Cookbooks. I learn so much from reading cookbooks, not just words telling me how to cook. Glancing through a cookbook is like standing next to a stranger as they stir the soup kettle or sift flour into a bowl. Open a cookbook and step back into time. Travel to a foreign country. Some cookbooks are journals. Some are written like romances or memoirs. Adventure tales. Sentimental. Silly.
implies either “a patron saint of England” or “relating to a farmer.” At least one of these is correct! My good wife’s name is “Myrtle,” which could be interpreted as “a clinging vine,” occasionally true.
Lincoln County is the kind of place where certain last names tell a story and invoke memories for longtime residents. Pinkham is one of those names, and Ann and Dan Pinkham are two of the best candidates to explain and exemplify why.
As Irving Berlin said it, in his “White Christmas,” “May all your Christmases be white.” Are all Christmases white here in Lincoln County? I thought I would look it up and see. As many of you know, I have a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Station here at my home. I have the information I have collected over the years which will tell how many of the last 60 Dec. 25s have had snow on the ground to make them a white Christmas.
For a few weeks we have been seeing a huge immature hawk around our house and property. The other day Jon Poland called to tell me that there was a big owl on the Brown Church and that I might like a picture for my column. I rushed down and got a somewhat decent picture but when I expanded it on my phone I could see that it was actually the hawk that we have been seeing. I guess that he must have enjoyed the view from the top of the church.
For many people, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without the perfect tree. Festooned with lights and carefully decorated with ornaments, it offers a place to gather and stack presents. But if you have a real tree, what do you do with it after the holiday is over? Rather than leaving it out on the curb, there are several sustainable ways to repurpose your old tree and extend the value of your purchase.
Each holiday season, as we reach out to family, friends, and even acquaintances, many of us want to share that joy of the season. For those of us that cook, it easily translates in sharing baked goods.
While the Damariscotta community knows Bristol’s Bill Clark as the co-founder of Pumpkinfest, among family and friends he is a notoriously zealous hobbyist.
Do you know what the highest point in Lincoln County is? Have you ever stayed awake wondering? I suspect the answer to both questions is no. However, I have on occasion wondered which part of Lincoln County is the farthest from sea level. Despite our relative lack of elevation, the county does have a number of smaller mountains and rolling hills. Unfortunately, finding the definitive highest point takes some digging.
The time period of this article takes place in the fall of late October 1949. I was still going to Franklin Grammar School and my teacher was Mrs. Thelma Clark and she had grades 5 through 8 at that time.
Linwood Palmer has been growing and selling Christmas trees since he was 13 years old. He’s 78 now and still going strong. While the days when his family grew tens of thousands of trees on vast acres of land in Nobleboro and Dover-Foxcroft have passed, he still has a loyal following at his two-acre property on Borland Hill Road.
If you enjoy this column and the photographs that accompany it, I have started an Instagram account to feature my photography.
I stopped by the old Daniel Day house about a month ago to check out the work being done on the south side of the house.
During her four years at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Riley Stevenson earned an impressive amount of accolades and accomplishments, including earning back-to-back debate state titles, serving as president of the school’s Climate Action Club, and becoming co-valedictorian for the class of 2021, to name a few.