Mainers spend $5.2 billion annually on imported fossil fuels — $3,849 for each man, woman, and child. Half of that, $2.6 billion, is spent on transportation fuel — $1,925 for each man, woman and child.
Newcastle residents know Jon Duke as their friendly and knowledgeable town administrator. But for 14 years, die-hard Boston Celtics fans and media figures have known Duke as co-host of the first and longest-running podcast on the team, “Celtics Stuff Live.”
As we are in the midst of another Christmas season, I find it helpful to take time to think back to that first Christmas a little over 2,000 years ago. The arrival of Jesus on Earth marked the most significant milestone in God’s plan to save people from their sin.
Hello, everyone, and season’s greetings!
Mom and Dad put the tree up and, well, I like being near it, but when I wag my tail (which is a lot), I tend to knock some of the ornaments off. The cats have nothing on me!
I have always admired people who knew what they wanted to do from a young age. In my youth, my choices included astronaut, marine photographer, Air Force pilot, and a few other things I was even less-suited for. (Due to having a smidge of claustrophobia, all of those careers would have been disastrous.)
Textile artist to the rescue: This is the story of how an old quilt was rescued and transformed into a beautiful coat. More specifically, this is the story of how a woman named Mary Lavandier Myers bought a $3 bag of rummage sale items at the Miles Memorial Hospital League tent sale in Damariscotta earlier this fall into which was stuffed a pink-and-white quilt that was worn out and stained, and gave the quilt to her textile artist friend Jody Halliday to do her magic on. The result: a lovely (and virtually spotless) “art jacket.”
As the holidays approach, it is that time again when we enjoy eating delicious foods. As we enjoy our food, we may see our pets watching us longingly. Since it is a special occasion and we love to see our pets happy, we think, “A little won’t hurt.” Later, we are woken in the middle of the night to a vomiting pet.
There are many important aspects to creating age-friendly communities, but aging in place is one that is increasingly important to our aging population. It is news to no one that Maine is an aging state. Lincoln County is the state’s oldest county, with a median age of 50.
The people of Lincoln County live out the adage about Christmas: “It is better to give than to receive.”
The inimitable Mr. Kando: Late last month, I wrote in this column about the importance of the arts – or rather, a number of people helped me write about the importance of the arts, sending me thought-provoking responses to the question, “Why are the arts important?”
Practicing primary care medicine means having the privilege every day to hear the private, complicated reality of people’s lives. It is being a part of the humanity we all share that is not on display, not apparent, or often not ever guessed at. It is the life stories of chronic illness, grief, loss, regret, shame, self-doubt, anger. It is the physical pain, emotional pain, and isolation of medical problems, curable and incurable. These are life stories that all of us share, to a greater or lesser extent, in different ways and with different outcomes.
A very important milestone for our family has commenced, the start of our 100th year in business as the publishers of The Lincoln County News. This is an extremely exciting milestone, one that we are both proud of and honored by: proud to be a part of this community by capturing the history of its people and happenings, and honored to be trusted with the responsibility of operating the community’s newspaper.
Local author in new Christmas anthology: Anyone who has ever read May B. Davidson’s long-running Lincoln County News column “Lower Round Pond” – which became “No Longer Lower Round Pond” for a number of years until her recent move back to Round Pond – knows what a talented, entertaining, and passionate writer she is.
We applaud the students of the Lincoln Academy Climate Action Club for their engagement with local government in the form of the Newcastle Board of Selectmen. We will applaud these students even more if, rather than pursue passage of a doomsday declaration with no specific policy proposals, they continue to engage with town officials to pursue practical action on climate change.