Over the next two weeks (April 14-30), patients and visitors to the Miles Campus will notice some temporary changes to our parking spaces due to the construction of the new Watson Healthcare Center.
Downtown lowdown: Things are quickly heating up on the downtown Damariscotta art scene. In my last column, I wrote about amazing artist (and very nice person) Phoebe Dean, who recently began working at Buzz Maine. Now, I am just as excited to tell readers about self-taught Thomaston wood artist Rob Jones and his wife, Barbie Jones, who opened Wooden Alchemy last Wednesday, April 4 in the Main Street space formerly occupied by River Gallery.
“MDOT, we need to talk” is something we’ve been seeing since December of last year. In fact, the Maine Department of Transportation has done a lot of talking, and listening, since Option 2 was unveiled and voted on overwhelmingly by Wiscasset voters.
Frequent Bristol Road users may notice a recently planted series of little red “no more delays” signs on lawns on both sides of the road. They are meant to be gentle reminders to the public and the “powers that be” that the often delayed sidewalk project and the obviously needed repairs for Bristol Road deserve to become a high priority on the Maine Department of Transportation’s 2018 to-do list.
I was dismayed to read that Damariscotta’s new downtown restrooms will be “gendered” instead of unisex, as originally planned. Creating all-gender bathroom facilities puts a more positive, family-friendly image on our community. National retailers such as Target, T.J. Maxx, Walgreens, and Starbucks now provide unisex facilities for their customers. Some local businesses offer them as well, I’m sure.
Recently, there was an article in the Portland Press Herald on the Cold War of the 1950s. It was triggered by the fairly recent false alarm of a nuclear attack on Hawaii. This caught them by surprise, not knowing what to do. Sixty years ago we would have known what to do.
As a 1980 graduate of Lincoln Academy, I have fond memories of the high school that prepared me for the very nice life that I enjoy today. My teachers were wonderful human beings and my education was solid. I believe this is still the case in the classroom at Lincoln Academy, and I would like to thank the LA teachers for their ongoing commitment and success in providing outstanding educational opportunities for their students. My goal is to have my experiences available to my sons, and other students who choose to attend Lincoln Academy.
The month is April — so it must be spring! The snowbanks around Hodgdon Green, the assisted living home in Damariscotta, as well as parking lot piles of snow throughout town, are reducing in size, and here and there, crocus, snowdrops, and other early birds are blooming. How welcome!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! An early morning bank robbery occurred in the quiet town of Bristol (aka New Harbor). What a way to stir up a bit of excitement after a long winter’s nap!
We will continue to accept letters to the editor next week about the April 17 referendum, with the following guidelines.
Thursday was perhaps the most anticipated day of the year in New England – opening day for the Red Sox.
Getting to know Phoebe Dean: Delightful barely begins to describe my recent experience of spending time talking with 21-year-old self-taught artist Phoebe Dean. In addition to being very accomplished in the art of drawing, Dean is also a barista at downtown Damariscotta coffee bar and co-working space Buzz Maine. She is the one responsible for making the cool-looking new signage tacked onto the front counter at Buzz.
Hope all had a great Easter. At least the weather was pretty fair!
I got to ponderin’ on the good old days – for me that was the ’50s and ’60s – and what Easter was all about.
I am a secondhand child of the Great Depression. I experienced this period of American history only through the habits, hand-me-downs, and twice-told stories of my parents. Yet there is an inborn abhorrence to waste of any kind that has surfaced in me throughout my lifetime.