The Lincoln County News has lost two columnists in recent weeks.
Getting into the arts at Buzz Maine: Things are happening over at Buzz Maine, the cool cafe and collaborative co-working space at 133 Main St. in Damariscotta. B
If one Googles the term “fine art,” one comes up with two definitions: 1) “creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content,” and 2) “an activity requiring great skill or accomplishment.” The work of Wiscasset artist and master printmaker R. Keith Rendall qualifies as fine art on both accounts. His meticulous copper-plate etchings of landscapes are fascinating; his paintings are colorful, imaginative, and playful; and his massive woodcuts of wildlife are no less than stunningly beautiful.
Spring’s fleeting whims have dictated some interesting bouts of weather, no doubt, with previews of sultry summer heat and a few whiz-bang storms to boot. Throughout it all, our faithful marketeers have gathered to provide you with quality local products. With Monday markets now afoot, from 3-6 p.m. in the parking lot of Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta, a few more vendors have joined the roster, adding their own unique and fabulous products to an already staggering array.
On Saturday, June 17, the town of Dresden will make a decision to vote on a new ambulance service. Gardiner Fire and Rescue currently serves as the town’s ambulance service and takes great pride in that job. Dresden Fire Department and Gardiner Fire and Rescue have a great working relationship and hope to continue working together. Gardiner has an excellent service record and prides itself on offering paramedic services on all trucks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike many services that only have paramedics occasionally.
What makes a good father?
I was considering this question this week before Father’s Day. As the father of a 20-month-old, I decided I should ask someone with more experience.
McKane’s Maine: Talented Wiscasset filmmaker and musician Sumner McKane is accepting preorders for his forthcoming film, “Speedway Maine,” a 110-minute feature documentary due out July 1 that tells the story of more than 100 years of auto racing in Maine. The film features current footage from raceways around the state, and also “showcases scarcely seen films from the 1940s through the ’90s,” McKane said.
I had a nice email from the folks at the Jefferson Historical Society this week. There are 2018 calendars available for $10 each. The theme is “People at Work” and there are photographs of many different jobs and chores that people in this area had over the years. The calendars are a great resource for illustrated local history buffs and have value long after the year has passed.
According to a new report by Stanford University economist Dr. Tony Seba, within 10 years, radical technological changes will affect the way we get around. We will switch from gasoline and diesel to self-driving electric vehicles. Individual car ownership will become passe as people switch to fleet-owned self-driving electric vehicles 10 times cheaper to run and environmentally more benign.
This week’s column begins with a couple of announcements. The Somerville town meeting is Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon in the gym at the old Somerville School. The town meeting is especially of interest this year due to the recent townwide revaluation. Also, the road engineering report from Coffin Engineering is in, and bids have been taken for the work associated with the plan. There were also bids submitted for the paving of Somerville Road, Jones Road, and South Colby Road.
Most people do not have an opportunity to commune with frogs and their allies, but leave it to children to find and play with them. I would guess if frogs didn’t hop, revealing their presence, most children would never find them. But they do hop, their primary method to escape both playful children and serious predators, such as raccoons, fox, weasels, mink, otters, and owls.
Seeing where Mother Nature doesn’t seem to want to warm us up this summer anytime soon (although as I write this I hear rumors of sun and heat for the first of the week) I thought I would put some extra thought time into my weekly scribblin’s. Now don’t get too excited, it won’t be too much extra. But I did want to touch on a subject that, in itself, is a little touchy. And that is, how do we deal with the ever-rising property taxes in our towns and state?
Does the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program help Maine?
Just when you think the station couldn’t get any busier, Saturday comes again. What a day that turned out to be. I think we set some records. Once again, when we have days like that, we ask for your patience if you experience any delays.
Braley off Broadway: I chatted recently with Lincoln Academy Director of Communications and Community Engagement Jenny Mayher about the arts scene at Lincoln Academy, and she eagerly told me about the success of LA drama teacher Griff Braley’s three-week-long Eagle Term class called “Just Off Broadway,” which wraps up Friday, June 9.