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    May 2, 2019

    Bonnie Sammons, Belgrade: For the cost of a call, an illuminating Christmas gift

    “Package for you, Bon.” That’s my dad announcing the mail from the front door. He stamps the snow off his boots and heads to the dining room, where the rest of us are crowded around the kitchen table chattering about Christmas and New Year’s plans. A package for me? Who would be sending me a […]

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    May 2, 2019

    Paula J. Currie-Raymond, Waterville: Helping the lost find faith in themselves

    I have been in education for nearly 30 years under several hats. For the first 10 years, I worked among the support personnel. As I earned my degrees, I functioned as a lead teacher in special education and principal of a Christian school. And for the past 11 years, I have hung my bonnet in […]

  • Published
    April 25, 2019

    Elizabeth Dostie, Fairfield Center: Treasures in the old cookbooks

    All of my cookbooks had copyright dates from 1964 to 1971. The ones I mostly used, anyway. The decidedly not new “New Better Homes & Gardens” (Better Homes & Gardens, 1968) with the three-package cream cheese cheesecake recipe (p. 216) and the beef stroganoff (p. 238) with the 2 tablespoons of wine in it, which, […]

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    April 25, 2019

    Jody Rich, Waterville: As clear as the nose on my face

    Errand list in hand. Good. Purse on shoulder. Good. Keys in other hand. Good to go. I put my hand on the doorknob to leave when something didn’t feel right. Criminy, I didn’t have my glasses. I chuckle at the thought of driving around town without them. All fuzzy-edged. The idea of the headache I […]

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    April 25, 2019

    Kassie Dwyer, Athens: Even a rusty tractor wheel can be a precious ring

    It was like a scene out of a romantic movie … he was down on one knee in the pouring rain, asking me to be his wife. But instead of a ring, he had a rusty tractor wheel (it was the closest thing at hand); I was holding a weed wacker. My high school sweetheart […]

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    April 25, 2019

    Carl Little, Somesville: An eagle at Echo Lake

    This past March, early in the month, on a Saturday, the day before a big snowstorm, I decided to get outside. This time of year you need to get cold and walk on snow and ice or you’ll go stale, was my thinking. At the end of the driveway I put on snowshoes and set […]

  • Published
    April 18, 2019

    Mary Capobianco, Scarborough: All in a day’s work

    I recently attended a Catholic church in northern Maine, built in 1937. When the service ended, the pastor asked those present to consider a donation toward the needed furnace. And by the way, he wondered, did anyone know someone who might remember how they got the furnace into the basement in the first place? The […]

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    April 18, 2019

    Ann McKay, Bangor: Lost in translation

    The summer after my senior year at Hall-Dale High School in Farmingdale, I had the privilege of touring Europe as a flutist in the Concordia Youth Wind Ensemble, a concert band sponsored by the Boston Conservatory of Music. We practiced for a week in Boston before going on a four-week tour of Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, […]

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    April 18, 2019

    Pete Coughlan, Randolph: Treasure at the bottom of Moosehead Lake

    It was July 1970 when the Viet Nam War was raging, and as a high schooler in South Portland, I found that our local VFW hall was selling “POW bracelets” for $3. These bracelets were sold with the name of a soldier who was missing in action or lost in combat. The pledge was to […]

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    April 11, 2019

    John Lawrence, Winslow: Hiding out from Mom and Dad

    In 1950, when I was 4 and my sister was 3, we were in the Ben Franklin Store on Main Street in Madison, Maine. Our mother had taken us there on a fine fall afternoon while our father was out deer hunting. For little kids, it was a pretty good walk from Nichols Street and […]

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