Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Obama in Maine: ‘Promise’ fulfilled | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Obama: ‘Promise’ fulfilled | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Text of President Obama’s speech at Portland Expo

Coffeehouse observation No. 96

A woman, who I suspect has an attention deficit problem, plopped her laptop and a briefcase onto a table for two and then began working on stuff at another table across the room. She’s taking up space at two different tables in a crowded coffeehouse. Does she not see the inherent rudeness in that?

Go to Coffeehouse Observer for more coffeehouse observations.

No need to be peeved over the peavey! It’s from Maine!

I knew the answer to today’s DownEast.com trivia question because we had one or two of these tools around the garage while I was growing up. Um, of course, our peaveys were normal-sized, not giant-sized.

What is that strange-looking implement held by Bangor’s Paul Bunyan statue?


It’s a peavey, a logging tool invented by Joseph Peavey of Stillwater in the 1850s.

Here’s a bit more about the peavey tool. This is from Wikipedia, so I won’t vouch for the accuracy, but it does seem correct.

A peavey or peavey hook is a logging tool consisting of a handle, generally from 30 to 50 inches long (0.75 to 1.25 m), with a metal spike protruding from the end. The spike is rammed into a log, then a hook (at the end of an arm attached to a pivot a short distance up the handle) grabs the log at a second location. Once engaged, the handle gives the operator leverage to roll or slide or float the log to a new position.

The peavey was named for blacksmith Joseph Peavey of Stillwater, Maine, who invented the tool as a refinement to the Cant Hook (also known as a cant dog) in the 1850s. Many lumberjacks use the terms interchangeably, though a peavey will have a spike in the end of the handle, and a cant dog will have a blunt end or possibly small teeth for friction.[1]

The Peavey Manufacturing Co. is still located in Maine and manufactures several variations.

The entry has a line drawing of a logger using he peavey so here’s a link to the entry about the peavey tool.

Off drugs, and off the criminal path | Bangor Daily News

Off drugs, and off the criminal path – Bangor Daily News.

Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap | Bangor Daily News

Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap – Bangor Daily News.

Earthquakes happen often in Maine and likely will rattle state again | Bangor Daily News

Earthquakes happen often in Maine and likely will rattle state again – Bangor Daily News.

More information about earthquakes is available on the Maine Geological Survey Web site at www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/mgs.htm.

Airport honors Maine Troop Greeters’ service | Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — There is little to be said about the Maine Troop Greeters that hasn’t already been said, written about or immortalized in film.

The exploits of the volunteer group, which last week greeted its millionth troop at Bangor International Airport, have been well-established for years, but the group’s chairman said he remains awed by its continued evolution.

“It gets stronger every year. We’re recruiting new members. We’re getting donations all the time,” said Tom Kohl, a troop greeter since 2005 and a veteran of the Vietnam War. “The one constant is the consistent flow of troops coming through.”

Dozens of troop greeters filled seats on the second floor of BIA’s domestic terminal on Wednesday, but for a change they were not awaiting a flight full of soldiers. This day was for them.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Eric Russell in the Bangor Daily News.