Birders desiring to see the “woodcock dance” brave the cool damp evening air, with flashlight in hand, visiting an open field. To listen for the eerie peent call and see the downward display flight and “song” of the American Woodcock, Scolopax minor, portends an interesting evening. The “song” is actually a product of the bird’s wings.
Every 12 hours and 26 minutes billions of gallons of water move into or out of the Gulf of Maine. Most locations around the world see their coastline gain about a meter of water between low and high tides. In contrast, we, who live along the Gulf of Maine, see anywhere from 3 to 17 meters of water depending on location.
As I write this column, I am wearing green because it is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. March 17 also marks one year since I started working at The Lincoln County News. I arrived in Maine a year ago March 16 from California, having never set foot in the Pine Tree State before that. But I have to say that I have gotten to know my way around fairly well, especially around the vibrant arts community that exists in Lincoln County. I look forward to the year ahead.
Roughly some 65 percent of the year is under daylight saving time. This alone should tell us how popular it is. From what I’ve read, it’s even the ancients who were pushing the idea of a religion that said, “Let there be light.”
How disappointing can it get when one is reduced to looking for a dripping roof as a sign of spring? My usual harbinger of spring, a clump of snowdrops by the front step, was unfortunately still buried in a snowdrift from our Ides of March blizzard at the time of the official arrival of spring on Monday.
Happy spring, everyone. We made it through another Maine winter. Although the calendar says March 20, Mother Nature could still have a few surprises left for us, but we know that winter is finally winding down. We will be complaining about black flies and too much traffic before we know it. The last few days, I have noticed that the male goldfinches have a few spots of bright yellow reappearing here and there on their winter plumage, and the purple finches are looking much brighter as well. We have also gained well over three hours of daylight. Time to plant the seedlings!
Tom Tripp wrote in a letter to the sports editor last week that he disapproves of the term Lady in front of school’s mascots, i.e., Lady Eagles, Lady Panthers, Lady Seahawks, and Lady Wolverines.
The magic of Mary Poppins: The Porter Meeting Hall at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta was the scene of a most energetic and entertaining run-through on the afternoon of Sunday, March 12 of Lincoln County Community Theater’s upcoming production of “Mary Poppins – In Concert.”
Winter intends to have its say; that is the sense of things this week. We are preparing for another snowstorm. Wind and cold and dangerous roads will mean we don’t go out unless we have to. Those who do have to go out — the plow trucks and the drivers — will be up at […]
I know we have presented this article many times over the years, but we must stress the extreme importance of getting one’s pet in for a physical exam at the very least once a year. Pets age so much faster than we do that by the time one sees symptoms, the problem could have far-reaching effects.
Climate and environmental concerns, a desire for local control over energy, and the benefit of free fuel are all good reasons for pursuing public renewable-energy goals. But one of the most important is economic growth: attracting manufacturers, software designers, installers, and other green energy businesses.
Photographer extraordinaire: I recently had the pleasure of spending time talking with Jefferson photographer Michael Sevon. I learned about Sevon from Anne Plummer, who teaches writing at Great Salt Bay Community School in Damariscotta and also oversees the GSB Online Gallery of Arts and Literature. Sevon’s truly fine work is featured in the GSB Alumni Gallery section of the site.
After a hefty snowstorm, houses reveal their flaws: snowy roofs that show the framing underneath like an X-ray; huge, growing icicles along the eaves, even though it’s too cold for snow to melt; and indoors there may be water-stained or drippy ceilings. What is going on?
Hi there, dear readers! Here is your Marilyn Beane’s World columnist back with another new week with more news of my sweetheart Elden’s and my lives at Crawford Commons Assisted Living, 132 Middle Road, Union, ME 04862.
Letting in the light: “We had an amazing tour of the window restoration work this morning,” was the first line of an email I received from Lincoln Theater Executive Director Andrew Fenniman on Wednesday, Feb. 22. He and theater board member Ted Silar had just come from visiting Bagala Window Works in Westbrook to see the progress on the restoration of seven of Lincoln Theater’s 14-foot-tall windows. I visited Fenniman at the Damariscotta theater the following day to chat about the project.