This column was first published June 7, 2008 Whoever it was that asked for the rain, would you please send out a thank-you note and follow it up with a request for some sun on the weekend? I sure hope we’re not getting into the rain-on-the-weekend pattern again — especially this weekend, I need to […]
This column was first published May 20, 2006 Despite a wet Friday start to last weekend, we dodged a soggy bullet, didn’t we? Most of the state languished in warm and sunny weather while parts south of the border were snorkeling. For us northerners it was a great weekend to get caught up on yard […]
This column was first published May 24, 2008 Sometime it would nice to turn your world upside down – introduce a little variety, some spontaneity, have dessert first, do what you want to do first rather than wait until after work – wouldn’t it? We get tied into life’s routines and forget that having diversions […]
This column was first published May 17, 2008 So far this spring has been slow starting as far as my getting time on the water, but even at that I’ve had a half-dozen launchings. And any time on the water is better than none, right? The weather around these parts is beginning to feel more […]
As a teacher, he was said to be inspiring. As an administrator, he was considered groundbreaking. As a curator, he may have been a visionary.
Jeffrey Lewis’ new book, “Adam the King,” the fourth in a quartet (preceded by “Meritocracy: A Love Story,” “The Conference of the Birds” and “Theme Song for an Old Show”), has a taut plot, pitch-perfect dialogue, and presents as accurate a picture of Down East coastal communities as anything I’ve read.
Silver anniversaries in the field of education abound this year.
WATERVILLE, Maine – The high school gym was a blur of spangles, fringes and beads as baton twirlers spun, threw and twirled Saturday during the Maine Games State Baton Twirling Championships.
BANGOR, Maine – Marching to the skirling sounds of the Anah Highlanders bagpipe band, 362 chilly Husson College students filed onto the baseball field at the Winkin Athletic Complex on Saturday morning to receive their college degrees. About 2,500 friends and family members filled the metal bleachers to take photographs and cheer on the graduates.
ORONO, Maine – University of Maine commencement speaker Doug Hall on Saturday challenged about 1,860 new graduates to lead a revolution against the failed policies of their parents’ generation. POLL: Did you participate in your high school and-or college graduation ceremonies?
This column was first published April 26, 2008 It’s official, spring has sprung. I can so declare because I got out on the lake Thursday evening and was serenaded by red-winged black birds, a quartet of Canada geese, a couple of hooded mergansers and dozens of peepers. But the most official proclamation of all came […]
This column was first published April 19, 2008 First off, here’s a big thanks to all of you who turned out for last Saturday’s Paddle Smart Safety Symposium at the Y on Second Street in Bangor. By all measures the evening was the best yet. Comments from some of the more than 225 attendees back […]
This column was first published April 12, 2008 If you’re up bright and early this Saturday morning and in the Bangor area, you may want to drive to downtown Old Town and check out the annual Old Town Canoe factory sale. If you don’t, you’ll kick yourself later. There are bargains to be had for […]
This column was first published on April 5, 2008 Last call! At least it’ll be the last one from me for this year. I expect I’ll see you next Saturday at the Y on Second Street in Bangor for this year’s edition of Paddle Smart. The doors open at 5 p.m. By that time you’ll […]
This column was first published March 29, 2008 I know I’ve mentioned it before, but now the time’s close and I’ve got to fill you in on some of the finer points for the eighth annual Paddle Smart Safety Symposium on April 12. First off it’s free, as usual. What’s really new is that there […]
This column was first published March 22, 2008 Welcome to spring, or should I say “unlocking” as Kurt Vonnegut would have us call the months of March and April. Perhaps you saw Thursday’s editorial “They Call It Spring” in which the late author’s six-season “Vonnegut Variation”was outlined. Under the novelist’s plan we’d have winter (January, […]
This column was first published March 15, 2008 It doesn’t matter what your choice of outdoor diversion is, there’s going to come a moment or two when you’re going to want to take a load off, a rest you might say. The older I get the more often that moment comes around. But just where […]
This column was first published on March 8, 2008 Officially and quite candidly, I’m sick of shoveling, snowblowing, scraping, raking, scooping, brushing, sweeping or otherwise moving snow. I heard someone say the other day there’d been 19 days when all of the above had to be done, sometimes more than once. I really don’t dislike […]
U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe easily outpaced her two opponents on Election Day, racking up 73 percent of the vote and securing a third term.According to unofficial results compiled by the Bangor Daily News, the Republican incumbent pulled away from Democrat Jean Hay Bright of Dixmont, who had 21 percent of the vote. Independent William Slavick […]
This column was first published August 12, 2006 Wasn’t last weekend a gem? I had the opportunity to spend most of it on the salt water, and I took advantage of it by paddling old familiar waters and exploring some new. Friday evening I visited paddling friend Karen Francoeur in Castine, accompanying her on a […]