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Ohio’s Plastics Industry’s Juicy Secret

Ohio’s Plastics Industry’s Juicy Secret

For most of America, the shale sector looks fairly similar – traditional oil production produces natural gas as a byproduct, which is flared off until infrastructure is put in place to harness it. However, the Marcellus and Utica fields in Ohio primarily produce natural gas that is used for fuel across the central and eastern US. This is a bigger deal than it seems. If the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were a country, it would produce more natural gas than any countries save Russia and the United States itself.

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#5 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Girls Basketball  Camden-Rockport vs Belfast 12/21/1998

#5 Vintage Basketball 2024 Spring Session Girls Basketball Camden-Rockport vs Belfast 12/21/1998

Watch this Vintage Girls Basketball game, played on December 21, 1998 at Camden-Rockport High School in Camden. Playing for Coach Jay Carlsen’s Windjammers were Anna Somo, Sarah Dailey, Megan Cressler, Becca Neville, Megan Bedford, Tony-Lynn Robbins, Jen Dickey, Laurem Withey, Nicole Auspline, and Karinna Russo. Starying for the Belfast Lions were Erin Herbig, Amy Flood, Amanda Brown, Jamie Marden, Amy Potvan, Liz Kelly Shawna Curtis, and Katie Lahaye. The Play-by-play broadcaster was Charlie Crockett, ststistician Don Palmer, and spots videographer Penny Crcokett. If anyone recalls who was in the Windjammer “Spirit Creature” suit for that game, please mention the name in the comments.

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Washington County libraries are preparing for the future

Washington County libraries are preparing for the future

When Sharon Kiley Mack walked into a library for the first time as a little girl, she wept at the sight of so many books.More than six decades later, Mack again found herself weeping at her local library in Machias. But this time it was because she couldn’t enter.

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Maine’s firefighters rarely fight fires. Instead they’re answering medical calls.

Maine’s firefighters rarely fight fires. Instead they’re answering medical calls.

In 2022, just 4.5 percent of calls that came into Maine fire departments were for fires. Seventy percent were for medical assistance.

For years, fire departments around the state have struggled to hire enough staff and volunteers to handle an increasing number of calls.

But in many places, those calls are no longer to fight fires — instead, departments are spending most of their time responding to medical emergencies.

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Images from Maine #180 || Peter Ralston

Images from Maine #180 || Peter Ralston

Slowly, slowly we trend into spring and thank our lucky stars for that. Here’s another little selection for you… of Maine, from Maine.

It’s eerily quiet along the coast now. Hereabouts we’re taking the present historic challenges extremely seriously but we know that this too shall pass and our streets and harbors will once again bustle when the current storm clears. How we look forward to seeing you back here then!

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Vintage Boys Basketball # 4  Spring Season 2024 Camden-Rockport vs Rockland February 1996

Vintage Boys Basketball # 4 Spring Season 2024 Camden-Rockport vs Rockland February 1996

Watch this 1996 Vintage Boys Basketball game between the Windjammers of Camden-Rockport and the Tigers of Rockland. This game was played at Camden-Rockport High School in Camden in February of 1996, the last game of the regular season and Parents’ Night. The players were introduced by Jon Duke, who also conducted an interview with Coach Hart. Starting for Coach Jeff Hart’s Windjammers were Jim Wilson, Jon Moro, Tory King, Tim Marden, Nate Neville, Clint Beveridge, Jeremy Marden, Zach Rogers, Max Leighton, and Nick Callannan. Starting for Coach Terrio’s Tigers were TJ Storey, Travis Reynolds, Jeremiah Labree, Matt Breen, Tolman, and Williams. The play-by-play announcer was Charlie Crockett, statistician Don Palmer, and sports videographer Penny Crockett .

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WW&F Railway Volunteer Recruitment Day Rescheduled to Saturday April 13

WW&F Railway Volunteer Recruitment Day Rescheduled to Saturday April 13

The Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway is entering its 35th year in preservation. Since 1989, the preserved Railway has grown from an ambitious dream and a single building on Cross Road in Alna, to one of the nation’s foremost heritage Railways:  a reconstruction of the narrow gauge railroad which served the Sheepscot Valley until 1933.

All of this work has been achieved through the generous labor of our volunteers. They are the ones who have taken the dream and turned it into reality. Today’s WW&F Railway, much like the railway of 100 years ago, is a unique conveyance to vibrant attractions, like SeaLyon Farm and Midcoast Conservancy’s Trout Brook Preserve. We’re looking for volunteers of all ages, skills, and interests to join us in continuing our quest to ‘Rebuild Maine History’.

