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Maine DOT paved U.S. Route 1 in Frankfort last week. But this was no ordinary paving. Instead, it was a well-orchestrated, all-in-one procedure, the likes of which most of us had never witnessed before.

A line of dump trucks preceded the effort, with trucks parked along the road in a near-endless succession. This was followed by a paver that, at all at once, laid down hot top material and rolled it smooth. The paver was manned by a large crew, with each person tending to their own small part of the effort.

It amazed me to watch this giant conglomerate machine work its way down the road. Ahead of it was the old, weather-beaten surface and behind it, a fine, new surface. I was greatly surprised at the speed at which this device operated. What once was a turtle-slow process has now become lightning-fast by comparison.

The end result was an “instant” road, brand-new paving that was as smooth as glass. The whole thing was a marvel to witness and the newly paved road has become a pleasure to drive on.

Bicentennial mug

Dawn Ritchie from Frankfort Congregational Church made me a present of a cup from Frankfort’s bicentennial celebration. One side shows the legend, “Town of Frankfort State of Maine, Incorporated June 25, 1789.” The other side has a beautiful picture of the Frankfort Congregational Church.

I had at first thought to use it for its intended purpose, to drink coffee from. But the mug is in brand-new condition and so instead of allowing it to become coffee-stained, it has found a special place on a display shelf. Many thanks to Dawn for giving me this wonderful collector’s item.

History note

From The Republican Journal, Sept. 7, 1916: “The storm of Aug. 23rd was severe in this section, destroying crops and breaking the glass in windows of many of the houses.

“Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Carter of Danvers, Mass., are visiting his sister, Mrs. Jennie Cass. Mr. Carter made the trip in his Dodge car.”

Clear skies

September ranks as a topnotch time for stargazers. Salubrious temperatures, few biting insects and a lack of the near-constant summer haze that makes sky-watching so difficult in summer, are just a few of the reasons to get out now and look to the sky.

I am planning a nighttime get-together at Mt. Waldo this month. A friend has plenty of parking spaces and I can supply two telescopes and a set of image-stabilized binoculars. I am assured of finding virtually no light pollution, something increasingly hard to do nowadays. Given optimum sky conditions, we should see a good number of deep-sky wonders.

Weekly quote

Old English motto: “Fair on September first, fair for the month.”