Daily Archives: September 16, 2010

Coffeehouse observation No. 203

The ringtone on the cellphone of the guy sitting at the next table: “I’ve Got You, Babe.” Very, very manly!

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Honoring those who served in the American Revolution

OK, I didn’t know this trivia question on DownEast.com. It’s kind of interesting. I wish the answer had included when the monument was placed there. And it wouldn’t hurt if a photo had been included. Ah, well …

Where is the monument honoring Maine Indians who fought in the Revolutionary War?

Answer:

At the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Reservation. It was placed there by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

It’s official: Bill Clinton to visit Maine for Dem rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

It’s official: Bill Clinton to visit Maine for Dem rally | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

People can reserve tickets in advance at http://www.mainedems.org/clinton.

Where is Ram Island light?: Newly sold lighthouse to be added to the tax rolls of Cape Elizabeth or Portland | Portland Press Herald

Ram Island Ledge Light

Ram Island Ledge Light

Ram Island Ledge Light will move onto the tax rolls because of its pending sale from the federal government to a doctor from Windham.

The question is, which tax rolls?

According to the online auction site set up by the U.S. General Services Administration, the lighthouse is at the entrance to Portland Harbor, off Cape Elizabeth.

The site says its street address is “Cumberland County,” and the city is Cape Elizabeth.

That’s news to Cape Elizabeth’s town manager.

“We don’t believe it’s in Cape Elizabeth,” said Mike McGovern. “We believe it’s in the city of Portland.”

Portland’s tax assessor, Richard Blackburn, said McGovern is probably right.

“There have been some questions” about which municipality the lighthouse is in, Blackburn said, and those questions have never been answered.

Click for the rest of this story by Edward D. Murphy in the Portland Press Herald.

Maine tax revenues higher than expected | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine tax revenues higher than expected | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Impression that Maine’s summer tourist season was good, backed by revenue report | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Impression that Maine’s summer tourist season was good, backed by revenue report | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Light show: Open Lighthouse Day offers rare chance to peek inside the towers, keepers’ houses at 25 of Maine’s lighthouses | Portland Press Herald

Living in Maine and never climbing a lighthouse is kind of like living in South Dakota and never seeing Mount Rushmore, or visiting Memphis and skipping the tour of Graceland.

You know you should do it, but somehow you just never get around to actually going.

Well, here’s your chance. On Saturday, 25 ocean, river and island lighthouses throughout Maine will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Some of these lighthouses aren’t normally open to the public, so this is a rare chance to peek inside their light towers and keepers’ houses.

Even if you’ve been to Portland Head Light a million times with visiting relatives, during Open Lighthouse Day, you’ll be able to climb the tower, which is usually closed.

“At the 25 sites that are going to be open, there will be people there staffing, and many of them will have guided tours,” said Bob Trapani Jr., executive director of the American Lighthouse Foundation in Rockland, which is sponsoring the day along with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maine Office of Tourism. “It’s an educational opportunity, not just a chance to climb.”

Click here for the rest of the story by Meredith Goad in the Portland Press Herald.

For more info and a complete list and map of lighthouses that will be open for Open Lighthouse Day, http://lighthousefoundation.org/ or www.lighthouseday.com.