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.
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.”
With the start of work on two unneeded “little box” stores, i.e., a sixth place to buy paint and a mini Wal-Mart, so begins the homogenization and “uglification” of our town. We now join every small town between here and Bangor and beyond to have our very own Dollar General. Great.
As Alna’s Board of Selectmen, we welcomed last week’s letter from Judy Fossel, because it gives us an opportunity to make the facts about school choice in Alna – and our position – clear.
Although life can change so many ways in so little time, there are a few constants that all of us can count on: water is wet, the sky is blue, grass is green, and summertime traffic in Wiscasset is backed up for miles in both directions. It feels as though Red’s Eats should adopt a temporary slogan between June and September that reads, “Red’s Eats; the line starts in your vehicle 2 miles back.” In my short, 20-year lifetime, I cannot recall a summer that didn’t entail sitting in one of many cars crawling along Route 1, the starts and stops amounting to what can only be described as vehicular Chinese water torture.
I feel the need to be transparent about something that has recently caused me sleepless nights and extreme psychological distress. It is possible that I may have colluded with the Russians!
I am writing to express my gratitude to Peter and his family members and the staff of the Salt Bay Cafe. They will be missed in this community.
On Saturday, June 17, the town of Dresden will make a decision to vote on a new ambulance service. Gardiner Fire and Rescue currently serves as the town’s ambulance service and takes great pride in that job. Dresden Fire Department and Gardiner Fire and Rescue have a great working relationship and hope to continue working together. Gardiner has an excellent service record and prides itself on offering paramedic services on all trucks, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unlike many services that only have paramedics occasionally.