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RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR KEN GROSS – YOU’RE INVITED!

RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR KEN GROSS – YOU’RE INVITED!

The public is invited to Ken’s Retirement Reception on Sunday, February 25, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room. The event will be a celebration of the Library as well as a recognition of Ken Gross’s tenure at CPL. There will be live music, refreshments,...

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Nigeria, After America || Peter Zeihan

Nigeria, After America || Peter Zeihan

Despite civil unrest, Nigeria has retained a semblance of stability through a rotational presidency among ethnic groups that ensures representation and prevents disintegration. On the economic side, corruption within the oil industry has led to a mismanagement of oil resources and underproduction.

With global energy dynamics shifting and geopolitical instability on the rise, there’s an emerging opportunity for the Nigerians. If Nigeria can overcome the internal struggles, their strategic positioning and military strength could help them become a significant player in the region; this could even evolve into partnerships with Western powers seeking energy stability.

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Images from Maine || Peter Ralston

Images from Maine || Peter Ralston

You may recall from my last “hug from Maine” that back in mid-January the coast of Maine was ravaged by two historically destructive storms and astronomical high tides. Damage assessment has painted a grim portrait of the consequences of the back-to-back events and it’s not a pretty picture. Millions upon millions of dollars in damages are going to have an intensely negative impact here, especially upon our working waterfronts in the fishing villages along the coast and out on the islands as they begin to gear up for our community-sustaining fishing season.

To that end, today I would humbly like to share with you a link to the Island Institute’s efforts to help those businesses and communities that give the coast its legendary and unique character. Put bluntly, an operative working waterfront is what keeps these towns going and these terribly impactive storms have imperiled the very life’s blood of our coastal communities. 

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Boys Class A 1/4 Final Camden Hills vs. Nokomis 2/17/2024

Boys Class A 1/4 Final Camden Hills vs. Nokomis 2/17/2024

Watch this Maine Class A Boys 1/4 Final game between the Windjammers of Camden Hills and the Warriors of Nokomis. This game was played Saturday 2/17/24 at the Augusta Civic Center. The Maine Coast TV broadcast crew includes Charlie Crockett, Dave Ridley and Penny Crockett.

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2024 Stand up and cheer #3

2024 Stand up and cheer #3

Watch this third episode of “Stand Up and Cheer” 2024 for Tournament Preview and News for Midcoast Maine high schools. In this episode of “Stand Up and Cheer”, long-time Midcoast sports broadcaster and Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Charlie Crockett, will fill you in on the basketball tournament results fo the 1/4 Finals and the game times for the 1/2 Finals basketball teams from Camden Hills, Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley and Oceanside. In upcoming episodes, we will have the latest game results, exciting game play highlights, updated brackets and game time schedules. We also will be posting full length replays of the tournament games as well as more “Vintage Basketball ” games, featuring exciting midcoast high school basketball games from 1990’s to the 2020’s.

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The United Kingdom, After America || Peter Zeihan

The United Kingdom, After America || Peter Zeihan

The UK never quite came to terms with the end of its empire. Once the Brits joined the EU, they latched onto Europe for everything they needed and skipped over the transition that all the other imperial powers went through. So, they were already outdated, but had a crutch to rely on; then Brexit hit and it left the UK stumbling and fumbling.

With the UK’s future up in the air, there’s really only two paths forward. First, they could seek out new trade deals globally, but they’ll have to find some new non-imperialistic tactics to do so. Second, they could swallow their pride and nestle up under the Americans’ wings.

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Stand up & Cheer #2

Stand up & Cheer #2

Watch this second episode of “Stand Up and Cheer” 2024 for Tournament Preview and News for Midcoast Maine high schools. In this episode of “Stand Up and Cheer”, long-time Midcoast sports broadcaster and Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Charlie Crockett, will fill you in on the basketball tournament brackets and and the game times for basketball teams from Camden Hills, Islesboro, Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley and Oceanside. In upcoming episodes, we will have the latest game results, exciting game play highlights, updated brackets and game time schedules. We also will be posting full length replays of the tournament games as well as more “Vintage Basketball ” games, featuring exciting midcoast high school basketball games from 1990’s to the 2020’s.

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2024 Stand Up and Cheer – Episode # 1

2024 Stand Up and Cheer – Episode # 1

Watch this first episode of “Stand Up and Cheer” 2024 for Tournament Preview and News for Midcoast Maine high schools. In the first episode of “Stand Up and Cheer”, long-time Midcoast sports broadcaster and Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Charlie Crockett, will fill you in on the basketball tournament brackets and and the game times for basketball teams from Camden Hills, Islesboro, Lincoln Academy, Medomak Valley and Oceanside. In upcoming episodes, we will have the latest game results, exciting game play highlights, updated brackets and game time schedules. We also will be posting full length replays of the tournament games as well as more “Vintage Basketball ” games, featuring exciting midcoast high school basketball games from 1990’s to the 2020’s.

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The Geopolitics of Winter: Snow’s Impact on Agriculture || Peter Zeihan

The Geopolitics of Winter: Snow’s Impact on Agriculture || Peter Zeihan

Historically, regions with a cold winter season have been more conducive to growing crops capable of feeding large populations, such as soy, wheat, rice, and corn. However, the industrialization and development of fuels and fertilizers has enabled these crops to be grown in areas previously unsuitable for agriculture.

These advances gave way to increases in population and the cultivation of new lands, but is it sustainable? As soon as places like Brazil or China can no longer import the inputs necessary to grow enough crops to feed their populations, we’re in for a rude awakening…

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The Collapse of Global Maritime Shipping || Peter Zeihan

The Collapse of Global Maritime Shipping || Peter Zeihan

No matter how much bubble wrap and caution tape we slap onto global maritime shipping, the industry has found itself in quite a predicament.

