As I drove around the south end of Damariscotta Lake in Newcastle one mid-morning in August, a fisher bounced across the road from the lake, up the bank, and into the woods. I had glimpsed a live fisher only once before, dimly in my headlights: a black weasel-shaped animal, too big to be a mink. I saw a dead one that was smaller – dark, dark brown with black legs. But what luck to see a live one in daylight! As it leaped up the bank into the woods, I saw its mahogany-brown back. Oh no! It was supposed to be dark brown. Was it just a house cat?
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) became law. A critical provision of the ACA was the expansion of Medicaid, known in Maine as MaineCare. The intent of expansion is to extend coverage to include eligible low-income Mainers whose incomes are too high to qualify for existing MaineCare, but who do not qualify for federal tax credits to purchase insurance on the ACA marketplaces.
On Monday, Oct. 23, my colleagues and I will travel back to the State House to convene for a special session that has been called by the governor to address a few specific concerns.
I have quit watching the Patriots football team. I was a great fan of theirs. I haven’t watched them since I saw them taking a knee when the national anthem was played.
We have an unusual situation at The Lincoln County News this year, as one of our columnists is running for public office.
Attention Damariscotta voters!
Each one of you has the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for two local issues: the Damariscotta moratorium and for one selectman’s vacancy. What do each of you need to do? Become informed prior to entering the voting booth (or voting absentee prior to Nov. 7).
Cultural awareness: On Wednesday, Oct. 4, I attended the afternoon screening of the documentary film “Maineland” at Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta. “Maineland” follows two well-to-do, amiable Chinese high school students, Stella and Harry, as they attend boarding school at Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, coming of age in a culture very different from the one in which they were raised. The 90-minute 2017 movie, which took three years to film, is directed by filmmaker Miao Wang, who moved to the United States from China when she was 12.
The impact of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas has clearly reached our community, including members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. The men and women of the sheriff’s office prepare and train for these events several times each year in hopes the skills obtained in these trainings will never be used.
Smokey, the King Ro cat – or, as he thinks, “the King of Round Pond” — had quite an unexpected, unwanted experience this weekend. Smokey was scooped up a mere 10 or so yards from the store — his home — and taken to the animal shelter. From what we can piece together, someone from away thought that a cat out and about is not the norm and called animal control. While their hearts may have been in the right place, please realize that in a small town in Maine, cats do go out and hunt — they are not all indoor cats.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has now been in power for over 12 years. This is now her fourth term. She has approval ratings of over 60 percent. This tenure of power for her has spanned three U.S. presidents, four French presidents, and two Spanish, four British, six Italian, and seven Japanese prime ministers. She is now the longest-serving head of a major European government since her fellow German Helmut Kohl. Forgive me if I say she must be doing a few things right.
A few weeks ago, I went down to the Round Pond dinghy dock to check on my inflatable and found the outboard lying on the floor with a broken mounting bracket. Tied to it was an unsigned note, neatly sealed in plastic: “Engine sunk, oil in water. Must have gotten stuck under dock cross-bracing as the tide came in. Dunked engine in freshwater and dried out cylinder and PB-B’Laster. Maybe good?”
Wiscasset Speedway put a close to the regular racing season Saturday night, Sept. 30 with Group 2 Championship night, plus the fifth annual Amsoil Dominator Strictly Shootout. By the end of the show, division titles had been wrapped up in the final three divisions that were up for grabs, including a points tie that required a tie-break for the crown.
Ceramic arts in the ‘hood: As readers of this column know, well-known local potter and ceramics teacher Liz Proffetty recently opened Neighborhood Clay, the new clay studio and retail space on upper Main Street in Damariscotta. The last time I was at Neighborhood Clay was before it opened, when Proffetty was taking much delight in the expansive, well-lit space still under construction.
A few brief thoughts on various topics in our pages this week:
We congratulate James Bailey on his promotion to become the new administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail. Col. Bailey has the right priorities as he begins his new post: to rehabilitate rather than simply warehouse, and to watch the budget closely as our corrections system continues to face financial challenges.