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Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • Oh, my God, it’s hard to date here! When I left Maine I had the idea that hopefully out there in the Big Bad Beautiful World I would find someone lovely and compatible and be able to entice them to move with me to weird, gorgeous Maine....
  • Notes from Lime City: Public Space in Downtown Rockland
    On a recent Sunday afternoon, Nate was sitting with a friend outside of Rock City Cafe discussing local affairs. He enumerated some of the wonderful things in his field of vision: a bicycle rack holding a pair of bicycles; LED streetlights ...
  • Notes from Lime City: The Politics of the Lobster Festival’s “Non-Political” Parade
    In 2018, for the first time in its 70-year history, the Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland banned “politics” from its Big Parade. Rumors spread that this was partly done because festival organizers wanted to find a way to prevent Midcoast ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Will They Stay or Will They Go?
    We’re interested in what young people think about Rockland, the midcoast, and Maine in general, and whether they want to stay or leave. Nate grew up in a small town in New Hampshire and doesn’t remember many of his peers aspiring ...
  • Notes from Lime City: Rockland’s Private, Gated Harbor?
    What happens when private for-profit companies have far more money and flexibility than the communities they operate in? Yachting Solutions, a company based in Rockport, whose Shopify page proudly proclaims ...
  • A three-person (plus one house manager) sober re-entry home named Unity House has been proposed to occupy a house on Talbot Avenue in Rockland. From what we understand, neighbors discovered this from a real estate ...
  • It’s Pride month! Since June 1970, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual people, allies and more (LGBTQIA+) have been officially embracing Pride with public defiance and ...
  • We have been pleased to see Rockland — both the city government and the community at large — increasingly take the needs of pedestrians, as well as bicyclists, skateboarders and wheelchair users, into account. But it’s worth discussing ...
  • This could be an exciting moment for Rockland! On Monday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. at Rockland City Hall, the city’s Energy Advisory Committee will present its proposed Climate Action Plan, along with a workshop hosted by ...
  • It’s that time of year. Flyers arrive advertising 2-for-1 Roundup deals, and stores strategically position the herbicide front and center. People will soon be trying to eradicate any trace of dandelions from driveway or lawn. And yet, on March 27 ...
  • We’re not opposed to taxes. Theoretically, the idea that we as a society pool our resources and get to decide what our priorities are is pretty positive. But between the way for-profit corporations are paying less and less — as they get richer ...
  • Many Rocklanders use recreational drugs. There is, in fact, a drug so widely consumed in Rockland that some local commercial establishments exist primarily to serve its users. This substance is psychoactive and neurotoxic, and countless ...
  • We propose that the Rockland City Council consider a living wage — of at least $15/hour — to take effect soon, perhaps in January 2020. The people of the state of Maine get it. It was wonderful when we voted for raising the state minimum ...
  • Speaking from the podium during the public comment portion of a Rockland City Council meeting can be a harrowing and surreal experience. You speak on your cause and perform on live TV for up to five minutes. You and your gaffes ...
  • A good friend recently mentioned that part of why she loves living in Maine is that you can really feel the bones of this place. Maybe she meant the way the old buildings rise up, the disintegrating lime kilns overgrown with grass ...
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