Daily Archives: September 4, 2010

The answer is plain – Blaine | DownEast.com

 OK, I sort of guessed this DownEast.com trivia question, but I got it correct.

Who was one of Maine’s most influential nineteenth-century political figures?

Answer

James G. Blaine. From the mid-1860s to the end of the century, Blaine held the posts of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. senator, and U.S. secretary of state. He was defeated in his quest for the presidency in 1884 by Grover Cleveland.

And, of course, The Blaine House, is the Maine governor’s residence.

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Coffeehouse observation No. 197

It’s in the mid-90s outside and the woman sitting next to me is wearing a sweater, jeans, and riding boats. I feel so under dressed.

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Mainers protest Senate inaction on climate bill | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Mainers protest Senate inaction on climate bill | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Camden Windjammer Festival off to affable start | Bangor Daily News

CAMDEN, Maine — The Camden Windjammer Festival, abbreviated by the threat of hurricane winds but promising two days of activities nonetheless, got off to a thunderous start Saturday with a bang of cannons and a bevy of maritime enthusiasts.

Gone were the threat of Hurricane Earl, the downpour and the oppressive heat as the clouds parted and a refreshing breeze tousled Camden Harbor, causing the flags atop several windjammers to flutter over the festivities.

“Everything is working out,” said Dan Bookham, executive director of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, one of the organizers of the 16th annual festival.

Under a nearby tent, former windjammer Capt. Jim Sharp made adjustments to a 1902 Fairbanks Bulldog engine, whose piston fired once for every four or five revolutions. The clunky old piece of iron — which he affectionately called “Bertha” — was once used by Sharp to haul anchors weighing as much as 1,500 pounds. On a true windjammer, explained Sharp, engines were for lifting anchors or turning bilge pumps, not propulsion. Today, very few vessels of any significant size run without engine power.

“An engine will forgive a lot of sin by a captain,” said Sharp.

Click for the rest of the story by Christopher Cousins in the Bangor Daily News.

A full schedule of events is available at the web site, www.camdenwindjammerfestival.com.

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News

Tropical storm Earl swipes Maine no more than a glancing blow | Bangor Daily News.

Mainers to see insurance rate hike as Anthem granted increase | Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Superintendent of Insurance Mila Kofman this week ruled on a proposed increase in monthly health insurance premiums by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine, granting the Indiana-based company an average 14 percent increase for its nongroup individual policies. That’s lower than the 23 percent increase Anthem had requested for the period of July 1, 2010, to June 31, 2011.

An Anthem spokesman said Friday that the company, which could appeal the decision in court, is still reviewing the superintendent’s findings.

The smaller increase will do little to relieve Mainers struggling to afford nongroup coverage. Under the 14 percent increase approved this week, for example, a single, 35-year-old adult with no children and a $2,250 annual deductible could pay as much as $509 a month for basic health care coverage. A married couple with two children could pay almost $1,300 a month for the same coverage plan.

The new rates will take effect Oct. 1 and be modified to reflect Anthem’s originally requested start date of July 1. About 11,000 Mainers will be affected by the rate increase.

Click for the rest of this story by Meg Haskell in the Bangor Daily News.

Maine troopers stop truck, find false logbook … and $1M cash | Bangor Daily News

Maine troopers stop truck, find false logbook … and $1M cash | Bangor Daily News.