Making pottery in the neighborhood: An exciting thing is happening in the Lincoln County world of pottery-making. Well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty is on the verge of opening Neighborhood Clay in Damariscotta, a pottery studio that will offer lessons and open studio time as well as a retail space for the sale of artists’ work. Neighborhood Clay will open its doors on Friday, Sept. 1. One can already sign up for classes online.
This was one of those weeks when several people came into our shop asking for items pertaining to the Damariscotta village and area. They wanted old signs and calendars and postcard business ads of any kind, as well as souvenirs of this area.
June 17, 1856 saw the largest throng of people ever to grace Waldoboro’s streets. Thousands of folks had arrived in the village strictly by foot, carriage, or boat, as there were no railroads in those days. They all came for the purpose of paying a last tribute to a hero, a legend, a myth. Conrad Heyer’s incredible life — described by newspapers in Maine, and papers from as far away as Milwaukee, Wisc. — had come to an end in February 1856. He was 107 years old.
Fried green tomatoes
The concept of fried green tomatoes hit the world 25 years ago as a literary event with the appearance of Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.” It is an intergenerational tale of an ordinary Southern family, its food, and its members taking care of each other. The book became popular and was even made into a movie a few years later. For people like me living in the North, it came with the additional revelation: yes, one could fry green tomatoes, and they taste great!
As a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise awareness, foster education, advocate for change, and provide local support to Maine’s Lyme community, we truly enjoy engaging with the communities and hosting or participating in events that help further along knowledge of tickborne disease. Plain and simple: we enjoy helping people get better!
I’ve had cats all of my life. As much as I love dogs, I am a “cat person” or, in less PC terms, I’m a “crazy cat lady.” I’m OK with this. Cats are pretty cool.
Last month, two South Carolina utilities pulled the plug on two one-third-finished nuclear reactors because their spiraling construction costs forced multiple rate hikes over the past several years.
On Aug. 2, the Legislature was called back into session one last time to vote on two dozen bills that were vetoed by the governor and address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad we were finally able to adjourn “sine die,” meaning “without assigning a day,” for the year.
Among the bills considered last week was L.D. 31, “Resolution, Proposing an Amendment to the Constitution of Maine to Require That Signatures on Direct Initiative of Legislation Come from Each Congressional District.”
It has become apparent that the current referendum process doesn’t encourage those seeking to put issues on the ballot to collect signatures very far north of Portland, and it greatly favors urban areas. This bill sought to strike a more equitable balance, giving rural Maine a voice, by requiring groups collecting signatures to do so in both congressional districts.
Unfortunately, in spite of initial strong bipartisan support, it failed to reach the required two-thirds threshold and was held over until next session.
We also voted on a bill to support solar power in Maine, L.D. 1504. While I heard from a number of constituents in my district supportive of this legislation, which I voted to support, it ultimately succumbed to a veto in the House of Representatives.
Also on the docket was a bill that would have strengthened the distracted-driving law, which can be difficult to enforce, by prohibiting the use of handheld phones and devices while driving. I supported this legislation, but it also failed to overcome the veto.
Other bills that failed to gain enough support included a bill that would have made the act of female genital mutilation a crime in the state of Maine (I supported it), a bill to prohibit the prosecution of minors engaging in prostitution (this bill had unanimous support in the Senate), and a bill to support the professional development of principals (I supported it).
We were able to override the veto on L.D. 1170, “An Act to Reduce Youth Access to Tobacco Products.” This new law, sponsored by my colleague Sen. Paul Davis, will hopefully keep highly addictive tobacco products out of our high schools by prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
We passed a number of other measures, including a bill to support nursing facilities and residential care facilities, a bill to improve access to opiate addiction treatment in Maine, a bill to increase the affordability of safe drinking water, a bill to establish a task force to identify special education cost drivers, and a bill to set up retail marijuana testing facilities so we can ensure public safety once the new law, passed on last November’s ballot, takes full effect.
With this, the first session of the 128th Legislature adjourned for the year. We will reconvene in January of next year to begin the second session, which is the shorter of the two and is expected to adjourn next April. We may also meet once more this fall in a special session to vote on proposals approved by the Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee.
All said and done, this session was the longest in our state’s history, and it has proven to be a memorable one for the books.
If you would like to contact me about future legislation, please call 287-1505 or email me at email@example.com.
(Sen. Dana Dow, R-Waldoboro, represents all of Lincoln County except Dresden, plus Washington and Windsor. He is the Senate chair of the Taxation Committee and also sits on the Insurance and Financial Services Committee.)
The Old Town House will be open on two Mondays this month to view the Jefferson Historical Society exhibits. Stop by on Aug. 14 and Aug. 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. If you missed the exhibits on the day of the open house, this is your opportunity.
Summer is over.
Although the new White House administration has had a slow and inauspicious initiation, a few policy pursuits may develop. Some of these concern health care, education, tax reform, the environment, and immigration. Since economics has much to say about each of these topics, I thought it fruitful to address these through a series of columns over the next few months.
I read with interest the letter penned by the new Lincoln County Republican Committee chair (“County Republicans send letter to Sen. Collins,” Aug. 3). It was particularly intriguing given a related headline in the same paper, “New county GOP chair pledges to pursue unity.”
With the start of work on two unneeded “little box” stores, i.e., a sixth place to buy paint and a mini Wal-Mart, so begins the homogenization and “uglification” of our town. We now join every small town between here and Bangor and beyond to have our very own Dollar General. Great.
Attentiveness and courtesy are the only reasons traffic moves at all during the summer in downtown Damariscotta and Newcastle.
The porch at Hodgdon Green, the assisted-living home in Damariscotta, is being used daily this summer as residents and guests enjoy this special spot. Not only humans, but Mother Robin has raised her brood under the eves, flying in and out to feed those wide-open mouths. Great entertainment for porch sitters.