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Going Places 2023 : Toppers Rhum Distillery St. Maarten

Going Places 2023 : Toppers Rhum Distillery St. Maarten

In this 2023 episode of Going Places with Charlie & Penny, we visit a top tourist destination in St. Maarten – Topper’s Rhum Distillery Tour. Learn all about rum distilling and bottling and all the various specialty rhums ( French spelling) that Topper makes. In upcoming episodes, we will have more from the friendly island, St. Maarten.

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Ukraine War Q&A Series: Why Worry About Ukraine’s Agriculture Exports?

Ukraine War Q&A Series: Why Worry About Ukraine’s Agriculture Exports?

Ukraine’s preferred route for its bulk wheat and maize exports has always been water—specifically via the Black Sea. Now you’re probably thinking, “Even with seaborne export routes being blocked by Russia, can’t Ukraine just send stuff by rail to neighboring countries?” Theoretically, yes, but there are a few problems.

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Ukraine War Q&A Series: Why Does Russia Have Oil Supply Issues?

Ukraine War Q&A Series: Why Does Russia Have Oil Supply Issues?

Like CA or NY, most Russian oil is produced in one area, refined in another, and then needs to be shipped to its final destination. For the Russians, thousands of miles separate each of those steps. To complicate this supply chain even further, most of this stuff must be trucked into Ukraine since the Kerch Strait Bridge rail capabilities are gone.

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Are We Being Bamboozled by Bamboo?

Are We Being Bamboozled by Bamboo?

Bamboo cloth is commonly known as bamboo rayon. Rayon is a semi-synthetic fiber made from cellulose, and bamboo rayon is produced by extracting cellulose from bamboo plants and then processing it into fibers. The process involves breaking down the bamboo pulp into a viscous solution, which is then extruded into filaments and spun into yarns to create bamboo rayon fabric.

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DEP proposes “risk-based” approach to metal mining

DEP proposes “risk-based” approach to metal mining

Maine has a number of deposits of crystals that could be similar to the ones in Newry, as well as rare earth elements and the country’s largest reserves of manganese.

A legislative committee tasked with evaluating a slate of mining-related bills made no recommendation on which one(s) to advance after a work session on Thursday, with members insisting they needed more time to weigh the proposals.

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Shocked and Baffled

Shocked and Baffled

I was shocked and baffled by the letter, published in the April 18 Free Press and other local publications, from a Mr. Robert Wasserstrom.

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How our 2022 Select Board subverted Camden’s democratic governance

How our 2022 Select Board subverted Camden’s democratic governance

You may not remember, but back in December The Camden Herald offered readers “A look back at 2022” summarizing significant events that occurred in Camden during the year. Odd as it may seem, apart from noting that voters last June “approved changes to town meeting process”, the article made no reference to what has to be the most profound change to occur in our town’s governance in over 200 years. But, now, with 2023’s Election Day not far off, wouldn’t it be a good idea for Camden’s voters to look back at what legislative powers they might unwittingly have relinquished back on June 14, nearly a year ago?

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