Medomak Valley Senior Citizens met on Monday, Sept. 19 at the VFW Hall on Mill Street in Waldoboro. We had 24 members present.
Jewelweed — or touch-me-not, Impatiens pallid — with its orange or yellow blossoms, is found in wet spring or in swamp-like places.
Just converting from burning fuels to solar electricity will cut energy needs by up to a third. So, why do some still argue against solar power?
Online shopping has become a way of life for many of us in Midcoast Maine (as well as the rest of Planet Earth). A side benefit for me is that I have gotten to know and befriend the drivers for the various delivery services including FedEx, UPS, and USPS. Each is a remarkable individual.
The town of Somerville gained a boost in its firefighting capabilities with the recent addition of a hydrant at Turner Pond on the South Colby Road on Monday, Sept. 19.
Hello, friends and neighbors! Mary Ellen did not have to twist my arm too much to take on writing the Westport Island newspaper column. But it will only be successful or informative if readers help out! Those who have an event to publicize or a business to advertise or good news to share with the community should please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 231-4049 to include it in next week’s paper. I have lived on Westport Island full-time almost nine years, after a career of educating and counseling high school students in New England and a childhood of dairy farming in Minnesota. I am so lucky to be living in this beautiful place surrounded by nice folks from all walks of life. I hope to meet more of you over time through this column. Don’t be shy.
When you live off the grid, as we do, you are somewhat hostage to the amount of energy your system gets from the sun. We have a grid of batteries, 24 up at the church, and these are connected to an inverter, which converts 12-volt battery power to 110 AC. We have all the usual things that take power and we usually chug right along no matter the weather. But this week we have been left without power unless we turn on the large automatic generator which sits outside the door. It consumes propane, so we don’t use it often.
“She’s not your friend because of what you’ve done for her, but she’s your friend because of what you are to her.”
I’d like to begin this week’s column with an apology to meteorologist Adam Epstein for calling him a weatherman in last week’s column. I don’t know if I offended him, but my daughter was aghast and said, “Mom, he’s a meteorologist!”
Another fast-paced week is in the books. The days are growing shorter, and as of today we are down three hours and three minutes — to 12 hours and 14 minutes of daylight.
Well, dear readers, I’ve been away, as they say. Autumn is a nice time to take a vacation. We took a road trip, my spouse and I, and have not stopped talking about the wonderful time “away.” If you missed the column, then I offer my heartfelt gratitude for appreciating these simple efforts.
Welcome home, Marcia! I’m sure you and your family have been very keen to have you home. We all send prayers and best wishes to you on your next steps in getting back to good health.
I have had many phone calls, visits, and emails about the excerpts from Shirley Ross’ letter that I have been including each week in the Round Pond news. People are really enjoying them, especially the natives that know everyone mentioned in the letter. I only wish that I had many more of her letters to share! A couple more tidbits from Shirley:
Congratulations to Curtis DeCosta and Rebcca Neuts on their marriage, Sept. 17. Curtis is the son of Randy and Marsha DeCosta, living in Alna.
A big thank you to our friends the Horseshoe Crabs for providing us with entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 10. Peter, Paul, and Brian made us smile while we were working or taking care of our trash and recycling. I hope you enjoyed the music as it found its way across the transfer station. Thanks again, Crabs.