In the new year, we will likely be asked to vote on a series of options regarding the future of the Bristol Mills Dam and fish ladder, which are both in need of significant repair and severely limit the passage of alewives upstream. I’m writing to encourage residents to become as educated on the subject as possible before any votes are cast.
We commend the leadership of the Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit for its open and proactive response to community concerns about Whitefield Elementary School.
This referendum asks the people of Maine to grant a license for a casino in York County. This referendum is bad for the state of Maine.
Development in Damariscotta has been a hot topic these past few months. In the pages of this newspaper, in multiple public meetings and hearings, on social media, and in coffee shop conversations. Everyone has an opinion. Unfortunately, not everyone has the facts.
I am a member of the Main Street advisory group, however, I am writing this as a citizen and taxpayer and do not speak for the group.
In response to Marion Whitmore, of Waldoboro, I have not seen the usual birds around our home either. We were away all of September, and I always remove my birdfeeder in the summer, so when we put it back up Oct. 1, I figured it would take a few days for them to find it again. But they still haven’t come, and it’s the middle of the month. I’ve seen one pair of titmice and a stray chickadee at the feeder, that’s it!
In the past 105 years, there has been no rush to duplicate the original ship. It was a bad experience and bad experiences usually are not repeated – good designs are kept and the bad ones are filed and forgotten. Unfortunately, this is not the case in politics.
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) became law. A critical provision of the ACA was the expansion of Medicaid, known in Maine as MaineCare. The intent of expansion is to extend coverage to include eligible low-income Mainers whose incomes are too high to qualify for existing MaineCare, but who do not qualify for federal tax credits to purchase insurance on the ACA marketplaces.
I have quit watching the Patriots football team. I was a great fan of theirs. I haven’t watched them since I saw them taking a knee when the national anthem was played.
Attention Damariscotta voters!
Each one of you has the opportunity to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7 for two local issues: the Damariscotta moratorium and for one selectman’s vacancy. What do each of you need to do? Become informed prior to entering the voting booth (or voting absentee prior to Nov. 7).
A few weeks ago, I went down to the Round Pond dinghy dock to check on my inflatable and found the outboard lying on the floor with a broken mounting bracket. Tied to it was an unsigned note, neatly sealed in plastic: “Engine sunk, oil in water. Must have gotten stuck under dock cross-bracing as the tide came in. Dunked engine in freshwater and dried out cylinder and PB-B’Laster. Maybe good?”
My husband and I are stewards for the Damariscotta River Association’s Rutherford Island Preserve in South Bristol. It is one of the smallest and newest preserves.
On Aug. 2, the Legislature was called back into session one last time to vote on two dozen bills that were vetoed by the governor and address all outstanding business. This proved to be another long day in Augusta, but I’m glad we were finally able to adjourn “sine die,” meaning “without assigning a day,” for the year.
Summer is over.
I read with interest the letter penned by the new Lincoln County Republican Committee chair (“County Republicans send letter to Sen. Collins,” Aug. 3). It was particularly intriguing given a related headline in the same paper, “New county GOP chair pledges to pursue unity.”