September 30, 2013



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Civil War expert Blaikie Hines, left, of Thomaston will give a history presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Camden Public Library.

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Historical society program

The monthly meeting of the Scarborough Historical Society will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the society's museum and meeting room at 647 Route 1, adjacent to the Dunstan Fire Station.

After a brief business meeting, Linda McLoon will present a program related to her books and investigations of older houses.

The public is invited to all monthly meetings. 

Armchair travelers invited

Experience cultures from around the world and never leave town. The Scarborough Public Library resumes its popular Armchair Traveler Series with a virtual trip to China at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Resident Mark Follansbee will present "China: Misadventures along the Yangtze River and Beyond." Follansbee will detail his trip to Beijing, Wuhan, Yichang, Wudan and Xiangyang in June. This program is free and open to the public. For more details, go to www.scarborough

County commissioner talk

Cumberland County Commissioner Neil Jamieson Jr. will speak at a meeting of the Scarborough Kiwanis at noon Friday at the Dunstan Schoolhouse Restaurant on Route 1.

Jamieson will talk about his role as a county commissioner, as well as some of the initiatives the county is exploring with school back-office operations and tax assessing.

The public is welcome and no reservations are necessary. For more details, call Annalee Rosenblatt at 883-9025 or email


Library writing, music, sale

Camden Public Library will host a number of programs this week.

A free writers workshop series, "Sudden Fiction," will meet from 10 a.m. to noon each Thursday through Nov. 7. The workshop will be led by writing coach Lee Heffner. Call the library at 236-3440 to register for the class, which begins Thursday, as class size is limited.

The Camden Library Coffeehouse will feature a performance by the Alehouse Band at 7 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $7 at the door.

The library's Fall Book Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with proceeds benefiting the library.

The library is at 55 Main St. For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440. 

History presentations begin

The Camden Public Library will once again host a series of speakers for its Discover History Month series in October. The speakers will cover a range of topics, with a focus on how history has affected culture in the midcoast.

The series will kick off at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a talk by historian and Civil War expert Blaikie Hines of Thomaston. Hines will dress in the period garb of a Maine U.S. Christian Commission Delegate of 1861 to portray how people on the home front in the Civil War responded to wounded patients in primitive army hospitals and prisoners of war, at a time when there was no Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations.

Additional sessions in the series, all beginning at 7 p.m., will include a talk by local historian Hank Lunn on Oct. 8 about the War of 1812; author Robin Lloyd will give a talk on his new historical novel, "Rough Passage to London: A Sea Captain's Tale," on Oct. 10; historian and author George Daughan will talk about his book "The Shining Sea: David Porter and the Epic Voyage of the U.S.S. Essex During the War of 1812," on Oct. 15; and Stephen Haynes, director of the Maine Granite Industry Museum on Mount Desert Island, will speak about the granite industry in Knox County, including notable quarries in St. George, South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, Vinalhaven and Hurricane Island, on Oct. 24.

For more details, call Ken Gross at 236-3440.


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