Maine: The Week in Review Blog Archive 2008
Puppies are cute. Babies are cute (or so I’m told). Disney movies ooze cuteness from every pixel.
But I’ve never heard a state fair described as cute. Until now.
James Kopel, a retired college professor from Moline, Ill., thinks the Fryeburg Fair is “one of the cutest state fairs you’ve ever seen.”
Kopel has spent the past 11 years traveling to 41 official and 11 unofficial state
I was faced with a classic dilemma: Should I start this week’s news rehash with the chicken story or the egg story?
I was leaning toward the eggs, because they go better with both hash and rehash, but that was before I discovered meatier fare. Or, possibly, milkier fare.
Winning the battles of muscle, mental prowess and manipulation required of contestants on the TV show “Survivor” is probably the single greatest accomplishment a human being can achieve.
Well, except for winning “American Idol.”
But triumphing on “Survivor” while wearing a bow tie – that’s something extra special. Like accepting the Nobel Peace Prize dressed in your boxer shorts with little hearts on them.
Seriously, everyone in
I am by nature an optimistic person. I don’t think the sky is falling. I don’t believe the apocalypse is upon us. I’m not locking myself in the fallout shelter with 10 years supply of canned goods, several loaded guns and a cook book called “1001 Delicious Ways to Serve Cockroach.”
It’s true the economic news of this past week has been on the grim side. But just today, I spotted a hopeful sign. According to a story in the Bangor Daily News,
The Maine Turnpike’s new rest area in West Gardiner has all the usual amenities for travelers: food, beverages, crafts, artwork and – getouttamywayIgottago – restrooms.
One problem. To use the facilities, drivers have to exit the highway. That means that after relieving themselves, they’re required to go through a toll booth to continue their trips on the pike.
Not to worry.
I leave the state for a few minutes, and do people behave? They do not.
Let’s start with Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state. For weeks, he’d been predicting a record turnout in the Nov. 4 election, based on the large number of absentee ballots being cast. But as soon as I slipped away for a little break from my onerous responsibility of keeping everything in order, Dunlap told the Associated Press he might have miscalculated. All those early voters weren’t
The pharmaceutical industry may be trying to change its image. After years of putting out miracle drugs with names that sounded like they were stolen from comic-book villains (“End the curse of restless cuticle syndrome with new Volterannz. See your doctor if your fingers stiffen for more than four hours, as this may be a sign of a rare-but-serious side effect for which you will need prescription-strength Glactophantec, which should not be used if you are sleepy, intend to become sleepy
A steer walks into a barroom in Livermore Falls and asks the bartender for a glass of absinthe.
“Jeez, pal,” says the bartender, “I don’t think that stuff is legal in Maine.”
“You’re behind the times, my good man,” says the steer, brandishing a recent issue of the Bangor Daily News, featuring an article on the absinthe revival, after more than a century of the liquor being
Call me an alarmist if you will, but when I see headlines like the one in the Oct. 26 Lewiston Sun Journal that read, “Bobcats drop Mules,” I become worried about the Maine mule industry.
It’s hard enough to breed mules without pesky bobcats dropping them.
On closer examination, however, I can see that my concern may be misplaced. The story in question refers
The Maine Turnpike Authority is raising tolls on the highway an average of 23 percent next year because … well, because it can.
For the first time in the history of the pike, traffic is down, which means revenue is down, which means – if you were Wal-Mart or L.L. Bean – you’d cut prices and boost advertising. Have a sale. Attract some bargain hunters. Improve the bottom line.