who participated in our most recent fundraising event, the Sunset Dessert . . . 
  • For all who would like to delay the deep dredging of Searsport prior to a comprehensive environmental impact study, the hour is late. . . . 
  • A Few of the Governor's Handwritten Notes
    This week there was lots of news coverage of the latest angry note sent by the governor. This time the note was sent to a retired librarian, Louise Sullivan of Cape Elizabeth, who had written the governor asking him to resign to save himself "time and embarrassment" and "save our state time and money." . . . 
  • In what sounded more like a whimper than a bang, the Legislature finally adjourned on July 16 - one month past statutory adjournment. Because of the record-breaking number of vetoes that I wrote about in my previous column, the Legislature was forced to add to the lengthy process of completing our work by . . . 
  • After 13 years of promoting healthy youth development in the Five Town community, it is with heavy hearts that the Five Town Communities That Care (CTC) Board of Directors has voted to cease operations of the coalition and nonprofit agency, effective immediately. Unforeseen circumstances involving a . . . 
  • The Camden Rotary Club has many people to thank for their help with this year's Music by the Sea celebration on July 4. We are deeply grateful to the sponsors of Music by the Sea, whose generous contributions made this wonderful community event possible. In addition to funding the concert, their donations will help fund our grants to local organizations that provide 
  • I am one of the people that collected the signatures to put Ranked Choice Voting on the November 2016 ballot in Maine. It is a good idea that has been gaining significant momentum over the past year across the political spectrum. Most recently, the League of Women Voters of Maine reaffirmed their support for . . . 
  • A meeting was held on July 1 to discuss the pros and cons of this year's festivities. It was not hard to agree that the outstanding highlight of the day was the fabulous weather. The next most successful parts of the day were the 5K race, the parade, the music and the fireworks. We would like to see those things . . . 
  • The ninth annual Maine Celtic Celebration is now behind us and it's safe to say that the weekend was a great success, despite the soggy Saturday! The music was top notch; the games were fun; the cheese rolled perfectly; the donations were generous; and even the dogs were well behaved! On behalf of the volunteer . . . 
  • We would like to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who helped make Camden Garden Club's 68th Annual House & Garden Tour the best ever. We thank the homeowners of the Alden House at Harbor Hill, Gray Lodge, Northeast Point, Red Chimneys, Spite House, Tranquility Gardens and Wyndover for . . . 
  • A Thank-You Letter from MVHS Class of 2015 for Project Graduation-
    Medomak Valley High School Class of 2015 would like to thank all of the area individuals, families and businesses that donated funds, food and products and extended discounts to their Project Graduation celebration. Because of the generosity of these members of our community, the class spent a fun-filled . . . 
  • On Sunday, July 12, the Georges River Land Trust held its 24th annual Gardens in the Watershed tour in Thomaston, Warren and Cushing. It was a wonderful warm summer day! The land trust, as well as the gardeners, are grateful to the over 500 patrons who came to the lower Georges River watershed to appreciate the . . . 
  • WarTom Reunions Begin Again -
    After a 10-year hiatus, the WarTom Camping Club has resumed their annual reunion event. "WarTom" began in 1971 when a group of Warren and Thomaston families started camping together. Original families included the Ronald Andersons, Edward Barretts, Robert Beatties, Richard Ervins, George Graftons . . . 
  • Thanks to a community of generous people who value and support the services Rockport Public Library provides, more than $15,000 was raised at the recent Friends of Rockport Public Library annual book sale. Although the Friends organize the event, such success happens only because of hard work and . . . 
  • President Obama's recent visit to a federal prison and his speeches detailing our failed justice system have escalated the national debate about the course we must take. Persons on both sides of the aisle, often for different reasons, are joining in the call to reduce or eliminate mandatory sentences for non-violent . . . 
  • Most discriminating folks read The Free Press. I'm sure Donald Trump has never subscribed and probably never will. That's a shame because I'd very much like him to know how distressing I find the prospect of his becoming president and how alarming it is to discover he actually attracts a crowd with his narcissistic . . . 
  • Following is the text of a July 17 joint statement by Mike Tetreault, state director of the Nature Conservancy, Tim Glidden, president of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and David Trahan, executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine on the Legislature's failure to override Governor LePage's veto of . . . 
  • The first regular session of the 127th Legislature came to a close on July 16 as we adjourned "sine die." And before doing so, as it has been done for hundreds of years - at least as far back as 1850 - communications were delivered to both bodies of the Legislature and the Governor that each body was ready to . . . 
  • July 17 statement from Beth Ahearn, Political Director, Maine Conservation Voters: In response to the Maine Legislature's failure to override the governor's veto of LD 1378 - An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Issuance of Bonds and To Effectuate the Issuance of Bonds To Support . . . 
  • The Pope's encyclical message "Laudato Si" (Praised be the One) is worthy of applause. As a rabbi I find it inspiring and extremely timely. I may not agree with his every point but, as he says himself, his goal is to start a new conversation. I believe he has changed the conversation in a very positive way. . . . 
  • Mainers for Accountable Elections, a coalition supporting a referendum to increase accountability and transparency in elections, launched a website (www.accountableelections.org) on July 8 which includes an RSVP page for a campaign kick-off rally at the State House in Augusta, planned for noon on . . . 
  • As a New England native and resident of South Carolina since the mid-60s, I read with interest Andy O'Brien's "Message to Mainers" and Dr. Wallace's view "In Defense of the Confederate Flag." While I agree with Dr. Wallace's statement that the North and South fought with equal valor, I disagree that this issue can be . . . 
  • I want to thank the many good Samaritans who stopped and tried to help me last Sunday, when my car shut down while driving on Route 235 in Warren, near the Union town line. It coasted to the north side of the road semi-blocking Fire Road 33 across from Charlie Dolham's place, making it difficult for those who live . . . 
  • There once was a Governor Le Rage
    who with others could not engage
    he sputtered and ranted
    sometimes even panted . . . 
  • Re Tuesday morning's announcement that an agreement has been reached with Iran regarding its nuclear program - from Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representatives Chellie Pingree and Bruce Poliquin. 
  • I am a "northener," a former Connecticut public schools superintendent, and an author of children's literature. I am not (according to Andy O'Brien) a "confused young bubba" nor am I, in the parlance of the south, a "cracker." I am someone who has extensively studied the myriad volumes of historical literature on the . . . 
  • I write to comment on a column by Grayson Lookner which was published in your July 9, 2015, edition. In his column, Mr. Lookner bemoans the impending demise of Maine society as he knows or at least perceives it. Apparently, the Maine he prefers is threatened by gentrification, which is a product of some . . . 
  • On behalf of the Board of Directors of Our Town Belfast, I would like to thank the Belfast community for its outstanding support of our auction and gala, which was held on Thursday, July 2. Over 175 people had the opportunity to outbid each other for a wide variety of Belfast area experiences and to enjoy delicious . . . 
  • On behalf of the Town of Rockport, Selectboard and all of the residents of Rockport, I wanted to say thank you to all of the nearly 100 volunteers who showed up on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, to pick up litter on 12 roads in Rockport. While we consider Rockport to have very clean roads, upon further . . .