Daily Archives: March 11, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 75

Some days are more normal than others at the coffeehouse. Really.

Go to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.

Sneak peek: L.L.Bean shows new Signature line | Lewiston Sun Journal

Sneak peek: L.L.Bean shows new Signature line | Lewiston Sun Journal.

One syllable is plenty

I haven’t been sharing DownEast.com’s trivia questions lately because the feature apparently went green and was recycling a bunch of questions I had already shared. It didn’t make sense to share them again.

But when I first read today’s question, I immediately thought: “Well, it’s the shortest name. … Oh, wait, there’s Texas and Idaho” and probably another that I can’t think of just yet.

Anyway, a Mainer might say that one syllable is all we need.

What is unique about the state’s name?

Answer

Maine is the only state with a single-syllable name.

Jury begins deliberations in Maine lobsterman shooting case – Bangor Daily News

[Deliberations have started, apparently. — KM]

Jury begins deliberations in lobsterman shooting case – Bangor Daily News.

Maine ‘lobster wars’ trial of illustrates case of bad blood on Matinicus | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

[I posted a link to a wire story about this trial earlier, but this has far, far more details. — KM]

Trial illustrates case of bad blood on Matinicus | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Proposal would set ‘real Maine’ apart from rest of state

[Every so often someone in California offers up a proposal to split up California into two or three states. It usually falls flat on its face pretty fast. I sort of get the mindset that Rep. Joy is trying to express, but I don’t get this proposal, especially since he admits the chances are “slim to none.” Maine would lose more than gain. Rep. Joy perhaps should spend more of his time helping in the cutting of the state budget shortfall rather than cutting the state in two. – KM]

For Mainers who tire of summer traffic and wish those tourists would just stay away, Rep. Henry Joy, R-Crystal, has a solution: Split Maine in two.

If a bill he has proposed gets any traction – a possibility he described as “slim to none” – there would be a “real Maine” up north, and the rest would go back to its former landlord: Massachusetts.

“Some of them are sort of upset because I call this Northern Massachusetts, but their lifestyle is like those in Massachusetts,” he said.

Joy knows something about the Bay State. He traces his lineage to the first Joy in Boston, Thomas Joy.

His hometown – Crystal, in Aroostook County – is nowhere near Boston, however. In 2000, Crystal had 285 residents with a per-capita income of $14,338.

“I’d rather have my roots in Maine,” Joy said.

The new Maine Joy imagines would encompass Oxford, Aroostook, Piscataquis, Somerset, Franklin, Penobscot and Washington counties, and part of Hancock County. All others would become the new state of “northern Massachusetts.”

Click on the link to read the rest of this story by Ethan Wilensky-Lanford in the Kennebec Journal.

Maine’s budget hole again altered for the better | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME

Budget hole again altered for the better | The Kennebec Journal, Augusta, ME.

Closing arguments today in trial of Maine lobsterman | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Closing arguments today in trial of lobsterman | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Hearing today on Maine’s medical pot plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Hearing today on medical pot plan | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine high court upholds state wind farm law | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine high court upholds state wind farm law | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.