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.
Checking out Czech Republic: As some of you know, I was out of the country recently for nine days visiting my son, Benjamin, and his family in Germany. I returned to work this past Monday – somewhat jet-lagged, but happier for the opportunity to have gone on my trip.
Per our pledge from two weeks ago, here are some more examples of what is and is not acceptable in letters to the editor.
Everyone loves a mystery! Well, I’ve got one for you. Who are these women? What’s their story?
How did this photo of them end up in the thrift shop?
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. It supports a multibillion-dollar economic sector, including tens of thousands of smallholder farmers worldwide. The global coffee trade relies on two species: arabica (60% of traded coffee) and robusta (40%). A third, liberica, is cultivated as a grafting rootstock for the other two. Arabica and liberica occur naturally across much of Africa.
On Saturday, April 11, Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education will host its sixth annual conference at the Augusta Civic Center and, as always, admission is free — free for patients who are seeking to connect with resources that will project them towards health and wellness, free for caregivers to learn more about support resources, free for medical providers who want to learn more about diagnosing and treating Lyme and tick-borne disease, free to the general public who want to learn more about prevention, what the state of Maine is doing about our tick problem, and changes that will be taken place at a federal level.
Music’s power to heal: In mid-December, I turned this column over to guest columnist Paul Kando, a local lover of the arts and the writer of the weekly “Energy Matters” column in this paper. Readers will remember Kando’s eloquent words about his inspiring arts education growing up in his native Hungary.
We love letters to the editor.
We think the letters page of a local newspaper serves a vital role in the community. At its best, such a page serves as a forum for a respectful and thoughtful exchange of opinions on topics of the day.
We’ve written previously that extended producer responsibility for packaging is being considered by the Maine Legislature. Such a measure would hold producers accountable for some of the costs incurred by municipalities for the recycling or disposal of packaging materials. An extended producer responsibility program would be implemented and managed by a nongovernmental stewardship organization.
We are closing in on an hour of gained daylight — almost to 10 hours of light per day!