Despite the Ukraine War, a drought impacting the Panama Canal, Houthi attacks in Yemen, widespread piracy, and mounting geopolitical tensions in the South China Sea (yes, that is a lot of disruptions), the maritime shipping system has not cracked yet. However, it is very, very, very fragile.

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New Writing Group at Thomaston Public Library Offers Creative Haven for Writers

New Writing Group at Thomaston Public Library Offers Creative Haven for Writers

Thomaston Public Library is excited to announce the launch of a new writing group aimed at fostering creativity and community among prose writers of all genres and skill levels. The writing group will convene on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, starting in February, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the conference room at Thomaston Public Library, located at 60 Main Street in Thomaston.

The writing group provides a welcoming space for writers to connect with others, share their work, receive constructive feedback, and refine their craft. The meetings are designed to be a unique blend of an accountability group, a feedback forum, and a platform for engaging writing exercises.

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Maine Class B Boys Basketball : Medomak Valley vs Oceanside 1/27/24

Maine Class B Boys Basketball : Medomak Valley vs Oceanside 1/27/24

Watch this Maine High School Boys Class B Basketball game between the Panthers of Medomak Valley and the Mariners of Oceanside. This game was played at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro on January 27, 2024. The play by play announcer was Charlie Crockett, statistician Dave Ridley, and sports videographer Penny Crockett.

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Maine Class B Girls Basketball : Medomak Valley vs Oceanside 1/27/24

Maine Class B Girls Basketball : Medomak Valley vs Oceanside 1/27/24

Watch this Maine Class B Girls Basketball game between the Panthers of Medomak Valley and the Mariners of Oceanside. This game was played at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro in January 27, 2024. The play-by-play commentator was Charlie Crockett, statistician Dave Ridley, and sports videographer PennyCrockett.

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Youth Art Show and Still Life Invitational at Page Gallery

Youth Art Show and Still Life Invitational at Page Gallery

What everyday objects would you choose for a painting? Would it include a favorite food, toy, flower, or book? Would your objects be carefully arranged or a random assortment strewn across a table? Would they hold meaning, make a statement or simply, be interesting shapes or beautiful colors? What stories might your objects tell? These are the questions Page Gallery is inviting children to consider in their call for still life art to adorn the gallery’s walls this winter. The exhibition will open on February 1st and will be on display through February 29th.

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Trash talk: towns’ garbage in Maine landfills is up nearly 50 percent

Trash talk: towns’ garbage in Maine landfills is up nearly 50 percent

Five years ago, the Bar Harbor town council voted 5-1 to stop recycling glass and asked residents to throw it in the trash instead. The reason? The constant crashing of glass into the bins was too noisy for neighbors of the transfer station, according to the Mount Desert Islander.

Councilors figured the glass would eventually be sorted out and recycled anyway at the new facility in Hampden, which was slated to open later that year.

But that never happened. The Hampden facility remains closed, and Bar Harbor’s glass — one of the world’s most readily recyclable materials — is being buried in the landfill at Juniper Ridge, 66 miles north.

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A Warm and Cozy Winter Break || Images From Maine by Peter Ralston

A Warm and Cozy Winter Break || Images From Maine by Peter Ralston

While everybody else is hoping for plenty of snow for skiing, or, perhaps, sturdy ice for inland fishing (etc. etc.) I am going to be indolent in the sun, charging my batteries and pretending to be unaware of all things Maine for ten days.

Having said that, it will be difficult—nay, impossible—for me to forget the battering the coast took from the two big wind/tide events last week. It’s with that in mind that I chose Azimuth at the top of this morning’s letter.

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Maine Class A Girls Basketball  : Camden Hills vs Cony  1/23/24

Maine Class A Girls Basketball : Camden Hills vs Cony 1/23/24

Watch this Replay of the Live Stream of the Class A Maine Girls High School basketball game between the Windjammers of Camden Hills and the Rams of Cony. The Replay includes coaches’ interviews at halftime. Game time scheduled for 6:30 PM, following the JV game. The commentators are Charlie Crockett and Dave Ridley. The sports videographer is Penny Crockett.

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Turkey, After America || Peter Zeihan

Turkey, After America || Peter Zeihan

Today’s country shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Sure, Turkey has been relatively silent over the past 70 years, but as American guardianship of the global seas declines, Turkey will reemerge as a dominant power.

Much of Turkey’s significance stems from its very, very fortunate geography; it controls the Turkish Straits and several other key waterways. This means that if anyone wants to move anything in this region, guess who they have to work with – Bingo – Turkey.

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Rockport storms January 2024 || Peter Ralston

Rockport storms January 2024 || Peter Ralston

On Wednesday we had a serious SE blow that gusted to near 70 here. That wind, combined with high tide shortly before 10AM created a lot of damage along the coast, hitting some of the lower lying harbors hard indeed. More than a few buildings floated away and were beaten to death on the shorelines. Rockport is a relatively elevated harbor but SE is the one wind direction that really can do a number on us here. We were relatively lucky.

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Chairman Xi Jinping Guts the Chinese Military || Peter Zeihan

Chairman Xi Jinping Guts the Chinese Military || Peter Zeihan

Xi Jinping is doing his best Darth Vader impression and has the Chinese military in a force choke. After purging the system of anyone who can think, all that remains is the shell of a Defense Minister (now a press secretary for military diplomacy) and the “real” decision makers – the Central Military Commission – chaired by none other than Xi himself.

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