Daily Archives: January 30, 2010

They sure grow tall in the Great North Woods of Maine

Maine is one of the supposed birthplaces of Paul Bunyan. And to mark that wonderful piece of Maine history, there is a statue of the woodsman in Bangor. Here’s today’s DownEast.com trivia question.

 How tall is the Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor?

Answer:

The legendary (and mythical) woodsman’s statue in Bass Park stands thirty-one feet high.

Snowmobile enthusiasts fuel $350 million economic boom statewide – Bangor Daily News

(Snowmobiling was a big part of my life as a youngster. At least, in the winter. I doesn’t surprise me that an outdoor activity such as snowmobiling is helping the economy. — KM)

Snowmobile enthusiasts fuel $350 million economic boom statewide – Bangor Daily News.

Haitian children adjusting to a whole new life in Maine

Pittsfield couple says becoming

adopted parents is not too different

from births of their biological children

PITTSFIELD, Maine — The Logiodice household, with its five children, is about what you’d expect.

The four oldest — Donovan, 8, Braeden, 5, Christella, 5, and Bella, 4 — jump around and screech as they collaborate to keep half-deflated balloons off the floor. They knock a picture off the wall and Mom steps in.

“All right, guys, calm down,” says Amanda Logiodice patiently, shooing the balloons into a bedroom. A few minutes later Donovan and Braeden are at it again. “If you don’t stop I’m going to take this balloon outside and let it go,” says Mom, more firmly this time.

“Noooo!” cries Bella.

The girls are dressed in princess costumes; the boys pile a few dozen stuffed animals on the living room floor. One-year-old Jediah Junior toddles around in a constant quest to be held. Once held, even by a stranger, his kisses are free and plentiful.

But what seems like a common scene is not. Three of the siblings just met the other two on Wednesday. A week ago, Christella and Jediah Junior were in southern Haiti, where their orphanage crumbled around them in the terrible earthquake that struck on Jan. 12. They ate rationed meals of rice and water only twice a day. They lived among human corpses and all the other tragedy that is life today in southern Haiti.

Click on the link for the rest of the story by Christopher Cousins of the Bangor Daily News.

Maine’s Haiti relief effort | Portland Press Herald

 Local Haiti Relief Effort | Portland Press Herald.

Shock lingers as Haiti recovers

“TV doesn’t do justice to how

widespread the damage is,”

Maine’s Coast Guard commander says

Before he left for Haiti, Capt. James McPherson of Kittery was given a little toy shark by his 5-year-old son, Connor.

McPherson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England in Portland and South Portland, gave the shark to a 4-year-old boy near the American embassy in Port-au-Prince. The little boy, covered with dust from the ruined city, plays with the toy all day.

McPherson is amazed at how well the children of Port-au-Prince are rebounding from the earthquake that destroyed their city.

“They’re just completely resilient. But it makes you wonder – what’s his future, what’s going to happen from here?” said McPherson.

Click on this link for the rest of today’s story by Matt Wickenheiser of the Portland Press Herald.

Coffeehouse observation No. 30

Middle-aged guys at the coffeehouse shouldn’t dress like teenagers. Never ever.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 29

Hmm! The coffee is particularly good today. Just the right bight without being bitter. And the caffeine is kicking in nicely.

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