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    January 31, 2023

    Through My Lens: ESL classes should include lessons in sarcasm

    Even though I am slowly improving, I often have trouble understanding sarcasm, both in face-to-face conversations and in emailing in the English language. In a 1971 study, Albert Mehrabian found that when people are trying to communicate feelings or attitudes, the message conveyed by words is only 7% of the total message, while the tone […]

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    January 30, 2023

    Forum: Farewell to the Topsham Dome. The grand dame served us well.

    They say as you get older,  you start to lose friends, you lose routines, you lose voices. Last week, I lost a dear friend and her voice. The Topsham Dome collapsed last Thursday night, sometime in the dark January wintry snow/rain. Global warming and new winters of ice age cold were unkind to her and […]

  • Published
    January 17, 2023

    Winter Guide: Outdoor skating rinks ready when weather is

    Maine’s time-honored tradition of ice skating melted down with moderating temperatures and rain after Christmas, but those in charge of some of the outdoor rinks are patiently toughing it out until temperatures plummet. “We just need some cold weather,” said Neal Reynolds, outdoor operations supervisor of the free rink at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester. […]

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    January 4, 2023

    Don Roy Trio to take stage in Freeport

    The Don Roy Trio, joined by The Arnott Siblings, will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at Meetinghouse Arts in Freeport. The award-winning trio features Don Roy on fiddle, Cindy Roy on piano and Jay Young on bass. In addition to being a popular band on the Maine contra dance scene, the ensemble has […]

  • Published
    December 27, 2022

    Public meeting Jan. 12 on Falmouth school campus plan

    A Falmouth Public Schools Campus Master Plan meeting for community input is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the middle school. Falmouth school officials and consultants Oak Point Associates will lead the discussion on the master plan, which will guide future planning for the 125-acre campus. Master plan discussions will continue throughout the […]

  • Published
    December 27, 2022

    New year, new upgrades in store for Cultivating Community farm

    A solar power project will begin soon at Falmouth Land Trust’s Hurricane Valley Farm, where more than 50 families of New Mainers grow food, and a fundraising campaign is underway to renovate a dilapidated barn.

  • Published
    December 19, 2022

    Through My Lens: May your Christmas be humble and bright

    American Christmas is a whole new experience that requires some training for someone who is not used it. I have lived in the U.S. now through eight Christmases. I’ve learned a lot about the holiday celebration, including what Christmas music sounds like apart from other music, but I still struggle with knowing what a friend […]

  • Published
    December 15, 2022

    Christmastime in the city

  • Published
    November 29, 2022

    MDOT hosting public meeting on Portland-Auburn rail trail

    The Maine Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in Cumberland on the Portland to Auburn Rail Trail. A presentation will be followed by a question and answer session and the public is invited the provide input on the Berlin Subdivision rail corridor’s future use along with any […]

  • Published
    November 29, 2022

    Drop off Toys for Tots in Freeport by Dec. 8

    Edward Jones, the office of Don Duffy, in Freeport is serving as a drop-off site for this year’s Maine Toys For Tots drive. The drive accepts new toys in original packaging and new books. Items should not be gift wrapped or contain food. Toys resembling realistic weapons are discouraged. The Edward Jones office is located […]

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