Snowstorms and even blizzards in early spring that make you stick close to the hearth, are not unknown in Maine. The current one, created by a rogue virus and constant alarming news updates, is different. There are no swirling white flakes. The roads and sidewalks are not in need of shoveling. It took a little longer to arrive in Maine, but suddenly our world has become conducive to staying close to the hearth.
In times of heightened stress, nature offers us a balm for our anxiety. Spending time outside is always restorative, but it seems especially critical now.
Yesterday, the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate voted to confer emergency powers to the governor. While we have always had a strong commitment to local control, the coronavirus crisis has risen to the occasion for emergency powers to be granted on a centralized basis.
As the coronavirus turns life in Lincoln County upside down for the foreseeable future, the staff of The Lincoln County News is working to bring residents reliable and up-to-date information about the virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19.
Lincoln County Communications/911, in conjunction with all public safety agencies that respond to Lincoln County, is taking measures to ensure the safety of our county’s residents and the first responder community.
We find ourselves dealing with an unprecedented health crisis. While plans are changing rapidly, the most important and consistent part of the plan is social distancing. COVID-19 is in our community, so we want to remind folks that we can all help by promoting social distancing.
If you want to increase the number of birds that visit your backyard, consider putting out suet cakes. Suet is a high-energy food source made from beef fat. Suet cakes or homemade batches attract a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers, chickadees, titmice, blue jays, nuthatches, and wrens. Cardinals, catbirds, and some warblers will also occasionally visit a suet feeder.
As the president spreads misinformation about the coronavirus and his likely opponent has his latest juvenile outburst, we can all take some heart in our ability to participate in one government that still works: local government.
Art skills, life skills: There is a lovely turquoise block print of a headshot of what appears to be a heron standing along the shore of a body of water in the current art show on the walls of the cafe at Rising Tide Co-op in Damariscotta. It is an attention-getter – and it was created by a student in a fifth and sixth grade class at Chewonki Elementary and Middle School in Wiscasset as part of a printmaking unit focused on coastal Maine’s salt-marsh ecology.
This year has brought back many wonderful memories of my grammar school days and my last year at Franklin Grammar School when I was in the eighth grade. Back in those days, one had to complete a course in Maine state history and pass it to go on to high school. I recall that each eighth grade student had to make a large notebook of items containing photos, items on Maine events and Maine statehood, and items that lead up to Maine becoming a state on March 15, 1820.
Like hospitals and health care providers across the state, LincolnHealth has been working since the earliest reported case of COVID-19, or coronavirus, to prepare for a response when it is needed.
Singing in community: There is a lovely, no-cost event that takes place the fourth Saturday of each month at 6 p.m. at Sheepscot General in Whitefield — a community singing circle. Led by singer-guitarist Dan Townsend, who is a member of local band Well Seasoned, the singing circle, as a recent press release put it, invites “anyone who enjoys singing with others.”
This week, along with Democratic primary results and a report on a Republican caucus and rally, our front page highlights two political events that drew much less attention last week: local caucuses for the Green Independent and Libertarian parties.
Wednesday, Feb. 26 was unseasonably warm as we made our way to a public hearing on L.D. 2104, “An Act To Support and Increase the Recycling of Packaging,” at the Maine State House. We’ve reported previously in these pages on various stages of this bill’s development by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. We were there to witness its unveiling before the Joint Standing Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources.