Do you have kids or grandkids who love history? Have they read all of Lea Wait’s stories about Wiscasset? The Lincoln County Historical Society is running one more week of its Summer with the Past educational programs, and this last one – at the 1811 Jail in Wiscasset – is coming up next week! Louise Miller is a fantastic educator, bringing a lot of experience from museums and school programs in American history. The Old Jail program is full of activities, and reading is geared for children from eight to 10 years old. The session is Monday-Friday, Aug. 8-12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there is a fee of $115 (or $105 for LCHA members).
A few days ago, we went to Rockland. The roads are still being worked on but are getting better. Traffic was heavy, but nonetheless better than the last time we were there. We stopped at the Old School House vegetable stand on the way home and purchased some fresh green beans and peas to shell and eat for supper. They were very good.
The main purpose of a business is to direct its efforts and funds into enterprises that will make money. The main purpose of government is to direct its efforts and funds toward solving pressing problems that could be anything from fighting terrorists to fixing all the potholes in the town streets. Not much profit to be made there. The two investments are obviously at cross purposes.
On Thursday, Aug. 4, the Round Pond Schoolhouse Association will host its final Old Fashioned Beano Night of the season from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the historic Washington Schoolhouse in Round Pond. Members of the public are invited to come see why the schoolhouse’s Beano nights have been attracting record crowds this summer. Join master Beano caller George Sawyer, of New Harbor, as he announces the numbers for this family favorite. Prizes will be awarded Yankee Swap-style.
The nine ducks in a line we see along the river shore at Schooner Cove began last spring as two female black ducks and a drake mallard. A successful mating and nesting, and now they are teaching a full flotilla to feed on nature’s bounty.
Once again, thanks for the organics. Although the tubs can get a little smelly in the heat, getting organics out of our waste stream is an important recycling tool. The amount of organics continues to increase. Keep up the good work.
I took up a new hobby on Saturday. Hunting. No, not our little furry and feathered friends. No, not Pokemon. We don’t have any of those in Somerville. Just ask my daughter and one of our neighbors. My daughter has taken to riding with me wherever I go and has figured out how to load up on Poke balls without me having to pull over every 1,000 yards once we hit civilization. And one of my neighbors has posted a sign at the end of their drive: “no Pokemon here!”
Since writing about the black bear in our backyard last week, it has been amazing how many people have gotten in touch with me concerning wildlife that has been spotted in the area. Apparently bears are not as uncommon as I had thought. As wild animals’ habitats are infringed upon, it is to be expected that they will find their way into ours.
“Regrets are a waste of time except as things to learn from.” — Jane Fonda
The February 2016 issue of my “The Maine Genealogist” had an article on the treatment of paupers in Maine towns. I began to wonder what Newcastle did in the early years for people “fallen into distress.”
Flowers of the forest: Let us salute the passing of Beverly Mulligan, who used to live on Town Hall Road during her retirement. Our deepest condolences to her extended family, who requests that donations be made in her memory to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb, or to animalaidunlimited.org. A memorial service is planned for September at St. Patrick’s Church in Damariscotta Mills.
The steamy weather last week combined with most aggravating garden guests was enough to send anyone looking for comfort food that was cool, refreshing but substantial, and did not require much effort.
I read an article this week in the Financial Times announcing a new initiative on the part of John Key, the prime minister of New Zealand. During the past several decades, as international trade and travel has proliferated, his island nation has been invaded by non-native predators, including rats, possums, stoats, and weasels.
Some of us envision Maine converting from burning fuels to electricity, cutting energy consumption by one-third. We see Maine using 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, creating 31,000 permanent jobs and realizing $8,900 annually in per capita health and climate-related savings. We look to getting 22 percent of our energy from solar, 70 percent from on- and offshore wind, 6 percent from hydropower, 1 percent each from wave and tidal power — and paying for the whole transition within seven years from air-pollution and climate-cost savings alone (learn more at thesolutionsproject.org).