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    February 16, 2010

    Letters to the editor

    Nay-sayers vs. yea-sayers The need for a community events building, one for conferences, big weddings, family reunions, and large audience events, like performances, like annual meetings of the Lobstermen's Association, like church fellowships, general synods and high school drama productions, has been acknowledged for at least 30 years. To the nay-sayers this means, well it's been 30 years, "it ain't gonna ...

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    February 16, 2010

    Baking with Betty

    This week's column is dedicated to Pat Jonas, a devoted dog lover. The following recipe is from an Amish cookbook. I made it one evening to go with some homemade chicken soup. It was listed under breads, but I think it could also be a dessert. Cinnamon Flop 1 scant cup sugar 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder Sift these ingredients together. Add one tablespoon melted butter and 1 cup milk. Stir ...

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    February 11, 2010

    A letter from Richard Anderson

    Why buy the newspaper? Besides, it's free online and I pay for print! Let's think about this situation. I, and I am confident that you, can't imagine relying on volunteers to arise in the middle of the night to report on a tragic fire, to leave a family holiday gathering to report on and assist in the recovery of an accident victim, to attend evening municipal or school proceedings, or to cover the action at ...

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    February 10, 2010

    Less all around

    Last week, the Belfast public works employees and the city manager each got 3 percent raises. The increases were consistent with those negotiated with the police union last year, and at that time, the City Council extended comparable raises to nonunion employees in accordance with city policy. Most county employees also got 3 percent cost of living allowances last year, with the exception of the Waldo County ...

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    February 10, 2010

    Quote of the week 2/10

    "As the mercury plummeted, the generosity seemed to rise." — State Rep. Mike Thibodeau, R-Winterport, speaking in his role as co-chairman of the Family and Friends Campaign in Winterport about the willingness of people in the community to support the fundraising effort. The campaign raised nearly $30,000 for the  Lafayette Family Cancer Center in Brewer, easily exceeding its original goal of $25,000.  

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    February 10, 2010

    Saltwater fishing license bill crawls back to life

    Like a bad dream, the saltwater fishing license bill is back again. It has been talked about for years as a way of increasing revenues to the Department of Marine Resources but has been soundly rejected every time it came forward. It was killed in the 123rd Maine Legislature and again in the first regular session of the 124th. Or so we thought. Somehow, through not-so-gentle persuasion, grand promises and ...

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    February 10, 2010

    Give courts discretion on licenses

    Last week, James Lee, 44, of Medway pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger in a Monroe crash in September 2008 that killed Lee's coworker William Russell, 28, of Medway. The crash also severely injured Lee's other passengers, William York and Chad Brackett, and Lee himself was also hurt. Speed was cited as a factor in the crash. We find the sentence itself — 10 years for manslaughter...

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    February 10, 2010

    A clean mind and dirty hands

    Three people walk into a bank. The first, a soccer mom in Spandex, withdraws money from the ATM in the lobby and departs for her Pilates class. The second, a disheveled meth addict, pulls a gun and forces a teller to hand over a wad of bills. He, too. departs for that Pilates class, where he steals valuables from the lockers. The third bank visitor is wearing an expensive suit and tie, hand-crafted leather ...

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    February 10, 2010

    One to keep an eye on

    There was this one fellow whom I used to have to deal with every so often who lived in my patrol area. When he was sober, he was a decent, hardworking guy. But when he drank, he became a raging idiot ready to take on the world. The problem was, he liked to drink and drink a lot. And that always seemed to land him in trouble in some form or fashion. And his job when he worked? He was a woodsman, which meant he ...

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    February 10, 2010

    The day I made Senator Snowe laugh

    During the holiday season I happened to stop in Out of the Woods down Main Street in Belfast, and the store manager quickly alerted me that Sen. Olympia Snowe had just been shopping in the store looking over Maine-made wood products. Right away I jumped, thanked her and ran out to seek Olympia! There was a guy in a suit standing on the other side of the street, and I figured he might be a security officer. So I ...


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