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Edmondson among eight semifinalists
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Conners Emerson School music teacher Rebecca Edmondson, who last month was named Hancock County Teacher of the Year, has been selected as one of eight semifinalists for Maine 2023 Teacher of the Year.  Author information Dick Broom Reporter at Mount Desert Islander Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert...
Island Police log week of June 23
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Vandalism at the Charlotte Rhodes Butterfly Park was reported to the police on Monday. The post Island Police log week of June 23 appeared first on Mount Desert Islander.
ARRL Field Day set for June 25-26
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The last full weekend of every June is the most anticipated event for ham radio operators throughout the U.S. and Canada.   The post ARRL Field Day set for June 25-26  appeared first on Mount Desert Islander.
The schoolyard bully’s big lie
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Dear Editor: The January 6 Committee is currently revealing the financial, political and moral fleecing of America caused by Donald Trump’s Big Lie. Trump has grifted roughly $250 million for his Official Election Defense Fund, has poisoned civil society, inflaming racist hate groups with Replacement Theory rhetoric, and fractured Americans into...
Commentary: Collateral damage
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By Michael Hall Mainers will be collateral damage in the Biden administration’s war on fossil fuels. The unplanned, unprepared and precipitous rise in home heating cost will cost lives. Rather than freezing quietly in their homes Mainers will search for alternative ways to stay warm. The hastily installed wood or pellet stove will kill people.
Editorial: A teacher’s work is never done
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As educators wrap up this year’s tasks and begin preparing for the fall, we thank them for all their hard work this school year. In the words of education activist Malala Yousafzai, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”  In their efforts to be that change and inspire and ... The post Editorial: A teacher’s...
Spot-on analysis
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Dear Editor: Accolades, once again, to Jill Goldthwait’s article about Jared Golden’s singular veto among the Democrats for the gun safety law. Her clear, reasoned presentation aptly spotlights alternatives Golden could have taken. Judith (Scotty) Folger Ellsworth
“Getting to yes” on climate
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Dear Editor: Thankfully, Governor Mills identified climate change as a major present threat for Maine’s economy ecology and citizens when she became governor in January 2021 — before COVID hit — and formed the multi sector Maine Climate Council task force, which produced the Maine Won’t Wait action plan in December 2021. In April 1999, ...
Salute to teachers
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School’s out, but a teacher’s work is never done. As educators wrap up this year’s tasks and begin preparing for the fall, we thank them for all their hard work this school year. In the words of education activist Malala Yousafzai, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” In ...
Comentary: Time, tide and Tuscany
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By Todd R. Nelson One July, I set my watch by the church bells of San Regolo, Italy, for three weeks. But that is not how you tell time in San Regolo. The hourly bells chime down its narrow streets, along the ancient stone houses, out over the surrounding olive groves, cypress trees and vineyards ...
There can be no trust without understanding
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Less than 30 percent of fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are proficient in civics. In addition, a survey of 1,416 adults by the Annenberg Public Policy Center revealed that only one-third of those surveyed could name the three branches of government. And, while only one in three people can name all three branches, nearly a ...
Commentary: Flagpole plan raises more questions than answers
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By Russell F. Schimmer The proposed and publicly disclosed business plan for the Flagpole of Freedom Park is shockingly vague given its potential disruption to Washington County’s coastal region. The projected six million new visitors and $540 million in annual revenue seem more aspirational than what likely is feasible. More simply put, Flagpole...
On the Road Review: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
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When you have a new vehicle as extroverted looking as this Electric Lime Tacoma in specialized off-road trim called TRD Pro, it only seemed prudent to balance my perspective with another driver, like Bill Green — owner of a ’15 Tacoma SR extended cab model. Bill, the very popular longtime host of the TV show ...
Cars & Coffee event June 25
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SEAL COVE — The Seal Cove Auto Museum is hosting a special Cars & Coffee event on electric cars on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Many are surprised to discover that the electric car is not a recent development; electric cars have been around since the 19th century. Show your Mach-E, Tesla or ...
Garden tour, art show in Orland
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ORLAND — The Orland Historical Society is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, June 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes tours of three gardens in Orland as well an art show at the Orland Community Center. The Historical Society will also be open. Tickets can be purchased for $20 at the museum at ...
The undercover game warden
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For many years before 2016, the Maine Warden Service conducted so-called “covert operations.” Basically, warden investigators were authorized to go undercover, use a different name and a cover story, and infiltrate a nest of hardcore poachers and eventually bring them to justice. These covert investigations were employed sparingly, and targeted...
Surry Backpack Program tea June 25
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SURRY — The Surry Backpack Program is holding its annual tea on Saturday, June 25, from 2-4 p.m. in the Surry School gymnasium. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children. They are available at the Surry town office or at the door. Besides refreshments, there will be live music provided by students from ...
Gouldsboro Police log week of June 23
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Woman charged with siphoning electricity from neighbor’s meter
Paragon flavor: Tarragon chicken easy for busy households
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My latest “coffee-table” reading is Thomas Keller’s, “Ad-hoc at Home,” a collection of recipes that the acclaimed chef prepares when not cooking at one of his nine restaurants and bakeries. No intricate garnishes, immersion blenders or sous-vide needed. These are uncomplicated and family-style preparations, meant to feed a crowd. Enjoying...
Back in your face
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Originally called Loud Fast Rules, a punk rock band started in 1981, Soul Asylum has continued to tour over the years. Playing at the 1993 MTV Inaugural Ball of President Bill Clinton and performing Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane” with Lou Reed at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame opening concert are among the alternative ...
Calling all artists!
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Painters, potters, fiber artists and specialized craftspeople are sought for the 2022 the Bucksport Art Festival being staged on Aug. 19-20 by Main Street Bucksport and the Lighthouse Gallery. Held on the scenic Bucksport waterfront, with Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory as a dramatic backdrop, this popular show enables a...
Hancock County Jail log week of June 23
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The following were arrested or booked into the Hancock County Jail between June 1 and 5: Donald J. Awalt, 33, Ellsworth, warrant. John A. Harvey, 36, Bucksport, operating a vehicle beyond license restrictions. Jacob D. Betts, 30, Deer Isle, warrant arrest. John A. Harvey, 36, operating without a license, operating a motor vehicle while under ...
Orland Democrats hosting family event
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ORLAND — The Orland Democratic Committee will host a family-friendly get-together on Saturday, June 25, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. behind the Orland Community Center (with playground and open area available). Please park out front if you are able, and walk around. Bring your lunch, drink, and a chair for an outside picnic of conversation and ...
Hancock County Sheriff’s log week of June 23
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Gouldsboro’s $6.45 million budget breezes through
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The image may be how the gentle-mannered farmer, selectman and musician perhaps is best remembered.