Monthly Archives: May 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 146

A teenager walked into the coffeehouse a little while ago carrying yellow roses and accompanied by three buddies. A little later, two teen girls came in. One of them received the roses. The guy and the girl are sitting on the couch hugging and chatting. The buddies and the girl who did not receive the roses are now sitting around a nearby table not talking because they did know each other before arriving at the coffeehouse. Is this what teenage dating has become? Yellow roses, teenage chatter, and the wingmen – and wingwoman – left in uncomfortable silence?

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Coffeehouse observation No. 145

Wonders why a man in his mid- to late-50s seems compelled to loudly slurp his iced beverage every single time he’s in the coffeehouse. Every. Single. Time.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 144

Just spotted a guy outside the coffeehouse take a yard-long stick, scrape up something gooey from the sidewalk, and stare at it for minutes with an expression of total pleasure and wonderment on his face.  Imagine, bliss found in discarded gum at the end of a stick.

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Mysteries of Maine | DownEast.com

Mysteries of Maine | DownEast.com

Bond targets wind project, energy upgrades | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Bond targets wind project, energy upgrades | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Will birds and wind farms compete? | Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine wants you to visit a state park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine wants you to visit a state park | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

For more information, go to www.parksandlands.com

Turnpike traffic ramping up as holiday ends | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Turnpike traffic ramping up as holiday ends | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Update: Searchers for missing hiker spot tracks | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Update: Searchers for missing hiker spot tracks | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Sabattus teens express pride in their veterans | Lewiston Sun Journal

SABATTUS — Erin Black thought she’d be OK introducing her dad, two uncles and an aunt to her school. But moments in, her throat closed and her words ceased.

“I don’t know what happened,” the 14-year-old said later, still choking back tears. Her dad, Gary Black, stood nearby. His eyes were red and puffy.

“I never get a chance to tell them how proud I am,” Erin said.

That’s what the annual Memorial Day service at Sabattus Central School was meant to do.

Fathers, grandfathers, cousins and friends — veterans all — stood by while their eighth-grader introduced them. The intro included years served and where. Then, the kids spoke about why they were proud.

Erin Black called her dad “an American hero.”

Click on the link for the rest of this story by Daniel Hartill in the Lewiston Sun Journal.

Unemployed must wait for benefits | Bangor Daily News

Unemployed must wait for benefits – Bangor Daily News.

Acadia closes Beech Cliff area to protect nesting falcons | Bangor Daily News

Acadia closes Beech Cliff area to protect nesting falcons – Bangor Daily News

For more information on trail closures, visitors may call 288-3338 or go to www.nps.gov/acad.

WWII POW, Korean War vet to share unrivaled story | Bangor Daily News

WWII POW to share unrivaled story – Bangor Daily News.

Coffeehouse observation No. 143

It’s bright and sunny out for the first time in years – or so it seems. I’m inside a nice cool, dim coffeehouse enjoying a Red Eye before continuing the job search. Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend everyone. … And don’t forget that this weekend is to remember those who have fallen in defense of this country. It’s not just about burgers and hot dogs.

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Hot days break, tie old records in Maine | Bangor Daily News

Hot days break, tie old records – Bangor Daily News.

Motorists warned to beware of moose in Maine | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Motorists warned to beware of moose | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

To quash rowdiness at Old Port bars, Craig says bartenders can send text warnings | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

To quash rowdiness, Craig says bars can send text warnings | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Coffeehouse observation No. 142

The words “free golf” may be the only two-word combo that is better than “free coffee.” But I had free coffee two days in a row. That may not beat free golf, but it’s not bad!

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Maine Turnpike will be busy this weekend | Bangor Daily News

Maine Turnpike will be busy this weekend – Bangor Daily News.

US energy secretary to visit UMaine wind program | Bangor Daily News

US energy secretary to visit UMaine wind program – Bangor Daily News.

Salmon return to Penobscot River in record numbers | Bangor Daily News

Salmon return in record numbers – Bangor Daily News.