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Vintage Girls Basketball # 3  Spring Season 2024 Camden Hills vs Waterville 2007

Vintage Girls Basketball # 3 Spring Season 2024 Camden Hills vs Waterville 2007

Watch this Vintage Girls Basketball game, played in 2007 at Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport. Playing for Coach Jay Carlsen’s Windjammers were Allie Parent, Kayla Gushee, Kate Fetterman, Erika Johnson, Kala Carleton, Kristin Tedford, and Chelsea Labree. Playing for Coach Ted Reoux’s Purple Panthers were Stephanie Whitten, Sarah Given, Morgan Frame, Paige Gardiner, Elizabeth Bell, and Jen Nale . The play-by-play announcer was Charlie Crockett, statistician Don Palmer, and sports videographer Penny Crockett.

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Vintage Boys Basketball # 2  Spring Season 2024 Camden-Rockport vs Winslow January 1999

Vintage Boys Basketball # 2 Spring Season 2024 Camden-Rockport vs Winslow January 1999

Watch this 1996 Vintage Boys Basketball game between the Windjammers of Camden Hills and the Black Raiders of Winslow. this game was played at Camden-Rockpot High School in Camden in January of 1996. The players were introduced by student president Tim Brown. Starting for the Coach Jeff Hart’s Windjammers were Jim Wilson, Jon Moro, Tory King, Tim Marden, Nate Neville, Zak McIntyre, Ben Spooner, Tyler Smith, Ven Marshall, Brian Fitzpatrick, DW Poole, and Nick Learnard. Starting forCoach Thurston’s Black Raiders were Todd Carter, Patrick Bard, Ty Hathworth, Josh Pliska, Nate Kurion, Ryan Caldwell, and Nate Sheward.

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The Ukraine War Goes Seaborn || Peter Zeihan

The Ukraine War Goes Seaborn || Peter Zeihan

The Ukrainians have made some huge strides in the maritime theater and have poked some eyebrow raising holes in Russia’s naval capabilities.

The first thing of note is the sinking of a Russian patrol vessel by Ukrainian Jetski based drones. This drone strike took place farther east than other attacks, bringing Russian detection capabilities into question.

The second incident was the sinking of a Russian landing ship. This further hampers Russia’s ability to reinforce Crimea and shows just how vulnerable Russian naval assets might be.

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‘I got stuck with 30 to 40 hogs’: Meat producers frustrated by slaughterhouse backlogs

‘I got stuck with 30 to 40 hogs’: Meat producers frustrated by slaughterhouse backlogs

John Carter’s family has been farming in Bethel since 1791. His business, Middle Intervale Farm, brings roughly 200 head of livestock to market every year, and sells beef, lamb, eggs and produce throughout the state.

During the pandemic, as large processing plants closed, demand for the farm’s beef went up — but the availability of spots at the local slaughterhouse went down. 

“I definitely got cut back,” Carter said, meaning he had to keep animals, and pay to feed them, for a longer period. “I got stuck with thirty to forty hogs. That sucked.”

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Images from Maine #179 – March || Peter Ralston

Images from Maine #179 – March || Peter Ralston

First, my apologies for missing two weeks of these “hugs from Maine.” I was away traveling and I must admit that it was great to thaw out a bit.

As ever, the very best part of going away was coming home…to Maine. Having said that, it’s March which means wildly varying temps and weather conditions. We all know that this is the eve of our Mud Season, the one time of year here for which I cannot think of a single person who has much of an appetite.

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Vintage Girls Basketball # 1  Spring Season 2024 Camden Hills vs Oak Hills  December 2005

Vintage Girls Basketball # 1 Spring Season 2024 Camden Hills vs Oak Hills December 2005

Watch this Vintage Girls Basketball game, played in December 2005 at Camden Hills regional High School in Rockport. Playing for Coach Jay Carlsen’s Windjammers were Allie Parent, Kayla Gushee, Carley Holgerson, Charitian Richard, Marianne Croce, Kate Fetterman, Erkia Johnson, Georgia Smith, Molly Kwaitkowski, and Chelsea Labrie. Playing for the Oak Hill Raiders were Amber Provost, Emily Sabine, Ashley LaBree, Kristen Eaton, Casey Cupfer, Tabitha Tucci, and Katland Wells. The play-by-play announcer was Charlie Crockett, statistician Don Palmer, and sports videographer Penny Crockett.

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Images From Maine #178 || Peter Ralston

Images From Maine #178 || Peter Ralston

Lest you think that winter here doesn’t also have its gentler, more soul-nurturing side, I am sharing with you a “hug” I sent last year at this time. I hope that you enjoy it…again.

Much as I love winter here and usually go out of way to avoid leaving Maine, today I am again taking off for parts south for a week…and may possibly forgo my note to you next Sunday. In any event, all of us here wish you and yours all the best as well.

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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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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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