On Saturday, April 11, Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education will host its sixth annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center and, as always, admission is free — free for patients who are seeking to connect with resources that will project them towards health and wellness, free for caregivers to learn more about support resources, free for medical providers who want to learn more about diagnosing and treating Lyme and tick-borne disease, free to the general public who want to learn more about prevention, what the state of Maine is doing about our tick problem, and changes that will be taken place at a federal level.
Music’s power to heal: In mid-December, I turned this column over to guest columnist Paul Kando, a local lover of the arts and the writer of the weekly “Energy Matters” column in this paper. Readers will remember Kando’s eloquent words about his inspiring arts education growing up in his native Hungary.
We’ve written previously that extended producer responsibility for packaging is being considered by the Maine Legislature. Such a measure would hold producers accountable for some of the costs incurred by municipalities for the recycling or disposal of packaging materials. An extended producer responsibility program would be implemented and managed by a nongovernmental stewardship organization.
We are closing in on an hour of gained daylight — almost to 10 hours of light per day!
Lincoln County represents: Good old Facebook! That’s how I found out about the brand-new issue of the ArtMaine 2020 Annual Guide featuring Damariscotta painter and gallery owner Will Kefauver as one of 88 of Maine’s outstanding artists.
Open mic lowdown: I had the pleasure last Thursday, Jan. 23, of spending time hanging out at Fernald’s in Damariscotta with a handful of local musicians (well, four actually), one of whom recently started working at the LCN as a press assistant and newspaper delivery person.
After the bridge over the Sheepscot River was put in, in 1794, everyone wanted a road. The Rev. David Quimby Cushman writes in his “History of Ancient Sheepscot and Newcastle” that roads began to be cut in different directions.
Fracking — which involves the use of high-pressure fluids to extract oil and gas from subterranean rock — is not safe. It is beyond the power of regulations to redeem it — not that any such regulations are in the making.
Art with heart: Last month, I wrote in this column about spending time in the River Arts art studio with the artists from Mobius Inc.’s Creative Expressions program, watching them work and chatting with them about their then-upcoming exhibit at LincolnHealth’s Miles Campus.
Even though we all know that growing old is not for sissies, in my younger years I looked forward to becoming a senior, which guaranteed certain privileges. I even thought I might become one of those eccentric full-fledged sassy old women who wear purple and speak before they think.
In my last column, I put out a call for readers to submit their suspected mountain lion encounters. I wasn’t disappointed. People reached out through email and social media to share their stories. A common thread among the sightings is geography. Several reports came from northern and central Lincoln County. Waldoboro alone generated three sightings.
Folks, it’s a historic time in our country, for sure. Hard to believe: Only three times in the history of our country have we impeached a president, yet it’s happened twice in the last 20 or so years. What’s different this time from back in the ’90s, with President Clinton? I would dare say much.
Impact in black and white: Petrea Noyes’ large, black-and-white mixed media piece called “String of Pearls” is one of the first pieces that greets visitors to the “Black and White” show currently on the walls of the main gallery at Damariscotta’s River Arts gallery.
With each New Year comes a chance for a fresh start and new resolutions. It seems that the majority of them are doomed to failure because we’re either not fully committed to them, or they’re too different from our normal routine to stick with them for more than a short time.