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Coffeehouse observation No. 186

It’s coffee. Of course, it’s going to be hot.

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Witch’s curse or a stain? You judge | DownEast.com

I did not grow up near Bucksport, but I heard of this legend, very probably from my high school history teacher Ron Stevens.

Like most teachers, he occasionally strayed off the lesson plan and talked about fun things he liked.

And he had a strange sense of humor back then so he sometimes talked about Maine horror lore. And the DownEast.com trivia question covers one of them.

What stone memorial has a stain shaped like a woman’s foot and leg? 

Answer:

A stone memorial to Bucksport founder and Revolutionary War hero Jonathan Buck. The mark has prompted various legends explaining its origins, most concerning a witch’s curse, but the most plausible explanation is that the stain was caused by iron oxides in the stone.

The way I heard it – and this comes from Ron Stevens, I believe – locals took efforts to grind it down or otherwise remove the foot from the monument. … And it always came back. (Insert scary organ music.)

Hockey team helps to right wrongs in cemetery | Lewiston Sun Journal

Hockey team helps to right wrongs in cemetery | Lewiston Sun Journal

Three arrested for cemetery vandalism in Lewiston | Lewiston Sun Journal

Pool of money keeps YWCA open | Lewiston Sun Journal

LEWISTON — The YWCA of Central Maine will stay open after all.

Since announcing its closure last Thursday, the 130-year-old institution has gathered $75,000 in donations and the promise of another $125,000 by the end of the week.

Leaders also plan to immediately begin a $1 million statewide fundraising campaign, aimed at erasing more than $700,000 in debt and making energy efficient improvements to the YWCA’s nearly 40-year-old East Avenue building.

“We’re running so fast,” said Lee Young, president of the YWCA’s five-member board of directors.

On Monday morning, one week after they voted to close, the board voted to remain open.

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

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Coast Guard celebrates tidal power project in Eastport | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Maine scores 33rd in Race to the Top | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine scores 33rd in Race to the Top | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Phish to perform in Augusta in October | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Phish to perform in Augusta in October | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

19th-century music score found inside auctioned picture frame | Bangor Daily News

19th-century music score found inside auctioned picture frame – Bangor Daily News.

Despite big donations, folk festival still $226,000 short of goal | Bangor Daily News

BANGOR, Maine — The American Folk Festival committee is $50,000 closer to — but still almost $226,000 short of — its 2010 fundraising goal of $960,000 three days before it starts.

“We’ve received a number of donations at various monetary levels, but we received one $40,000 contribution and another $10,000 gift within the last week from two donors who wish to remain anonymous,” said Heather McCarthy, the American Folk Festival’s executive director. “To date, the festival has raised $734,291.”

Still, McCarthy and other festival officials are aggressively seeking to close the funding gap as quickly as possible for the three-day extravaganza, which begins Friday centered on the Bangor Waterfront.

“We’re a little more comfortable with the money we’ve raised, but it doesn’t change the tone of our message to festival-goers because we still feel the sustainability of the event, long-term, depends on educating them on what they’re getting for little to relatively no cost.

“We have to educate people [about] the value the festival provides not just for attendees, but also the surrounding community.”

Click for the rest of the story by Andrew Neff in the Bangor Daily News.

Donations to the Folk Festival can be made by calling Mary Brann at (207) 974-3217 or by mailing them to American Folk Festival, 40 Harlow St., Bangor ME 04401.