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WEEK 94 – COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

WEEK 94 – COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

I had trouble finding more cream cheese to supplement the one 8oz. package I had to make a lemon cheesecake for Christmas dinner at a relative’s, for which I needed five packages. The Good Tern had three. The staff told me there is a national paucity of cream cheese and a major producer is paying $25 to customers who forego making cheesecakes…

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WEEK 91 COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

WEEK 91 COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

By Phyllis Merrimann I finally got my act together to store the patio furniture and plant pots in the garden shed. It took no time or effort at all. Why did I procrastinate until early December? Why to I procrastinate about other chores? Because of another...

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WEEK 90 COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

WEEK 90 COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

It is hard to believe I’ve been writing these Random Notes now for 90 weeks. The prolonged virus, its power and variants, homegrown conspiracies, fake news about vaccines, transmissions, masks, social distancing, political divides about all of these topics and Americans’ inabilities to come together as families, political bodies and as a nation to protect one another and find the stamina to sustain the courage to outlast Covid and its variants makes me very anxious.

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Our Own Famous Poet

Our Own Famous Poet

Many people don’t realize that Midcoast Maine was home to world-famous poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. She lived in Union, Camden and Rockland, Maine and her house in Rockland is being restored.

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WEEK 88 – COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

WEEK 88 – COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING IN PLACE

By Phyllis Merrimann --- The Buzz The Village Soup reported a dozen households severely impacted by the Halloween storm. In actuality, at least two-dozen homes’ basements were damaged with water and mud along with an unknown number of water-damaged vehicles. As we...

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Week 87 — COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING

Week 87 — COVID-19 RANDOM NOTES WHILE SHELTERING

Children ages 5 to 11 are now eligible for vaccines. Some parents cannot wait to have their children vaccinated. Others are still leery. Epidemiologists and scientists are urging vaccines for this age group. 750,000 Americans have now died of Covid. Wasn’t it just last week the number was 500,000? Unvaccinated are the hardest hit.

The trenches along the South Main Street RR tracks that rattled every vehicle that had to cross have finally been paved. With apologies to Jerry Lee Lewis:

And More…

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Escape the news cycle… without leaving the USA

Escape the news cycle… without leaving the USA

By Glen Birbeck --- The Buzz During my time in Ecuador, when escaping the Maine winter, I encountered all sorts of people. Not just nationalities, something that means less and less in our "connected" world. The Asian and the African at home both have dishes pointed...

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Down Maine Street With Phil Groce: Giving Back

Down Maine Street With Phil Groce: Giving Back

I generally interview the first person who speaks to me when I enter a business. Elissa Bower first spoke to me in the Good Tern Co-op, and she was standing by the sandwich counter. I thought she made the sandwiches, but come to find out, her hangout is the small...

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At Power with Herself

At Power with Herself

A half block west of Rockland’s Main St. on Summer St, you would see Dr. Theriault’s long-standing dental office, though he just retired. Chandni Mahajan bought the practice and set up shop using his same dental and office staff. “I wanted a practice in a small town,” she told me, “with a close small-town community.”

What with the virus scourging the town, I observed that it must be a challenge opening a practice at this time. She agreed.

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Only an Apprentice?

Only an Apprentice?

Only? Allow me to introduce, Lance Lee, well- known in nautical circles in Rockland and the world, and who is now in the 3rd and last phase of a 60-year career in developing experiential education.
He lives and works in a little house encroaching South Main, and many of us remember it as Peggy’s Kitchen. If you walk into the front door you first see a remarkable wooden Rushton guide-boat on the right extending through the house, and along that way are book chapters stacked here and there on the floor. A stairway climbs to a living room with comfortable chairs and an expansive view of Rockland harbor.

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