I know you’re sick of hearing about the lousy economy, but I’m under intense editorial pressure here (including the threat of forms of torture so heinous that the mere mention of them would make Dick Cheney curl up in a fetal position and make pathetic gurgling noises) to present as comprehensive an overview of the week’s events in Maine as is humanly possible. That’s got to include some economic stories, no matter how much you don’t want to read them.
Events not to miss this month.
snack Fox Family Potato Chips The Maine potato is such an icon, such an enduring and delicious epitome of starchy goodness, and the Fox family, of Aroostook County, has been growing potatoes for so long (since the 1800s), that you begin to wonder why they waited to get into the chip business. No matter.
In the summer of 1853, a traveler from Massachusetts described his first view of Moosehead Lake, from Indian Hill on the south side of Greenville, as “a suitably wild-looking sheet of water, sprinkled with small, low islands, which were covered with shaggy spruce and other wild wood.” For this articulate traveler the lakeshore was literally the end of the road; the only path farther was a winter road, “passable only when the deep snow covers its inequalities” up the twelve miles to Lily Bay.
Down East editors on three events not to miss in January.
Long forgotten, the late Ellen Louise Payson of Portland is reclaiming a place in the pantheon of great landscape architects.
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
Bad forecast: The Forecaster chain of weekly papers will be one edition smaller after this week.
The parent Lewiston Sun Journal has pulled the plug on the Forecaster’s Lewiston-Auburn edition, but the move probably
Events not to miss in the month of Decmeber.
How likely are voters to be influenced by a cute puppy? The answer to that question could decide the state senate race in District 15 (Auburn, New Gloucester, Poland and Durham) and could potentially determine which party controls that body of the Maine state legislature. The puppy in question, a creation of the Maine Democratic Party for their website at www.iwasaluckyone.com