Daily Archives: June 25, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 159

A slight bit of weirdness in the coffeehouse the past two days. Yesterday, on my semi-regular fitness walk, I tripped slightly on a cracked sidewalk and a fellow walking out of the park shared a laugh about it and said something such as “Well, I’m not the only one who is not perfect.”

He then proceeded to tell me – for at least five minutes – about the recent surge in crime in the neighborhood surrounding American Legion Park in central Stockton, Calif.

I had never seen the guy before, but I saw him again later at the coffeehouse, which is a pretty healthy walk from American Legion Park.

And then today I went to the bank to deposit a check and spotted a guy in line. I envied him for the nice green tropical shirt he was wearing.

Later in the morning he happened to come into espresso for a beverage.

Just weird that sort of thing happened two days running. I wonder who I might see for the first – and second – time tomorrow.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 158

Three different people in the span of an hour have brought their dogs into the coffeehouse, including a Chihuahua with the heart of a Rottweiler. I love dogs, yes, I do. But not with my coffee.

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Stumped by a DownEast.com trivia question – again

OK, so I was stumped by today’s DownEast.com trivia question.

And I’m a tiny bit embarrassed by that since I grew up in the Maine North Woods and I should have known better. Here it is:

What’s a Bangor Tiger?

Answer

It’s a traditional name for a skillful competitor in the sport of log-rolling (birling). The name was given to Penobscot river-drivers in the nineteenth century.

I’ll remember it now, you can be sure of that.

Now on iTunes: Acadia National Park | Bangor Daily News

Now on iTunes: Acadia National Park – Bangor Daily News.

State police seek help with triple homicide | Bangor Daily News

This is a truck similar to the one Maine State Police are searching for in connection with a triple homicide in southern Aroostook County, Maine.

AMITY, Maine — Tips from the public could greatly assist investigators in solving a triple homicide at a trailer on U.S. Route 1 in which two men and a 10-year-old boy were stabbed to death, Maine State Police said Friday.

After a late-morning meeting among detectives at the Houlton barracks, state police Lt. Gary Wright said public involvement could be “huge” in helping authorities solve the crimes.

Evidence Response Team investigators continued on Friday to pore over the trailer where the bodies of Amity residents Jeffrey Ryan, 55, his son Jesse Ryan, 10, and Jason Dehahn, 30, were found at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. The homicides most likely occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday, state police said.

The evidence response team at the scene on Friday appeared to collect several pieces of evidence from the driver’s side floor of a tan car Ryan owned that was parked outside of his trailer.

Police have received more than two dozen telephone calls reporting sightings of a blue-and-silver 1989 Ford F-150 pickup truck with license plate 4155RY missing from the home, but none that have led to the pickup, Wright said.

The truck has white-colored wheels in the front and silver in the back, and has orange running lights on top of the cab just above the windshield.

State police have posted a photo of a similar truck on the state of Maine and state police websites. Anyone who has seen the truck should call the Houlton barracks at 532-5400 or 911 on a cell phone.

Click on the link for the rest of the story by Jen Lynds and Nick Sambides Jr. of the Bangor Daily News. There is raw video at this link of Maine State Police Lt. Gary Wright, but the sound quality is not great.

Central Maine Power customers to pay more | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Central Maine Power customers to pay more | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine police search for clues in triple slaying | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine police search for clues in triple slaying | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

A place where peace is possible | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

A place where peace is possible | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Here’s another newspaper’s story on the camp:

Seeds of Peace camp opens | Lewiston Sun Journal

Feds earmark $20M for deepwater wind power research | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Feds earmark $20M for deepwater wind power research | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Moose takes a dip at York beach | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Moose takes a dip at York beach | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.