Painting in snowstorms: Samantha Merrill held up a small acrylic painting of an ocean scene. “This I painted during a snowstorm when I had nothing else to do. I wanted something with waves and it just kind of happened,” she told me recently.
It is with great excitement and utmost respect that I announce the return of “The Hose Line” column to The Lincoln County News. Longtime readers may recall the column, which was produced with great pride by Captain Newman.
For the last week or two, we have received more inquiries about one local issue than any other.
Elmer Tarr, according to his wife, Gerry, “loved everybody, and everybody loved him.” In his 87 years of life from 1916 to 2003, Tarr loved his community and was very active in enriching the lives of others in Bristol and beyond. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, built houses, served with and led the Masonic Lodge, became a Bristol Lion, and shared his skills with the Shriners, the Bristol Footlighters, and Habitat for Humanity, to name a few of his many interests in addition to raising a family with his wife.
Loving the LC arts scene: I am on a roll. Or, rather, Lincoln County’s arts scene is on one.
Unfortunately, I must inform you that as of Tuesday, April 17, we are no longer accepting any #1 or #3-7 plastics. These plastics must now go in the trash. In order for the changes to have been successful, the plastics we sent had to be free of contamination by other plastics. This did not happen. From this point on, we will only be recycling rigid and #2 plastics. Thanks to all of you that tried to make the new process work.
Fear can consume us and directs our thoughts, words, and actions. Knowledge reduces our fear; the more we know about something, the less we fear because we have some control over how it may or may not directly affect us — like ticks, the diseases that they carry, and the many ways we are exposed to them.
Parts of the new CLC YMCA are opening for us day by day. I want to express my gratitude to management and staff for the planning they did for life during construction. They enabled many of us to keep at our routines – whether tennis, weights, treadmills, bikes, or Nautilus – surrounded by construction tarps and almost invisible working crews. This was an extraordinary feat and we, children and adults, have benefited from that planning.
Two years ago this month, the town of Newcastle launched the public planning process to create a new comprehensive plan (call it the comp plan) and character-based code (the code) for the town. Hundreds of you took part in one or more planning workshops over a five-day period in April 2016 and/or attended a follow-up listening session at the Harriet Bird clubhouse in July 2016. Those conversations and workshops formed the basis for the new comp plan and the character-based code.
This past weekend I had the privilege to chaperone the Lincoln Academy band trip to New York City. Our community should be so very proud of these kids. Not only did they perform beautifully at the Heritage Festival, where they competed against schools from across the country. They were respectful to each other and everyone, from the bus driver, hotel staff, fellow symphony and Broadway show goers and more.
Now that we’re at the end of session, I would like to bring attention to some of the great things happening this session at the State House. Specifically, I would like to bring your attention to a new law sponsored by my colleague Rep. Brad Farrin, R-Norridgewock, which will help fill some of the critical medical vacancies around the state while also helping our veterans more successfully transition to civilian life.
If you’re anything like me, you despise ticks. Not just because they’re arachnids and have too many legs to be up to any good, but because they spread diseases that are unpleasant for humans and animals alike.
April 8-14, 2018 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
Here at The Lincoln County News, we listen to our local public safety telecommunicators – we call them dispatchers – every day on the scanner to pick up tips about crashes, crimes, and fires.
The Maine Department of Transportation has disregarded the ordinances and historic zoning laws of the town of Wiscasset. The DOT has even gone so far as to turn down federal funds in order to openly challenge the town and its business community.
The end of the 2017-2018 school year will be a sad one for anyone associated with Nobleboro Central School. The departure of Ann Hassett as principal will leave a huge hole in the school and, more importantly, in the lives of the children. It will be a great coup for AOS 93 to have her begin what I know will be a successful tenure as their curriculum coordinator.