May 25, 2018
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And another thing…

• We’ll let the National Weather Service have the final words on the 10th annual American Folk Festival underway this weekend in Bangor: “Saturday — mostly sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny; humid, with highs in the upper 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Saturday night, cloudy, rain, mainly after midnight; rain may be heavy at times after midnight.

“Sunday: rain. Rain may be heavy at times.”

So soak up all the wonderful music, dance, crafts, food and sun that you can at the festival on Saturday.

• The decision by the Ford Motor Company to stop manufacturing the Crown Victoria has set many law enforcement agencies adrift in a sea of 4-cylinders, crossover SUVs and hybrids. Which manufacturer will step up to fill the void by building a muscular midsize sedan to take the place of the Crown Vic, the vehicle most favored by police for thousands of low-speed miles punctuated by the occasional high-speed chase? How quickly could a specialty auto manufacturer be up and running (in a shuttered Maine mill?) for this niche market?

• The divorce rate for men in Maine is second- highest among U.S. states. Yet men in Maine are more likely to remarry; the marriage rate for men in Maine at 13.5 percent, compared to 12.2 percent for Maine women. The state’s percentage of widows — 9.3 percent — is one of the highest in the U.S. Do these statistics — along with Maine’s high median age — suggest a new marketing strategy for the Pine Tree State, something like a dating service for the balding and gray-haired?

• Islesboro residents voted Thursday night to hire hunters to shoot about 400 deer on the island to help stem the spread of Lyme disease. The ticks which carry the disease are able to reach maturity by attaching themselves to deer. It’s sad that so many of these graceful creatures must be slaughtered because of the microscopic bacteria the tiny ticks carry, but this is the right move.

• If any grad student at UMaine is looking for a research project studying gender stereotypes, please stop by the BDN’s editorial page office.

When women walk into the office, which looks out over the construction site that used to be Bass Park, they may glance at the work and then get to the point of their visit. Men, however, are quickly mesmerized by the excavators, dozers, wheeler dump trucks and hard-hatted construction workers. The male visitors sit, or lean on the window sill, and stare… and watch… and eventually remember why they came to see us.

BDN reporter Judy Harrison suggested we sell our webcam feed of the site to parents of 5-year-old boys. Or to 50-year-old men.

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