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    March 17, 2020

    The Universal Notebook: Will the panic be worse than the virus? 

    There are two very good reasons why I am not going to write a column about the coronavirus begetting mass hysteria.   First, I’d feel like a fool if I died of COVID-19 after pooh-poohing it in print. And, second, I couldn’t live with myself if I thought I agreed with Donald Trump about anything.  That said, the response to the coronavirus does seem […]

  • Published
    March 16, 2020

    Arts Calendar: March 18-28

    Editor’s note: Due to closures and cancellations prompted by the COVID-19 coronavirus, readers should call ahead to see if events listed are still being held.

  • Published
    March 13, 2020

    Cooking at the Cove: For St. Patrick’s Day, the simpler the better

    With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I’m remembering the homey suppers I enjoyed in the Land of Green a few years back and wanted to recreate one of those for you. Irish food is satisfying fare that some would consider quite plain. However, this supper not only reminds me of my heritage, but also of […]

  • Published
    March 12, 2020

    Letter: Cumberland Rescue goes above and beyond the call of duty

    We wish to express our gratitude and admiration for Cumberland Rescue’s quick and professional help in getting our son out of the woods between Tuttle and Greely roads and to the hospital on March 1. Above and beyond the call of duty, one of the crew stayed with him until his shoulder was put back […]

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    March 12, 2020

    Letter: Support Sachs to represent Freeport, Pownal

    This June 9, residents of Freeport and part of Pownal will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a thoughtful and visionary leader as our next state representative. I first met Melanie Sachs through the Freeport Conservation Commission, and again through multiple other projects and causes she has championed in our community. Melanie served […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Over Easy: Spring is/isn’t here, can I take a message?

    “Spring is just around the corner,” they say. “They” being the National Weather Service. The corner being March 1, when meteorological winter is over and meteorological spring begins. Spring is the worst season in New England and despite T.S. Eliot’s admonishment about April being the cruelest month, in New England March gives it a run […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Letter: Indian mural in Scarborough honors Native heritage

    I am a citizen in the town of Scarborough. Since my ancestors were members of the Penobscot Indian Tribe, I do not want the mural removed from the school. My family and I are very proud of our Penobscot Indian heritage. In fact, a family friend owns the Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum in New Hampshire. […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Our & About: Bicentennial concert plus ‘Sleeping Beauty’

    On March 15, 1820, Maine legally separated from Massachusetts and became the 23rd state of the American union. All this year, Maine arts organizations are incorporating bicentennial observations into their programming. This Sunday, on the exact 200th anniversary of statehood, the Portland Symphony Orchestra will present its bicentennial concert. Maestro Eckart Preu’s program includes a […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    Coastal History: The incredible Mary Patten, queen of the seas

    I went to a lecture at the Patten Free Library recently, and the speaker, Christopher Timm of Maine Maritime Museum, told an amusing story about a sea captain of the Sewell fleet who tried to bring a fancy bookshelf on board the ship. The Sewells supposedly ordered that it be chopped into firewood. They wanted […]

  • Published
    March 11, 2020

    People & Business: March 11

    Setting a place Maine Justice Foundation honors Champions of Justice The Maine Justice Foundation has named three Portland-area residents as three of its five founders as the organization’s first-ever honorary directors. Referred to over the years as the “Gang of Five,” the five founders represented the Maine State Bar Association, University of Maine School of […]

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