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Saturday, August 24, 2019
  • August is a singularly sublime time to ride a road bike in Maine. The air can be soft and warm, the rainbow of green not as neon as June colors, but deeply rich in the pine needles, brighter, electric in roadside ferns.Traveling at bike ...
  • It is a sad day when one has to go back in history to showcase the racism of a former president of an opposing political party to excuse the racism of the current president, Donald Trump. Since you went there, let’s go into a little ...
  • Sometimes a simple “thank you” doesn’t quite do the job! We have in our community a true treasure that many of us may have overlooked. We may pass by its location daily and be totally unaware that lives are being changed, families ...
  • You said in a recent interview in the wake of two mass shootings in less than 24 hours that you find it “extremely disappointing” that Americans are demanding action now to prevent further mass shootings, rather than “coming together” ...
  • Unbeknownst to the Union taxpayers and residents, the Board of Selectman and town manager applied to the federal government for a $400,000 sidewalk grant. The grant was subsequently granted and the board set aside an ...
  • What is going on with Senator Susan Collins? You can’t email her because when you try you get the message “An illegal choice has been detected. Please contact the site administrator.” This has happened before and was supposed ...
  • On Sunday, July 7, The First Church in Belfast sanctuary was filled with the incredible music of Grammy Award–winning pianist Paul Sullivan. The approximately 50 people who attended the concert were enriched by his playing ...
  • This year’s Our Town Belfast Auction was the most successful to date, nearly 150 guests generated over $15,000 for Our Town Belfast. These funds raised will allow us to undertake new projects and better fulfill our mission of growing ...
  • The trustees and staff at Merryspring Nature Center would like to thank everyone who played a part in making our 2019 Kitchen Tour another tremendous success. More than 500 people went on this year’s tour, visiting seven homes in ...
  • The 2019 Washington Community auction held on July 27 was a tremendous success! On behalf of all of the charitable organizations who benefited from the sale, we want to send a sincere thank-you to all of the businesses whose generous ...
  • I am a proud alumna of the original Woodstock Festival of 1969. It all began with a long, hot, dusty road trip in bumper-to-bumper traffic. With almost half a million people squeezing onto Route 9 in upstate New York, it became a day-long ...
  • I would like to take this opportunity to respond to the letter in the August 8 Free Press which accused President Donald Trump of being a racist. If President Trump is a racist, then he is not the first president to be one....
  • Sitting in a 170-year-old horse barn, filled with books, listening to the music of the Jazz Do Mundo quartet while an ocean breeze cooled us on a bright, sunny day, I thought how fortunate we are to have this little gem of a bookstore in ...
  • Gun shy. Guns ablazing....
  • Recently a reader wrote us a letter expressing his gratitude for all we do. He included with his letter an unsolicited donation along with a suggestion that we consider setting up a system to allow others to donate and support our work....
  • I dreamt I went to Woodstock and saw the hippies there, With rings and things and candlesticks, all twisted in their hair. Around me were the groupies all ripe with celebration, squatters, rogues and vagrant beasts, a weird and alien nation....

  • The world we live in today is a world in crisis, for many reasons. One of the biggest crises facing us today is the loss of hope. We believe that having no hope leads to addictions and suicide. These two issues are in our backyards ...
  • President Trump’s recent visits to El Paso and Dayton in the wake of horrendous shooting episodes put on full display his lack of empathy and his total incapacity to serve as consoler-in-chief. He did not visit the actual sites of the killing nor ...
  • For the first time in our 50-year history we are at risk of falling short of serving everyone in need. Since 1969, MCH (Making Community Happen) Inc. has served seniors and adults with disabilities in Knox County with MCH Meals ...
  • After a huge and successful Belfast Summer Street Party, how do you say thank you to so many people? First off, a big thank you to Joe Slocum and the Belfast City Council who saw the value of the street party and supported our ...
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