I’ve just about got my sea legs under me as we approach my two-month milestone as editor of The Lincoln County News. It helps that a more than capable crew sees to the running of this ship week in and week out. One cannot take over the helm of any vessel with confidence — metaphorically or otherwise — without able seaman so to speak, who know their jobs and do them well and reliably.
I spent another on-call reporter weekend in Lincoln County Sept. 10-12. Fortunately, it was very quiet on the scanner. That means most Lincoln County Communications Center calls were for ambulance or police-only services.
I had been working in my last column which I never got ready to send. I am sure you all have been looking for my column the whole month of August, but Aug. 6 I got up very ill. I was rushed to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport by Northeast Ambulance.
Name a river in Maine, and odds are that Newcastle’s Zip Kellogg can tell you how to navigate it. A retired librarian with a tireless passion for exploration, Kellogg knows his state in a way that few people do.
The river is already quieter now. More boatless moorings. Seasonal boaters have squeezed out the last of summer’s gaiety. Through the pines lining our river bank, we see the occasional white sail slipping silently by, heading to a safe haven for a winter “on the hard.” A few leaves are starting to turn. And the hummingbirds will soon disappear, commencing their long migration southward after taking their last long sips of nectar. Some of us retirees will keep our boats on the water as long as we dare, until the chill fall air makes inevitable the decision to haul them out. It has been a good season on the water.
“But why not, Mrs. Dunn?” Pickles asked.
September is National Service Dog month, and to help celebrate these highly trained “dogs with jobs,” it seems only fitting to discuss what a service dog is (and isn’t) and to elucidate the role of anyone who might find a service dog in their midst.
Farmers markets at this time of the year brim with mounds of bright red tomatoes with contrasting purple and variegated eggplants in their vegetable stands. And yet, in plant classification they are fruit and by botanical definition berries. Both are well known as edible, even though they belong to the nightshade family of plants, with some deadly relatives.
Sitting out on her dock on the banks of the Damariscotta River, Barb Scully surveyed the serene view of her lease. Seated comfortably in an Adirondack chair, she interrupts her own thought to point to a blur soaring over the wooded banks.
A flashbulb memory is “a highly vivid and detailed ‘snapshot’ of a moment in which a consequential, surprising, and emotionally arousing piece of news was learned,” according to simplypsychology.org.
While the country-wide labor shortage may be a novel experience for some industries, many child care providers see it as an opportunity to draw attention to struggles that existed long before the pandemic.
Cars zoom over Deer Meadow Brook on Route 215 and on the Sheepscot Road, but deep in the center of Newcastle there is no road or bridge, today, across Deer Meadow Brook, on the Old County Road. This is a part of Newcastle not often seen by the traveler. It is what makes Newcastle a two river town.
A twist of green glass hummingbirds spirals upward amid the array of bird feeders and flowers that adorn Donna Plummer’s porch in South Bristol. Birds dart in from the woods on the side of the house for a sip of nectar or a sunflower seed, and then disappear in a glittering whir of iridescent wings back into the woods.
Like many years, 2020 started with great aspirations, hopes and dreams. Businesses planned for a coming year with hopeful growth, people made resolutions. Shortly after that, everything else about the year went down in flames.
Someone asked me how I managed to sit through all those “boring meetings.” In a past life I may have wondered that, too.