Karen-Ann Hagar-Smith has been Waldoboro’s community navigator since 2020. For three days a week, she lends a hand to people in Waldoboro – finding housing after a fire, food for a hungry family, funds to pay a utility bill, a place inside rehab to recover after hitting bottom. As Karen-Ann puts it, “It’s part of my own recovery – paying it forward.”
Brilliant sun on yesterday’s snow. The first songbird I’ve heard this year, a cardinal, sang its full, varied song this morning near Glidden Street in Newcastle. Two days ago, before the snow, I heard a few rather soft and tentative “Cheer? Cheer?” whistles. Maybe the same bird, hormones boosted by the light? Last year I noted the first song March 18. I think spring was late and cold last year.
“I get really inspired by the kindergarten paintings,” said artist, healer, and teacher Fletcher Boote from her at-home studio in Alna. “They’re so free. They’re so unencumbered by judgment.”
Kintsugi is the Japanese art of fixing broken things with gold, pottery in particular. Instead of bemoaning the chips and cracks, kintsugi accepts these imperfections and mends them with precious metal, highlighting those places where – perhaps – a thing fell apart.
Tuesday mornings are vegetable packing days at Healthy Lincoln County, where we sort fresh food, pack boxes, and distribute to our share table partners. Our wheelhouse is food procurement; we pick up donations from local farms and partners, but the real magic comes once the food leaves our hands.
During quiet moments in her day in Wiscasset, Lincoln County Historical Association Executive Director Shannon Gilmore goes on walks. She walks past the cemetery up to the Old Jail on Federal Street, one of LCHA’s three museums.
These last two years have been full of change, and to keep the trend going, the library will be changing its phone number. If we’ve learned anything from all this transition, it’s how to be flexible. We know this process will take time, so we’ll extend it into the summer to allow everyone (especially us!) to get used to our new numbers.
Hello to all my friends. I gotta tell you, I am not sure what I think about all this ice and snow. My feet get cold and sometimes ice goes in between my pads. I don’t like that, but Mom wipes them down with a nice warm and wet cloth. That makes it feel a lot better.
The battle of Iwo Jima, fought on Feb. 19, 1945, during the closing days of World War II, is remembered by many of that generation and certainly by all the Marines who survived the assault on the remote Pacific island 650 miles from Japan. Now, younger Americans may not be aware of the determined struggle that pitted over 100,000 men, including 70,000 Marines, against 22,000 entrenched Japanese defenders who fought to the last man.
Driving a motor vehicle on public highways in Maine is a privilege and a serious responsibility. The ability to drive a car, truck or motorcycle widens horizons. It helps you do your job, visit friends and relatives, and enjoy your leisure time. It is the most important card in your wallet and a legally accepted form of identification.
Alicia Witham, The Carpenter’s Boat Shop’s executive director, journeyed far and wide before she found herself on the Pemaquid Peninsula.
I happened upon this picture and recognized a couple of the gentlemen. I am not even sure where it was taken or why. Gordon Fossett, the first in the back row, sure is young here. The Odd Fellows Hall perhaps? I would appreciate and love to know everyone’s names and perhaps where it takes place. Please shoot me an email if you can solve this mystery.
Two large snowstorms on adjacent weekends are likely noticed with a bit of concern even in Maine. First, we had the whiteout and then less than a week later another layer of snow with sleet glazing everything with a thick layer of ice. Icing on a cake is the final touch to enhance a delicious product, but a layer of ice that requires chopping with a shovel to remove the snow below is only bound to enhance frustration.
If you ask the average Mainer how they feel about the state-owned landfill serving as the dumping ground for waste from other states, you probably won’t find many that think it’s the way life should be.